Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol Tour
15 days only $7,099 pp twin share
- Leisurely 3 and 4 night stays
- Small group size from just 10 to 28
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour
- Character hotels in superb locations
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- 'My Time' guaranteed
Wander down cobblestoned streets in stunning villages, explore Ludwig’s fairytale castles, taste wine on the ‘route Alsace du Vin’, take in the spectacular mountain views from Hitler’s Eagle Nest and the undulating ‘Sound of Music’ hills near beautiful, baroque Salzburg… ahhhh!
- Stay 4 nights in Triberg, in one of Germany’s oldest hotels
- Visit Gengenbach, a ‘pearl among the Black Forest towns’
- Taste wine on the ‘route Alsace du Vin’
- Cruise on the River Ill in Strasbourg
- Wander around the amazing gardens of the ‘Flower Island’ of Mainau
- Explore Neuschwanstein Castle on a guided tour
- Explore the extravagant Linderhof Palace and gardens
- Visit the Passion Play Theatre and Museum in Oberammergau
- Explore picturesque Rattenberg and in the old town of Innsbruck see the Golden Roof
- Relax with a day free to explore the old town of Kirchberg
- Ride on a steam train along the picturesque Ziller Valley
- Admire the Krimmler Wasserfälle (Waterfalls)
- Explore Hitler’s Eagles Nest and visit Berchtesgaden and the historic town Salt Mines
- Enjoy a full day to explore Salzburg
- Discover the stunning village of Hallstatt
- Enjoy a special farewell dinner at St Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg’s oldest restaurant dating back to the 1500’s
The Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in Austria or Germany. Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours!
Julie Andrews and that Mad King
Mad? Or just eccentric? Ludwig emptied Bavaria’s treasury by building a series of Palaces and Castles inspired by Germanic Gods, the surrounding countryside and the composer, Wagner. Castles like the ‘Fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle. Who doesn’t identify Austria’s undulating hills, deep blue lakes and gorgeous church steeples with the first scene of the iconic film the Sound of Music? Julie Andrews, arms outstretched singing ‘The hills are alive’? I do! These regions are riddled with palaces, baroque churches, mountains and medieval towns, ripe to be visited. You may never tire of the ‘chocolate box’ perfection. I find it really strange that virtually every mainstream tour out there spends just a few scant hours in these entire regions en route to their next all too brief overnight stay. Ridiculous! Neuschwanstein Castle is wrongly treated to a ‘happy snappy’ roadside photo stop or hurried morning visit, the other castles and sights are completely ignored, and you never have time to relax by ‘those’ lakes or ride high up on ‘those’ magical Austrian hills. Madness! Aren’t these iconic sites the reason you are going to these regions in the first place?
I believe these magnificent, romantic, and beautiful regions deserve better. That is why Albatross spends 4 nights exploring the Black Forest, 3 nights amongst Bavaria’s castles, 3 nights in the Austrian Tyrol and 3 nights in ‘Sound of Music’ Salzburg. It is absolutely the only way these hills can come alive!
Day 1: Frankfurt welcome
Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Frankfurt: a city of contrasts – from modern skyscrapers to beautifully maintained old buildings. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and
Day 2: Heidelberg, Gengenbach and the Black Forest
We spend the morning in the nearby ancient university town of Heidelberg. Set in the wooded Neckar Valley, it is noted for its twin-towered bridge and red sandstone castle. We have included a funicular ride up to the castle and entrance to the castle courtyard and terrace. From here you can enjoy the magnificent views of the city and Neckar River below. Entrance is also included to see the world’s largest wine barrel and the German Apothecary Museum. Later, we drive deep into the Black Forest to enjoy an afternoon stop in Gengenbach. With its watchtowers and market square surrounded by lovely half-timbered houses, it is easy to see why it has been called a “pearl among the Black Forest towns”. We continue to nearby Triberg, where we spend the next four nights.
Waldhotel Luise, Freudenstadt: 19th May, 23rd June and 8th September departures
Maritim TitiseeHotel, Titisee-Neustadt: 9th June and 25th August departures
Day 3: Strasbourg cruise and Triberg
Our morning will be spent in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament. On arrival we board a glass topped boat to enjoy a river cruise around the heart of this beautiful city. Retaining its old world charm there are three bridges spanning the River Ill, massive fortified towers and the pedestrian streets around the Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie are a delight. Take time to enjoy one of the numerous cosy bistros and cafés. Late afternoon and evening is at leisure in Triberg, in the very centre of the Black Forest, famous for cake, and home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock.
