Christmas in the Slovenian Alps

11 Day Winter Festive Tour from Munich to Munich with Albatross

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross 11 Day Christmas in the Slovenian Alps. Imagine waking up on Christmas Day with views across magnificent Lake Bled located deep in the Slovenian Alps. Explore the old city of Ljubljana, the snow fields of Kranjska Gora, 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 Neuschwanstein Castle, Wieskirche, Oberammergau and Innsbruck
This morning we drive into the Bavarian Alps. First stop will be in the tiny village of Hohenschwangau to visit to the famous fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle of ‘Mad'King Ludwig. After a brisk walk uphill you will enjoy a guided tour inside the King's apartments, staterooms, halls and throne room all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Our next stop is at the richly decorated Wieskirche (Church in the Meadows) with its incredible painted ceilings. Continuing on a short distance we arrive in the ‘Passion Play'village of Oberammergau, with its ornately painted buildings. Later this afternoon we drive over the scenic Zirlerpass and down into the Inn Valley and the Winter Olympic city of Innsbruck where we will stay the next two nights. Dinner is included tonight and the Christmas Markets await. (B/D) Stay: Grauer Bär Hotel
3 Swarovski Crystal Worlds and ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck
Following the spectacular Inn Valley to Wattens we visit the Swarovski ‘Kristallwelten'(‘Crystal Worlds ')… a weird and wonderful crystal experience. Returning to Innsbruck, your afternoon is free to explore the Old Town and see the famous ‘Golden Roof'above the medieval town square with its delightful Christmas Markets. Time to do that last minute shopping, indulge in the mulled wine and ginger biscuits and take in the music, fabulously decorated trees and folklore displays. You simply must spoil yourself with a traditional tall aromatic coffee and a calories-busting apfel strudel! Maybe a rich chocolate torten cake? Mmmm! (B) Stay: Grauer Bär Hotel
4 Bolzano, ‘Ötzi the Ice Man’ and CastelBrando
Crossing over the Brenner Pass we stop mid morning in the charming town of Bolzano. You will have time to enjoy the delightful Town Hall square and shop along the covered arcades and arches of Via dei Portici. We have included a visit to the Museum of Archaeology where you can see the mummified remains of Ötzi – the famous Ice Man – along with a fascinating exhibition documenting the Ancient History of Italy's South Tyrol. This afternoon we follow the Sugano Valley from Trento through the Italian Alps to the superb CastelBrando in the foothills of the Dolomites. 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 two evocative nights.   Located above the medieval village of Cison di Valmarino this 2,000 year old Roman fortress was turned into a sumptuous Noble's palace in the 13th century. (B/D) Stay: CastelBrando
5 Venice sightseeing and ‘My Time’
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. Mark's Square where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour. The rest of the day is yours to shop and explore the myriad of narrow, water lined streets and canals spanned by humped back bridges. Dinner this evening is back in ‘our'Castle. (B/D) Stay: CastelBrando
6 ‘My Time’ in Villach and glorious Lake Bled
Austrian town of Villach with its main square (Hauptplatz) surrounded by fine 16th-century houses. Entering the Julian Alps we reach the natural wonder of Lake Bled where the tranquil waters are surrounded by impressive snow covered peaks and overlooked by the imposing castle. A dramatic place to spend Christmas!   On arrival in Bled, we have included a boat trip to visit the picturesque Church of the Assumption on the island. Over the next four nights all dinners are included. Christmas Eve is a buffet dinner with music and a traditional Christmas Turkey lunch is also included. (B/D) Stay: Rikli Balance Hotel
7 Ljubljana sightseeing and ‘My Time’
Ljubljana sightseeing and ‘My Time'This morning we join our local guide and visit Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana, which means ‘beloved'in Slovene. Retaining the charm and warmth of a small town, it is literally filled to capacity with baroque churches, palaces, museums and quaint bridges traversing the canals and rivers. Pedestrian areas in the historic Old Town overflow with cafe tables and street entertainers. This evening enjoy a special dinner with Zither Music. Those wishing to make their own way to attend midnight mass will enjoy pastries and a hot drink on their return. (B/D) Stay: Rikli Balance Hotel
8 Christmas Day – ‘My Time’ in Bled and ‘Sinking of the Bells’ ceremony
Spend Christmas relaxing on the shores of Lake Bled and enjoying the magnificent scenery and excellent hotel facilities. A traditional Christmas Turkey lunch will be enjoyed by all. In the evening we gather on the lakeside to witness the local ceremony of the ‘Sinking of the Bells of Wishes '. Tonight enjoy a live band playing in a nearby local hotel. What a way to spend Christmas! (B/L/D) Stay: Rikli Balance Hotel
9 Lake Bohinj, Kranska Gora ski jump and a Brass Band concert
There is nothing quite like a day playing in the mountains! Joined by our local guide we drive through the Bohinj Valley which stretches through the Triglav National Park to visit the beautiful Lake Bohinj. We then continue our drive north to the breathtaking Zgornjesavska Valley and reach the resort town of Kranjska Gora, famous for the Ski World Cup competitions and Ski ‘flights'on the giant ski-jump in Planica. Maybe take a chair lift to the top of the mountains for views that go on forever. Alternatively explore this vibrant ski resort packed with shops and restaurants. This evening we've included tickets to Bled's annual Boxing Day Brass Band concert.  (B/D) Stay: Rikli Balance Hotel
10 Salzburg sightseeing and ‘My Time’, farewell dinner in Munich
Driving north we cross back into Austria and reach Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress) where we are joined by a local guide for a city walking tour. Afterwards enjoy lunch at leisure in the old town centre. Mozart's Birthplace makes a fascinating visit. Mid afternoon we depart Salzburg and arrive into Munich for our last evening together. Your farewell dinner tonight will be enjoyed in a local German restaurant.   (B/D) Stay: Maritim Hotel
11 Munich
Your Christmas tour is now complete, and it is time to say farewell. For those of you joining one of our wonderful New Year Tours that begin in Luzern or Milan, the good news is, we have arranged complimentary Group transfers. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Celebrate Christmas over 4 nights on the shores of magnificent Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Savour the fabulous Christmas Markets in Munich, Innsbruck, Bolzano and Ljubljana
  • Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner with music, Christmas Day Turkey lunch, a Boxing Day Brass Band Concert and the local ceremony of the ‘Sinking of the Bells of Wishes' 
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the extraordinary Wieskirche and the ‘Passion Play' village of Oberammergau
  • Stay 2 nights in medieval Innsbruck and visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds 
  • Stay 2 nights in a glorious Italian Castle and visit the canals and hump backed bridges of Venice
  • In Bolzano, see Otzi - the mummified mountain man 
  • Visit Villach, the old city of Ljubljana and beautiful Lake Bohinj on the way to the snow fields of Kranjska Gora in the Julian Alps
  • Visit Mozart's Salzburg before enjoying a farewell meal in Munich
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,100 value of extras already included
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described, including tickets to the Boxing Day Brass Band Concert
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 10 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Upgrade to Lake View rooms at Rikli Balance Hotel in Lake Bled
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Local guides as described
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi at most 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
  • Welcome drink in Munich
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.

