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SPANISH FLAVOURS TO SUIT EVERY TASTE

Explore Alternative Italy

10 Views of Europe not to miss!

7 BEST

Christmas Market Treats

TIPS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS


Creating remarkable memories that last a lifetime

Image courtesy of Albatross traveller S. Deaves

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welcome Dear Travellers, Thank you for subscribing to The European Traveller magazine, brought to you by Albatross Tours. We have created this magazine to share our passion for Europe and to inspire your next European holiday. In this issue we feature many exciting European holiday ideas to whet your appetite! Find out more about the alternative side of Italy, discover the best foods to try at the Christmas markets, read our travel tips for solo travellers and see the ten best views in Europe! We are delighted to share Jill’s traveller story, from her recent Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tyrol tour. Jill absolutely loved the variety of experiences and destinations, plus the free time to explore her own interests. If you are planning further ahead, take a look at our exciting new tours coming soon. In 2018 we will be launching the ultimate European Christmas adventure and a special tour of Spain and Portugal featuring the Three Kings Festival. And, in 2019 we will be adding the exhilarating destinations of Sardinia, Corsica and Scandinavia to our Summer tour programmes. Here’s to creating remarkable memories that last a lifetime! Happy reading! Michele Zavaglia, Marketing Manager Albatross Tours

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Explore the Alternative side of Italy

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Discover the best foods to try at Christmas Markets

Travelling Solo - it’s not as daunting as you may think

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Must See: Calanques, France

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Traveller Story: The Castles of Kings and Hitler’s Hideaway

Tapas, Exquisite flavours to suit every taste

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10 Best Views of Europe

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Exciting new tours coming soon!

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ALTERNATIVE ALTERNA-

TIVE ITITALY GETTING OFF THE TOURIST TRAIL

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ant to discover Italy off the beaten track?

Yes, the Colosseum is a must-see. And the Leaning Tower of Pisa is fascinating. But there are also plenty of less-crowded sites to visit in Italy – places that won’t leave you lining up for an hour or struggling to get the perfect photo without other people in the frame. Experience the charming, laidback side of Italy by visiting these fabulous destinations.

MATERA

BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

Located in the Basilicata province, Matera sits in a breathtaking canyon carved out by the Gravina River. This ancient city is home to the Sassi caves, which are thought to have housed Italy’s first ever human settlements. Since the restoration of the caves in the 1980s,Matera has become a hub of thriving businesses, cafés and hotels. And while travellers are starting to catch on to how noteworthy this destination is, it’s still far enough off the beaten track to keep it from feeling crowded.

Bassano del Grappa radiates classic Italian charm. Located in northern Italy, the town was founded back in the 2nd century BC, making it one of the oldest urban centres in Italy. Bassano del Grappa’s other highlights include: • •

Visit Matera on our Italy, the Deep South & Sicily Tour >

The Ponte degli Alpini – This beautiful timber bridge crosses the Brenta River is adorned with carvings of the town’s insignia. Grappa – Made with grape-based brandy, this delicious alcoholic beverage is drunk throughout Northern Italy. As the town’s name would suggest, Bassano del Grappa is renowned for producing this schnapps-like drink. Visit Bassano del Grappa on our Italian Lakes & Tuscany Tour >

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URBINO

Known for being an enclave of Renaissance culture, Urbino sits behind huge stone walls. As a World Heritage listed site, much of the city’s medieval architecture has been carefully preserved. Though it attracts fewer visitors than some of Italy’s other ancient cities, Urbino has just as much to offer in terms of culture and history. Explore the city walls, grab a bite to eat at the Piazza della Republica, and marvel at the grandiose architecture of the Ducal Palace. Visit Urbino on our brand new Italian ‘Alternativo’ Tour >

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MACUGNAGA

Nestled at the base of Monte Rosa, Macugnaga provides breathtaking views of the Italian Alps. This region of Italy is best known for its mountaineering history – perched on the Swiss border, Macugnaga sits just below one of the tallest climbs in Europe, a 2,400-metre-high cliff nicknamed ‘The Himalayan Face of the Alps’. Not a fan of heights? No problem. You don’t need to be a modern-day Sir Edmund Hillary to enjoy visiting Macugnaga. With its quaint town centre, ski fields and picture-perfect scenery, the village has plenty of attractions that don’t involve mountain climbing! Visit Macugnaga on our Italian ‘Grande’ Tour >

