While the average winter break might include laying by the pool or hitting the slopes, we’ve put together some alternative winter break options for sun-worshippers and snow aficionados alike. If you want to soak up some rays, why not do it in Costa Rica where you can raft down rapids in the Pacuare River (we apologize in advance for the life jacket tan). But if snow is your thing, you can choose to hang out with penguins on a polar expedition instead. No matter the weather, snow or sun, we’re forecasting a winter break that’s well out of the ordinary. 

Alternative sun breaks 

If sun and adventure is what you want, trade trudging to work for trekking to the top of an active volcano in Nicaragua. Dive into the crystal blue waters of Caye Caulker and swim among manta rays. Or if caffeine is calling to you, explore Colombia’s coffee region in a traditional estancia where you’ll pick, roast and, of course, sample fresh coffee. These are sun destinations done differently.

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Escape to Belize on an adventure to San Ignacio and Tikal. Visit breathtaking Mayan...

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Discover tropical paradise and ancient wonders on a tour of Central America, featuring...

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Discover the best of Nicaragua and Costa Rica on an all-encompassing adventure,...

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We are thrilled to offer a legal trip for US citizens that meets the "People to People"...

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Come face-to-face with the extraordinary central islands of the Galapagos. Snorkel with...

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Get to know Colombia on a coffee-scented adventure that will take you through the...

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Experience the best of everything Argentina and Brazil have to offer on this fantastic,...

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This eight-day exploration of Jamaican culture, food and language will take you to the...

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Travel from Playa del Carmen through to Merida, Valladolid and Tulum on a Yucatan...

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Take a culinary journey through Mexico, tasting the flavours of Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico...

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Be captivated by Costa Rica on an adventure that combines thrill-seeking with the...

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Sun, fun, creatures and culture. This intoxicating adventure through the heart of...

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Get an invigorating taste of El Salvador’s sultry, vibrant culture – explore ancient...

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Alternative snow breaks 

If you love the magic of winter, embrace the cold while riding a dog sled through Finnish Lapland or chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland. And believe us, if you’ve ever witnessed the Aurora Borealis while soaking in a natural hot spring, you would understand why Icelanders tend to believe in magic (and elves). These winter breaks are nothing short of enchanting.

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Discover the unique beauty of Iceland. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, trek across the...

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Explore the taigas of Finnish Lapland on this eight-day adventure across pristine peaks...

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Wander through the stunning Tatra Mountains via sled, ski and foot, enjoying delicious...

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Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula,...

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Experience the festive markets of Central Europe. Go Christmas crazy in the market...

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Taste mystery and intrigue on a revealing tour of Russia - from the cultural city of...

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