Come explore Europe, home to beautiful palaces and majestic castles, charming villages and Baroque cities, the snow-capped Alps and centuries of traditions and celebrations. Europe makes a spectacular destination any time of the year, but for an even more magical experience, come during the Christmas season to join festivities celebrating the holiday season which date back to the Middle Ages. Red lights are in the trees and there is snow everywhere, just waiting for you in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Every European destination is dressed with its finest decorations. Christmas balls and Christmas lights illuminate the romantic Christmas markets of Europe. During your Christmas Holidays in Europe you will discover the best Christmas markets. You will have memories for a lifetime and you will bring back home the best traditional Christmas presents. Travelers looking for a different Christmas experience are in for a delicious and visually enchanting treat when visiting Europe from late November until Christmas each year. With so much charm, fantasy, and tradition, a trip to Europe during the Christmas season is bound to inspire awe in any traveler, and luckily there are several tour options available to allow you to make the most of these Christmas-wonder-lands.
European Magic - London Departure
Start and end in London with this 11 day tour package taking you through London, England and 9 other destinations in Europe. Your trip includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more. This tour is a fantastic way to see more of Europe during your Christmas and New Years' break. Start in Paris where you will tour all the main attractions and finish in the Northern Suburbs to get the best views of Paris from the Sacred Heart Basilica. On Christmas day, visit the Notre Dame where you can experience fully the festivities of Paris on Christmas day. You will have the opportunity to try ice-skating or take a coffee at a local cafe. Then venture to the Champs Elysees where you have the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas Markets. Enjoy a day in the 'happiest place on earth' - Disneyland! Famous for its thrilling rides and excellent shows, you will be entertained for hours. Continue to Milan to enjoy a coach and walking tour of this magnificent city. Your guide will show you the best of Milan before giving you free time for shopping and they will suggest several other things to visit such as the Duomo Cathedral and more. Venture on to the magnificent city of Venice where you can spend all day adventuring around its medieval streets and ponder in awe of its amazing culture and architecture. On arrival you will take a boat into central Venice where you will see St Mark's Square, Doge's Palace and the Campanile di San Marco. Spend the afternoon shopping at the Rialto Bridge and perhaps pop into a glass making demonstration to watch their age-old tradition of sculpturing Murano Glass.
Travel through the heart of Eastern Europe to visit Prague via Salzburg. Famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and also the set for the film 'A Sound of Music' - this magical city will certainly take your breath away. Visit the castle which has protected Salzburg for almost a millennium and you will have an opportunity to explore at your will. In Prague, start with a walking tour of this incredible eastern-European city. Step back in time and see all its wonders, such as the Astronomical clock and Charles Bridge. You have lots of free time for shopping and to sample its famous beers. Its New Years Eve and time to get prepared for a phenomenal time at the world's biggest new years party! On arrival to Berlin you will have a short coach tour of all its main attractions and some free time for last minute shopping. Then let the party begin. Stretching for almost 2 kilometers behind the Brandenburg gate with many tents and stages where you can find a huge variety of modern and traditional music. There is also many stalls offering great tasting German foods and beer. Then welcome the new year with a day at German's Number 1 Waterpark - Tropical Islands. It's still considered today as being the largest indoor
Waterpark in the world and even comes with an artificial sun. In Amsterdam, enjoy a walking tour of this amazing city. Stop by the floating flower market for breakfast and then continue the tour to visit the area of museums before having lots of free time for shopping and enjoying Amsterdam's vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy another tour at night to take in the city's nightlife. Head to Bruges, which is considered to be the Venice of the North and steeped in medieval History. Enjoy a walking tour to see all its main attractions and have free time to shop before the train back to London.
