If you love Christmas and everything that goes along with it (holidays in particular), then you’re likely to already be counting down the days. But if the ultimate ‘downtime’ experience for you involves escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then the Christmas Holidays abroad is for you.
How about a cruise on the Danube or Rhine Rivers? Or a tropical family getaway to Vietnam or Fiji? Or a magical white Christmas in Switzerland or the Arctic? Whether you’re thinking about a holiday-for-two or a once-in-a-lifetime family trip away, we’ve put together a list of 6 incredible Christmas holiday experiences that still have availability over the holiday period.
ALPINE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE
If a Christmas holiday in Europe sounds like the perfect end to a busy year, consider a trip to Chamonix and a cable car ride to the dramatic Sea of Ice, a ride on the Glacier Express through St Moritz, or a stint on the famous ski fields of Zermatt beneath the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn.
You’ll also find Christmas-y sites galore in the Alpine region, including the world-famous European Christmas markets in Montreux, the whimsical Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, and the sparkling exquisiteness of the Christmas tree at Munich’s town hall.
RHINE RIVER CHRISTMAS CRUISE
Winter is a magical time to visit Amsterdam, with plenty of Christmas market tours, the Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour, and the largest Saint Nicholas parade in the world. Cologne offers a range of bustling European Christmas markets as well, and while on your Rhine River cruise, make sure you visit the ancient city of Koblenz with its vineyards and medieval churches, and Rüdesheim for its Christmas Market of Nations.
More yuletide shopping awaits at the markets in Speyer, the town of Kehl offers amazing handcrafted items (and celebratory mulled wine!), Strasbourg a range of historic gifts harping back to the old Christkindelsmärik days, and Basel a towering Christmas tree on the Münsterplatz and the opportunity of a visit from Samichlaus (the Swiss Santa).
DANUBE RIVER CHRISTMAS CRUISE
No river cruise at Christmas would be complete without a visit to Vienna, and the original gifts at the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, and the markets at Rathausplatz, where you can pick up a range of handicrafts, confectionery and tree decorations.
Melk offers some religious inspiration with its Abbey Church and the breathtaking relief of the Last Supper at Schloss Schönbühel, Passau the chance to hear the dulcet tones of the largest Catholic Church organ in the world, and Esztergom houses the Basilica of Esztergom, the third largest church in Europe.
End your Danube River Christmas cruise with a tour of Devin Castle, and a soothing dip at one of Budapest’s famous baths to prepare you for the festivities and furore of the New Year ahead!
ARCTIC SWEDEN AND THE ICEHOTEL
Enjoy a bucket list experience like no other with Christmas in the Arctic and a stay at the iconic IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi. Begin your winter adventure in Sweden with some snowmobiling, snowshoe trekking or ice fishing, then prepare for a viewing of nature’s ultimate light show, the spectacular Northern Lights.
Enjoy the unique thrill of a dog sled ride across the frozen landscape, then spend some time in a reindeer camp where you’ll be introduced to the unique lifestyle of the Sami people, and get up close and personal with Rudolph’s long-lost cousin!
Finally, end your frozen fun-fest with a night in Sweden’s world-famous IceHotel. Here you’ll sleep in a hand-carved suite while snuggled into a reindeer-hide-topped thermal sleeping bag, and in the morning, enjoy a blissful morning sauna to celebrate a toasty New Year. Gott nytt år!
VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE
If a heart-warming family adventure in Vietnam for Christmas is more your style, then head for Hanoi and a rickshaw ride to Ta Hien Street’s famous street food markets. Ha Long offers the perfect opportunity for a Vietnamese boat cruise, and when visiting Huế, be sure to catch a dragon boat to the city’s night markets for more delicious local eats.
Continue the food-oriented fun with a noodle making class in Hoi An, and in Ho Chi Minh City take a sampan boat tour down the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta with its bustling floating markets.
FIJI FAMILY GETAWAY
If an island-hopping adventure is your ideal Christmas holiday experience, then consider a family getaway to Fiji. Filled with dazzling white sands, swaying palm trees and an endless kaleidoscope of coral reefs, here everyone’s water fun fantasies can be satisfied. Windsurf, kayak, paddleboard or snorkel your way around child-friendly Vomo Island, and learn to dive the fascinating caves and thrilling channels of this extraordinary piece of paradise.
Cruise your way around the Mamanuca Islands (rafting, surfing and horseback riding are optional), or head to Sigatoka where you can explore ‘cannibal caves’, jet-boat your way among authentic Fijian villages, or get to know the local wildlife, including the famous barking pigeons (and yes, they do!). Show and Tell at school will never be the same again!
Make Christmas even more memorable.
Orbit World Travel can help you curate an unforgettable holiday getaway so you can experience all that a Christmas holiday overseas has to offer. Call us today on 1800 249 804 or email us now to find out more.