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Winter Holidays

Fancy escaping from the dull, grey UK winter?  There are a whole host of holiday options around the globe an it’s not just about winter sun.  Make the most of the beautiful snow and ice that surrounds the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes of Europe from November to February – how about a trip to Lapland or Iceland?  Take your children to search for Santa in the forests of Scandinavia, take husky rides with sleigh bells ringing and meet the reindeer and Sami people in Sweden and Finland.

You can stay in igloos and ice hotels or cosy log cabins, wrap up warm and enjoy the totally mesmerising Northern Lights, visible from different countries in different months, one of the world’s most weird and wonderful light shows!  Travel over Christmas or New Year to experience special Festive Lights holidays. Ask about a winter wedding in the snow.

Ski holidays can be booked in many destinations around Europe or North America with other winter sports such as snow boarding and skating and if you want to hire a large luxury chalet for a group of friends, those who don’t want to be hurtling down a mountain side, can enjoy the mulled wine and apres ski and the views of the gorgeous snowscapes instead!! Take a look at some of my catered chalet suggestions in The Alps. BOOK NOW FOR SKI THIS WINTER!

Fairytale mountain villages and street scenes are lit up at night and many Christmas markets are held in European cities towards the end of the year. Book into a picture postcard mountain chalet or hotel in Switzerland, Austria or France to enjoy a fabulous winter wonderland. There are some gorgeous romantic city breaks to be enjoyed over the winter time.  What about the Baltic States for a change?  Lovely boutique hotels and snowy market squares.  Try Tallin in Estonia or St Petersburg in Russia for a wonderful winter break. Or if you want some Christmas shopping combined with your city break this winter, some of the best can be found in Germany.  Or travel by train maybe to the markets of Belgium (all those chocolates and beer!).

If it’s a winter sun holiday you are looking for then try the Indian Ocean or East African coast – this is a great time to visit Kenya, Tanzania or Mozambique where you will find fabulous beaches and lots of sunshine!  Or the islands of the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues or over to Sri Lanka or the Maldives.  Christmas in the Caribbean may appeal to you – there are hundreds of holiday options here to while away the winter days. The UK winter is a great time to travel down under as well – how about seeing in the New Year from Australia in Sydney Harbour or in New Zealand?

If you still want sun but don’t want to travel half way round the world, try Gambia, Senegal or Cape Verde for fabulous beaches, great food and West African culture or head to the Red Sea for some beach time and fabulous diving. Egypt and Jordan are both good options.

Contact me for further ideas for winter holidays and beat those blues – travel to a new destination and make the most of what the season has to offer.

Our escape from the January UK snow to Cuba was utterly terrific!! Both hotels were fantastic and both in great locations. We all enjoyed Havana immensely and the Kuoni rep was pretty helpful in sorting the activities. The beach resort was also great and the holiday ended far too soon. Thanks so much for getting it all sorted. The transfers and organisation was seamless and definitely added to the overall experience.  The level of service from Julie from day one to the point of return was fantastic….and I have already recommended her to a friend!

Jim Sibree-Paul – Cuba (January 2013)

Great short break to Iceland. The hotel in Reykjavik was lovely and the New Years Eve event was really good and the food was fantastic! Loved fireworks and the Blue Lagoon.

Jon Dailey – Iceland New Year’s Eve (Dec 2013)

We just wanted to say that all the arrangements went without a hitch on our holiday to Canada. We loved the  Rosewood Georgia hotel in Vancouver, and the Château Whistler. The ‘Aerocar’ drivers were great (and always early!) The Whitehorse Yukon experience was amazing – we had terrific northern lights sightings for all three nights we were there! Thank you for the excellent travel arrangements, we will certainly give you a call next time we need to arrange a travel adventure.

Mr & Mrs B – Canada (Feb 2014)

We just wanted to say thank you for all your help in finding us an excellent ski deal for Christmas which indeed it was.  Meribel is a lovely resort, excellent ski area and we were lucky enough to have some fantastic snow and 4 days of sunshine.  The chalet was in a good location and we had a really nice chalet host. We appreciate how much work you did for us at the last minute, thank you.

Nick & Sandra – France (Dec 2011)

We travel a lot and generally tend to make our own plans. I felt a little out of my comfort zone booking an activity based holiday in Norway so decided to use an agent. After speaking to a few different companies I was sure that I wanted to book through ‘Travel With Jules’ as Jules had so much helpful advice and would always get back to me very quickly. After having a fantastic holiday, activities that all ran super smoothly and all with no effort, stress or organisation on my part the only negative thing I can say is that I fear booking through ‘Travel with Jules’ may be addictive, I am already getting her to look at my summer holiday plans for me!  We did a number of activities all of which we were sent vouchers for as part of our holiday pack, along with vouchers for all transfers and instructions stating where we needed to be and when – it was great not to have to think about anything! We even changed our minds and wanted a change of location for out reindeer sledding – we simply called Jules from Norway, who sorted it all out for us an promptly emailed us a new voucher.

