Our Top 5 Picks for Christmastime European River Cruises
If taking a European river cruise during Christmastime isn’t on your bucket list—it should be! What better way to spend the holidays than walking through the quaint European Christmas markets sipping on hot cocoa? It’s the ultimate festive atmosphere. The streets, market stalls and town squares are brilliantly filled with lights, and the town folk are full of cheer and happy to meet you. And with all the cathedrals, you’re spirit of Christmas will be brimming.
Here are CruiseExperts.com’s top picks for Christmastime river cruises:
In nine days, travel from Vienna to Prague along the Danube River. This cruise made the Top 5 because it stops at the original traditional Christmas markets in Regensburg, Salzburg and Vienna. In Salzburg you’ll enjoy listening to a children’s choir while sipping on warm mulled wine, Vienna brings the spirit of Christmas alive with their lights, aromas and sounds, and stroll through the most romantic Christmas market in Regensburg while sipping their famous hot beer. Prices start at $2,049/pp.
In eight days, make a roundtrip from Paris stopping in all the Christmas markets on your way to Normandy Landing Beaches. Paris is simply magical during Christmas, which is why this holiday cruise is one of the most popular cruises. And 2014 is already sold out, so reserve your spot for 2015 today! Prices start at $1,356/pp.
3. Tauck’s Christmas Market Tour
In eight days, travel from Cologne to Basel along the Rhine River. Tauck is the only cruise line that stops at the Christmas markets in Aachen and Colmar. Aachen is famous for delivering Christmas cakes and marzipan bread all over the world, but on this Christmas cruise you can eat them oven fresh. And Colmar, this fairytale town becomes completely illuminated at night with a festive computer-driven light show around the village. Prices start at $2,550/pp.
4. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise’s Classic Christmas Markets
In eight days, along the Main River you’ll hit the most popular and the biggest Christmas markets in Germany—which is why this cruise is a must. From Nuremberg to Frankfurt, you’ll enjoy the full Christmastime in Germany experience. Prices start at $2,799/pp.
5. AmaWaterways’ Christmas Time Cruise
This enchanting eight-day Christmas cruise takes you along the Danube River from Nuremberg to Budapest. This cruise made the Top 5 because not only will you see the original traditional Christmas markets, but you’ll also see how four countries; Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary celebrate the holidays. Prices start at $3,199/pp.
Don’t wait to book your European Christmastime river cruise. These Christmas cruises are extremely popular and sell out, so call today to get started on making your holiday vacation plans a reality. Call today at 1-888-804-CRUISE(2784) or visit our website www.CruiseExperts.com.
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Linda Brandt joined the team at CruiseExperts.com in November 2011. She has been working with the marketing team in many capacities. Her new role is to pass on the expertise of the agency to help travelers understand the world of cruising through blogging. She studied journalism and writing in college and was a writer for The Campus newspaper for two years at the College of the Sequoias. She is also currently working on her Bachelor’s degree.