We explore Lake Constance and make a scenic rail journey to the iconic Black Forest on a holiday that also includes mighty waterfalls, a medieval lakeside town, and a beautiful garden island.
We meet at our Departure Office at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, changing trains and continuing to Assmanshausen via Koblenz and Cologne. We check into the 4-Star Hotel Alte Bauernschänke, originally a 15th-century wine tavern.
We spend the morning at leisure in the Rhine Gorge on Day 2, before making the short journey by rail (Standard Class) to Rüdesheim, a town famous for its wine production. We enjoy a visit to a winery, where we sample a number of delicious local wines.
Leaving our hotel today, we board a boat for a scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arriving in Koblenz, we continue by rail to the Black Forest, one of Germany's most iconic natural areas. We stay at the 4-Star Novotel Hotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus in the heart of the city.
On Day 4 we discover the Black Forest, visiting a cuckoo clock maker to learn how these intricate timepieces are made. We continue to quaint Triberg, where we enjoy the natural spectacle of its mighty waterfalls. Our final visit today is to Lake Titisee, an ancient lake fed by the Feldberg Glacier.
Day 5 is at leisure in Freiburg. On Day 6 we travel by coach to Lindau taking a wonderfully scenic route. Our hotel here boasts views of Lake Constance, Lindau's pretty harbour, and the surrounding mountain ranges.
We take a ferry across the lake to stunning Mainau Island today. Famous for its extraordinary diversity of flowers, tropical greenhouses and old, Baroque palace, Mainau is known by the nickname 'butterfly island'. Day 8 is spent at leisure by Lake Constance. Perhaps enjoy a stroll through Lindau's historic streets, lined with Medieval and half-timbered houses.
We walk to Lindau station for the train (Standard Class) to Ulm, continuing to Cologne, where we stay overnight. On Day 10, we transfer to Brussels for the Eurostar back to London.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Probably one of Europe's finest high speed trains, the jewel in German Rail's crown is the InterCityExpress or ICE.
Linking all Germany's major cities and selected destinations outside Germany, the ICE trains offer some of the most comfortable and well-designed accommodation around, so you can really get the most out of your journey.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from Inter City Express (ICE) and EuroCity services in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
Thalys is a brand run by two companies, Thalys International, whose shareholders are French, Belgian and German rail companies, with Dutch Railways (NS) as a privileged partner, and also The Railway Company THI Factory, 60% of whose capital is held by SNCF, and 40% by SNCB.
It runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190mph (305km/h) when travelling on dedicated high speed lines.
Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are usually served complimentary light refreshments once underway. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.
Our hotel in Assmannshausen is the family owned 3-Star superior Alte Bauernschänke, which celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2008. Originally a wine tavern dating from the 15th century, this half-timbered hotel stands in the centre of the village. The Berg family has owned the Bauernschänke for three generations. Their other passion is the excellent red wine, which they produce in the family's local vineyards. Hotel facilities include two restaurants and two bars. The rooms are individually decorated and feature a television, telephone and safe.
Typical meal arrangements when dining at the hotel:
The Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus is a 4-Star hotel close to heart of Freiburg city centre. Shops, theatres, and the landmarks of the Old Town are all just a short walk away. The hotel has an indoor heated pool and a sauna, while each room has amenities including free Wi-Fi, a minibar, a hairdryer, a television, and an armchair and table. There's a restaurant and a bar on site offering a wide array of cuisines and liquors. The restaurant has a terrace and outdoor seating facilities.
The 5-Star Bayerischer Hof is situated on the harbour promenade of Lindau, overlooking Lake Constance. The hotel has a wellness area offering a range of saunas, designed to ensure holistic relaxation for all guests. There are 2 swimming pools, both offering stunning views of the lake. The surrounding gardens have sunbeds and umbrellas. The inhouse restaurant is a delight for gourmands and offers stunning views of the lighthouse. The rooms are both comfortable and ergonomic, featuring a seating area, work desk, telephone, satellite television, a safe, a minibar, a hair dryer, and plush beds.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices), Please call for more details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.