28th June 2018
Thursday - P & O
We leave from our local departure points and drive south to Hull where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Zeebrugge. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
Friday - Offenburg
We rejoin our touring coach and drive via Brussels and Luxembourg to France. We travel through the regions of Lorraine and historic Alsace before crossing the mighty Rhine and entering Germany and the region of Baden Wurttemberg. A short drive takes us to Offenburg for five nights. Mercure Hotel.
Saturday - Tuesday - Offenburg
Offenburg lies on the edge of The Black Forest and is an ideal base to tour this beautiful area. We travel to Lahr, an attractive city in the Ortenau region and in 2018, the setting of the 'Landesgartenschau', a garden show where nature and history connect. Magnificent gardens, tree-lined avenues, allotments, a citizens' park with Roman garden replicas and a lookout tower resembling a bird's nest will provide areas for relaxation and inspiration and we enjoy a day visiting the show. We tour the Black Forest, renowned for cuckoo clocks, cherry cake and half-timbered farmhouses and travel on the beautiful Black Forest High Road from elegant Baden-Baden via The Mummelsee, steeped in legend, to Freudenstadt. The market square, the largest in Germany, is framed by beautiful historical buildings and arcaded houses and the fifty fountains on the square provide a delightful spectacle. We cross the border to Strasbourg, capital of Alsace and home of the European Parliament and board one of the river boats to embark on a discovery tour through the historic city centre. Our hotel is a short distance from the centre of Offenburg and we spend a relaxing day in town.
Wednesday - Zeebrugge
Our route is north to the Belgian border and we continue to Zeebrugge where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
Thursday - Scotland
We return to Scotland late afternoon after a memorable short holiday.
Ferry Single Supplement £40
Our four star hotel offers modern, air-conditioned bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and sauna, a terrace and wine tavern.