Image courtesy of Albatross traveller R. Morgan

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SAN MARINO

Exploring Italy off the beaten track may actually take you out of the country (technically) and into the Republic of San Marino, a microstate situated on the Italian Peninsula. With its own constitution and political system, this is the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world. From ancient castles to historical town halls, a range of attractions are waiting to be discovered in San Marino. And, of course, the most scenic way to reach this mountaintop city is via cable car. Prepare for some unforgettable views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic Sea! Visit San Marino on our brand new Italian ‘Alternativo’ Tour >

ALBEROBELLO

Tucked away in the southern region of Puglia, Alberobello is one of Italy’s hidden treasures. With a population of just over 10,000, it offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome and the other big cities. Alberobello is renowned for its collection of trulli houses. Dating back to the 14th century, these unique cone-roofed structures make the village look like a setting pulled straight from a fairytale. Visit Alberobello on our Italy, the Deep South & Sicily Tour >

Have we convinced you to explore Italy off the beaten track? Or would you rather visit the famous sites this time around and save these gems for your next Italian holiday? Either way, you’re sure to have a sensational time when you tour Italy!

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of the Best Festive Foods to try at European Christmas Markets

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f there’s one thing you can be sure of when visiting traditional European Christmas Markets, it’s that it will be cold. Rugging up is one way to keep Jack Frost from nipping at fingers and toes, but so is indulging in rich and delicious food and drink.

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Keep the cold out by trying one of these seven European winter warmers while wandering through the street stalls. And remember: ‘tis the season for giving, so allow your tastebuds that extra festive treat. Happy holidays!


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christmas markets 1. Gluhwein or Kinder Punch

If you could bottle Christmas, it would taste like Gluhwein. This warm syrupy drink is a Bavarian Christmas Market staple and has: cinnamon, oranges, cloves, and a good glug of red wine (unless you’re opting for the alcohol-free version, known as Kinder Punch). Gently heated, Gluhwein will keep your fingers warm after a ‘tough’ day of shopping at the European Christmas Markets. Try gluhwein on our German Fairytale Christmas Tour >

2. Roasted Chestnuts (open fire optional)

Popular across Europe during the festive season, it’s thought that chestnuts were originally roasted during winter months because grain was in short supply. Today they’re often sold by street-vendors as a tasty snack. Never tried one? Expect a sweet, earthy taste. Taste roasted chestnuts on our Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol Tour >

3. Panettone

Pronounced panet-ton-e, this sweet Italian fruit loaf is served and eaten at New Year, as well as Christmas. Like fruit cake, panettone is packed with dried fruits and has a warming zesty orange taste. The thicker, bread-like consistency is a winter treat for chilly Italian days. Try a slice with fresh coffee.

Enjoy panettone on our Christmas in an Italian Castle Tour >

4. Swiss Hot Chocolate

The Swiss have a long-standing relationship with chocolate, so expect some of the richest, most delicious hot chocolate in Europe. You better sample several, just to make sure we’re telling the truth! Whether you’re skiing in the Swiss Alps or browsing the markets, shrug off the cold with a mug of gooey, warm hot chocolate. Extra marshmallows are a must! Experience chocolate overload during a Swiss Christmas in Zermatt >

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When it comes to Christmas, Europe does nothing in half measures. The food and drink of the traditional markets is no exception – this will certainly be a highlight of your festive European tour.

