A stylish Swiss Rhine-side city
Join us in a city where Swiss, French and German traditions meet. Enjoy all the colour of the country's prettiest festive markets, and journey into the beautiful backdrop for the stories of the Brothers Grimm - a rolling forest landscape dotted with ancient villages.
Fly to Basel, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your flight time you may then like to venture into this prosperous, cultured city and perhaps explore its wonderful Christmas markets, situated on cafe-lined Barfusserplatz, and historic Munsterplatz, in the shadow of the magnificent cathedral.
Today you'll cross into Germany and discover the scenic countryside of the Black Forest. Follow the tiny waterways of the bachle (miniature canals that once supplied the city's water) along the cobbled streets of Freiberg, see the city's historic squares and great sandstone cathedral, and perhaps enjoy lunch in a cheerful weinstube (tavern). You'll also visit Triberg, a traditional centre of wood carving and cuckoo-clock making.
Rest and relax in Basel, today. Pay another visit to the Christmas markets, wander the cloisters of the cathedral or climb to its terrace, which offers stupendous views across the Rhine to the Black Forest beyond.
Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Strasbourg. Here 'Europe's oldest Christmas market' is held in the shadow of the city's magnificent cathedral. Browse the stalls, or head into the Petite France quarter to explore its ancient canals, covered bridges, cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings.
Bid farewell to Basel and return to the airport to board your flight back to the UK.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 15 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Please note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveler, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £40 per bag.