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Alternative Winter Holidays

November 24, 2017

When you ask people to think of a winter holiday, most people’s mind jumps automatically to ski breaks. If you’re not a fan of skiing, then I’m sure the constant chat of ski can be exasperating. But fear not – we have some travel inspiration for those who want a winter escape but don’t want to strap long, narrow material to their feet and glide down pressed, vertical slopes. Here are our top recommendations for winter breaks without skis.

Fly to the Sun

The Island of Madeira lies of the Southwest coast of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, if you want guaranteed winter sun, Madeira offers it in abundance. The average winter temperature in Madeira is 22 degrees Celsius, but it is never colder than about 16 degrees Celsius even in January.
Stay at the 5* Luxury VidaMar resort where you can choose the ultimate romantic spa holiday or discover more of Madeira with our luxury activity holiday where you can explore the Levadas and the UNESCO protected Laurissilva forest that covers two-thirds of the Island. The hotel is equipped with numerous different restaurants with a choice of Italian, Sushi, Madeiran and Portuguese aswell as the spa, Aqua area and the Vida Health club.


Sports Tickets and Events

Stay with us in Rome, Paris, Dublin or Edinburgh and you could be cheering on your country as they take part in the 2018 RBS 6 Nations Championship! Our Six Nations Rugby packages include hotel accommodation and tickets for the match of your choice!


Alpine Spa and Magical train journeys

These are available all year around, but are particularly nice for winter. You get to snuggle up warm inside, or bathe in the thermal waters, while the snow falls around you. Invigorate your body with fresh Alpine air and relaxing spa treatments! Our Alpine Spa break in Bormio is perfect for accessing the nearby Thermal Spas while staying in a hotel surrounded by breath-taking views.

Bormio is close to the Italian town of Tirano, this charming town high up in the Alta Valtellina is where you can begin a magical winter train journey across the Italian alps into Switzerland on the Bernina Express

The famous Bernina Express train enables you to discover the Alps from the comfort of a panoramic train ride. From Tirano to St. Moritz, the train travels along a beautiful route that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008. It’s perfect for snuggling into the cabins of the trains and watching the snow-capped mountains and glaciers pass by outside! Explore Italy and Switzerland on the route and maybe squeeze in some shopping.


 Christmas Markets

What says winter more than a Christmas market? We offer Christmas market packages in Salzburg and Prague, each with truly magical settings that will really get you in the festive spirit. Fitting in with the surrounding Gothic architecture, the Christmas Market in Prague sets up in Old Town Square, meaning you won’t have far to walk back to the hotel with all the unique gifts you pick up. Our Christmas market break in Salzburg will take you on a whirlwind through the city before letting you explore the market with curtesy Christmas punch in hand!


If you like the sound of any of these packages, or even just want a bit more information on any of our destinations, then our customer services team will be happy to help on!



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