In Germany, the Christmas season is synonymous with Christmas markets. One way to experience several in a short amount of time is to book a river cruise along the Rhine or Danube.For example, A-ROSA River Cruises offers a number of five-day itineraries.

• “Christmas Markets South” starts and ends in Cologne, stopping en route in Strasbourg, Speyer and Mainz. Prices per person in a double occupancy cabin begin at 479 euros.

• The five-day “Christmas Markets Middle Rhine” itinerary begins and ends in Frankfurt, calling in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Koblenz and Rüdesheim; prices from 479 euros.

• The five-day “Danube Christmas Markets” sets off from Passau, with stops in Vienna and Linz. Prices begin at 429 euros per passenger. Other Christmas itineraries are available.

Visit the website for inspiration by location (in English).

Already living in Germany? Tourist agencies, such as L’Tur, also offer a variety of Christmas market cruise packages, many at significant discounts.

Drop by and chat with a travel agent to see what deals are available.

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