Cherished traditions and holiday spirit make the Christmas Markets in Europe magical. Cities and towns along the Rhine and Danube come alive with bright lights, seasonal goodies and delighted visitors of all ages. There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts at local European Christmas Markets and shopping for unique, hand made crafts. Browse a selection of Christmas Market tours, Christmas Market river cruises and holiday tours in Europe. Visit the major cities of Germany and Austria and begin your holiday season with a wonderful centuries-old tradition, the Christmas Markets.
The legendary Europe Christmas Markets mark the beginning of Advent and bring the magic of the holiday season to life. Each town, village and even city seems to participate with festively decorated stalls in enchanting settings. These are laden with unusual gifts, arts and crafts and seasonal food & drink that complete the setting of winter wonderland. Witness first hand how each town and city center transforms during this time of year through a unique blend of hand made crafts, regional delicacies, glittering lights, nativity scenes and magnificent Christmas trees.
Begin your holiday season with a relaxing cruise along the scenic Danube River, stopping at traditional Christmas markets in Vienna, Regensburg, Passau, Rothenburg and Nuremberg. Nuremberg is home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in.. (click for more)
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Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by, and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rh.. (click for more)
TitleChristmastime in Alsace & GermanyVacation OverviewCelebrate the festive season in Central Europe with a magnificent 4-night cruise from Frankfurt to Basel! Stops include Speyer, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg, where you visit the red sa.. (click for more)
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Take a River Cruise and Explore the Christmas market traditions through the Danube and Rhine Rivers. Enjoy an immersive experience celebrating the varied cultures of five Central European countries. In the first weeks of December, seasonal Christmas markets fill the town squares with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Shop keepers in festive stalls offer baked goods, sweets, toys and local specialties. Artisans present their handmade crafts, nutcrackers, lace and blown glass ornaments. The aromas of roasted chestnuts, spiced cookies, mulled wine and evergreen vine for your attention. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Rhine or Danube rivers in the winter. Join both locals and visitors as they prepare for the holidays during this late-season cruise along the Danube. Sail aboard a ship designed for viewing the enchanting riverside vistas, through panoramic windows, from the sun deck, or from the comfort of your private, river-view cabin. Onboard meals, prepared by European chefs, include a choice of regional specialties and traditional favorites.