Swap Christmas turkey for Christmas travel.

Spend Christmas in Russia and ring in the New Year in Moscow's Red Square

Every year it seems that Christmas sneaks up on me. Before long it’ll be time to finalise those plans, figure out where to get the turkey and promise myself that this year I’ll definitely take the tree down before New Year. (Is there anything more depressing than a Christmas tree after Christmas?)

Explore the stark beauty of Wadi Rum this Christmas

Perhaps I’ll try something a bit different this year. How about going somewhere where there are no depressing Christmas trees, or where they turn the festive dial up to 11 and it’s guaranteed to be snowing on Christmas Day?Whether you’re hankering after the classic white Christmas, or if you’d prefer to find a patch of sunshine to escape the cold, where are you going to celebrate this year?

Head to Egypt and spend Christmas Day lazing by the pool in Cairo, discovering the pyramids, sailing the Nile in a felucca or head to Dahab to snorkel the Red Sea. Combine Egypt and Jordan in one trip – you can enjoy Egypt for Christmas and spend New Year in the desert wonderland of Wadi Rum.

Perhaps swap the rocky wadis for the sandy dunes of the Sahara in Morocco: experience Marrakech with its bustling souks, visit beautiful Todra Gorge, soak up the fresh mountain air of the rugged Atlas Mountains or explore Ait Benhaddou and the seaside town of Essaouira. Turkey also gets in on the festivities – spend 12 days exploring Ephesus, Troy, Aspendos, Pamukkale and the surreal landscape of Cappadocia with our (wait for it) Christmas Turkey tour. And if you’re looking for a traditional frosty white Christmas then look no further than our festive tours to Russia, and ring in the New Year from Red Square. But don’t fear the cold, this is why Russians invented vodka!

Wherever you choose to spend your holiday season, our Christmas tours are guaranteed to be full of festive cheer.

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