The activities were all out standing, once in a life time experiences. We spent a night at Camp Tamok which was a really fun and authentic feeling experience. We opted to stay in a heated aurora cabin to have some privacy, although I have to say the Lavuu where others in the group stayed looked like fun. It was -23′C so it was very cold, but they give you all of the warm clothing and time by a hot fire that you need to stay toasty and enjoy yourself. The food was yummy and there was plenty of it! We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, and when we went to sleep at night I could still see a green streak through the sky from the ceiling window in our cabin.

Whilst there we went on both  snow mobile and husky safaris. We went snowmobiling at night, the guide Tor was encouraging, informative and fun. We had such fun speeding along snowy tracks, and when we stopped and switched off the lights we saw the most incredible starry sky as we were so far from civilization and light pollution – we could even see the Milky Way! The husky safari was so much fun. It is noisy and exciting whilst you get going and the dogs are all excited, but once you get going it is a really peaceful and unique way to see the stunning snowy landscape. We were lucky to have the option to drive the dogs ourselves, we spoke to other people who had done this at other activity centres who were not allowed to do this. The dogs were beautiful and friendly, we spent a lot of time before and after the trip stroking them.

We went to a different camp for an evening Northern Lights spotting excursion. I was so pleased that we booked this before we left, as having already been lucky enough to see the lights once I felt a bit like it wasn’t worth another night outside looking for them, but went along anyway as we had pre paid – and I am SO GLAD THAT WE DID! We saw the best Northern Lights at the camp, we were snug and warm on reindeer skins, the camp was beautiful and they gave us hot drinks and sausages to toast over the fire. They also had over 300 friendly huskies who were were allowed to make friends with at our leisure – and they let us into their husky nursery where we got to play with the puppies! The reindeer safari was another fantastic evening. Our guide Jonny was a real entertainer, and once the sleigh ride was over we enjoyed sitting in a lavuu with him, eating traditional food and chatting with him about the Sami culture.

Ana Kerpache – Tromso, Norway (Dec 13)

I just wanted to say thanks for arranging our holiday to Finland, you came up trumps again! The Kelo cottage at Iso-Syote was lovely, with a sauna, which we made use of.  There were 3 bedrooms, which meant that the girls had a room each, which saved on the bickering no end!

The resort had everything we wanted, as you had told us, so we were able to go skiing as well as all the excursions (dog sledding, snowmobiles) you booked for us.  Jonathan was very impressed with the calmness of it all, unlike many of the Alpine resorts he had been to in the past.  At Iso-Syote there was no queuing for the ski lifts, or waiting for a space to snowboard down, even though the hotel told us it was their busy time.  He even said he would like to go there again sometime as the facilities were so good.  The snow and scenery were fantastic, just like the brochure, which was amazing.  And it was VERY cold.  Quite an experience.  The Northern Lights didn’t grace us with their presence, but that in no way affected our enjoyment.

So thanks again for your patience, understanding and organisation.  We will be back, so brace yourself!

Holland Family – Finland (Feb 2014)

Suggested experiences

Arctic Wildlife, Wolves & Mountains

Fly high over the Arctic Circle, look for Northern Lights, meet Polar Wildlife, ride a gondola & train and eat in a Sami Lavvu!

Northern Lights on top of the world!

A winter adventure holiday to Arctic Norway including 2 nights on a ship, 1 night in a fishermans hut and 1 night in a snow hotel!

Adventures in the Arctic Circle

Small group adventure holiday in Arctic Norway. Northern Lights, Dogsledding, snowshoeing.

Dogsledding

Experience the wild snow covered wilderness of the Arctic mushing your own team of husky dogs or travel with expert leaders and enjoy the ride!

Iceland Snowshoe Adventure

An activity week in Southern Iceland with snowshoeing and climbing in ice caves – maximises opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

Swedish Polar Express & Tree Hotel

A fabulous winter adventure to Sweden including Stockholm, a train journey into the Arctic, fabulous snowy landscapes and plenty of activities to add in, plus a night in the Tree Hotel and a night at the Ice Hotel!

Ski Chalets in The Alps

Catered Ski Chalets in The Alps. Suggestions for gorgeous catered chalets with information about local facilities and resorts including Alpe d’huez in France.

Christmas Markets

Spices & sweets, mulled wine and twinkling lights …. Festive Christmas Markets light up the streets of Europe’s capital cities from late November. Travel by rail, air or coach to a huge selection of fabulous destinations for a magical Christmas shopping experience!

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights 2013-14 sightings have been some of the best for 50 years! Combine an Arctic or Lapland adventure with this must see experience!

Winter Wilderness Week

Winter wilderness in beautiful Finland including dogsledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, staying in cosy wooden huts in a stunning location.