Festive Tours & Cruises

Celebrate Christmas, discover exciting destinations and diverse cultures on a tour departing this festive season. Choose from 160 Christmas and New Year holidays and experience Europe's festive Christmas Markets, the snow coated Canadian Rockies or a moving midnight mass in Bethlehem. Enjoy the whitest Christmas in Antarctica or explore ancient landscapes in Jordon in the cooler season.

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Uniquely tailored tours & river cruises showcasing Europe's renowned Christmas Markets.

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Christmas & New Year Cruises

Celebrate Christmas and New Year on the high seas this festive season.

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Christmas River Cruises

Embark on a river cruise departing this festive season along the rivers of Europe.

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A White Christmas in Banff

A White Christmas in Banff

Embrace Banff’s most breathtaking snow covered landscapes when you ride the gondola, take a dog sled ride and enjoy a magical white Christmas Day.

A Christmas Market River Cruise

A Christmas Market River Cruise

River cruise along the mighty Danube or the Rhine, crossing up to five countries as you stop to enjoy Europe's festive Christmas markets, from Budapest to Paris.

Find Santa in Antarctica

Find Santa in Antarctica

Enjoy a pristine White Christmas in Antarctica. Spot leopard seals, gentoo penguins, and elephant seals and celebrate on your Expedition ship.

Christmas in Bethlehem

Christmas in Bethlehem

Celebrate the festive season of your lifetime in the Holy Land of Israel when you join pilgrims on their march to the Church of the Nativity and witness a moving midnight mass. This is where it all began!

Christmas in Petra

Christmas in Petra

Spend Christmas Day exploring the wonders of Petra. Walk through the mysterious Siq to discover the Khazneh, Theater, Colonnaded Street and Museum, then climb to the magnificent façade of ad-Deir (the Monastery).

Recent Reviews What our clients are saying about their tours during the festive season

Our first river cruise experience was nothing but AMAZING!   , WA, Australia, Dec 2022
We would like to thank Toni our travel advisor at Global Journeys & the rest of the Avalon Tranquility 2 crew for making our holiday cruise getaway a memorable and relaxing experience. From getting in touch with yourself to enquire at first, to sorting out our trip, I couldn’t believe how easy everything was.

Onboard the cruise, EVERY crew member ...read more made sure we are ALWAYS looked after and they even made time decorating our room & making a cake to celebrate my birthday. Every place we went throughout the cruise was remarkable and we also loved the part where we were given ample time to be able to roam around & explore each town/place on our own without having to rush. Overall the experience was delightful and we can hand on heart say it will not be our first & last as we will definitely book with you again in the future.
Christmas Markets on the Rhine   , Christchurch, New Zealand, Dec 2022
We made new friends and took home many wonderful memories. From the hotel on arrival in Amsterdam to the hotel at the end in Basel, the whole trip was supremely organized. The crew onboard were very good at their job and clearly enjoyed what they do. Nothing was a problem and the smaller number on board a river boat meant we could be alone if we wanted ...read more or part of a group when we wanted. The food was outstanding.
Christmas Markets     , QLD, Australia, Nov 2022
Had snow in Heidelberg which was nice to see. Trip went well, my only issue was that it was actually 3 cruises in one which I was unaware of. First leg to Nuremberg, got to know everyone on board but then 90% of passengers and the tour director disembarked and another lot of people came on board. This meant we were docked in Nuremberg for 3 days which ...read more was really too long. Then a few days later, more people disembarked at Frankfurt and a new lot of people boarded. Did not really give you a chance to get to know everyone on board as people were coming and going, there were only about 17 of the original group who went through to Basel. Would much prefer to have the whole 16 days with the one group of people. Life on board the ship was good, staff were excellent, food & rooms were also excellent. Would have liked to have had some night excursions to see the Christmas Markets in full festive light. Felt some of the excursions were too long and others too short but that could be just a personal thing.
An excellent trip with some fantastic sites   , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
The trip was excellent in terms of the locations visited. The markets were great to see but can get rather repetitive after the second or third one. One downside is that there isn't much time for exploring the other sites in the cities. To make the most of the journey I would recommend planning some additional sites to see yourself at each of the d ...read moreestinations.

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