December

Where to go on holiday in December

You know you want to go on holiday in December or over Christmas and New Year but not sure what destinations are best? Get in touch to discuss the options with us. 01728 748209, use live chat or send an enquiry.

Contact us early for the best choice of hotels and flights for your family Christmas Holidays.

December is of course a busy time for Santa in Lapland!  You should book very early if you would like to visit one of his non commercial wilderness lodges!  There are also wonderful city breaks to be had with Christmas Markets all over Europe, romantic snowy weekends in alpine chalets or sleep in a glass igloo and gaze towards the Northern Lights in the Arctic! Take to the slopes from a luxury ski chalet and enjoy Christmas festivities in the Alps of Europe. 

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If you prefer winter sun for your Christmas holidays, head to the Caribbean where we have a huge range of private villas or gorgeous boutique hotels to choose from. There are party islands such as Barbados, British Virgin Isles or Jamaica or head to the lesser known nature islands such as Dominica or Montserrat.  If you want winter sun a little closer to home head to the beautiful beaches and friendly welcome of The Gambia or the warm islands of Cape Verde. 

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Mandina Floating Lodges Gambia

Indian Ocean destinations are also a great December escape for something a little different, try Reunion where you can enjoy trekking in rainforests, outdoors activities, stay in French style Guest Houses in the mountains and beautiful beaches. On the other side of the Indian Ocean, the beaches of Goa are popular from November to February. 

Cambodia is a great destination for December – A majestic land of ancient temples, a colourful culture and fascinating history, sandy beaches and intriguing forests, Cambodia is a blend of old, new, exciting and relaxing; a perfect winter break. Laid back charm, sleepy villages, breath taking national parks and beauty can be found here along with a few newly opened luxury beach retreats such as Song Saa Private Island. 

Latin America is a great destination for culture and wildlife holidays, particularly Costa Rica and tours through Central America For a long haul adventure travel to Antarctica to see thePenguins around Falklands and South Georgia or the wildlife of Patagonia.

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Australia and New Zealand are enjoying summer with Christmas BBQs on the beaches if you want to head ‘down under’ or cruise to the South Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Bora Bora and the Cook Islands. November – March is the best time for weather in the southern hemisphere. 

New Year’s Eve has a selection of special offers to give you cause to celebrate including spectacular fireworks and parties in Iceland, Northern Lights adventures in Norway or Gala dinners at luxury hotels throughout the world.  Combine Iceland with New York for a Northern Lights and Shopping holiday! 

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New Years Eve in Iceland

Just to say thank you very much for organising my travels to see my family and changing my return flight when I needed to. Everything worked out very well . Coming back from New Zealand was the quickest I have ever done and helped a lot with the jet lag.
Mary MacKinlay – New Zealand (Dec 16 – Mar 17)
March 28, 2017

The trip was amazing! Everything went smoothly - pre travel we received great service from Travel With Jules - Timely communication, great information. All worked well. Nellim Wilderness Lodge was amazing. The staff and the Nordic reps (Katie and Chloe) were fabulous with the children. If I had to pick two highlights it would be the Husky sledging and the Northern Lights.
Hogan Family – Lapland (Dec 2016)
December 27, 2016

Thank you so much for arranging our lovely honeymoon to Thailand - service was 5 star (you got the most value for money for our budget without hassling us - which we found was a problem with other agents). A highlight was the floating camp at Elephant Hills. Amazing .... Sat watching wild gibbons for hours. The trip was unbelievable and amazing - we absolutely loved it and will be using you again!!
Catherine & Gareth – Thailand honeymoon (Nov 2016)
December 14, 2016

The trip was amazing and we got to see the Northern Lights on Saturday and Sunday nights so that’s a bonus right there! Everything went without a hitch and we are all very grateful for your professional organisation.
Alex, Jovi & John – Boys Holiday to Iceland! (January 2016)
January 13, 2016

As Tenerife disappeared into the haze we watched a pod of dolphins dipping in and out of the wake of the ferry, before spinning away to the open sea. Winding paths, potted ferns, bright greens, wild plants encroaching from and spilling over the cliff edges, lizards, butterflies, bees, pomegranates and date palms.....
Imogen and Den – La Gomera (Spain) (Dec 15)
March 22, 2016

