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Christmas Markets 2015

2015 Christmas Markets By Coach

Brussels
Brussels
Paris
Brussels & Bruges Brussels & Bruges Paris and Reims Markets
3 days From £159 BRONZE By Coach
3 days From £165 TOPAZ By Coach
3 days From £169 TOPAZ By Coach
Browse around the pretty stalls selling array of handmade Christmas decorations, gifts, chocolates and lace. Visit two of Belgium's most famous cities, and soak up all the magic of their enchanting Christmas markets. Experience the magic of Paris this Christmas as it is transformed into a city of festive light.
     
     
Rochester
Cologne
Valkenburg
Rochester's Dickens Market Magical Cologne & Aachen Valkenburg and Aachen
3 days From £179 SILVER By Coach
3/4 days From £179 SILVER By Coach
3 days From £189 BRONZE By Coach
A new tour to Rochester's Dickens Christmas Market. Visit the Cologne, and Bruges Christmas Markets also featuring the Christmas Market at Aachen. During the Christmas period the Valkenburg caves are transformed into a spectacular grotto with stalls selling unique local gifts.
     
     
Valkenburg
Rochester
Caen
Brussels & Valkenburg Rochester Dickensian Festival Caen, Mont Saint-Michel
3/4 days From £189 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £199 BRONZE By Coach
4 days From £199 BRONZE By Coach
The Brussels Christmas markets occupy the charming areas of the old town. See them and a selection of other festive destinations. Every year Charles Dickens' Victorian England comes aliven at the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Markets. History, beautiful sights and festive markets combine perfectly in Normandy.
     
     
Germany
Cologne
Rudesheim
Germany's Christmas Markets 4* Cologne and Merode Castle Rudesheim & Koblenz
4 days From £215 TOPAZ By Coach
4 days From £219 BRONZE By Coach
4 days From £219 BRONZE By Coach
Shop for Yuletide gifts in the surrounds of the German Valleys as you visit some of the most picturesque Christmas markets. Cologne Christmas Markets are amoungst Germany's finest making this tour a true shopping extravaganza! Kick-start your Christmas festivities with a festive visit to two of Germany's finest Christmas Markets.
     
     
York
Dusseldorf
Aachen and Valkenburg
York Christmas Markets 4* Dusseldorf & Cologne Aachen and Valkenburg
4 days From £229 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £229 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £249 TOPAZ By Coach
A weekend break combining the historic city of York with the traditional entertainment at the Grassington Dickensian Market and Festival. Explore the festive stalls and go shopping in the elegant boutiques of the great Rhineland cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf. This fun-packed break includes a trio of some of Europe's most enchanting and colourful festive markets.
     
     
Cruise
Germany
Lille Christmas Markets and Bruges
Christmas Market Rhine Cruise German Christmas Markets Lille and Bruges
4 days From £259 TOPAZ By Coach
4 days From £259 PEARL By Coach
4 days From £279 SILVER By Coach
Explore the fairytale beauty of the Rhine Valley its towns and villages dressed up for Christmas aboard a beautifully appointed cruise vessel. The mouth-watering smell of baked gingerbread, the warming taste of Glühwein, the sight of twinkling outdoor lights. Combine the delights of the popular Christmas Markets at Lille with medieval Bruges, on our 4-day break.
     
     
Rhine
Amiens
Austrian Tyrol
Magical Markets Rhine Valley Medieval Amiens & Rouen Austrian Tyrol
4/5 days From £279 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £289 SILVER By Coach
6 days From £299 SILVER By Coach
Spend time exploring the Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim, the Romerplatz in Frankfurt and the Altstadt in Cologne. Spend time in two great cathedral cities with their charming Christmas markets. Experience the beautiful mountain scenery of the Austrian Tyrol, savouring the festive celebrations in Salzburg and Innsbruck.
     
     
Cologne
Reims Christmas Markets and The Champagne Lands
Monschau and Aachen
4* Cologne & the Rhine Valley Reims and The Champagne Lands Monschau and Aachen
4 days From £299 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £299 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £309 SILVER By Coach
Combine a visit to the scenic Rhine Valley with a Christmas markets experience to remember in the cathedral-city of Cologne. Festive fun at Reims Christmas Market. Plunging valleys, idyllic lakes and wooded hills combine to create a perfect backdrop to our Christmas markets tour.
     
