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Experience the most magical Christmas
Despite being a predominantly Buddhist country, the Vietnamese are extremely fond of Christmas. This is a time of great celebration with locals gathering for festivities and beautiful lights, decorations and trees abundant in the cities. This is also an ideal place to go to escape the cold of the UK, with southern Vietnam in particular very warm and dry this time of year.
Our Christmas in Vietnam tour will see you exploring the full length of this spectacular country, from the Mekong Delta in the south all the way up to Hanoi in the north. Along the way, you’ll explore the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An and imperial treasures of Hue, as well as the many highlights of Saigon.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are spent cruising the pictureperfect waters of Halong Bay and, its lesser-known but equally spectacular twin, Lan Ha Bay. On Christmas Eve enjoy an exclusive drinks reception and barbecue Christmas Dinner on deck. A magical Christmas Day is spent cruising on tranquil Lan Ha bay before a special drinks reception and delicious dinner.
Departing 15 Dec 2023 & 2024
December is one of the finest months to visit India with temperatures warm, minimal rainfall and low humidity – the perfect conditions for exploring!
The perfect way to spend the festive season by experiencing the best of what India has to offer. From the classic sights of India's Golden Triangle, searching for the tigers in Ranthambore, discovering delightful Udaipur and participating in the festivities of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
After attending Midnight Mass in Agra on Christmas Eve, you’ll awake on Christmas Day to explore India’s most famous monument, the magnificent Taj Mahal. Enjoy a delicious Christmas feast and sip champagne at a rooftop restaurant accompanied by amazing views of the Taj Mahal at sunset. You’ll even be treated to a fantastic musical show telling the story of Emperor Shahjahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (for whom the Taj Mahal was built) – a true Bollywood experience!
15 Days Departing 13 Dec 2023 & 2024
Although not a national holiday in Japan, Christmas is a wonderful time to explore this diverse destination. In the cities you’ll find gorgeous illuminations marking the festive period (and of course, no one does it quite like Japan), and the cold, dry weather means the countryside is often blanketed with fresh snow – the white Christmas we all dream of!
Based on our extremely popular Jewels of Japan itinerary, our Christmas in Japan tour showcases the bright lights of Tokyo and Osaka, magnificent Mount uji and the beautiful Himeji Castle including many immersive experiences such soba noodle making, origami classes and a Geisha encounter. Christmas Eve is spent in historic Kyoto with a traditional tea ceremony and very special dinner.
On Christmas Day you may be lucky enough to see a dusting of snow on the iconic Golden Temple, Kinkakuji, before riding the iconic bullet train to Hiroshima where you’ll enjoy a scenic Christmas dinner cruise on Hiroshima Bay.
11 Days Departing 18 Dec 2023 & 2024
Christmas is widely celebrated in Sri Lanka with festivities beginning at dawn on the 1st December where locals will let off fireworks to mark the start of the season. There is plenty going on leading up to Christmas Day, with families gathering, preparation of Christmas cake and mince pies, and decorations hung – much like the UK except the weather is far more pleasant with warm, sunny days and balmy nights.
Witness the many highlights of Sri Lanka on this extra special December departure, including the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura and the UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temple with its abundance of Buddhist mural paintings and Buddha statues. Meet the elephants of Udawalawe and spot leopards in Yala National Park with two safari experiences.
Spend Christmas in Sri Lanka’s gorgeous tea country, Nuwara Eliya. On Christmas Eve you'll enjoy a special dinner before attending a moving midnight mass . On Christmas Day you’ll take part in an exclusive tea plantation experience, receive the gift of a handmade silk saree dress and enjoy High Tea at the iconic colonial era Grand Hotel.
16 Days Departing 17 Dec 2023 & 2024
Although Christmas isn’t widely recognised as a religious holiday in China, you’ll still see plenty of illuminations in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai and may even pay witness to the new trend in China of gifting friends with elaborately-boxed apples on Christmas Eve.
The weather is cool this time of year, particularly in the north where you’ll find the Great Wall which means you may get to experience it surrounded by snow-covered peaks and valleys.
You’ll soak up all of China’s most famous attractions on this tour; the Terracotta Warriors of Xian, Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven, the Grand Buddha of Leshan, and the adorable giant pandas of course!
You’ll enjoy a Christmas Day like no other – spent on China’s iconic Great Wall before swapping traditional turkey for an authentic Peking duck feast!
11 Days Departing 23 Dec 2023 & 2024