8 Day Christmas Markets of Switzerland & France

3 nights Basel, 2 nights Lucerne & 1 night Lugano
Round trip airfare from NYC, 6 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-Basel, Milan-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Basel
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 1 night Lugano
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Experience the charm of the world-famous Christmas markets in Basel, Strasbourg, Zurich, & Lucerne
  • Explore Basel’s historic Old Town, and learn about the city’s rich history
  • Walking tour of picturesque Strasbourg with its blend of French and German cultures
  • View Fraumunster Church, a Zurich landmark with its Chagall windows
  • View the impressive Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution
  • Enjoy a sunset panoramic cruise on glacial Lake Lugano

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Basel
Arrive in Basel, located along the mighty Rhine River and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Basel
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Basel City Tour & Christmas Markets, Colmar Christmas Market
Begin your exploration of Basel's historic Old Town, and learn about the city's rich history. View the Münster Cathedral, Basel Historical Museum, City Hall, Münster Pfalz, and Tinguely Fountain. In the afternoon, head to the small town of Colmar, located in the Alsace region of France, with its half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone lanes and romantic canals. Explore the festive Christmas market with its plethora of wooden stalls selling original ware and festive treats, before returning to Basel
Overnight: Basel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Obernai, Strasbourg
This morning, head to the town of Obernai in France. Walk the medieval streets of the Old Town with its half-timbered houses, and view the Town Hall with its colorful façade. Enjoy the ambience before traveling to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace. Stop at the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, and continue to La Petite France district, and Place Kleber, a large historic square. Explore the Christmas market, the marchés de Noël. Taste the traditional cakes of Alsace called bredeles and stroll the stalls filled with handcrafted wares. Conclude your visit with a boat tour and admire the historic landmarks of Strasbourg from the water. Time for dinner on own, Later, return to Basel
Overnight: Basel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Zurich Christmas Market, Lucerne
Depart Basel and travel to Zurich, Switzerland's financial center. Take an orientation walk through the Old Town. View Fraumunster Church, St Peter's Church, historic Limmatquai, and famous Bahnhofstrasse. Enjoy free time to stroll through the Christmas market. Sip on mulled wine as you browse stalls with handcrafted gifts. In the afternoon, head to Lucerne. Upon arrival, view the inspiring Lion Monument and check into your hotel. Tonight following dinner, embark on a walking tour of Lucerne. Visit the lively Christmas markets and view the illuminated medieval Chapel Bridge, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Lucerne
Spend the day at leisure, or join the optional Full Day Bern with dinner tour. Travel to Brienz in the Bernese Oberland region. During the orientation walk, view wooden chalets and sculptures dotted throughout the village, that serve as testimonials to the town's woodcarving tradition. Afterward, stop in Interlaken, a chic resort town with views of the snowy Jungfrau peak for lunch at leisure, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Stroll through the Old Town and view the Gothic Cathedral, the Muenster, with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower (Zytglogge). Explore the lively Christmas market with a variety of stalls full of decorations, holiday gifts and gingerbread. Savor a fondue dinner before returning to Lucerne late evening
Optional: Full Day Bern with dinner (AM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Spend the morning at leisure, or join the optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the panorama, descend by aerial cableway. In the afternoon, depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, take a walking tour of Lugano with its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a sunset panoramic cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Switzerland
Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight. Milan is approximately an hour and a half drive from Lugano
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM.
  • We recommend you select flights that arrive no later than 4 PM.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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