Day 4: Colmar and the Alsace Wine Road
Crossing the Rhine in France, we spend the morning in postcard perfect Colmar. On arrival we will enjoy an orientation tour through the heart of town on the ‘Petit Train’. Brightly painted, half-timbered houses on narrow, twisting lanes make a perfect backdrop. The River Lauch winds its way through the centre, known as the Little Venice district.
Your afternoon will be spent on the Route Alsace du Vin (Alsace Wine Road). Stretching from Strasbourg to Colmar, we will drive through the pretty villages of Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Kaysersberg on this famous wine road. At one of the manicured vineyards we will enjoy a wine tasting of various classic local wines.
Day 5: Lake Titisee and gothic Freiburg
This morning we visit the beautiful lake and town of Titisee and enjoy a cruise on the crystal clear waters of this famous lake. Lunchtime is at leisure in the capital of the Black Forest – the gothic city of Freiburg. Sensitively restored, Freiburg is one of the most charming of German cities, located where the Black Forest meets the Rhine Plain. Arcaded shopping streets and little streams lead through the old town to its great gothic cathedral.
Day 6: Flower Island of Mainau to Bavaria
Heading south-east we soon arrive on the western shore of Lake Constance. Crossing a short causeway we visit the Flower Island of Mainau where a local guide leads us through the 111 acres of beautiful gardens and landscaped grounds. Originally created nearly 200 years ago by Prince Nikolaus, these magnificent botanical gardens also boast an arboretum and an Italian rose garden complete with pergolas, sculptures, fountains and 500 varieties of roses. In summer it is splendid with its rhododendrons along with huge displays of over 350,000 flowers. After catching a ferry across Lake Constance to Meersburg, we follow the northern lakeshore to enjoy an afternoon break in the old harbour town of Lindau. Later we continue to Füssen, in the mountains of Bavaria.
Hand Selected Experience
The palatial gardens of Mainau
It would be too easy to simply take the quickest route from Triberg to Bavaria. However, we don’t and we won’t. Instead we choose to stop at one of Europe’s classic palatial gardens that cover the entire island – Mainau on Lake Constance. Different flower gardens and displays bloom depending on the season, as they have done for hundreds of years. This is European grand garden design at its finest, and it is a wonderful heritage experience.
Day 7: Neuschwanstein Castle and Tegelberg
We start the day in Hohenschwangau. On one hill overlooking the little village you have the neo-gothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. We take a leisurely stroll up the wooded road to enjoy a guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle’s state rooms, king’s apartments, halls and throne room; all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Later this afternoon we will take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg to take in the excellent views down onto the fairytale castles far below. Your evening is at leisure in Füssen.
Please note: The guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle incorporates climbing up and down a number of staircases and, as there are no elevators, the inside visit to the castle this morning may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or limitations.
Day 8: Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau and Wieskirche
There is nothing quite like a day in the mountains! Our first stop will be a visit to Linderhof, an extravagant French Rococo Palace – yet another of King Ludwig’s amazing creations. Lunchtime will be in the nearby village of Oberammergau with its ornately painted buildings where the famous Passion Play is performed every ten years. To complete your visit we have included entrance and a guided tour through the fascinating Passion Play Theatre and Museum. In the afternoon we drive through Bavarian farmlands and forests to make a stop in arguably the most beautiful church in Europe – Wieskirche (the ‘Church in the Meadows’). Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation.
Day 9: Innsbruck, Rathenberg & Kirchberg
Taking the beautiful Fern Pass across the Bavarian Alps we descend into the Inn Valley to visit the nearby winter resort city of Innsbruck. There will be time at leisure to explore the sights of the Alstadt (old town) such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, cobblestoned streets and the renowned Golden Roof. Later we follow the dramatic Inn Valley through the rolling Tyrolean hills and villages, to enjoy a short afternoon stop in the pretty village of Rattenberg. We then continue to Kirchberg where we stay for the next three wonderful nights. On one of the evenings during our stay, we have arranged tickets to a local Austrian folk show*.
Relax and enjoy an evening of typical Tyrolean song and dance, performed by the local townspeople.
*Not included on 19 May departure.
Day 10: ‘My Time’ in the Austrian Tyrol
Your day is entirely free to explore the old town of Kirchberg and maybe the nearby town of Kitzbuhel. Why not take a cable car up one of the surrounding peaks and enjoy lunch in one of the mountain top restaurants. Alternatively relax on a sun terrace and soak up the glorious surroundings.
Day 11: Ziller Valley and the Krimml waterfalls
An exciting day in the mountains. Driving to Jenbach we board the old wooden carriages of the historical Zillertalbahn steam train. Sit back and relax as the train puffs its way up the full length of the Ziller Valley, through conifer forests and rich green meadows, to reach the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen. This is a perfect place to enjoy lunchtime amongst the numerous shops, cafés and restaurants surrounded by the soaring Alps. Meeting up with our coach we enter the Hohe Tauern National Park and drive over the spectacular 1630 metre high, 12 km long Gerlos Pass. Stopping at Krimml we visit the Krimmler Wasserfälle (Waterfalls) – the highest in Austria – where we enjoy a walk along the valley pathway to a number of spectacular viewpoints.
