8 Day Christmas Markets of Switzerland & France

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$1499

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$2179*

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8 Day Christmas Markets of Switzerland & France

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$1499

Land Only

$2179*

Air & Land



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8 Day Christmas Markets of Switzerland & France
Novotel Basel City Basel
Grand Europe Hotel Lucerne
Hotel De La Paix Lugano

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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $550
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
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$1499 $2309*
$1499 $2349*
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$1499 $2209*

Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
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.


Entry Requirements:
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. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Please be aware that Switzerland is an expensive destination. This is a Classic program. For more information click here.

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Escorted Package 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

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Please be aware that Switzerland is an expensive destination. This is a Classic program. For more information click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - 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

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - 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

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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, Monday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - 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

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - 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

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - 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

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
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
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

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Sunday - 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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, Friday - Travel to Lugano, Evening Cruise on Lake Lugano
Depart for Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. On arrival, discover Lugano and enjoy its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards, check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic illuminated cruise on Lake Lugano. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - 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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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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Full Day Bern with dinner

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. Spend free time, before continuing to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $90.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #7 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $104.00
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10 Day Classic Switzerland, May 2022
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My Classic Switzerland trip was awesome. This was my first Gate 1 trip and I was a solo traveler. The itinerary was terrific. Had something for everyone. Sabine our tour guide was great. Very knowledgeable. Of course the weather played a big part in this trip. Having investigated the weather for each stop beforehand indicated we would have rain, rain, and more rain. We had spectacular weather. Hardly any rain at all. The other travelers were terrific too. If I needed help everyone was more than happy to assist. Always had someone to eat with. Hats off to George and Ginger. They took me under their wings and it was appreciated. This will not be my last Gate 1 trip. Loved everything about your group.

Sandra P.
11 Day Crown of Central Europe, May 2022
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The trip was great- Justin was the ultimate tour manager- weather was wonderful- and the sites were incomparable. I will most definitely travel with Gate 1 again and I would highly recommend to anyone. This was my first Gate 1 experience and I was extremely impressed.

Maryanne Q.
12 Day Classic Romania, May 2022
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It was a wonderful tour! Just what I always expect from Gate 1, and why you have all my business. Christina was an exceptional tour manager, and even though Simon (the bus driver) couldn't speak English, I loved his smiles that welcomed us back onto the bus each time. Looking forward to my next tour with Gate 1 - Kenya in October

Kathy A.
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, April 2022
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This is our first time going on a Gate 1 tour. It exceeded our expectations. The tour was very well organized, from the flights into and out of Europe, the excellent hotels and their location, the local tour guides and the pace of the various sites we visited. Special mention must be made about the tour manager, Dean and Peter, the bus driver from Warsaw, Poland. Dean was excellent and extremely knowledgeable about every place we visited, going out of his way and guiding us on possible activities to do on our free time. He made sure the whole group was comfortable. Peter, whose driving skills were phenomenal, was a true gentleman, taking care of our luggage and distributing water bottles to all the tour members. My wife and I look forward to travelling with Gate 1 tours in the future.

Antonio P.
10 Day Affordable Germany, France, Switzerland & Austria, March 2022
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What a great adventure. This was our first Gate 1 trip due to COVID cancelling 2 Christmas Market tours and i can say it was the best trip i have taken. Gate 1 took care of everything. Great dinners and hotels. Our guide Claire was so knowledgeable and had a vast knowledge of all areas and had lived in many countries. Our trips and guides provided an excellent over view and we had just enough time to venture out on our own. You cannot beat the ease of these trips or the cost. This is an extreme value that most people cannot understand unless they try a trip with you guys. So happy we have a trip already books for 2 weeks in 3 months. Cant wait see you then Gate 1. Salute to all of you there from the booking agents to the flight folks and the actual boots on the ground the guides and coach drivers you all are top notch.

Vincent R.
10 Day Affordable Germany, France, Switzerland & Austria, March 2022
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I have traveled quite a bit, but I have to say, this was by far the best trip I've been on. Our Director Julian was outstanding. He made us comfortable, made sure we were always together and safe. He deserves a medal and a raise. He is one of the nicest persons ever. We all loved Julian and Conrad our bus driver. Kudos to them, our trip will definitely be one of the most memorable for years to come. Thank you. I will be traveling more with gate1.

