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Baltic Sea Christmas Markets

Visit the Christmas Markets of three Baltic Sea Capitals; Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki!

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Cruise the Baltic Sea and visit the maritime metropolises of Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn!

As you sail the Baltic Sea, you will arrive each day in a new capital city. While the sun may be reluctant to rise, you will be ready to get off the boat and explore each of these cities and sample their unique holiday traditions and Christmas markets. Guided tours in Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn will familiarize you with each city and also provide you with free time for additional explorations or shopping. Sample a traditional Smörgåsbord in Stockholm, taste smoked elk and reindeer and Karelian pies in Helsinki, and brave wild boar, black pudding and beetroot salad in Tallinn.

Christmas only comes once a year and seating is limited. Even Santa Claus himself will not be able to get you a space once they are gone. Reserve your Baltic Capitals Christmas Markets Cruise with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today.

Estimated Itinerary

17 December: Fly to Stockholm - Overnight Cruise to Tallinn

After you land in Stockholm, a short bus ride will transfer you to the Port of Stockholm where you will board the Baltic Queen.  After dinner you will enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and activities in the nightclub, piano bar, English pub and disco while you sail to Tallinn (overnight onboard)

18 December: Tallinn

Disembarking in Tallinn you will find yourself just a few steps away from the center of Estonia’s capital city. A guided tour of the city center will familiarize you with its layout, and you will have plenty of free time in the afternoon and evening to investigate its medieval city center and its beautiful Christmas Market, which was rated the 2019 Best Christmas Market in the World by European Best Destinations. (overnight Tallinn).

19 December: Tallinn to Helsinki

Finland is just two hours away from Tallinn when you take the Hyperferry across the Gulf of Finland. In Helsinki you will take advantage of an evening in the thriving city center, where your 4 star hotel is just a short walk away from the Christmas Market, the Harbor Market and seaside promenade. (overnight Helsinki).

20 December: Helsinki to Stockholm

The final at sea leg of your visit to the Baltic Capitals begins tonight when the Silja Serenade sails from the Port Olympica. You will feel the genuine spirit of Christmas on board the Silja Serenade, which has been designated Santa Claus’s official cruise ship, and the indoor promenade will be decorated and feature live seasonal performers.  The fun will continue late into the evening with live music and entertainment in the Starlight Nightclub and Seaview Lounge while the New York Club and Lounge will keep you dancing until morning. (overnight onboard)

21 December: Stockholm

In the morning you will tour the Swedish capital, and have the afternoon free to visit its many attractions, including the Vasa Museum, the ABBA museum, and several Christmas Markets.  You have nothing but free time until you fly tomorrow morning.  (overnight Stockholm)

22 December: Stockholm to Kaiserslautern

A short flight from Stockholm to Frankfurt and included airport shuttle to Kaiserslautern will return you to your home in the early afternoon .

Price until Friday, September 17:

  • Double Occupancy, Inside Cabin: $1199 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Inside Cabin: $1599
  • Child and infant rates available upon request based upon room and cabin requirements
  • Outside cabins available on request for an additional cost.

Price on or after Saturday, September 18, starting at:

  • Double Occupancy, Inside Cabin: $1299+ per person
  • Single Occupancy, Inside Cabin: $1699+
  • Child and infant rates available upon request based upon room and cabin requirements
  • Outside cabins available on request for an additional cost.

Deadlines and Discounts:

  • Early bird discount expires at close of business on Friday, September 17
  • Lufthansa Initial Air Ticketing Deadline is Thursday, October 14
  • Registrations made on or after Friday, October 15 are on a space available basis and may be subject to additional airline/hotel price supplements and/or rebooking fees

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip transportation including airfare and airport shuttles
  • Overnight cruise from Stockholm to Tallinn on Baltic Queen or equivalent with private cabin, breakfast and dinner
  • 1 overnight at Hestia Euroopa**** or equivalent with breakfast
  • Hyperferry from Tallinn to Helsinki on Star or equivalent
  • 1 overnight at Scandic Simonkenttä Helsinki**** or equivalent with breakfast
  • Overnight cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm with private cabin, breakfast and dinner on Silja Serenade or equivalent
  • 1 overnight at Best Western Kom Stockholm**** or equivalent with breakfast
  • Guided tour of Stockholm
  • Guided tour of Tallinn
  • Guided tour of Helsinki

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes & clothing
  • Credit/Debit card or Euro
  • Military ID and Passport

Baggage Limits:

1 piece of stowed luggage up to 23 kg (50 lbs) and 1 piece of hand luggage under 10 kg (22 lbs)

Departure: 7 a.m.

Return: Around 3 p.m.

Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Army Outdoor Recreation. Sign up today by downloading the registration form and submitting it to:

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

All participants are required to be in compliance with the vaccination/testing 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 and throughout the trip. 

Cruise ship COVID prevention rules (Current on 20 July 2021), including all requirements for entry to each country can be found at https://www.tallinksilja.com/latest-news#corona_virus

Cancellation Terms: 

  • 10% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or prior to Wednesday, October 13
  • 35% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, October 14
  • 50% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Tuesday, November 16
  • 80% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, November 25
  • 95% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, December 2
  • 100% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, December 9

COVID Precautions (Current as of 20 October 2021.  May be superseded by Local/State/Federal level laws): 

  • Effective 6 November, 2021, all trips are departing from Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, bldg. 2905
  • 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. For travel remaining in Germany only, all passengers are required to be in compliance with all local laws in both Rheinland-Pfalz and the destination of travel.
  • ODR recommends all passengers familiarize themselves with the rules of their destination before travel.  
  • 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 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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