Travel Inspiration: Where to travel for Christmas and New Year 2019
Looking for a getaway this winter? Whether you want a quick trip, a leisurely break with the family or a respite from the biting cold – here’s our roundup of where to travel for Christmas and New Year in 2019.
Our Destination Experts have picked their winter favourites, from the best Christmas markets of Europe to an exclusive NYE celebration onboard a private train, a spiritual sojourn through Israel and more. So, before 2020 begins, which of these places do you want to tick off your bucket list?
1. Christmas Markets of Europe
Europe during Christmas is nothing short of magical! Snow-capped Alps, Yuletide delights, twinkling castles, midnight celebrations, cities decked in glitzy decorations and lots of warm mulled wine – the charms of Europe come alive in a whole new way, come winter! As Christmas markets pop up across the continent from mid-November, try a Christmas-themed journey this year to capture the beautiful traditions of the festive season in the most stunning European settings.
Signature Suggests: 8 Days in Austria & Bavaria, featuring the snow-capped Alps, Mozart’s Salzburg, Viennese delights, Munich’s twinkling markets and more! Or try the 9-Day Alpine Christmas Markets journey, featuring the oldest Christmas market in the world at Strasbourg, Europe’s biggest indoor market in Zurich, and the magical woodlands of the Black Forest!
2. New Years’ Eve Voyage on a Private Train
Get onboard the uber-luxe Golden Eagle Danube Express for a musical and historic New Years’ celebration across Central Europe. Admire the beautiful wintry landscapes beneath the Austrian Alps and the medieval and Baroque splendour of Budapest and Graz as you travel through the heart of Central Europe.
To bring in the New Year, a sumptuous gala dinner is organised at Vienna’s impressive City Hall, complemented by the traditional waltzes of the renowned Wiener Hofball Orchestra, followed by an unforgettable firework display at midnight. And New Years’ day brings a celebratory brunch at Palais Coburg with a live transmission of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year concert!
3. Biblical Trail Through Israel
What better place to spend the festive season than at the heart of spirituality, traveling through the holy lands that have been sacred to three religions over thousands of years – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as you journey from his birthplace to his Crucifixion site in Jerusalem. And hear the fascinating tales of this region as you unravel how it came to be sacred to different beliefs.
The best part? If you are looking for a warmer New Years’ Eve, winters in Israel are typically sunnier and more pleasant than other parts of Asia and Europe.
4. Front Row Seats to the Sydney Fireworks
Sydney has always been a popular New Year destination, especially for those looking to escape the cold weather. Picture beers and barbecue by the beach. Or how about a bit of sand and surf by the harbour? Of course, the most-anticipated time is the lighting of the spectacular NYE fireworks at the Sydney Harbour. As one of the most popular NYE experiences in the world, it does tend to get chaotic though, with hundreds of thousands of revellers showing up in the area.
Signature Suggests: Find a private spot for uninterrupted viewing pleasure! Try the Sydney Opera House, the coveted spot for the best party in town on New Years’ Eve. Nothing beats the unobstructed portside views, under the sails of the Opera House, complimented with the finest wines and champagnes, and a selection of gourmet foods.
5. A Private Yacht Party
From Sydney to San Diego, coastal towns are always amongst the top-rated spots for NYE – with eclectic parties, beachside luxury and warmer climate to keep you cosy as the sun comes up! Our top picks are Miami, Barbados and Koh Phangan, known for its iconic Full Moon Parties!
Signature Suggests: If you would rather escape the crowds, charter a luxurious private yacht to bring in the New Year in style. Free-flowing champagne and canapes accompanied with live music under the sparkling light of a million stars. New Years’ Eve out on the sea is one of the most inspiring and rejuvenating ways to begin the New Year!
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