Reviews (3)

11 Day Christmas in the Slovenian Alps reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Nice itinerary for a Christmas tour, but fellow travellers make or break enjoyment level”
- ACT, Australia Dec 2019 View Photo

The Xmas markets were very pretty and worth doing as a new experience. The standard of accommodation was pretty good, (only one hotel in Innsbruck was not clean and up to standard) but internal heating was too warm everywhere. For future travellers, layers is the way to go, T-shirts under jumpers and then overcoats, allows for stripping off the layers as things get warmer inside. Lake Bled was the highlight of the tour and a great place to spend 4 days over Xmas. Although the itinerary was good, more

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“Interesting and not too busy, except the first day.”
- Australia Dec 2015 1 Helpful Vote

The meet and greet in the lobby of the hotel in Munich was very disorganised. Otherwise a good mix of Aussies, some younger which makes a good group.

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“Thoroughly satisfied with the whole package”
- Australia Dec 2011 1 Helpful Vote

Thanks for the opportunity to review our recent trip - Christmas in the Solvenian Alps. First of all, thank you very much for your fantastic service. We had a few special requests which you were able to arrange for us and we really appreciate the effort you went to in liaising with the tour operators. Nothing was any trouble for you and we received excellent service and communication from you at every turn of the booking process. The trip with Albatross Tours was just perfect. We had an more

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