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Christmas Market River Cruises

 

Always a popular choice, a Christmas Market River Cruise is the perfect way to see a host of Europe’s world famous Christmas markets. Whether you wish to sample local specialities at some of Europe’s most stunning markets, with city backdrops of Cologne, Strasbourg and Budapest or if you are just looking for a Christmas getaway with a difference, we are sure you will be tempted by some of the fantastic offers detailed below.

 

 

See Christmas River Cruises   See New Year River Cruises   See Festive River Cruises

 

 

When Can I Sail?

Christmas markets in Europe tend to start mid-November and stay open until the end of December, with some closing just before Christmas day. Popular Christmas markets include*:

 

Strasbourg, France - Rhine River - 22 November to 30 December
Budapest, Hungary - Danube River - 23 November to 6 January
Vienna, Austria - Danube River - 16 November to 24 December
Metz, France - Moselle River - 20 November to 29 December
Dresden, Germany - Elbe River - 27 November to 24 December
Basel, Switzerland - Rhine River - 28 November to 23 December
Cologne, Germany - Rhine River - 26 November to 23 December

 

*Dates are provisional

 

 

Which Rivers Have Christmas Markets on Them?

With the listing above, the popular rivers to experience the Christmas markets along include the Rhine, Danube and Moselle rivers - each of which offers fantastic markets teeming with wooden chalets and Christmas decorations. These visit the regions of France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary - each of which offers their own slice of Christmas heaven!

 

Enjoy mulled wine and gingerbread as you browse handicrafts made by locals, each hut adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations making them the ideal festive destination for friends and family.

 

Suggested read: River cruising during the winter months 

 

 

When Should I Book?

With the Christmas markets running on selected dates, and festive sailings even more so, it's best to book as soon as possible to ensure you secure your place on-board. Christmas markets river cruises always sell out fast so ensure you have booked your sailings as soon as you know where you would want to visit.

 

Take a look at our latest sailings below and find your perfect Christmas markets river cruise for you. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to give our Cruise Concierge team a call and they will help you handpick your perfect Christmas Markets voyage.

 

 

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RIVIERA102183

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Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets River Cruise - MS Oscar Wilde

  • 4 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 05 Dec 2024

  • Rhine

FREE Superior drinks package worth £400pp per week - Available on all 2024 and 2025 European river cruises!

Award-winning European river cruises include everything you need for an exceptional experience.

Delicious full board dining, plus Captain's Dinner

Was £1499pp

Fly Cruise From £1439pp

RIVIERA102166

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The Danube's Imperial Cities and Yuletide Markets River Cruise - MS Emily Brontë

  • 5 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 08 Dec 2024

  • Danube

FREE Superior drinks package worth £400pp per week - Available on all 2024 and 2025 European river cruises!

Award-winning European river cruises include everything you need for an exceptional experience.

Delicious full board dining, plus Captain's Dinner

Was £1649pp

Fly Cruise From £1583pp

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Reflections of the Rhine and Main

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 13 Dec 2024

  • Rhine

Enjoy unique sightseeing activities designed to make your holiday that little bit more special

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Was £1495pp

Fly Cruise From £1435pp

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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 14 Dec 2024

  • Rhine

World-class fleet of contemporary floating boutique hotels

Save up to 35% on 2024 Europe River Cruises

Was £2417pp

Fly Cruise From £2320pp

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Majestic Capitals of the Danube (Christmas)

  • 5 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 16 Dec 2024

  • Danube

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Up to £1,500 cruise savings per person PLUS Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade PLUS up to €50 Onboard Credit per person

Was £2162pp

Fly Cruise From £2076pp

Christmas Markets

  • 14 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Save up to 35%* plus return flights included^ + free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers^ on select itineraries. NOT COMBINABLE WITH BEST AVAILABLE SUITE PROMOTION -T&C's apply

Truly all-inclusive luxury

Was £4723pp

Fly Cruise From £4534pp

Christmas Markets with Paris

  • 17 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Save up to 35%* plus return flights included^ + free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers^ on select itineraries. NOT COMBINABLE WITH BEST AVAILABLE SUITE PROMOTION -T&C's apply

