The best of the Rhine River Valley in France, Germany and Switzerland
This extraordinary 3-country tour begins by focusing on the tiny Alsatian “Plus Beaux Villages of France” (considered the most beautiful villages in France) near Colmar during their spring splendor. Using the Rhine River as our inspiration and guide, we’ll then delve into the iconic Black Forest of Germany staying at both an award-winning spa as well as a splendidly quaint petite city of Freiburg. We’ll end this magnificent excursion in the art-filled town of Basel, Switzerland staying right on the Rhine itself.
Arrive and check into the well located 4-star James Boutique Hotel in Colmar where you’ll be staying for your first two nights. Transfers from Strasbourg will be available.
Late this afternoon we’ll tour the old town of Colmar with a guide and then we’ll explore the expansive and impressive food market picking up a snack or two en route.
We‘ll meet again in the lobby around 7pm after having some time to refresh, unpack and relax. We’ll have a short get-to-know-you session over drinks discussing what adventures are in store for the week. Then we’ll head out for a local meal at the Wistub Le Cyegne, where we’ll feel properly welcomed to Alsace!
This morning after breakfast at our hotel we’ll meet our guide in Colmar around 9:30 am. We’ll head out to visit the WWI Memorial Museum in Le Linge, including the battle fields and trenches with our knowledgeable guide. Here we’ll learn a little bit about the complex history of the Alsace region.
After we’ll explore the charming village of Kaysersberg with our local guide Benoit. Then we’ll savor a wine tasting with lunch presented by a well-known female vintner. In late afternoon we’ll head back to Colmar for some rest and relaxation allowing time to shop and explore on your own.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a meal of Flammekueche in the darling nearby village of Eguisheim, this is the famous Alsatian-style Pizza accompanied by some local beer or a savory Alsatian wine.
Today we depart for Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany where we’ll stay for the following three nights at the Hotel Columbi.
We’ll sample some of the best German cakes and pastries opting for a lighter lunch on the go today.
This afternoon we’ll check-in to our new hotel to unpack and settle in for a moment of relaxation. Or perhaps you’d prefer to head out to shop and explore on your own.
Tonight, we’ll be sampling some local German delicacies at an historic beer garden.
As today is market day in Freiburg, a guide will take us for a tour of the market followed by a visit to the main cathedral which dates back to 1200 – both are situated on the picturesque central square.
We’ll picnic in town on what we’ve found at the market and once satiated we’ll stop at a well respected Coo-coo clock place in case you want to bring back the most classic of all German Souvenirs. Later we’ll stop in for a local wine tasting.
During your free time this afternoon you may want to visit the Augustiner Museum, home to an impressive collection of paintings from the middle ages as well as the Baroque period.
This evening we’ll dine on the best pork/veal Schnitzel you’ve ever tasted. (Choices for vegetarians are available)
After breakfast we’ll head out to visit a white asparagus farm and learn how this delicacy is grown. It’s the season!
Then we’ll head up into the mountains to spend an entire day at the luxurious spa hotel, Die Halde, which we can reach via gondola. Today will be spent enjoying a massage or other spa treatments, one of which is included in your package. A nice lunch will be had, hopefully outside on the terrace depending on the weather. This late afternoon is at leisure in Freiburg.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal out on the town.
Today, en-route to Basel, we’ll stop at the Vitra design museum with a campus full of architect designed buildings by the likes of Gehry, Tando Ando etc.
We shall lunch along the way and delight in a Schnapps tasting before we arrive to Basel where we will check-in to the beautifully designed Krafft Hotel overlooking the Rhine river.
Once checked in, we’ll head out to visit the Beyeler Foundation designed by Renzo Piano, one of the most important museums in Europe specializing in modern and contemporary art.
Tonight, we’ll dine on some Swiss classics in central Basel.
Today after breakfast we’ll enjoy a lovely and informative boat ride along the Rhine River.
Then we’ll take a short tour of the Old Town with a stop into the ancient cathedral of Basel built over 1000 years ago.
Free time this afternoon: Optional Visit to the Kunstmusem with its collection of old masters through to contemporary artists. Or you can spend time on your own shopping and exploring Basel.
We’ll dine this evening at a grand yet charming Swiss classic and celebrate our wonderful week together treasuring the lasting friendships we’ve made.
Breakfast at our hotel
Transfers will take you to the Mulhouse/Basel airport or the Mulhouse train station.
GG2P reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!
* Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all pubs and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.
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