Sail down the beautiful rivers

Our Essential Switzerland & Germany Along the Rhine is designed to be your perfect pre or post river cruise extension to further dive into this beautiful region.

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$6,250 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Disembarkation | Basel Basel

Today you will disembark in Basel. You will meet your driver for your transfer to your hotel.

The cultural capital of Switzerland is located on the river Rhine where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. Basel has also created for itself a contemporary edge as the host of Art Basel held annually in June.

Basel has some of the best museums in the country, such as Kunstmuseum, the Fondation Beyeler, the Museum Tingely and the Vitra Design Museum. It has stunning narrow and hilly cobblestoned streets, small boutiques and art galleries. One of the highlights of Basel’s old town is Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge), the oldest crossing on the Rhine.

Upon checking in at your hotel, Les Trois Rois, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer

Hotel: Les Trois Rois

Day 2
Zurich | Zurich Zurich, Switzerland

Option One:

Today you will meet your guide to explore the beautiful and ancient city of Basel. Lying near the borders of France and Germany, Basel has become the cultural capital of Switzerland and is located right on the river Rhine where all three countries meet. Basel has also created a contemporary edge as the host of Art Basel, featuring over 4,000 artists and being held annually in June.

On your tour today, your guide will first lead you across the bridge to Little Basel. After a short walk you will take one of the Basler ferries that cross the Rhine with only a steel cable and the currents to assist it. Please note that the steps up and down to the dock are very steep. You will also see one of the highlights, the Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge), the oldest standing crossing of the Rhine.

From there, you will continue to explore the Old Town. Your guide will show you the Basel Münster, one of the most famous landmarks in Basel. Walk through the narrow and hilly cobblestoned streets and make sure to stop at one of the fountains and taste the fresh water!

Next, you will visit Fondation Beyeler via public transportation, one of the most important museums in the country. Situated in a beautiful park, this elegantly built museum offers wonderful views of the surroundings through the large, panoramic windows. Fondation Beyeler features the Beyeler’s vast, private classic modern and contemporary art collection, including works by Matisse, Picasso, and Dumas, in rotating exhibits. Temporary exhibitions change regularly. Afterwards, you have the rest of your day at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide (6 Hours)

Hotel: Les Trois Rois

Option Two:

Today you will meet your guide to explore the beautiful and ancient city of Basel. Lying near the borders of France and Germany, Basel has become the cultural capital of Switzerland and is located right on the river Rhine where all three countries meet. Basel has also created a contemporary edge as the host of Art Basel, featuring over 4,000 artists and being held annually in June.

On your tour today, your guide will first lead you across the bridge to Little Basel. After a short walk you will take one of the Basler ferries that cross the Rhine with only a steel cable and the currents to assist it. Please note that the steps up and down to the dock are very steep. You will also see one of the highlights, the Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge), the oldest standing crossing of the Rhine.

From there, you will continue to explore the Old Town. Your guide will show you the Basel Münster, one of the most famous landmarks in Basel. Walk through the narrow and hilly cobblestoned streets and make sure to stop at one of the fountains and taste the fresh water!

Next, you will visit Fondation Beyeler via public transportation, one of the most important museums in the country. Situated in a beautiful park, this elegantly built museum offers wonderful views of the surroundings through the large, panoramic windows. Fondation Beyeler features the Beyeler’s vast, private classic modern and contemporary art collection, including works by Matisse, Picasso, and Dumas, in rotating exhibits. Temporary exhibitions change regularly. Afterwards, you have the rest of your day at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide in Zurich (4 Hours)

Hotel: Les Trois Rois

Day 3
Basel - Baden Baden | Basel - Baden Baden Baden Baden

T oday you will meet your driver for your transfer to Baden Baden , located about 2 hours away . Y our journey will take you along the river Rhine, and pass cities such as Freiburg and Strasbourg. Upon arrival, your driver will take you straight to the beautiful Brenners Park Hotel, where you will spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Baden Baden is known as the “summer capital of Europe” – an elegant spa resort-town, it was once the favorite vacation spot for the European aristocracy and still remains as one of the most beautiful and exclusive cities in Germany. Its abundance of green spaces, thermal baths and cultural offerings makes it a fabulous destination!

Exeter Services: Transfer Basel to Baden-Baden

Hotel: Brenners Park

Day 4
Baden Baden | Baden Baden Baden Baden

Today, you will meet your guide in your hotel lobby for your overview walking tour of this picturesque town. Make your way through the park along the River Oos to your first stop, the Frieder Burda Museum. This beautifully designed museum showcases the collection of modern art from Frieder Burda, the famous German artist.

Continue your walk along Lichtentaler Allee towards Trinkhalle (Baden-Baden’s Pump Room). If you wish, you may first stop by the Kurhaus, Baden-Baden’s casino and spa-resort, that is situated along the way. Next, stroll along the Trinkhalle and marvel at its imposing pillars and murals. Before making your way back to your hotel, we recommend strolling a bit further along the Lichtentaler Allee to enjoy the beautiful park and gardens along this 2.2-mile-long avenue.

The remainder of your day will be at leisure. We suggest spending the afternoon relaxing and pampering yourself at one of the thermal baths of Baden-Baden, such as Friedrichsbad or Caracalla Therme. If you’re interested, you could also visit the Roman Bath Ruins underneath the Römerplatz.

Afterwards, you can spend the rest of your afternoon at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Brenners Park

Day 5
Baden Baden - Frankfurt | Baden Baden - Frankfurt

Today you will pack your bags and meet your driver for your journey to Frankfurt, stopping in Heidelberg along the way. Upon reaching Heidelberg, you will meet your guide for an overview tour of its beautiful historic city.

One of Germany’s most beautiful towns, Heidelberg is a cultural center and it is where the country’s first university was established in 1386. Due to French invasion, the medieval constructions of the city were destroyed in the late 17th century and were later rebuilt in a Baroque style. Your guide will show you one of the landmarks of the city, the Heiliggeistkirche, which is the town’s older sanctuary. Continue through the Market Square to the Alte Brücke, or Old Bridge, an imposing construction over the Neckar River built in the late 1700s – the bridge was also destroyed, this time during WWII, and was later completely rebuilt.

Afterwards, you may want to walk to the top of the Heidelberg Castle, where you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the valley. The castle is a vast residential complex which is now mostly in ruins, but that once was one of Germany’s most beautiful renaissance constructions.

If time allows, your guide will be happy to take you to the Philosophenweg (Philosopers’ Walk), located near your hotel and built in 1817 on the slopes of one of the city hills. The views from here over the city are magnificent.

In the afternoon, continue your journey towards Frankfurt.

Optional: Once you have checked into your hotel, your guide will meet you for an overview tour of Frankfurt. You will get to see the highlights of the banking capital and learn about its history, including how the city was badly damaged during World War II and had to be reconstructed. Please inquire for cost if this tour is of your interest.

Exeter Services: Transfer via Heidelberg; Guide in Heidelberg (3 Hours) Optional: Frankfurt Guide (4 Hours); City Transfers

Hotel: Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy

Day 6
Departure | Frankfurt

Today upon checking out of your hotel, you will meet your driver for your departure transfer to the airport.

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer

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