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Albatross Reviews: (87)
Tours on Sale: 36
Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 28
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland

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87 Albatross Tour Reviews

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Summary

Average 4.4 out of 5 based on 87 user reviews.

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NSW, Australia
Sep 2017
2 Helpful Votes
“Brilliant Tour”
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This is a bucket list tour. Sensational. The tour guide was amazing, the coach and driver were superb. So much food and drinks provided and very tasty. The places we visited were beautiful and the hotels were fabulous. Thank you Albatross.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2017
1 Helpful Vote
3 Trips
“Delights of Switzerland”
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A very enjoyable trip through the beautiful alpine countryside of Switzerland. Longer stays and 4 star accommodation throughout the journey was comfortable. Some excursions into the larger cities were not a match to the greenery and mountain alps. The stay at the Lake Garda hotel was excellent. Reinhart, our tour leader was also excellent in his management of the overall tour, his presentations and sound knowledge of all the places that we visited. Overall a worthwhile trip if you wish to experience the various delights of the Swiss countryside.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for the great feedback Joe. We are thrilled you enjoyed this lovely itinerary and are constantly looking at how we can improve, so your comments are appreciated. We hope to see you on board again soon.


VIC, Australia
Sep 2017
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We recently returned from our tour of the Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tyrol with Albatross Tours. The itinerary featured many interesting sights and fabulous scenery. Unfortunately, the weather was poor for most of the time, but we still enjoyed ourselves. Major highlights - visiting the Alsace region of France, particularly 'postcard perfect' Colmar and Ribeauville; the Flower Island of Mainau; Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig, and Linderhof, a beautiful French Rococo Palace. The forest and mountains were striking, and the small towns were picturesque. All of the hotels were of a high standard, and the included meals were excellent. The hotels were well located, particularly the ones in Fussen and Salzburg. There were 27 friendly travellers in the group. The tour guide was excellent - highly organised and very knowledgeable. A large bus was used, so everyone had plenty of opportunities to 'spread out'. The bus driver was excellent - we always felt safe. We would definitely travel with Albatross again. Global Journeys did a great job making the arrangements for this holiday.
Reply from Albatross:
Thanks for your lovely feedback Jill & Kathleen. We are thrilled you enjoyed this every popular holiday through beautiful regional Germany & Austria. We look forward to welcoming you back on board in the future!


NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Helpful Vote
3 Trips
“Italian Lakes & Tuscany”
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I was very keen to try 'Albatross' tours, because of the longer stays & thought it would be a more relaxed & better pace tour. The 4 /3 nights stay was very good, however, the pace & time/motion factors felt rushed....perhaps they could review their itinerary, & streamline the tour organisation. Farmhouse dinners were pleasant but not up to other tour ones I have done. Accommodation was generally, excellent. Incidents, such as the coach breaking down was managed well. Italian Lakes & Tuscany, a wonderful area to revisit again.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Michele & Glenda. We take our clients feedback very seriously, so I will ensure this is passed on to our product team to review your comments and our tour itinerary for upcoming seasons.


VIC, Australia
Aug 2017
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“Hassle-free Holiday”
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This was my second Albatross tour in twelve months. Albatross Tours may be more expensive than some other well-known companies however there are many extra things included such as dinner with a drink plus tea or coffee on nine nights. There are no optional tours involving extra costs and the tours are designed for Australians and New Zealanders.

We stayed at each quality hotel for two or three nights and the earliest we ever had to leave a hotel was 8.30am. Generally we left at 9.00am and were back between 5.00 and 5.30pm. We all had a good rapport with the Tour Leader and the Driver. Our tour leader actually had been involved in designing this tour in conjunction with the Australian firm and if necessary or advisable was able to make modifications to the itinerary. For example, he swapped some activities to avoid having a 9.00am to 11.00pm full day. In doing so we did not miss anything.

