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Christmas Markets

There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a trip to Europe's Christmas markets. A centuries-old tradition, these markets originated in Germany, Austria and France, but are now found in numerous towns and cities across Europe from late November through December.

Delight in a winter wonderland as you wander among rows of brightly decorated stalls and wooden huts that fill town squares and offer Christmas ornaments, handmade wooden toys, nutcrackers and other handcrafted goods. As you browse for unique treasures along illuminated streets, feast on seasonal treats like roasted almonds, sip on hot mulled wine and listen to the merry songs of carolers. Twinkling lights, the smell of freshly-baked gingerbread and festive decorations all signal that it's a special time of the year.

We offer escorted tours and river cruises that travel to Europe's Christmas markets. These itineraries bundle accommodations, sightseeing, transportation and many meals into the upfront price, leaving you with a hassle-free Christmas vacation.

Book Now and Save on These Trips!

  • Fly from $395 per person from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple off select 2019 Emerald Waterways sailings when you book a suite. Plus, receive a free extended drink package and DiscoverMORE tour. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for free in economy from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple on select Scenic sailings. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $300 to $2,000 per couple off 2019 Avalon Waterways cruises. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for free in premium economy from select gateways in certain cabin categories or save $3,000 per couple on select Scenic salings. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $100 to $1,000 per couple off many Collette trips. Expires December 14. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly from $695 per person from select gateways or save $1,500 per couple off select 2019 Emerald Waterways sailings when you book a suite. Plus, receive a free extended drink package and DiscoverMORE tour. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $1,000 per couple when you book a standard stateroom on 2019 Emerald Waterways river cruises. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $250 per couple on Emerald Waterways cruises. This deal is combinable with other offers. Expires December 14. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for free from select gateways on certain 2019 Avalon Waterways departures. This offer is combinable with select promotions. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $300 to $2,500 per couple off 2018 Avalon Waterways cruises. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.

Trips are rated according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered. The vacations below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any vacation name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

Vacation Name Days Starts In Ends In Travel Style Company Quality*  

Christmas Markets - Europe and Britain
Christmas Markets in Alsace 4 Strasbourg, France  Strasbourg, France  River Cruise Croisi First Class Dates and Prices
Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets River Cruise 5 Cologne, Germany  Cologne, Germany  River Cruise Riviera Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany 2019 (Northbound) 5 Basel, Switzerland  Wiesbaden, Germany  River Cruise Avalon Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany 2019 (Southbound) 5 Wiesbaden, Germany  Zurich, Switzerland  River Cruise Avalon Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Danube‚Äôs Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets River Cruise 6 Budapest, Hungary  Budapest, Hungary  River Cruise Riviera Deluxe Dates and Prices
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* Key to Quality Ratings

These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.

Budget = Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.