Thank you for arranging Anita's special birthday treat holiday to Iceland - excellent service from Travel With Jules again - it was all wonderful! The waterfalls were particularly fantastic, the noise of the water, and the sheer beauty were breathtaking.
Jack & Anita Russell – Iceland (December 2015)
January 12, 2016

We just returned from a beautiful trip to Ethiopia, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for organising it and sorry for the late changes we made to the programme! Simien Mountains, Lalibela and Bale Mountains were beautiful as were the Gelada baboons, the Ibex, incredible amount of native birds and the Ethiopian wolf
Hera & Taco – Ethiopia (December 2015)
January 12, 2016

Nellim Wilderness Lodge was everything we wanted from this holiday and was worth the extra travelling to get to. We loved seeing the Northern lights and the husky team driving was a highlight for all the adults. The kids loved all the excursions and the lack of pressure on timings meant that we all enjoyed the holiday more.
Rutland Family – Santa’s Lapland (Dec 2015)
December 23, 2015

Thank you for booking our Christmas Market River Cruise holiday to Germany, we had a really lovely time. The staff on the boat (MPS Rotterdam) and our cabin (Promenade deck) was lovely and the food was out of this world! The best markets were in Bonn and Rudesheim.
Margaret Mellor – Christmas Market River Cruise (Dec 2015)
January 4, 2016

The meeting with Santa was perfect, they took us out on a snow mobile excursion then as we got to the forest we could see lights flickering in a cabin and went to take a look and found Santa! All the activities plus sledging was right outside the lodge. We loved it so much we might go back again!
Shaylor Family – Lapland (December 2015)
January 8, 2016

Jimmy was a fantastic guide, thank you Jules for getting him on the trip with us. Virunga lodge was a little paradise on earth with beautiful sunsets and sunrises, great food, lovely people that wanted to do anything for us, just amazing. We saw the gorillas on all 3 days - incredible!
Hera & Taco – Rwanda Gorilla trip (December 2014)
January 23, 2015

Lapland, the activities and our log cabin chalet and the private chef was amazing, everything was perfect. The host we had was 1000% faultless to the point that the boys cried when they left and I think that was down to him more than Santa lol! Thanks again for arranging it all given the very short notice - we will be returning to you for future holidays.
The Prince Family – Lapland (December 2014)
December 29, 2014

Our Caribbean holiday to Windjammer Landing (stayed in a 2 bedroom pool villa) was fab and the place worked well with lots to do for the kids. Food was excellent as long as you kept away from the buffet evenings. The steaks were some of the best I have had so no idea where their […]
Morgan family – St Lucia Caribbean (December 2014)
January 8, 2015

We stayed at the Hotel Iso-Syote over New Year for eight nights and had another magical visit to Finland. Our party was two adults and two children and we decided to book a Fjell Top cottage to give us a little independence, but only a very short walk (maybe 100 metres) from the main hotel […]
Hedditch Family – Finland (December 2014)
January 23, 2015

Our packed holiday included fly-camping and bucket showers, walking with Samburu warriors and camels, brilliant safari experts and ‘real’ local knowledge, masses of fun on the jeep in the Masai Mara, wonderful food, stunning scenery and wildlife, white sandy beaches and lovely warm seas..... You got it just right for us. You will have to go some to better this next time – that is your challenge!
Balmer Family – Kenya & Tanzania safari (Dec 2013)
January 10, 2014

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)
January 3, 2014

We had a great time in Lapland and apart from no northern light sightings it lived up to expectations! The Nellim Wilderness Lodge was great and the apartment perfect for a family with the added bonus of our own private sauna. The staff were so friendly and relaxed which gave the hotel a wonderful warm […]
Ros Rayman – Lapland (Dec 13)
January 4, 2014

Just wanted to thank you for organising and booking our trip to Lapland. We had an amazing time, it all exceeded our expectations. The NellimWilderness Lodge and it’s staff are just magical!
Pallister Family – Lapland (Dec 13)
January 4, 2014

