Christmas and the New Year are a great time to get away. Trekking trails and tourist hotspots can be quieter, the weather is often warm, clear and dry and you get to enjoy an unforgettable Christmas filled with exciting, exotic experiences.
You could enjoy amazing wildlife encounters in Antarctica, complete a classic trek to Everest Base Camp, relax on an indulgent cruise along the Irrawaddy or Mekong Rivers, discover the many cultural wonders of Bhutan, Burma or Sri Lanka on a gentle walking holiday or trek in style on a luxury lodge trek in Nepal.
So, do something extra special this festive season – here’s a selection of superb Christmas and New Year trips that still have availability. We can also tailor make a dream Christmas holiday for individuals, couples, families and small groups.
Cruising in Style
Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma offer a stunning array of temples, palaces and monuments together with a fascinating ethnic diversity and compelling landscapes. And what better way to enjoy the many cultural and scenic attractions than on a stylish cruise along either the Irrawaddy or Mekong Rivers.
Classic Mekong River Cruise, Saigon to Angkor Wat in Style
Celebrate the New Year in style as you tour the atmospheric city of Saigon, take a luxurious seven-night cruise along the beautiful Mekong River and explore the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat.
27 December 2017 | 14 days | Tour
Cruising the Irrawaddy in Style
will provide the most memorable of Christmases on this tour that combines time in Bagan and Mandalay with a relaxing cruise on the Irrawaddy River.
15 December | 16 days | Tour
Experience Nepal at Christmas
In December, outside of Nepal’s main trekking seasons, the Himalayan trails become quieter, leaving the majesty of the mountains all the more magnificent
Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
Experience a spectacular end to the year by trekking to the foot of the world’s highest mountain. To keep you toasty and warm through the cold nights we include free hire of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag and fleece liner.
16 December | 19 days | Strenuous Trek
Everest Base Camp in Style
Trek to Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar and Ama Dablam Base Camp whilst staying in the very best lodges and tea houses on the trail and in Kathmandu the Dwarika’s – a 5-star heritage property.
15 December | 20 days | Strenuous Trek
Luxury Lodges of Everest
Explore the glorious mountain scenery of Sagarmatha National Park with stunning views of mighty Mount Everest and comfortable accommodation in the region’s best trekking lodges.
16 December | 15 days | Moderate/Vigorous Trek
Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges, Annapurna Foothills
Varied trekking through beautiful Himalayan scenery and delightful villages staying in stunningly located lodges on trek and in 5* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
16 December | 13 days | Gentle/Moderate Trek
The magic of Antarctica
You may not find Father Christmas or his reindeer near the South Pole, but you’ll undoubtedly discover a magical winter wonderland and some incredible wildlife on an Antarctic cruise this festive season.
Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Cruise all the way to the Antarctic Circle, explore breathtaking, snow-clad landscapes and walk amidst vast penguin and seal colonies on this true adventure of a lifetime.
17 December | 20 days | Polar cruise
See in the New Year aboard the well-equipped M/S Expedition Ship polar cruise ship with regular excursions for close-up wildlife encounters in the Antarctic Circle and South Shetland Islands.
30 December | 16 days | Polar Cruise
Definitive Cultural Tour of Bhutan
The iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, beautiful Punakha Dzong and the picturesque Haa Valley are just some of the key cultural sights you’ll enjoy on this in-depth tour of the Thunder Dragon Kingdom.
16 Dec | 13 Days | Tour
Gentle Walking Sri Lanka
Explore ancient ruined cities and the cultural heartland of Kandy, walk through tea plantations and cloud forest in the highlands, go on safari at Yala National Park and relax in style on an Indian Ocean beach.
16 December | 16 days | Gentle Walking
Gentle Walking Bhtuan
Enjoy a magical Christmas in the mystical Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. Walk to the legendary Taktsang temple, join the celebrations at a festival and discover the beautiful Bumthang Valley.
19 December | 16 days | Gentle Walking
About Mountain Kingdoms:
Mountain Kingdoms is an independent, UK based, small group holiday specialist with over 29 years’ experience. Now offering worldwide walking holidays, pioneering and classic treks, trekking peaks, cultural tours, cycling holidays, family adventures and wildlife cruises. Mountain Kingdoms is committed to responsible tourism and offers value for money with an emphasis on quality.