fairmont chateauScenic is offering a number of luxury cruises and land tours in 2015 and 2016 for guests to experience a true European winter or a traditional Canadian white Christmas.

From charming villages to great cultural centres, guests can sail the grand European waterways on a 15-day ‘Christmas Markets’ river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, and enjoy the festive sights and sounds along the way. They’ll wander the beautifully lit towns, sample festive delicacies such as mulled wine and hot chestnuts, and shop for handmade gifts and decorations in the traditional markets of Cologne – home to the largest Christmas tree in Germany – as well as Rothenberg, Nuremberg and Vienna.

Those wanting to spend Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in Europe; can soak up the festive atmosphere on board a Scenic Space Ship on a 16-day ‘Christmas and New Year’ river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Christmas Day is celebrated in the city of Linz in Austria complete with traditional Christmas dishes and midnight mass, followed by a couple of days taking in the breathtaking city of Prague before ringing in the New Year.

Scenic is offering ‘Fly Free to Europe’ on all its Christmas river cruises including those with city extensions in Prague and Paris.

Alternatively there’s the chance to experience a traditional white Christmas in the Canadian mountains on a ‘Christmas in the Rockies’ tour. The journey from Victoria to Calgary includes a night aboard the Snow Train from Vancouver to Jasper; a sleigh ride along the lakeside trail to the end of majestic Lake Louise; and a traditional Christmas Day brunch and dinner at either the Fairmont Banff Springs or the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Aleisha Fittler, GM Product, commented: “Christmas and New Year is a really popular time for people to travel with many people choosing to get away so they don’t have to worry about anything at this really busy time of year. It is particularly popular for families and we often have multiple generations sailing with us at Christmas. We love that our guests choose to spend it with us and go out of our way to make their festive experience extra special.”

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