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Romantic Rhine, Black Forest and Lake Constance

4.5 stars(6 reviews)

Discover mighty waterfalls and a medieval lakeside town

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2020 Tour code: LIL20

About the tour

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.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - Assmannshausen and the Rhine Gorge

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.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Days 3-4 - Rhine cruise and the Black Forest

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 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Rhine Gorge
Days 5-6 - At leisure in Freiburg

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.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 - Lake Constance and Mainau

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.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Mainau Island
Days 9-10 - Cologne and London

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.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen

Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen

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Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus, Freiburg

Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus, Freiburg

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Hotel Bayerischer Hof

Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Lindau

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 6 reviews

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  5. 1 star

Mr D Dyson

4 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2018

The travel arrangements were not as good as we have previously experienced - in particular, the d.m.u. from Lindau to Augsburg was overcrowded and lacked adequate luggage space.

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Mr G Richards

5 stars

Submitted 04 Jul 2018

Lovely part of the world, no complaints about the hotel, interesting excursions.

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Miss B Kay

4 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2017

Outward travel could be improved - see comments below. A "more informed" guide for the Meersburg excursion i.e. one who didn't require a script!

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Mrs D Hargreaves

4 stars

Submitted 10 Oct 2017

Do not like leaving London after mid-day - it makes the first day very long. Usually stay over in London the night before. This time, left home at 6 a.m., but unfortunately it was the day of the fire which put Euston out of action. Gave us a real problem! Only other concerns were with the coach driver who "abandoned" us a 15 minute walk from the hotel, with all our luggage (it was perfectly possible to get nearer), and the very poor local guide - Jinny, or Genny?

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Mr R Buckby

5 stars

Submitted 05 Jul 2017

Excellent comfortable journey, very good friendly hotel, well planned excursions and weather lovely!

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Mr M Parkinson

5 stars

Submitted 05 Jul 2017

Because it deserved it! It really was excellent"!

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Romantic Rhine, Black Forest and Lake Constance

Discover mighty waterfalls and a medieval lakeside town


Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson