7 of the best 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.
Top picks for the best Christmas market river cruise itineraries
1. Christmastime on the Danube via Flight Centre
If you think Prague is arresting, wait until you witness the views of Germany and Austria via cruise ship.
Although this tour starts in Prague, it’s not until you fly into Nuremberg that you’ll embark on your cruise southeast through Germany’s spectacular landscape and into Austria. With six ports of call on the way, you won’t be short of markets to explore.
- Cruise line: Avalon Waterways
- Cruise length: 9-day tour, 6-night cruise
- Cities visited: Prague, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna
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4. Christmas Markets with Paris via Flight Centre
You’ll be having a very merry Christmas when you embark on this massive 17-day Christmas market tour.
Not one to do things by halves, Scenic’s Christmas market river cruise is an all-encompassing journey through some of Europe’s most beloved capital cities as well as smaller German townships.
- Cruise line: Scenic
- Cruise length: 17 nights
- Cities visited: Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest
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Feature image: Avalon Waterways