There’s a certain kind of magic about a winter holiday. The softly falling snow, the warm Christmas spirit, the cosy nights by candlelight. And that moment when you look up to admire the Northern Lights dancing above you when you take stock of your incredible surrounds. Whether it's a cup of homemade Salep in Turkey, a delicious grilled sausage at a Christmas market in Munich, skating under the stars in New York or watching Snow Monkeys relax in a misty, Japanese onsen, winter travel has some pretty epic advantages – think way less tourists and less crowded holiday selfies. We think a winter tour might be on the cards…

Our winter tours

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Discover the unique beauty of Iceland. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, touch the...

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Travel to Spain and Portugal and indulge in food and wine on a locally-guided tour from...

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Travel from Madrid to Marrakech on a sangria, sun and spice infused tour across Spain,...

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If you’ve ever dreamed of getting active in the ultimate winter wonderland, this trip...

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Brave the sub-zero temperatures of Harbin and you’ll be rewarded with the most...

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Experience Turkey as few travellers do. Join Intrepid and discover this ancient country...

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Get amongst Christmas markets and winter festivities in Canada and USA on a snow-filled...

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

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Kick off a colourful Best of Spain tour in Madrid and visit some of Spain's highlights....

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Travel through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary and experience the incredible...

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Explore Central Europe from Germany to Italy. Discover the history of Berlin and Krakow...

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Travel the great Trans-Siberian railway on a winter expedition from Moscow to...

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

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Discover stylish Scandinavia on the ultimate urban adventure, visiting Copenhagen,...

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Marvel at snow-capped mountain ranges frozen wonderlands and the elusive northern...

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Take a 15-day European adventure from Barcelona to Berlin, passing by old-world charm...

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

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See Italy in the cooler months, hitting Rome, Florence, Pisa and Bologna before...

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Explore some of Central Europe’s best Christmas market. Savour chimney cakes and castle...

Why travel in winter

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Smaller crowds

By travelling in an off-peak season, you’ll encounter shorter queues at major attractions and have more chances to mix with the locals. You’ll also be lessening the impact of tourism on popular destinations, which means you’ll be helping the local environment and supporting the local community.

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Value for money

Travelling in winter has many benefits, like cute puffer coats and big mugs of hot chocolate, but the benefits to your travel budget also shouldn’t be overlooked. Flights and travel experiences are often cheaper in off-peak seasons, meaning you can use your money to maximise your extras on trip.

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Real life experiences

Real life experiences are those moments when you know something special is happening. It could be whizzing across the pristine snowfields of Finnish Lapland on the back of a dog sled or watching Snow Monkeys enjoy an onsen in Japan… These unexpected moments are what travelling with us is all about.

Highlights of winter travel

Christmas market in Munic

Visit the Christmas markets in Central Europe

Contrast the different traditions and treats of a variety of Christmas markets across Central Europe. From tasting authentic Bavarian cuisine in Munich, exploring the Baroque historical district of Salzburg to admiring the incredible architecture of Vienna (while picking up a few handicraft gifts), there’ll be so much festive cheer you’ll feel as warm as a mug of mulled wine.

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Two female travellers at the Athabasca Glacier, Canada

Get back to nature in the frozen Canadian Rockies

If you’re up for an action-packed adventure, a winter trip to the Canadian Rockies may be for you. Snowshow, cross-country ski and skate across wintery wonderlands, hike the frosty Athabasca Glacier or try your hand at dog-sledding in Lake Louise. Plus, the more time you spend out in the wilderness, the more excuses there are for an apres ski in the evening.

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Moscow in winter with snow

Uncover cultural traditions in Russian winter

Shrouded in history and mystery, a winter adventure in Russia will overdeliver on cultural experiences. Visit the sombre resting place of the Romanovs to learn about the tragedies of the Russian Revolution, take a ride through frozen countryside on the Trans-Siberian Railway or bring in the New Year with the traditional shot of vodka to toast the old year, and a glass of champagne to bring in the new.

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Taste unique winter cuisine in Turkey

You may think of Turkey as a summery, Mediterranean destination, but once you’ve experienced the unique winter cuisine in Istanbul (and the lack of queues at the Blue Mosque), you’ll learn your lesson. Sip on Salep, a creamy drink made from the root of a wild orchid or feast on a warming bowl of Chorba, a sour chicken stew. You won’t find these delights on a steamy summer day.

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