On a couple of occasions the order of activities on a day were changed to avoid being outdoor in the rain. If people were spending some free afternoon time in a town the company would arrange to pick them up at a certain time if they so wished. Having done over thirty organized tour I know that many companies do not provide such services. The included meals were all very good and on this tour the final dinner in Dublin was a multi course menu served to first class passengers on the Titanic. Albatross also limit the number of travellers and provide a large coach with plenty of extra seats. By booking with Global Journeys who I have found to be extremely efficient and helpful, I also saved money.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Colin. It's so pleasing to hear how much you enjoyed your holiday. We spend a great deal of time planning itineraries that suit our travelers with longer stays, sensible start times, genuinely inclusive with no extras to pay. Being a smaller group operator we also take pride in our ability to be flexible and change things if required do to circumstance beyond our control - like a rainy day! Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on board again soon.


VIC, Australia
Jul 2017
1 Trip
“Great first trip to the UK”
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A very well organised small group tour of Britain and Scotland. Multiple days stays gave it a more relaxed feel than your typical coach tour. Quality historical accommodation added to the enjoyment of the trip with the highlight being a final night stay in a State Room at Leeds Castle. With only 26 people in a 48 seater coach there was plenty of space to stretch out and getting on and off was quick and easy.
NSW, Australia
Jun 2017
1 Trip
“Wonderful Spain”
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As a three time traveler with Albatross I was as ever very happy with the trip. Every day was a new adventure and the standard of accommodation, the bus, and most of the meals were very good. I hope to do another tour next year!
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Jeanette. We're thrilled you have enjoyed your 3rd trip with us, and look forward to seeing you on board again soon!


Australia
Jun 2017
2 Trips
“Wonderfully varied”
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Another superbly blended itinerary from the Albatross crew. Trip crams a great variation of sights & landscapes in, at a relaxed enjoyable pace. Once again hotels were a highlight in their own rights, reflecting the local character & ambience. Bus and driver along with tour guide Eve were exemplary. Always very happy to recommend Albatross and the booking team at Global Journey's to friends & family. Look forward to planning our next trip with both.
NSW, Australia
Jun 2017
1 Helpful Vote
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“La Grande France, Lake Garda & Tuscany”
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Many highlights on this combined tour; too many to nominate. France was wonderful and I especially liked the small medieval towns such as Sarlat La Caneda, Les Baux, Avignon and St Paul de Vence. I also enjoyed Cap Ferrat, Nimes, Nice and Cannes, and Provence in general too. What I enjoyed most about the Italian extension was the easy pace; not just the three and four night stays but the amount of free time. The highlight there was Lucca. Cinque Terre was lovely but I wasn't terribly impressed with Portofino and it was very disappointing that we spent literally 20 minutes in Santa Margherita due to the guide wanting to make sure we caught boats to the Abbey and Portofino because of possible weather changes.

If the itinerary appealed to me I'd travel again with Albatross and if the price was right I'd book again with Global Journeys. The accommodation was a bit mixed in quality and comfort, particularly for those of us travelling solo. In Couiza we stayed at an old chateau, which was charming, but it was not air-conditioned and it was uncomfortably hot, particularly in my room (and two others) on the top floor. Shutters had to be kept shut all day. Too often, hotels put single travellers in some of the worst rooms. We understand they can be small in Europe but while some rooms were nice, others were not.

The weather was warm and sunny and June is a good time to travel as the crowds are not yet at their peak. Fellow travellers are always a mixed bunch but people generally get along okay in all the tours I've been on, including this one.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Pam, we are glad you enjoyed France as much as we do! I will ensure your feedback is passed on to our operations and product team in relation to parts of the itinerary and the accommodation in Couiza, which generally scores very well with our travellers. Thank you again for taking the time to give us your feedback.


QLD, Australia
May 2017
“Natural beauty of Northern Italy”
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Stunning Italian lakes,historical walled city of Lucca combined with the beauty of the Cinque Terre.This trip was relaxing with multi night stays in quality hotels. Our guide and driver were first class and the small group (20) interacted well. The large coach ensured comfortable touring. Included excursions and dinners were extensive and fun. Global Journeys provided a seamless booking process and are recommended to other travellers.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Alan & Patricia. We so glad you enjoyed your trip to this gorgeous region in Italy. The Albatross Tours style of touring with longer stays, small groups (on large coaches) and inclusive pricing certainly sounds like it worked well for you - as it does with many of our travellers. Thanks again and we hope to see you on board again soon!


