5 Exotic Adventures Guaranteed to Spice Up Your Christmas

Looking for a Christmas or winter break you’ll never forget? Don’t deck the halls, just grab your passport and go on one of these exciting adventures in Latin America, Jordan and beyond…

1. Get a Central American Christmas high in Guatemala

Central American Christmas high

Climb Central America’s highest mountain on KE Adventure Travel’s Guatemala’s Magnificent Seven trip.

Summit Tajumulco (4,220m) on Christmas Day, soaking up panoramic altiplano views, then flank your ascent by topping other volcanic peaks along the way, including Pacaya (2,552m) and San Pedro (3,040m), as well as wandering colonial Antigua and the ancient Maya town of Quetzaltenango. Finish by relaxing on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Bliss.

Trip: Guatemala’s Magnificent Seven

Who: KE Adventure Travel

When: Departures in Jan, Apr, Nov & Dec

How long: 15 days

How much: From £1,755 (exc. flights)

2. Celebrate Copacabana style across Argentina, Brazil and Chile

Copacabana style across Argentina

Travel coast to coast from Santiago to Rio via Patagonia on this epic Oasis Overland adventure. See the mighty Iguazú Falls, trek past peaks and glaciers in Patagonia and learn to tango in Buenos Aires.

At the trip’s tail end, ring in the festive season in Brazilian style, spending Christmas at a farm lodge in the Pantanal wetlands and New Year’s Eve on Copacabana beach in party capital Rio de Janeiro.

Trip: Santiago to Rio Coast to Coast via Patagonia

Who: Oasis Overland

When: Departures in Jan, Nov & Dec

How long: 51 days

How much: From £1,895 (plus $950/ £745 local payment; exc. flights)

3. Very Well Experienced journey through Jordan and Israel

journey through Jordan

Head through the Middle East’s Holy Lands on Tucan Travel’s Best of Jordan & Israel trip.

In Jordan, spy the Greco-Roman ruins of Umm Qais and glimpse the wonder of Petra, then hop over to Israel and climb biblical icon the Mount of Olives, before wandering Jerusalem and Nazareth. What could be more festive?

Trip: Best Of Jordan & Israel

Who: Tucan Travel

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 11 days

How much: From £1,167 (plus $200/£155 local payment; excl flights)

4. See in the New Year twice in Finland and Norway

New Year twice in Finland and Norway

Make the most of north Scandinavia’s cross-border time difference on Artisan Travel’s Utsjoki: New Year Twice trip. Be pulled by huskies through pristine alpine forest and hunt for the aurora by night.

And come New Year’s Eve, mark the occasion in Finland before crossing into Norway – an hour behind – to count down 2022 again.

Trip: Utsjoki: New Year Twice

Who: Artisan Travel

When: 29 December

How long: Seven nights

How much: From £2,295 (inc. flights)

5. Glide down the Nile in Egypt

Nile in Egypt

Hop on Abercrombie & Kent’s Egypt & the Nile Escorted Tour and see ancient Egypt unravel from your cabin.

Enjoy the cooler conditions winter brings, exploring the Pyramids of Giza, before flying to Luxor and wandering the Temple of Karnak.

Glimpse the Valley of the Kings before spying other temples – including Abu Simbel – as you ford the Nile and end with a couple of days taking in Cairo’s sights.

Trip: Egypt & The Nile

Who: Abercrombie & Kent

Trip type: Tailor-made

When: Departures between Sep & May

How long: Nine nights

How much: From £4,715 (exc. flights)

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