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.
Exceptional comfort, outstanding cuisine and unforgettable sightseeing combine to create a truly magical European winter cruise.
Concerto River Ships
Leading the way in luxury and comfort, APT’s Concerto River Ships are the only ships in Europe that present Twin Balcony Suites as a major feature. Featuring a large Outside Balcony and a Panoramic Balcony – which creates an open-air conservatory-style area – these suites represent a genuinely exciting revolution in river ship design.
Exceptional Dining & Onboard Entertainment
A range of hot and cold options make up a lavish Champagne Breakfast. For lunch, choose from the buffet and dishes cooked to order. Enjoy delectable four-course à la carte dinners. Each ship features the elegant Verde Fine Dining Restaurant and the intimate Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant; as well as more relaxed options, such as casual dining in the Main Lounge and alfresco dining on the Sun Deck. Each evening, the Main Lounge transforms into a Showroom, where you can enjoy live performances showcasing regional culture.
With the highest staff-to-guest ratio on Europe’s rivers, you’ll be taken care of by the best in the business. Our European-based operations team are close by to assist with your every need.
Immerse yourself in Europe with APT’s exciting range of Signature Experiences on our Magnificent Europe cruises.
Delve deeper into the history and culture of Europe with an exclusive invitation to explore Namedy Castle – home to a princess; be entranced by a divine private concert at Vienna’s City Palace; and embark on the ultimate imperial rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator.
Enjoy a delicious dinner and cabaret show at the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris; swap stories with the friendly locals of Miltenberg; visit a wine festival in Kitzingen; and be caught up in the magic of Prague’s Chateau Jemniste during a private tour and impressive falconry display.
These exciting experiences will leave you with the knowledge that you’ve experienced Europe in greater depth than the average visitor.