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Christmas Markets

Breathe in the crisp winter air that unites the delectable concoction of sweet aromas that waft among European Christmas markets.

Escorted Christmas Markets Tours

See Europe’s Christmas markets by rail

Breathe in the crisp winter air that unites the delectable concoction of sweet aromas that waft among European Christmas markets. As you weave between wooden stalls that are laden with flickering fairy lights, jovial sounds and delicious scents entice you into the festive spirit. Explosions of colours from handmade gifts and decorations catch the eyes of passers by. The atmosphere of the Christmas markets is truly electrifying.

At Great Rail Journeys we have a wonderful selection of train tours that guide you to enigmatic destinations, allowing you to sample the culture and authentic flavours. The advantage of a rail tour is that you not only see fabulous cities and towns, you also get to witness the spectacular scenery which envelops them. Journey among snow-dusted mountains, frozen lakes and fairytale fortresses that make you feel like you have stepped into a real winter wonderland.

Rest assured that our rail journeys are as exhilarating as the Christmas markets themselves, and the sociable environment makes our tours perfect for single travellers. We ensure that each passenger feels that they are part of a group, making mealtimes a sociable occasion. Great Rail Journeys will make all of the travel arrangements for you and a professional Tour Manager is on hand throughout your tour.

During a Christmas markets tour there will be ample leisure time incorporated into the tour so you have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Perhaps shop for gifts for family back home or simply watch the world go buy in a chic café. Let us treat you this season on an unforgettable break at a Christmas market of your choice. Browse through our selection of tours and begin planning your perfect festive adventure.

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Cologne's Wonderful MarketsCologne's Wonderful Markets

Cologne's Wonderful Markets

Cologne has seven incredible bustling Christmas Markets to choose from. Sample local bratwurst, beers and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas Market capital, before we take a journey on Wuppertal's Kaiser carriage.

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2018Dec

4 days from $1,165 pp

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Harz Mountains Christmas MarketsHarz Mountains Christmas Markets

Harz Mountains Christmas Markets

The Harz Mountains' timeless towns and landscapes are perfect for a taste of Advent tradition in Germany. Our tour visits three Christmas markets, two UNESCO-listed Old Towns and enjoys an exhilarating steam train ride.

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2018Dec

6 days from $1,795 pp

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Yorkshire Christmas MarketsYorkshire Christmas Markets

Yorkshire Christmas Markets

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.

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Christmas in Sicily

Explore stunning Sicily in winter on a relaxing tour by rail. Discover Grecian ruins and Italian traditions, explore the charms of Erice and the 'living Nativity' of Custonaci on Christmas Day, and witness the majesty of Mount Etna as we circle the volcano's base on the Circumetnea Train, all during our unforgettable Italian escape.

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2018Dec

Luxembourg, Trier & Metz Christmas Markets

On this Christmas Market tour, we stay in Luxembourg whilst enjoying the best of the festive season with visits to the Christmas Markets of medieval Trier and nearby Metz.

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5-Star Christmas on the Danube

Experience the delights of the Danube at Christmas on this fantastic tour. Chart a course along the scenic river aboard a high quality and intimate cruise ship. Explore the magical Christmas Markets of Nuremberg and Salzburg and spend Christmas Day in the breathtaking Austrian capital of Vienna.

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Christmas Markets guided rail tours

The 6th December is St Nikolaus Eve, when German children leave polished shoes outside their bedroom door in the hope that Weihnachtsmann will have filled them with treats come morning. In Luxembourg children wait for Klees'chen but in parts of France it is Saint Nicolas who fills the shoes with sweets and small toys. This region of the world has some of the best Christmas markets by rail and starting from late November children step incredibly cautiously around their parents. Not for fear that they won't receive their presents but if they misbehave then Black Peter or Père Fouettard will take them away on Christmas Eve.

Aachen Christmas Market
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