Rediscover the magic of Christmas by spending the festive season strolling through a traditional Christmas Market in Europe. Sip on hot mulled wine and taste local delicacies while you admire the fine handmade crafts on offer and shopping for unusual gifts.
There's nothing quite like the holiday season in Europe. With snow-capped cathedrals, quaint town squares and stunning landscapes.
Europe is home to some of the best Christmas markets in the world and our small group tours offer the chance to absorb the Christmas atmosphere and explore some unique cities while relaxing on a river cruise.
Although these cruises have an emphasis on Christmas Markets, there is still much more on offer. Whether that's sightseeing at the fairytale Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, enjoying a private music concert in Mozarthaus, or viewing Strasbourg Cathedral, once described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel".
Join us to immerse yourself in a truly festive experience away from home.
Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market - Budapest, Hungary
The Christmas spirit sparkles in this scenic square. This open-air market is full of delightful gift items, delicious Hungarian and international food but the must-try is the Kürtöskalács, or chimney cake, a traditional Hungarian pastry that is wrapped around a wooden spool and slowly turned over an open fire.
Rathausplatz Market - Vienna, Austria
A tall arched gateway with candles receives visitors at the entrance to the Christmas Market in Rathausplatz and the trees along the Ringstrasse boulevard radiate a festive glow. This is Vienna’s largest Christmas market with around 120 stalls but this doesn't mean it's lost its beauty, offering Christmas gifts and Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, confectionery and warming drinks including glühwein - a traditional Austrian drink made of wine, cinnamon and sugar.
Christmas market in the main square - Bratislava, Slovakia
There is a big Christmas tree in the corner of the square to celebrate the festive season and musical performances on the weekends. You can find traditional food and beverages, including Trdelnik, a sweet dough roll, and also traditional handmade Slovak gifts.
Christmas Markets on the Danube
A short break during the weeks of Advent, this tour combines the history of the Habsburg Empire with the traditions of the Christmas Markets, cruising the Danube to a trio of riverside capitals, from elegant Vienna to beautiful Budapest and medieval Bratislava
Magical Christmas Markets on the Rhine
With garlands, glitter and gingerbread, music, mulled wine and a magical air, this tour cruises to Christmas markets along the Rhine, from the cobblestone streets of Rüdesheim to the cathedral of Mainz, and the charismatic city of Strasbourg
Christmas in Provence & the Rhône Valley
Covering Christmas in a beautiful ‘breather’ of comfort and service, this is a leisurely, luxury cruise, sailing south from lovely Lyon, visiting medieval Viviers and Montelimar, strolling the historic streets of inimitable Avignon, and enjoying festive fare aboard