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Supreme Taste of the Black Forest

  • Mainau Island, Lake Constance

    lakes Mainau Island, Lake Constance
  • Titisee Lake, Black Forest

    Titisee Lake, Black Forest
  • Freiburg main square, Black Forest

    Freiburg main square, Black Forest
  • Lake Constance, Insel Mainau ©Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH_Fotograf Achim Mende

    Germany, Austria, Lake Constance, Insel Mainau ©Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH_Fotograf Achim Mende
5 day tour
From £509 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Enjoy a group tour to one of Germany’s most varied holiday destinations. The Black Forest region boasts gentle valleys, waterfalls, spectacular gorges and mountains densely covered with fir and spruce.  A quaint area of timber farmhouses, traditional local costume and world famous gâteau, the Schwarzwald is a delightful place to visit.

From the curious cuckoo clocks of Furtwangen to the sheer natural wonder of the Rhine Valley and Germany’s tallest waterfall, this group trip winds through a storybook Germany (and a little bit of Switzerland) delightfully lost in time.

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It’s Always Sunny in Freiburg

Germany’s warmest town, Freiburg is blessed with 2000 hours of sunshine each year and annually produces as much solar energy as the whole of Britain. Sitting at the foot of the woody Black Forest slopes, the university town’s cobbled streets stretch from its medieval old town through the vibrant market plazas beside the impressive Freiburg Minster.

Passing from Freiburg through the stunning mountain roads of Schauinsland and Felburg, the Schluhsee reservoir lake opens before you. It’s sparkling waters bathing the lakeside resort of Titisee’s many traditional cuckoo clock shops in reflected light. The spa town is the ideal place to take a tour on the lake or even just kick back with a slice or three of Black Forest Gâteau.

Lake Constance: One Lake, Four Countries

Head towards the luxurious Lake Constance for a sumptuous lake explorer. Begin by visiting medieval Meersburg, built on a steep lakeside vineyard, with an imposing medieval fortress that looks over the town. The old town is simply enchanting. Nearby is the oldest castle in Germany: Salem Castle. It was originally a Cistercian monastery but it now houses several interesting museums, a wine cellar and café, all set in beautiful parkland. We take a passenger ferry for the 20-minute crossing to Mainau, the Island of Flowers. This tropical paradise is still owned by the noble Bernadotte family, the Swedish Royal family.

Strasbourg & the Alsace Wine Road

The Black Forest is the perfect location for trips further afield. A short drive across the French-German border is the Alsace Wine Route, lined with pretty villages and vineyards. At the end of the route waits the scenic city of Strasbourg, with its renowned Cathedral, Astronomical Clock and scenic waterways.

Home of the European Parliament, Strasbourg has been repeatedly passed between Germany and France throughout its history and now its UNESCO listed city centre beats with the culture and heritage of both nations.

An Ideal Place to Stay

Enjoy a blissful stay in the Black Forest based at the charming Schwarzwaldhotel in Gengenbach.

Are you are looking for an alternative way to experience Black Forest? Check out our Black Forest Bargain Break for an added value tour.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1 - 2

Travel to the Black Forest

Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel to Germany for an overnight stop before arriving in the Black Forest on day 2.

Day 3

Freiburg, Beer and Titisee

This morning, we head to Germany’s sunniest town, Freiburg. Enjoy some free time to explore the bright courtyards and colourful houses, or enjoy an optional guided tour. Then we head to a local brewery for a tour, followed by a beer and a typical Black Forest lunch. After lunch, continue on to Lake Titisee to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by this beautiful lake. Located in the Black Forest National Park amid thick forest, Lake Titisee is irresistibly scenic. Stroll along the enchanting promenade and explore the many cuckoo clock workshops.

Day 4

Lake Constance Explorer

Today take a scenic drive through the Black Forest towards the majestic Lake Constance. Here, we visit Meersburg, built on a steep lakeside vineyard; an imposing medieval fortress looks over the town. We take a passenger ferry for the 20-minute crossing to Mainau, the Island of Flowers, a tropical paradise still owned by the noble Bernadotte family. We return to Meersburg to join our coach to return to the hotel.

Day 5

Alsace Wine Road

Today, drive through the renowned wine region of the beautiful French Alsace and stop along the way at one of the vineyards for a tasting of the Alsace wines.  Continue on to Strasbourg, a city with a rich French and German history.  The town centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers plenty in the way of culture and cuisine. Enjoy some free time in the city before returning to your hotel in the Black Forest

Day 6-7

Leave the Black Forest

It’s time to leave the Black Forest and return to the UK. Make an overnight stop en route back to Calais for the return crossing on Day 7.

Additional idea

Rhine Falls and the ‘Pigtail Train’

Why not say longer and cross into Switzerland to view the spectacular Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.  There are many riverside vantage points, or take a ferry ride to a rock in the middle of the falls for a close-up view (not for the faint hearted!).

Visit the medieval town of Schaffhausen on the way to Blumberg for a ride on the Wutach Valley Railway, one of the most unusual and impressive stretches of railway in Germany.  Because of the twisting route of its central section, it is popularly known as the Sauschwänzlebahn – the ‘Pigtail Line’.  The nickname was coined because the distance between the two end stations is only 9.6km. However, the twisting route it takes to reach the terminus, including Germany’s only loop tunnel, results in a journey of 25km.  It’s a memorable experience.


Featured hotel

Schwarzwaldhotel, Gengenbach****

This hotel is located across the street from the Kinzig River and is also 14 minutes’ walk from Gengenbach train station, and 12 km from Moos mountain in the Black Forest. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, plus flat-screen TVs, balconies and minibars. Amenities include a casual restaurant, and an elegant bar with wood-panelled walls and ceilings, plus a spa with an indoor pool, a sauna and a gym. The hotel offers free onsite parking.


You may also be interested in:

Once upon a time in Germany… The Romantic Road Group Tour

Little Trains and Boats of the Rhine and Moselle

Bavaria and the Castles of King Ludwig II

Lake Constance: One Lake, Four Countries


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2021 dates From  £509.00 per person From £125.00 per person

 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.17. 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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