Alternative Christmas travel guide
Have you ever thought about taking yourself out of the whole jolly holly Christmas thing and doing something slightly more exciting instead? Our alternative Christmas vacations ideas include opportunities to escape to Sri Lanka, Vietnam or Jordan, as well as Lapland, where a sack-full of animal encounters and cultural adventures await.
Swap stuffed stockings and sage stuffing for salsa dancing in Cuba or wildlife watching in Costa Rica – why not ask for something you really want at Christmas?
Escape with your family on a tailor made tour or sneak off solo - small group vacations offer a ready-made group of mates to explore off the tinsel-draped track at Christmas. All those dark, damp days off in December offer a great excuse to get away; after all, it would be a shame to waste them all on re-runs of Only Fools and Horses. From safari expeditions in Southern Africa to walking the Inca Trail in Peru, our alternative Christmas vacation ideas are the perfect addition to your festive wish list.
Alternative Christmas vacation ideas are…
a great way to escape traditional celebrations in favour of extraordinary experiences.
Alternative Christmas vacation ideas aren't…
about seeing Santa or carving up the slopes of expensive, environmentally damaging ski resorts.
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Our Alternative Christmas Vacations
Finland winter activity vacation & Northern Lights
Discover this Finnish winter activity wilderness week
From US $3079 to US $3499 8 days ex flights
Southern India small group vacation
Discover the two southern most states of India
From US $1899 to US $2099 14 days ex flights
Namibia and Botswana safari vacation
Namibia & Botswana lodge safari Caprivi Etosha Okavango
From US $3795 21 days ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery
From US $2249 to US $2599 9 days ex flights
Botswana camping safaris
Botswana's premier game parks, Okavango Moremi Savuti Chobe
From US $2100 14 days ex flights
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica cruise
The Ultimate Antarctica Experience!
From €11500 to €14000 21 days ex flights
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