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Festive tree and lights in Portofino, Italy during the winter holiday season

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Originally published on June 23, 2021, this list was last updated on December 14, 2021

The holiday season is an exciting time to visit a new country, and this list of destinations offers our recommendations of where you can visit during the holiday season in 2021.

Our selected countries can take you into a winter wonderland, reveal mouthwatering flavors, or uncover the heart of a summer wilderness. With the spectacular attention to detail that a local travel specialist provides, you can explore and discover the joy of the holiday season around the world.

Whether looking for a tropical escape for Christmas or eager to find an immersive festive experience, you can find the right destination to celebrate your perfect holiday season.

Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina

Travel across Patagonia and the beauty of Argentina during the holiday season to discover an exciting escape during the heart of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. Argentina Explorer: Capital, Forests, Andes Mountains, and Wine Country embodies the spirit of the holiday season while bringing the exciting visions of the Southern Ice Field to life. Travel through remote waterways to pass large icebergs and experience the power of Iguazu Falls. Visit vibrant birdlife, discover tango hotspots, and kayak along the waters to edge closer to the drama of the landscape as you uncover the wonders of Patagonia and Argentina during Christmas.

Learn more: Argentina Tours & Vacations

Belize

Paradise Beach on beautiful island South Water Caye, Belize.

Paradise Beach on beautiful island

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 from across the US, 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.

Learn more: Belize Tours & Vacations

Brazil

Amazon rainforest in Brazil

Amazon rainforest in Brazil

Brazil during the holiday season is festive, fun, and a warm welcome to the summer in the Southern Hemisphere on the 10-Day Brazil: Wildlife and Nature Explorer tour. The natural wonders of the nation brim from the rainforest to the coastline as you explore the Pantanal on a river cruise and delve deep into the vibrant sounds of the Amazon Rainforest in search of blue and gold macaws. With professional naturalist guides, you can embrace the timeless power and beauty of nature as you search for nocturnal wildlife or simply bask in the comforts of secluded lodges for a different perspective of the festive season.

Learn more: Brazil Tours & Vacations 

Chile

Moon Valley in Atacama Desert, Chile

Moon Valley in Atacama Desert, Chile

The holiday season represents togetherness, and Chile brings together charm, wonder, and joy during the Wilderness Wonderlands and Gorgeous Glaciers of Chile's Patagonia. 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 rafting excursion, sample the soothing wines of celebrated vineyards, and enjoy the remarkable glaciers that sculpt the surrounding landscape. Whether witnessing the magnitude of traditional culture or basking in the wonders of a secluded waterfall, Chile during the holiday season combines cultural and scenic splendor.

Learn more: Chile Tours & Vacations

Colombia

Cartagena skyline at night

Cartagena, Colombia

With idyllic landscapes, stunning coastline, and vibrant cities, the 8-day Breathtaking Culture and Nature Tour of Colombia tour uncovers the diversity and connection between the natural scenery and local heritage. With incredible warmth and distinctive traditions, you can immerse yourself in the customs of rural communities or the layered heritage of Cartagena’s colonial architecture that overlooks the tropical shoreline. From the wonders of Medellin to the delicious coffee of a hidden plantation, you can celebrate Christmas with style as you find streets decorated with candles, lanterns, and lights as you travel from the Andes to the Caribbean Sea.

Learn more: Colombia Tours & Vacations 

Costa Rica

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

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.

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

Ecuador & Galapagos

Baby sea lion on the beach in the Galapagos

Baby

Ecuador & the Galapagos straddle the equator to create a stunning holiday destination during A Perfect Family Vacation to Galapagos Islands. Natural and cultural history becomes an adventure as you explore mystical scenery populated by abundant and rare wildlife. Trek volcanic slopes to find a cloud forest, travel to the epicenter of the earth’s middle at the true equatorial line, wander through charming colonial architecture, and sail through the Galapagos archipelago in search of fur seals and penguins. Celebrate with traditional foods, local customs, or the unique majesty that takes you from the Andes to the Galapagos.

Learn more: Ecuador & Galapagos Tours & Vacations

Egypt

Giza pyramid complex in Egypt

The Giza Plateau, Egypt

The ambiance of the holiday season can bring an immersive joy to any destination and the Excellence of Egypt's Wonders Tour blends the welcoming atmosphere around Christmas with the timeless majesty of Egypt. Expand on the wonders of the desert as you discover the grandeur of the Great Pyramid of Giza or float in the soothing waters of the Dead Sea. From the dazzling Cairo bazaar to a private tour with a qualified Egyptologist, famous Egyptian hospitality to Luxor’s seasonal decorations, Egypt will immerse you in new holiday experiences.

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

England

London, England

London, England

England during the holiday season is filled with delight and charm. The English Christmas Tour: Majesty and Magic on Display will immerse your family in the endearing beauty and enduring wonder of the festive season across the country as you uncover the quintessential ambiance of London as a thriving winter escape. Embrace the seasonal spirit in the countryside beauty of the Cotswolds and find timeless decoration and passion in with afternoon tea and pastries as your worries disappear among the rhythmic luster of your seasonal celebration. Sip mulled wine, discover the wonders of Westminster Abbey, and embrace historic castles to make a perfect English Christmas.

Learn more: England Tours & Vacations | England Travel Guide

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.

Learn more: Germany Tours & Vacations

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.

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

Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Celebrate sheer wonder as you travel from the Andes to the Amazon during the Christmas season on Pure Peru: Amazon to Ancient Cusco Tour. Featured in the marvels of Machu Picchu and the natural diversity of the rainforest, you can wander jungle trails or capture the striking image of an ancient fortress nestled into the mountains. With pre-Columbian ruins, possible manatee sightings, and adventures in search of colorful macaws, you can experience the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere as you participate in Christmas traditions.

Learn more: Peru Tours & Vacations 

Tanzania

Lioness and cubs lounging in a tree in the Serengeti

Serengeti, Tanzania

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.

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

Thailand

Phang Nga Bay in Thailand

Phang Nga Bay in Thailand

Christmas in Thailand is about enjoying the tropical paradise from the luxurious islands to the expansive forest during the Best of Thailand for 2021-2022 tour. Visit the Grand Palace complex to find elaborate visions of Buddha or wander through the colorful ambiance of a night market in Chiang Mai. Embrace the flavors of Thailand with a private cooking class, witness the fascinating karsts rising out of the crystalline sea and enjoy the wonders of wildlife as you indulge in the beauty of Thailand in the warmth of a tropical winter.

Learn more: Thailand Tours & Vacations | Thailand Travel Guide

Start Your Holiday Plans

Mt Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia

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, submit Trip Request or contact our team directly at 1-888-265-9707.

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