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Where to go in winter

Tropical adventures, unique festivals, Christmas breaks – when it comes to winter holidays, there are plenty of exciting options. We asked Cassie and Phil, two of our expert product managers, to pick out a selection of their favourite destinations and tours for this time of year. From Antipodean adventures to trips in search of the elusive Northern Lights, scroll down to find out their top recommendations for where to go in winter.

New York

“While very cold, December is a magical time of year to visit New York. The pre-Christmas festivities are in full swing, the never-ending fairy lights are twinkling, and the incredible shop window displays are nothing short of dazzling.” Cassie

Sri Lanka

“Travel to Sri Lanka any time between December to March and you won’t be disappointed, but I’d say February is the perfect month weather-wise – beautifully warm days with minimal rain and reduced humidity. An added benefit of travelling in February is that you might be around to catch the annual independence celebrations, which take place on the 4th.” Phil

Australia & New Zealand

“During the British winter, Australia and New Zealand enjoy their summertime. You can expect glorious sunny days and high temperatures, so it is a great escape from the cold and bleak winter in the UK!” Cassie

Iceland

“Winter is the best time to witness the spectacular Northern Lights, thanks to the long, dark nights. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see Iceland’s dramatic landscapes blanketed in fresh snow, too – and perhaps see a waterfall or two frozen over!” Phil

Brazil

“Carnival happens in February each year. We always try and have a special departure of our Grand Tour of South America that puts us in Rio de Janeiro a week after the main Carnival for the Winners Parade. We’ll have tickets to the parade, so you'll get to see all the best floats of the Carnival – a great finale to our tour of South America.” Cassie

Israel

“If you want to explore the holy lands of Israel without the heat, December is the month to travel. The days are generally cool, making for pleasant walking conditions, plus you’ll see signs of Christian celebrations as the big day draws closer.” Phil

Japan

“On Japanese Winter Wonderland, we visit during January and February, so that you can enjoy unique experiences like the snow monkeys, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival and the Sapporo Snow Festival. Enjoying the hot natural outdoor springs at our traditional hotel in the Japanese Alps is the most blissful experience – the water steams up around you and keeps you warm from the sub-zero temperatures.” Cassie

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