5. Pretzels (or Bretzel)

Europeans love their bread. So when visiting one of the many European Christmas Markets, expect to see rows and rows of pretzels on wooden stands. Warmed and fresh out the oven, the doughy criss-crossed bread is a filling savoury snack. Got more time? Then for extra cosiness, pull up a seat and dip your pretzel into broth. Snack on pretzels on our Bavarian Fairytale Christmas Tour >

6. Bratwurst

Bratwurst is the ultimate German street food. This large sausage comes in an array of flavours and is often served with sauerkraut. Visit any of the German Christmas Markets and you can easily pick up a Bratwurst and continue admiring the traditional Bavarian Christmas decorations. Try a bratwurst on our German & Austrian Christmas Markets Tour >

7. Vánoční Cukrov - Christmas Sweets The proper name’s a mouthful (pronounced vah-nawtch-nee tsoo-kraw-vee), so let’s just call them Czech Christmas cookies. Baking buttery biscuits or tarts is a Czech Republic Christmas tradition. These treats are often made in large batches and given as gifts, so pick up a box from one of the many Prague Christmas Markets. Enjoy Christmas sweets on our Medieval Bohemian Christmas Tour >

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TRAVELLING SOLO:

It’s Not as Daunting as You Might Think!

Leaving your spouse at home for an independent, international getaway? Treating yourself to a solo summer holiday? Or perhaps you’re secretly looking for an overseas romance (you never know!). Whatever your motivations, travelling alone is a great way to explore the world without anyone slowing you down.

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It’s not as daunting as it might seem. But there are also things you can do – before and during your tour – to make your journey more relaxing.


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Image courtesy of Albatross traveller D. Stewart

Choose a ‘Foreign’ Correspondent

Research Everything

Today’s technology is marvellous. You could be standing alone in an unfamiliar town square in the Italian countryside, and yet your family and friends are only a few buttons away. Take advantage of this convenience and give yourself a safety net back home.

One benefit of travelling solo is you get to make all your own choices. What attractions to visit, how to spend each evening, which local restaurant to try for dinner – it’s all up to you. The downside of this is you don’t have anyone to bounce ideas off; there’s nobody to ask for a second opinion before you choose one museum over another or order waffles instead of apple strudel.

Select a close friend or relative and decide on a time that you’ll check in with them digitally each day during your trip. This could be via: • • •

An SMS each morning A Facebook message at every lunch Or a video call each evening.

To make it more interesting for both you and your chosen person, you might even use your favourite photo from the previous day as your way of checking in. Leave a copy of your planned itinerary with your contact so they’ll know where you should be if they don’t hear from you as scheduled. This will help you feel safer while you travel, knowing that somebody is keeping track with you and that you’re not really alone – even when you’re thousands of kilometres away.

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The solution? Get online and research, research, research. With useful sites (and apps) including TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google reviews, the internet is full of first-hand information and opinions from the countless travellers that have gone before you. Use these resources to guide your choices – the more details you put into the itinerary, the more certain you’ll be of every choice you make while overseas. Our destination pages are also great places to start your research on our website. Of course, there’s also a much easier and less timeconsuming way to get good advice during an overseas adventure.


Embark on an Escorted Tour On an escorted tour, you’ll be led by an itinerary prepared by experts and the in-depth knowledge of experienced tour guides. This means you know every stop and site has been carefully selected – but you didn’t have to do any of the hard work and research! A tour also takes a lot of the taxing, stressful steps out of preparing for a holiday abroad. Accommodation? Covered. Transport between destinations? Handled for you. Entrance fees and meals? Taken care of. With a guided tour, you get to truly relax instead of wasting precious holiday time making plans for the next day or worrying about how to get from one place to the next. As an added bonus, being part of a small tour group can also chase away those feelings of loneliness or homesickness that can arise when you’re in a foreign place with nobody you know. Single Supplement vs Room Sharing Depending on who you tour with, being a solo traveller can make things a bit more expensive (i.e. you may find yourself paying a ‘single supplement’ since accommodation is generally chosen to fit two people). However, don’t be discouraged. When you explore Europe with Albatross Tours, for example, you can choose to waive the single supplement by sharing your room with another single traveller of the same gender. On the other hand, if the idea of sharing your sleeping space with someone you’ve never met is a little uncomfortable, you’ll be delighted by how reasonable our single supplements are compared to other tour providers.

