Black Forest Rail Discovery

Germany’s fairytale region

October 6 - October 13, 2024

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Find out how Germany is pioneering the world of eco-tourism with this new Traveleyes holiday to the Black Forest. Fully escorted from London St Pancras, we’ll travel to our destination by train on a journey that’s not only more scenic than flying but kinder to the environment, too. Together, we’ll explore an enchanting landscape that looks lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. We’ll hop between high peaks and mountain panoramas by cable car, glide across the sparkling waters of Titisee Lake by boat, and wind our way through storybook scenery of wooded hills, wildflower meadows, and medieval villages aboard the incredible Höllental railway. To top it all, we’ll spend time in eco-friendly Freiburg, a marvel of brightly painted houses and cobblestone squares that’s lauded as Germany’s greenest city.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the picture-postcard city of Freiburg 
  • Admire the Triberg, Germany’s biggest waterfall
  • A guided tour of St Peter's Abbey library
  • Ride Germany’s longest cable car, the Schauinslandbahn
  • Enjoy a boat cruise over the crystal-clear waters of the Titisee 
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  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return transport from a specified UK departure point. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    October 6 - October 13, 2024 (8 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £2699 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1999 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return transport and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2499 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1799 GBP Contact us for availability

    A row of picturesque houses with colourful flowers in the beautiful town of Schiltach.
  • Scenic mountain landscape, view of the Black Forest covered in fog.

    What's Included

    • UK price includes return rail travel from London St Pancras to Hinterzarten
    • Half-board accommodation
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Guided walking tour of Freiburg
    • Guided tour of the library of St Peter’s Abbey
    • Cable car in Schauinsland
    • Visit to the Black Forest Museum
    • Boat ride on Titisee Lake
    Highland cow on meadow in Kinzig Valley.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Sunday 6th October

Meet with your fellow travellers and Traveleyes Tour Manager at London St Pancras International railway station where we’ll check in for our Eurostar train to Paris. The Tour Manager will be on hand throughout the journey.

Once we reach Paris, there’s a short walk to Gare de l’Est where we’ll catch the high-speed TGV train to Karlsruhe in Germany. We’ll change trains to Freiburg and change again for a train to Hinterzarten, our final destination in the heart of the Black Forest. Our hotel is just across from the train station. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.

Dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Monday 7th October

We’ll travel to Freiburg by train and discover this picture postcard medieval city on a guided walking tour. Find out about the city’s history as we make our way through the old town, visiting the Freiburg Minster and Munsterplatz (main square). The afternoon’s yours to explore as you wish. Grab a bite to eat from one of the many pavement-side cafés and soak up this enchanting fairytale-like city.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Tuesday 8th October

We’ll use public transport to travel to St Peter, travelling first to Kirchzarten by train then on to St Peter by bus. This small, charming village has one major draw, its historic 11th century abbey. There’s a guided tour of the abbey library before some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll have the chance to walk the pilgrim’s route to Maria Lindenberg church (about 35 minutes on foot). If you don’t fancy it, you can head back to Hinterzarten with your tour manager while the local leader guides the walk.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Wednesday 9th October

Today we’ll take the train to Freiburg, part of the Höllentalbahn (“Hell Valley Railway”) which passes through the dramatic Dreisam river valley. Once we arrive, we’ll catch the tram and bus to Schauinslandbahn valley station where a cable car (the longest in Germany) will take you to the summit. At the top, there’s plenty to admire, from viewpoints and hiking trails to a tower with wow-worthy views. Afterwards we’ll travel back to Hinterzarten.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Thursday 10th October

Enjoy Hinterzarten and the surrounding area on your free day. You’ll be given a card that entitles you to free public transport so you can easily explore the Black Forest.

You could take a short train ride to Schluchsee to walk along the lake to Aha or walk in the Ravenna gorge. See more of what’s on the Höllentalbahn to the east of Hinterzarten, visit the Black Forest Ski Museum, or even travel further afield to the spa town of Baden Baden.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Friday 11th October

An hour’s private transfer will take us to Triberg where we’ll begin our day at the cascading Triberg Waterfalls. Then, we’ll delve into history and culture at the Black Forest Museum, after which you’ll have the choice of a walk around the falls, or free time. The afternoon’s yours to sightsee as you wish. Make sure you check out the local crafts – cuckoo clocks are the town’s speciality.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Saturday 12th October

A train and bus will take us to Feldberg, the highest peak in the Black Forest, where a cable car will lift us straight up to the summit. As you climb, panoramic views over dense forest, charming villages, and rolling hills will grab your attention. You can then walk back down (which takes 30 to 45 minutes) or take the cable car.

Afterwards, we’ll board a local bus to Titisee for a relaxing boat trip across the lake before exploring the village.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Hinterzarten.

Sunday 13th October

After breakfast, we’ll board the train to Freiburg, changing again at Karlsruhe for the TGV back to Paris. From here we get the Eurostar to St Pancras International.

Breakfast included.