Dreaming of Christmas Markets? You’ll love these European cruises

Picture your Christmas away from the barbeque and gliding past twinkling Christmas markets, charming medieval towns and snow-dusted castles. The most spectacular way to enjoy the magic of the season is with a festive river cruise on board Riviera Travel River Cruises. 

Unlike the sweltering Australian summer, Europe’s winter offers a serene and intimate experience. The crisp air is filled with the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, take it in as you wander through Christmas markets and explore the region’s finest culinary experiences. 

Riviera Travel River Cruises’ epic Christmas market cruises take you through Europe’s most enchanting waterways to visit some of the world’s most famous Christmas markets in the comfort of five-star luxury on board. 

Six sensational festive itineraries

Offering six festive itineraries, guests from Australia will enjoy an exciting new way to celebrate the Christmas holidays with friends and family. With convenient flight connections to major European cities, getting to your embarkation port is easy. The cruise line is also well-regarded for its warm British hospitality and all-English-speaking staff on board, a particularly appealing option for Aussie cruisers given the shared cultural affinity that creates an instant sense of connection and familiarity. 

Riviera’s six festive season itineraries for 2024/2025 include: 

  • Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets 5 days from $1,799 
  • The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets 6 days from $2,049
  • Christmas on the Rhine river cruise 8 days from $4,499
  • Christmas on the Danube river cruise 8 days from $4,599
  • New Year on the Rhine river cruise 6 days from $3,449
  • New Year on the Danube river cruise 6 days from $3,749

Complimentary superior drinks package

Guests booking on any of these sailings will enjoy a complimentary superior drinks package valued up to $770 based on the sailing duration, providing incredible value. 

Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets cruise

The Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets, starting from just $1,799, is one of the most popular and best value-for-money Christmas sailings available. Enjoy visits to four Christmas markets, including Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne. From the crooked sloping houses of Rüdesheim to the historic city of Koblenz, the experience goes beyond the Christmas markets as guests explore the region’s vibrant history. Indulge in delectable seasonal treats, and immerse yourself in the festive spirit that permeates every cobblestone street and ancient alleyway. 

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What to expect on a Riviera River cruise

Australian cruisers will also appreciate the relaxed, laid-back vibe that characterises a Riviera river cruise. Unlike large ships that can feel impersonal and crowded, Riviera Travel River Cruises’ intimate river ships offer an exclusive experience, allowing guests to forge meaningful friendships and connections with fellow travellers and even crew members. Whether it’s swapping stories over a glass of wine or sharing a laugh over dinner, guests will enjoy the camaraderie and warmth that are hallmarks of Aussie culture.

With convenient flight connections from major Australian cities to Europe, getting to the embarkation point is a breeze. Once on board, guests can relax and let the dedicated crew members take care of every detail, from arranging shore excursions to ensuring that dietary preferences are accommodated. This peace of mind allows travellers to focus on what truly matters – enjoying every moment of their holiday experience.

Riviera River Cruises ensures luxurious comfort, exquisite cuisine, and immersive cultural excursions, making each moment aboard as memorable as the destinations themselves. For Australians seeking a unique holiday escape, the contrast of a European winter wonderland promises to be a breathtaking and heart-warming journey, far from the familiar summer heat, and a chance to create timeless memories amidst some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes.

Small ship cruising

Riviera Travel’s fleet of five-star ships support an intimate atmosphere of between 126 and 176 guests – featuring a range of onboard facilities, including a restaurant, bistro and wellness centre services of a Cruise Director and Concierge, dedicated excursion in every port and all port charges. 

Embarking on a winter river cruise with Riviera River Cruises through Europe’s enchanting waterways during the festive season is an unparalleled way to explore the region, especially for adventurers from Australia. 

For any questions or reservation enquiries, call your local travel agent or connect with Riviera Travel River Cruises in Australia on 1300 857 437 or visit rivieratravel.com.au

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