     
Luxembourg
Valkenburg
Belgium
Luxembourg & Trier Valkenburg, Aachen & Cologne Belgium River Cruise
4 days From £309 SILVER By Coach
4/5 days From £319 SILVER By Coach
4 days From £359
BRONZE
By Coach
Explore some of Europe's best Christmas Markets. Enjoy a short stay in the ever-popular Dutch town of Valkenburg, experiencing Christmas markets with a difference - staged in the illuminated municipal caves! A value-for-money festive cruise including 3 fantastic Belgian Christmas market destinations onboard the MS Princess.
     
     
Brussels
Brussels
Hannover
Lille, Ypres, Bruges & Brussels 5* Brussels and Bruges Medieval Hannover
5 days From £359
SILVER
By Coach
4 days From £375
SILVER
By Coach
6 days From £399 SILVER By Coach
Enjoy the festive charms of three of Belgian's delightful towns plus Lille. Combine the traditions and quaint atmosphere of the Christmas markets with 5-star luxury in the heart of Brussels. Enjoy the delights of medieval Hannover, which takes on an even more charming atmosphere at this special time of year.
     
     
Rhine Valley
Salzburg
Strasbourg
Cruising the Rhine Valley Salzburg, Munich & Innsbruck Heidelberg, Strasbourg & Trier
4/5 days From £399
SILVER
By Coach
7 days From £419 SILVER By Coach
6 days From £459
SILVER
By Coach
Enjoy a wonderful 4 or 5-day Rhine Cruise experience aboard the MS Rhine Princess A wonderful winter tour featuring three great Alpine cities and superb European Christmas markets. Experience the unique flavours and contrasts of the German Christmas markets in Heidelberg.
     
     
Hamburg
Erfurt
Black forest
Hamburg, Lubeck and Bremen Thuringia, Erfurt, Weimar Black Forest
6 days From £479 SILVER By Coach
6 days From £489 SILVER By Train
6 days From £495 SILVER By Coach
A tour of northern Germany's finest Christmas Markets. Experience the unique flavours and contrasts of this special part of Germany during advent. A special blend of French and German Christmas Markets.
     
     
Nuremberg
Austria
Copenhagen, Malmo And Lubeck
Nuremberg Bamberg Wurzburg Austrian Lake District Copenhagen, Malmo And Lubeck
6 days From £509 SILVER By Coach
7 days From £529 SILVER By Coach
7 days From £599 SILVER By Coach
Explore the best of Bavaria's Christmas Markets. Enjoy the breathtaking lakeland scenery of the Austrian Salzkammergur. Visit Copenhagen and the wonderful Christmas Market at Tivoli Gardens.
     
     

2015 Christmas Markets By Air

Edinburgh
Prague
Barcelona
Edinburgh Prague Barcelona
3 days From £259
TOPAZ
By Air
4 days From £299
TOPAZ
By Air
4 days From £329
TOPAZ
By Air
Fantastic late-night shopping, fabulous festive fun and a celebrated ice rink - the historic Scottish capital has Christmas cracked! Join us for a Christmas markets break that's guaranteed to warm your heart. The city on the shore of the Mediterranean may not offer Bavarian 'Christkindl' but it more than makes up for in stylish shopping.
     
     
Berlin
Munich
Krakow
Berlin Munich Krakow
4 days From £339
TOPAZ
By Air
4 days From £349 TOPAZ By Air
4 days From £349
TOPAZ
By Air
Visit Berlin, the vibrant German capital. Here some 50 Christmas markets offer traditional festive wares and unusual Christmas goods. Visit the Christmas markets of Munich, and discover the festive fun of the Christmas season as celebrated in the Bavarian capital. Join us in the ancient royal capital of Poland, where colourful Christmas markets are held against the spectacular backdrop of Krakow.
     
     
Berlin
Switzerland
Vienna
Berlin Switzerland Vienna
4 days From £369
SILVER
By Air
4 days From £369
TOPAZ
By Air
4 days From £389
TOPAZ
By Air
Explore the German capital with its fascinating world-famous sights. Few countries exude the magic of wintertime more than the Alpine paradise of Switzerland. Few festive markets enjoy a grander or more romantic setting than those held in the elegant Austrian capital.
     
