Christmas Day with a Difference

Tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs on the radio and tackling through the busy streets to secure those last minute gifts? Next year, why not get away over the festive period and leave the turkey and Brussels sprouts at home.

If you need some inspiration, some of our tour leaders have shared what tours they will be on with their tour groups on the 25th December – beware, it may induce envy!!

South East Asia Loop

“This Christmas Eve my guests will have the privilege of having ‘Chestnut’ their very own Tour Leader Elf all the way from Lapland with them on their journey from Hanoi to Hue on the sleeper train. I can promise them stories of ‘how the huskies saved Christmas’ teach them songs like ‘Aussie Jingle Bells’ and tell them a few of my cracking Christmas jokes. Once we get to Hue I am excited to share a delicious Xmas feast at a local restaurant.”  Tour Leader, Haylee

Cambodia Adventure

“On Christmas Day in Kompong Cham we will ride bicycles over the Mekong River using the Bamboo Bridge. We will enjoy the sunset and exchange the Turkey for Tarantula if anyone is brave enough to try!  There will be a BBQ Home Dinner with a local family from the island and of course some music and traditional dance.” Tour Leader, Poleak

Markets & Mayans

“On December 24th which is the day the locals celebrate ,we will be visiting the indigenous villages around San Cristobal de las Casas so it will be a real taste of Latin life”  Tour Leader,  Lisa

Taken by Lisa Gregory

Quetzal Highway

“Everything is ready for a hot island Christmas!   Maurice from Caye Caulker will cook a BBQ for us,  there will be special decorations, fruit punch and Secret Santa of course! This year i’m going to ask for a dress code – it’s simple, passengers will need to make an accessory to wear that night with products from the island,  it can be a hat or just something small with some decorations.” Tour Leader, Cesar

Peru Completed

“Latin American’s celebrate on Christmas Eve, so on that day the group will be at the Colca Canyon where there will have a nice dinner at the hotel. On the 23rd I will take them to Zig Zag restaurant in Arequipa for dinner followed by dancing!” Tour Leader, Carlos

Northern Andes

“My group will be driving for 9 hours from Banos to Cuenca. We will have a White Elephant Christmas Party during transit and hopefully a fancy dinner in Cuenca.White elephant is when everyone buys a present and puts them into a pile. Then everyone draws a number. The first person picks a random present and opens it in front of everyone. The the next people either steal a previous present or open a new one” Tour Leader, Luke

Complete Patagonia

“In much of South America the 24th is celebrated more than 25th so on Christmas Eve the group will be visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier wearing their Christmas hats. We have a chef in the group who has volunteered to make a Christmas dinner depending on whats available to buy and utilizing the hob at the hostel.” Tour Leader, Jen

Costa Rica Encompassed

“For my Christmas with the group I have planned a lovely Christmas lunch with a special menu and entertainment at El Patio in San Jose. This will be followed by a look at Costa Rica’s biggest Christmas tree at the Children’s National Hospital! We will drop in gifts for the children here too. The group also want to do a ‘stealing Santa’ where we all buy random gifts and you can ‘steal’ them from each other during the game – all in good fun of course!” Tour Leader, Gina

Colombia Encompassed

“We will be in the coffee region Salento. I was thinking of playing Secret Santa, giving the gifts at midnight, but at 11.30pm open a space of 30 minutes for the passengers to draw a portrait of their Secret Santa. I would love to get creative before giving the gifts, usually that gets people in a nice mood and a friendly environment.Apart from that, I’ll find a place for a nice meal before and maybe chip in with the group for champagne or fizzy wine at least :)” Tour Leader, Andres

Salt Flats to Sugarloaf

“After flying from La Paz to Uyuni on the 24th December, we will prepare ourselves for the 2 night 4×4 overland adventure over the famous Bolivian Salt Flats, starting on Christmas Day. Its a great few days as we pass some amazing scenery which always blows people minds! Famous Salt Flat photos on Christmas day with Santa Hats, couldn’t be anymore quirky! We will stay in one of the salt hotels just off the flats on Christmas Day night and although we will have a tasty dinner, turkey will definitely not be on the menu. One of my favourite local guides in Latin America, Soledad, will be in charge of our group and between us both, we will make sure the group have a fun time!” Tour Leader, Neil

About the Author: Rosanna is on the Marketing team at Tucan Travel. She has travelled independently and on group tours through Colombia, Mexico, South East Asia, and Europe. You can find her on Twitter here

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