This post was written in collaboration with Albatross Tours
Image: Hallstatt Austria from Albatross Tours Gallery
Someone mentioned to me about celebrating Christmas in July in Australia and while I do love Christmas I haven’t ever considered celebrating in July. Apparently people do it so you can enjoy the ‘traditional’ Christmas food that the other half of the world have while it is cold. This July we even had snow in parts of Australia that never usually see snow, so I suppose it sort of makes sense. But do you know what would be even better – going to Europe and enjoying a real white Christmas!
To me, a white Christmas means more than just snow. Let me help you … can you imagine sipping on warm mulled wine and nibbling ginger cookies in front of the fireplace, staring out the frosted window at the glistening snowflakes falling over fairytale castles and cobblestone streets. Being able to sing all the popular Christmas songs without looking like an idiot for mentioning snowmen or frost bitten noses. Christmas fairy lights twinkling amongst the snowflakes, real fir trees draped in colourful decorations, shopping for gifts at the candlelit markets while you munch on roasted chestnuts. Enjoying a hot Christmas dinner without slaving over the oven in a sweltering Aussie Summer kitchen. Oh the wonder of it all. Doesn’t it just seem magical?
Make yourself a mulled wine and ponder these five amazing trips you could do for a White Christmas.
My Top 5 White Christmas Destinations
1. A Bohemian Christmas
Image: Christmas Time in Vienna from Albatross Tours Gallery
Imagine visiting the ancient cities and delightful Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Vienna. I would love to enjoy dinner in the Catacombs deep under a cobbled stone, medieval town square in Cesky Krumlov before escaping to the snow clad mountains of the Austrian Tyrol for some Christmas festivities.
2. German Fairytale Christmas
Image: Rothenburg Christmas Markets from Albatross Tours Gallery
Stay in the heart of Bavaria near Ludwig’s ‘Fairytale Castle’ in the Bavarian Alps. I could shop at the famed Christmas markets, rug up for a nightwatchman tour, sit back in a horse drawn carriage and explore The Romantic Road!
3. Austrian White Christmas
Image: Shonbrunn Palace in Vienna from Albatross Tours Gallery
Christmas in the enchanting Austrian Alps would be magical too. Sleeping in an 800 year old coaching Inn, exploring Schonbrunn Palace at dusk, and wander the Vienna Woods and see if I could spot some woodland creatures.
4. Christmas in an Italian Castle
Image: Castel Brando from Albatross Tours Gallery
I’ve always thought I had a bit of royalty in me, so why not stay in a glorious Italian Castle! I would of course have to follow this up with a chic ski resort in Cortina, a stop in Venice and Milan. Just to top it off I could pretend I was in the Sound of Music and see the church from ‘the’ wedding!
5. Christmas in a Swiss Chalet
Image: Thun, Switzerland from Albatross Tours Gallery
I’d love to stay in a delightful old wooden chalet style hotel in the beautiful Bernese Oberland, a great base to explore from. I can already picture what it would be like zipping along the railroad tracks by the jagged mountain scenery. And what sort of person would I be if I had a white Christmas in Switzerland and didn’t indulge in cheesey fondue?!
All of these tours, and more, can be done with Albatross Tours. The best things about these tours are they include all sorts of exciting Christmas activities such as traditional Christmas feasts, snow bound carriage rides and visits to the superb Christmas markets. And, with their longer stays everywhere in charming hotels you don’t move somewhere different every night, which makes your European festive touring experience so much more relaxing!
Do you celebrate Christmas in July?
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Which tour would you love to do?
Where will you be in 127 days?
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