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About Albatross

Why you should choose to travel with Albatross on your next holiday
Tours Designed For You
Tours Designed For You

Albatross Tours have created tours specifically for people like you travelling to the far side of the world, and wanting more from their escorted coach tour than a few hurried, all too brief visits and repetitive, long intercity drives. That is why we ensure the touring pace is always so much more sensible! Longer stays in each destination provide you with far more time for sightseeing, and a more fulfilling overall touring experience. That is also why we make sure each tour is genuinely inclusive, with no additional 'on tour' costs. We know Australians and New Zealanders can be uneasy with tipping, so we have included all 'on tour' gratuities and end of tour tips. We include two, three, four and even five night stays in each captivating city and region. One night stops are avoided where possible, and some days are left completely free – for the simple pleasure of it!

Enjoy Longer Stays
Enjoy Longer Stays

Enjoy longer stays with 2, 3, 4 and even up to 7 night stops. Everybody hates unpacking their bags every evening, and then having to re-pack them again early the next morning. That is why, apart from possibly the first or last night of the tour, there are virtually no 'one night stops' on any of our programmes. Instead, we make sure our tours always have a much more sensible pace by including two, three, four and even seven night stays in each captivating city or region. Our itineraries are always packed with numerous included sightseeing excursions and extras, but we still ensure you have quality leisure time to relax and savour your surroundings. We have even left some days completely free – for the simple pleasure of it!

See More & Experience More With Albatross
See More & Experience More With Albatross

When we design our tours we first look at each region and we ask what must be done, what can be done, and what should be done. Our objective is to give you a more rewarding experience and allow you time to 'stay a while' and savour the destination. We then break these down into carefully balanced touring days. Some days might have quite conventional visits to towns and cities. On other days we will add activities that are distinctly provincial, maybe quirky or possibly even something for the simple pleasure of it.

Albatross Tours Offer Genuinely Inclusive Tours
Albatross Tours Genuinely Inclusive

Albatross tours are genuinely inclusive and include all of those special excursions and visits, sightseeing tours and feature dinners. We even include the end of tour tips to your tour manager and driver! You will not be charged on your tour for special 'optional' excursions such as a feature dinner or entry to an attraction such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Why? We believe these expensive hidden extras usually costing over $100 per person per day are entirely predictable so we have already included them in our tour price. This means you will find it far easier to budget for your daily holiday expenses and you will have complete transparency on where you money is going. We encourage you to compare our tour prices on a cost per day basis, and take into consideration that Albatross Tours have NO additional 'on tour' costs. Rest assured, by the time you get back home and walk back through your front door you will not have paid any more .

Albatross Small Group Touring
Small Groups - Maximum of 28 people on our European Summer Tours!*

We limit the maximum size of each of our European Summer group departures to just 28 travellers*. In fact our average group size is just 22. There are so many benefits to travelling in a small group. Naturally less time is wasted getting on and off the coach and there are always a noticeable number of spare seats when travelling. Another significant benefit is the swifter, priority access you will have to all the attractions and special events. A more manageable group size leads to a higher level of personal service from your Tour Manager. Simply put, everything is just much more personal. Our small groups can stay in hotels chosen for their style, character and location – authentic hotels that larger tour groups often cannot consider staying in. Dining out is also more enjoyable as we can use delightful local restaurants rather than standard, larger group establishments.

*All European Summer tours are capped at only 28 travellers. Albatross Tours Christmas or ANZAC tours carry up to 40 travellers.

Stay In Character Style Hotels In Superb Locations
Stay In Character Style Hotels In Superb Locations

At Albatross, we know how important where you stay is. Your enjoyment will be wonderfully enhanced by staying in a delightful family run Gasthof hotel with balconies that have window boxes bursting with geraniums, or a beautifully renovated cave room reminiscent of the 'Flintstones', or a superb ancient castle dating back centuries. Would you rather return home telling tales of having woken in a 500 year old Inn as opposed to staying in a standard, modern glass and concrete 'block' and feeling you could literally be anywhere? In addition to centrally located city hotels, we purposefully aim to stay in a variety of authentic regional hotels with character and charm. In properties with a regional style or ambience, sometimes 'olde worlde', or simply elegant with nostalgia, and sometimes with surprises and where every room is different .

Albatross FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Albatross receive from their clients
How do Albatross tours differ from other European coach tours?

