2020 Europe | Special Events with Albatross

In 2020, several of our European Summer Small Group Tour departures have been timed to coincide with special events and festivals throughout Europe. Including Andre Reiu performing in his home town of Maastricht, The Edinburgh Tattoo, Keukenhof Flower Festival and the Rhine in Flames, these very special departures are not to be missed!

To find out more watch this special video message from 'The Mo' and see the event details below.

 

Andre Rieu in concert with Albatross

Andre Rieu, Holland

The world-famous violinist André Rieu was born and lives in Maastricht, Holland. Renowned as the modern day ‘King of Waltz’, every July, along with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, he transforms the gorgeous, medieval Vrijthof square into a wonderful auditorium, where he performs to adoring crowds. Our July departures for our Rhine Castles, Moselle Vineyards and Ancient Cologne tours have been specially timed to catch these fantastic hometown concerts.  
 
Tour :                 
Rhine Castles, Moselle Vineyards and Ancient Cologne
 
Departures:                 
2 July, 16 July 2020
 
Where:               
Maastricht, Holland, in the main city medieval ‘Vrijthof’ square
 
Time/duration:       
8pm until Midnight
 
Seating:                     
General audience - Category 3
Note the stage is very large and all seats offer a direct view of the stage
 
Special extras: 
Dinner in a local restaurant
 

 

Edinburgh Tattoo, Scotland

Edinburgh Tattoo, Scotland

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, and artistic performance teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the capital of Scotland. This is held during the month of August each year which coincides with the Fringe Festival and International Festival. This really is a must when visiting Edinburgh and provides for the experience of a lifetime. Dress warmly for the outdoors as the seating in the esplanade is uncovered.
 
Tour:
Best of British
 
Departures:
3 August, 17 August 2020
 
Where: 
Edinburgh Castle, only over weekends in August

Time/duration:           
Show commences 9.00pm in the Castle esplanade
 

 

Keukenhof Flower Festival, Holland

Keukenhof Flower Festival, Holland

Keukenhof Flower festival is one of the world’s major flower events. Spanning 8 weeks in April and May, seven million flowers of all sorts, shapes and colours are magically displayed across 32 hectares – it is utter Tulipomania! 
 
Tour:                   
Belgium & Holland, Cobblestones and Windmills
 
Departure:         
2 May 2020
 
Where:                   
Lisse, south of Amsterdam, west of Utrecht
 
Time/duration:           
On tour we allow approx. 3- 4 hours at the festival 
 

 

Sète Jousting, France

Saint Louis Festival, France

Join in the lively Saint Louis Festival and watch the spectacular (and fun) ‘boat jousting’ that takes place in Sète in August each year. Contestants dress in white with red, or blue. Each boat holds oarsmen and a small noisy, brass and drum band. Sitting high on a step ladder are the teams of White Knights. Perched high behind the boat on a ‘Tintane’ (tiny wooden platform), lance and shield poised, are the combatants. Furiously rowed, but gaining little speed, the combatants clash. One will get very wet! Hilarious, colourful, historical, traditional. This is a wonderful way to pass an evening amongst the noisy, boisterous crowds.
 
Tour:
La Grande France
 
Departures:         
13 and 16 August 2020
 
Where:                   
Sète, on the coast south-west of Montpelier
 
Time/duration:         
We will be there in the later afternoon and evening. Dinner will be at leisure and there are dozens and dozens of fantastic seafood restaurants along the wharves.  
 

 

Rhine in Flames, Germany

Rhine in Flames, Germany

Known as the ‘Night of the Lorelei’, this spectacular fireworks display is held every September and takes place in the heart of the Rhine Gorge, at the foot of the Loreley and the romantic castles of Rheinfels and Katz. When there are about 50 brightly illuminated passenger ships in the middle of the Rhine in the evening, the enormous festival of light can start on both shores of the river with the grand finale taking place in the middle of the Rhine.
 
Tour:                     
Rhine Castles, Moselle Vineyards and Ancient Cologne
 
Departure:         
10 September 2020
 
Where:                   
On the River Rhine at the bend of the Lorelei       
 
Time/duration:         
9.00pm for 45 minutes
 
Seating:                           
On Dinner cruise