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Basel, Alsace & The Black Forest

Basel, Alsace & The Black Forest

3 nights from
AU$731 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Hotel Gaia
  • Travel From
    28 Nov 2019
  • Travel Until
    23 Dec 2019
3 nights from
AU$731 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Hotel Gaia
  • Travel From
    28 Nov 2019
  • Travel Until
    23 Dec 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 3-night accommodation at the 4-star Hotel GaiaInclusionInclusion Return rail transfers Basel - Freiburg & Basel - Colmar MealsMeals Daily breakfast & 1 dinnerTourTour Tour of Basel including its Christmas markets, Colmar (France) & Freiburg (Germany)

Summary

Leave it to Basel to satisfy your craving for medieval yet thoroughly modern approach to art and culture. Few European cities can rival Basel as a hodgepodge of cultural attractions. It has the highest density of museums in the country with each site blending different elements, inspirations and disciplines for each craft. If you're not keen on museums, a walk through its pastel coloured old town is a great diversion. Stroll through the car-free streets, visit magnificent ruins, or linger for a while in the spirited Marktplatz or at the Basel Munster - the city’s Gothic Romanesque cathedral. The next day brings in excitement as you uncover the magical evergreen landscapes of Germany's Black Forest. Legend has it that the Brothers Grimm' fairy tales were inspired by this unique setting. Take a moment to appreciate Baden-Baden, one of Europe's stylishly sophisticated spa towns, before you gaze upon the combined Romanesque and Gothic style of Freiburger Münster, the famous 11th century cathedral in southwest Germany. In the third day you'll journey towards Colmar where the canal and floral displays as well as Alsacian wines are sure to excite - the perfect way to conclude a culture-packed Swiss tour.

Christmas Markets Schedule

  • Münsterplatz & Barfüsserplatz – 28 November - 23 December 2019. Open daily from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm except 23 December (Münsterplatz - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Barfüsserplatz - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm).
  • Sennenhütte - 11:00 am to 8:30 pm

INCLUSIONS

  • 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary
  • 3-night accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Gaia or similar
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 3-course dinner excluding drinks on the first evening
  • Basel souvenir
  • Basel Travel Card issued by hotel
  • Basel - Freiburg return rail transfer
  • Basel - Colmar return rail transfer
  • All local taxes
  • Travel documentation

EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary or list of inclusions.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

ITINERARY

Day 1, Arrive in Switzerland
Arrive in Switzerland and transfer by local bus from Basel Airport to medieval Basel, host to the grandest Christmas market in Switzerland! Explore the old town adorned with decorations and brightly painted chalet stalls. This medieval city on the Rhine has a very special charm in the Christmas period. The quaint Christmas market can be found on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city and at the heart of the festively decorated Old Town.

A magnificent Christmas tree stands on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner. On Claraplatz, the Sennenhütte opens its doors again to guests for a fun fondue dinner.

Enjoy your 3-course dinner at the Restaurant Schnabel, one of Basel’s oldest and most traditional restaurants. Overnight at your hotel in Basel.

Day 2, Black Forest
Breakfast at your hotel.

You’ll cross the border to Germany to visit Freiburg in the Black Forest where you’ll discover the Baden way of life. Take in the many sites of this medieval town and get acquainted with the evolution of this fabulous and sophisticated spa town. A highlight for sure is the 11th century Freiburger Münster located in the central market.

Overnight at your hotel in Basel.

Day 3, Colmar
Breakfast at your hotel.

Journey to Colmar in the Alsace Region situated near Germany and Switzerland. This charming town is known for its Alsacian wines. Nestled amongst its vineyards, are its perfectly retained traditional houses. You will be spoiled with a spectacular canal and floral displays (when in bloom) that are sure to excite. Despite modernity, Colmar retains a ‘country town’ atmosphere which contributes to its charm and wonder. Try pain d’épices and visit the wine caves before returning to Basel.

Overnight at your hotel in Basel.

Day 4, Basel
Breakfast at your hotel. Taste the classic Basel treat Leckerli before your departure. Return transfer to the airport or continue your holiday in Switzerland.

Important Notes

  • Extension nights or room upgrades available on request
  • Combinable with other arrangements (pre-/post extensions)
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail travel available
  • Extra night, child rate and triple room on request. 
  • Children under 6 years travel free when sharing room with their parents (no extra bedding).
  • Midweek is Monday – Thursday stays
  • International rail prices are subject to change. Rates will be reconfirmed at the time of quotation.
  • All prices are subject to availability. If the mentioned hotel is not available, a similar alternative is offered. Supplements or reductions may apply.
  • Prices for families are available on request.

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Your Accommodation

Hotel Gaia
Hotel Gaia is a family-run 4-star hotel embodying the art, nature and culture of its prime location in Basel.
 
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  • Environment-friendly, zero-waste hotel
  • Close to historic city centre
  • Wellness and spa area
  • Environment-friendly, zero-waste hotel
  • Close to historic city centre
  • Wellness and spa area

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