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WINTER HOLIDAYS

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Snuggling up in the warm indoors to the backdrop of powdery snow and twinkling Christmas markets - who said the colder months don’t need to be the most fun? With the best destinations for a unique winter getaway, you’re pretty much guaranteed an unforgettable winter wonderland experience on our winter breaks. Whether you're chasing the northern lights in Iceland or getting cosy in the Contiki Gasthof in Austria, there's nothing quite as thrilling as your first winter vacation in Europe. Looking for a little peace after a long year? Far from the chaos of city life, you’ll likely find serenity in the beauty of Iceland. A typical day might
see you horse riding past geothermal waters and ancient volcanoes in the land of fire and ice, before returning home for your epic Icelandic group feast. Thought winter adventures were all about skiing? Think again. With all the different ways you can travel in winter, you'll be spoilt for choice. Picture yourself clutching a hot chocolate on a crisp Vienna evening as you wander the Christmas markets, enjoying off-peak crowds and prices in the iconic sites of Rome and Venice or chasing some winter sun in the warm cities of Spain, Portugal or Morocco. No matter where you are, a Contiki trip will change your definition of a winter break.

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Which states are warm in December?
Don't fancy a white Christmas? We've got you covered. In the US, it's all about the West Coast and the Deep South. From San Fran in California, where the sun beats down all year round, to Orlando in Florida, Texas, New Orleans and Hawaii, we have plenty of trips in the USA that allow you to get some glorious rays over the Christmas break.

Where should I go for winter break?
It depends which hemisphere you're in a whether you're looking for some winter sun or some ski and snowboard adventures or twinkling Christmas markets. Summer gets the limelight, but the truth is, Europe shines all year round, so if you want some off-peak prices, off-piste adventures or all the historical sights without the crowds then a tour of Europe during the winter might be a good idea. If you want some winter sun, you can't be Cali where the rays shine down all year round.

Where should I go for Christmas vacation in USA?
Whether you want a white Christmas or some winter sun, there are plenty of incredible Christmas vacation destinations in the USA. NYC is a magical place to be during the holidays, where the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lights up, artful window displays adorn the department stores and the Big Apple is strewn entirely in glittering lights. In Washington, snowy mountain towns are transformed into winter wonderlands, with lights decking the streets and roasted chestnuts sweetening the air. A trip to Cali or Florida will see much more sun, as well as incredible experiences in Universal Studios and Disney Land.

Where should I go in winter USA?
That depends on whether you're looking for some winter wonderlands or winter sun. Plenty of destinations come alive during the festive months, from New York's Rockefeller Christmas Tree to the mountain towns of Washington and Colorado. If you want some winter sun, head to the west coast where the sun shines all year round in Cali, San Diego and San Fran.

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