Celebrate the festive season this year on one of 45 uniquely tailored tours & river cruises showcasing Europe's renowned Christmas Markets. Take a river cruise along the Danube and the Rhine to soak up the culture of Europe’s historic Christmas Markets in quaint town centres and palace squares, filled with modern and traditional stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and Christmas baking.
Top Selling Christmas Markets
8 Days Passau to Budapest
Operated By: Uniworld
10 Days Frankfurt to Munich
Operated By: Albatross
8 Days Budapest to Zagreb
Operated By: Intrepid
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8 Days Budapest to Passau
Operated By: Uniworld
Must do highlights on a tour of Europe's Christmas Markets
Rothenburg and the Romantic Road
Visit picturesque Rothenburg on the Romantic Road with cobblestoned streets, and alleyways filled with quaint Christmas Markets stalls. The Christmas Shop is famous for its stunning displays.
Christmas Market River Cruise
River cruise along Europe's mighty rivers, crossing up to five countries, stopping along the way to enjoy the colourful Christmas markets, from Budapest to Paris.
Vienna's Christmas Dream Market
There are many Christmas markets in Vienna but the Vienna Christmas Dream Market, in front of the City Hall, offers an unforgettable winter festive scene.
Warm Christmas Treats
Roasted chestnuts, mulled wine or steaming hot chocolate; decorative cookies and pastries, warm and fresh from the bakery. Sample each region's unique festive specialities as you explore the Christmas Markets for trinkets and trimmings for your tree.
Take a walking tour of the Christkindlmarkt, host to 300 wooden stalls that light up the heart of the World heritage-listed Grande Île. Fairly lights and Christmas cheer light up this ever popular French Christmas market.
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What our clients are saying about their European Christmas Market tours
“Christmas Markets and Snow ”
Great accommodation and an excellent Tour Director. We will recommend Insight Vacations to our friends. Georgie at Global Journeys was very helpful.
“All in all a wonderful trip”
Booking with Yvonne from Global Journeys was so easy. All I had to do was ask for a quote, then pay a deposit and Yvonne handled the rest. We travelled with Trafalgar last year and were very pleased with the price, optional tours, accommodation, the tour guide and driver, so we decided on a similar tour this year with them. Everything on the tour was organised for us by Ulf, our tour guide, who was terrific. He had a thorough knowledge of Germany and was very interesting to listen to. The accommodation ...read more was of a good standard, well located so that we could make the most of our free time. The itinerary was not too rushed as some tours are so we saw many wonderful cities and of course the famous German Christmas Markets. Ulf made sure we saw plenty of them too! The other travellers were a great bunch of people from many countries including Australia, US, Canada, Asia and Argentina so we also had many interesting conversations during the tour. As we had travelled with Trafalgar before we were thanked with a lovely big box of chocolates and received a discount on this tour. All in all a wonderful trip. I would recommend both Global Journeys and Trafalgar to anyone considering a trip as they are friendly and professional people to deal with, as well as good value for money.
“Festive Christmas Markets Tour”
I would definitely book through Global Journeys again - everything was handled extremely well and all my flights were thoughtfully chosen. Juliet contacted me when one of my flights was changed about 3 months before the tour started. Michelle (Tour Director) and Zoltan (Driver) were marvellous: there was one very difficult passenger and Michelle handled the situation with courtesy, tact and a minimum of fuss. The market venues were wonderful and we were given plenty of time to browse the areas surrounding ...read more the markets.
“Alpine Christmas markets”
Very good tour most enjoyable. The accommodation was excellent, the food very good and the markets excellent. The tour director Sue Mason was excellent and the flourishes much appreciated.