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Christmas Markets

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 holidays that guide you to enigmatic destinations, allowing you to sample the culture and authentic flavours. The advantage of a rail holiday 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 holidays 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 holiday.

During a Christmas markets holiday 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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Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets

Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath and enjoy a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
4 days from £295per personView tour details
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.

Departs in December 2016.
5 days from £375per personView tour details
Luxembourg, Trier & Metz Christmas Markets

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

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
5 days from £455per personView tour details
Cologne's Wonderful Markets

Cologne has five 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's carriage.

Departs in December 2016.
4 days from £535per personView tour details
Rhine Christmas Markets Cruise

Enjoy a fabulous rail-cruise tour along the Rhine, visiting fascinating riverside towns and exploring charming Christmas Markets from the comfort of the elegant 5-star MS Amadeus Princess.

Departs in November 2016.
4 days from £625per personView tour details
Bavarian Christmas Markets

Sample the sights and smells of three Bavarian Christmas Markets by train. Regensburg, Rothenburg and arguably Germany's most famous Christmas Market, Nuremberg.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
5 days from £645per personView tour details
Hanover, Hamelin & Bremen Christmas Markets

Discover some of Germany's best-loved 'fairytale' cities as they are illuminated for advent. Colourful guided tours uncover the Brothers Grimm fairytales and fascinating histories along with the fabulous Christmas Markets.

Departs in December 2016.
5 days from £645per personView tour details
Heidelberg & Frankfurt Markets

With its idyllic location and romantic castle, Heidelberg has long been one of Germany's most popular destinations. Discover the city and its Christmas Market, before visiting Frankfurt's own world-famous Christmas Market.

Departs in November 2016.
5 days from £685per personView tour details
Berlin & Dresden Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets of two unforgettable German cities await on this wonderful tour. Take in historic Berlin with its sixty separate Christmas Markets, all with their own theme, and beautiful Dresden boasting Germany's oldest Christmas Market.

Departs in November 2016.
5 days from £695per personView tour details
Colmar & the Black Forest

Ancient half-timbered houses with timeless charm clamour for attention in the beautiful Alsatian towns of Colmar and Strasbourg, which come alive with Christmas atmosphere during their annual 'Marchés de Noël'.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
5 days from £695per personView tour details
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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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