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The Black Forest
Staying in the traditional Black forest town of Uhlingen-Birkendorf at the rustic Hotel Sonnenhof and Sonnhalde, you will visit Freiburg, Lake Titisee, Konstanz, Lake Constance, Basel, Freudenstadt, Schiltach, the Black forest open air museum, cuckoo clock capital Triburg, the Rheinfall and Stein am Rhein.
- Return Eurostar and TGV trains from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Mulhouse via Paris including coach transfer in Paris
- Six nights accommodation on a four-course dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the three star Hotel Sonnenhof & Sonnhalde, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Transfers and full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
- Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Mulhouse by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to Uhlingen-Birkendorf (approximately two hours) and Hotel Sonnenhof and Sonnhalde.
Full day tour to Freiburg and Lake Titisee. Today we will be exploring the Black Forest region starting with one of Germany's most beautiful and historic cities, Freiburg. A vibrant university town based around a magnificent Gothic Münster (cathedral), built in red sandstone, Freiburg has a lovely compact historic centre, fanning out from the cathedral, with other sights including the university quarter, Rathausplatz and the old town market square and morning market. The relaxed mountain spa town of Titisee sits on the clear waters of the lake of the same name.
Full day tour to Meersburg, Konstanz and Lake Constance. A charming medieval city on Lake Constance, Meersburg’s upper and lower towns are pedestrianised, allowing you to wander amongst the half-timbered houses, medieval tower gates and two castles with ease. The huge expanse of water that is Lake Constance (Bodensee) on the River Rhine is backed by a row of spectacular peaks of the Swiss Alps. Konstanz is located on the lake’s western shore, right on the Swiss border. A university city, it has a delightful old town dominated by its cathedral, and many winding alleys to explore as well as historic buildings and three towers of an ancient city wall.
Full day tour to Basel. The city of Basel sits on Switzerland’s juncture with Germany and France. The city has an illustrious history, littered with notable names ranging from Erasmus to Holbein to Nietzsche and its patronage of arts and culture can be seen today in the form of many world-class museums and galleries including the Historisches museum and the Fountain Beyeler. Basel old town is packed with heritage sites, such as the 13th century Münster and its atmospheric cloisters and the Münsterplatz.
Full day tour to Schiltach, the Black Forest open air museum and Triburg. Our second day exploring the Black Forest region begins with Schiltach. In the upper Kinzig valley Schiltach is a stop on Germany’s ‘Half-Timbered House Road’, thanks to the examples in its medieval inner city. The Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum (the Black Forest open air museum) has six traditional farm houses to explore as well as exhibitions and demonstrations of crafts, customs and lifestyle. Triberg is perhaps best known for cuckoo clocks, especially as it is home to the largest in the world. Visit the clock shops as well as the Schwarzwaldmuseum (Black Forest museum), which is full of local artefacts.
Full day tour to the Rheinfall and Stein am Rhein. The Rheinfall is Europe's largest plain waterfall, located on the Upper Rhine in Switzerland, and provides a truly spectacular sight that has captivated tourists for centuries, including JMW Turner and Mary Shelley. Stein am Rhein, also located on Switzerland’s Upper Rhine, has a compact but well preserved medieval centre that still retains an ancient street plan. Perfectly adding to the old world atmosphere, the area is now pedestrianised and many of the buildings boast traditional frescoes.
Transfer back to Mulhouse station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
The three star Sonnenhof and Sonnhalde hotel is set in a peaceful and idyllic location on the edge of the Black forest town of Uhlingen-Birkendorf. Excellently located for this touring programme, the hotel offers a swimming pool and restaurant serving local food as well as good sized, simple rooms with private bathroom, TV, telephone and hairdyer.
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Enjoyed the holiday very much, the hotel was excellent and the excursions were well chosen. However,I felt that there was too much coach travel and this seemed a shame as there was such a good rail network in the area. I also think it's important to point out to potential travellers that when they are part of a group, some individual requests e.g. concerning meal times, cannot always be met and they cannot realistically expect the holiday to be governed by their personal preferences.