Basel joined the Swiss Confederation in 1501. Situated in a strategic position on the River Rhine, it also acquired agricultural lands of the former Prince-Bishopric state. We visit private gardens in Basel, even a roof-top one, venture into the rolling wooded Jura hills, discover gardens in villages with attractive half-timbered farmhouses, enjoy ripe cherries cultivated extensively in the pastures. Crossing into France we visit an exceptional garden, Berchigranges in the Vosges mountains.
Hotel Basel is situated in a quiet part of the fascinating medieval town centre. It is most comfortable and has a good restaurant. Winding cobbled streets, squares with cafes; the hotel is in easy walking distance of the Rhine.
The group will comprise a maximum of fifteen participants. We reach the gardens by foot, minibus, tramway and train. Minimal travelling apart from the day visiting Berchigranges, though the scenery in the Vosges mountains is beautiful.
On/off trains, trams,boats. Considerable walking.
Possibility to add a few days in the mountains.