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Winter holidays, honeymoons & winter sun – winter sun in the Caribbean or wrapped up warm on a dog sled in the snow – what’s your ideal winter holiday or short break?

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 our catered chalet suggestions in The Alps. BOOK EARLY FOR SKI HOLIDAYS!

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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 or take your family on a half term adventure in the mountains of Slovakia and Poland.  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 head to the Christmas Markets, some of the best can be found in Germany.  Or travel by train maybe to the markets of Belgium (all those chocolates and beer!) or on a Christmas Market River Cruise.

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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?

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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. Check out our pages for unusual places to stay – stay in an igloo or a frozen UFO! 

Contact us 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. Family snow breaks, romantic couples log cabins or long haul winter sun – give us a call on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry. 

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Testimonials

Thank you again for your help in organising our Easter family holiday to the Al Waha Shangri-La - the early check in and requests for facilities in the room for our baby worked perfectly! The VIP meet and greet at the airport on arrival took the stress out of arriving in the heat with 3 children and highly recommend it! [more]
Cole Family - Oman (April 2016)
The holiday was AMAZING, Gambia is such a great destination, thank you for recommending we visit and putting together a wonderful varied experience for us, we loved it all! Fathala Wildlife Reserve in Senegal was incredible, the ferry transfers were great fun and an insight to local life and we were well looked after on both journeys. The Mandina Lodges were stunning and the floating lodge was lovely. [more]
Dave & Amanda - Gambia (March 2016)
You gave us good knowledge of the county which gave me confidence in you from our first conversation. Easy to communicate with and get hold of. I always want to feel in control of my holiday and I felt able to discuss and make changes to your initial itinerary. Highlights included the Skiing in Whistler & the guide we had for Niagara falls. We loved Vancouver and did the whale watching cruise and float plane ride. [more]
Pearman Family - Canada (March 2016)
We had the most wonderful time thank you so much!! We loved the safari in South Luangwa. Danforth yachting (Lake Malawi) was great fun - we enjoyed all the activities. Kaya Mawa was gorgeous we had a great time and the food was fantastic!! All in all a hugely successful trip so thank you for putting it all together for us. We will definitely recommend you to friends [more]
Brown Family - Zambia & Malawi (March 2016)
Highlights included watching the dolphins and the most amazing snorkelling, watching the sun set drinking a cocktail and having the most incredible full body massage and facial looking down on the fishes swimming in the sea! It was an incredible holiday and the best way to spend my 50th birthday! We will definitely recommend your travel services, thank you. [more]
Julie & Jerry - Maldives (March 2016)
Thank you so much for organising my trip to Australia for me! I was very unsure about travelling alone but Mags met me and talked me through the things I needed to do, such as getting travel insurance and a visa. The group I met in Alice Springs and travelled with were great fun and the tour leader was lovely. I really loved everything, it was all amazing! [more]
Becky Baker - Australia (Feb - March 2016)

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