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10 places to go in December

Wondering where is best to go in December? Whether you want some warm winter-sun or a festive adventure amongst snow-covered mountains, we’re sure you’ll find something to inspire you.


Northern Cyprus

With year-round sunshine and mild, yet pleasant temperatures in winter, the Besparmak Mountains of northern Cyprus are a wonderful destination for a European walking holiday in December. Get off of the beaten track on our On Foot in Northern Cyprus trip to follow quiet mountain trails adorned with pretty flora and fauna and be spoiled by panoramic views of the cobalt-blue Mediterranean Sea. Finish a day’s trekking with a well-earned feast of traditional mezes.
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Take advantage of quieter venues on our whistle-stop tour around the must-see sights as well as the lesser-known gems of Morocco on our Best of Morocco tour in December. Dive into a labyrinth of colourful market stalls in the bustling souks of Marrakech and pick up a unique souvenir in the artisan medina of Fes. Ride over the mighty sand dunes of the Sahara Desert by camel-back and enjoy cooler temperatures in the remote Middle Atlas Mountains at this time of year.
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With mild temperatures throughout the winter season, Madeira is an idyllic walking tour destination for those looking to escape sweltering heat. On a walking tour of Madeira you’ll work your way around the twisting network of ancient footpaths, exploring lush Laurel forests and the charming capital, Funchal. Better still, at Christmas and New Year, you’ll find festive markets and sparkling firework displays to mark the celebrations.
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Avoid the wet monsoon season and set sail on a Maldives dhoni cruise in December. A journey of relaxation, take a break from busy every-day life as you float along bright turquoise waters and explore the unspoilt palm-fringed beaches of these remote islands. Dive below the surface for a vibrant display of coral reefs, tropical fish, manta ray and turtle before reclining on deck to watch the pink glow of the sun dip over the horizon.
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has good temperatures all year round and our tour travels along the west and south of the island, avoiding the wet season in the northeast. Take our Sri Lanka in Depth tour and uncover the highlights of the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean' at a relaxed pace. Hike up Adam's Peak for a spectacular view, enjoy a jeep safari in search of leopard and elephant and go whale-watching, with December being a good time to go.
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Avoid the crowds with our Jordan Discovery trip in December. The days are generally hot and dry, yet popular historic sites are noticeably quieter at this time of year. Go back in time and explore the ‘rose-red city’ of Petra, with its majestic buildings, monuments and tombs carved into the blush-coloured desert rocks, and get a great view of Al-Khazneh, aka ‘The Treasury,’ a well-preserved 1st-century temple towering over 43-metres high.
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Celebrate Christmas with an unforgettable trip to Bangkok’s bright lights and the remote tranquillity of The Best of Northern Thailand. Explore the jungle on foot and by bamboo rafts on the River Kwai, meet locals and enjoy a hearty traditional meal at a village homestay and witness elephants splash around in the river at the Elephant Nature Park, one of the largest elephant conservation centres in Thailand.
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Avoid the intense humidity of summer with our Family Taj & Palaces trip to India in December. Cooler temperatures make a visit at this time much more pleasant for game drives, and sightings of Bengal tiger are more frequent in the winter months. The opportunity to explore the fortified walls of Amber Palace in the Pink City of Jaipur and watch the sun rise over the celestial Taj Mahal will make this a family adventure to treasure.
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With quiet roads and little traffic, cycling is one of the best ways to explore Cuba. Make the most of the dry season and enjoy mild sunny weather with our Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle trip in December, but take some extra layers for the cooler nights. Jump in the saddle and immerse yourself in Cuba’s lush green countryside and colonial towns, savouring the hospitality of locally-owned homestays. Plus, why not extend your trip with a two-night stay on the golden beach of Playa Jibacoa?
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Cambodia and Vietnam

If you want an active winter-sun adventure, take a look at our Cambodia and Vietnam cycling trip. With the rainy season over, December is one of the best times of year to visit. Feel the wind rush past as you cycle along paddy fields, and pedal into the jungle to visit the ancient temple city of Angkor. Be greeted by local children as you pass through their remote villages and witness multi-coloured sunsets over the Mekong Delta.
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