Christmas holiday river cruises in Europe are a popular way to experience the festive season and see some of the continent's most beautiful cities and towns dressed up in their holiday best. 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.
Here are a few options to consider:
Danube River Cruise: The Danube River is one of Europe's most popular river cruise destinations, and during the Christmas season, it's particularly magical. A Danube River cruise during the holidays will typically take you to cities such as Vienna, Budapest, and Nuremberg, which are known for their Christmas markets, traditional holiday treats, and beautiful holiday decorations.
Rhine River Cruise: A Rhine River cruise during the Christmas season will typically take you to cities such as Cologne, Strasbourg, and Basel, which are known for their stunning Christmas markets and festive atmosphere. You'll have the opportunity to explore medieval towns and cities and enjoy seasonal foods and drinks.
Seine River Cruise: A Seine River cruise during the Christmas season will typically take you to cities such as Paris and Rouen, which are known for their romantic holiday lights and festive atmosphere. You'll have the opportunity to see the famous Eiffel Tower sparkling with holiday lights, as well as explore Parisian neighborhoods such as Montmartre and the Marais.
Douro River Cruise: A Douro River cruise during the Christmas season will typically take you to the picturesque wine country of Portugal. You'll have the opportunity to explore cities such as Porto, Regua, and Pinhao, which are known for their beautiful holiday lights and festive markets.
Keep in mind that Christmas holiday river cruises in Europe can be quite popular, so it's important to book well in advance.
Onboard the river cruise ships, 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 most Christmas Holiday river cruise vacations include riverboat and hotel accommodations, where applicable, along with most meals, entertainment and guided sightseeing.
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