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The Beautiful Black Forest

The Beautiful Black Forest

The Black Forest, or Schwarzwald to give it its German name, is famous the world over. Deeply rooted in its traditional culture and possibly best known as the home of the cuckoo clock, the Black Forest is an area of mountains and forest 200 kilometres long and up to 60 kilometres wide, which borders France in the west and Switzerland in the south. The Enz, Nagold and Alb rivers and their tributaries have carved deep valleys into the densely wooded sandstone massif of the northern Black Forest region.

Your Itinerary

Saturday 29th: We leave early morning and travel to Dover for the crossing to Calais from where we continue to our accommodation at the Mercure Hotel in Arras France.

Sunday 30th: We complete our journey to the Black Forest region and the Waldeck Spa Resort.

Monday 31st: Today we drive south into the most northerly region of Switzerland. Here we will experience the drama and beauty of the magnificent Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. Here we enjoy a half hour boat trip with an audio guide. We then board our coach and travel to the nearby medieval town of Schaffhausen. The houses of the pedestrianised old town are richly decorated with oriel windows and lavishly painted facades and it is these that have contributed to Schaffhausen’s reputation as the prettiest in Switzerland.

Tuesday 1st: Today we will drive towards Lake Constance and visit Mainau Island, known for its botanical gardens, the Castle of the Teutonic Order, its butterfly house and palm house. On arrival we enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of Mainau’s botanical treasures. In the afternoon, we board our coach and travel the short distance to Constance.

Wednesday 2nd: In resort today - we will relax in our fabulous spa resort.

Thursday 3rd: Today we will visit the spa town on the north shore of Lake Titisee, one of Germany’s prettiest lakes, and join ‘The Titus’ (built as a replica of a Roman galley) for an enjoyable 25 minute cruise. We then explore the town of Titisee-Neustadt before boarding our coach and continuing our circular drive to Triberg, known for its many traditional wood carving shops, cuckoo clocks and the highest waterfalls in Germany. This vibrant town also boasts an informative Black Forest museum and a picturesque 17th century church, both of which are worth visiting before we make our way to our hotel in time for dinner.

Friday 4th: After breakfast this morning, we will bid a fond farewell to the staff at our lovely hotel and begin our journey to Arras in France.

Saturday 5th: After breakfast we will head north to the port of Calais for our short sailing to Dover, before continuing our final leg of our journey home.

Please note: to enjoy the full benefit of this beautiful region some days are best suited to good weather conditions, and as a result these excursions may be swapped around to alternative days with better weather prospects, this will be left to the drivers discretion.

NB: EU Health Insurance Card recommended

Waldeck Spa Hotel, Bad Dürrheim, Black Forest★★★★

This modern, family-run 4 star hotel is traditional in style and located within a 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 rooms are light and spacious, each with its own balcony, hairdryer and TV.

Your Tour Includes

  • All Travel by Executive Coach
  • Excursions as Detailed
  • 2 Overnights with Hot/Cold Buffet Dinner, & Hot/Cold Buffet Breakfast at the Mercure Hotel Arras
  • 5 Nights 3 Course Buffet Dinner Menu with 3 Choices of Starter & Main, Fixed Dessert & Salad Buffet in Resort
  • 5 Nights Bed & Buffet Breakfast (Cold) in Resort
  • Porterage at Resort Hotel
  • Welcome glass of Sekt with short film about the history of the hotel on first night
  • Tea/coffee after dinner
  • Free use of leisure facilities (excluding treatments)
  • Boat trip at Rhine Falls (30 min) with audio guide
  • Botanical guided tour of Mainau Island (90 min)
  • Cruise on Lake Titisee (25 min)
  • Return short short sea crossing
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