Christmas in an Italian Castle

11 Day Winter Festive Tour from Munich to Milan with Albatross

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross 11 Day Christmas in an Italian Castle. Imagine celebrating this Christmas in a glorious 900 year old Italian Castle set in the charming foothills of the Italian Dolomites. Add visits to the picturesque Austrian more

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1 Munich
Your tour commences this evening in cosmopolitan Munich. Shopping is always excellent in Munich - particularly around the town hall and the decorated, wooden, Christmas market stalls. Before your Bavarian style buffet dinner enjoy a welcome drink in the hotel. (D) Stay: Maritim Hotel
2 Mondsee, beautiful Hallstatt and lakeside Fuschl
A leisurely start as we cross into Austria to spend lunchtime in Mondsee on Lake Mondsee, and visit the church made famous in the wedding scene of the film ‘The Sound of Music '. Later we drive deep into the lakes district and visit Hallstatt. Set on a rocky terrace jutting into the quiet dark water of the lake surrounded by towering peaks, this is considered the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Afterwards, passing Wolfgangsee (lake), we soon reach Fuschl - the tiny country village on Lake Fuschl. Only 30 minutes from Salzburg this is our home for the next two nights. This evening join in a torchlight village walk followed by mulled wine. (B/D) Stay: Mohrenwirt Hotel
3 Silent Night Chapel, Salzburg sightseeing and ‘My Time’
Today includes a full day excursion to Salzburg. Our first stop is at the nearby village of Oberndorf where we visit the famous ‘Silent Night'Chapel on the site where the Christmas carol was first performed. We then continue on to Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress). A walking city tour with an expert local guide will introduce you to this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music '. As a finale you will gather amongst the fir trees in the small stone courtyard of the St Peter's Keller, dating back to the 1500's and Salzburg's oldest restaurant, for a hot drink and biscuits. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the city. Maybe take time to visit the huge castle for a fascinating view or savour the atmosphere of the famous Salzburg Christmas Markets.    (B/D) Stay: Mohrenwirt Hotel
4 Swarovski Crystal Worlds and ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck
This morning we follow the spectacular Inn Valley through the Tyrol to Wattens to visit Swarovski ‘Kristallwelten'(Crystal Worlds)... a weird and wonderful crystal experience. We continue the short distance to the winter resort of Innsbruck. After checking into our centrally located hotel you will have plenty of time to explore the Old Town on your doorstep. Make sure you enjoy the picture perfect Christmas Markets in the old medieval square beneath the famous ‘Golden Roof '.  (B/D) Stay: Grauer Bär Hotel
5 Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau and Kloster Ettal Monastery
Driving up over the beautiful Fern Pass we enter Southern Bavaria and visit the tiny village of Hohenschwangau. After a brisk walk uphill you enjoy a guided tour of one of the most inspiring and famous castles in the world – ‘Mad'King Ludwig's romantic Neuschwanstein Castle. The staterooms, halls and throne room are all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. In the afternoon we also visit the ‘Passion Play'village of Oberammergau, with its ornately painted buildings and stop at Kloster Ettal Monastery with its incredible painted ceilings. Dating back over 700 years this is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in existence. Your evening is at leisure. (B) Stay: Grauer Bär Hotel
6 Bolzano and CastelBrando
Today we cross into Italy via the Brenner Pass and visit Bolzano, capital of Alto Adige region. Intricately carved gables, painted timber façades and an elegant arcaded main street illustrate the influence of both Tyrolean and Italian cultures. At Trento we cut across the scenic Valsugana and mid afternoon reach the foothills of the Dolomites and our superb CastelBrando. Located above the village of Cison di Valmarino this 2,000 year old Roman fortress was turned into a sumptuous Noble's palace in the 13th century. On arrival we have included a guided tour of the castle – there is a lot to see - and this will be your home for the next four evocative nights. (B/D) Stay: CastelBrando
7 Venice sightseeing and ‘My Time’
Christmas Eve! Today we visit nearby Venice – arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world. At Tronchetto we board a boat to take us to St Marc's Square where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour. The rest of the day is free to shop and explore the myriad of narrow, water lined streets and canals spanned by humped back bridges. Tonight we enjoy Christmas Eve with dinner back in ‘our'castle.  (B/D) Stay: CastelBrando
8 Christmas Day – ‘My Time’ in your Castle and a sumptuous Christmas lunch
Christmas Day as it should be…in a wonderful location - relaxing, eating and drinking. A day to savour the delights of your castle. Maybe take the hotel funicular to the village below, have a ‘winter walk'or warm yourself on one of the castle's sun terraces. Highlight of your day will be the exceptional 5 course Christmas lunch accompanied by a welcome cocktail and a selection of local wines. A Christmas to remember!   (B/L/D) Stay: CastelBrando
9 ‘My Time’ in chic Cortina d’Ampezzo
Boxing Day! Time to have some fun in the snow as we drive north into the spectacular Dolomites to visit the chic Italian ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. The rest of the day is free to shop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the dramatic, snow laden peaks surrounding you. For lunch maybe take the cable car (not included) to one of the numerous mountain restaurants.  (B/D) Stay: CastelBrando
10 Sirmione on Lake Garda and stylish Milan
Leaving our castle we head for the shores of Lake Garda where we take a morning break in the incredibly picturesque town of Sirmione with its tiny harbour surrounded by cobblestoned walkways and cafés. Later we continue to the stylish city of Milan for time at leisure before enjoying a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: Michaelangelo Hotel
11 Milan
Your Christmas tour ends this morning in Milan. For those of you joining one of our wonderful New Year Tours that begin in Luzern today, the good news is, we have arranged a complimentary Group transfer. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Celebrate Christmas over 4 nights in a stunning Italian Castle in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites
  • Savour the fabulous Christmas Markets in Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Bolzano
  • Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day in the chic ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo  
  • Stay 2 nights beside Lake Fuschl in the picturesque Austrian Lakes District and enjoy a torch light walk with mulled wine
  • Spend a day in the baroque city of Salzburg, enjoy a hot drink and biscuits in Austria's oldest restaurant and visit the ‘Silent Night Chapel'
  • Explore ‘The Sound of Music' Mondsee and drive through the lakes district past Wolfgangsee to picturesque Hallstatt  
  • Stay 2 nights in medieval Innsbruck and visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • In Bolzano, shop in the Christmas Markets and see Ötzi - the mummified mountain man 
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the ‘Passion Play' village of Oberammergau and the wonderful Kloster Ettal Monastery
  • Visit the canals and hump backed bridges of Venice, relax by Lake Garda and enjoy a farewell dinner in stylish Milan
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,100 value of extras already included
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 10 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Munich
  • Local guides as described
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
Included Meals
  • 20 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 9 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

