Christmas in Europe is a magical time-many cities in Germany and Austria feature Christmas markets, some dating from the 1600’s. They feature handcrafted toys and nutcrackers, festive lights and decorations, Christmas tree ornaments, and local handicrafts. Sip mulled wine, sample Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and enjoy the festive atmosphere. There are many river cruises that follow the Danube or Rhine Rivers at this time of year as well as land based tours that offer escorted sightseeing in the Black Forest and medieval towns where you will step back in time. It’s an ideal time to visit Europe when the crowds are fewer, off season pricing can be enjoyed and the historic and dramatic culture and scenery can be enjoyed. All inclusive river cruises are heavily booked for 2014 but can be reserved for the 2015 season. Contact V I P Travel Service to experience this for yourself!