Odein S.
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2021
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WOW !! What a fantastic trip. Even with , or maybe because of Covid restrictions Gate 1 pulled off the Best Christmas Market tour EVER ! Our tour manager Thomas from initial greeting at the hotel till the final night was the picture of friendliness, punctuality, working with each and every obstacle as nothing more than a ripple in the Rhine. For having to adjust to new places , new driver and 13 new friends we had a Great time! Thank you so much for your knowledge, the sincerity, your stories AND all those bus goodies !! If we could pick the pair to travel with again it would be Thomas and Pavlo!

Kent W.
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2021
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Our tour guide for the Alpine Christmas Markets was Thomas and I cannot say enough good things about him. It was extremely challenging with the Covid requirements changing daily and sometimes twice within the same day. He was constantly on top of this, checking what was required of us. He was able to get all of our U.S. CDC Covid vaccination cards converted to a European printout with a QR code which was required for every place that we entered. We were later led to believe that only EU people were supposed to have this. Having it, though, made our travels and entry to events so much easier. He also made sure that everyone had the required tests. I had to take three but there were others who had to take five and he stayed on top of every bit of this. I had to have a 24-hour negative test that was later than the others in the group and he personally walked me to the facility that evening and then helped when I was having trouble registering due to my phone. He was also intelligent, fun, and very well organized. Thomas is definitely a "keeper."

Ellen M.
9 Day Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague & Berlin, December 2021
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I would like to extend my graciously thank you to Kayo, our tour manager for a wonderful Christmas market trip in Berlin, Prague and Krakow during this difficult pandemic time. Kayo is thoughtful and a good planner to attend the minute details of the needs for all our group members so that we are worry free and just to enjoy our long waited vacation. Our diver, Cashmir, kudos to his absolutely superb driving skills who brings us swirling through the narrow streets in Prague square. Unbelievable! Hat tip to Cashmir. I seriously couldn't think of anything that Kayo could do better than what he already did for us under the current circumstances and limitations. Thanks for giving us such a memorable Christmas market trip and we made some new friends too.

Hayley L.
11 Day Classic Poland, September 2021
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Our tour leader, Jolanta P., was truly wonderful ! She was very helpful, caring, informative, and kept our group on track. She went above and beyond by providing us with maps, things to do, and local history, as well as providing treats to sample. This was a good tour, but Jolanta made it great ! Our bus driver, Andrej, was very skilled at operating the coach, and saved our group time by taking alternate routes when we encountered delays.

Mark R.
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2021
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We were seriously hyped to make a trip during Covid-times. We specifically selected Switzerland to visit as a single, safe, superior, expensive country. Also, that major attractions are outdoors, free from Covid risk. Still, we were again seriously concerned about getting there dodging a phalanx of regulatory travel obstacles, and once there, how we would manage the bureaucracy of national medical rules. But, after the initial indoctrination of procedures by our trusted travel guide, Fred and seeing how easily we guests adapted, t'was smooth sailing on placid Swiss lakes and down-skiing on incredible snow-capped Alps. What makes a tour of like this successful? For us: Obtaining a memorable impression of places during the limited time available. This tour succeeded excellently, a quick and spare overview of Switzerland. Our most wonderful surprises: the beauty of mountains and valleys, the power of money and industrialization. Our companions were uniformly a very experienced group which made our travels all the more stimulating. The tour guide is key to obtaining a rapid cultural impression. Our very experienced guide was Fred (from neighboring Austria), an exceedingly personable retired-CEO who was a fountain of understandable history and geography enroute. For the safety and security of guests, he conscientiously repeated instructions and directions to shepherd us during peregrinations. Regarding planning, we luckily benefited from rare perfect weather, especially in the mountains, and from strategically located, superior hotels selected for us by Gate1. The number and quality of included meals were just right. I missed museums we normally visit. But wake-me-up! In Switzerland it's the mountains and nature that are de-rigeur! Riding the bus was a minor disadvantage, required to transport us from place to place, but was such delight to enjoy the beauty of the passing valleys, mountains, sky, lakes and scenery. A surprising aspect of this swift journey is how small Switzerland really is... we covered a mere 1100km or 680 miles during our sighting of 9 locales. Perfect tours are those you perfect yourself. For us this 10-day excursion succeeded as a gem of an overview of Switzerland. We will travel with Gate1 again.

