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Swiss Christmas Market Shopping Spree

Shop ‘til you drop with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation at some of Switzerland’s best Christmas Markets!

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Shop ‘til you drop with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation at some of Switzerland’s best Christmas Markets!

Your Swiss Christmas Market Shopping Spree will begin at the Nestle/Callier Chocolate Factory, the world headquarters of Switzerland’s most beloved export where you can stock up on delicious chocolate. Continuing to Montreux, Freddie Mercury’s adopted home, you will spend your afternoon in the Christmas Market on the shores of Lake Geneva and with a gorgeous view of the Swiss Alps. 160 stands, a giant Ferris wheel and culinary specialties will entertain you until Santa flies his sleigh over the market in the evening. After dinner you will check into a 3 star mountain hotel for an chance to recharge your batteries and prepare for even more shopping and sightseeing on Sunday.

After breakfast on Sunday, you will be whisked away to 2 more Christmas Markets which scored a place on European Best Destinations list of the top 20 Christmas Markets in Europe for 2018: Basel and Bern.  In Bern, the highest steeple in Switzerland and the 15th-17th century townhouses will provide a wonderful backdrop to the market and the White Swiss Gluhwein will keep you warm. You will wrap up your shopping spree in Basel, where 180 chalets make up one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas Markets in Switzerland.

If you go on the Swiss Christmas Market Shopping Spree, you will visit 3 highly rated Christmas Markets which are only available in this package. Spaces on the Swiss Christmas Market Shopping Spree sold out early in both 2018 and 2019 and this years Swiss Shopping Spree will not be available for long!  Reserve your spaces today with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation!

Price:

  • Adults: $249 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $349
  • Child and infant rates available upon request based on required room configurations

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip tour bus transportation to Montreux, Basel and Bern Christmas markets
  • One overnight at a four star hotel with breakfast
  • Stop-n-Shop at Maison Callier Chocolate Factory
  • Free e-travelguides

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes and clothing
  • Credit/Debit Card or Swiss Francs
  • Military ID, Passport and EU Digital COVID Certificate

Departure: 4 a.m.

Return: Sunday Evening

Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation. Reserve your space today by contacting:

Army Outdoor Recreation, Kaiserslautern Community
Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905

Cancellation Terms: 

  • 10% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or prior Monday, November 1
  • 35% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Tuesday, November 2
  • 55% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, November 10
  • 70% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, November 18
  • 100% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, November 25
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.
      
  • In the event that a customer cancellation results in a fee charged to Outdoor Recreation, regardless of the date of or reason for that cancellation, the total sum of those fees will be passed along to the customer.

COVID Precautions (Current as of 1 December 2021.  May be superseded by Local/State/Federal level laws): 

  • Effective 24 November, 2021 and continuing until further notice, all Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation trips fall under the German 2G rule:
    • All persons 18 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19
    • Children 12-18 years of age must be vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from COVID-19, or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Persons who cannot be vaccinated against the coronavirus for medical reasons (with a qualified medical certificate and children up to and including the age of 11 are exempt.
  • Effective 6 November, 2021, all trips are departing from Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, bldg. 2905
  • Switzerland has adopted a Health Pass system similar to Germany's 3G system or the French Pass Sanitare.  A QR code confirming vaccination status, recovery status, or negative test status may be required to enter public events or private businesses.
     
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
  • All participants are required to be in compliance with the rules for their destination and all countries of transit as listed in the Travel Planner on https://reopen.europa.eu at the time of departure. 
  • All Travel/COVID Documentation is the responsibility of the passenger.
  • PCR and RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests) are the only approved testing methods. Self tests are not authorized for international travel.
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.  
  • Trip timelines and schedule and COVID precautions are subject to change at any time.
  • Dependent on current COVID status at the time of departure, masks covering your nose and mouth may be required on any trip. 
  • Hands must be sanitized before boarding ODR vehicles.
  • Enter and exit through the rear door only.
  • Seats may be assigned by ODR in advance to promote physical distancing and contact tracing. Requests for specific seats are not being accepted.
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