A White Christmas in Europe
Start in Paris and end in Rome with a 15 day tour taking you through 8 destinations in Europe. A White Christmas in Europe includes accommodation, an expert guide, and transportation. Start with transfer from Paris airport to your hotel. The Paris orientation tour shows you all the famous sights of the city. See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe and stop for a photo of the Eiffel Tower. Next join your Tour Director to visit some of the city's best Christmas markets, including the capital's largest market on the Avenue des ChampsElysees, offering holiday treats like mulled wine, gingerbread and sausages. At night, ascend the glittering Eiffel Tower for a wonderful Highlight Dinner overlooking the 'City of Light'. Travel through the former battlefields of the Western Front into Belgium. On arrival in picturesque Bruges, join a local expert for a stroll along cobbled streets. Explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the wall of the Holy Blood Chapel. Then visit the Market Square dominated by the Belfry of the Market Hall and where festive Christmas markets crammed with Christmas goodies surround a glittering ice rink. Head east across the German border to Cologne where you visit the Gothic Cathedral, one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in the world. Surrounding the Cathedral, the city's sprawling Christmas markets attract millions of visitors each year. A scenic drive takes you along the most beautiful part of the Rhine, past sleepy villages, terraced vineyards and ancient hill top castles. Arrive in medieval Rothenburg, the most well preserved town on the "Romantic Road." Plunge into the 16th century as you walk through the narrow, cobbled streets lined with high gabled houses to the market square, dominated by its Renaissance town hall, all set up for Christmas featuring an array of Christmas markets. Head south through the varied landscapes of southern Germany, skirting the famous Black Forest. Cross the border and continue into the heart of Switzerland with mountains rising all around to reach your resort between the lakes. Your majestic Interlaken's hotel, offers unobstructed views of the Jungfrau mountain range and will be beautifully decorated for the season. Awake Christmas morning to a magnificent winter setting. Travel out to the pretty Alpine village of Grindelwald nestled at the foot of the Eiger. From here enjoy a carriage ride through snowy scenes, followed by tasty gingerbread and gluhwein. Christmas Dinner is another festive affair, celebrated at your luxurious hotel. On Boxing Day get ready for what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your tour. Take the iconic Jungfrau Railway for a sensational journey that tunnels through the Eiger to Europe's highest railway station. The underground station sits just beneath the Jungfrau summit itself providing breathtaking views. Visit the labyrinth of ice caves and sculptures of the Eismeer Glacier. Drive through glorious mountain scenery to the beautiful lakeside Lucerne. Here your Tour Director will show you the covered wooden Chapel Bridge and you will learn about the poignant history of the Lion Monument. Then cross the border to Innsbruck, the beautiful capital of the Tyrol. See the Imperial Palace, Golden Roof and 14th century houses of the Old Town. Travel across the impressive Europa Bridge into Italy and on to glorious Venice. Your luxurious hotel is only minutes from St Mark's Square, gazing out over the Guidecca Canal. Witness the magic of Venice as your private launch takes you past ornate palaces, bridges and gondolas to the unforgettable St Mark's Square. Winter time in Venice is superbly atmospheric, with its misty views and quieter streets. Your sightseeing tour focuses on St Mark's Square, visiting the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. For those that want to explore Venice by canal, there will be an opportunity to take a Gondola ride, or for those that prefer dry land, take your time getting semi-lost in a labyrinth of streets where local people are going about their daily lives. Depart Venice and travel into Tuscany, celebrated worldwide for its gastronomy. A two-course lunch in a rustic beautiful region is arranged here, with a glass of its local wine. Follow the course of the River Tiber to the 'Eternal City'. Winter in Rome is a special time. Begin with a visit to the mighty Colosseum and see the Roman Forum. Afterwards take a walking tour through some of the oldest streets in Rome where you will discover piazzas, fountains, and hidden backstreets. Visit the famous Spanish Steps, immortalized in many Italian movies and then stop at the Trevi Fountain, where you can toss a coin over your shoulder and make a wish to return to Rome. Next visit the timeless Pantheon, and marvel at the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Then on to the lively Piazza Navona with its baroque Palaces, street artists and trattorias. The citywide show is unforgettable at midnight. New Year's Eve in Rome means thousands of fireworks let off with huge glee from windows, balconies, tall trees and car roofs. After a day of free time in Rome, receive transportation to the airport for your return flight.
