Could you stay in Basel overnight and catch up the next day? Basel is well worth a day and the shop is certainly worth it! As long as you know the stopping place for Monday evening, it should be a snap to catch a train from Basel to join the tour.
We already booked the tour. We are doing a river cruise first from Amsterdam to Basel, then we will be taken to Zurich that same day. Thought about doing it on our own, but travelling with another couple who wanted the coach tour.
No, out coach tour starts that Sunday. So I gather that there isn't more Christmas Stores that this is the only one?
Mostly only shops in train stations are allowed to open on Sundays, but I don't think one of them has anything for Christmas in June. If you have some time on an other day in Zurich or an other big city, you might checkout for an option there.
I can't say I know of any "Christmas stores" here in Switzerland. However if little decorations are what you want, and especially ones from here I suggest you take a look at the Heimatwerk shops. there is one in the Zürich train station that is open on Sundays...
Personally I cannot imagine why anyone would want to take a coach tour of Switzerland... but I suppose if you have to you have to!!
Thanks for the information and opinion. When travelling with seniors, one does what one can and this isn't my bucket list.
Not specifically Christmassy, but you can easily buy little souvenir cow bells that might look nice on a tree. You may also find little wooden items or small wooden chalets that can be integrated into a festive scene.
In general I have observed that Swiss Christmas decorations are simple and classy, and generally only available to buy in the run up to Christmas.
I'm trying to get my head round the idea of buying things for Christmas in June, and failing completely ;-)