5-Day Itinerary: Basel to Geneva
with FREE Airport Lounge Pass in Geneva

Day 1 Arrive Basel

Start off in Basel, where historic landmarks include the market square with its richly decorated red sandstone Town Hall and the late Romanesque Gothic cathedral. Stroll through the old town to browse charming boutiques, antique book stores, and shops of contemporary designers. A visit to the "Läckerli Huus" to taste traditional Basel honey cake is well worth your while. Home to 40 museums, Basel has the highest concentration of museums in the Switzerland.

Overnight in Basel

Day 2 Basel – Lausanne

In the morning, proceed to Chaux-de-Fonds (drive distance: 1.5 hrs), a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the international watch museum “Musee International de l’Horlogerie,” housing over 4,500 exhibits, including 2,700 watches and 700 wall clocks.

Then, drive to picturesque Lausanne (drive distance: 1 hr), surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with lovely Lake Geneva at its feet. Walk the narrow alleyways of the medieval city center, enjoying the cafes and boutiques that shape the streetscapes. Other sights to see here include Lac Léman, the Olympic Museum, and Cathedrale de Lausanne.

Overnight in Lausanne

Day 3 Lausanne

Take our full-day excursion to the charming village of Gruyeres, including tastings of chocolate, cheese and wine, as well as a ride on the Golden Express train overlooking pretty Lake Geneva. You'll see the Lavaux Vineyards Road, a UNESCO World Heritage site, en route to the village of Epesse, where you’ll visit a wine cellar and sample local wine and juice (tour duration: 8.5 hrs).

Overnight in Lausanne

Day 4 Lausanne – Geneva

This morning, drive to sophisticated Geneva (drive distance: 45 min). Get a complete overview of the city on our 2-hour city tour, including a view of United Nations buildings and international organizations, a panoramic drive, and a ride on the mini-train. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own.

Overnight in Geneva

Day 5 Depart Geneva or extend your stay

We suggest you extend your stay and visit Zermatt. See the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn, said to be the most photographed mountain in the world.

 

BOOK IT: 5 Days / 4 Nights Basel to Geneva from $660

Sign on to our website to book these FIT hotels and sightseeing tours for dates that suit your clients. Customize these choices and make your own Grand Tour.

 

Or, use any of the hotels below to customize this itinerary. Check our website for prices:

BASEL: Hotel Victoria 4*, Pullman Basel 4*, Radisson Blu 4*, Hilton Basel 5*, Swissotel 5*

LAUSANNE: Agora Swiss Night 4*, Mövenpick Hotel Lausanne 4*, Lausanne Palace & Spa 5*

GENEVA: Rotary MGallery 4*, Tiffany 4*, Warwick 4*, Beau Rivage 5*, Le Richemond 5*

We also offer stays in Biel, Montreux, Neuchatel, Zermatt, and other cities in Switzerland.

 

All prices are per person in USD. Hotel prices are per night, per person, based on double occupancy at the lowest price available at the specific hotels listed above for stays from June 1 – September 30, 2015, including all taxes and service charges. Terms and conditions apply to hotel bookings, and may vary by hotel, as posted on our website at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change. These itineraries are designed to be experienced via either car or rail (cost is additional). Grand total itinerary price does not include transportation between cities.