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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 vacation that also includes mighty waterfalls, a medieval lakeside town, and a beautiful garden island.

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What’s included

Itinerary

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.

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

Leaving our hotel today, we board a boat for a scenic cruise thruogh 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.

Includes
  • 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 harbor, and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Freiburg
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.

Includes
  • 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.

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

Additional information

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Airport waiting room
Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Hotels

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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Trains

Eurostar
ICE Train
InterCity
Thalys

Reviews

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Anonymous

Submitted Aug 14, 2019

Excellent all round - a wonderful trip

Mr D Dyson

Submitted Oct 09, 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.

Mr G Richards

Submitted Jul 04, 2018

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

Anonymous

Submitted Jul 03, 2018

A vacation based in a superb town with plenty of interest within walking distance. Good excursions. Weather far better than forecast.

Miss B Kay

Submitted Oct 11, 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!

Mrs D Hargreaves

Submitted Oct 10, 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?