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.