Germany’s beautiful Black Forest is our destination for this new tour which offers wonderful rolling scenery, traditional villages and a way of life that has remained un-changed for centuries. In the picturesque villages many workshops still specialise in producing cuckoo clocks and intricate carvings and to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating region, we include a visit to the Black Forest Open Air Museum, as well as taking a sightseeing cruise on Lake Titisee and two scenic rail journeys through the countryside.
Wednesday: We travel to Dover for our crossing to Calais before continuing on into Belgium and the Hotel Horizon at Ghislenghien where we stay overnight.
Thursday:We travel on through Belgium and into Germany as we head for the Black Forest and the town of Gengenbach where we stay for the next five nights.
Friday: A day to relax and explore the local area, visit the Old Town and stroll by the river. This evening there will be a wine tasting at the Gengenbach Winery, close to the hotel, before we return to the hotel for dinner.
Saturday: Today we head for the old walled town of Villingen where we take a journey on the Black Forest Railway to Hausach, which includes loops, tunnels and a high viaduct. This afternoon we join our English speaking guide as we enjoy a walking tour of the Black Forest Open Air Museum.
Sunday: After breakfast we travel to Lake Titisee where we have a sightseeing cruise on the beautiful lake. Later we head for Blumberg where we join the Pig Tail Steam Railway for a journey to Weizen with lots of twists and turns and photo opportunities.
Monday:We enjoy a scenic drive around the local area this morning, before returning to the hotel for a free afternoon in Gengenbach.
Tuesday: Sadly it is time to leave the Black Forest as we begin our journey back to Belgium and our overnight stay at the Hotel Horizon in Ghislenghien.
Wednesday:We retrace our steps through Belgium as we return to Calais for the crossing back to Dover, before continuing the journey home.
We will be staying at the Schwarzwald Hotel in Gengenbach in the Black Forest. This is a modern hotel situated close to the River Kinzig near to the town centre and within easy walking distance of the Old Town, which is interesting with narrow alleyways and half-timbered buildings. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation with the en-suite bedrooms served by a lift and all having their own balcony. The hotel has a bar and restaurant, indoor swimming pool and outside terrace.
Journey on the Black Forest Railway, Boat trip on Lake Titisee, Pig Tail Steam Railway journey, wine tasting and entrance to Black Forest Museum with an English speaking guide are included