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2021 Holiday Season Travel - Where To Go This Year

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Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany

Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany

The holiday season is an exciting time to visit a new country, and our list of destinations provides possibilities of where you can visit during the festive months of 2021. Our selected countries can take you into a winter wonderland, reveal mouthwatering flavors, or uncover the heart of a summer wilderness coupled with the astounding attention to detail that a local travel specialist provides.

While travel for 2021 may have its challenges, you can explore and discover the essential diversity of the holiday season around the world with ease. A brief note of current entry requirements are included, but are dynamic and subject to change. Your Zicasso travel specialist can provide updated requirements based on the timing of your trip. With logistics taken care of by your Zicasso travel specialist, you can bask in the unparalleled charms of your holiday vacation to embrace a personalized and welcoming experience no matter where you visit.

Italy

Christmas tree on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Christmas tree on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Christmas in Italy is not just an observance of a holiday but an immersive celebration of custom, an eruption of festive spirit, and a display of timeless connection. Italian Christmas for 2021-2022: Winter Beauty and Festive Traditions embraces Italian heritage and provides you with mesmerizing and tangible memories. From truffle hunting to Midnight Mass at the Vatican, medieval towns glistening with seasonal lights to sampling heartwarming Prosecco in the company of a family-owned vineyard, Italy blends its spirituality with its passion, its tradition with its beauty, its Christmas Markets with its culinary markets, for an unforgettable festive season.

Entry requirements as of June 22, 2021: Vaccinated travelers are welcome to Italy, and must take a Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry.

Learn more: Italy Tours & Vacations | Italy Travel Guide | 4 Reasons to Plan a Christmas Trip to Italy | 8 Best Italy Christmas Markets

Greece

Greece may not be the first winter destination you think of but the landscape across the mainland turns into a festive wonderland for Christmas with fir trees in the north dusted with snow or markets in the south displaying holiday traditions. Greece Mainland Discovery Tour is the perfect experience for the entire family as you explore the charming villages of the Zagori and soaring monasteries of Meteora, soothing flavors of herbaceous rakomelo to the distinctive festival that celebrates 12 days of Christmas. Whether looking to visit famous ruins nearly absent of crowds, lower rates, or seasonal customs, Greece is a treasure during the holidays.

Entry requirements as of June 22, 2021: Travelers are welcome to Greece with proof of vaccination, a medical certificate of recovery, or a negative PCR taken up to 72 hours before arrival.

Learn more: Greece Tours & Vacation |  Best Greece Itineraries for 2021-2022 | What to Know about 2021 Travel to Greece

Germany

Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

Germany during the holiday season can feel like the world’s center for seasonal celebration that can connect you to twinkling lights and the alluring aromas of distinctive spices. Christmas in Germany: Picturesque Villages and Enchanting Castles lets you discover the welcoming ambiance of Germany’s Christmas markets, fairytale villages, and romantic castles for a timeless commemoration of the local culture and holiday spirit. Enjoy a tradition of wooden toys, explore Baroque architecture or storybook homes, and experience the true pleasures of Christmas in Germany.

Entry requirements as of June 22, 2021: Travelers who are fully vaccinated or fully recovered and have a negative Covid-19 PCR test  tested within 72 hours of arrival are welcome for entry.

Learn more: Germany Tours & Vacations

Belize

Paradise Beach on beautiful island South Water Caye, Belize

Paradise Beach on beautiful island South Water Caye, Belize.

Belize is a spectacular destination year-round, and in winter, you can easily escape to the tropical weather and festive Caribbean lifestyle. Tropical Beaches to Lush Jungle: Beautiful Belize Escape is a family-friendly tour perfect for the Christmas season. With new direct flights coming available across the United States, you can escape to the warmth of Belize’s rainforest and beaches as you explore captivating ruins, discover traditional Mayan recipes, and plunge into the Caribbean Sea when snorkeling along the world’s second-largest barrier reef. From luxury accommodations to exciting exploration, you can revel in the joyous ambiance of Christmas in Belize.

Entry Requirements as of June 22, 2021: Fully vaccinated travelers are welcome, and those not yet vaccinated can enter with a negative Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel.

Learn more: Belize Tours & Vacations

Costa Rica

Beach sunset at Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, Costa Rica

Beach sunset at Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, Costa Rica

Costa Rica around Christmas brings the festive season into being with lights, music, and an ambiance of togetherness that exemplifies the Pura Vida lifestyle. Handcrafted Costa Rica Tour: Finest Tropical Escape can immerse your entire family in the excitement and beauty from the cloud forests to the Pacific coastline as you discover homes decorated in red coffee berries or offerings of fruit and toys placed in front of nativity scenes. The joys of the holiday season will accentuate the fun of rafting down roaring rapids, ziplining through the jungle canopy, embracing the views of Arenal Volcano, and learning the art of making chocolate for everlasting family memories.

Entry requirements as of June 22, 2021: Travelers are welcome with proof of insurance covering Covid-19 and any extended stay due to related illness.

Learn more: Costa Rica Tours & Vacations | Why You Should Go to Costa Rica

South Africa

Herd of springbok antelopes in South AfricaHerd of springbok antelopes in South Africa

Herd of springbok antelopes in South Africa

South Africa during the holiday season is an easy and blissful escape into the Southern Hemisphere’s summer where joyous adventure and an endless festive ambiance await. 10-Day Classic South Africa Safari for First-Timers is a perfect combination of togetherness, exploration, and relaxation that will provide you with endless memories. Embrace the thrill of witnessing Africa’s Big 5. Enjoy the adventure of trekking to the top of Table Mountain. Watch for dolphins or simply delight in warm, pristine sands. Whether escaping to the Winelands or finding seals and penguins, South Africa is a perfect holiday destination for any family.