Tibor K.
12 Day Classic Romania, September 2021
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I had a marvelous time on the 12 Day Classic Romania tour 9/16-9/27. Both our guide Iuliana and our driver Radu were amazing. Iuliana was upbeat, knowledgeable and caring; I enjoyed her sense of humor and the stories she shared with us. I am very glad Radu was driving and not me on those curvy mountain roads! He also had an excellent command of the English language and was very friendly and willing to engage with all of the tourists. You have wonderful ambassadors for Gate1 in these two, and I hope you appreciate them as they deserve to be.

Regina S.
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2021
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It was amazing voyage. As always Gate 1 provided excellent service. Monique, our tour guide made sure we were all safe. She and our bus driver Irene provided outstanding service. As always, I'd like to say thank you to Gate 1. You guys are amazing. We are looking forward to traveling with you, as long as we are going to travel. That was our 25th trip, looking for at least 25 more.

Regina R
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2019
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We loved the experience, and Julian, our tour manager, was AMAZING! Cannot say enough great things about him and how organized and knowledgeable he was throughout the entire trip! This is my third time with Gate 1 and was yet again, a successful trip! It was our honeymoon and the way this was organized was perfect for us and still allowed for plenty of free time. My husband was very impressed and we are already starting to plan our next Gate 1 getaway!!

Abby L. Gilbert, AZ
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2019
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It was awesome and totally exceeded our expectations. Noel is a real asset to your company always congenial, patient and full of knowledge. Have been recommending Gate 1 to all of my friends and several are looking to plan trips with you! Thanks again for this most wonderful experience.

Katherine D. Miami, FL
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2019
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The trip was wonderful. Noel was amazing and took such good care of all of us. The rooms, the tours, the knowledge Noel had for his country and for Europe. The local tour guides and the introduction to their towns and the history lessons were fantastic. The bus driver was patient and kind. He kept that bus so clean and kept us all safe. Good job Gate 1!!

Linda J. Lakeside, CA
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2019
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The Germany, Switzerland and Austria trip was our 15th trip with Gate 1 Travel. Our tour manager Noel was by far one of the best. He was friendly and professional. He commanded control of the group from day one. He stressed safety repeatedly throughout the trip. He gave us plenty of information for each country without overwhelming us. He was able to create harmony among the group, which allowed the tour to be very enjoyable.

John W. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
11 Day Classic Poland, August 2019
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We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the experience. Our tour manager, Lidia, was wonderful. Her easy manner and smiling face made the hassle of early mornings and busy schedules worth the effort. This was our first Gate One tour, but, because of Lidia, probably not our last. Additionally, our bus driver, Andrew, was friendly, helpful and an expert in his field.

Steve H. Athens, TN
12 Day Classic Germany, July 2019
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Very enjoyable. Charlotte, our tour guide, was the best guide we have had on our 11 Gate 1 trips. She made sure everyone had a good time. Charlotte was very organized and provided details such as next day weather, what to expect in the places we went to, and numerous options for our free time.

Francis R. Lancaster County, PA
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, July 2019
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The trip was excellent. Justin, the tour guide was superb. He helped my friend and I many times, was very knowledgeable and gave details of history wherever we went. The local tour guides were also fantastic. The location of the hotels were perfect and the quality of them was superior. Charles, our bus driver was wonderful. The bus was always clean, the water bottles were constantly replenished. He had a nice, kind personality. Would love to have Justin and Charles on another tour. It was a wonderful experience.

Marsha W. Howell Township, NJ
11 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania, July 2019
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My trip was wonderful! It surpassed any expectations I had. This was my 8th Gate 1 trip, and I want to especially acknowledge our guide, Georgi, who was truly outstanding in every way and a real asset to Gate 1. He made the history come alive and the current politics of each country fascinating. He was friendly and caring and so enthusiastic about everything. He was the best!