     
Black Forest
Prague
Cologne
Black Forest Prague Cologne
4 days From £389 TOPAZ By Air
5 days From £399
SILVER
By Air
4 days From £399
TOPAZ
By Air
The Black Forest - a rolling wooded landscape dotted with ancient villages - is the setting for the fairy-tales of the Brothers Grimm. Join the festivities in the breathtaking Czech capital. Cologne at Christmas is a uniquely festive place. Christmas markets spring up in half a dozen locations.
     
     
Italy
   
Italy    
5 days From £419
TOPAZ
By Air
   
Join us in delightful Arco for a wonderful festive break.    
   
     
     

2015 Christmas Markets By Train

Bath
Brussels
Yorkshire
Bath & Bristol Brussels by Eurostar Festive Markets of Yorkshire
4 days From £295 DIAMOND By Train
4 days From £299
SILVER
By Train
5 days From £325
GOLD
By Train
We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath, before taking in a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey. Enjoy time at leisure in Brussels, experiencing the style of 4-star accommodation. Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this exciting pre-Christmas break.
     
     
Yorkshire
Moselle
Luxembourg
Yorkshire Moselle Luxembourg & Trier
5 days From £355
DIAMOND
By Train
4 days From £375 GOLD By Train
4 days From £395 GOLD By Train
Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Markets in York, enjoy two vintage steam rail journeys. Join us and experience the wonders of the Christmas Markets in the picturesque riverside towns of Trier and Cochem. Uncover the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s quaint Christmas Markets,and discover Trier in Germany’s Moselle Valley.
     
     
Cologne
Cologne
Luxembourg
Cologne & Rüdesheim Cologne Luxembourg & Metz
4 days From £395 GOLD By Train
4 days From £399 SILVER By Train
5 days From £455
DIAMOND
By Train
A perfect opportunity to enjoy the traditional Christmas Markets in Cologne and charming Rüdesheim. Travel in style in your reserved seat to Cologne to see the city's variety of Christmas markets. On this Christmas Market holiday, we stay in Luxembourg whilst enjoying the best of the festive season.
     
     
Cologne
Frankfurt
Strasbourg
Cologne's Wonderful Markets Frankfurt and Heidelberg Strasbourg & the Black Forest
4 days From £495
DIAMOND
By Train
5 days From £545 GOLD By Train
5 days From £585 GOLD By Train
Festive Cologne has six bustling markets to choose from - including a floating one. Travel with us to the picturesque Rhine Gorge and the pretty village of Assmannshausen, for a four-night break. Depart from London on the Eurostar to Paris and enjoy a scenic journey through Germany, before reaching the charming town of Rastatt.
     
     
Hannover
Bavaria
Heidelberg
Hanover, Hamelin & Bremen Bavaria Heidelberg & Frankfurt
5 days From £595
DIAMOND
By Train
5 days From £635
DIAMOND
By Train
5 days From £645
DIAMOND
By Train
Discover some of Germany's best-loved 'fairytale' cities as they are illuminated for advent. Sample the sights and smells of three Bavarian Christmas markets. With its idyllic location and romantic castle, Heidelberg has long been one of Germany's most popular destinations.
     
     
Rhineland
Colmar
Rhine
Rhineland Cruise Colmar and the Black Forest Rhine Cruise
6 days From £645
DIAMOND
By Train
5 days From £695
DIAMOND
By Train
5 days From £695 GOLD By Train
Cruising through the Rhineland - what a romantic way to explore this region and uncover the many picture-book towns. Ancient half-timbered houses with timeless charm clamour for attention in the beautiful Alsatian towns of Colmar and Strasbourg. Cruise through the Rhineland, discovering charming towns as they gear up for the Christmas season.
     
     
Harz Mountains
Cologne
Harz Mountains
Harz Mountains Cologne & Kaiser's Carriage Harz Mountains
6 days From £695 GOLD By Train
4 days From £745
DIAMOND
By Train
6 days From £765
DIAMOND
By Train
From our base in Hahnenklee, sample two of northern Germany’s most charming Christmas Markets in quaint squares. Sample the Christmas Markets in Cologne from the comfort of a 5-star Hotel, and visit Wuppertal's Christmas Markets. The Harz Mountains' timeless towns and landscapes are perfect for a taste of Advent tradition in Germany.
     
     
Rhine Cruise
   
Rhine Cruise    
6 days From £850
DIAMOND
By Train
   
Enjoy a fabulous rail-cruise tour along the Rhine, visiting fascinating riverside towns and exploring charming Christmas Markets.    
   
