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Christmas Markets

Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit like a Christmas river cruise. On a Christmas markets cruise you'll travel along Europe's scenic rivers and visit bustling holiday markets in cities such as Prague, Nuremberg, Vienna, Strasbourg and Budapest. From hand-blown glass ornaments and handcrafted toys to nutcrackers and dollhouses of all shapes and sizes, you can browse through an assortment of unique trinkets and one-of-a-kind goods at row after row of elaborately decorated stalls. Sip on hot mulled wine and munch on gingerbread or stroll illuminated streets filled with festive Christmas decor and the merry songs of carolers.

Onboard the ship, you might enjoy special holiday meals and seasonal drinks. While the travel logistics are handled for you, you're free to celebrate the season. The price for each vacation below includes riverboat and hotel accommodations, where applicable, along with most meals, entertainment and guided sightseeing.


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    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    Christmas Markets in Alsace   4   Strasbourg, France   Strasbourg, France   Croisi   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Cruise   4   Strasbourg, France   Strasbourg, France   Croisi   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Taking in Three Countries   5   Strasbourg, France   Strasbourg, France   Croisi   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime in Alsace & Germany 2017 (Frankfurt to Basel)   5   Frankfurt, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime in Alsace & Germany 2017 (Zurich to Frankfurt)   5   Zurich, Switzerland   Frankfurt, Germany   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine Christmas Markets South   5   Cologne, Germany   Cologne, Germany   A-ROSA   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Rhine   5   Cologne, Germany   Cologne, Germany   Cruise Maritime   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime in Alsace & Germany 2017 (Zurich to Frankfurt)   5   Zurich, Switzerland   Frankfurt, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas in the Heart of Germany 2017 (Nuremberg to Frankfurt, Cruise Only)   6   Nuremberg, Germany   Frankfurt, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas in the Heart of Germany 2017 (Frankfurt to Nuremberg, Cruise-Only)   6   Frankfurt, Germany   Nuremberg, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas in the Heart of Germany 2017 (Nuremberg to Frankfurt, Cruise Only)   6   Nuremberg, Germany   Frankfurt, Germany   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube 2017 (Nuremberg to Vienna, Cruise Only)   7   Nuremberg, Germany   Vienna, Austria   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube 2017 (Vienna to Nuremberg, Cruise-Only)   7   Vienna, Austria   Nuremberg, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube (Vienna to Nuremberg, Cruise-Only)   7   Vienna, Austria   Nuremberg, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Heart of Germany (Nuremberg to Frankfurt)   7   Nuremberg, Germany   Frankfurt, Germany   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Heart of Germany (Frankfurt to Nuremberg)   7   Frankfurt, Germany   Nuremberg, Germany   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube (Nuremberg to Vienna, Cruise Only)   7   Nuremberg, Germany   Vienna, Austria   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Danube (Budapest to Nuremberg, Cruise-Only)   8   Budapest, Hungary   Nuremberg, Germany   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Legendary Danube (Festive Time Cruise, Cruise-Only)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Romantic Rhine (Festive Time Cruise, Amsterdam to Basel)   8   Amsterdam, Holland   Basel, Switzerland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas on the Rhine (Amsterdam to Basel, Cruise-Only)   8   Amsterdam, Holland   Basel, Switzerland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas on the Rhine (Basel to Amsterdam, Cruise-Only)   8   Basel, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Danube (Nuremberg to Budapest, Cruise-Only)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Romantic Rhine (Festive Time Cruise, Zürich to Amsterdam)   8   Zurich, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine Holiday Markets (Basel to Cologne)   8   Basel, Switzerland   Cologne, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine Holiday Markets (Cologne to Basel)   8   Cologne, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Classic Christmas Markets (Nuremberg to Frankfurt)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Frankfurt, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Classic Christmas Markets (Frankfurt to Nuremberg)   8   Frankfurt, Germany   Nuremberg, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    European Holiday Markets (Nuremberg to Vienna)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Vienna, Austria   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    European Holiday Markets (Vienna to Nuremberg)   8   Vienna, Austria   Nuremberg, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Danube Holiday Markets (Budapest to Passau)   8   Budapest, Hungary   Munich, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Legendary Danube 2017 (Cruise-Only)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas in the Heart of Germany 2017 (Prague to Frankfurt)   8   Prague, Czech Republic   Frankfurt, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine 2017 (Amsterdam to Basel)   8   Amsterdam, Holland   Basel, Switzerland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery 2017 (Cruise-Only)   8   Budapest, Hungary   Nuremberg, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas in the Heart of Germany 2017 (Frankfurt to Prague)   8   Frankfurt, Germany   Prague, Czech Republic   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine 2017 (Zürich to Amsterdam)   8   Zurich, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine-Main Discovery (Christmas Markets, Amsterdam to Nuremberg)   8   Amsterdam, Holland   Nuremberg, Germany   Emerald   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Rhine   8   Basel, Switzerland   Cologne, Germany   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Glittering Pre-Christmas Paris & Shopping   8   Paris, France   Paris, France   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2017 (Amsterdam to Basel, Cruise-Only)   8   Amsterdam, Holland   Basel, Switzerland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2017 (Basel to Amsterdam, Cruise-Only)   8   Basel, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Blue Danube Discovery (Christmas Markets, Cruise-Only)   8   Budapest, Hungary   Nuremberg, Germany   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Classic Christmas Markets (Frankfurt to Nuremberg, For Families)   8   Frankfurt, Germany   Nuremberg, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine-Main Discovery 2017 (Christmas Markets)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Amsterdam, Holland   Emerald   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Classic Christmas Markets 2017 (Nuremberg to Frankfurt)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Frankfurt, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Classic Christmas Markets 2017 (Frankfurt to Nuremberg)   8   Frankfurt, Germany   Nuremberg, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Danube Holiday Markets 2017 (Budapest to Passau)   8   Budapest, Hungary   