Balea Lake Cabin, Fagaras mountain, Romania

Cool Cultures

The best of the winter season - seasonal markets and festivities abound.

Cultural Winter Holidays

As glittering snowdrifts drape a white blanket around Europe’s shoulders, it isn’t just the landscapes that are transformed – it’s the people and cities too. Festive markets spark into life, snow falls on bustling streets and Christmas decorations twinkle among the city lights. 

Our selection of Cultural Winter Holidays perfectly capture this truly special time of year. These adventures sparkle with seasonal traditions, Christmas celebrations and wintry charm, taking you to places completely altered by the onset of winter.

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Cool Cultures Adventure Holidays

Bavaria Winter Discovery

Discover the warm Bavarian culture, stunning Alps, fairytale castles, palaces and delicious cuisine.

Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures

Winter Adventures
8 days
From 2,565 CAD
Activity Level: Leisurely
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Top Four Cool Cultures

Winter in Transylvania: this feels like how other parts of Europe might have felt decades ago. Still steeped in rich tradition, the architecture, particularly when dusted with a layer of snow, looks like a scene from a story book. Mountains provide the backdrop as you explore traditional Christmas markets, Saxon villages and medieval buildings. 

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival: here creators compete to craft the most fantastical sculptures from ice, snow and lights, resulting in some truly breathtaking sights. China in itself is incomparable during this season, and this itinerary takes you to see stunning cities, temples, the Great Wall and more – all under the intoxicating cover of winter. 

Stockholm & the Baltics in Winter: visit Sweden, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania on this Baltic adventure, exploring traditional Christmas markets as you go. Meandering through this magical corner of Europe, you’ll see fairytale old towns and capital cities. Guests love relaxing in the crisp, clear air as they sail across the Baltic sea before heading onwards to historic Riga. 

Moscow to St. Petersburg: this week of winter culture will take you to some of Russia’s most notable sights, along with its less explored gems. As well as Moscow and St Petersburg, we stop in Novgorod, Russia’s oldest city. With fewer tourists and an authentic vibe, winter drapes a romantic veil over one of the country’s most important destinations. 

You’re in safe hands

At Exodus, every single one of us is passionate about travel and adventure. Together our staff and tour leaders have visited more than 171 countries, and come from a range of backgrounds as diverse archeology and mountain rescue. We have the hands on experience to help when you need it, and from the moment you pick up the phone to the moment you land, we’re here to take the hassle out your holiday. We’ll meet you at the airport, get you safely from place to place, and provide you with the right kit to tackle your chosen adventure.

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