Christmas In The Black Forest
6 nights. December 2018. From £619.00.
The Black Forest provides the perfect backdrop for a wonderful Christmas break. The scenic setting of the Grimms' fairy tales is a rolling, wooded landscape with ancient villages and half-timbered houses. Visit charming Colmar, cuckoo-clock-making Triberg, as well as Strasbourg, home to 'Europe's oldest Christmas Market'.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Visits to Strasbourg, Triberg and Colmar
A scenic drive through the Black Forest countryside
A welcome drink on arrival at the Hotel Baren
Two nights' en-route bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a comfortable hotel, such as the Campanile, Epernay
Four nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Baren, Oberharmersbach
A four-course lunch on Christmas Day
A five-course candlelit dinner including one glass of wine or beer, and live music on Christmas Day
Return Channel crossings
Coach travel throughout
The services of a friendly Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Travelling by comfortable coach, you'll leave the local area today to make your way to the Channel port, and continue to your overnight hotel.
Today you'll stop en route in Strasbourg. Here, the city's festive market is held in the shadow of the magnificent cathedral, which overlooks the ancient Petite France quarter of canals, covered bridges, cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings.
You'll then cross the Rhine and head into the scenic countryside of the Schwarzwald. When you arrive at your hotel, you'll be welcomed with a complimentary drink.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Enjoy a visit to picture-postcard Colmar in the Alsace region. Explore the Christmas market and other gems, such as the Pfister House with its wooden gallery and octagonal turret, and the high, half-timbered houses in the Tanner District. During the late afternoon we return to our hotel to continue our Christmas celebrations.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
Celebrate Christmas Day with a scenic drive through idyllic Black Forest countryside to the famous spa-town of Triberg, famous for its wood-carving and its cuckoo-clocks. Afterwards, you'll return to your hotel to enjoy Christmas lunch and a special five-course dinner.
Rest and relax today at the hotel. Alternatively, after a leisurely breakfast, join our optional excursion to the village of Hofgut Sternen, home to largest cuckoo clock in the Bavarian Highlands. Discover how these beautiful, hand-made clocks are made and visit the workshop where delicate glass items are created. We'll also stop at the pretty lakeside resort of Titisse.
Today we'll begin our journey home, travelling north to a comfortable overnight hotel.
Continue your homeward journey, across the Channel and into the UK.Back to top
AccommodationHotel Baren (and stopover hotel)
You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Epernay area of France, and the Hotel Baren on the edge of the Black Forest.Back to top
Meet at port option
To give you greater flexibility, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk
European Christmas closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Coach seating arrangements
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Accommodation may be offered in 'nebenhause', which are adjoining buildings just a short walk from the main reception area.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.Back to top