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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.

10 Best Christmas River Cruises in Europe for 2021-2022

Our Favorite River Ships with Christmas Market Itineraries

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
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 …
Scenic Amber163$2495Measuring 443 feet in length and carrying just 163 passengers, the luxury vessel, Scenic Amber marries space and intimacy with a sense of exclusivity …
MS Amamora156$3099AmaMora offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. You are sure to …
S.S. Beatrice152$3399This stunning 430 ft long and 152-passenger beauty, the S.S. Beatrice offers the ultimate experience of cruising along the Danube and Main Rivers. …
S.S. Antoinette152$2999Travel aboard the 152-passenger S.S. Antoinette, a rare pearl on the Rhine River, and capture the moment of seeing Germany on one side and France on …
MS Amastella158$3299With 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 Amaviola158$3099The AmaViola – set to debut in 2016 – is a sister ship to the AmaSerena and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel …

Top Luxury European Christmas Market Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Danube Christmas Markets$31958Nov 29, 2021Next December explore beautiful Hungary, romantic Austria and magnificent Germany on this 8-day Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube River from …
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Magical Christmas Markets$489913Dec 8, 2021Visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic Danube river on the luxurious MS Amasonata from Nuremberg to Vienna. Discover some of the most …
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Rhine Christmas Markets$40458Dec 13, 2021Begin this magical 8-day Rhine River cruise in Basel as you explore Christmas Markets along the Rhine River all the way to Amsterdam. Enjoy the …
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Grand Christmas & New Year's$669913Dec 22, 2021Embark on the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for 13 amazing days over the Christmas and new years season sailing through Germany, Austria and Hungary …
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Rhine Holiday Markets$29998Nov 28, 2021Switzerland, France and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas market cruise. Embark the S.S. Antoinette from …
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Danube Christmas Markets$47458Dec 6, 2021Enjoy an 8-day luxury Danube Christmas Markets River cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest aboard the 5-star luxury Scenic Amber. Along the way, visit …
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Dec 7, 2021Enjoy a 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard the MS Amaprima. As you sail the Rhine River, visit classic Christmas markets, bike along …
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Christmastime on the Danube (Westbound)$26997Dec 7, 2021Immersed in the holiday spirit as you explore the famous Christmas markets with rows of brightly decorated wooden huts that sell Christmas tree …
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Christmastime on the Danube (Eastbound)$28707Dec 1, 2021Enjoy this magical time of year with a Christmastime river cruise vacation starting in the Nuremberg, on through the heart of Germany, and ending in …
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine$499914Dec 5, 2021Enjoy a 7-night Rhine River cruise exploring Christmas markets from Amsterdam through Cologne, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, and Basel aboard the MS …
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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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