San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) November 11, 2015
The holidays are upon us but there’s still time to plan a special a destination Christmas vacation or an epic New Year’s Eve. Viator – a TripAdvisor company and the leading resource for researching and booking tours and activities worldwide – has a selection of seasonal activities throughout Europe offering gifts that keep on giving, from a seemingly endless supply of twinkling lights and traditional hand-crafted gifts to festive food and drink.
During the holiday season, London is aglow and abuzz imbued with local charm and festive spirits. Enjoy the holiday lights on Oxford Circus and Regent Street on the Christmas Eve Lights Tour in London led by Santa, or snap festive photos of top London attractions such as Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Outside the city limits, trips to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath; Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford; and Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover on Christmas Eve immerse travelers in England’s rich beauty and history for a special holiday treat. Not to be overlooked, celebrate Boxing Day (December 26) in style at Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds and Oxford; at Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath; or at Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich.
What better place to spend the festive holiday season than Paris, long the destination of choice for stylish shoppers, romancing lovers, families and food lovers alike. Admire the 150,000 twinkling lights illuminating the Champs-Elysees on the Paris Christmas Lights Tour; enjoy gourmet food samples galore and shop ‘til you drop on the Small-Group Gourmet Christmas Tour; create a traditional Christmas meal with fresh ingredients from a local market with a Paris Cooking Class; or float among UNESCO World Heritage sites while enjoying a luxurious five-course meal in addition to fantastic music and dancing on the Bateaux Parisiens Christmas Seine River Cruise. A week later, celebrate the arrival of the New Year with dinner, champagne, dancing and entertainment at famous cabarets Paradis Latin or Moulin Rouge.
There may be no better way to get into the festive holiday spirit than a visit to a bustling Christmas market in Germany. The Munich Christmas Markets Tour, Christmas Market Visit and Traditional Christmas Dinner Experience, and Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour offer plenty of places to fill up on mulled wine and sweets and stock up on baubles and gifts. Take a Sunday Brunch Cruise along the Rhine River through Cologne while singing along with Christmas carols, indulge in a sumptuous buffet dinner on a Rhine River cruise from Dusseldorf, or spend a relaxing evening touring Berlin and seeing the city illuminated in festive Christmas lights. The Best Four Day Christmas Delight from Frankfurt provides a scenic, fun and relaxing way to experience the country’s most interesting sights and traditional activities in Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen.
Austria sparkles with Christmas cheer, and the holiday season is easily the most festive time of year to visit Salzburg and Vienna. Tour the region’s numerous holiday markets selling local crafts and foods on the Vienna Christmas Segway Tour or on a private tour of Salzburg’s Christmas Markets. Enjoy a quintessential Christmas experience on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the picturesque countryside around Salzburg; dine on a four-course meal on Christmas Eve in the Renaissance-era Weikersdorf Castle in the breathtaking Austrian Alps; attend a Christmas Eve mass at Salzburg’s Silent Night Chapel; or treat yourself to an enchanting evening of classical music and a gourmet dinner at the elegant Kursalon Vienna concert hall. New Year’s Eve provides ample opportunities to continue celebrating in style at the Palais Auersperg in Vienna, including a 5-course gala dinner with drinks, a concert by the Vienna Residence Orchestra, and a private dinner with a private butler and limousine service.
For more information about holiday tours and activities in Europe and beyond, along with the latest Viator deals, promotions, contests and news, visit http://www.viator.com, and follow Viator on Facebook (ViatorTours) and Twitter (@ViatorTravel).
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