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Expeditions through the Rugged Black Forest

Expeditions through the Rugged Black Forest

Dense forests of green and sleepy villages await on this SwanTour that travels throughout the stunning Black Forest. Experience the PigTail Steam Railway from Blumberg to Weizen, a relaxed boat cruise in Titisee, surrounded by rugged forests and low mountains and time at leisure to explore the cobblestone pathed Gengenbach.

Expeditions Through the Rugged Black Forest


Day-by-Day Highlights

Day 1

Our journey towards Germany begins in the coastal town of Dover

where we will embark on a ferry crossing, travelling across the English Channel

towards Arras - A  beautiful city in northern France with its roots buried in WWI.

It’s here where our overnight hotel is located, the Holiday Inn Express Arras ***

The hotel has a lift.



Day 2 

Awaken for our second day of travels heading through Germany.

Relax on our SwanTourer whilst admiring the scenery passing by the window,

thinking of destinations to come.

Soon, we will be arriving at the popular tourist destination of Gengenbach.

Our hotel for the next four nights is situated here, Schwarzwald Hotel ****

The hotel has a lift.


Day 3

Start the day at your own leisure before enjoying a day to relax and explore

the local area of Gengenbach, taking a stroll around the cobblestone pathed,

medieval town. Gengenbach is popular for its traditional fasnacht cakes-

- A fried doughnut prepared to accompany the days of Carnival,

Fastnacht or Shrove Tuesday. As the day comes to an end, enjoy taking a short leisurely

stroll in the evening to Gengenbach Winery

for wine tasting and nibbles, before retiring back at the hotel

for a light evening meal and refreshments.



Day 4 

The Black Forest Railway awaits us on day four,

savour riding along the Black Forest’s scenic train route.

Often referred to as some of the most extravagant scenery in Europe,

sink back into your seat and cherish the view out your window

of luscious green pine forests, rugged rock faces and quaint villages.

Then, begin travels to the Black Forest Open Air Museum

where there will be a guided tour to enjoy,

learning about how the local people lived and worked

in Black Forest farm houses during the last 400 years.



Day 5 

Return to the Black Forest to the beautiful lake of Titisee.

Located quaintly in the south of the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg,

the lake covers a vast area of land and is a real treat for sore eyes.

Once we’ve taken in the beautiful views across the lake,

enjoy The Sauschwänzlebahn, which translates literally to the PigTail line

where we can enjoy a historic steam train ride from Blumberg to Weizen,

taking in more of the beautiful Black Forest’s scenery throughout the journey.



Day 6 

Wave goodbye to Germany and the impressive Black Forest

to begin our travels home, returning to the French town of Arras

for our overnight stay in the Holiday Inn Express Arras ***

The hotel has a lift.


Day 7 

Travels continue as we board a ferry for a short crossing over the English channel

and back home towards the West Country and surrounding area.





What’s included in this Sapphire Tour…


• Return ferry crossing.

• Day at leisure in Gengenbach.

• Wine tasting at the Gengenbach Winery.

• Train journey on the Black Forest Railway.

• Guided tour of the Black Forest Museum.

• Boat cruise on Lake Titisee.

• Trip on the PigTail Steam Railway.

• Porterage at Schwarzwald Hotel.

• 6 nights hotel stay on half board.

• Coach travel.



Schwarzwald Hotel

Gengenbach ****

Set in the popular tourist destination of Gengenbach,

the Schwarzwald Hotel is in the perfect location to explore the local surroundings.

Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, a casual restaurant as well as an elegant bar.

The hotel has a lift.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashburton Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352)
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
Barnstaple Coach Depot Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ.
Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU
Bickington Garage Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG
Bideford/Kingsley Statue Bideford Kingsley Statue
Bishopsteignton Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors
TQ14 9RL
Bodmin Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park
PL31 2LL
Braunton/opp George Hotel Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ
Bridgewater - Bus Station Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7
TA6 5PZ.
Bridgewater Services Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS
Bristol - Anchor Road Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol
Buckfastleigh Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
Bude Bude - TSB Bank
EX23 8JJ
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall
Clyst St George Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
Cullompton Services Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS
Dawlish Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH
East Budleigh East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL
Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2)
Exeter - Belgrave Road Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
Exeter Services Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF
Exminster Exminster - Victory Hall
Exmouth Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema
Folly Gate Folly Gate EX20 3AH
Fraddon Services Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA
Fremington/New Inn Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT
Gordano Services M5 Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG
Hatherleigh Co-Op Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY
Holsworthy Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA
Ilfracombe Ilfracombe War memorial
EX34 8HB
Ivybridge Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21
J27/M5 Services by Petrol Station
Kenton Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379
Kilkhampton Kilkhampton - Outside the Church
Kingskerswell /NewtonRd Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub
on corner of Manor Gardens
Kingskerswell/ The Sloop Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop
Kingskerswell/Devon Motor Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes
TQ12 5AT
Kingsteignton Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl
Knowstone Knowstone - Picnic Area
Launceston Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park
on Westgate
Liskeard Liskeard - The Parade
Lympstone Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road
Meeth Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP
Merton Merton Square, EX20
Merton Square Merton Square
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT
Newton Poppleford Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG
North Tawton North Tawton Square
Okehampton Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ
Paignton Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park
Plymouth - Derrys Cross Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
Plympton Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
Preston Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club
and Baptist Church A3022
Redruth Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB
Sedgemoor Services M5 N Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound
Sedgemoor Services M5 S Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound,
Self Drive Self Drive
Sidford Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop
Sidmouth, The Triangle Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF
Sourton Cross Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY
South Brent South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews
on the B3372
South Molton/Square South Molton Square - EX36 3AB
St Austell St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA
Starcross Starcross - Opposite Railway Station
Stibb Cross Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn
Taunton - Tower Street Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station
Taunton Deane Services N Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Deane Services S Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF
Tavistock Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
Teignmouth Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park
Tiverton Coach Station Tiverton Coach Station
Tiverton Shell J27/M5 Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5
Torquay Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road,
Torrington Torrington - back of Globe
Totnes Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel
Truro Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ
Wellington - Chelston Wellington - Chelston Business Park
outside Wellington Motors
Wellington - Conservative Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT
Whiddon Down Sevice area Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT
Winkleigh Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ
on A3124
Worle Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind
Parish Pump Pub
Yelland/Pottery Lane End Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31
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