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Christmas Market River Cruises

 

Always a popular choice, a Christmas 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.

 

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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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India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Ganges

Was £8399

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Christmas Markets with Prague

  • 14 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Was £5273

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Colors of Provence (Wine Cruise)

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 21 Nov 2024

  • Rhone

Fly for Free on selected Europe sailings PLUS Savings up to £1,500 per couple

Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Was £2749

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Delightful Danube

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube

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

Was £1995

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Secrets of Egypt & the Nile

  • 11 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Nile

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Award-Winning Included Dining Experiences

Was £5300

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Magnificent Europe

  • 14 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Includes flights and overseas transfers.

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Was £5995

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Danube Christmas Markets

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 22 Nov 2024

  • Danube

Was £3050

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8-Day Majestic Mekong Cruise

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Mekong

Was £4251

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Romantic Rhine (Southbound)

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Rhine

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Gratuities and a choice of daily excursions are included

Avalon Panorama Suites are thirty percent larger than the industry standard

Was £1500

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17 Day Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Mekong

Was £6301

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13 Day Wonders of Cambodia, Vietnam & the Mekong

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 23 Nov 2024

  • Mekong

Was £5255

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Douro River Valley

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Douro

Was £4499

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Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Douro

Was £5199

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Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Mekong

Was £6379

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Magnificent Europe

  • 14 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Danube, Rhine

Includes flights and overseas transfers.

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Complimentary Home to Airport Transfers

Was £5995

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Highlights of the Rhine and Main

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 24 Nov 2024

  • Rhine, Main

Includes flights and overseas transfers.

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Was £3295

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Rhine Holiday Markets

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Rhine

Was £4099

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Splendors of Egypt & the Nile

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Nile

Was £5599

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Belgian Holiday Markets

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Dutch Waterway

Was £4799

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Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Mekong

Includes flights and overseas transfers.

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Complimentary Home to Airport Transfers

Was £7290

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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River (Northbound)

  • 10 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Mekong

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Gratuities and a choice of daily excursions are included

Avalon Panorama Suites are thirty percent larger than the industry standard

Was £5249

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The Legendary Danube

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Danube

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 £1500

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Splendors of Egypt & the Nile

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Nile

Was £5599

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Gems of Southeast Europe Christmas Markets

  • 7 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 25 Nov 2024

  • Danube

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Was £5730

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Christmas Markets of Europe

  • 14 Night Sailing

  • Sailing Date : 26 Nov 2024

  • Rhine

Was £5614

Cruise Only From £5446

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