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NEW TOUR FOR 2020
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Basel - Great Swiss Collectors

16 October 2020

6 days from £2,295pp

Indulge in Basel’s spectacular art collections, studying a variety of forms, from mediaeval to modern. Discover Basel’s history of paper production, visit Switzerland’s largest Roman archaeological site and cross the border to Germany to see the modern Vitra Campus.
  • Discover the fabulous art collections of Basel in the company of your expert tour guide and study art from mediaeval to modern
  • Visit a mediaeval paper mill and learn about Basel’s history as a centre of paper and book production
  • Explore the fabulous Vitra Campus, a must for lovers of modern design
  • See the largest Roman archaeological site in Switzerland, at Augusta Raurica
Few cities merge history and tradition with cutting-edge design quite like Basel. Thanks to its position of the banks of the mighty Rhine, the city has been an important centre of trading, culture and learning since the Renaissance period. The University of Basel, Switzerland’s oldest, was founded here in 1460 by Pope Pius II. Such was its renown by the 16th century that the great Dutch scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam travelled to the city to teach at the institution for several years. Hans Holbein the Younger also arrived in the city during this period, finding a thriving paper and printing industry as well as a flourishing circle of humanist scholars and prosperous patricians, fertile ground for a young and ambitious artist. Holbein spent a decade working in the city and it was owing to this connection that in 1661, the city fathers purchased 20 works by the artist. Basel’s art collection has since swelled to an impressive 40 museums and galleries, and an established cultural status, coupled with a lucrative pharmaceuticals industry, has seen the construction of several landmark buildings designed by some of the most eminent contemporary architects of our time. Tom Abbott leads this new Art Pursuits Abroad tour, which explores the many layers of this intriguing city. 

Your Accommodation

Hotel Basel, Basel

★★★★★
Overview
The modern Hotel Basel is located in the heart of beautiful Basel’s old city, and is surrounded by fine historic buildings, sitting just above Market Square (Marktplatz) and the town hall (Rathaus). The central location in the pedestrian area allows guests to enjoy Basel’s sightseeing attractions or do some leisurely window-shopping on foot. Guests can dine on market fresh cuisine in the Brasserie restaurant and enjoy a relaxing drink in the Sperber Bar. In summer the Boulevard terrace is the perfect place to watch the world go by.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En Suite bathroom
  • TV with radio
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning