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Luxury River Cruises to the European Christmas Markets

Festive wonders await at the European Christmas Markets

Leave the bustling high street behind as you jet off to the enchanting European Christmas Markets on one of our festive tours. Whether it is a short weekend break to source some excellent gifts for friends and loved ones, or a full week-long holiday to really invoke the spirit of Christmas, we can whisk you away on your perfect festive getaway.

Picture the rustic wooden stalls adorned with pretty gifts and decorated with twinkling lights as snow dusts the rooftops of the buildings that surround the square. The smell of sweet pastries and Glühwein hangs in the air and the sound of people singing Christmas carols can be heard.

Our festive tours take you to European Christmas Markets in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and many more.


Austria’s elegant capital city, Vienna, plays host to one of the most delightful European Christmas Markets, which is made even more magical by the whispers of classical music by Mozart and Strauss that you will hear drifting from certain stalls. Vienna is known for its exquisite desserts, especially apple strudel, and you will find no shortage of sweet trees when you wander around the market.


Visit Hungary for European Christmas Markets

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and its Christmas markets are superb.

With over a hundred rustic cabins selling all manner of gifts and trinkets, Budapest is the place to go to find unusual and unique gifts that cannot be found anywhere else.

During your time here you can also try delicious Hungarian delicacies, such as kenyérlángos (flat bread) and kürtoskalács (sweet pastry).


Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France, refers to itself as the ‘Capital of Christmas’ and it is easy to see why, as its charming festive market has been hosted around the city’s cathedral since 1570. Its Christmas tree also has a remarkable story. In the Middle Ages, apples were used to decorate the fir tree but in 1850, when apples became scarce, artists crafted decorative apples out of blown glass, which is how the baubles we use today were created.


The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, is another of the more unique European Christmas markets. With snow dusting the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, the markets resemble a true winter wonderland. Czech food is offered in abundance, including delicious pastries and barbecued sausages, but it is the Czech artisan beers that really steal the limelight.

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