Zurich-Basel, Switzerland

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Explore the historic center and museums of this quaint Swiss town. It borders France and Germany and fuses all three cultures.

Basel is a historic Swiss city that lies on the country’s borders with France and Germany. It is home to many museums, galleries and a charming center filled with antique structures. The River Rhine divides the city into two parts. Grossbasel, which contains the historic center, is southwest. Kleinbasel has an active nightlife.

For an alternative way to enjoy the scenery, climb onboard the Glacier Express. The train ride travels through the mountains, valleys and deep gorges between Zermatt and Davos or St. Moritz. Book a cruise across a Swiss lake, such as Lake Geneva or Lake Zurich. At Lake Lucerne, enjoy a sunset cruise on a paddle steamer.

Devote some of your vacation time to discovering Swiss cities. Shop in the medieval arcades of Bern, the country’s capital. Follow the history of the Olympic movement at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. See the twin-towered Grossmünster cathedral in Zurich, the country's largest city. In Geneva, find the huge Jet d'Eau water fountain and CERN, the particle physics laboratory. Tour the underground facility to discover how international teams of scientists are trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

Travel Tips

We can arrange a variety of transportation options throughout Europe to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. Whether you simply need transportation between the airport and hotel, or you want to charter a private yacht or jet, we offer you choice and will manage the important details.

While traveling in Switzerland we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • The Swiss Franc is the official currency of Switzerland.
  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Norwegian Krone and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.,/li>

Tipping Etiquette

  • Restaurants: Round up
  • Porters: $1
  • Taxi's: Round Up

Time Difference

  • Switzerland is GMT + 2 hours

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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