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A European Christmas

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Discover the beautiful town of Durnstein on Christmas Eve on your APT Christmas tours of Europe.
Enjoy the festive spirit of Christmas on your APT tour of Europe.
Visit Nuremberg Christmas Market, the largest of its kind in Europe on your APT tour.

If you’re dreaming of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, ice rinks and swirling snowflakes, then experience the thrills of Christmas in Europe. Relax aboard your luxury river ship, through snow-dusted destinations.

See the iconic Eiffel Tower under a blanket of snow.Join us on Europe’s waterways to feel the joy of Christmas, where decorations festoon medieval buildings and cobblestone streets, creating a winter wonderland atmosphere. Christmas markets pop up in cities and towns, offering the chance to purchase unique produce and gifts.

A White Christmas

Christmas is a season full of fun wherever you are in the world, but there is something uniquely appealing about celebrating this festival amid a snow-topped winter wonderland. Experience the unique winter delights – snow drifts and icicles, firelight and fairy lights, hot chocolate and mulled wine – all part of an idyllic European fairytale Noël.

Make your dreams of a White Christmas come true with APT. We are delighted to be adding special new itineraries to our program, one of which will take you through the heart of the Rhineland, followed by the enchanting Rhône region. Join us on Europe’s majestic waterways and enjoy a new and unique Christmas experience.

Ensconced in the warmth and ambience of your spacious suite, drink in unimpeded views of the ever-changing wonders of a European winter. If you cruise with us on Christmas Day itself, you’ll enjoy a traditional celebration on board, as a member of the APT family. It’s a truly memorable experience, one that will stay with you for many Christmases to come.

Immerse yourself in the famous Christmas Markets - take the virtual tour here.

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Christmas Markets & Virtual Tour

Europe’s Christmas Markets

As Christmas approaches, many of Europe’s cities and towns, including Regensburg, Passau, Prague and Budapest, begin to bustle with preparations. In the town centres, locals come together to share mulled wine, while crafts and local produce reflecting regional cultures are laid out in quaint market stalls for residents and visitors alike to consider as they choose unique gifts for friends and family.

View the Christmas Markets virtual tour here.

The Famous Markets of Nuremberg

The most famous of Germany’s Christmas Markets opens every year in the historical city of Nuremberg, in Main Market Square. Throughout December, the Old Town is peppered with stalls and decked out in Christmas regalia for Christkindlesmarkt, steeped in centuries of tradition. The tantalising scents of sweet roasted almonds and gingerbread permeate the air, while the aroma of mulled wine also contributes to the festive atmosphere. Around 200 stall holders present their wares of artisan ornaments, traditional gifts and mouth-watering regional cuisine. With stalls festooned in red and white cloth, the market has earned itself the name of ‘Little Town from Wood and Cloth’.

Note that most Christmas Markets are open from Nov. 25-Dec. 23.

Signature Experiences

Immerse yourself in Europe with APT’s exciting range of Signature Experiences. Delve deeper into the history and culture of Europe with an exclusive invitation to explore Burg Namedy - a castle and a home to a princess, a private concert at Vienna’s City Palace, and a private opera recital in Budapest. These are but a few of the exciting experiences that await on your luxury European winter cruise.

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