We love to provide our customers with unique and exciting adventures, especially those who are wanting to escape on Christmas family holidays. Christmas is a magical time, but we promise to make it even more special when you embark on one of our tours.
From exploring the African landscapes and national parks to going in search of wildlife on a Namibia holiday to cruising along the Mekong Delta in a dug-out canoe, you’re guaranteed an experience of a lifetime. But there are few destinations that are quite as enchanting as Finland in winter when the wilderness is strewn with snow-laden pine trees and cosy log cabins. Families with a real sense of adventure will love zipping through the forests on a dogsledding tour or cross-country skiing through the remote wilderness.
All of the itineraries on our Christmas & New Year Family Holidays are packed with adventures that steer you to the heart of each destination, bringing you closer to the history, culture and nature. Often our expert guides will be local to the areas so you can discover lesser-known places that are off the tourist trails and uncover hidden treasures that you wouldn’t otherwise find. And, of course, there are lots of activities thrown into the mix too, such as thrilling game drives that take you closer to wild animals in their natural habitats. Imagine watching zebras, lions and giraffes drinking from the waterholes in Etosha National Park – these are the kind of experiences that make Christmas and New Year family holidays ones to remember.
Christmas & New Year Family Holidays
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Experience Namibian desert wilderness, wildlife and culture
Cambodia: The Southeast Asian country of Cambodia is filled with contradictions that will make your head spin with excitement. Take a journey of discovery into its ancient, modern and natural worlds where raw beauty and intrigue collide. There are so many sights to uncover which will undoubtedly capture the hearts of all ages of travellers. From its mind-blowing historical sites such as the temples of Angkor, to the frenetic capital of Phnom Penh, something new and inspiring is waiting to pounce around every turn. And children will love the music, dancing and acrobatics at the Cambodian Phare (circus), which has gained worldwide recognition for its fantastic performances.
Finland: Most children love the snow so where better to whisk them away for a Christmas holiday than Finland? In winter, vast landscapes made up of forested wilderness are drenched in deep snow and pine trees are transformed into magical ice sculptures – it truly is a winter wonderland in every way. Oulanka is one of the most picturesque destinations for winter adventures, with activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dogsledding on offer. Based in the heart of the Finnish wilderness, Oulanka National Park is also a great base for heading out into the dark to go in search of the Northern Lights. These elusive phenomena are mostly seen dancing across the Arctic sky between October and March, and while sightings are never guaranteed, it’s still great fun to hunt for them.
Sri Lanka: If you’re looking for a more laid-back holiday at Christmas, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination, but that’s not to say it’s short on exciting adventures. Its ancient cave temples are famous across the world and the lost city fortress of Sigiriya is simply fascinating. In between exploring lush paddy fields by bike and going on exhilarating game drives to witness the country’s wildlife, there’s also plenty of time to unwind with a mocktail, or cocktail for the adults, on one of the tropical beaches along the south coast.
Namibia: Picture the scene: you’re sitting on top of one of the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the sun begins to rise, and the Namib desert landscape laid out in front of you sets aflame with fiery reds and oranges. This is one moment you’ll share with your family that you’ll never forget. As well as quad biking or sandboarding at Swakopmund, we’d also highly recommend a game drive through Etosha National Park to see the African wildlife, including elephants, lions and wildebeest. Namibia’s wilderness is perfect for camping and getting back to nature, and there’s no greater feeling than seeing the night sky illuminated with stars.
Vietnam: Blending fabulous natural wonders with Southeast Asian culture, Vietnam is a colourful collage that all the family can enjoy. Children will find the Cu Chi War Tunnels particularly exciting and it also gives them the chance to learn about the history of Vietnam. Or perhaps they’d prefer kayaking at Halong Bay, where limestone karsts and forested islands rise from the emerald waters. There’s no doubt Vietnam has many surprises up its sleeve, each with their its own fascinating story to tell. In stark contrast to the natural world, Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, is a hectic yet intoxicating city where you can immerse yourself in the culture.