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Basel: Self-Guided Food Tour

1. Basel: Self-Guided Food Tour

This tour is self-guided, so you choose when you want start and how much time you want to spend on the tour. However, it's recommended to start before 11 AM so you can arrive right on time for lunch at the KLARA food court. Here you can look forward to delicious lunchtime snacks (until 2 PM). The tour voucher (handed out on the first stop) contains all the information about directions you need to find each stop as listed below: Start at Bäckerei KULT "Elsi" Here a young team has breathed new life into Basel’s oldest bakery. Everything from the jam to the vanilla cream is handmade. Stop here, find out what a “Basel Gold” is and get one to try. Then go further to Basel Unverpackt, your second stop on the tour. Anyone who is keen to take a more conscious approach to life will know this shop. The team’s priorities are zero waste, recycling, and sustainable preservation of foodstuffs. Here you can fill up on organic products. Afterwards, head over to your third stop. At KLARA you can enjoy international dishes in a laid-back atmosphere. Sample 3 delicacies from around the world with a drink of your choice.   The last stop of the day is a traditional place, Jakob's Leckerly at Spalenberg.

From Basel: Gruyères Switzerland - Castle, Cheese, Chocolate

2. From Basel: Gruyères Switzerland - Castle, Cheese, Chocolate

Starting at the Basel SBB station we’ll take the train to “La Maison du Gruyères,” a traditional dairy where master cheesemakers will reveal the process behind authentic Gruyères AOP cheese. Watch as fresh milk is transformed into delicious Gruyères, using huge copper cauldrons and giant curd presses. Learn how the region produces around 48 wheels a day, all of which undergo a rigorous inspection by Gruyères AOP before they are allowed to be sold with the official label. After the demonstration, it’s time to indulge your taste buds. Learn to recognize and appreciate the full-bodied, nutty flavor of authentic Gruyères as you sample the cheese straight from the wheel. Next, a short scenic hike will bring us to the delightful town of Gruyere, birthplace of the iconic sweet and salty cheese which shares its name. Nestled within the picturesque Fribourg canton, this medieval town is bursting with rustic charm. Explore the maze of cobblestone pathways, glimpsing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as you make your way to the hilltop Castle of Gruyères. This stunning fortress dates back to the 13th century, and was once home to the notorious Counts of Gruyères. Now visitors can explore the castle's sordid history, and wander through treasure lined museum rooms and ancient ruins. After the tour we will enjoy a quick lunch stop - but don’t fill up too much! Stomachs full of cheese, we will make our way to our final stop: the Cailler Chocolate Factory. This legendary cocoa wonderland was created by the grandfather of Swiss chocolate, François-Louis Cailler, whose secret ingredients remain in use today. His iconic chocolate is famous for its rich, creamy flavor, achieved by using condensed milk rather than the standard milk powder used in most other brands. Master chocolatiers will show you how to craft your own unique box of truffles, using foolproof ganache techniques. Take your chocolates home, or eat them on the train! After a full day of food and adventure, it's time to head back Your guide will ensure you have a comfortable journey back to Basel.

From Colmar or Basel: Baden-Württemberg Winery Tour

3. From Colmar or Basel: Baden-Württemberg Winery Tour

Embark on a guided wine-tasting tour in Germany's wine region of Baden-Württemberg from either Colmar or Basel. Visit a variety of local wineries and villages with an expert guide and admire the beautiful scenery of the area. Start with pickup from your hotel in either Colmar or Basel and meet your knowledgeable tour guide and wine expert, Set off on your journey along the celebrated Badisch Weinstraß, a 115-mile road that weaves its way through the lush vineyard-dotted slopes of the scenic Black Forest Mountains. During the course of the day, stop at 4 small artisanal wineries to taste and savor the magnificent wines for which Baden-Württemberg is rightfully acclaimed. Taste local varieties including Gewürztraminer, Graüburgunder (Pinot Gris), Muskateller Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Gutedel, and Riesling. Learn about the rich diversity of grapes grown, the influence of the many varied soils, and the importance of terroir. Encounter an esteemed wine-producing family whose multi-award-winning wines are produced in harmony with nature and the surrounding ecosystem. During the day, explore the charming village of Ihringen. Here, you are free to either take lunch, do some sightseeing or take some time for shopping. Afterward make your way to a vineyard where you can observe the rich tapestry of the surrounding countryside and the verdant, undulating, landscape stretching out before you. Walk amongst aged vines with a chilled glass of wine in your hand. Travel next to the delightful village of Bad Krozingen, which lies beneath the vineyard-laden slopes of an ancient Roman vineyard, home to two of the most dynamic wine producers in the region. Relax on the way back to either Colmar or Basel, with drop-off at your hotel.

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We received a very friendly welcome at every station. Kult has a beautiful little garden, and we had a delicious meal at Klaras. There were also treats at the other two stations. I highly recommend the tour.

We didn't like the last station "Basler Leckerli" that much. At the end we would have liked a quiet place with seating to linger and a coffee with the fine treats. The rest was great.

It was a great experience. Plenty to eat. We did get a bit confused with the Kults bakery and went to the wrong one to start with so be aware!

Too bad we weren't allowed to keep the voucher flyer.