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Christmas market river cruises in Europe

Make that white Christmas an exceptional one with a Christmas market river cruise.

Imagine sailing down the Danube. There are riverside castles and silent townships around every bend and then, you spy a bridge. Soon you see bright lights and a city overflowing with Christmas cheer. You’ve arrived at your destination and within it, some of the most traditional Christmas markets on the continent.

It’s all part of the Christmas market river cruise experience and if it’s an enchanting Christmas you’re after, these are the Christmas market river cruises for you.

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1. Enchanting Christmas on the Danube via CruiseAway
Get ready to spend a short but luxurious trip down the Danube with sweeping views of the countryside… from the ship’s Finnish sauna.

We’re not joking. With the weather set to winter temperatures, feel free to relax and stay warm in its onboard sauna as the captain navigates you along the river toward your next Christmas market rest stop. (Image: A-Rosa)

  • Cruise line: A-Rosa
  • Cruise length: 4 nights
  • Cities visited: Passau, Durnstein, Vienna, Melk

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2. Dashing Through the Danube via Contiki
Join fellow 21-45-year-old travellers on the European river cruise of a lifetime, taking in the best Christmas Markets.

  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Countries visited: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
  • Cities visited: Regensburg, Straubing, Vilsofen, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

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3. Christmas Markets Cruise via TourRadar
Get a taste of Germany’s Christmas markets in a neat little four-day cruise package.

When time is of the essence, base yourself in the home of Christmas markets, Strasbourg, and take to the waters for a whirlwind trip through Germany’s most famous Christmas market towns.

  • Cruise line: CroisiEurope River Cruises
  • Cruise length: 4 nights
  • Cities visited: Strasbourg, Rudesheim, Mainz, Nuremberg

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4. Christmas on the Danube via CruiseAway
You'll be having a merry Christmas when you sail across Austria and Slovakia for 6 days.

Brace yourself with the variety of exotic cuisine onboard and a special treat to have that merry Christmas.

  • Cruise line: A-ROSA Cruises
  • Cruise length: 5 nights
  • Cities visited: Engelhartszell, Vienna, Bratislava

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5. Christmas on the Seine Paris via CruiseAway
Have a wonderful Christmas with the festivities of the holidays in Paris and neighboring towns.

Don’t blink or you might miss what’s around the bend on this exciting river cruise.

  • Cruise line: A-ROSA Cruises
  • Cruise length: 4 nights
  • Cities visited: Paris, Rouen, Vernon

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6. Festive Christmas Cheer via CruiseAway
Give way to Germany as a country that’s no stranger to Christmas markets.

Offers a multi-generational, family-friendly program on select sailings that let you explore, celebrate and wander around the Christmas markets of Germany.

  • Cruise line: A-ROSA Cruises
  • Cruise length: 4 nights
  • Cities visited: Rüdesheim, Mainz, Frankfurt

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7. Christmas Markets on the Danube via CruiseAway
Board the ship as it sails Austria for an enchanting experience of Christmas.

Witness the beauty, spirit of holiday and discover the historic Christmas Markets in Austria plus a special treat for you onboard.

  • Cruise line: A-ROSA Cruises
  • Cruise length: 4 nights
  • Cities visited: Vienna, Linz

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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