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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.

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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
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Northbound) 5 Basel, Switzerland  Wiesbaden, Germany  River Cruise Avalon Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (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
Christmastime in the Heart of Germany (Eastbound, Cruise Only) 6 Wiesbaden, Germany  Nuremberg, Germany  River Cruise Avalon Deluxe Dates and Prices
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria (Friday Departure) 8 Munich, Germany  Vienna, Austria  Escorted Gate 1 First Class 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.