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January

Our top trips departing in January

Where to go on holiday in January

Introduction

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, choosing from the likes of calm retreats in St Lucia and vibrant Barbados. Elsewhere, Brazil's breathtaking coastlines offer something for everyone. 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. 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. 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

Finland's Glass Igloos & Northern Lights

5-day tailor-made winter holiday from £1,860 pp

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.

Aerial view of Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa

Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,005 pp incl. flights

This is the perfect 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.

The 7th Room, Treehotel

Treehotel & ICEHOTEL

5-day tailor-made break from £1,815 pp incl. flights

This is the perfect introduction to winter in Swedish Lapland as you combine stays at two of Scandinavia's most celebrated hotels with the chance to add in a raft of optional excursions.

Aerial view of Arctic Wilderness Lodge

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel & Arctic Wilderness Lodge

4-day tailor-made break from £2,035 pp incl. flights

Head to the wilds of Arctic Norway to pair stays at the stunning Arctic Wilderness Lodge and a night in one of Scandinavia's premier ice hotels, where you'll enjoy action-packed adventures and hunt for the Northern Lights.

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Galápagos with Silversea

Western Galápagos on Silver Origin

11-day expedition cruise from £9,500 pp incl. flights

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Save £1,500 per person
Book by: 31 July 2024

When it comes to the great wonders of our natural world, there are few to rival the unique beauty and diversity of Ecuador's Galápagos islands. And, this itinerary on Silversea's smallest ship, Silver Origin, is perhaps its ultimate showcase.

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