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Christmas in the Black Forest

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Departing: December 2018
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Fairy-tale festivities

The Black Forest provides the perfect backdrop for a wonderful Christmas break. The scenic setting of the Grimms' fairy tales is a rolling, wooded landscape with ancient villages and half-timbered houses. Visit charming Colmar, cuckoo-clock-making Triberg, as well as Strasbourg, home to 'Europe's oldest Christmas Market'.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Visits to Strasbourg, Triberg and Colmar
  • A scenic drive through the Black Forest countryside
  • A welcome drink on arrival at the Hotel Baren
  • Two nights' en-route bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a comfortable hotel, such as the Campanile, Epernay
  • Four nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Baren, Oberharmersbach
  • A four-course lunch on Christmas Day
  • A five-course candlelit dinner including one glass of wine or beer, and live music on Christmas Day
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Travelling by comfortable coach, you'll leave the local area today to make your way to the Channel port, and continue to your overnight hotel.

Day Two

Today you'll stop en route in Strasbourg. Here, the city's festive market is held in the shadow of the magnificent cathedral, which overlooks the ancient Petite France quarter of canals, covered bridges, cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings.

You'll then cross the Rhine and head into the scenic countryside of the Schwarzwald. When you arrive at your hotel, you'll be welcomed with a complimentary drink.

Day Three (Christmas Eve)

Enjoy a visit to picture-postcard Colmar in the Alsace region. Explore the Christmas market and other gems, such as the Pfister House with its wooden gallery and octagonal turret, and the high, half-timbered houses in the Tanner District. During the late afternoon we return to our hotel to continue our Christmas celebrations.

Day Four (Christmas Day)

Celebrate Christmas Day with a scenic drive through idyllic Black Forest countryside to the famous spa-town of Triberg, famous for its wood-carving and its cuckoo-clocks. Afterwards, you'll return to your hotel to enjoy Christmas lunch and a special five-course dinner.

Day Five

Rest and relax today at the hotel. Alternatively, after a leisurely breakfast, join our optional excursion to the village of Hofgut Sternen, home to largest cuckoo clock in the Bavarian Highlands. Discover how these beautiful, hand-made clocks are made and visit the workshop where delicate glass items are created. We'll also stop at the pretty lakeside resort of Titisse.

Day Six

Today we'll begin our journey home, travelling north to a comfortable overnight hotel.

Day Seven

Continue your homeward journey, across the Channel and into the UK.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port, Hull Port, Newcastle North Shields Port
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Wokingham
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
Cheshire
Cheshire Altrincham, Chester, Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Knutsford Services M6, Macclesfield, Northwich, Poplar 2000 Services M6 M56, Runcorn, Sale, Stalybridge, Stockport, Warrington, Wilmslow
Clwyd
Clwyd Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Mold, Queensferry, Rhyl, Wrexham
Cornwall
Cornwall Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Ilkeston, Matlock
Devon
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Exmouth, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
County Durham
County Durham Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Stockton On Tees
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Newhaven
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Goole, Hessle, Hull
Essex
Essex Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey Island, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Grays, Hadleigh, Harlow, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, The Elms, Thorpe Bay, Thurrock Services M25, Westcliff On Sea, Witham
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Michaelwood Services M5, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport, Pontypool
Gwynedd
Gwynedd Bangor
Hampshire
Hampshire Aldershot, Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Fordingbridge, Havant, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Rownhams Services M27, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford, Ross On Wye
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Barnet, Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
Kent
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood, Swanley, Tonbridge
Lancashire
Lancashire Accrington, Ashton Under Lyne, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Cleveleys, Eccles, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Leigh, Manchester, Middleton, Morecambe, Oldham, Preston, Prestwich, Rawtenstall, Rochdale, Salford, Skelmersdale, St Annes, Wigan
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford
London
London Camberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon, Woolwich
Merseyside
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Aberdare, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Enfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge, Wembley
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Harrogate, Malton, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Pickering, Redcar, Ripon, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Thirsk, York
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Northumberland
Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Shropshire
Shropshire Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Cannock, Keele Services M6, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth, Uttoxeter
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Gateshead, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, South Shields, Sunderland, Washington, Washington Services A1 M, Whitley Bay
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
West Sussex
West Sussex Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Midhurst, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Castleford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Garforth, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Morley, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Wetherby, Woolley Edge Services M1
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Warwick Services M40
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From
22 December 2018
22 December 2018 £619

Hotel Baren (and stopover hotel) 

You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Epernay area of France, and the Hotel Baren on the edge of the Black Forest.

