Sip mulled wine in Christmas markets, speed through the snowy forest in Lapland on a husky safari, crunch through the Pyrenees on snowshoes, or soak up some warm rays in Mauritius. This winter with Not In The Guidebooks, treat yourself to some stunning winter travel experiences.
Whether you’re looking for something different to do, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or some offbeat discoveries, here are our top 7 winter experiences to help get you inspired for a winter season like no other.
Winter always means Christmas, and this year with Not In The Guidebooks, head to the beautifully lit cathedral and lanes of Reims or the picturesque wooden chalets and cobbled streets of Strasbourg for a Christmas market break to really get you in the festive spirit.
In Reims, get under the skin of Champagne country and visit generations-old Champagne houses, sip the finest produce on Champagne masterclasses and float on gourmet river cruises through the beautifully lit city – all after freely discovering all the spectacular food and wine on offer at various stalls serving up bubbling fondue, delectable chocolates and more.
If you pick Strasbourg, then prepare yourself for a trip into wine country as you follow the Alsace wine route to numerous family-run wineries, discovering the very best produce on offer, and enjoy one of the most memorable meals of your life at the chef’s table of a world-renowned restaurant. Of course, you’ll be able to find the perfect cup of mulled wine to warm your bones at the beautiful Christmas markets themselves.
Experience hissing through the pristine, white wilderness of Lapland, pulled by a team of beautiful dogs with endless energy, as you drink in the panoramic views of quiet forests, rolling fells, frozen lakes and, if you go at the right time, the purple-green twilight of the northern lights.
Get up close and personal with these incredible working huskies in their best environment, an experience that is sure to melt hearts for all, and have a go at driving the team yourself with a few obligatory shouts of ‘mush’.
All in all, it’s an essential winter travel experience in Lapland you’re sure to never forget, and a chance to explore some European wilderness in the most authentic way possible, using a method that’s been used for thousands of years.
Winter travel experiences don’t get much more varied and thrilling as this journey across Iceland which crosses lava fields and glaciers, passes through ice caves and across black volcanic sand beaches, and stops at jaw-dropping waterfalls and bursting geysers.
On this Fire & Ice tour of southern Iceland, you’ll discover the very best of this explosive island as you soak in natural, geothermally heated lagoons and set off on northern lights cruises from the characterful capital of Reykjavik.
But you’ll also get to know the authentic, local side of the island on tours around the city to discover family-run eateries and hidden, local gems, as you get to know the true culture and cuisine of the Icelandic people. Throw in the incredible natural sights, and this definitive winter tour of Iceland will provide one of the most memorable winter travel experiences you could wish for.