Highlights of The Black Forest
Thursday 19th - Wednesday 25th July 2018
7 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £39.50pp
Single supplement: £97
The Schwarzwald Hotel is found in the little town of Gengenbach, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Black Forest. On this tour we will discover lush meadows, pine-clad hills, rushing rivers and traditional chocolate box villages. This is a land where houses have long sloping roofs and where workshops specialise in intricate carvings and cuckoo clocks.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE SCHWARZWALD HOTEL is a modern and functional German 4-star hotel located by the River Kinzig, near the centre of this 13th century town in the western part of the Black Forest. The bedrooms, accessed by a lift, are bright and comfortable, with air-conditioning, TV, telephone, hair dryer and free Wi-Fi. There is a wellness area, with indoor swimming pool. On one evening there will be a light dinner with wine at Gengenbach Winery, instead of at the Hotel.
(DAY 1) Thursday 19th July
Join your drivers and fellow passengers on the coach and enjoy a complimentary hot drink and biscuits on the journey to Dover. We take the ferry to France and head south through the Champagne country to Metz. Here we will spend our first night at the Mercure Hotel, with dinner (set menu) and breakfast included.
(DAY 2) Friday 20th July
We only have around 200KM to drive today, allowing us to make a leisurely lunch stop in Strasbourg, the jewel of the Alsace. There is a mesmerising Gothic cathedral, winding alleyways lined with crooked half-timbered houses, and cosy winstubs (Alsatian taverns). We include a canal cruise to see the colourful La Petite France area and the Maison des Tanneurs. A short hop across the Rhine takes us to our hotel in Gengenbach.
(DAY 3) Saturday 21st July
We drive to the old walled town of Villingen and join the Schwarzwäldbahn, one of Europe’s most beautiful low mountain railways. The Railway is regarded as a great feat of engineering, and a short but fascinating journey takes us through tunnels, across viaducts and alongside the River Gutach. Alighting in Hausach, we spend this afternoon at the Black Forest Open Air Museum to discover more about the history and culture of the region. There are six fully furnished farmhouses, a variety of other typical Black Forest buildings, traditional tools and costumes, and exhibitions of crafts such as weaving and clock-making.
(DAY 4) Sunday 22nd July
To beautiful Titisee, for a lake cruise, with coffee and a slice of Black Forest gateau included. Later we will take a steam train ride on the Wutach Valley Railway, popularly known as the Sauschwanzlebahn (the Pigtail Line). The line was built between 1887 and 1890 and winds its way to Weizen near the Swiss border. In order to keep the gradient low, engineers incorporated a series of dramatic loops and curves, and even a loop tunnel.
(DAY 5) Monday 23rd July
It’s your choice today. Spend more time enjoying Gengenbach. The old town, just a short stroll from our Hotel, has half-timbered buildings and romantic streets and alleyways. Or come on the coach for a half-day excursion to charming Triberg, to explore the many woodcarving and cuckoo clock shops, and sample the local cuisine or famous kirsch.
(DAY 6) Tuesday 24th July
After breakfast we load the coach and drive north to visit the twin towns of Bernkastel-Kues, surrounded by the lush vineyards of the Mosel Valley. Bernkastel is a symphony in half-timber and teems with wine shops and taverns. Kues, on the opposite bank of the river, is less quaint but home to some key historical sights. The final night of the holiday will be at the Mercure Europlatz Hotel on the outskirts of Aachen.
(DAY 7) Wednesday 25th July
We make our way through Belgium to the Channel coast and take the ferry back to Dover. Then it’s on to Sussex, where taxis will be waiting.