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The traditional Christmas markets of Germany and the surrounding countries date back the 13th century, when they marked the beginning of the Advent season in Europe's dominant Christian church. Now, they have evolved into a colorful seasonal display of shops and festivities for all to enjoy. From tinkered toys to fir wreaths to gingerbread houses, these bustling markets bring life to the European origins of the Christmas holiday. Here we highlight some of our featured Rhine River and Danube River cruises  specially designed around traditional Christmas markets, where you'll see how each country celebrates with their own distinct traditions & wares. Along the way, you'll visit the Netherlands, Germany, France, & Switzerland. Of course, their limited availability goes quickly, so contact us today to reserve your spot.

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Best Ships with Christmas Market Itineraries

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
MS Amaserena164$2799Making its debut in 2015, the AmaSerena features the most advanced designs in river cruise vessels. This 164-passenger ship boasts spacious …
MS Amakristina158$2999The Amakristina is the sister ship to the Amaviola and Amastella, and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in …
MS Amastella158$3099With occupancy for up to 158 passengers, the MS Amastella is one of Europe's newest and most innovative riverboats, featuring a variety of staterooms …
MS Amacerto164$2799This luxurious river cruiser features panoramic views from the sundeck, a pool and swim-up bar, gourmet meals, luxurious lounges, and comfortable …
MS Amaviola158$1598The AmaViola – set to debut in 2016 – is a sister ship to the AmaSerena and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel …

Travel Guide to Europe's Christmas Markets

Highlights of the Christmas Markets
These exclusive tours come but once a year, just before the Christmas holiday. Temperatures aren't quite freezing, but don't expect a warm summer holiday either. That's the price you pay to witness and explore one of Europe's most ancient traditions - the Christmas Markets.

Primarily situated along the Danube River and a scattered also along the Rhine, small towns and big cities alike bring their squares and plazas into vibrant colors as they recognize this age-old holiday event. 

Here's what to look for:
  • Hot food and drinks - prepared in traditional ways, this is one of the best times to get a taste of the true flavor of central Europe.
  • Handmade souvenirs, like ornaments, toys, and artisanal goods.
  • Singing, dancing, and cultural celebrations on every corner. 

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