Safety Tips When you don’t have a travel companion, you might feel a bit more vulnerable to pickpockets, street scams and other tourist traps. Having these tips up your sleeve will help you stay safe and secure during your journey abroad: • • • • • • •

Check the cost of a taxi from the airport to your hotel in advance, or book your arrival and departure taxi directly through your hotel management. Unscrupulous drivers sometimes consider single travellers easy targets for inflated prices. Keep your ID on you (and secure) whenever you go out. Stick to public places and avoid empty alleys, particularly after dark. Walk confidently (even when you’re a little bit lost!). Don’t dress like a tourist or openly use a guidebook (or anything else that reveals you’re not a local). Read up on your daytrip before you leave your hotel room instead. Travelling solo can be an enriching, invigorating experience.

What better way is there to explore a beautiful foreign country while also discovering new things about yourself? Contact Albatross Tours for more information about how we make independent travel stress-free and wonderful.

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Calanques THE

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Calanques is a sight to be seen. With limestone cliffs jutting out of the crystal clear turquoise water, the perfect way to explore this 20-kilometre region is by boat.

Visit the Calanques on our La Grande France Tour >

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Kings & THE CASTLES OF

HITLER’S HIDEAWAY

It is difficult to identify one particular memorable moment, but probably the visit to Neuschwanstein Castle would be at the top of the list. Such a ‘majestic’ place in an amazing location.” 22


Jill H.

What tour did you travel on? Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tyrol

Why did you select this particular tour?

The itinerary was very appealing, visiting many of the more ‘unusual’ areas of Germany, rather than the large cities that many other tour groups include in their programmes. The longer stays at the various destinations was also an attraction. The range of different sightseeing experiences included in the tour was also impressive.

Who did you travel with?

I travelled with my mother, Kath. It was her first Albatross Tour.

Have you travelled with Albatross Tours previously?

I first travelled with Albatross in 2016 on the Italian Lakes & Tuscany tour. It was a brilliant introduction to Albatross Tours.

What was your favourite place/s on your Albatross tour?

Like my first Albatross trip to the Italian Lakes & Tuscany, there were many highlights on this tour, making it very difficult to nominate our ‘favourite’ place. The Alsace area of France was delightful, particularly the town of Colmar, with its colourful half-timbered houses and lovely lanes. The ‘Little Venice’ district was very pretty. Another highlight was the Flower Island of Mainau. The gardens were beautifully manicured and the flowers were bright and colourful. A particularly impressive sight was the large ‘peacock’, created by the careful design and planting of many flowering plants within one of the extensive lawn areas. The Flower Island was a very relaxing place to visit. Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace were both spectacular. The sheer size was amazing, as was the amount of wealth evident in the furnishings, ornaments and décor of these stunning places. It was interesting to hear about the historical aspects from the very informative tour guides. The Mirabell gardens and fortress in Salzburg were also lovely to visit, as was the Austrian Lakes District and the village of Hallstatt was very picturesque.

Tell us about your most memorable moment on tour?

Throughout the tour, there were many memorable moments, and happy experiences shared with our travelling companions. The scenery was spectacular. The forest and mountains were striking, and the small towns were picturesque. It was lovely to be able to share the whole experience with my mother. We both thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It is difficult to identify one particular ‘memorable moment’, but probably the visit to Neuschwanstein Castle would be at the top of the list. Such a ‘majestic’ place in an amazing location. Hallstatt was also incredible. A beautiful town, with lovely views of the dark blue, shimmering lake and magnificent surrounding mountains, just like a postcard!

What was your favourite meal on tour? There were many delightful meals, but one of our favourites was the farewell dinner at St Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg’s oldest restaurant. This was an amazing place, dating back to the 1500s. The building and décor were lovely, and the food was superb. Everyone was in high spirits after such a fabulous trip, so the evening was a lot of fun. The menu was cream soup of carrot and ginger, followed by roasted corn fed chicken, with homemade gnocchi, shallot foam, aubergine puree and vegetables. The dessert was a specialty of Salzburg – Salzburger Nockerl. A wonderful way to end our fabulous Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol tour.

