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Our top trips departing in January

Where to go on holiday in January


Whether you’re looking for some winter fun or a dose of much-needed sun, January offers the chance to begin the year in style. From Northern Lights breaks in Scandinavia to luxury beach breaks and safaris, our specialists have picked out their top itineraries for that perfect post-Christmas break.

Scandinavia and the Nordics

For that quintessential winter break, look no further than Scandinavia and the Nordics. Here, Swedish and Finnish Lapland host dogsled rides and snowmobile safaris all under the Northern Lights; look to Tromso for some of the best viewing of this spectacular natural phenomenon. Alternatively, look to Iceland or the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard for some authentic cold-weather adventure. 

Head for the beach

For a dose of winter sun, head to the Caribbean for some white-sands relaxation. Or, make the most of Costa Rica’s dry season, when the reduced humidity makes exploring jungles and cloud forests ideal – best combined with the country’s gorgeous beaches. Rains now a distant memory, the beach-fringed islands of the Maldives are also a great option, while closer to home, Tenerife and Madeira are both great choices.

Wondrous wildlife

In Africa, Tanzania is a great option. Equatorially warm and dry without being uncomfortably close, January is perfect for safaris and ascents of Kilimanjaro. But, it’s perhaps the country’s wildebeest calving season that’s most impressive, when these majestic beasts migrate back to the grasslands of the Serengeti in astonishing numbers. South Africa's southern coast – from Cape Town and the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape game reserves – is also an excellent option, with sunny days and mild nights. For a spectacular wildlife alternative, head to Ecuador's Galápagos Islands for an island-hopping adventure, swimming with seals, rays and sharks, and spotting rare species from marine iguanas to Darwin's finches.

Off the beaten track in Patagonia

While it's the height of summer in South America, it's also the wettest for many Andean countries. However, January is superb time to visit the southern region of Patagonia, which straddles Argentina and Chile. Head off the beaten track to explore endless hiking trails, or head to one of the big-hitting national parks – Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy are two of our favourites.


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Our top itineraries for January

Aerial view of Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa

Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,400 pp incl. flights

This is the ultimate introduction to South Africa. A spectacular drive along the Garden Route will see you link Cape Town’s beachside charms with the country’s finest vineyards before ending with an all-inclusive Big-Five safari.

Levi Igloo, Utsuvaara, Finnish Lapland

Finland's Glass Igloos & Northern Lights

5-day tailor-made winter holiday from £1,685 pp incl. flights

This winter break includes a memorable stay in a glass igloo in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Watch as the Northern Lights swirl above your heated, glass-domed roof before swapping over to the cosy and characterful Hotel Ylläshumina for three days of Arctic-circle adventure.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,705 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,290 pp incl. flights

Swap Melbourne’s city sights for golden sands, world-class vineyards and the magnificent Twelve Apostles as you drive one of the world’s greatest coastal roads.

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Top offers for January

Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden

Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden, Tenerife

7-night luxury holiday from £1,265 pp incl. flights & transfers


Early booking discount – Save up to £130pp
Book by: 23 December 2022

Hotel Botanico, located in picturesque Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife, is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Expect superb dining, gorgeous rooms and one of Europe's best spas.

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