Hand Selected Experience
A day in the mountains!
Since modern Alpine skiing originated in Austria it makes absolute sense to combine a visit to the classic ski resort of Mayrhofen with a wonderful day exploring high mountain passes, cascading waterfalls, picture perfect wooded meadows and valleys. We even throw in a steam train ride! This is the authentic essence of Austria. With our 3 night stay you not only see the mountains but you get to truly experience them – to enjoy them the way the locals so proudly do.
Day 12: Berchtesgaden, Eagle’s Nest and Salt Mines
A fascinating day ahead as we visit Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest. A local guide joins us as we take a breathtaking bus journey up the winding Kehlstein road and then, in Hitler’s personal luxurious brass elevator, we ascend inside the mountain for a guided tour of the Kehlsteinhaus. This alpine retreat is better known as Hitler’s Eagles Nest and the mountain views are spectacular.
Lunchtime will be spent in the picturesque and historic town of Berchtesgaden. Later we visit the old Salt Mines near Berchtesgaden. After dressing up in a salt miner’s uniform, we enjoy a fun filled ride on a small train deep underground, take wooden slides (or steps) and then float on a barge across a crystal clear underground lake, beautifully illuminated by a light show. Next stop Salzburg, where we stay three nights.
Day 13: Salzburg and 'My Time'
We have allowed a full day to explore Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Your afternoon will be at leisure to explore the myriad of narrow, cobblestoned streets, ornate squares and churches, fascinating shops and traditional coffee houses. The views from the enormous Festung (Fortress), sitting high above the city, are magnificent.
Day 14: Lake Mondsee, Hallstatt & Salzburg
There is nothing like a day exploring the Austrian Lakes District! After a leisurely start we spend the morning beside 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 to enjoy lunchtime exploring the picturesque town of 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. Our return journey to Salzburg takes us alongside Wolfgangsee (lake) and around Lake Fuschl. This evening we have included a farewell dinner at St Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg’s oldest restaurant dating back to the 1500’s.
Day 15: To Munich
Bidding Austria farewell, we drive to Munich where your tour ends on arrival, mid-morning. Drop off points will be in the city centre and Munich airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm.
Incredible Value Inclusions
Over $1,500 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
- 14 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- 24 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 10 dinners (D)
- Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
- Hand Selected Albatross Experiences – Strasbourg river cruise,
- Lake Titisee cruise, cable car ride to Tegelberg and Ziller steam train ride, local Austrian folk show
- Local guides as described in the itinerary
- ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
- Personal audio system whilst on tour
- Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
- Albatross Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
- Albatross Memories Photobook
With no additional 'on tour' costs!
Waldhotel Luise, Freudenstadt - 4 Nights
Maritim TitiseeHotel, Titisee-Neustadt - 4 Nights
Hotel Hirsch, Fussen - 3 nights
Superbly located in the picturesque town of Füssen, Hotel Hirsch, built in the ‘Art Nouveau’ style,
has been owned by the same family for four generations. The hotel combines elegantly modern comfort and the Bavarian ambience. All rooms have private facilities, TV and telephone.
Hotel Kirchberger Hof, Kirchberg - 3 Nights
Located in the centre of Kirchberg, this 4-star hotel offers rooms furnished in modern Alpine style and feature balconies offering views of the surrounding mountains. The elegant restaurant serves traditional Tyrolean specialities and international cuisine. The wellness facilities on offer include a sauna, a steam bath, an infra-red cabin and an indoor swimming pool.
Altstadthotel Stadtkrug, Salzburg - 3 Nights
This 4-star hotel is located in the old town centre of Salzburg and just a few minutes’ walk to all the notable sights of town. This 4-star hotel occupies a 700 year old building at the foot of the Kapuzinerberg Mountain and features elegant rooms.
The itinerary featured many interesting sights and fabulous scenery. Unfortunately, the weather was poor for most of the time, but we still enjoyed ourselves. The major highlights were - 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 manager 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.
We have just returned from Europe on our trip which included the Black Forest, Bavaria and Tyrol Tour.
We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour - it was professionally run with great accommodation, a very informative tour guide, and interesting and varied sites and attractions. Meals were of a high standard (so huge!). This was our first experience of group touring as we normally travel independently, and we certainly did appreciate only 20 people being on the tour!
Kaye & Chris
Firstly, let us say that we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, with the tour director and driver both being excellent.