What advice do you have for anyone interested in travelling on this tour?

Definitely book this tour if you are interested in a superb itinerary, wonderful experiences and great locations.

Would you recommend this tour to family and friends?

Yes. We absolutely loved the variety of experiences and the destinations. There was a great balance of historical and scenic elements. The tours were excellent and there was ample free time to ‘explore’ our own particular interests in each town. Highly recommended.

Find out more about our Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tyrol tour >

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TAPAS spain

EXQUISITE FLAVOURS TO SUIT EVERY TASTE A day spent sampling tapas is an unbeatable way to experience Spanish culture and savour the charms of its bars and taverns. Tapas are an exquisite, varied and choice example of popular gastronomy which allows you to share a variety of dishes and try a wide range of different products. All the tastes of Spain in a single meal, and generally at very reasonable prices.

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orerunners of the long, multi-course menus which are at the vanguard of modern western cuisine, tapas contain a host of products, prepared in any number of styles. This culinary speciality was first enjoyed in the 17th century, and today can include delicacies such as the very finest and juiciest acorn-fed Iberian cured ham, the traditional potato omelette, or exquisite seafood, and even miniature haute cuisine specialities prepared in tiny quantities in the form of tapas. In every town and city in Spain there are bars and taverns –sometimes even whole neighbourhoods– specialising in tapas. The fare available in these privileged establishments may include chorizo sausage, black pudding, delicacies in escabeche marinade, assorted smoked foods, cheeses, fish in brine, anchovies, croquettes, fried breadcrumbs and a wide range of specialities, at times with over a hundred varieties to choose from. Another advantage of eating tapas is that they enable you to sample a different selection of local dishes in each region of Spain. These delicious combinations of miniature culinary delights cater to all tastes and budgets.

Typical dishes and avant-garde cuisine Tapas are also served in a wide variety of presentations. Pinchos (individual portions), banderillas (brochettes), montaditos (canapés), cazuelitas (mini-casseroles) are just a few of the different names given to the various ways of serving tapas, ranging from the most basic –simply served on a cocktail stick– through to the most sophisticated presentations in individual dishes with several garnishes and sauces to give character. This last method is the usual way of offering customers samples of the typical dishes from the different Spanish regions, and is a chance to sample such famous dishes as the Valencian paella, the bean stew known as fabada from Asturias, tripe à la madrileña, and an assortment of delicious fish prepared in a range of different ways.

Even modern cuisine has borrowed from this gastronomic trend, and offers tapas which still conserve their traditional origins, but are reinterpreted with an innovative twist. Sorbet of potato omelette, casserole with goose liver, chickpeas with langoustines, and gazpacho with lobster are just a few examples of the tapas created by great cooks which have subsequently found popularity with a wider public. To accompany your tapas, the ideal drinks are beer, soft drinks and vermouth, white and red wines, as well as special wines such as cavas, and fino and manzanilla sherries. And in any tavern or bar in Spain, you’re always assured of the friendly advice of the waiter to recommend the best way to enjoy the flavour of each tapa to the maximum and to make the most of this gastronomic treat.

Savour tapas on our ‘Magnifico’ Spain & Portugal Tour >

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“All the tastes of Spain in a single meal, and generally at very reasonable prices.�

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10 The

best views in Europe

Looking across the cityscape of a metropolis that has existed since ancient times. Gazing in awe at one of nature’s most fascinating creations. Or immersing yourself in the stunning scenery of the European countryside.

Wherever you travel in Europe, you’re guaranteed to enjoy breathtaking views (and countless photo opportunities). These are our picks for the 10 best views in Europe. Believe us – it wasn’t easy to choose!

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1. Notre Dame: Overlooking Picturesque Paris Spend some time with Notre Dame Cathedral’s iconic gargoyles – these lucky statues get to enjoy incredible views of Paris all day, every day. You’ll have to settle for just an hour or two, but that’s plenty of time to see the sights and take some excellent photos. The cityscape is delightful to behold from this high angle, with visual highlights including the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

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2. Mount Srđ: Overlooking Dubrovnik Travellers adore Dubrovnik’s terracotta roofs and exquisite old city walls. While time spent in town is never wasted and the wall walk is a must-do, the ideal vantage point for admiring the city’s unique aesthetic is actually on Mount Srđ. This slope looms protectively over Dubrovnik and provides visitors with one of the best views in Europe.

