NEW: The Black Forest Chrysanthemum Festival
Sunday 20th - Saturday 26th October 2019
7 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £41.50pp
Single supplement: £85
Each autumn the city of Lahr hosts a vibrant Chrysanthemum Festival, bringing a riot of colour to this charming Black Forest town. With fabulous arrangements of brightly coloured Chrysanthemums as far as the eye can see, cultural events and music, the Festival attracts thousands of visitors and is one of the highlights of the Black Forest calendar.
Your Holiday Hotel
Waldeck Spa Resort, Bad Dürrheim, Black Forest
This modern, family-run 4-star hotel is traditional in style and located within a 5 to 10-minute stroll from the town centre. The public areas are bright and spacious and include a reception, bar, restaurant, roof terrace and garden. The 139 bedrooms are light and spacious, each with a balcony, TV and hairdryer. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities that include an indoor swimming pool, saunas, gym and spa services. There is also an atmospheric wine cellar and bar area. The Hotel has a lift.
(DAY 1) Sunday 20th October
Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais then through France, Belgium and Luxembourg to our overnight hotel, the Novotel near Metz, with dinner and buffet breakfast included.
Please note that twin rooms at the Novotel Metz will have a double bed and a sofa bed.
(DAY 2) Monday 21st October
We cross the Rhine into Germany, heading for a lunch stop in Baden- Baden. This elegant spa town has attracted royals, the rich and celebrities over the years. There are grand colonnaded buildings and turreted art nouveau villas, open-air cafes and pristine gardens. There will be the opportunity to ride on Germany’s longest funicular railway to the summit of the Merkur Mountain at over 2000 feet (fare not included). Part of this afternoon’s route will be along the B500, known as the Black Forest High Road. There are magnificent views of the Black Forest valleys as we drive south. Later we arrive in Bad Dürrheim to spend four nights with buffet dinners and breakfasts at the Waldeck Spa Hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink and a short film about the history of the Hotel.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 22nd October
A relatively short excursion today, crossing into the most northerly part of Switzerland to experience the drama and beauty of the Rhine Falls. One of Europe’s largest waterfalls, we will take a 30-minute boat trip sailing close to the central rock for which the Falls are famous. We will also spend time in the medieval Swiss town of Schaffhausen, where the houses of the pedestrianised Old Town are decorated with oriel windows and lavishly painted facades.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 23rd October
An early start after breakfast for Lahr, where the National Chrysanthemum Society hosts its spectacular annual show. Thousands of chrysanthemums transform this picturesque town into a floral masterpiece. There will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy the displays and perhaps treat yourself to a slice of Black Forest Gateau!
(DAY 5) Thursday 24th October
You may like to spend a day relaxing at the Hotel and enjoying Bad Dürrheim. Alternatively, join our excursion to Mainau Island on Lake Constance. This small wooded island is reached by a causeway and hides numerous delights, including a Baroque castle, attractive gardens and glasshouses, and a butterfly house. The cost of admission is included.
(DAY 6) Friday 25th October
Having loaded the luggage onto the coach we leave Bad Dürrheim and drive north through Germany. Passing Stuttgart and Karlsruhe we cross the Rhine and on to the pretty town of Monschau in the Eifel region. Here we spend the final night of the tour at the Michel and Friends Hotel (formerly the Carat) with a buffet dinner and breakfast.
(DAY 7) Saturday 26th October
Returning through the Channel Tunnel, we reach Sussex in time for early evening taxis.