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Top Christmas trips for 2021

Swap mistletoe for tropical rainforests, crowded shops for colourful souks and mince pies for sweet baklava on a small group adventure holiday this festive season. From the exotic lands of Saudi Arabia to the lunar landscapes of the Canary Islands, here are some of our best Christmas trips for 2021.
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Costa Rica

Make the most of dry, hot days and plenty of sunshine on a winter wildlife adventure in Costa Rica this Christmas. Delve deep into cloud forest to spot the emerald-green feathers of resplendent quetzal birds perched high up in the canopy and sleepy sloths hanging out in the undergrowth on our Costa Rica Wildlife Tour. Or feel like an intrepid explorer as you and the kids cruise jungle waterways and go white water rafting on our Family Costa Rica Rainforest and Wildlife Adventure.

Saudi Arabia

Venture beyond the beaten track and be amongst the first to visit the uncharted country of Saudi Arabia. Modern skyscrapers tower above desert settlements, and lush mountain forests envelop tiny villages. Go back in time with a visit to the second-largest Nabatean city in the world, make pilgrimage to the holy city of Medina and uncover prehistoric cave carvings. Bustling souks entice you in with abundant sweet nuts and colourful trinkets, and the fragrance of aromatic spices wafts through the air.

Turkey

Turkey may not be the first location you'd think of for a Christmas break, but with a pleasant climate and fewer crowds, the festive season is an excellent time of year to join our Winter in Turkey Tour. Stand on the ancient steps of Sagalassos amphitheatre to enjoy panoramic views over snow-covered mountains and feel a world away from the pandemonium of Christmas as you relax in the steaming turquoise waters of Pamukkale's natural thermal pools. 

Canary Islands

With year-round sunshine and pleasant temperatures, the Canary Islands are a popular Christmas holiday destination. Head to the volcanic island of Gran Canaria to wander amongst ancient lava fields and circumnavigate dormant volcanoes on a small group winter walking holiday. Or explore at your own pace with a self-guided tour of La Gomera and Tenerife to discover the lush laurissilva cloud forests of Garajonay National Park and the desert landscapes of Mount Teide.

Oman

From the vast golden caverns of Jebel Shams mountain to the honey-hued dunes of the Wahiba Sands, a Christmas trip to Oman is one you'll never forget. Temperatures are typically cooler at this time of year (17°C to 35°C), so it's the ideal time to trek the Eastern Hajar mountains. Or join our Mountain, Deserts and Coast of Oman Tour to visit the Grand Mosque in Muscat, go wild camping on the Arabian Sea coast and discover traditional villages set amongst the rusty red contours of the desert.

Jordan

If you want to avoid the crowds, Christmas is a great time to visit Jordan. Temperatures are a little cooler, but popular sites are quieter. Meander through the narrow Siq Valley gorge to see the ancient 1st-century pillars of the Treasury in the 'Rose City' of Petra on a cultural tour in Jordan, retrace the steps of the ancient Nabateans on old spice trails on our Jordan walking tour, or join our Jordan family holiday to ride camels through 'Lawrence of Arabia' landscapes and sleep under canvas in the Wadi Rum desert.

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