optional pre cruise package


DECEMBER 9 thru 12, 2022

Celebrate the Holidays Swiss Style



Friday, December 9Early Zürich Arrival
Saturday, December 10Welcome Toast & Light Festival Tour
Sunday, December 11Zürich City Tour & Christmas Markets
Monday, December 12Transfer to Basel
Friday Early Arrival

Welcome to Zürich, one of the most festive cities in Europe with its many Swiss Christmas markets and Advent activities found throughout this sensational Swiss city. The city has four main Christmas markets, each with their own unique highlights and experiences. Christmas in Zürich is synonymous with a quintessential holiday... sparkling Christmas trees, mulled wine, fairy lights, festive fare, chocolate treats and Christmas carols ringing out across the city. Delve in and find out all about the Zürich Christmas markets and the cornucopia of Christmas cheer in this festive city.

Welcome Cocktail Party & Light Festival

Let your OUTbound holiday begin! Switzerland is a country that rocks yuletide joy, and Zürich is the crown jewel of that Christmas crown since the entire city literally sparkles throughout the season. Today we get the party started with our welcome cocktail toast and a night tour of the Christkindlimarkt at Zürich Central Station, home of the famous 50ft Swarovski Christmas tree. No one does chocolate better than the Swiss, so make sure you get your fill of hot chocolate as you stroll through the festive stalls. Our host hotel is just a few minutes walk away, so you do you and OUTbound away!

City Tour & Christmas Markets

Get to know this amazing city today with your included tour of Zürich, decked out in all its glory for the holidays. See for yourself why Zürich has developed a reputation for being one of Europe’s cleanest, wealthiest cities, with a sky high standard of living that regularly pushes it to the top of “most livable cities in the world” lists. During our tour, we’ll hit a few of Zürich's four main Christmas markets. The markets are spread out across multiple venues, meaning lots of opportunities for varied Christmas sightseeing. Spend as much time in the festivities as you like!

Transfer to Basel

Spend your final morning in Zürich enjoying one of the many local cafés or do a little last minute shopping at one of the markets. The morning is yours to do with as you please. Explore the area around our hotel with your free time. This afternoon, we’ll check out of the Zürich Hotel Alexander and transfer to our ship in Basel by coach. Our trip will take us through the breathtaking Swiss Alps in just over an hour. We’ll arrive at our ship docked in Basel and check into our staterooms.


Be sure to join us on Saturday evening for a special “Welcome to Zürich” night OUT, starting with our special holiday welcome toast at the 25hour Hotel Langstrasse Zürich. We’ll break out the egg nog for this festivenight of holly jolly cheer.

Next, join us for a stroll through town to a couple of the bigger Christmas markets. Zürich’s markets create fairy-tale settings in the romantic Old Town, all the more magical during the holiday season. These festive gatherings bring back childhood memories and recall the Christmases of old. Typical of traditional markets are clusters of wooden huts manned by artisans selling their handcrafted wares. You might even see the vendors at work… carving wood, making candles or decorating gingerbread. Not only do the markets showcase the best of Swiss culture, but they give our OUTbounders opportunities to shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. You’ll find wreaths, wooden toys and hand-blown glass ornaments… the perfect gift for someone special, or yourself!

25hours Hotel Langstrasse

Our OUTbound host hotel is none other than the famous 25hours Hotel Langstrasse, located next to the Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) and just minutes from the Altstadt neighborhood, heart of the city’s gay scene. Regularly changing resident artists ensure a steady flow of creative input. At the heart of the 25hours Hotel Langstrasse is the ground floor, home to the Cinchona Bar and NENI. The rooms are comfortable sanctuaries with design elements inspired by themes from the red light district, the bourgeoisie, or "the world’s penthouses" in English.


Friday Zürich Arrival

4 Day/3 Night Package

for 2 People



Saturday Zürich Arrival

3 Day/2 Night Package

for 2 People


Package Includes:

Welcome Cocktail Party

Light Festival Tour

Zürich City Tour & Christmas Markets

Transfer to Basel

*Prices based on Langstrasse Large room, double occupancy. Upgrades to Extra Large, Plaza Suite or Trainspotting Suite available at an extra cost.

GAY Zürich

The crown jewel of Switzerland, Zürich is a progressive, open-minded city, eager to show off its hospitable nature. The Altstadt neighborhood is considered to be the “gay area” of Zürich, with lots of gay bars, clubs, saunas, and cafés. It’s also home to lots of shops, galleries, and theatres and centrally located to all of the major Christmas markets of Zürich. Walking around this part of town, you’ll see rainbow flags hanging from the windows, while queer couples walk quietly holding hands.

In the evening, you’ll find LGBTQ+ folk meandering through the streets enjoying the city lights, drag queens smoking in the doorways of bars, and even loud dance music bumping from a few of the clubs. The best part is how most of the restaurants, cafés and bars have outdoor terraces and beer gardens, which is perfect for enjoying a drink or bite to eat, even in the middle of December.

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