Our holiday was absolutely brilliant, thank you! I would recommend Nellim to anyone - they look after you brilliantly and we didn't want to leave.We saw the Northern Lights and loved the dog sledding and snow mobiles.
Hedditch Family – Helsinki & Lapland (Dec 2013)
January 4, 2014

We saw the best Northern Lights at Camp Tamok on an excursion from Tromso, 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!
Ana Kerpache – Tromso, Norway (Dec 13)
January 4, 2014

We'd all like to say a big thank you for your help in organising our trip to Harriniva Lodge in Lapland this Christmas. We had an amazing time, truly the trip of a lifetime and an experience none of us will ever forget. Meeting Santa was a moment of pure magic!
Parnwell Family – Lapland (Dec 13)
January 4, 2014

It was lovely to have Jules to sort everything out for us, and it certainly meant that we could relax and get on with organising the other parts of our wedding safe in the knowledge that our honeymoon was being taken care of for us. Everything went as smoothly as it could be from start to finish, we had zero problems throughout.
Lisa & Iain Hale – St Vincent & Grenadines (December 2012)
January 12, 2013

I wanted to thank you for your efforts in arranging our day trip to Lapland with my son at late notice - it really was magical and flawless from start to finish!
Iain Chessell – Lapland (December 2012)
January 6, 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.
Nick & Sandra – France (Dec 2011)
January 2, 2012

All my flights were arranged efficiently, airport transfers were organised and I quickly met up with the group on my arrival in Marrakech. I would happily use 'Travel with Jules' to book future holidays.
Karen Pooley – Morocco (Dec 2011)
December 20, 2011

We just returned from our second booking through Travel With Jules, where we visited Iceland and stayed in Reykjavik for a long weekend. We had a fantastic time and I would like to return next time with my children. Thank you Jules for organising another great trip … until the next one.
Carole & Andy – Iceland (Dec 2011)
January 6, 2012

Even though my husband and I have very particular requests, you managed to tailor the holiday perfectly. Given we went to Bangkok, Chang Mai, Phuket and Koh Yao (our favourite!!) the changeovers and transfers were flawless and hassle free. Thank you for all your patience and help before we went, It was perfect. A megamoon never to forget.....
Natalie & Giles Dunn – Thailand (Dec 2011)
February 20, 2012

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
Ian Furbank
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Hatha Yoga Retreat Holidays to Mozambique in October or December. Indian Ocean beaches & amazing marine life.

Northern Lights Glass Igloo and Ice Hotel

5 days in Lapland from £1,249 staying in a glass igloo and an Ice Hotel! Watch for Northern Lights.

Santa in Lapland – non commercial holidays

Take your children to discover the magic of Lapland in December and find Santa in his home in the snowy forests! Wilderness Lodges with apartments and cabins.

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!

Elephant Watch Camp Samburu

Visit Elephant Watch Camp and Save the Elephants in Samburu, home of 'This Wild Life' BBC programme and the Douglas-Hamilton Family. Luxury eco-camp safari.

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Ibo Island stands lost in time in a remote part of the Indian Ocean. Experience this with an adventurous dhow safari camping on gorgeous islands.

Ice & Snow Hotels & Igloos

Ice Hotels, snow hotels, aurora bubbles and igloos to stay in - see the Northern Lights, enjoy winter adventure activities such as dog sledding, Snow mobiles & snow shoes.

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As natural history and birding specialists, we can tailor make many holidays to Gambia or Senegal and we work with small tour operators to offer either private safaris or expert lead group birdwatching and wildlife tours. From £1,599 pp

Swedish Polar Express & Tree Hotel

A fabulous winter adventure to Sweden including Stockholm, a train journey into the Arctic, a night in the Tree Hotel, a night at the Ice Hotel and chance to see the Northern Lights!

Sleep in a Treehouse in Tanzania

Sleep in a treehouse feeling the sea breeze looking out over the leafy canopy to the ocean beyond …. An authentic castaway experience with romantic rooms built around huge ancient Baobab trees, on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean.

Christmas in Lapland – for Adults!

Adults Christmas Holiday to Lapland - Mush Huskies, Snowmobile through forests, watch for Northern Lights.

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Short break holiday to Iceland all year round, 3 nights taking in the main highlights including Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle. Small group tour.

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