Christmas Market - Basle

Basle in Winter - © Moritz Frei/shutterstock
The Rhaetian Railway in Winter - © Switzerland Tourism
The steam driven Vitznau-Rigi Railway on Mt. Rigi - © Sonderegger
Basle Christmas Market

Holiday Highlights

  • Great Christmas shopping in festive Basle
  • Switzerland’s largest Christmas Market
  • Visit the 750mm gauge Waldenburgerbahn
  • Lake cruiser trip and journey up the Rigi
  • Enjoy a day on the Rhaetian Railway
  • Stays in Cologne outbound and Bonn on return
  • 8 days from £1,070pp
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 30 November to Thursday 7 December 2017

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.


Day 1 – To Cologne

Mid-morning Eurostar from London to Brussels to connect with the high speed train to Cologne for a 1-night stay. Our hotel is the Ibis Köln 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 excursionsat no extra charge on three days including a visit to the 750mm gauge Waldenburgerbahn, which controversially will be re-gauged to metre 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.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

Hotel Victoria, Basle

InterCityHotel, Bonn

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail to and from Basle
  • 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

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,070
Single room supplement: £315
Deposit for this holiday: £100
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st May 2017

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