     
     

2015 Christmas Markets River Cruises

Germany
Cruise
Belgium
German Christmas Markets Christmas Market Rhine Cruise Belgium River Cruise
4 days From £259 PEARL By Coach
4 days From £259 TOPAZ By Coach
4 days From £359
BRONZE
By Coach
The mouth-watering smell of baked gingerbread, the warming taste of Glühwein, the sight of twinkling outdoor lights. Explore the fairytale beauty of the Rhine Valley its towns and villages dressed up for Christmas aboard a beautifully appointed cruise vessel. A value-for-money festive cruise including 3 fantastic Belgian Christmas market destinations onboard the MS Princess.
     
     
Germany
Rhine Valley
Rhine
Strasbourg Cruise Cruising the Rhine Valley Rhine Cruise
4 days From £399 PEARL By Coach
4/5 days From £399
SILVER
By Coach
5 days From £695 GOLD By Train
Strasbourg Christmas market is undoubtedly the largest, oldest and most famous of all Christmas markets! Enjoy a wonderful 4 or 5-day Rhine Cruise experience aboard the MS Rhine Princess Cruise through the Rhineland, discovering charming towns as they gear up for the Christmas season.
     
     
Rhineland
Rhine Cruise
 
Rhineland Cruise Rhine Cruise  
6 days From £645
DIAMOND
By Train
6 days From £850
DIAMOND
By Train
 
Cruising through the Rhineland - what a romantic way to explore this region and uncover the many picture-book towns. Enjoy a fabulous rail-cruise tour along the Rhine, visiting fascinating riverside towns and exploring charming Christmas Markets.  
 
     
     

Have fun with your Christmas shopping AND see fabulous European sights at the same time on a colourful Christmas Market break. These are centred on key historical landmarks of the host city and feature unusual gifts, traditional crafts and local delicacies. We offer a great choice of Christmas markets around Europe including Germany, France, Belgium and Austria and many diverse cities such as Cologne, Lille, Prague, Salzburg, Berlin and Brussels. We also combine great shopping trips with river cruises for a unique Christmas break experience.

Brightly coloured wooden stalls display their wares and the smell of roast chestnuts and mulled wine wafts by. The sound of festive music fills the air;.. welcome to a magical, European Christmas market.

Each year, festive stalls form a carpet of colour in many of the squares and cobbled streets of towns and cities across Europe, each selling unusual gifts and trinkets that you just can’t resist.

A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, North Italy and many French regions such as Alsace, Lorraine, Savoy, but are now being held in many other countries. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern region of France and Switzerland. Dresden's Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434. The Christmas markets of Bautzen (first held in 1384), Frankfurt (first mentioned in 1393) and Munich (1310) Augsburg (1498) were even older. The Vienna "December market" was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.

In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or "Weihnachtsmarkt". In southern Germany and Austria it is sometimes called a "Christkind(e)l(s)markt" (German language, literally meaning "Christ child market"). Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the "Christkind" (originally boy Jesus, but more often depicted as an angel-like girl), acted out by a local child.

Popular attractions at the market include the Nativity Scene (a crèche or crib), Zwetschgenmännle (figures made of decorated dried plums), Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers), Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds), traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread), Bratwurst, and for many visitors one of the highlights of the market: Glühwein, hot mulled wine (with or without a shot of brandy), or Eierpunsch (an egg-based warm alcoholic drink). Both help stave off the cold winter air which sometimes dips below freezing. More regional food specialties include Christstollen (Stollen), a sort of egg bread with candied fruit in Saxony, and hot Apfelwein and Frankfurter Bethmännchen in Hesse. Many other handmade items, toys, books, Christmas tree decorations and ornaments (and in recent years less useful gadgets) can be found at a Christmas Market.

Famous Christmas markets are held in the cities of Augsburg, Dresden, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, making them popular tourist attractions during Christmas holiday season. The Nuremberg and Dresden markets draw about two million people each year; the Stuttgart and Frankfurt markets attract more than three million visitors. The two most visited Christmas markets in Germany are to be found in Dortmund with more than three and a half million visitors of 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall, and in Cologne with 4 million people.Additionally, Berlin claims over 70 markets, which open in late November and close just after Christmas.

In 1982 Lincoln, England established an annual Christmas market in early December, and this remains one of the most extensive such market by area in the United Kingdom, with a claimed total of over 300 stalls attracting more than 100,000 visitors over its four days.


 

 

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