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There are some places where you can have more of winter to yourself. More untrammelled snow, and a more enchanting sense of place.
But where can you find the most unusual winter holidays? Where can you escape the obvious? Right now, the answer is Eastern Europe. Maybe your idea of winter is snowshoeing beneath towering mountain passes. Maybe it’s a cross-country journey through snow-shrouded villages.
Whatever your preference, Eastern Europe is the key to this most magical of seasons.
Wild Bulgaria: Winter Walk & Snowshoe
Remote and spectacular, the Albanian Alps offer fantastic hikes and trails to explore.
Snowshoeing in Albania allows you to experience traditional rural life in an undiscovered area with fantastic snowshoe routes during winter,” says Exodus Product Manager Louise Ungless.
Passing rural hamlets, alpine meadows and forests, the trip showcases the outstanding natural beauty of this little-visited area, whilst enjoying a healthy dose of authentic Albanian hospitality.
“We visit remote agricultural villages that see few tourists,” Louise says, “where locals often invite you into their homes, and where we stay and eat in characterful alpine guest houses.”
Tatra Winter Activity Week
“The destinations you can reach when you go cross-country skiing can be really quite remote and remarkable,” says Exodus Product Manager Marta Marinelli. “Even in the Tatras, which can be quite popular, we’re able to explore some hidden corners, visiting charming medieval villages,” she says.
That said, there’s much more to enjoy than just skiing – dogsledding, thermal baths, snowshoeing and winter picnics all lie in store.
This jagged edge separating southern Poland with Slovakia, the High Tatras’ snowy peaks are etched high above valleys seemingly untouched by the passage of time.
Find out more: Slovakia Winter Holidays
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