About the tour: The Pigtail Railway, Breweries & a Taste of the Black Forest

This captivating scenic tour of Bavaria’s famous Black Forest features lakes, rivers, waterfalls, quaint towns and picturesque villages. An area of exquisite beauty and relaxing serenity, the Black Forest enjoys a culture and romance of legendary proportions … and also the delicious Black Forest gateau. Create lasting memories as we embark on a fascinating tour throughout the area, packed full with traditional architecture and half-timbered buildings, as well as the and rather unique, world-famous, product of the region… the cuckoo clock. We’ll visit delightful towns and cities including Boppard, Triberg, Titisee–Neustadt and Freiburg on this magnificent 7-day adventure.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights accommodation with continental breakfast
  • 1 light lunch
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient Local Joining Points
  • Travel by Silver Service

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Today, we head south to the quaint Rhineland town of Boppard, also known as ‘the pearl of the Rhine’. The picturesque town is famous for its hills, valleys, lively squares and, of course, its wines.

    A UNESCO world heritage site, it was the Romans who first made their mark in Boppard, harvesting the grapes for wine. The viticulture of the area has played a significant role in the town’s economy for over 2000 years!

    Boasting traditional half-timbered buildings and an attractive riverside promenade, which invites you for a relaxing stroll along the scenic horseshoe bend of the Rhine, Boppard is a true German delight.

    We continue to our hotel in the Black Forest for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Boppard
    Boppard

    Included Highlights

    • Boppard

    Today we will enjoy the traditional Black Forest with our included excursion visiting Triberg, the quintessential Black Forest town, with just over 5,000 inhabitants.

    Not only home to world’s largest cuckoo clock, Triberg is also famous for its waterfalls, the ‘highest’ in Germany. The Gutach River flows into multiple cascades and is one of the most popular attractions of the Black Forest.

    An the afternoon, we will visit a master baker, who will demonstrate how to make the famously delicious Black Forest Gateau.

    You will be taught the tricks and techniques to recreate the authentic dessert when you’re back home – what a tasty reminder of your trip! Of course, no visit would be complete without a slice of the famous cake, so join us as we tuck in to the delicious treat washed down with a coffee.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Triberg
    Triberg

    Included Highlights

    • Triberg
    • Black Forest Gateau Masterclass

    One of the highlights of our tour awaits on today’s included excursion, as we board the little Pigtail train in Blumberg.

    The name, Sauschwänzlebahn, literally meaning pigtail, is derived from the course of the rail track, built between 1887 and 1890, that was necessary to keep the gradient of the line below 1%. Depending on the day, the wagons will either be pulled by a diesel or steam engine.

    The journey takes around an hour to Weizen. We head to the pretty lakeside village of Titisee-Neustadt for an included light lunch.

    This afternoon, we visit the popular Rothaus brewery, one of Germany’s most successful breweries, and its most popular beer is ‘Zäpfle’. A local guide will take us on a tour through the brewery followed by a tasting.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner
    Pigtail Railway
    Pigtail Line

    Included Highlights

    • Pigtail Railway
    • Rothaus Brewery
    • Titisee-Neustadt

    We take a scenic drive through the Black Forest to the wonderful city of Freiburg, known for its historic old town and magnificent architecture.

    The city of miniature streams and cobble-stone streets, Freiburg is home to many famous sites including the spectacular Minster, with its 116 metre tall tower, and the old and new town halls.

    Visitors to Freiburg may be fascinated to see the ‘Bächle’, or miniature canals, which were once used to supply water for drinking, fighting fires and industrial uses.

    It is said that those who dip their feet into the miniature canals will visit Freiburg again, so why not enjoy a paddle whilst you're there?

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Freiburg
    Freiburg

    Included Highlights

    • Freiburg

    Today, we leave the Black Forest and head to the historic spa-town of Baden-Baden, for an included visit.

    Famous for its thermal baths, this beautiful city boasts a relaxed atmosphere and a sea of greenery in its parks and gardens. Along with many elegant boutiques and individual shops, Baden-Baden is also home to the ‘most beautiful casino in the world’, according to German actress, Marlene Dietrich.

    Following time in Baden-Baden, we continue to Belgium for our overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Baden-Baden
    Baden-Baden

    Included Highlights

    • Baden-Baden

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    The Pigtail Railway, Breweries & a Taste of the Black Forest

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Windenreuter Hof in Emmendingen. Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.