Antonia J. Glen Carbon, IL
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, June 2019
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Our trip was great. Charlotte, our guide, was very special. I’ve taken many trips and all our tour guides were very good. Charlotte, however, was bubbly, very caring, always on top of things and personable with all her passengers. Our hotels were always in a good location and comfortable according to American standards. The breakfasts were great as always and the excursions and general timing throughout the trip was perfect.

Barbara F. Escanaba, MI
10 Day Classic Switzerland, June 2019
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We would like to thank Gate 1 Travel and staff for a GREAT vacation. This trip to Switzerland was everything we had hoped it would be and much more. The itinerary was well planned and allowed for group and personal experiences. We will definitely be traveling with Gate 1 again!

Anthony and Kim D. Saltville, VA
12 Day Classic Romania, June 2019
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Wonderful! All we have come to expect with Gate 1 and even more. We were blessed with a wonderful Tour Guide Iulianna who not only provided us with excellent information, but was kind, thoughtful, and a great communicator. Romania is a beautiful country that I would recommend seeing! Would go again!

Kathleen P. Ballston Lake, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, April 2019
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Our Poland trip was terrific! It far exceeded our expectations and I can’t talk it up enough to friends. That part of the world is so rich with history we loved it.

Debbie C. Oakland County, MI
8 Day Affordable Central Europe, March 2019
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Awesome! This was the best guided tour we have ever done. We had a great travel group. Michael, our tour leader did a stellar job. Whatever you are paying him….double it. He’s worth it. We saw a part of the world that we knew little about but were fascinated to learn. We will have memories that will last a lifetime. We are already encouraging our family and friends to take the same trip. Keep up the great work. We look forward to our next Gate 1 Travel adventure!

Timothy R. Janesville, WI
8 Day Essential Germany, March 2019
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Our trip was fantastic! We had a wonderful week in Germany (went by way too fast). My wife and I were talking the other night while we were showing our parents some of the photos we took, and we were in agreement that we would both absolutely travel through Gate 1 again in the future. Our tour guide, Noel, did a wonderful job--he kept us on schedule and kept us engaged and laughing. Only wish I could have spent another week traveling around Europe with him. Overall, I wouldn't have changed a thing about our time in Germany. It was a trip we will always remember.

Collin M. Glen Burnie, MD
10 Day Affordable Central Europe with Berlin, March 2019
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I had a wonderful time on my trip. Everything was very organized down to the most minute detail. Our guide Fred and driver Atila were very professional and courteous and made sure all of us were well taken care of and comfortable. It was a lovely experience. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my friends.

Adalina M. Miami Lakes, FL
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2018
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The 9 Day Christmas Market Tour was amazing! Claus our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, he knew many interesting anecdotes about the places we were visiting as well as local dishes to try and where a good place was to try them. He kept us on track and was always thinking of our best interests regarding our experience on the trip. He even helped me get to the airport safely to go home by letting me know the right train station to get on at. Konrad our driver, was equally excellent. He knows how to handle a big bus superbly and was always helping load and unload the bags as well as helping some of the older ladies out of the bus. Some of the roads we went down in the bus I would have trouble getting down in my car let alone a vehicle as large as the bus. He was also considerate of our comfort whilst traveling between destinations and would raise or lower the thermostat according to how everyone was feeling. He was also pleasant to talk to and it is nice to be around people who genuinely enjoy their jobs. The same goes for Claus as well. I would definitely go on a Gate 1 tour again as this was such a wonderful experience.

Vicki G. Victoria, Australia
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, November 2018
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It was SO great! Our tour manager Dominique took great care of us. She always had time for any questions we had, no matter what she was doing at the moment. She always had a smile and was so professional and pleasant. The accommodations were great. Meals were great. The bus was clean and we had a very good driver. Water was supplied every day. Gate 1 took great care of us!

Karen M. Seaford, DE
12 Day Affordable Central Europe with Warsaw & Krakow, October 2018
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Our trip was wonderful ... As usual Gate 1 did a wonderful job. Our tour guide Neira was wonderful and so were the other day guides. They are amazing in their knowledge of the areas. The travel was flawless and the places we visited were amazing.

