With only six weeks till Christmas, the festive season is sooner than you think (the radio has already started playing those all known favourites.) Christmas is a time for loved ones, however, a little known fact, is that it’s also the time for travel, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want a little sneaky trip away. Father Christmas will be visiting our group tours at a whole host of amazing destinations, below are just some of the tours which are celebrating Christmas Day in some seriously stunning locations.
Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi & Zambia
Replace turkey and Brussels sprouts with mouth-wateringly tempting seafood from Zanzibar. Famous for their deliciously tasty cuisine using locally grown spices, Stone Town is a perfect place to spend Christmas Day after spending sometime on the beaches snorkelling in the turquoise seas. During this 23 day tour from Nairobi to Livingstone not only do you get to spend Christmas on this slice of paradise, but you also can enjoy safaris in the Masai Mara and Serengeti!
Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras & Costa Rica
You know those Christmas Days you hear about where the family is fighting over the last Christmas cracker and the dog has managed to pull the tree down? You won’t get any of that on Ometepe Island on Christmas Day. Switch off from the world at this paradise destination in Nicaragua. Located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, you can enjoy the tranquility of this Central American gem as you hike up volcanoes, ride horses on the black sand beach or simply swing gently in hammocks watching the world go by. This two week tour combines Mayan ruins and gorgeous colonial towns as you travel through Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua and Costa Rica!
Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil
This tour will make sure you spend your 25th December with natures finest.Walk on the wild side and spend Christmas Day spotting wildlife in the steamy tropics of the Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil. From caimans and crocodiles to jaguars and exotic birds, there is a plethora of wildlife to be found. You may even get the chance to try your hand at piranha fishing! Once you have spent Christmas and Boxing Day rivaling David Attenborough with your wildlife spotting skills, we head to Bonito where the brilliantly blue waters are just asking to be swam in! Culminating in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro this will tour will certainly give you a Christmas to remember.
Soak up the culture of Vietnam at Christmas. From the floating markets on the Mekong Delta to the gorgeous beaches of Nha Trang we get an insight into Vietnamese life before spending Christmas day in the former Royal Capital of Hue. A UNESCO heritage site, wander down the winding and picturesque Perfume River and explore the ancient citadel and emperor tombs that previously held some of the most powerful rulers of Vietnam. Discover the exotic, enchanting tastes of the local specialities including “com hen” – rice with baby clams.
Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
You could be lounging on Mexico’s miles of golden beaches with a margarita in hand at Playa del Carmen this Christmas Day. Our Quetzal Highway group tour arrives here after travelling through Guatemala and Belize on this 10 day tour. After soaking up the sun, why not spend the afternoon taking a dip in the nearby cenotes- fresh swimming holes connected to underground limestone caves!
Peru & Bolivia
An adventure through Peru, this tour will make sure you reach dizzying heights on Christmas Day. After spending two nights in the tropical Amazon Jungle we head to Cusco where you can hike the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. Wake up Christmas morning en route to the Lost City of the Incas and trek through this beautiful Andean valley passing local villages and herds of llama. Although this trek is hidden in stunning mountain scenery we are sure Father Christmas will still be able to visit!
Soak up the beauty of Myanmar and spend the 25th December cycling around Bagan’s beautiful landscapes. Discover ancient Buddhist temples and climb impressive pagodas in a region where the sunsets are unparalleled. This tour also takes you Inle Lake where you can discover traditional markets, and villages built on stilts upon the water. Starting and ending in Yangon you have the chance to marvel at the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, a must-see for anyone visiting Myanmar.
About the Author: Rosanna is on the Marketing team at Tucan Travel. She has travelled independently and on group tours through South East Asia, and Europe. You can find her on Twitter here