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 Scandanavia, 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 snow scapes 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)
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)
Fly high over the Arctic Circle, look for Northern Lights, meet Polar Wildlife, ride a gondola & train and eat in a Sami Lavvu!
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!
Small group adventure holiday in Arctic Norway. Northern Lights, Dogsledding, snowshoeing.
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!
An activity week in Southern Iceland with snowshoeing and climbing in ice caves – maximises opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
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!
Catered Ski Chalets in The Alps. Suggestions for gorgeous catered chalets with information about local facilities and resorts including Alpe d’huez in France.
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!
Northern Lights 2013 sightings have been some of the best for 50 years! Combine an Arctic or Lapland adventure with this must see experience!
Winter wilderness in beautiful Finland including dogsledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, staying in cosy wooden huts in a stunning location.