Let yourself be surprised by a European Winter!
History, traditions, customs. All these things make Wintertime special in Europe. From the cold, snowy towns of northern Europe, to the celebration in the Mediterranean, every European city has its story to tell during the Winter and Christmas holidays.
Markets, fairs and city lights create an atmosphere that will make you feel like you are in a fairy-tale
Alsace: Strasbourg & Colmar
Spend 7 nights in Alsace, and visit the cities of Strasbourg and Colmar and their Christmas markets. Characterized by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River and its border with Germany to the east, Alsace is undoubtedly one of the most charming and uniquely distinct regions of France. A region famed for wine, culture, landscape, and history, Alsace offers something for every traveler. Discover the oldest Christmas markets in the world and dive into the “Christkindelsmärik” atmosphere. A world of delicious fragrances, delightful craft goods and lights that will take your breath away.
Porto, Douro & Lisbon
Anyone planning a wintertime vacation should consider Portugal!
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Spend 6 nights in Portugal and enjoy the Atlantic traditions of Porto and Lisbon, combined with the celebration of wines in Douro Valley.
Stroll the beautiful streets of Lisbon as your backdrop and discover this gorgeous city, full of art and culture. Relax and reach Porto by train. Porto became during these days a magical city whose streets are filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts and the glow of twinkling lights. Do not forget to spend one day exploring Douro Valley, you will be not disappointed.
Naples: Christmas traditions and cultural heritage
Spend 6 nights in Naples and celebrate Christmas the Neapolitan way.
Presepio-making is an old art and Neapolitan artisans keep it proudly alive. Each piece capturing a part of the Neapolitan spirit, each scene recording 18th-century life in Naples. You will have the chance also to taste the traditional Christmas food, another important part of the city culture, and use Naples as a base to discover the many attractions located nearby: the Amalfi's Coast, the Pompeii ruins, the Royal Palace of Caserta.
A Warm Christmas Escapade: Barcelona
Spend 7 nights in Barcelona and enjoy its magic Christmas atmosphere, without the cold and snow! Barcelona offers countless things to do during Christmas: fairs, markets, concerts, nativity scenes, circus and several theme parks, making the city the perfect place to spend your holidays with family and children. Once done with Christmas activities, Barcelona is packed with art and culture for you to explore and it is the perfect base to discover Catalunia.
Snowy Christmas: Trento & Sudtirol
Spend 6 days in the most Christmassy Italian region. During Christmas time, the several Advent markets turn these mountain villages into fairy-tale locations. Even though the pines and firs trees, are the leitmotif, each one of these markets features their own unique characteristics that vary according to local tradition. The possibility to hike and ski on the Alps and to taste the great food and wine produced locally makes Trento & Sudtirol the perfect setting for your Christmas escapade.
For these and any other European holiday or winter custom travel arrangements, please reach out to me to discuss and for more details.
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[All photos from: ITM Journeys]
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