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.… see more
5 days from £695 ppView tour details >
Germany offers an appealing alternative to Christmas shopping in the UK by providing the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the cold, wet high-street, struggling with heavy bags and queuing for hours to get the latest must-have present. Our guided rail tours remove all the stress of Christmas shopping, replacing it with a highly enjoyable and relaxing experience. Our friendly Tour Manager will meet you at the station and without being intrusive, be on-hand for your entire trip to the German Christmas Markets should you require any assistance.
All the way through November and December the German Christmas Markets are positively buzzing with both tourists and local shoppers throughout the day and well into the evening. Vibrantly coloured stalls with twinkling lights brighten up grey skies and the chance of snowfall in December gives the markets an especially festive feel.
Warm up by sampling the traditional German Glühwein and enjoy the assortment of music and other street entertainment going on around the marketplace. By visiting the Christmas Markets in Germany you get the opportunity to buy unique gifts for friends and relatives back home, whilst experiencing the tantalising tastes and smells of delicious German food and drink.
Some of the gifts that the German Christmas markets have to offer include confectionary, hand-made Christmas decorations, toys, jewellery and candles, amongst other traditional arts and crafts. Situated around each marketplace are several vendors selling traditional German food such as Brätwurst, which can be washed down with one of the local beers. To get you into a particularly festive mood, perhaps sample some of the hot roasted chestnuts that are on sale at many of the German 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.… see more
6 days from £895 ppView tour details >
Since the days of Lord Byron, the British have been visiting the Rhine, charmed by its riverside castles and vineyards. Our ship navigates the father of German rivers, visiting an array of Christmas Markets en-route.… see more
6 days from £825 ppView tour details >
Great Rail Journeys offers a number of itineraries by rail to various locations throughout Germany, including trips to Cologne, the Moselle Valley, Bavaria and the Harz Mountains where you will stay in some of our specially selected hotels. Alternatively, experience the German Christmas markets on one of our river cruises along the Danube or the Rhine, stopping off at several market towns along the way.
Travelling to your destination by train means you arrive relaxed and refreshed, having had time to perhaps read a book or chat with your fellow travellers whilst watching the scenery pass by from the comfort of your own seat. Great Rail Journeys provides First Class rail travel where possible and at suitable times, avoiding rush-hour periods and early starts. The German Christmas markets are not the only places you can visit during your holiday, we also provide city tours, excursions and guided visits to nearby places of interest. From magnificent cathedrals and hill-top castles, to Gothic churches and Roman Forts, there is always the chance to look at the stunning architecture in the towns and visit some of the historic sights that Germany has to offer. In addition to our guided tours you will also have enough free time to go and explore some of the tourist attractions for yourself, or perhaps discover other places of interest that can be found off the tourist-beaten track.
Organising transport in foreign countries can be a daunting and stressful experience. Great Rail Journeys removes the worry of planning your trip to the German Christmas markets by arranging all the transport for you, as well as booking suitably located accommodation with a good standard of service. This means you get the most out of your holiday with us; the only thing you'll have to worry about is what presents you are going to bring back for friends and relatives at home!