This two-centred tour, plus a day in Switzerland, takes in some of the most spectacular scenery that these three countries have to offer.
This two-centred tour, plus a day in Switzerland, takes in some of the most spectacular scenery that these three countries have to offer. The village of Söll in the Austrian Tyrol is Europes loveliest village in bloom. Located in a wide valley between the Wilder Kaiser and Hohe Salve Mountain, midway between Innsbruck and Salzburg, it provides us with a marvellous base from which to explore the region and, equally important, a great place to wind down and recharge the batteries.
Our base stay in the Black Forest is in Schonach which lies at the very heart of the region, allowing us the opportunity to experience the real Schwarzwald with visits to Freiburg, Triberg and the Ziller Valley.
Day 1 - Wednesday
Europa Buscentre to Hull via Larne with P&O Ferries.
Overnight P&O Cruiseferry
(outside en-suite cabin with side-byside beds all meals included)
Day 2 - Thursday
Europoort to Mannheim.
Overnight Mercure Mannheim am Rathaus *** (1 night D, B&B)
Day 3 - Friday
We continue through southern Germany today into the beautiful Austrian Tyrol to our hotel in Söll.
Hotel Hotel Tyrol Söll *** (3 nights D, B&B)
Day 4 - Saturday
This morning we journey on the nostalgic Ziller Valley narrow gauge train from Janbach to the popular holiday resort of Mayrhofen, where there will be free time for lunch.
We return to Söll along a different route via Mittersill and Kirchberg in Tyrol providing us with a scenic circular day out.
Day 5 - Sunday
We have a guided walking tour of this fascinating village with the rest of the day free to discover at your leisure.B, D
Day 6 - Monday
Today we leave the Alps behind as we head west. Our journey takes us past Innsbruck and Lake Constance to our hotel for the next three nights in the ‘Schwarzwald’ the Black Forest.
Hotel Landhotel Rebstock, Schonach *** (3 nights D, B&B)
Day 7 - Tuesday
It is into Switzerland today with a visit to the magnificent Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe.
Next we visit the nearby medieval town of Schaffhausen. The houses of the pedestrianised Old Town are richly decorated with oriel windows and lavishly painted facades and it is these that have contributed to Schaffhausen’s reputation as the prettiest in Switzerland.
Day 8 - Wednesday
Our first visit today is to the old world city of Freiburg, capital of the Black Forest. Here you can explore the 500 year old cathedral or perhaps simply wander through the cobbled streets lined with mini canals and cheerful old pubs. We continue through the Black Forest to our second visit of the day at Triberg, famous for having Germany’s highest waterfalls and its love of the cuckoo clocks.B, D
Day 9 - Thursday
Sadly we leave this beautiful region to return home, this time travelling through Germany and into France.
Overnight Mercure Forbach Centre ***(1 nights D, B&B)
Day 10 - Friday
We catch the overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to England.
Overnight P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin with side-by-side beds all meals included)
Day 11 - Saturday
Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line.B
B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included
10 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Return ferry crossings
Services of driver/courier
Walking tour of Soll
Ziller Valley narrow gauge train
Visits to Mayrhofen, Black Forest, Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen Freiburg and Triberg
Single Room/Cabin Supplement £215