Thanksgiving Vacations in 2023
Where to go this Thanksgiving
Leave the sofa and weekend TV behind and use the two days of extra holiday to explore more of the world this Thanksgiving. Stick to the Northern Hemisphere for the winter wonderland and Northern Lights of Iceland. Or if the thought of Black Friday madness leaves you cold, there's plenty of exotic destinations offering plenty of sunshine and warmth, from Southeast Asia and South America to Egypt and India.
We have a wide range of group tours departing over the Thanksgiving period and here we've selected some of our most popular itineraries to a variety of wonderful destinations that capitalise on the long holiday weekend.
The world is definitely your oyster so if you're looking for something different, check out our full range of destinations for more tour ideas. In addition to group tours we also offer private vacations, allowing you to travel on a departure date that suits you, with a partner, family or friends. The majority of our group tours can be operated as private tours, and we have separate private itineraries too.
If you like your heat dry then the Middle East and North Africa are top destinations. Temperatures in late November are pleasantly warm without being unbearable hot, which is ideal for sightseeing around Egypt and Jordan for their ancient wonders and outdoor adventures. It does get a little colder at night so take layers if you're considering heading to Morocco and the Sahara desert or Israel for its numerous religious monuments.
The monsoon rains have passed come November and the national parks of India are open once again, making it the perfect time to go on a tiger safari and explore the country's incredible sites. Another top destination for wildlife safaris is Sri Lanka where the west side of the country is generally dry. It's autumn in the Himalayas so a good time to visit Nepal and Bhutan where it's still mild, with clear blue skies.
November is a great time to visit the southeast part of Asia with the monsoon rains having passed on to leave stunning verdant landscapes, particularly in Vietnam where you sail around spectacular Halong Bay and visit the Mekong Delta. It also makes November a great time to visit the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, free from torrential downpours and highly evocative as the lush jungle consumes the ancient ruins. In Japan it's autumn, with temperatures pleasant and leaves on the trees turning golden, perfect for sightseeing!
Go in search of the spectacular northern lights and explore spectacular landscapes on a tour of Iceland this Thanksgiving. The nights are long in November, making it the perfect viewing season for the aurora borealis.
This Thanksgiving, how about swapping the turkey that usually graces the family dining table with the exotic wildlife of Africa? East Africa is largely considered a year-round destination with Kenya and Tanzania experiencing short rains in November that won't hamper your safari adventures too much. In southern Africa the rains are drawing in which transforms the arid landscapes of Namibia while nearby at Victoria Falls visibility is at its best after the dry season.
It's topsy-turvy in Latin America - while the States are heading towards the depths of winter, countries south of the equator are welcoming the summer months, making November a great time to experience the great outdoors from the Andes to Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. Visit the wildlife rich Galapagos Islands, or spectacular Iguassu Falls and the party capital of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Marvel at Machu Picchu in Peru or explore the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia.
These are just some suggestions of exciting travel destinations this Thanksgiving 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 November to help you decide on the ideal beach break or wildlife adventure this Thanksgiving vacation.