Image courtesy of Albatross traveller P. Thornton

3. Mt Etna Mount Etna is one of Sicily’s most fascinating attractions. Standing at the top and looking down into the crater provides you with a visual experience unlike any other in Italy. From here, you’ll also love the views of the sparkling coastline below. Did you know? Italy is home to 3 active volcanoes, and Mt Etna is one of them.

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4. The Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) As you may have guessed from its English name, the German alpine retreat of Kehlsteinhaus is situated quite high up and provides spectacular sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. The journey to Kehlsteinhaus begins with a winding road and ends with a ride in a grandiose brass elevator. This building is also commonly known as Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, as it was presented to Adolf Hitler as a 50th-birthday present. This piece of trivia adds to the historic interest of the location.

5. The Matterhorn Sitting on the border between Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn is one of the continent’s most awe-inspiring mountains. No matter what angle you look at it from, this 4.4-kilometrehigh peak provides incredible views of the surrounding countryside. Our favourite place for admiring the Matterhorn is the resort town of Zermatt, which sits in the mountain’s glorious shadow. We stay here for 4 nights on our Swiss Winter Wonderland Tour. 31


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6. The Bell Tower: Overlooking St Mark’s Square in Venice There’s a lot to see and do (and eat!) in Venice. But you simply must save time in your itinerary to ascend the bell tower in St Mark’s Square. The way the city looks from up here is incredible.

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7. Dom Luis Bridge: Overlooking Porto’s Old Town A stroll across this iconic bridge in Porto provides you with stunning views of the River Douro and the cityscape on either side. In particular, you’ll be treated to a lovely aerial angle for admiring the city’s Old Town suburb of Ribeira.

8. Guinigi Tower: Overlooking Lucca You could say that Tuscany has several of the best views in Europe – and you wouldn’t be wrong. But our favourite picturesque scene in this region has to be the view from the top of Guinigi Tower. Those quaint red roofs of Lucca and the lush countryside in the distance… just stunning. 34


9. Spanish Steps in Rome Whether you’re looking up from the bottom or looking down from the top, every end of the Spanish Steps presents a gorgeous scene to enjoy (and take pictures of). The fountain at the base is the Fontana della Barcaccia, the centrepiece of the Piazza di Spagna. At the top of the stairs, you’ll find the Trinità dei Monti church. É bella! 35


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10. Aiguille du Midi A lot of the views on this list are at great heights, but this one really isn’t for the faint-hearted. The cable car to the summit of this French alp has the steepest vertical ascent of any cable car in the world. But the amazing mountain views from the panoramic observation platform are well worth the trip!

Inspired? Visit our website to start planning your European holiday >

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news

Exciting New Tours Coming Soon!

2018: An Alpine Christmas Adventure 17 Days – Milan to Munich The ultimate Christmas Adventure! Stay in the world’s greatest Alpine resorts. In French Chamonix, Swiss Grindelwald by the Eiger, the Spa town of Leukerbad, and enjoy Christmas in Klosters. Explore Montreux, Geneva, Innsbruck, Luzern and amazing Zermatt. Ride on a train to the ‘Sea of Ice’ and the famous Glacier Express. Now add Ludwig’s fairytale castle in Bavaria, six famous Christmas markets, first class hotels, fabulous food, festivities, fun and even a horse drawn carriage ride…. What an adventure! Departs 12 December 2018

Find out more information >

Photo courtesy of Albatross traveller D. Jenkins

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2018: Spain, Portugal & The Three Kings Festival 18 Days - Madrid to Madrid

