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Christmas Markets

A sweet smell of mulled wine and scrumptious roast chestnuts lingers in the air that floats between the illuminated stalls of Europe's festive markets. As you stroll around these medieval marketplaces you can buy festive delights such as handmade decorations and sample local delicacies. We have created itineraries that explore the best of Europe's Christmas markets by train, from the festive underground grotto in the caves of Valkenburg to the floating market of Cologne.

On these holidays you can rediscover the nostalgic spirit of the festive season on a winter break that combines sightseeing and shopping in some of Europe's most picturesque destinations. The wintery landscape of Europe, which features the snow-capped peaks of the Alps and frozen glaciers, can also be admired during many of our tours of Europe's charming Christmas markets by train.

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Cologne Christmas Market
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Christmas Markets with Rail Discoveries

Exploring Christmas markets by train allows you to make the most of your time away by turning the journey into part of your holiday. As you travel through the continent's ever-changing landscape you can relax safe in the knowledge that every part of your journey has been pre-planned by our experienced Tour Advisors. All Rail Discoveries holidays include all accommodation, transport and the meals and excursions that are listed in the holiday itinerary.

The advantages of visiting Europe's Christmas markets by rail include having the freedom to read a book, chat to your fellow passengers and enjoy the passing scenery whilst travelling. A Tour Manager meets our guests at St Pancras International in London and escorts them throughout their holiday, sharing their knowledge of the places that you visit and ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

All rail travel is designed with your comfort in mind so that you will be as relaxed and refreshed as possible after your festive break. Visiting the Christmas markets by train also allows you to choose from multi-centre tours where you can visit a variety of markets or from a break in a single destination, where you will have more time to learn about the history and culture of an individual region.