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

7 days from £869 pp

Departure Dates

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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 (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) 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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    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    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 take you to 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 as we join our included excursion, boarding the little Pigtail train in Blumberg,

    The German 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 be either pulled by a diesel or steam engine. The journey takes around a hour to Weizen.

    After our included light lunch. We later head to the popular Rothaus brewery.

    Rothaus is one of Germany’s most successful regional breweries, and its most popular beer is “Zäpfle”. A local guide will take us on a tour through the brewery which will be followed by a tasting.

    You will then head to the pretty lakeside village of Titisee–Neustadt, where you will enjoy free time.

    • 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 & 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.

    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

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    The Pigtail Railway, Breweries & a Taste of the Black Forest 7 days from £869pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    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 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    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.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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    Find your nearest pickup point

    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

      On Single Traveller holidays and coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is from £35 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

      If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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