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Christmas Markets in Three Countries: Basel, Freiburg & Colmar

4 Days
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FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Celebrate the holidays with a trip to three iconic Christmas markets in three different countries of Western Europe. Heading to Basel, Freiburg, and Colmar, you’ll savour Christmas treats and explore medieval old towns as you get into the holiday spirit in Switzerland, Germany, and France.

This 4-day vacation takes you to Christmas markets in Switzerland, Germany, and France.

Your Christmas vacation begins in Basel, located on the Rhine at the corners of Switzerland, France, and Germany. Due to its location, Basel has long been one of Switzerland’s trade hubs, but it’s more than a city of business. It’s also an art gallery hub, with a bevy of galleries, museums, and iconic buildings that attract art lovers from all over the world. In Basel, you’ll head to the heart of the Altstadt to visit the Christmas market, which is widely considered one of the largest and prettiest markets in all of Switzerland. Cozy up with some cocoa and enjoy some treats in the market. You can also supplement your visit by attending some of the many Christmas events organized by museums this time of year.

The next day, head to Freidburg, a university town sitting on the edge of the Black Forest in Germany. Head to the heart of the town and its medieval Altstadt to find the Christmas market, where you can peruse the over 130 stalls selling delicious treats and seasonal crafts. Warm up with a mug of mulled wine and try some gingerbread before heading back to Basel for the night. On your final day, head to Colmar, located in the Alsace wine region of France. Explore the fairy-tale looking Christmas market in the medieval old town and take advantage of 150 stalls winding through the alleyways.

You’ll truly be in the spirit of the season after visiting these three gorgeous Christmas markets in three incredible European countries.

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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,020

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Day 1

Arrive in Switzerland

Individual arrival to 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 Christmas markets 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.

Day 2

Basel to Black Forest ‐ Freiburg (Germany) ‐ Basel

Enjoy a train ride to Germany City Freiburg in Breisgau where the 46th Christmas Market takes place. In the middle of the town center, visitors will have the opportunity to marvel at, buy and enjoy the many crafts and delicious treats on offer at the over 130 individual stalls. Overnight in Basel.

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Day 3

Basel ‐ Colmar ‐ Alsace (France) ‐ Basel

Today you will visit the Christmas Market of Colmar. The old town of Colmar is illuminated and decorated like a fairy tale where the warm Christmas Mood envelops the heart of the town. Snuggled up in the heart of the historic places of old Colmar, more than 150 Christmas stalls are interconnected by a way of lightly subtly drawn in the alleys of the city. Overnight in Basel.

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Day 4

Departure from Basel

Individual Departure from Basel.

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Other Information


2024: Daily from November 24 to December 21


  • Rail ticket in 2nd or 1st class for rail travel per itinerary
  • 3 nights in moderate accommodations
  • 3-course dinner on the 1st night at Restaurant Schnabel ‐ a traditional restaurant in the heart of Basel
  • Free entry to Basel Christmas Markets
  • Excursion to Freiberg in Germany and free entry to local Christmas Markets
  • Excursion to Colmar in France and free entry to local Christmas Markets
  • Guest card in Basel for free local transport and discounts
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

23 Oct 2020
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