When the days get shorter and the cold nights close in, there's no better way to beat the winter blues than by planning your perfect holiday getaway. But could you decide between a cozy Christmas markets cruise through picture-postcard German villages, or the experience of a lifetime in the Arctic circle? Grab a cup of hot cocoa and join us as we explore not just one but two unique winter escapes and help you find out which will be your festive trip of a lifetime.
Live out a festive fairytale in Germany
For those seeking a traditional Christmas atmosphere, the Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise is an ideal choice. Set sail along the majestic Rhine River, passing picturesque landscapes adorned with centuries-old castles, emerald green forests, and charming villages.
With the smell of mulled wine and fairy lights twinkling all around, it will be impossible not to get lost in the magical atmosphere of Cologne, with the bustling Christmas market set beneath the magnificent Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site. The tour will also pass through Koblenz, Rudesheim, and Mainz, each offering its own unique Christmas market experience. If you enjoy wandering through historic squares adorned with grandiose Christmas trees and rows of festively decorated stalls offering unique handcrafted souvenirs to take home, this is the trip for you.
An Arctic Adventure like No Other
If you want to avoid the crowds entirely and embark on a unique journey where you will experience mother nature like never before, then the Northern Lights Winter Arctic Cruise has got you covered. In ethereal Norway, you will follow 'the trail of the trolls' by rail before sailing through the magical snow-covered Lofoten Islands. You'll explore the Viking capital of Trondheim and might even spot an orca or humpback whale while cruising through icy waters in the northernmost point in Europe.
During this winter adventure like no other, you will set sail across the Arctic waters, witnessing the breathtaking beauty of the snowy landscapes and, with a little luck, experiencing the mesmerizing spectacle of the Northern Lights illuminating the night sky.
So, which to choose?
Both tours offer unforgettable winter experiences, but which one will be your perfect match?
The Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise provides a cozy atmosphere, with a focus on traditional festivities, warm hospitality, and delightful shopping opportunities.
On the other hand, the Winter Arctic Cruise promises a thrilling adventure amidst stunning natural wonders, combining the awe-inspiring beauty of the Arctic landscape with the chance to witness mother nature's most captivating light show.
The Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise offers a milder winter experience, perfect for those who prefer cooler but not freezing temperatures. In contrast, the Winter Arctic Cruise immerses you in a true winter wonderland, where snow-covered landscapes and sub-zero temperatures are the norm.
Both tours provide excellent opportunities to taste local cuisine. The Christmas Markets Cruise showcases the region's culinary delights, including hearty stews, freshly baked pastries, and festive treats. Meanwhile, the Winter Arctic Cruise introduces you to the flavours of the Arctic, with a chance to try out traditional Scandinavian dishes and Arctic seafood delicacies.
Whether you're enchanted by the allure of traditional Christmas markets, strolling through the charming streets of Cologne, or captivated by the otherworldly magic of the Arctic, gazing in awe at the dancing colours of the Northern Lights, these extraordinary tours will create cherished memories that will warm your heart for many a cold winter to come.