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Europe Christmas Markets: Budapest to Zagreb

Europe Christmas Markets: Budapest to Zagreb

It’s the most wonderful time of year, particularly when its set in some of Central Europe’s prettiest and most historic cities. Get in the Christmas spirit exploring festive markets in cities decorated in full Christmas splendour, browsing local handicrafts from traditional wooden stalls, sampling delicious regional specialties and taking in endless winter scenes along the way. Indulge your senses in intoxicating Budapest, browse Austrian handicrafts hopping between Graz’s 14 charming markets, and be immersed in spectacular winter scenery in Ljubljana and fairy-tale like Lake Bled. Finish up in Zagreb, which transforms into a magical illuminated wonderland for its month-long Advent festival.


  • Budapest – Christmas Snacks and Mulled Wine Tasting
  • Budapest – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Budapest – Christmas Market
  • Graz – Christmas Market Visit
  • Ljubljana – Christmas Market
  • Bled – Day Trip to Lake Bled
  • Zagreb – Walking Tour of Christmas Markets with Local Guide
  • Zagreb – Cable car to Sljeme


  • This trip takes you to a variety of Christmas markets across central Europe. Contrast the various traditions, cuisines and of course, mulled wine, in several amazing cities.
  • Hungary’s intoxicating capital becomes even more magical when draped in fairy-lights and dusted with snow at Christmastime. Try delicious local specialties like chimney cakes and potato dumplings at its main market at Vorosmarty Square.
  • Why settle for one Christmas market when you could have 14? Visit Graz’s main market at Hauptplatz Square, then make your way through as many as you wish.
  • Bled’s fairy tale-like scenery – which includes an 11th-century cliff-top castle, a stunning lake and a picturesque island topped with a church – is a dream to explore. See it for yourself.
  • Zagreb transforms into a glorious illuminated winter wonderland during its month-long Advent Festival. Spend two days savouring the sights, taking in acres of fairy-lights, huge Christmas trees, nativity scenes, ice-rinks, mulled wine stalls and igloo-shaped rakija (a potent local drop) bars.

07/02/2023 through 12/14/2024
07/02/2023 through 12/17/2024

Day 1 Budapest
Day 2 Budapest
Day 3 Graz
Day 4 Ljubljana
Day 5 Bled / Ljubljana
Day 6 Zagreb
Day 7 Mt Medvednica / Zagreb
Day 8 Zagreb


Graz, city in southeastern Austria, capital of Steiermark (Styria) Province, on the Mur River, bordered on three sides by the Alps. Graz is the second-largest city in Austria, after Vienna. Steel, railroad equipment, automobiles, chemicals, leather goods, and precision instruments are among the products manufactured in the city, which is the center of a considerable trade in wine, fruit, and cereal grains.

The old town, on the western bank of the river, is connected with the new town, on the eastern bank, by seven bridges. The old town is built around the Schlossberg Park, which was a strongly fortified hill until 1809, when its fortifications were destroyed by the French. The buildings of Graz include an 11th-century castle, the 13th-century church of the Teutonic Knights, the 15th-century Gothic Cathedral of Saint Aegidius, and a 16th-century parish church with an altarpiece by
the Venetian artist Il Tintoretto. Among educational institutions in the city are the University of Graz (1586), Graz Technical University (1811), and the University of Music and Dramatic Art (1963).

11/29/23 - 12/06/23

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12/09/23 - 12/16/23

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12/12/23 - 12/19/23

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12/16/23 - 12/17/24

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