If you’d like to wake up on Christmas morning to a vista blanketed with snow in Russia, or fancy ringing in 2019 under a star-lit sky in Morocco’s Sahara Desert, then consider one of our exotic Xmas and New Year escapes for a unique travel experience. From sunshine and sandy shores in Egypt, to the frosty delights of Iceland and everything in between, we’re bound to have a Xmas or New Year break to suit you. You'll get all the extras that we include on our group tours from arrival transfers to knowledgeable local tour leaders to show you around. Plus we've planned our festive itineraries to ensure that you spend Christmas and New Year's eve and day in stunning locations around the planet.
And with no compulsory single supplements on our Signature XMAS & NYE tours, we're an excellent choice for solo travellers. So spend your festive season with a varied group of like-minded travellers for a Christmas or New Year's to remember. Head to our Solos page for more information on our solo traveller-friendly tours.
Head for some winter sun in Egypt this Christmas and New Year. We offer a choice of departure dates and all tour itineraries are carefully planned to ensure you spend Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in Egypt's very best locations. With 4 - 5 star standard hotels, degree qualified Egyptologist local guides and both arrival and departure airport transfers our festive Egypt tours are excellent value too.
For a truly unique festive break, spend Christmas in St Petersburg - the city of the tsars, and enjoy some winter fun in Russia, ice skating and sledding, defrosting in a steamy banya and spending New Year’s in Red Square. Our carefully planned itineraries over Christmas and New Year's in Russia take in all the key highlights and you'll stay at comfortable hotels too. Join us in Russia for a truly unique festive experience!
Make your way to magical Morocco this year for Christmas and New Year, just a short hop from Europe but world's apart. Explore the bustling souks of Marrakech, see the changing colours of Todra Gorge and the famous fortified kasbah at Aït Benhaddou, relax by the coast in beautiful Essaouira and ride a camel across Sahara sands!
Ring in the New Year in the land of ice and fire. Enjoy a four-course New Year's Eve dinner in Reykjavik, warm your hands by the local bonfires and party in the Harpa Concert Hall for a night to remember. We also have a departure of our popular Land of the Northern Lights tour running over the New Year festive period.
Lapland is one of the most iconic places to spend Christmas and for that reason, festive departures sell out months in advance. Fear not, as we offer an alternative - Kuhmo, an equally attractive winter wonderland.
Have yourself a merry pink Christmas spending the day exploring the Rose City of Petra or celebrate the end of the year with a Bedouin BBQ party in the Wadi Rum desert. What could be more special?
Christmas is all about family and what better way to celebrate with loved ones than experiencing a camel ride in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza or spending the night camping out under the stars in the Sahara Desert. Or perhaps spend the New Year with your clan discovering the sights and sounds of India before setting off on a tiger safari. This collection of tours have departures over the Christmas and New Year period with '...for teens' tours open to children aged 12 and over, and the other tours welcoming children as young as 5 years old.
For the ultimate Christmas adventure travel to Turkey and spend Christmas Eve at the home of Santa Claus, St Nicholas himself! If it's a snowy Christmas you're after, lose yourself in the ice sculptures of Harbin in China. We've also got departures to India and Vietnam over the holiday season for those hoping for warmer climes as well as safari trips where you can spend Christmas or New Year's on the search for the Big 5.
These are just some suggestions of exciting travel destinations this festive season but if you're thinking of somewhere else or prefer a private holiday with friends and family, contact our tailor-made team to start planning that dream trip. Need a little more inspiration? Take a look at our pick of top destinations in December and January to help you decide on the ideal beach break or wildlife adventure this Christmas or New Year.
On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our Budget range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 24, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
On our Handpicked range we bring you the most iconic experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.
Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 28 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.
Our Budget range is the perfect choice for independent spirits travelling on a shoestring. As well as guided sightseeing of the key highlights, there’s also ample free time to explore independently or partake in optional excursions that maximise your time in each destination. Few meals are included, allowing you the freedom to choose exactly where you eat and spend your evenings out, with the added bonus of enabling you to stay in control of your spending.
Many tours in this range include a local payment and this pricing system helps keep costs down so you can be sure we’re delivering the best possible value. You’ll be travelling by both private and public transport – think buses, trains, feluccas and even camels. Accommodation ranges from dome tents to a surprise 4-star hotel at a 3-star price. And with a maximum group size of 32, these tours are designed to create a social and fun travel experience.