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Make lasting memories on a unique winter escape

Better weather? Quieter sites? Wanting to avoid the Christmas chores? A winter escape might just be on the cards – and we have a fantastic selection of archaeological and cultural adventures to choose from. 

Embark upon an ancient world adventure to a renowned archaeological site at a time of year when tourists tend not to visit, soak up the culture and history of a destination with many stories to tell while markets and lights add an extra dimension to its charm, or leave grey skies behind with a far-flung exploration that takes in multiple countries from the comfort of a cruise ship. Make your winter travels count and choose something different this year – the world is waiting and this is the perfect season to get out there and explore it.

How about a multi-centre ancient world cruise?

If you're looking to tick a number of bucket-list worthy archaeological sites off your list with just one trip, our brand new Israel, Egypt & Jordan cruise is for you. Departing on 11th December 2020 and then again in January 2021, step aboard the MS Harmony for an odyssey by water that visits the most important sites of these historical countries in expert company. From the Valley of the Kings to Petra, and from the UNESCO-listed Church of the Nativity to the Crusader castle in Kerak – what more could you want from an archaeological adventure?

Explore our brand new winter tours

  • Florence at New Year
  • Pompeii & Naples at New Year
  • Trier - Archaeology and Christmas Markets
  • St. Petersburg at Christmas
  • Kraków at New Year
  • Thessaloniki at Christmas
  • Athens at New Year
  • Mexico at Christmas & New Year
  • Christmas in Wessex
  • Christmas in Edinburgh
  • Israel, Egypt & Jordan - Cruise & Stay
  • Istanbul at New Year
  • Romans on the Bay of Naples

New Year's Eve with a difference

How do you want to ring in the new year? If you're tired of popping corks and singing Auld Lang Syne, we can help you out. Try our Naples at New Year, Florence at New Year or Istanbul at New Year tours for a taste of something completely different. Alternatively, we have a new tour to Kraków over New Year that visits the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Czartoryski Museum, and includes a chance to join in with the city's Sylwester festivities. We are also offering an Athens at New Year tour as well as a Mexico at Christmas and New Year tour – the choices are simply endless!

Christmas comes but once a year...

Why not make it count? Join one of our Christmas tours for a festive period unlike any other. This year, you can explore Mexico, book a place on our Edinburgh - Stories of Christmas Past tour, get outdoors with our Legends of Wessex - Christmas Walks, or explore Thessaloniki at Christmas. We can also take you on a festive foray to St Petersburg in Russia, to Tunisia or to Trier in Germany, where archaeology and Christmas markets await discovery. 

How about something else?

Our sister company, Brightwater Holidays, has a selection of winter escapes on offer. Why not join them on a Northern Lights adventure in Iceland, a gardens tour of Madeira or a whirlwind exploration of Malta's rich archaeological heritage? If you fancy going further afield as the weather turns colder, they can take you on a flora and fauna-themed holiday to the incredible island of Madagascar.

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Make lasting memories on a unique winter escape was published on 25 March 2020