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Christmas Markets

Along the beautiful, undulating valleys of the Rhine, Germany holds some stunning towns which embrace the spirit of Christmas with an abundance of tradition. Originating in Germany and dating back to the late middle ages, Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarkt as they are also known, have in recent years become popular throughout Europe.

From the delicious mulled wine and roasting chestnuts, along with a backdrop of festive sounds and twinkling lights ensure the air is filled with delightful Christmas-time cheer. These festive markets include the obligatory huge Christmas tree, lit up with its twinkling lights, along with a Nativity scene and festive singing and dancing. Full of festive charm, these markets are truly a joyful treat for all the senses.

One of the best ways to visit several holiday markets on one trip is to take a river cruise from November and early December offer the opportunity to embark on your very own Christmas-time River cruise to explore the Christmas markets of Europe with our specially tailored itineraries.

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Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets

5 Days   |  Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne

From £699 pp

Discover the magical ambience of Germany’s traditional Christmas markets with their host of unique, inspired gift ideas.

Magic of Advent on the Danube

7 Days   |  Cologne, Koblenz, Speyer, Strasbourg (Kehl), Mainz, Cologne

From £1167pp

At this most contemplative time of year, you can enter a real winter fairytale.

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