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Christmas Markets on the Horizon - with a Christmas Markets River Cruise

It's frightening to think that Christmas 2023 is already on the horizon, as thoughts of summer fade, our minds turn to images of snow capped hills, Glühwein and Santa Claus.

Christmas Markets - perfect for all the family

Europe is famous for its fabulous Christmas markets and what better way to experience them from one of the great rivers of Europe, the Danube. We've partnered with leading UK European River Cruise Operator, Riviera Travel, to bring you one of our favourite river cruises, we've done it and LOVED it! A Christmas cruise or festive holiday is a great way to celebrate the winter season. Walking around the beautifully decorated markets and trying all the delicious treats on offer is perfect for those wanting something different to your average holiday. Festive breaks in Europe are magical, as towns and cities are transformed into winter wonderlands. Wander around world-famous Christmas markets, sipping mulled wine and buying presents, while Christmas carols fill the air.

Choose between six cruises on the Rhine and Danube, ranging from Christmas cruise markets at the start of the month, to Christmas Day and New Year river cruises, which include a special dinner celebration to mark the occasion. Each give the chance to see exciting cities and towns along the while you explore and shop for that perfect yuletide souvenir. They’re the perfect mix of our classic river cruises we’re known for, with that added festive sparkle or New Year cheer to experience the most wonderful time of the year.

Luxury River Cruising with Riviera Travel

The Danube's Imperial Cities and Yuletide Markets is a firm favourite. You'll start and end in Budapest (make sure you stay and extra night or two to take in the sights and the famous Thermal Baths), before cruising the Danube to Bratislava and Vienna. (Don't miss the world famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna and a slice of Apple Strudel!).

For more information, pop into our store in the Old Town of Paphos in Cyprus or, as we work worldwide, drop our friendly team a line on

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