Winter Tours & River Cruises
Discover Europe's Christmas markets on a tour or river cruise, hit the slopes of Lake Tahoe, Japan, New Zealand or Europe on a ski trip, chase the Northern Lights in Scandinavia or enjoy a memorable festive season in the Canadian Rockies. Save on summer prices, beat the heat and escape the crowds on an autumn, winter or spring holiday.
Popular Winter Tours & River Cruises
6 Days Reykjavik to Reykjavik
Operated By: Intrepid
16 Days Tokyo to Sapporo
Operated By: Bunnik
9 Days Rome to Paris
Operated By: Globus
12 Days London to London
Operated By: Trafalgar
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9 Days Madrid to Barcelona or Madrid
Operated By: Trafalgar
Experiences and highlights you can have on a Winter Tour
Europe’s Christmas Markets
Enjoy the festive season under twinkling Christmas lights, where the air is thick with merry excitement and the smell of warm cinnamon.
Chase the Northern Lights
Head off in search of this natural phenomenon, when the sky comes alive with green and turquoise hues dancing across the vast Scandinavian skies.
Hit the Slopes of Austria
Make the most of winter with a ski trip – hit the slopes of Hopfgarten by day and warm your bones in front of a crackling fire by night.
Monkey Business in Japan
See the snow monkeys soaking in the Jigokudani Yaen Koen hot springs with their trendy frosted tips. Their pink faces stand out from the snow and their big eyes silently ask why you’re not enjoying the steaming springs.
A White Christmas in the Rockies
Travel the Canadian Rockies when forests full of Christmas trees are dusted in snow. Explore Jasper and Banff National Parks and pull your curtains back on Christmas morning to reveal a magical winter wonderland.
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Celebrate Christmas, discover exciting new destinations and make new friends on a guided tour or river cruise departing this festive season.
Embrace the festive season this year on a uniquely tailored tour or river cruise celebrating Europe's renowned Christmas Markets.
Journey through Scandinavia and Iceland in your quest to view the incredible natural phenomena of the Northern Lights.
On a guided ski trip to the US, Japan or Europe you'll meet new people and everything will be organised for you, on and off the slopes.
Brochures with Winter Trips
334 Winter Trips and River Cruises sourced from 40 Operator brochures
What our clients are saying about their Winter Trips
“Scottish Escape winter tour”
I must say Scotland is a very interesting and a beautiful country full of history, people are friendly and warm. And this trip made me see the things I've wanted to learn and see about Scotland. Our tour guide was fantastic. Her name is Fiona. I appreciate the way she explains the history behind places we went to. Gave us enough time to explore the places we went to and answer all questions asked. Fiona is very helpful and responsive. She helped me find my way to Glasgow airport from Edinburgh. Our ...read more bus driver Liz of Edinburgh was fantastic as well. Her driving skills are over the top and I've always felt safe while she was driving. I'd definitely recommend this tour if anyone is interested to discover Scotland for the first time. I enjoyed my time a lot and I'd definitely visit again.
“Wonders of Turkey”
Thanks Yvonne for doing the booking for us with Insight, it was not really easy to get triple room accommodation... also for assuring me that Turkey is considerably safe to travel. This Turkey trip was the best Insight tour we have been on, good value for money as it’s almost all inclusive except for one optional tour. All sightseeing to famous sights was free or included and almost all dinners except for two were provided as well. The trip itinerary was very good, you cannot ask for more. The best ...read more treat was having our own boat for the Bosphorus cruise, we felt pampered! I suppose it’s because we had the best tour director with Daghan, who had the best sense of humour... we were lucky too with our group as all were easy going and funny... The best time to visit Turkey is during fall when weather is mild. Summer is simply too hot and busy to do all the walking and sightseeing....
“Finnish Finland ”
We just loved Helsinki and the Lille Roberts Hotel which was located in easy walking distance to the town centre and markets. The local Helsinki dining experiences were good especially Emo. A brief introduction to Helsinki and local knowledge shared by our guide was reasonable. Unfortunately, the Lapland component of our tour was misrepresented which did not take into account seasonal variations to the advertised brochure. The tour was lack lustre and had too much individual time. There easily could ...read more have been more touring and places of interest included. At no time was our guide at fault; she went beyond the call of duty to make at least one day memorable for our group. Fault with this tour lands in the lap of Collette who sold an expensive tour which did not deliver.
“Iceland and Northern Lights”
We would recommend this tour to anyone wishing to see what Iceland has to offer. We saw some amazing scenery and were fortunate to see the lights even though it rained every day. Our guide was a bit too laid back, disorganised and even bought her granddaughter to our meet and greet meal which we thought was a bit unprofessional. The accommodation in Vik is 7 minutes out of town and set up like a summer camp with dormitory style bedrooms away from the reception and restaurant area. Meals were served ...read more buffet style and offered a large variety of tasty options. Be warned that everything in Iceland is very expensive to buy.
Your guide to our Winter Trips
04 November, 2019
Escape to Europe this Winter with Globus
Europe has so many stories to tell year round, and its appeal doesn’t cool off when the weather does. That’s why Globus offers a selection of their best European journeys throughout the winter months, comprising their Escapes collection. These trips bring you all the highlights of their summer..
10 July, 2018
10 Things You Should Know about Touring Europe in Winter
Once or twice in your lifetime you need to experience a European winter. There is a romance to the season that floats snow to the ground, creates moody afternoons lit by ornate street lamps, where every indoor environment is toasty warm in cities and villages built for the cold. There are less..
18 June, 2018
7 Festive Foods to Enjoy at the European Christmas Markets
Indulging in rich and delicious food and drink is a quintessential part of the experience when you visit traditional European Christmas Markets. Truth be known, it is the coldest time of year in Europe and when you come from the Southern Hemisphere you will be feeling it. Layered clothing and..