Michelle M. Ulster Park, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, October 2018
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Exceptional!!!! Joanna our tour manager was outstanding. She made hand-outs, trivia contests, language lessons, tastings, DVDs, music and more. As a retired teacher, I appreciated all the extra time she put in to make her country shine. She even assisted us in finding our Polish roots. Now I know why I like to bake--my ancestors came from a town that perfected the art of making gingerbread. My sister and I do an annual adventure. We are looking forward to #8 with Gate 1 next year.

Paula D. Toledo, OH
11 Day Classic Central Europe, October 2018
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As ALWAYS, this Gate 1 trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our guide, Fred, was the BEST. Each time I travel with Gate 1, I think the tour guide has set a new bar. Fred has exceeded that standard of excellence! He was informative, always attentive to everyone's needs and requests, and funny....so funny. Importantly, he kept us safe. He made each and every city and country come alive. In addition, the tour guides in each city were phenomenal. I understand they have a rigorous course of education and testing to become a certified tour guide....well, they too outdid themselves. The history and information that they conveyed simply cannot be garnered from tour books. The hotels were fabulous! I truly don't know how Gate 1 does it, but we could not have asked for better accommodations. And I can't forget Bart, our bus driver. At all times Bart kept us safe. He is so skilled - what an amazing driver. This was a "trip of a lifetime" for my son and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outstanding quality of the itinerary and especially of the tour guides and accommodations. THANK YOU again and again, Gate 1, for another amazing adventure! Looking forward to the next one.

Patricia S. Mesa, AZ
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, September 2018
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This trip was absolutely fabulous; saw and learned so much about Central Europe. What a memorable experience to help connect and visualize historical events. The people and places were all genuine, personable, positive experiences.

Sylvia K. Reston, VA
Swiss Alpine Jewels, August 2018
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Our tour was well researched and well planned, and our Tour Manager Dennis was very knowledgeable, organized, and had a wonderful personality. I've been on a dozen or so guided trips all over the world, and this was one of the best yet. This trip was fabulous! I'll definitely travel with Gate1 Travel Discovery again.

Linda R. Powhatan, VA
10 Day Classic Switzerland, August 2018
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Our Switzerland trip was one of our best Gate 1 trips. Our tour manager Julia was one of the best we’ve had on our Gate 1 tours. She made certain every thing went off as planned and even had to improvise when a huge Techno event barred our Zurich excursion. We simply left Zurich and extended our city tours elsewhere. A great trip!

Victor C. Folsom, CA
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
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The trip to Poland was absolutely amazing! I know I can speak for my family and friends who accompanied me on the trip in saying the everything about the trip exceeded our expectations! We loved the food, the tours, the people, the arts and music! All were beyond wonderful! Our guide Jolanta P. was exceptionally well-versed in all things Polish and gave us an insider's view of the rich cultural heritage of Poland. We will definitely be planning another visit as well as tell all our friends about the fabulous time we had!

Catherine H. Buffalo, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
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I have to tell you that it was a MARVELOUS vacation and tour. Izabella Sliwinski has been the BEST tour guide we have ever had. She has a great personality, considerate, really concerned about the welfare of all the travelers, great suggestions of where to go when there was free time... This was our first experience with Gate 1 Travel and it will not be our last. We were impressed with the hotels chosen, the food, the hospitality of all. The driver was great, the coach was terrific. All I can say is that it was a marvelous time and Thank You for paying attention to details.

Barbara W. Sandia Park, NM
Swiss Alpine Jewels, June 2018
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One of the best we’ve taken ... I attribute the success of the whole experience directly to our tour manager, Dennis Albright. While the itinerary was perfect, it was his preparation and attention to details that made it more than a wonderful holiday. Thanks to you, Gate1 for hiring the best and encouraging them to ensure the customer experience is the highest priority. Thanks and you will definitely seem us again. We’ve raved to friends and family and recommended Gate1 for all their travel needs now and into the future.

David G. Cardiff, CA
11 Day Classic Poland, May 2018
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Our trip to Poland was great! Yolanta was a warm, friendly, very well-informed guide, one of the best we have had in our travels ... Franek was an amazing driver. Gate1 seems to have a knack for choosing city guides who love their city and want us to see it as they do. We learned so much about Poland, its people, and its historic cities. We were very impressed with the people and the culture, and of course, the food! Gate1 provides a wonderful experience.

Marge H. Flushing, MI

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