European Christmas and New Year Jewel
This tour starts and ends in London and includes accommodations, meals, transportation, and an expert guide for 14 days through 16 European destinations. Experience some of the best cities Europe has to offer at this magical time of year! Not only will you spend Christmas in Prague and ring in the New Year in the Swiss Alps, you will also visit Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Ljubljana, Florence and Paris, and more. Leaving London behind, you'll make your way to Amsterdam, crossing the channel on the way and driving through rural France and Belgium. In Amsterdam, join a complimentary Amsterdam canal cruise and get an introduction to Amsterdam, a city of beautiful 17th Century architecture, and a charm all its own. Then, join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. During the evening enjoy some time to explore on your own. Stop off at the Riekermolen windmill for a photo stop and to appreciate the scenery that the Netherlands is famous for. Climb onboard a Rhine Valley river boat and sail from St Goar to Boppard. With the highest concentration of medieval castles in all of Europe, this is a memorable trip, especially with all the vineyards, cliff faces and medieval German towns. Visit a local wine merchants for an included wine tasting - if the harvest has been good, you may even get to try eiswein (ice wine), a very sweet dessert wine that is produced in very small quantities as it can only be harvested when the temperature drops below freezing. Then it's off to Prague via Nuremburg, stopping in the Bavarian city for a comfort stop. Having served as a residence for German kings over many centuries, Nuremburg was an architectural marvel, and famous for its artists too. Prague is a beautiful city, boasting elaborate baroque, gothic, art nouveau and cubist architecture, and rewarding those who explore it with quirky bars, cobbled lanes and courtyards. Celebrate Christmas Day here in this beautiful city with an introduction from an expert guide to help you get your bearings on a walking tour. The rest of the day is free for you to explore as you wish. You can choose to go for a sung mass in the morning, go to the theatre, or, if there's snow, enjoy some winter activities. Alternatively, take a walk in Stromovka, visit Christmas markets in the many town squares or visit the zoo. Described by some as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Central Europe, you'll find that Prague is just as engaging as Rome, London or Amsterdam, and is at least as beautiful as Paris. Moving on to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, located in a country dominated by mountains, vineyards, ski runs and wilderness, Bratislava is a charming city. Here you'll find medieval castles overlooking the old town, along with more recent Socialist-era architecture. Continue to beautiful Budapest. With a huge number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, start things off with a driving tour to help you get acquainted with the city. With a huge variety of architectural styles adorning this city straddles the Danube River and promises all manner of untold treasures. Heading next to Vienna, take a walking tour of the city led by an expert local guide. Vienna was host to some of the world's leading musical minds at one time or another - including luminaries like Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Vienna is also a modern city, with a vibrant cafe, restaurant and nightclub culture. After leaving Vienna, take a comfort stop in Graz, Austria's second-largest city, and also one of its liveliest. Admire the verdant parkland and Renaissance architecture, and get a glimpse of the small, fast-flowing river which gushes through the center. Get a chance to explore the Slovenian gem of Ljubljana, often thought of as a hidden gem of Europe. With its castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty, Ljubljana packs a punch more powerful than its small size would suggest. Venice is your next stop, a city immortalized in literature, film and art for centuries. Its timeless waterways and artistic masterpieces make it truly unique. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city with an orientation walk, during which you'll see sights like the world-famous St Mark's Square, Grand Canal, and Rialto Bridge. Head on to the hills of Tuscany. Marvel at the countryside as you head for Florence. On arrival take a fascinating walking tour of the city with a local guide. Learn about the history of the city and see historical landmarks dating from Roman times to the glory days of the Renaissance. Departing Tuscany, head for Pisa. Learn the story behind the leaning tower, and be sure to take some photos. Then it's time to cross over to the Alps. Take in the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and the scenery around you as you celebrate the New Year. Enjoy a free day to experience the Alpine beauty. You can make the most of your time by taking a leisurely stroll through the local villages, by crystal-clear lakes, hitting the slopes for a spot of skiing, or taking a train or cable car to higher altitudes and surround yourself with snow-capped peaks and white winter snow. Then make your way to the city of lights and love. In Parise, you'll go on a driving tour of the French capital where you'll see some of the city's most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a free day on your own to explore Paris some more. Then it's back across the Channel back to London where your tour concludes.
Europe Christmas Taster - 7 Days
Get a taste for Europe in one amazing week as you enjoy Christmas in the beautiful Swiss Alps, visit Paris, the Rhine Velley in Germany, Amsterdam, and Bruges. This tour begins and ends in London with 5 other destinations included over a 7 day tour that includes accommodations, transportation, meals, an expert guide, and more. Head from London to Paris across the English Channel. Go for a driving tour of the City of Lights to see some of the city's most treasured landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a meal in the Latin Quarter and a full free day to explore the magical city on your own. Leave the big City of Paris and get a taste if a small French town in Burgundy. Then enjoy a long scenic drive across the border into Switzerland and head towards the mountain village in the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy Christmas day in the splendor of the Alps. Choose from many options including exploring villages, enjoying outdoor winter activities, and even taking the journey to the top of one of the tallest peaks in the area. Take a cruise on the Rhine riverboat in Germany's Rhine Valley. Admire the stretch of castles , vineyards, medieval towns, and lofty cliffs as you pass by. Visit a local winery and possibly get the chance to taste the limited supply of ice wine. Head on to the Netherlands where the first stop is a windmill photo stop. Attend a cheese making demonstration and learn about how the clog is made before going on to Amsterdam. Enjoy a cruise on the Amsterdam canals to see the 17th century architecture, fascinating museums, and cafes of the city. Then follow a walking tour of the Red Light District. Arrive in Bruges and enjoy some of the gastronomic specialties on offer there. Go for an exploratory walk of the medieval city with cobblestone streets, historic churches, and lofty towers. Once your time in Bruges is over, start the last leg of the journey to arrive back in London.
