Visiting some of the continent’s most spectacular cities, here are 5 fabulously festive breaks available now with one of our trusted partners, all taking holidaymakers on short breaks packed with festive cheer.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Krakow, like many of the most special European greats, transforms in the winter months becoming awash with a range of spectacular festive colour.
A lovely, welcoming place to visit on a short break, Krakow is renowned for its series of festive markets.
A long-held tradition, the markets pop up in the heart of the city surrounded by beautiful, historic buildings including Wawel Royal Castle and The Cloth Hall.
Exploring Krakow both during the day and at night, you will be able to fully immerse yourself into the city’s festive celebrations and soak up the atmosphere across 4 days.
As well spending plenty of time exploring and the admiring the city’s markets, an included guided tour shows off the very best of key Krakow sights and places of interest.
Holidaymakers looking to pack in as many experiences as possible will be pleased to know that there is a chance to join an optional excursion taking you deep underground to the salt caves at Wieliczka.
The Czech capital is positively sparkling during the festive period. Wonderfully decorated, the city is certainly not lacking festive cheer during the winter months.
The festive markets have been a key tradition for over a thousand years.
This popular city break destination really does fully embrace the festive season with welcoming arms.
As well the markets, visitors often find themselves opting for a more traditional mode of transport weaving their way through the city – horse-drawn carriage.
As well as having ample time to sample the delights of the city’s markets, our featured holiday includes a guided tour exploring Prague’s long past.
Notable local landmarks to look out for range from the romantic Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral and one of the few in the world of its kind – Prague Astronomical Clock, first put together 600 years ago.
Optional excursions available include the chance to visit nearby Dresden’s Christmas Market across the border or take to the water and enjoy a spot of lunch as you sail along the River Vltava.
The Austrian capital, Vienna is another classic city break destination.
Famed for its classical music heritage, Vienna boasts a number of wonderfully grand features and is known for its series of palaces.
Taking place in the city centre, the Christmas Markets here are extremely popular.
Exploring beyond the central celebrations, the markets held at Schönbrunn Palace are another notable draw.
Set against the grand backdrop of one of the most famous palaces in the world, the market stalls can be found in the rather large Palace courtyard.
Supremely popular in this part of the world, a well-chosen included guided tour of the city’s Schnapps Museum tells the tales of the famous beverage that often appears in all kinds of flavours.
Holidaymakers will also be presented with the chance to join an optional excursion across the border to the Slovakian capital Bratislava found on the banks of the famous Danube river.
One of the greats, the cosmopolitan German capital is packed with iconic points of interest.
Instantly recognisable, the iconic Brandenburg Gate often shares the limelight with a towering Christmas tree standing throughout the German winter, both lit up with fantastic results.
During the festive season, the city is home to a no less than an amazing 50 Christmas markets, each adding something a little different to the overall festive offering presented to visitors during their time in the city.
Dotted along the city’s famous streets, visitors will also be able to choose from a wealth of attractions including huge Ferris Wheels, ice-rinks and a ski-slope.
Helping holidaymakers get their bearings and providing a welcome introduction to the city, an included guided bus tour points out some of the key landmarks to look out for including the landmark Reichstag Building lying at the heart of German politics.
5. Slovenia & Croatia
Combining visits to two spectacular Christmas markets during this magical break away, holidaymakers will first visit Ljubljana before travelling to Zagreb across the border in Croatia.
During an included walking tour of Ljubljana, you will be able to admire the beauty of the city during the height of its festive celebrations.
Notably celebrated as the Green Capital of Europe in 2016, the city is separated in two by the river Ljubljanicat.
At this time of year, Christmas markets pop up across this beautiful city that also comes complete with its own fabulous old castle.
Following the itinerary, on the following day, holidaymakers will travel to Zagreb, starting in Ban Jelacic Square.
Heading out to explore the city’s markets and all they have to offer, be sure to look out for the city’s funicular, Gothic cathedral and Tomislav Square.
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