Holiday season in Europe is a magical time. Stroll through some of Europe’s grandest cities and see the festive illuminated decorations, market stands full of handmade treasures, perhaps while sipping on a cup of mulled wine…there’s nothing quite like it.

The ideal way to tour Europe’s Christmas Markets is via river cruise, and our partner Amawaterways is one of the best.

On the Rhine, immerse yourself in timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. See Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop, the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree, and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled amongst the historic squares of the Old Town.

Or, sail down the Danube and be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. While in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets and cross everyone off your gift list.

Our outstanding partner Amawaterways will treat you to a holiday river cruise to remember. Here’s a short clip to inspire you: