The eight-day Christmas Markets of Central Europe (from $1,840) gives travellers the chance to sample local festive food and soak up the festive atmosphere in Munich, Salzberg, and Budapest.
- The delights of the Christmas markets in Munich, including Kripperlmarkt for the perfect nativity scene and the city’s alpine Christmas market where festive tunes are sung.
- Wondering Salzburg’s atmospheric market in front of the city’s impressive cathedral amid aromas of spicy Glühwein, roasted chestnuts, toasted almonds and cinnamon-brushed baked apples.
- The delicious festive food of Vienna, including savoury Kartoffelpuffer (potato cakes) or spicy kirsch-gingerbread.
- Sipping on a glass of mulled wine while browsing Budapest’s brightly lit Christmas market in Vörösmarty Square.
Departure dates on 30 November and 7, 14, and 20 December 2014.
The five-day Ice Hotel Experience (from $1,245) in Romania focuses on spooky Transylvania and includes a visit to Bran (Dracula’s) Castle, the chance to explore medieval villages and experience a unique stay at an Ice Hotel.
- A surprisingly cosy night’s stay in the famous Ice Hotel. While inside temperatures hover around the zero degree centigrade mark, reindeer fur-lined chairs, specialist sleeping bags – and possibly a few cocktails – will keep anyone warm and snug.
- Romania’s rapidly modernising capital, Bucharest.
- The picturesque Prahova Valley en route to Peles Castle in Sinaia.
- An evening in Brasov, a charmingly atmospheric city nestled in the Carpathian Mountains.
- A tour of Bran Castle, rumoured one-time residence of Count Dracula and arguably Romania’s most famous landmark.
Departure dates throughout January to March 2015.
The six-day Northern Lights Escape (from $1,295) showcases the raw beauty of Iceland with waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, volcanoes and the beautiful Northern Lights.
- The magical spectacle of the Northern Lights (dependent on clear skies).
- The world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik.
- Natural hot springs in the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser shoots water 30 metres in the air.
- The Gulfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the latter being one of Iceland’s biggest.
- The black sandy beaches of the South Shore.
- A walk on Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajakull, with crampons and axes.
Departure dates on 12 and 19 February, 19 March and 12 November 2015.