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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.

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Festive Tours and Cruises Tours & Cruises)
Festive Tours and Cruises

Celebrate Christmas, discover exciting new destinations and make new friends on a tour, cruise or river cruise departing this festive season.

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Christmas Markets

Embrace the festive season this year on a uniquely tailored tour or river cruise celebrating Europe's renowned Christmas Markets.

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Northern Lights Tours

Journey through Scandinavia and Iceland in your quest to view the incredible natural phenomena of the Northern Lights.

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Ski Trips

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Recent Reviews What our clients are saying about their Winter Trips

6 Day Scotland tour   , VIC, Australia, Jan 2023
The trip was absolutely great as a short intro to Scotland it covered everything and more. The tour guides, accommodation etc were all first class. The two optional excursions were also worth the expense. Overall would highly recommend this tour to anyone that is seeking a good starting point to understand Scotland.
Central Europe Highlights   , New Zealand, Jan 2023
Fantastic trip, accommodation and travel were great and the team leader was amazing. Found it a great way to get an overview of Europe, though I think in retrospect more time in fewer places would have been better as at times it felt quite rushed. Ultimately though I was able to see and do what I wanted to do, though each day was fairly jam packed to ...read more do it all. Really enjoyed myself.
Beautiful Britain and Ireland winter adventure   , NSW, Australia, Jan 2023
This was our first Costsaver tour after having travelled with Trafalgar before. This tour is amazing! We saw so much in a short period of time. The value for money is really good and everything is organised for you. The hotels were warm and comfy and mostly centrally located. Highlights for us were: Irish dinner and entertainment, ferry crossings, Edinburgh, ...read more York and Waterford. The local guides were so knowledgeable and entertaining.

Our travel buddies were such a fantastic group and we all got along super well. The tour was only half full, so we had loads of space to spread out. Our tour director went above and beyond and the driver got us all around safely and quickly. Visiting in winter is great because it’s heaps quieter, but some things are closed. We can’t wait to travel with Costsaver again! Massive thanks to Georgie for her amazing organisation and making booking this trip easy.
Beautiful Spain!   , ACT, Australia, Dec 2022
Overall we enjoyed our tour in Spain. We loved the country and acquired a lot of interesting information about it from our tour guide and from the local guides we also used along the way. We felt that the company did a good job of highlighting as much of the country as possible in the time available. The coach was comfortable and the accommodation was ...read more good.
However, there are a couple of aspects of the tour we would like reviewed by the operators. The first is the group dinners. Overall they were disappointing. I don’t believe the food was the best Spanish restaurants have to offer … and the way it was served to such a large group wasn’t pleasant either. We felt like we were a nuisance … and so the faster the food’s served and finished, the better. Probably one group dinner together would be sufficient. Surely this would also mean a fairer distribution of business in each location? And I’m quite sure the quality and value for money would be better.

The ‘optional extras’ were the other aspect of the tour I didn’t like. If something is worth seeing in a particular city, then include it in the tour. Why make it an ‘extra’? Of course I understand that every important site or monument can’t be included in a ‘highlights’ tour, but if the inclusions are listed then the customer knows what they are signing up for. By all means leave the occasional free afternoon or morning (I’m not saying we should have every second filled) but when it’s free time just make it free time. Overall I felt these ‘optional extras’ were more about the company creating more revenue.

The tour guide and driver were really lovely. These people do a good job … I hope the tour operators adequately remunerate them (because in the tour information there is a lot made of the tipping, and how essential it is etc … the implication being that we need to help the company to supplement their salaries). Surely tipping is at the discretion of the customer, without the percentage or amount being suggested by the company in their tour notes?

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Want to Heli Ski New Zealand’s Southern Alps? Do it with Haka Tours

12 August, 2020

Want to Heli Ski New Zealand’s Southern Alps? Do it with Haka Tours

The Southern Alps of New Zealand are considered one of the top 10 places to heli ski in the world. A heli skiing adventure may be something you dream about, did you know you don’t need to be an expert alpine skier to take on a heli skiing holiday? If you are an intermediate level skier who can...

Our Team’s Favourite Festive Trips

11 December, 2019

Our Team’s Favourite Festive Trips

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re getting into the spirit by rounding up our team’s favourite festive season itineraries. From waking up to a white Christmas in Whistler or by the Austrian lakes, to the twinkling lights of market stalls and the smell of cinnamon, this is what we’re...

Escape to Europe this Winter with Globus

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...

Take a Cross-Country Skiing Tour

26 August, 2019

Take a Cross-Country Skiing Tour

Picture the peaceful charm of cross-country skiing, uncrowded pristine flat trails offering stunning snow blanketed views all around. If you are seeking a skiing holiday but the speed of downhill is daunting, then cross-country skiing might be an appealing alternative. Rather than racing at...

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