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Christmas in Europe

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

Celebrate the festive season in an entirely different way on an unforgettable APT Winter Wonderland Journey. Cruise Europe’s most enchanting rivers as your dreams of a fairytale Christmas come true.

See the iconic Eiffel Tower under a blanket of snow.

Under a bright winter sky, the smells of gingerbread and mulled wine fill the streets, and the soft strains of carols float through the air; Christmas has come to Europe. Relax in luxurious comfort as you discover enchanting sites, unique activities and irresistible flavours of Christmas in Europe’s most captivating destinations.

Europe’s Festive Season

As the festive season draws close, Europe begins to dress up for the occasion. Awake each day to charming towns and villages that are sparkling with tinsel and full of infectious joviality. In Paris, wooden chalets line the boulevards and shop windows come to life with elaborate light displays. Throughout Germany, locals come together to share mulled wine and sample seasonal delicacies such as fruit cake and gingerbread. 

Delightful Christmas Markets

In Cologne, the city’s cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to an impressive Christmas Market, while in Nuremberg, the Old Town is decked out in full Christmas regalia. Throughout Europe, ice-skating rinks become the star attraction of many town squares, and in Budapest, the intoxicating scents of chestnuts roasting and fresh-baked strudel are inescapable.

Take a virtual tour of the famous Christmas Markets here.


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.

Luxury Cruising Experience

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.   

Exquisite Service 

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.

Signature Experiences

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.

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