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Christmas Markets

Celebrate Christmas with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and other seasonal treats while exploring some of Europe's most spectacular Christmas Markets.

Christmas Markets Tours

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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Three Countries Christmas Markets

Compare the lights, sounds and smells of Christmas Markets across three different countries: Belgium's oldest, Liège; joyful Aachen in Germany and Valkenburg's unique grotto markets in the Netherlands.

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2020NovDec

4 days from £399 pp

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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

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2020Dec

5 days from £419 pp

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Festive Mont Blanc & the Matterhorn

Eat, drink and be merry in the Swiss Alps on this festive tour which celebrates Christmas by visiting chocolate box towns, journeying on beautiful railways and discovering iconic Alpine peaks.

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2020Dec

7 days from £1,279 pp

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Delightful Rhine & Cologne Christmas Markets

Discover the splendid Christmas markets of the Rhineland and indulge in some festive retail therapy in the most beautiful towns of the region.

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2020NovDec

4 days from £499 pp

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Christmas in the Moselle Valley

Explore Trier Christmas market on a festive escape in the idyllic Moselle Valley. Sip delicious local wines, soak up the scenery of the Rhine on a boat trip, and journey on a nostalgic heritage railway.

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2020Dec

7 days from £949 pp

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Cairngorms by Steam at Christmas

Celebrate Christmas in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by the greenery of the Cairngorms National Park. Savour the finest of Speyside whiskies, explore castles exhibiting typical Scottish military architecture, and take a nostalgic journey aboard the Strathspey Railway.

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2020Dec

6 days from £659 pp

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Cologne's Christmas Markets

Explore Cologne's 7 incredible Christmas markets. Sample local bratwurst, beers, and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas market capital, before you pay a visit to the magnificent city of Bonn.

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2020NovDec

4 days from £489 pp

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Christmas in Nice

Celebrate Christmas in Nice, one of the prettiest destinations on the French Riviera, exploring its historic architecture as well as discovering the Christmas traditions of its lesser-known neighbour, Lucéram. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Mediterranean, seeing some of its most appealing cities, and the idyllic French fishing villages along the riviera.

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2020Dec

7 days from £1,099 pp

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Christmas Markets of the Rhine

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as you float along the mighty Rhine, discovering fairytale Germany at the most magical time of the year. The twinkling lights of Germany's renowned Christmas markets, the beauty of the Rhine Gorge, and a host of festive treats await, and you experience it all from your luxurious floating hotel.

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2020Dec

5 days from £775 pp

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Christmas in the Rhine Valley

Join us as we enjoy celebrating the festive season in the riverside town of Koblenz with trips amidst the vineyards, ruined castles and medieval towns.

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Christmas on the Italian Riviera

Discover the beauty of the Italian Riviera in Christmas, seeing the villages of Cinque Terre, the car-free town of Portofino, and the quintessential Italian city of Genoa.

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2020Dec

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.

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