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Top 10 Christmas tours in Europe

Experience a traditional European Christmas at some of the top destinations across the continent filled with lights, treats and handmade goods.

Europe is undoubtedly the best place in the world for Christmas treasures and these hand-picked tours explore the highlights of each city visited with expert guides to show you the must-see Christmas markets.

From afternoon walking tours to week-long trips, these tours will have you filling your bags with handmade goodies and sipping on mulled wine among the sweet-spicy aroma of gingerbread.

Top Christmas tours in Europe

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1. Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Visit and shop some of Europe’s best Christmas markets: witness magnificent castles covered in snow, explore cities such as Vienna and Salzburg and try Bavarian beer in Munich.

  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Countries visited: Austria, Germany and Switzerland
  • Cities visited: Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne, Zurich

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2. Alpine Christmas Markets tour

Experience Austria’s countryside, the Black Forest’s historic old quarter, Switzerland’s amazing food, France’s picturesque beauty, and Christmas markets across four countries.

  • Tour length: 9 days
  • Countries visited: Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France
  • Cities visited: Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lindau, The Black Forest, Freiburg, Strasbourg, Alsace, Zurich

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3. Bruges Christmas Markets

Start and end in London as you head to Bruges to fill your bags and explore the medieval streets and lively Christmas markets.

  • Tour length: 2 days
  • Countries visited: England and Belgium
  • Cities visited: London and Bruges

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4. Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany tour

A knowledgeable guide will show you the best spots in each city plus the must-see Christmas markets, with relaxing days strolling through each destination’s historic beauty.

  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Countries visited: Poland, Czech Republic and Germany
  • Cities visited: Krakow, Wroclaw, Kutna Hora, Prague, Dresden, Berlin

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5. Christmas Market Visit and Traditional German Christmas Dinner Experience from Frankfurt

This small guided-group tour from Frankfurt takes to Rüdesheim to browse the Christmas markets and listen to carolers before enjoying some delicious local cuisine.

  • Tour length: 5.5 hours
  • Countries visited: Germany
  • Cities visited: Rüdesheim

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6. Small-group Vienna Christmas Tour including Belvedere Palace Market

Take in the charming Viennese Christmas markets on this walking tour with visits to the top markets at Town Hall Square, Charles Square, and Belvedere Palace.

  • Tour length: 3 hours
  • Countries visited: Austria
  • Cities visited: Vienna

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7. Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Wine Tasting

Take a guided walking tour of Budapest and its Christmas markets with a stop at a cellar to taste local wines before browsing the market's handmade gifts and traditional delicacies.

  • Tour length: 2.5 hours
  • Countries visited: Hungary
  • Cities visited: Budapest

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8. Christmas in Amsterdam

See the European Christmas charm in Amsterdam with canals illuminated by fairy-lights and bustling streets filled with local festivities for the season.

  • Tour length: 4 days
  • Countries visited: England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Cities visited: London, Dover, Calais, Amsterdam

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9. Christmas in Paris via Contiki

Experience a traditional European Christmas in the "City of Lights", tasting Paris' gourmet cuisine and exploring the beautifully-decorated snow-dusted streets.

  • Tour length: 4 days
  • Countries visited: England and France
  • Cities visited: London, Dover, Calais, Paris

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10. Christmas Markets at Lake District with Lake Wolfgang Boat ride

On a day trip from Salzburg you can tour through the lovely villages of St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang warmly decorated with thousands of candles, lanterns and more.

  • Tour length: 5.5 hours
  • Countries visited: Austria
  • Cities visited: Salzburg and Lake Wolfgang district

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