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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.

Adventures in the Far East

Over in Asia, Thailand impresses with excellent weather, while Chinese New Year – celebrated between January 21st and February 20th – is best taken in with the festivities held in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The latter is especially enticing for its cool, dry outlook. Similar jubilation can be found with Vietnam’s colourful Tet Festival – generally held on the same day. Expect dragon dances, feasts and those all-important fireworks. It’s also a fantastic time to take in Cambodia's temple icons, the beaches of Malaysia and Myanmar’s ancient cities and colonial charm.

Wondrous wildlife

In Africa, Tanzania is a good 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. 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

Levi Igloo, Utsuvaara, Finnish Lapland

Glass Igloos & Northern Lights

5-day tailor-made winter holiday from £1,300 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.

Beach in Manuel Antonio

Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,435 pp incl. flights

Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Koh Samui beach, Thailand

Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

16-day tailor-made holiday from £1,910 pp incl. flights

The Gulf of Thailand offers fine beaches, superb snorkelling and world-class diving in clear, warm seas. You'll explore two of its most popular islands – Koh Phangan and Koh Samui – on this tailor-made trip, which also includes a city stay in Bangkok.

The 7th Room, Treehotel

Treehotel & ICEHOTEL

5-day tailor-made break from £1,250 pp incl. flights

Stay at two of Scandinavia's quirkiest and most celebrated hotels – Treehotel and ICEHOTEL – during this memorable five-night winter break in Swedish Lapland.

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Top offers for January

BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

The BodyHoliday, St Lucia

Guide price from £2,595 pp incl. flights


Daily spa treatment offer and additonal savings
Book by: 31 August 2021

The relaxing, all-inclusive BodyHoliday is a fantastic beachfront resort on Saint Lucia - the perfect place to energise and revitalise your body and mind.

Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden

Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden, Tenerife

7-night luxury holiday from £1,015 pp incl. flights & transfers


Early booking discount - must be bked 60 days before arrival – Save up to £180pp
Book by: 31 August 2021

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

Antarctica Bridge, Silversea

Antarctica Bridge with Silversea

11-day expedition fly-cruise from £13,300 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Early booking offer - save 10%
Book by: 31 August 2021

With an included business class flight across the Drake Passge, this Antarctic cruise with Silversea showcases the wildlife and wonders of the White Continent across six unforgettable days.

Scenic Eclipse

Antarctica in Depth on Scenic Eclipse

16-day exploration voyage from £10,855 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Early booking offer - save up to £1,974pp
Book by: 31 August 2021

Explore the White Continent in unmatched style aboard the world's first discovery yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Enjoy a full range of thrilling excursions, from helicopter flights to submarine dives, as you get up close to Antarctica's spectacular natural world.

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