Albatross tours are specifically designed for you, the Australian and New Zealand traveller. With our small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays you get more time to relax and savour the superb places we visit. Our touring programmes offer the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential free time to do your own exploring.

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Your travel documentation will be mailed 3 weeks prior to the tour departure date provided full payment has been received. If you are departing our fair shores earlier please ensure you have advised your Global Journeys Tour Consultant to ensure you receive your documentation prior to your departure.

Are your tours fully inclusive?

Our tours are genuinely inclusive, rather than fully inclusive. Albatross Tours feature no 'optional extras lists' or later charged excursions on our tours. Even your 'end of tour' tips to your tour manager and driver are included. We include all the sightseeing, 'special' dinners and relevant entrance fees as per the itinerary.

How many people will I be travelling with?

Our European Summer Tours has on average a group of around 22 like-minded people. Usually about 8 or 9 couples and 4 or 5 single travellers. The smallest group will be just 10 people and the largest will be only 28. When travelling on one of our ANZAC Commemorative tours or Christmas & New Year tours we have an average group size of 33 travellers. The smallest group will be just 10 people and the largest will be 40.

What is the typical age of an Albatross traveller?

The typical age of an Albatross traveller is 45 years and over. Our unique style of touring allows our tours and itineraries to attract a wide variety of travellers, from empty nesters to baby boomers and families on our Christmas & New Year tours. Perhaps more importantly, it is about the type of people we carry, usually Australians and New Zealanders. People who want to see and experience more, people who want a more authentic European holiday experience.

How do Albatross tours differ from other European coach tours?

Albatross tours are specifically designed for you, the Australian and New Zealand traveller. With our small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays you get more time to relax and savour the superb places we visit. Our touring programmes offer the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential free time to do your own exploring.

Are the coaches comfortable?

All of our touring coaches are first class, full size standard with 40–45 seats. The touring coaches are fitted with modern features including Wi-Fi and toilets (in case of emergencies). As with all touring coaches you will have sufficient legroom to ensure comfort while travelling on the road. Occasionally we may also use day charter coaches for sightseeing and in cases when touring groups are minimum numbers we may use a smaller coach. In these instances coaches may not have Wi-Fi or a toilet on board.

What is the standard of hotels we stay in?

We have sourced unique and authentic accommodation to enhance your touring experience. We select our range of hotels for many different reasons, their style, elegance, location, family run hospitality or their amazing historical or local character. With some accommodation properties, like the ancient caves in Matera, being beyond classification!

I am a single person travelling, do I need to pay the Single Supplement?

Yes, however individual passengers can request us to match them in a twin share room with another traveller of the same sex. If Albatross Tours are unable to match you in a twin share room by the final tour balance payment date the single room supplement rate will not be charged.

Which of your Christmas tours are most likely to get the best snow?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee snow however the most likely locations are Switzerland, Austria and Germany for snow over Christmas in Europe.

How much luggage are we allowed on the coach?

We have included hotel porterage of one large suitcase per person. Please advise your Tour Manager, driver or the hotel staff if you require assistance with any further luggage items you are travelling with.

Do your tours include arrival and departure transfers?

No - you will be required to make your own way to and from the hotel at the beginning and end of the tour. Our passengers all arrive independently on different dates, from different locations and since many arrive by train or using car rental we are unable to book individual transfers.

How do I know when my tour is guaranteed to depart?

Your Albatross tour will be guaranteed to depart when there is a minimum of just 10 passengers who have booked and deposited on your chosen departure. If for any reason a tour is unable to be guaranteed we will usually advise all passengers with at least 5 months' notice prior to the departure date.

Am I expected to leave gratuities or tips?

One of the best things about Albatross Tours is that we have included all gratuities and tips in your tour cost so you don't have to worry about tipping on all included activities and meals. However if during your free time you are enjoying a meal in a local restaurant then please consider leaving a tip if the service merits it.

Why is my contact information collected when I book?

There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impacttravel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that Albatross be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Albatross

You will be required to make your own way to and from the hotel at the beginning and end of the tour. Albatross are unable to include individual transfers. Global Journeys can book extra pre and post tour accommodation to fit in with your flight arrival and departure dates.

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