Imagine staying in a glorious 900 year old Italian Castle set in the charming foothills of the Italian Dolomites and enjoying a sumptuous New Year’s Eve Gala dinner. This is a great pre-conference tour option for our Courmayeur 2020 conference.

From $3,699 per person, this pre conference experience includes:

  • 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

  • 6 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation

  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)

  • Welcome drink in Luzern

  • 12 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)

  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners

  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners

  • 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

  • Albatross Tours Travel App



  • Celebrate New Year over 3 nights in a stunning Italian Castle set in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites

  • Experience a New Year’s Eve Gala dinner with drinks in your centuries old castle hotel

  • Stay in medieval Innsbruck and visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds

  • Take the Brenner Pass across the Alps, and follow the dramatic Val Sugana through the majestic, snow covered Dolomites

  • In Bolzano, see Ötzi - the mummified mountain man

  • Explore the canals and hump backed bridges of Venice

  • Relax in the chic ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Visit Lake Garda and picturesque Sirmione

  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in elegant, stylish Milan


Details of our exhilarating New Year’s Tour across Italy


Day 1 - Luzern

Your tour commences this evening in Luzern. Dinner tonight is included, but first we enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 - 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. After checking into our centrally located hotel you will have plenty of time to explore the Old Town, which is on your doorstep. Make sure you see the picture perfect medieval square beneath the famous ‘Golden Roof’. Dinner tonight is included in your hotel.

Day 3 - 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 three evocative nights.


Day 4 - Venice sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and a Gala New Year’s Eve dinner

New Year’s 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 Mark’s Square where we join our expert local guide for a walking tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop and explore the myriad of narrow, water lined streets and canals spanned by humped back bridges. Tonight we enjoy a Gala New Year’s Eve Dinner in ‘our’ castle. Sit back and enjoy fine Italian dining, numerous courses with Venetian fish specialties, and selected regional wines. This will be a night to remember!

Day 5 - ‘My Time’ in your Castle or chic Cortina d’Ampezzo

Your choice today… Enjoy a day at leisure in your wonderful castle or, join us 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.

Day 6 - 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.

Day 7 - Milan

Your special New Year tour ends after breakfast. Italy is at your feet!

Join us on this memorable experience!

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