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Christmas in the Black Forest

  • Gengenbach - Christmas Market © Stadt Gengenbach, Hubert Grimmig, GNTB

    Germany - Gengenbach - Christmas Market © Stadt Gengenbach, Hubert Grimmig, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
  • Black Forest - Mountain bike ride in the snow © DZT, Daniel Geiger, GNTB

    Germany - Black Forest - Mountain bike ride in the snow © DZT, Daniel Geiger, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
5 day tour
From £235 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Christmas in the Black Forest: A Cosy Yuletide Escape

One of Germany’s most varied holiday destinations, the Black Forest is a wonderful place to relax at Christmas. The region boasts gentle valleys, waterfalls, spectacular gorges and mountains densely covered with fir and spruce. Known for its timber farmhouses, traditional local costume, cuckoo clocks and, of course, gâteau, the Schwarzwald offers plenty to see and do.

In the heart of Oberharmersbach, the charming, family-run Hotel Bären is a firm favourite with our guests. Oberharmersbach is a decidedly quaint village in the Black Forest. During your festive stay, you’ll undoubtedly feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from a Christmas card.  In addition to its wonderland setting, the hotel serves three course dinners each evening and a delicious five course Christmas feast with live music!  Furthermore, when staying at the Hotel Bären, benefit from a low single room supplement.

Experience the beautiful Black Forest region! During this tour, visit also the beautiful town of Freiburg. Potter through the medieval Old Town, where pastel hued buildings, some featuring intricate decoration, hug the edges of squares. Take time to admire some of the city’s ornate doorways, and enjoy the region’s famous gâteau in cosy cafés. On Christmas eve, the final window of the nearby Gengenbach’s advent calendar will be opened, leaving the town hall aglow. The Black Forest is also a great base for trips further afield to the Rhine, Switzerland or France. Why not visit the scenic city of Strasbourg, with its renowned Cathedral, Astronomical Clock and scenic waterways?

With beautiful landscape and charming towns aplenty, the Black Forest will fill you with festive spirit. Celebrate Christmas in this fairytale setting!


Dates

23rd December 2019


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Arrive in the stunning Black Forest and check in to your hotel.  If time permits, begin exploring this winter wonderland or settle in and enjoy the view over a hot drink.

Day 2

Christmas Eve

This beautiful corner of the world is the perfect backdrop to your festivities.  Today, perhaps enjoy an excursion to Freiburg.  Known as the Jewel of the Black Forest, it is a beautiful cobbled town with rows of multi-coloured buildings. Or visit the nearby town of Gengenbach, with its scrumptious chocolate box old town of half-timbered buildings.  Marvel at the world’s largest advent calendar house – the Town Hall – whose windows glow with festive merriment.

Otherwise you can enjoy the natural splendour of this area with an excursion to the magnificent Lake Titisee.  A glacial lake surrounded by forest, this is a truly beautiful sight.  If you’re blessed with snow, you may find yourself in a true winter wonderland.

Day 3

Christmas Day

Why not start off your Christmas Day with a wonderful stroll through the village?  Celebrate with a turkey lunch and a five course candle-lit dinner, accompanied by live music.  This is a truly relaxing way to spend the festive period. Looking around the Black Forest, you may think you’re in a scene from a Christmas card!

Day 4

Boxing Day

Perhaps pop into Switzerland to visit the spectacular Rhine Falls.  Formed in the last ice age, these are the largest falls in Switzerland.  You might even choose to enjoy a boat ride on the Rhine or to enjoy the scenery from one of the viewing platforms.  The falls are also overlooked by two small castles.

Alternatively, you may wish to cross the border to France and visit the city of Strasbourg. Enjoy the charming and crooked medieval streets and spectacular cathedral.

Day 5

Departure

Pack up your memories of a delightful Christmas in the Black Forest and commence your homeward journey. Perhaps you’ll have time for a final slice of Black Forest Gâteau before you depart!


Featured hotel

Bären Hotel, Oberharmersbach ***

This excellent 3* family-run hotel as its own in-house butchery and bakery as well as a lovely bar/restaurant area. Coach parking available. All rooms have a TV, hair-dryer, safe and ensuite with shower. Firm favourite with Greatdays guests!

 Hotel Baren exterior (NCN)


You may also be interested in:

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/valkenburg-christmas-markets/

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/krakow-christmas-markets/

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/slovenia-christmas-markets/

 


23rd December 2019 Half Twin Single Supplement
Hotel Bären From £235.00 per person From £48.00 per person

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.120. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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