Christmas Market - Basle

Christmas Market - Basle overview

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Prices from: £1,070.00
Single supplement from: £315.00
Duration: 8 days
First available departure: 30 Nov 2017
Last available departure: 30 Nov 2017
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Christmas Market - Basle

Switzerland is the Christmas Market choice this year when we visit Basle for some festive shopping, interesting day trips and great train journeys. Join optional escorted excursions or explore independently with a Swiss Travel Pass.

The Rhaetian Railway in Winter - © Switzerland Tourism
The steam driven Vitznau-Rigi Railway on Mt. Rigi - © swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

ITINERARY

Day 1 – To Cologne

Mid-morning Eurostar from London to Brussels to connect with high speed train to Cologne for a 1-night stay. Our hotel is the Ibis am Dom which is ideally located in the station building adjacent to the cathedral.

Day 2 – Arrive Basle

Travel south to Basle and our hotel, the Hotel Victoria, located adjacent to the station, supplied with our room key is a transport ticket for Basle public transport to use this evening.

Days 3 to 6 – Christmas Shopping & Sightseeing

Located on the Rhine, Basle is Switzerland’s culture capital. Explore with your Swiss Travel Pass and enjoy the largest Swiss Christmas Market against the backdrop of lovingly decorated half-timbered houses, its famous Swiss chocolate, Raclette cheese, mulled wine and hundreds of illuminated pine trees.

Your tour Leader will lead optional excursions on three days including a visit to the 750mm gauge Waldenburgerbahn, which controversially will be re-gauged to meter gauge in the next few years and incorporated into the Basle tram network. We will also travel via Lucerne and take a lake cruiser to Vitznau, journey by train up one side of the Rigi and descend the other to Arth-Goldau before returning to Basle. Our final escorted excursion will be to the Rhatische Bahn making a loop through Chur, Filisur and Klosters.

Day 7 – To Bonn

Train from Basle along the Rhine to Bonn for our final night's stay. We have included a transport ticket to allow unlimited travel on Bonn’s public transport system.

Day 8 – Return Home

A morning departure by regional train to Cologne where we transfer via the high speed line to Brussels and finally London. Arrive back in London mid-afternoon.

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail to and from Basel
  • 4 Day Swiss Pass for unlimited travel within Switzerland
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour