Winter breaks

Winter wonderlands

Enjoy the white stuff with our round-up of inspirational wintery activities, from visiting Europe’s charming winter markets to catching a colourful display courtesy of the Northern Lights.

Charming capitals, marvellous markets

Vienna, Berlin and Rome are all popular choices for a winter break. There are fewer tourists in the winter than the summer and all three capitals have wonderful festive markets that are well worth a visit. Look out for Christmas decorations, traditional toys, sweet treats and, of course, enjoy a glass of mulled wine. Or take in multiple Christmas markets on a Rhine river cruise.

Winter in the Big Apple

For a festive break with a difference, take a trip to New York in the winter. As well as excellent shopping, visitors can get their skates on and have a go at the ultimate NYC winter activity, ice skating. The Rink at Rockefeller Center is very popular, so book in advance; or go to Central Park and practise those spins at Wollmann Rink. After all that activity, why not refuel with a New York classic, a warm, soft pretzel?

In search of the Northern Lights

This awe-inspiring natural light show is, quite rightly, on many a travel wish list. While there’s no guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights on holiday, some places are more likely to enjoy a display. The long, dark winters of northern Europe give the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis – Norway has some renowned destinations including Alta, home to the first permanent Northern Lights observatory. Add a twist to the holiday with a night or two in a traditional log cabin, ice hotel or settle down in a glass igloo and watch the skies.

Family fun in the snow

A winter family holiday can be magical. Meeting Father Christmas in Lapland is a wonderful festive treat – expect a reindeer sleigh ride, husky sled ride and of course a special meeting with Father Christmas! A family skiing holiday could keep everyone happy – while the grown-ups hit the slopes, children can get going at ski school. Everyone can have fun sledging, building snowmen and having the obligatory snowball fight! European resorts with a snow guarantee are a shorter journey and good bet.

Snow or shopping, Saga Travel Insurance could provide you with all the cover you need for your winter break. And, as long as you’re 50 or over, the rest of your travel party can be included on your policy too, whatever their ages.


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