Further Information

Meet at port option

To give you greater flexibility, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk

European Christmas closing times

Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Your journey

Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Hotel accommodation

Accommodation may be offered in 'nebenhause', which are adjoining buildings just a short walk from the main reception area.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Christmas in the Black Forest reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas in the Black ForestScores 6.3 out of 10 based on 24 reviews
(1 out of 10)

CHRISTOPHER

Tewkesbury Couple
We did this break with Newmarket 8 years ago, and rated it very highly (scenic routes, and lots to see and do) - Not this time!

Lots of uncomfortable (luxury? coach) motorway travelling, with very little scenic interest for the whole week.

The main hotel (The Baren, Oberharmersbach) was nice enough, but the evening meals were not very good, and a lot of food got returned. The stop-over hotel (Campanile) was a very basic budget place, but ok for one night each way.

On the excursions with interesting stops, we could only stay for 30 minutes or less, but they made us stay for up to 3 hours at places where we had nothing to do! Then back on the coach for more boring motorways...

The drivers were attentive and helpful, but the tour guide was dreadful. She managed to lose half the party at the first pedestrian crossing on our first excursion... it went downhill from there...

The Christmas markets at Strasbourg and Colmar were much smaller than last time we did this break, and really not worth visiting now...

We did not bother taking the planned Christmas Day excursion, opting to wander around the local village instead (probably the best day out of the whole break)!

The optional excursion to see traditional Black Forest cake being made was good (if a little rushed), but the Schnapps Distillery visit was not as described (we saw a small family museum of old stuff, mostly not even distillery related - and their garage of vintage motorbikes), we did not see the distillery!

A letter of complaint is on it's way to Newmarket...
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2017
Published on: 19 January 2018

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with our service on this occasion. I have passed your comments to our Customer Relations Department who will investigate the points you raise and reply directly within 28 days

(3 out of 10)

LINDA

Friends
Well this was so
disapointing. Very sad and unhappy.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2017
Published on: 26 January 2018

We are so sorry to hear this. Please email us with more information and your booking reference number at cr@newmarketholidays.co.uk and someone will get back to you.

(1 out of 10)

JOHN

Couple
Terrible, wish we had never gone, too long on the coach, hotels not good, food not good. On top of that we both caught very bad colds, which took two weeks to recover.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2017
Published on: 09 January 2018

We are very sorry to learn that you were not fully satisfied with your holiday. If you would like to contact our Customer Relations Department with further details, they will be happy to investigate them on your behalf. cr@newmarketholidays.co.uk

(4 out of 10)

JOHN

Southampton Couple
Unnecessary early breakfast for unnecessary early coach start. One visit required an early start to travel to Metz. Told we had to get off (but we did'nt) the town was closed - not one shop or cafe open, and it was cold.
When the tour manager directed us on a visit, she set off as if everyone was fit and the majority of the older travellers were left behind and lost.
Food at the hotel was not either German or English styled and poor in general i.e. Chips and mash potato with sprouts and slices of leg of Turkey. Another time we had pasta and mash potato!! Other coach parties had fun hats and presents on Xmas day - we had nothing and they paid the same it turned out.

NOT FOR US IN FUTURE
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with our service on this occasion. I have passed your comments to our Customer Relations Department who will investigate the points you raise and reply directly within 28 days.

(10 out of 10)

JEANETTE

Nottingham Couple
Hotel was comfortable and warm. The staff friendly and very had working. Loved the 'Gifts' at meal times! The drivers friendly and helpful and the coach was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 26 January 2017
(2 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Bristol Couple
Never again! What a dreadful experience, thanks to the Hotel Baeren, and the feeder coach arrangements.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 17 January 2017

Thank you for your review and for contacting us directly, we are very sorry that some aspects of your trip did not meet with your full approval. We hope that our private response has addressed all issues to your satisfaction.

(8 out of 10)

Lesley

Chideock, Dorset Single traveller
Overall the holiday was very pleasant
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 15 January 2017