What makes Christmas trips so special? We think everything’s a bit more magical around this time of year - and when you throw in the excitement of travel and all the food, history and traditions that come with it, you’re left with an unforgettable cultural adventure. Trust us, you’ve not experienced the true meaning of Christmas until you’ve done some European Christmas market tours, sipping a steaming mug of mulled wine as twinkling lights guide your way.
So where’s the best place for a Christmas getaway?
It depends what type of traveller you are. New York always has something magical in the air during the holiday season; or if you don’t care for traditions and want to spend Christmas on a beach with a cocktail in hand, we recommend Australia or Asia. But if you’re looking for classic festive adventures, Europe will always rule the roost. Ski season in the Austrian Tyrol is perfect for those cosy winter vibes, while you can take some great cheap last minute Christmas trips in places like Prague, Budapest or even the Iberian Peninsula if you’re hunting some winter sun.
But for our money, two of the best places for Christmas tours have to be Amsterdam and Paris.
Whether you’re cruising down the Seine, or seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night, you’ll be full of festive spirit on our Paris for Christmas trip. Amsterdam is all sprawling canals and charming gabled houses, with lively parties, vibrant markets and delicious food. Take our Amsterdam for Christmas tour and you’ll be admiring all that beauty from the water on an included canal cruise and eating cheese in the pretty district of Edam. Take advantage of our Christmas travel package deals below and enjoy a festive winter holiday season with Contiki!