Entry requirements as of June 22, 2021: Travelers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.

Learn more: South Africa Tours & Vacations | South Africa Travel Guide

Tanzania

Game drive in Ruaha National Park

Game drive with Asilia Africa in Ruaha National Park. Photo courtesy of Kwihala Camp / Asilia Africa

Christmas in Tanzania feels like a festival with culture and wildlife brimming with activity. Safari and Seascape: 9-Day Tanzania and Zanzibar is a fantastic way to experience the wonders of the season from a new perspective as herds migrate, the landscape becomes a haven for birdwatching, and the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean brush against Zanzibar’s white-sand beaches. Search for the famous Big Five, admire tree-climbing lions and impressive elephant troops. Enjoy the warm island living in Zanzibar to find lively markets and rainbow reefs as the splendors of Tanzania shine at Christmas.

Entry requirements of June 22, 2021: Travelers are welcome with a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival.

Learn more: Tanzania Tours & Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

Egypt & Jordan

View of the Karnak temple in the evening, Luxor, Egypt.

View of the Karnak temple in the evening, Luxor, Egypt.

The ambiance of the holiday season can bring an immersive joy to any destination and the Mystique of Ancient Realms: An Egypt & Jordan Adventure Tour blends the welcoming atmosphere around Christmas with the timeless majesty of Egypt and Jordan. Expand on the wonders of Wadi Rum. Discover the grandeur of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Float in the soothing waters of the Dead Sea and wander the expansive grounds of Petra. From a Christmas market in Amman to the Madaba Church mosaic, famous Egyptian hospitality to Luxor’s seasonal decorations, Egypt and Jordan will immerse you in new holiday experiences.

Entry requirements of June 22, 2021: For Egypt, travelers must have a proof of a negative Covid PCR test on paper taken a maximum of 96 hours before your flight, but 72 hours or less is recommended. For Jordan, US citizens must have a Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Learn more: Egypt Tours & Vacations | Jordan Tours & Vacations

Countries Not Yet Open, but Worth Considering

Some of the most enticing destinations for the holiday season can introduce you to the ends of the earth or storytelling traditions. While the following destinations may not be open yet to visitors from around the world, find updates on these, and others, as borders continue to reopen to tourism.  For some destinations, it is a good idea to plan ahead to holiday travel in 2022, and starting your plans now can bring the best options in accommodations, activities and guides.

Argentina

Travel to the South Pole on Christmas to discover a winter wonderland during the heart of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. Christmas in the South Pole Vacation Tour & Cruise embodies the spirit of the holiday season while bringing the exciting visions of the Southern Ocean to life. Travel through protected waterways as whales pass near misleading icebergs or leopard seals lounge on the pebbled coastline. Visit penguins, discover hot springs, and kayak along the waters to edge closer to the drama of the landscape as you uncover the wonders of Antarctica during the Christmas season blanketed in the shimmer of the Midnight Sun.  Learn more: Argentina Tours & Vacations

Chile

The holiday season represents togetherness, and Chile brings together charm, wonder, and joy during the Chilean Christmas on Easter Island Tour. The joyful ambiance around the holiday highlights the splendor of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer as you ride on horseback through Patagonian forest, embrace epic panoramas on a scenic helicopter flight, sample the soothing wines of celebrated vineyards, and enjoy the tropical waters on an Easter Island snorkeling tour. Whether witnessing the magnitude of traditional statues or basking in the wonders of a secluded waterfall, Chile during the holiday season combines cultural and scenic festivities.  Learn more: Chile Tours & Vacations

Ireland

Ireland in December possesses an undeniable and alluring rhythm. The Ireland Christmas Vacation and a Lucky New Year tour brings the stories and myths of Ireland to life as it blends ancient Gaelic heritage with a centuries of Christian tradition. Markets become pockets of unrivaled joy and anticipation. Enjoy luxurious castles, uncover local history, search for nesting puffins, and embrace the serene and festive glow of lanterns during the Procession of Light. Ireland is the perfect Christmas and New Year destination with a snowy wonderland of mountain peaks, the ethereal music of caroling choirs, and historic pubs roaring with cozy fires. Learn more: Ireland Tours & Vacations | Ireland Travel Guide

Finland & Norway

Snow, ice, and reindeer can give you the feeling of the North Pole when exploring the rich natural beauty and cultural charms of Scandinavia inherent in the winter wonderland. White Christmas in Scandinavia: A Holiday Tour of Finland and Norway reflects the dream of the holiday season accentuated by the dancing colors of the Northern Lights. Bask in mulled wine, experience a reindeer safari, explore a mystical Norwegian fjord as the frozen landscape becomes more accessible when connected to the warmth of local hospitality. Vibrant seasonal flavors, sleigh rides, and serene scenery bring the splendors of Christmas to Scandinavia. Learn more: Scandinavia Tours 

Start Your Holiday Plans

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

The festive season brings charm and wonder around the world, whether trekking through the plains in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer or basking in the snowy blanket of a cozy winter ambiance. With the guidance and commitment of a travel specialist, you can embrace the diversity of the holiday season with your logistics, accommodations, and activities planned around your preferences. To discuss the possibilities of your holiday vacation this year, or to look ahead to 2022 or beyond, peruse our list of countries open now to American travelers, or submit Trip Request or contact our team directly at 1-888-265-9707.

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