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11 Day Christmas in an Italian Castle reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“No white christmas, but had a great time”
- SA , Australia Dec 2015 2 Helpful Votes

I would recommend Global Journeys to anyone wishing to book a holiday. Everything went off with out a hitch and we had a great time. The Albatross trip was great because we spent very little money as everything was mostly included and all the people we travelled with were great. The food and the wine included were terrific although I put on 3 kilos!. I would travel with them again, its a pity they dont have more of a variety of places they go.

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“Excellent, well thought out tour format”
- QLD, Australia Dec 2014

Excellent, well thought out tour format. Plenty of time to enjoy destinations. Great accommodation and included meals. Highly recommended for anyone who doesn't want to stress or worry about what to do next, where to go next or where to find great food whilst on holidays!

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“No hesitation recommending Global Journeys and Albatross”
- Australia Dec 2012 8 Helpful Votes

We booked the tour with a little trepidation because we heard about tours that had oversized & grumbling tour groups, ordinary & poorly located hotels, overbearing tour guides, bland food and so on. However, our fears were totally unfounded on Albatross's 'Christmas in an Italian Castle' tour. All hotels were well located in city centres and were of good 4 star type quality. We will especially remember the family friendliness of the staff of Mohrenwirt at Fuschl and the historic elegance of more

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“Well organised, good value for money, great itinerary”
- Australia Dec 2012 4 Helpful Votes

We had a fab time and were very happy with Albatross and believe that the 'Christmas in an Italian Castle' was very well organised, good value for money, great itinerary, not too rushed and it was great having at least 2 nights or more in most places. We met some great people on the tour with us with a good mixture of ages. The tour leader Deryk Brown was very helpful, pleasant and a wealth of information having been in that job for many years. One family on our tour were onto their 5th more

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