A special tour timed to include Spain’s unique, colourful festive Christmas – the Three Kings Festival. Commencing in Madrid, we celebrate New Year in the heart of fantastic Segovia before enjoying a superb Iberian tour. Tried and tested on our highly popular summer programme, we enjoy multi night stays in Granada, Lisbon, Porto and Salamanca. The highlight will be sensational Seville where we stay 3 nights in early January, experiencing the vibrant and colourful Three Kings Festival. On 5th January we will catch the ‘Three Kings Parade’ with their weird and wonderful characters, street processions and floats, and on the next day it will be the ‘Three Kings Feast’, with festivities and flamenco. Come join us for a truly Spanish style Christmas! Departs 29 December 2018

Photo courtesy of Albatross traveller M. Avery

Find out more information >

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2019: Sardinia and Corsica, the Lands of Myths & Legends 16 Days - Cagliari, Sardinia to Bastia, Corsica

In ancient Sardinia, visit 3,700 year old huge stone ‘Nuraghe’ Tower villages and cruise to the exquisite Neptune’s Caves, and also the azure waters of the Costa Smeralda archipelago, teaming with modern mega yachts and designer stores. Stay in atmospheric Cagliari, in Catalonian Alghero, and in remarkable Su Gologone, deep in the wild hills of the Gennargentu Mountains where we take 4WDs deep into rugged ravines for a shepherd’s picnic lunch. Enjoy stunning cliff top coastal drives, visit colourful Bosa and the intriguing ‘bandit’ town of Orgosolo. In Corsica, spend 2 nights in the staggering cliff top town of Bonifacio, Napoleon’s Ajaccio, and the pretty Calvi with its myriad of ‘al fresco’ restaurants and shops. Here we cruise along the Corsican cliffs to the dramatic UNESCO Scandola Nature Reserve. We spend relaxing lunchtimes in the citadel of Sartène, in the ancient capital of Corte wedged between 2 inhospitable mountain ranges, and the distinctly French port of L’ile Rouse. Departs May to October 2019

Find out more information >

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2019: Scandinavia, in the footsteps of the Vikings 22 Days - Copenhagen to Stockholm A truly innovative and different 22 day tour of Scandinavia. Yes, we visit Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Naturally we stay in the heart of beautiful Bergen, in the arctic capital of Tromso and in UNESCO Geiranger, and of course we ride the Flam Railway and cruise down fjords and take dramatic drives. We also add stays in charming Stavanger with its quaint old town 18th century alleys, and in picture perfect Balestrand, beside a fjord. To complete the picture we stay 3 nights in historic fisherman’s cottages, and 2 more aboard the famous Hurtigruten Coastal Cruise. And, then we include so much more. We dine in Molde with a panoramic view over 200 peaks, visit Kristiansund, descend into WWII German Bunkers in Bud, before driving the length of the Atlanterhavsvegen -Atlantic Highway voted ‘The most beautiful coastal drive in the World’. Ascending the Geiranger Skywalk on the Dalsnibba Pass you will be astonished, standing on top of the Trolls Road you be stunned, but it will be Lofoten Islands drive through Reine to Å, which will truly take your breath away. Other highlights? Visit Norway’s largest Viking Long House, cruise along the scenic Lysefjord to view the iconic Pulpit Rock (walkers… yes we give you a chance to climb it! The views atop are incredible). Enjoy an included fjord kayaking excursion or a speedboat ride to Jules Verne’s Maelstrom, visit delightful Nusfjord, stroll through the Viking village in Gudvangen, and stand beneath the Boyabreen glacier…. and that’s just for starters! Departs May to October 2019

To register your early interest in any of our new tour programmes, please call us on 1300 135 015 or email info@albatrosstours.com.au. We will keep you informed as the tours are developed and released.

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Discover the magic of Christmas in Europe

Order your FREE Albatross Tours 2018-19 European Christmas, New Year & Winter Wonderland Tours brochure Phone 1300 135 015 or visit us at albatrosstours.com

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The European Traveller | Issue 1| 2018  

The European Traveller magazine, brought to you by Albatross Tours. We have created this magazine to share our passion for Europe and to ins...

The European Traveller | Issue 1| 2018  

The European Traveller magazine, brought to you by Albatross Tours. We have created this magazine to share our passion for Europe and to ins...