Tour With A Local
We offer experiences that are custom-tailored to you – worry-free, hassle-free and (if desired) non-touristy. Our Guided Tour (its not just another tour) the goal is not another budget tour, but rather we create unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are priceless.
Please contact us in advance* to find out if a tour can be organized on the day of your visit. (*We are not able to offer same-day tours. Our tours are booked-out far in advance.)
Your Tour Is Unique…
- Its your agenda…
- Your specific wants and needs
- Find the hidden gems
- Get the inside-scoop
- Experience it like a local
How does it work?
Your Guided Tour is unique and customized to your specific desires, needs and fitted to your particular travel style. You choose start & end points of your tour, and the duration of your tour (4-8 hours). Themes you are interested in, Activities you would love to do, Sights you would like to see and at a Pace all your own.
Not sure if this is for you?
If you do not see yourself buying a cookie-cutter tour or vacation package in which you are on a bus with 49 other tourists; stopping at every road-side attraction whether you want to or not, with hectic deadlines, eating when and where everybody else eats. Then my Guided Tour is for you!
You already know that tour guide books try to be comprehensive, and by necessity, put you on a superficial path where you find all the other tourists who are using the same guide book. That’s not how you find special experiences.
And while The Black Forest is one of Germany’s biggest holiday region, English is not widely spoken. Even many popular tourist attractions do not offer English instructions or explanations. The target audience is German.
Do-it-yourself touring of The Black Forest is not easy. You may have tried piecing together destinations mentioned online, using a GPS to get from point to point in a rental car, only to find, just like a fine meal – just because you bought all the mentioned ingredients, doesn’t mean the dish is tasty.
So if you feel a bit overwhelmed, running short on time to plan, concerned about the Germany language, German menus and German customs; don’t worry. With Black Forest Tours you have me around to guide you when needed, while having the freedom to do your own thing when you want.
Some people like to just sit on a bench in the river, others want to hike…
Tell me what you want to see and do. I provide options from which you can choose. All at a pace appropriate for you. I organize tours one-day-at-a-time that fit your particular travel style. You can even change your mind. This is your vacation. We want you to enjoy it.
What Is A Guided Tour Like?
Watch this short video Rick Steves made while we were touring The Black Forest together (published with permission of R.Steves):
Still not sure? See what some of our customers say:
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Simone customizes your adventure based on what you want to do. Great time. Great Black Forest Cake. Great history. Well worth it. I would highly recommend this tour for people wanting to avoid the tourist buses.
Excellent tour, the forest walks and lunch at one of the cabins was a great experience. The mill was a hidden gem that was well worth the effort, with a lot of local wine and produce. I would suggest that if you want to see the real Black Forest, this is for you.
We had a great day with Simone showing us some of the beautiful sites of the Black Forest and its surrounds. She was very flexible in accommodating our interests. And provided lots of information on the sites we visited. Will definitely contact her for future visits.
We just returned from a great European vacation with kids 9 and 12. Our black Forest tour was an absolute highlight! Simone is a lovely person, and by the end of the day you feel like you’ve gained a friend! She was very engaging and fun and we all learned so much! She kept our hikes easy not knowing what the kids could endure, but we saw some beautiful nature, got to taste farm fresh milk, figured out the intricate workings of the cuckoo clock, went up a gondola and got a mountaintop view of the Black Forest. We indulged in delicious Black Forest ham sandwiches next to a lake, saw a miniature wooden village hand made by a local carpenter, and saw a ski jump course up close, and we did all this in 7 hours.
By the end we were left longing to see even even more!
Thank you Simone for an excellent, unforgettable adventure!
We (family of 3 adults) had an awesome time with Simone. The tour started with a visit to a local cafe/green grocer for coffee n packed lunch, then scenic drives to visit a church n surrounds, lunch at an old saw mill, chapels by the roadside, a walk in the forest to a waterfall. Simone shared her local knowledge n culture, which was very much appreciated, from cuckoo clocks to Freiburg history n even botany! She fitted in a toboggan run, which was exhilarating, topped with a black forest cake for afternoon tea. Not only was she organised for the day but also helped us for the rest of our stay in Freiburg, with printed information n drove us to the cable car site as well. Such professionalism! Thank you so much, Simone for a memorable Black Forest visit. Highly recommended.
When planning our trip to Germany, my mom and I knew we wanted to see the Black Forest. Of course, we didn’t know all that the Black Forest could offer and really wasn’t sure what to do with our time there. Upon booking our tour with Black Forest Tours, we still weren’t completely sure what to see and do. However, Simone listened to our interests and made the perfect day. We saw parts of the Black Forest we would never see on a major tour bus with a lot of people. Like visiting a small farmers grocers where we got to taste local fruits and schnapps! We also visited a small locally owned mill where we had the opportunity to taste some delicious Black Forest Ham. And, of course, we visited a quaint town with the best cake!
Simone catered the entire day to us and made us feel comfortable the whole time. It was a huge relief having someone that was very familiar with the area and language. We never felt rushed or uncomfortable. Simone has spent a lot of time in the U.S and understands the cultural differences that come with traveling to a new country you aren’t familiar with. She even went over and beyond a normal tour guide and helped us navigate the rest of our time in Europe, not just The Black Forest.
I recommend anyone traveling to the Black Forest area of Germany to book a tour with the Black Forest Tours. You will not regret visiting the beautiful area and having a knowledgeable tour guide by your side!
Spent the whole day with Simone seeing some highlights of the Black Forest. She selected specific areas to tour that delivered a real sense of life in the Forest. Historical info as well as cultural insight made the tour interesting. Her anecdotes were entertaining. Her ability (and ours) to be flexible with our day enabled her to devise a route that was filled with new experiences for us. Hiking, cable car ride, impromptu (and a traditional) lunch at Lake Titasee delivered great views and a taste of The Black Forest. Can't wait to go back and have Simone (and Peter, our driver) show us more of the Forest!
Well worth the time! Thanks !
My wife and I did a 5 hour driving tour of the Black Forest with Simone. It was one of the highlights of our two week vacation. She tailored our tour along exactly what we wanted to do. We never realized how beautiful the Black Forest was. Not only did she take us to many beautiful spots, but talking with her was so informative in gaining a better appreciation of the area. We saw so much more then if we had just rented a car and tried to do it on our own. We highly recommend Black Forest Tours for anyone who wants to get to know the area.
This is my first visit to the Black Forest region. I'm glad I chose Simone's guided tour to explore the region. From an old castle vantage point viewing Offenburg area, farms, small towns, cuckoo clocks, lakes to small forest trail walk, Simone showed me various facets of the Black Forest in a very organised and enjoyable way. History and culture explanations let me understand the region more. I highly recommend Simone's guided tours to everyone.
Thank you for the great day. When people ask us what our favorite part of the trip was we tell them our tour with you. Thanks for a great day.