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Best places to travel in December

Looking for a winter getaway with a difference? Take a look at our top ten places to visit 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.
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Walking and trekking holidays

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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Morocco

Take advantage of quiet trails and challenge yourself on our Winter Toubkal Trek in December. Kitted out with crampons, you’ll make the steep climb up to the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains to the north and the Anti Atlas and the Sahara to the south. Have your camera at the ready!
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Festive adventures

Poland

Get into the festive spirit with a Polish Winter Adventure. The peaks of the Pieniny Mountains will be draped in a blanket of deep snow at this time of year, glistening and gleaming in the bright sunlight. Climb onboard a horse-drawn sleigh for a torch-lit ride through the forest, or don some snowshoes to enjoy a magical walk through fresh powder with extensive views of the snow-covered alpine landscape.
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Winter sun

Maldives

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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Malaysia

One of the less visited areas of the South East Asian region, Malaysia has good temperatures all year round and our tour along the eastern side of the peninsula is more sheltered with typically less rainfall. Take our Explore Malaysia tour and immerse yourself in the buzzing metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world and end the trip with some downtime on a pristine sandy beach on the tropical island of Langkawi.
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Jordan

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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Family adventures

Thailand

Make the most of the Christmas school holidays with an unforgettable trip to Bangkok’s bright lights and the remote tranquillity of Thailand’s northern hills. Picture-perfect beaches, thrilling speedboat rides and encounters with whooping gibbons in ancient jungles will entice screen-hungry teenagers away from their gadgets and into a vivid world of exotic wildlife and cultural surprises.
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India

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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Cycling holidays

Cuba

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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