Experience the grandest Christmas market in Switzerland, the German Christmas markets of the Black Forest and the festivities and wine caves of France.

Price from $699* per person twin share.

What's Included:

  • 3 NIGHTS at Hotel Gaia, Basel in a Smart/Eco Room
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 course dinner at Restaurant Schnabel on the first night
  • Basel Souvenir • Basel Card
  • Return Basel to Freiburg rail transfer (open ticket)
  • Return Basel to Colmar rail transfer (open ticket)
  • Detailed itinerary and travel documentation

Valid for travel: 28 November 2019 - 23 December 2019

Deal Ends: 30 March 2020, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.



Day 1: Arrive in Switzerland
Arrive in Switzerland and transfer by local bus from Basel Airport to medieval Basel, host to the grandest Christmas market in Switzerland! Explore the old town adorned with decorations and brightly painted chalet stalls. This medieval city on the Rhine has a very special charm in the Christmas period. The quaint Christmas market can be found on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city and at the heart of the festively decorated Old Town. A magnificent Christmas tree stands on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner. On Claraplatz, the "Sennenhütte" opens its doors again to guests for a fun fondue dinner. Enjoy your 3-course dinner at the Restaurant Schnabel, one of Basel’s oldest and most traditional restaurants. Overnight: Hotel Gaia (D)
Day 2: Black Forest
Breakfast at your hotel. Cross the border to Germany by train, visiting the markets of the Black Forest in Freiburg and indulging in traditional Glühwein. Overnight: Hotel Gaia (B)
Day 3: Colmar
Breakfast at your hotel. Journey to Colmar by train, the charming Alsace town enhanced by amazing festive decorations and stalls. Try pain d’épices and visit the wine caves before returning to Basel. Overnight: Hotel Gaia (B)
Day 4: Depart
Breakfast at your hotel. Taste the classic Basel treat Leckerli before your return transfer to the airport. (B)
Christmas Markets:
Barfüsserplatz – 28 Nov - 23 Dec 2019, open daily 11am to 8:30pm except 23 Dec 19 11 am to 8 pm
Münsterplatz  – 28 Nov - 23 Dec 2019, open daily 11am to 8:30pm except 23 Dec 19 11 am to 6 pm
Sennenhütte on Claraplatz is open from 11 am to 8.30 pm
Upgrade to 1st class rail travel from $74* per person
Add on an extra $99* per person, twin share for Mon-Thu stays


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