This tour starts and ends in London and includes accommodation in a hostel, meals, transportation, and an expert guide for 13 days through 7 European destinations. Relish a festive escape this Christmas with a brilliant getaway in Europe. Starting and ending in London, this trip makes its way through the wintry wonderlands of Germany, France and Netherlands. Shop in quaint Christmas markets, explore German castles and see Europe at its snowy best - one magical Instagram post at a time. Meet your Trip Leader and cross the English Channel into the Christmas market cheer of Cologne, Germany. You have four giant markets to choose from and the one in front of Cologne Cathedral attracts more than two million visitors per year. Enjoy a full free day in Cologne to check out its many museums, explore the sights of the city, or take in even more of the sights, smells, and flavors of the Christmas cheer of the city. Head to Paris and enjoy a driving tour that features all the major landmarks. Enjoy another full free day here in the city of lights to see all the amazing sights on a closer level. Leaving Paris behind, head towards the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps in Interlaken. You'll have another full day to spend in this winter-wonderland to either explore the village, do some shopping, or make your way to one of Europe's tallest peaks. Enjoy a walking tour of Munich and see the best of the Bavarian capital. Visit the somber Nazi Concentration camp, Dachau, before returning to experience more of Munich's highlights. Head for Berlin and take a driving tour around the city to see some of the top sights. Join an optional Third Reich walking tour to learn about the city under Nazi rule, go on a museum crawl, or head to the Berlin zoo. Leave Berlin behind and drive through the windmill dotted landscape of the Netherlands towards Amsterdam. See top sights on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a full free day in Amsterdam to take in more sights on your own. Then make the journey back to London where you tour comes to an end.
Start in Prague and end in Budapest with the Christmas & New Year's tour. You have a 9 day tour package taking you from Prague to Budapest and through 5 European destinations. Eastern Lights includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport, and more. This special Christmas and New Year's trip will convince you you're living in an eastern European fairy tale. But it's all real. From Prague to Budapest, via Krakow, Bratislava and Vienna, you'll take in Europe's most famous Christmas markets, ancient castles, classical music, thermal springs, warming mulled wine and so much more. Start with enjoying the beauty of Prague, which offers a giant Christmas tree with more decorations than you can imagine, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the smell of mulled wine, and stalls that put Santa's workshop to shame. Spend Christmas day here in this charming city and take in the amazing sights of the city before enjoying a Christmas dinner. Then it's off to Krakow, Poland where the history of the city includes dragon tales and the market square is one of the largest in Europe. Enjoy another day in this charming city and explore even more of what it has to offer. Then head for Bratislava where you will have a guided tour of the city. Head for Vienna and enjoy a driving tour of the city as well as a visit to Schonbrunn Palace. Continue on to Budapest and sit back for another driving tour of Budapest to get a feel for the city. Enjoy a free day in Budapest where you can explore the city on your own and experience an included enty to the Szechenyi Baths. The next day your tour ends here in Budapest.
Christmas Markets from Prague to Paris
by Scenic Luxury Cruise...