As to the accommodations, we considered them all very good. It was very refreshing to stay in smaller villages and hotels as opposed to the major cities/mainline hotels.
All in all we consider that the Albatross 'model' is excellent and would not like to see it change into something akin to Trafalgar or Insight, as the current approach differentiates Albatross from that market.
In conclusion, we were thoroughly satisfied with the tour, and would have no hesitation in again booking with Albatross, and/or in recommending Albatross to others.
David & Margaret
On my recent Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyol tour the highlight for me was the Alsace region, Triberg and Hohenschwangau. Very few tours cover the Alsace region and it lived up to it's expectations. We covered a lot and yet it did not seem rushed. It was great having a small group and the family run hotels had character.
It was our first visit to Germany, the land of fairytales and castles; nothing prepares you for the depth of green you will see. The Black Forest really is green, the foliage so dense you can't see the forest floor. I will never tire of the snow-capped mountain peaks that adorn almost every direction you turn or the picture perfect homes that look like giant Cuckoo clocks. The multi coloured buildings in the Alsace region stimulate the senses, so different to what we are accustomed too at home. Our Tour Leader Gina had a wealth of knowledge to share and ensured we enjoyed all this tour had to offer. I was particularly impressed with the views from our room in Fussen and Kirchberg, our third Albatross tour will definitely not be our last.
Paul, travelled May 2016
Dennis & Alison Bant
Ann & Ashley
Jo-Anne and Tom, June 2018
Gina our guide was so very good in every possible way and excellent! We both felt very confident to relax and enjoy… as she was always informative and would anticipate all needs! Lovely variety of gorgeous scenery and inclusions… We loved Carston our bus driver… very competent and humorous! Overall excellent tour.
Overall the Germany Black Forest Tour was amazing! I previously didn’t expect so much beauty everywhere, in every region! One day perfect and then everyday competing with the last, and I was stunned and quite emotional many times feeling tears in my eyes! Thank you so much Albatross Tours, and importantly, to Marcus our wonderful coach driver who unreservedly looked after our safety and hydration with patience and good humour, and patience in all else! And wholeheartedly I cannot give enough praise for our tour manager Katia Provencher who fulfilled her role exceptionally, was well organised, knowledgeable, patient and a lovely approachable woman! She looked out for me at every turn and everyone else! I will always seek the chance to travel with Albatross as I look to my ‘Bucket List’ again and again.
Gina was an exceptional tour guide and host. Very well prepared everyday and always in control. I needed to see a doctor in Triberg late one evening (around 9pm) and Gina managed to find a doctor after hours and accompanying me to ensure the doctor understood my situation. Gina also organised a taxi and accompanied me to a pharmacy in the next town. Through all this she displayed a genuine interest in helping me even though I’m sure she had some work to do for the next day. Gina is a true asset to Albatross. Overall I thought the tour was excellent made even more so because of our fellow travellers and Gina.
My husband and I have had a wonderful experience with Albatross Tours for the second time. Our guide, Gina was exceptional as was our driver Harold.
A great tour made even better by an excellent director where nothing seemed too much trouble and she seemed to love showing us all around ‘her’ countryside. All organisation was excellent.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed pace of this fabulous tour. It has been great to stay in lovely hotels for an extended period and not having to pack and unpack everyday has been marvellous. Each place we have visited has been very interesting and mostly for the right amount of time. Our tour manager has been very helpful and knowledgeable, and we felt that nothing was too much trouble for her. Both she and the bus drivers have been very professional but also very personable and friendly. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone and look forward to travelling with Albatross again. Well done and thank you.
Andres and Hans
This is my very first overseas trip and I had a fantastic time. The coach was very comfortable and the drivers excellent. The accommodation and meals were great and the scenery beautiful. Our tour guide Gina was fantastic. She is well organised, knowledgeable, goes out of her way to ensure everyone is happy and has everything they need. And she is a lovely person. I would do this tour again tomorrow if I could.
I have never travelled before, therefore I was nervous but for our expert tour guide with his vast knowledge of Germany, France and Austria. Nothing was too much trouble for him. His great sense of humour and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. Our drivers were experts and took great care of passengers and luggage. I am a much more confident person now, many thanks to Albatross.
Dates and Prices
|Start Date||End Date||Price Per Person||Guaranteed to Depart||Availability|
|19 May 2019||2 Jun 2019||NZD $7,099||Space Available|
|9 Jun 2019||23 Jun 2019||NZD $7,099||Space Available|
|23 Jun 2019||7 Jul 2019||NZD $7,099||Space Available|
|25 Aug 2019||8 Sep 2019||NZD $7,099||Space Available|
|8 Sep 2019||22 Sep 2019||NZD $7,099||Space Available|
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