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Plan your 2023 Christmas journey


If the considered escaping the UK for the darkest, coldest (and infrequently most traumatic) of the winter months appears like heaven, a Christmas getaway would possibly simply be ideally suited. Pack your baggage and prepare to expertise a Christmas you’ll always remember.

Unsure the place to start out with planning or what you would possibly love to do? Or maybe you’re involved about the place can be spending your Christmas day? Here’s a rundown of a few of the most fun locations you possibly can be celebrating Christmas this 12 months.

Nice Wall of China

How does Christmas on one of many world’s most iconic landmarks sound? Spend Christmas Day on the Nice Wall of China earlier than switching conventional turkey for Peking duck on our ‘In Pursuit of Pandas’ tour.

Though Christmas isn’t recognised as a non secular vacation in China, you’ll see loads of illumination in lots of main cities like Beijing and Shanghai. You could even pay witness to the brand new pattern in China of gifting mates elaborately boxed apples on Christmas Eve. The climate is cool this time of 12 months, significantly within the north (the place the Nice Wall is), which suggests you might get to expertise it surrounded by snow-covered peaks and valleys.

 

Kinkakuji Temple, Bullet Prepare AND Christmas Dinner Cruise

Neglect falling asleep in entrance of the TV ready for the King’s speech – Christmas Day on our ‘Christmas in Japan’ tour will probably be something however gradual. Start the day with the unimaginable sight of the enduring Golden Temple, Kinkakuji, earlier than rushing off aboard the enduring bullet practice to Hiroshima, the place you’ll take pleasure in a scenic Christmas dinner cruise on Hiroshima Bay.

Christmas isn’t a nationwide vacation in Japan; nonetheless, that doesn’t imply that it’s any much less festive. Unbelievable illuminations could be discovered all through the nation presently of 12 months, and with a blanket of snow overlaying many of the countryside – this can be a white Christmas like no different.

Halong Bay Cruise

Have a good time Christmas Day in fashion with our ‘Christmas in Vietnam‘ tour aboard a Halong Bay cruise. Get up to the sight of the unimaginable karst panorama earlier than spending a really special occasion cruising the lesser-visited (however equally spectacular) Lan Ha Bay. Within the night, you’ll take pleasure in an unique drinks reception and barbeque Christmas dinner.

Though Vietnam is predominantly a Buddhist nation, the Vietnamese are extraordinarily keen on Christmas. It is a time of nice celebration with locals gathering for festivities and delightful lights, decorations and bushes plentiful within the cities. That is additionally a perfect place to go to flee the chilly of the UK, with southern Vietnam specifically very heat and dry this time of 12 months.

Scorching air balloon over Luxor

Should you ever expertise a Christmas morning extra spectacular than hovering over the traditional websites of Luxor in a scorching air balloon, you’ll should tell us! With our ‘Christmas in Egypt‘ tour, when you’ve descended out of your morning within the skies, you’ll have the possibility to discover the huge temples of Karnak and Luxor earlier than boarding your luxurious cruise ship for a non-public drinks reception and luxurious dinner.

With the scorching warmth of summer season having handed, December in Egypt gives travellers very comfy touring circumstances. As nearly all of Christians in Egypt belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, Christmas Day right here is definitely celebrated on the seventh of January, and also you’ll see loads of festive lights and decorations everywhere in the nation within the run-up to this present day.

The Taj Mahal

On our ‘Christmas in India’ tour, you’ll spend Christmas Day exploring one of many world’s most spectacular and regal buildings, the gorgeous Taj Mahal. Later you’ll take pleasure in a scrumptious feast, sipping champagne as you watch the sundown over the well-known palace – what an unimaginable expertise!

December is without doubt one of the best months to go to India, with heat temperatures, minimal rainfall and low humidity – the proper circumstances for exploring. Uncover the enduring sights of India’s Golden Triangle on this traditional tour. You’ll additionally cease in on the pleasant Udaipur and Ranthambore Nationwide Park, the place you’ll go looking for Bengal tigers.

Sri Lankan Tea Plantation and Excessive Tea on the Grand Resort

Spend Christmas day in Sri Lanka, and you’ll participate in an unique tea plantation expertise earlier than having fun with a scrumptious Christmas brunch. Spend Christmas night in fashion with a excessive tea on the iconic colonial-era Grand Resort.

Christmas is broadly celebrated in Sri Lanka, with festivities starting at daybreak on the first of December, the place locals will let off fireworks to mark the beginning of the season. There’s loads happening main as much as Christmas Day, with households gathering, preparation of Christmas cake and mince pies, and decorations hung – very similar to the UK besides the climate is much extra nice with heat, sunny days and balmy nights.

Impressed to say goodbye to the dreary climate, stress and social obligations this Christmas? Check out our expertly curated 2023 Christmas Assortment, the place you’ll discover a collection of hand-picked, award-winning excursions that promise a Christmas expertise that you simply’ll treasure endlessly.

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