Truly all-inclusive luxury

Was £5883pp

Fly Cruise From £5648pp

Colors of Provence (Wine Cruise)

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Rhone

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Up to £1,500 cruise savings per person PLUS Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade PLUS up to €50 Onboard Credit per person

Was £3024pp

Fly Cruise From £2903pp

Enchanting Rhine (A Taste of Christmas Markets)

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Rhine

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Up to £1,500 cruise savings per person PLUS Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade PLUS up to €50 Onboard Credit per person

Was £3827pp

Fly Cruise From £3674pp

Magnificent Europe

  • 14 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Luxuriously appointed cabins aboard a 5* river ship

Private home-to-airport transfers

Was £5995pp

Fly Cruise From £2683pp

Danube Christmas Markets

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube

Save up to 35%* plus return flights included^ + free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers^ on select itineraries. NOT COMBINABLE WITH BEST AVAILABLE SUITE PROMOTION -T&C's apply

Truly all-inclusive luxury

Was £3178pp

Fly Cruise From £3051pp

European Gems

  • 14 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube

Enjoy unique sightseeing activities designed to make your holiday that little bit more special

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Was £2545pp

Fly Cruise From £2443pp

Reflections of the Rhine and Main

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Rhine, Main

Enjoy unique sightseeing activities designed to make your holiday that little bit more special

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Was £1645pp

Fly Cruise From £1579pp

European Gems

  • 14 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube

Enjoy unique sightseeing activities designed to make your holiday that little bit more special

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Was £1995pp

Fly Cruise From £1915pp

Romantic Rhine (Southbound)

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Rhine

Call now for the best flight inclusive prices!

Gratuities and a choice of daily excursions are included

Avalon Panorama Suites are thirty percent larger than the industry standard

Was £1878pp

Cruise Only From £1803pp

Christmas Markets with Paris

  • 17 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Save up to 35%* plus return flights included^ + free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers^ on select itineraries. NOT COMBINABLE WITH BEST AVAILABLE SUITE PROMOTION -T&C's apply

Truly all-inclusive luxury

Was £5883pp

Fly Cruise From £5648pp

Enticing Douro Modified

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Douro

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Up to £1,500 cruise savings per person PLUS Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade PLUS up to €50 Onboard Credit per person

Was £3374pp

Fly Cruise From £3239pp

Legendary Danube (A Taste of Christmas Markets)

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Danube

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Up to £1,500 cruise savings per person PLUS Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade PLUS up to €50 Onboard Credit per person

Was £3300pp

Fly Cruise From £3168pp

Secrets of the Douro

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Douro

World-class fleet of contemporary floating boutique hotels

Save up to 35% on 2024 Europe River Cruises

Was £1799pp

Fly Cruise From £1727pp

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

  • 10 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Douro

Save up to £1,500pp on Selected Sailings

Includes flights & overseas transfers

Was £4199pp

Fly Cruise From £4031pp

Magnificent Europe

  • 14 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Rhine

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Luxuriously appointed cabins aboard a 5* river ship

Private home-to-airport transfers

Was £5995pp

Fly Cruise From £2683pp

Highlights of the Rhine and Main

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Rhine, Main

Save up to 60% on 2024 European sailings

Luxuriously appointed cabins aboard a 5* river ship

Private home-to-airport transfers

Was £2245pp

Fly Cruise From £2155pp

Douro River Valley

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Douro

Save up to £1,500pp on Selected Sailings

Includes flights & overseas transfers

Was £3499pp

Fly Cruise From £3359pp

Delightful Douro

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Douro

Save up to 35%* plus return flights included^ + free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers^ on select itineraries. NOT COMBINABLE WITH BEST AVAILABLE SUITE PROMOTION -T&C's apply

Truly all-inclusive luxury

Was £3078pp

Fly Cruise From £2955pp

Magna on the Danube (Christmas)

  • 7 Nights

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Danube

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Up to £1,500 cruise savings per person PLUS Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade PLUS up to €50 Onboard Credit per person

Was £3675pp

Fly Cruise From £3528pp

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