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Walking Tour through Basel Old Town

1. Walking Tour through Basel Old Town

Basel is situated in the heart of Europe, on both sides of the Rhine River. The city is the center of the idyllic border triangle of France, Germany, and Switzerland, nestled between the Swiss Jura, Germany's Black Forest and the Vosges in Alsace. Describing Basel in one word is not easy. Sometimes known as the cultural capital of Switzerland or as a university city, Basel boasts a wealth of cultural, historical, leisure, and enjoyment experiences. This traditional tour is ideal for first-time visitors to Basel as well as visitors who already know the city but want to learn more. During the 2-hour walk you will follow the traces of a very eventful past, from the tranquil Tinguely Fountain to Cathedral Hill, the town hall, and through the winding streets of the well-preserved old town. In addition to the public city tour, many other interesting, exciting, and thematic tours are offered.

Luzern City Small Group Tour incl. Lake Cruise from Basel

2. Luzern City Small Group Tour incl. Lake Cruise from Basel

Lucerne, located in central Switzerland and sited on lake Lucerne, is embedded with a spectacular mountain panorama. The town is a "must see" destination in Switzerland with it's attractions like the wooden chapel bridge. Spend your time on this guided tour in the old town, the world most known attractions and on a lake boat cruise. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow. In the company of a local guide, explore the Old Town. See sights such as the wooden Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, and Lucerne's most important churches. Listen to your guide's stories of the city's history and daily life. Later, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Take in panoramic views of the lake, city, and surrounding mountains. At the end of your cruise, travel back to basel.

From Luzern: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

3. From Luzern: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

Basel Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

4. Basel Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Get to know Basel at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock local facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Basel’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. You can start the activity at any time. The tour route includes Strassburger Denkmal, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Elisabethenkirche, Münsterplatz, Basel's Old Town, the Natural History Museum of Basel, Spalen Gate, Basel Town Hall, St. Peter's Church, and Middle Bridge.

From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

5. From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

Travel from Zürich to Mount Pilatus on a circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the stunning landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Luzern by bus.

Basel: Walking Tour in German

6. Basel: Walking Tour in German

Travel back to times long past and learn more about life in 18th century Basel. Join Emma Munzinger, a chamber maiden, on her way to a new place of work in an upper class household of Basel during the last century. Go with her to a stately town house and take a look behind its locked doors and see its chambers and halls. Learn more about the fascinating customs of its inhabitants and their famous guests. You will be surprised by anecdotes and curious stories. During the tour, you'll discover the Blue and White House, which are among the largest and most important testimonies of Basel's baroque architecture.

Basel: 1-Hour Group Walking Tour

7. Basel: 1-Hour Group Walking Tour

Discover Basel in just 1 hour and see all the highlights of the city on a short walking tour. See the architecturally-significant buildings, lively squares and impressive places. Take a look at the lovely sculptures decorating the Basel Minster and learn about the whimsical decorations on the Tinguely fountain. On the way, hear an overview of the history and founding of Basel. Get an incredible overview of the famous landmarks and history of the Swiss city in just one hour during a tour of the old city by a professional and friendly tour guide.

From Zurich: Full-Day Discover Basel & Colmar Private Tour

8. From Zurich: Full-Day Discover Basel & Colmar Private Tour

On this unique journey, you will be able to visit two neighboring countries, Switzerland and France and compare them. Your driver will pick you up from any convenient location for you in Zurich and you will start your private tour to Basel, the cultural capital of Switzerland. Have a walking tour to Congress Hall and the old city. Then, your driver will take you to one of your preferred museums such as Tinguely Museum, Ethnology Museum, Basel Zoological Garden or another museum according to your preferences. If you would like to have a boat trip instead, then you will be assisted in this case as well. Basel is famous for its fine chocolates and sweets, thus, you will taste some specialties before proceeding to Colmar in France. This small city showcases the lifestyle of the whole Alsace region. Surely you will be amazed by half-timbered houses dating back to 16th-century. Namely, you will visit the Adolf and Pfister Houses and 'little Venice,' also on the list of must-see locations while visiting Colmar. In the evening, you will be amazed at the originality of the lighting system of this city. At the end of the day, you will have your private transfer from Colmar to Zurich. 

From Basel: Private Mount Rigi Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise

9. From Basel: Private Mount Rigi Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise

Discover Mount Rigi on a private guided trip from Basel. The classic round tour from Lucerne starts with a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, followed by a ride on a cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm. Return via Arth-Goldau to Lucerne by train. Your personal tour guide for the day will accompany you from the starting point and will show you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. Discover a few places away from the tourist flow with the help of your guide. The Rigi (or Mount Rigi; also known as Queen of the Mountains) is a mountain massif of the Alps located in Central Switzerland. The whole massif is almost entirely surrounded by the water of three different lakes and a stunning view of the Alps.

Lucerne City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

10. Lucerne City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

Explore one of the most famous Swiss cities, Lucerne on a half-day private and guided tour. Surrounded by mountains and at the end of Lake Lucerne, the city is the starting point for numerous excursions. The Lucerne cityscape is characterized by the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge, which, with its gable paintings, is one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Another landmark of the city is the Musegg Wall, which has been preserved in its original fortified form with the exception of one tower. Historic houses decorated with frescoes line picturesque squares in the car-free old town, such as the Weinmarkt. Lucerne is a city of squares and churches. The Jesuit Church from the 17th century is considered the first sacred baroque building in Switzerland and the two towers of the Hofkirche are an integral part of the cityscape. The dying lion, which was carved into the rock to commemorate the heroic death of the Swiss who fell in the Tuileries in 1792, is one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland.

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Prior to this wonderful all-day excursion, we were kept informed about date, time and meeting place to ensure an on-time departure. True to plans, our guide Abraham met us at the assigned destination along with the other guests - a mother and her very well-behaved children ranging in age from 7-18 who all added to the enjoyment of the day. We saw incredible sights we saw as we alighted from the city onward to the top of the mountain, changing from a small gondola to a larger tram type structure approximate 3/4 of the way up - not even an issue for my husband who is not keen on heights. The summit was breathtaking with plenty of time afforded to enjoy from every direction and have lunch. Our day concluded with a perfect, relaxing 1 hr catamaran cruise around Lake Lucerne; such beautiful scenery! Abraham was an excellent guide - mindful and unobtrusive, allowing us the opportunity to enjoy this adventure to the fullest. Future guides have much to learn from his approach!

Excellent!!

It’s really nice of you to provide a coach bus for 50 sites to suit 31 people and our buggages. The pick up/drop off place and time are all according to our request. Besides, there’re a lot of snacks and the driver is really nice! : )

We really enjoyed this hunt through the city. This allows us in one day to know these key points. To be repeated each time you visit a new city.

Excellent guide

Very good, the guide / driver José was very attentive and helpful