Lucerne & Mt. Pilatus or Alsace wine tasting
If you join on an excursion to Lucerne, the lakeside city of lights, you can visit Kappelbrucke, a covered wooden footbridge that dates back to the 1330s. You can also see an octagonal Water Tower and narrow lanes. In Altstadt Lucerne, narrow cobblestone lanes will lead you to town squares lined with houses painted with frescoes. From there, you’ll head out for the heights of Mt. Pilatus aboard a gondola climbing almost 7,000 ft high; return via Alpnachstad at the edge of Lake Lucerne aboard a steam locomotive or take the train through vineyards in Alsace, France for lunch and wine tasting along the wine route there. At the Schlossberg Castle you’ll see a picture of a medieval mountain fortress. Afterward, head to the French Alsatian town of Riquewihr for lunch and a wine tasting. Regardless of your choice, your day ends in Basel—a major crossroads of travel and thought since the 15th century. An orientation tour reveals parks, museums, galleries, and restaurants; the Rhine Promenade; 14th-century Münster Cathedral; and modern buildings by architects like Frank Gehry and Yoshio Taniguchi.