Start in Prague and end in Paris on this 21 day tour package taking you from Prague to Paris and through 17 destinations in Europe. Tour includes meals and transport. Your journey into wonder begins in Prague, where you'll stay three nights at a luxurious city central hotel. Be guided through the wonders of Prague. Free choices include a walking tour of Prague's communist-era history, or a visit to the beautiful Sternberg Palace, and enjoy a free day in Prague to explore on your own. Journey by coach to Budapest where you'll board your Scenic Space-Ship. Choose to explore this beautiful city and enjoy a piano concert, or relax at the city's Thermal Baths. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. Sit back and relax in your Scenic Space-Ship and enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube to Vienna. Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Take a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace, or visit the Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere, or explore this majestic city on a guided cycling tour. Then continue on your journey and enjoy a guided bike ride from Durnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk's Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of its fine wines. Let the 'Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show' transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg. Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or visit the charming Christmas markets there. In Nuremberg, enjoy the fascinating Bavarian city by visiting WWII sights or taking a gingerbread cooking class. Explore the Old Town of Bamberg with a local guide. In Wurzburg, visit the Bishop's Residenz or take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg. Enjoy a scenic day on the Main River en route to your next destination. Get to explore the charming town of Rudesheim with a guided tour of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. In Cologne, choose from an exploratory stroll of the city or a taste experience lecture onboard your ship. Head to Amsterdam where you can choose to experience the canals or take a tour of Zaanse Schans. Take a high speed train to Paris and spend 3 nights in a luxury central hotels. Choose to explore Paris on a guided tour, marvel at the exhibits of the Louvre museum, or let a local show you another side of the city. Enjoy a free day in Paris to explore other sights on your own. Then your tour concludes after breakfast the last day.
Christmas & New Year - 10 Days
Enjoy this 10 day tour that starts and ends in London, including 6 European destinations. The tour includes accommodations, an expert guide, meals, and transport. This Christmas and New Year coach tour of Europe takes in some of Europe's highlights at a very special time of year. Celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year in great company, in some of the most magical festive settings imaginable. Leaving London behind, make your way to Paris, crossing the English Channel and arriving in the 'City of Lights' in the afternoon. You'll go on a driving tour of the French capital where you'll see some of the city's most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. After the driving tour, enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, an eclectic, bohemian and historic neighborhood. Begin Christmas Day with a guided walking tour of the Montmartre area of Paris. As you wander the winding streets where artists including Salvador Dali, Picasso, Monet, and Vincent van Gogh lived, you will experience this colorful district of the capital, and see the Moulin Rouge and Sacre-Coeur. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. This is the perfect day to explore the Christmas markets, including along the famous Champs Elysees, attend a Christmas church service in the Sacre-Coeur, climb the Eiffel Tower or even visit Disneyland, it's up to you. Enjoy another full free day in Paris to explore on your own, or choose from additional tour options for guided tours of the city's highlights. Then leave Paris behind and sample a taste of small town France with a lunch stop in Burgundy. In the town of Beaune you can visit the beautiful Hospices de Beaune, or try the famous wine. After lunch, take a long scenic drive across the border into Switzerland and head towards the Swiss Alps for a stay in a typical mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau region. This is one of the most-visited regions of the Alps and also a World Heritage site, containing Europe's largest glacier. Enjoy a free day to explore and take in the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps. You have two full days available for skiing, snowboarding, sledding or simply having a good old snowball fight. Beginner and experienced ski/snowboard packages are available, with full equipment hire, transport and tuition. You'll be staying in Wilderswil, a beautiful Alpine village with great views of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch mountain peaks, which provides a great base for exploring the surrounding towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. After two days in this Alpine winter-wonderland, board the coach once more and head for Germany's famous Rhine Valley. Relax on board a Rhine riverboat as you head to your hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Continuing into the Netherlands, drive into the city for a cruise of the iconic canals. Starting from the Rijksmuseum, enjoy a pizza and views of Amsterdam's famous townhouses as you navigate the canals and bridges, finishing off by Central station. Your tour leader will then take you on a walking tour of the city center and the infamous Red Light District. The rest of the evening is then yours to explore - you're celebrating New Year's Eve in Amsterdam so join your tour guide for a big party with the friendly Dutch in this lively city. Celebrate the New Year with an entertaining demonstration on how traditional Dutch clogs are made, followed by a lesson in local cheese making. Your next stop for the day is to the historical windmill village of Zaanse Schans, where you will discover how they were vital to industrial development in the Netherlands. A visit to the quaint sea side village of Volendam allows you to stretch your legs, wander the main street filled with cafes and local knick-knack's and admire the sprawling views. After your Amsterdam adventure, you have one more stop before you set off for the UK. Bruges is a small but picturesque city in Belgium, with breathtaking architecture and a wonderful personality. Described as the 'Venice of the North', take some time to stretch your legs and indulge in a bit of sight-seeing. After your visit, you will then be crossing the English Channel on your way back to London, where your tour comes to an end.