Munich, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Danube Holiday Markets 2017 (Passau to Budapest)   8   Munich, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    European Holiday Markets 2017 (Nuremberg to Vienna)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Vienna, Austria   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    European Holiday Markets 2017 (Vienna to Nuremberg)   8   Vienna, Austria   Nuremberg, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Parisian Holiday 2017   8   Paris, France   Paris, France   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine Holiday Markets 2017 (Basel to Cologne)   8   Basel, Switzerland   Cologne, Germany   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Rhine Holiday Markets 2017 (Cologne to Basel)   8   Cologne, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas in the Heart of Germany 2017 (Prague to Frankfurt)   8   Prague, Czech Republic   Frankfurt, Germany   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Southbound)   8   Cologne, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Tauck   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas on the Danube (Vienna to Nuremberg)   9   Vienna, Austria   Wurzburg, Germany   Collette   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Danube 2017   9   Vienna, Austria   Munich, Germany   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube 2017 (Prague to Vienna)   9   Prague, Czech Republic   Vienna, Austria   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Danube   9   Vienna, Austria   Munich, Germany   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas on the Danube (Nuremberg to Vienna)   9   Wurzburg, Germany   Vienna, Austria   Collette   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas River Cruise on the Rhine   9   Zurich, Switzerland   Zurich, Switzerland   Keytours   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube (Prague to Vienna)   9   Prague, Czech Republic   Vienna, Austria   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime on the Danube (Vienna to Prague)   9   Vienna, Austria   Prague, Czech Republic   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Blue Danube Discovery (Christmas Markets)   10   Budapest, Hungary   Prague, Czech Republic   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime Zurich to Prague 2017 (Cruise-Only)   10   Zurich, Switzerland   Nuremberg, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime From Prague to Basel 2017 (Cruise-Only)   10   Nuremberg, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne 2017 (Northbound)   10   Lucerne, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime From Prague to Basel 2017 (Cruise-Only)   10   Nuremberg, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Legendary Danube 2017   11   Prague, Czech Republic   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Legendary Danube (Festive Time Cruise)   11   Prague, Czech Republic   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Danube (Budapest to Prague)   11   Budapest, Hungary   Prague, Czech Republic   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Danube (Prague to Budapest)   11   Prague, Czech Republic   Budapest, Hungary   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise   11   Munich, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Danube   11   Vienna, Austria   Vienna, Austria   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Southbound)   11   Amsterdam, Holland   Basel, Switzerland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Northbound)   11   Basel, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime Zurich to Prague   12   Zurich, Switzerland   Prague, Czech Republic   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime Zurich to Prague 2017   12   Zurich, Switzerland   Prague, Czech Republic   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt   12   Vienna, Austria   Frankfurt, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2017 (Amsterdam to Zurich)   12   Amsterdam, Holland   Zurich, Switzerland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2017 (Zurich to Amsterdam)   12   Zurich, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Southbound, 11 Nights)   12   Amsterdam, Holland   Basel, Switzerland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime From Prague to Basel 2017   12   Prague, Czech Republic   Basel, Switzerland   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime From Frankfurt to Vienna 2017   12   Frankfurt, Germany   Vienna, Austria   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime From Prague to Basel 2017   12   Prague, Czech Republic   Basel, Switzerland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime Zurich to Prague 2017   12   Zurich, Switzerland   Prague, Czech Republic   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Zurich, Mount Pilatus & Lake Como 2017 (Southbound)   12   Amsterdam, Holland   Lake Como, Italy   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery 2017   13   Budapest, Hungary   Prague, Czech Republic   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Christmas & New Year's Cruise   13   Nuremberg, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas on the Rhine (Amsterdam to Zurich)   13   Amsterdam, Holland   Zurich, Switzerland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas on the Rhine (Zurich to Amsterdam)   13   Zurich, Switzerland   Amsterdam, Holland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime Frankfurt to Budapest   13   Frankfurt, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Paris & London 2017 (Northbound)   14   Zurich, Switzerland   London, England   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Magnificent Europe (Festive Time Cruise, Budapest to Amsterdam)   15   Budapest, Hungary   Amsterdam, Holland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Magnificent Europe 2017 (Budapest to Amsterdam, Christmas Cruise)   15   Budapest, Hungary   Amsterdam, Holland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Magnificent Europe (Budapest to Amsterdam, Christmas Cruise)   15   Budapest, Hungary   Amsterdam, Holland   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Christmastime Cruise (Vienna to Basel)   16   Vienna, Austria   Zurich, Switzerland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Christmastime Cruise (Basel to Vienna)   16   Zurich, Switzerland   Vienna, Austria   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne, Paris & London 2017 (Northbound)   16   Lucerne, Switzerland   London, England   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmastime Zurich to Budapest   17   Zurich, Switzerland   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Europe (Christmas Markets, Budapest to Amsterdam)   17   Budapest, Hungary   Amsterdam, Holland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Europe (Christmas Markets, Amsterdam to Budapest)   17   Amsterdam, Holland   Budapest, Hungary   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Amsterdam Roundtrip)   21   Amsterdam, Holland   Amsterdam, Holland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Basel Roundtrip)   21   Basel, Switzerland   Basel, Switzerland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Markets Along the Rhine (Basel Roundtrip, 21 Nights)   22   Basel, Switzerland   Basel, Switzerland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Classic Rhine & Christmas Markets Along the Rhine   25   Frankfurt, Germany   Basel, Switzerland   Crystal   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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