Christmas Markets of Northern Europe: London to Copenhagen

12 days Special Event, Multi-country
Local traditions come to life on this one-of-a-kind journey through historic Northern European cities. Revel in the sparkling lights and festivities as you explore cosmopolitan London and vibrant Antwerp. Then, search out handcrafted trinkets at Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Copenhagen, taking in the merry atmosphere and warming up with mulled wine along the way.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to London! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

  Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital with a local expert leading the way.

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings and funerals

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of the world’s largest and longest inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in London

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day exploring London’s many Christmas markets or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Salisbury $115pp* Details

Stonehenge & Salisbury

After a scenic drive through gently rolling countryside, arrive at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of England’s most recognizable icons. Get an informative overview of the prehistoric site’s history at the visitor’s center before exploring the monument. Then, head to the nearby town of Salisbury to peruse the famed Salisbury Charter Market and visit Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta. Please note: This excursion requires advance reservation and must be booked at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner $125pp* Details

Glide through London's skyline on the London Eye. As the world’s third-tallest observation wheel, the London Eye lifts its passengers 450 feet above the River Thames on a 30-minute ride in an enclosed gondola. In clear weather, you can see for 25 miles around the city center. Afterward, take a brief tour of London’s West End before venturing to a local pub for dinner.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Antwerp 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Antwerp Christmas Market via Brussels

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel by train from London to Brussels. Then, continue on to Antwerp, Belgium’s most important port city situated on the Schelde River. This evening, sip mulled wine and soak up the merry atmosphere as your Tour Director introduces you to the Antwerp Christmas Market.

Amsterdam 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Amsterdam via Antwerp

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before continuing on to Amsterdam, get to know Antwerp’s mix of 16th-century and modern architecture on a guided tour.

• Enter the Rubens House museum to learn about the life of the famous painter, Peter Paul Rubens, and view some of his artwork 

• Stop at the Renaissance-era City Hall in the stately Great Market Square

• Stroll through the Green Square, a popular setting for festivals and market stalls

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam & Christmas market visit

  Included meals: Breakfast

A panoramic tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Drive past the Hollandsche Schouwburg war memorial, National Opera and Ballet, Rijksmuseum and Mint Tower

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the world’s largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers

• Stop at Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

• Set out on foot and pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Stroll by canals and bridges as you explore the city’s various Christmas markets,  where stalls sell everything from seasonal food to handmade crafts

Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115pp* Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Hamburg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Hamburg via Bremen

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey from the Netherlands to Hamburg, Germany. En route, stop in the Hanseatic city of Bremen to step inside the German Emigration Center.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Hamburg & Christmas market visit

  Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local expert on a guided tour of Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city.

• Pass by the neo-Renaissance Rathaus, the city hall

• View the Alster River and lakes, and stroll through the historic warehouse district

• Admire St. Michaelis Church, the largest Baroque church in northern Germany 

• Board a steamer for a scenic cruise around Alster Lake and make your way through the city’s smaller canals

• Get acquainted with the city’s Christmas markets, then wander through the stalls in search of handcrafted decorations from German artists and craftsmen 

Enjoy a free evening in Hamburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lübeck Christmas Market & Dinner $95pp* Details

Travel to the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once you arrive, set out on a walking tour of the historic Lübeck Christmas Market. You’ll pass the Fairy Tale Forest, where houses bring your favorite Grimm brothers' stories to life, as well as stalls filled with seasonal decorations, toys and treats. Enjoy a taste of mulled wine and local food as you make your way through the market, then sit down for a meal at a traditional German restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Copenhagen 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Denmark’s capital city today, where sparkling lights and beautiful decorations capture the spirit of the season.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen & Christmas market visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour of the bustling maritime city with a local guide. 

• Stroll along the grounds of Rosenborg Castle, a 16th-century royal residence 

• Pass by the Tivoli Gardens and walk through Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament 

• Cruise along the city’s canals and harbor, viewing iconic sites such as the Little Mermaid statue 

• View the wharfside homes and stores in the beautifully preserved, 17th-century Nyhavn district

• Visit Tivoli Gardens to see its spectacular lighting display, taste seasonal Danish specialties and explore the Christmas markets on your own

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Stockholm.

Add Stockholm Starting from $799 pp

End your tour with three nights in Stockholm, Sweden’s sophisticated capital city. From strolling its medieval streets to relaxing by its elegant waterfront, you'll get to know the city’s unique culture and rich history.

Stockholm 3 nights

Day 12: Flight to Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast

After a short flight, arrive in Sweden’s vibrant capital city.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Sweden’s sophisticated capital on a guided tour led by a local expert.

• Enter the architecturally unique Stockholm City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet

• At the Vasa Museum, see a 1628 warship that once sat at the bottom of  Stockholm harbor

• Stroll through the medieval Old Town and view the Baroque Royal Palace

Enjoy a free afternoon in Stockholm or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Drottningholm $109pp* Details

Take a tranquil ferry ride across Lake Mälaren, and arrive at Lovön Island, where you'll explore the 16th-century Drottningholm Palace. The magnificence of this royal residence, still the permanent residence of Swedish royalty, rivals that of Versailles. Tour its decadent rococo interiors, and later, take the opportunity to step inside the fascinating Court Theatre, with its original 18th-century stage sets.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 14: Free day in Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Stockholm on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Stockholm Archipelago Cruise & Sandhamn Island $75pp* Details

Take in the coastal beauty of Sweden’s Stockholm Archipelago as you cruise to the harbor community of Sandhamn on Sandon Island, today’s destination. Once you arrive, disembark and follow your guide on a brief walking tour. Then spend the rest of the day at your leisure, taking in the Scandinavian architecture, enjoying the surrounding scenery, or scouting out a place for lunch. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from May through September.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • London, England
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark (plus Sweden on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in London and depart from Copenhagen (or Stockholm on the extension). When you first arrive in London, a driver from a private chauffeur service will be standing at the arrival gate with your name on a message board. If you do not see your driver, please remain in the arrival lounge, as the driver may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the shuttle at the time of your arrival. Please reference the London transfer information that is sent to you in your Go Kit.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A train ride from London to Brussels and a ferry from Lübeck to Copenhagen are included in the price of your tour. On the extension, there is also an included flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm. 
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing warm, comfortable clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a warm jacket.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance. 
  • To keep warm while visiting the outdoor Christmas markets in each city, we recommend bringing a warm hat, mittens and a scarf.


  • There are no major health risks when traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350.


  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try. 
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of international restaurants unmatched in its diversity. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like french fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. 
  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles are just as plentiful.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • When in Denmark, try the beloved open-faced sandwich called smørrebrød: ​a slice of rye bread topped with local favorites that could include smoked fish, prawns, mayonnaise, horseradish or caviar. The country is also known for the popular Carlsberg and Tuborg beers.
  • (Tour extension) Sweden’s famous meatballs are typically served with a brown sauce and tart lingonberry jam. Smoked salmon and pickled herring are popular eats, especially atop a crisp bread. Snack on the country’s many kinds of pastry and breads during ​fika, ​a social coffee hour that occurs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.


  • England operates on 240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • All other destinations on this tour operate on 220 volts and the standard European two-pronged plugs are used.  
  • In all of these countries, the plugs are different than those used in the U.S.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter. 
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances.


  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • The United Kingdom is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden are all one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of EST.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in London, and 6pm in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Copenhagen.


  • You will use the euro (in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands) as well as the British pound and Danish krone (and the Swedish krona on the tour extension). 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to and $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions, will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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