Winter holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & aurora spotting in Finnish wilderness, from 1595 (5 days) inc UK flights
Transylvania winter holiday accommodation
B&B in Transylvania, from 36 per person per night
Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland
Winter cottage holidays, Finnish Lapland., from 1795 (6 days) inc UK flights
Winter activity holiday in the French Alps
A flexible winter multi activity holiday in the French Alps, from 546 - 1113 (7 days) ex flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
A range of activities combined with Log Cabin accommodation, from 1095 - 1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system., from 1225 (5 days) inc UK flights
Cross country skiing in Austria
Skiing trails in Tyrol, from 969 - 1149 (8 days) inc UK flights
Iceland snowshoeing holiday
Try snowshoeing and glacier exploration , from 1599 (8 days) inc UK flights
Snowshoeing holiday in Chamonix
Snowshoe in the shadow of Mont Blanc, from 1079 - 1199 (8 days) inc UK flights
Cross country skiing holiday in the Dolomites, Italy
A famously beautiful range of jagged peaks, from 979 - 1229 (8 days) inc UK flights
Finnish Lapland activity holiday
Enjoy some of the most popular Nordic activities, from 1645 (7 days) inc UK flights
Dolomites winter activity holiday in Italy
Fun packed winter activity holiday in the Dolomites, from 1149 - 1449 (8 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from 845 (4 days) inc UK flights
Husky safari in Finland
5 day husky safari in Finland's spectacular wilderness., from 1895 (7 days) inc UK flights
Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France
New Year Family ski camp w/ Yoga & Circus Skills, from 525 (7 days) ex flights
Wild Taiga winter activity holiday, Finland
Winter wonderland holiday for couples in Wild Taiga, Finland, from 809 - 1033 (6 days) ex flights
Lapland winter adventure holiday
A winter activity adventure, from 1695 (7 days) inc UK flights
Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
An intimate encounter with the wilderness of Lapland, from 1695 (7 days) inc UK flights
Tailor made husky safari in Wild Taiga, Finland
Enjoy the Finnish Taiga Winter Husky Safari, from 1020 (4 days) ex flights
Pyrenees cross country skiing holiday in France
Cross-country skiing and beautiful views of the Pyrenean mountains, from 1069 - 1129 (8 days) inc UK flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Discover this Finnish winter activity wildernerss week, from 1349 - 1799 (8 days) inc UK flights
Husky safari in Finland, tailor made
Tailor made with huskies in true Taiga wilderness, from 1580 (6 days) ex flights
Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites
Michelin recommended cuisine & inspiring walks, from 1229 - 1699 (8 days) inc UK flights
Family winter holiday to Lapland, Finland
Cosy family cabins and first class activities, from 1095 - 1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
Mountain hideaway in the Italian Alps, from 360 - 850 per week (sleeps 6)
Lapland husky safari short break, Finland
Hands on dog sledding adventure in Finnish Lapland, from 1475 (5 days) inc UK flights
Mt Etna snowshoeing short break, Italy
Snowshoe on one of the highest volcanoes in Europe, from 739 - 999 (4 days) inc UK flights
Winter holiday in Finnish Lapland
An extensive choice of activities to suit your travel date., from 845 - 1050 (3 days) inc UK flights
Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday
A magical dog sledding week in Finland, from 2299 - 2349 (7 days) inc UK flights
Scotland winter walking holidays
Scotland winter snow and sunshine, from 648 (5 days) ex flights

362 reviews for winter holidays4 star overall rating

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Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
Having done many huskey trips before I can say that it was the best dog sled holiday I've ever had. (more)Mark Waddock
Wonderful and magical. Great location, people, food, accommodation, activities and the dogs. It is a holiday we will never forget and hope to return one day. (more)Jane Collingwood-Bates
From 1695 including UK flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Fabulous trip. Enjoyed the whole thing. Good home cooked food, comfortable accommodation, friendly & knowledgeable guide and good company during the evenings. We had several sightings of the aurora, which was an added bonus. (more)Sue Hodges
Overall the best experience ever and would look at having more winter holidays now than summer :-) (more)Elizabeth Watson
It was a fantastic experience and one of the best holidays we have ever had. We thought it would be a once in a lifetime holiday, but are already talking of going back to do the 2 day husky trail (more)Rowena Schofield
From 845 including UK flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
The most memorable parts were the Food, the Huskies, the snowmobile trip. (more)John Rawstrone
Very memorable and would not hesitate to visit again, given the time and opportunity. Exciting part was the Snow Shoe walk at night in the Woods with an experienced guide imparting knowledge about the fauna and wildlife. (more)Tan Juliana
Though not able to see any northern light, the only memorable night was the smoked salmon dinner. (more)HC Toh
From 1095 - 1245 including UK flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
The most memorable part of the holiday was husky sledging...Daughter said, "best holiday ever". (more)Alison Ferguson
When the skies opened up on our final night, it was like a big bow on top of a really special present. Amazing!...This was an amazing adventure. I would really recommend participating in all the activities as they provided me with an enthusiastic adventure each and every day. (more)Rene Ostapuk
I didn't see the Northern Lights, like for most people was my dream BUT I did have a fab time and will always remember the wonderful views/experiences. Don't expect to see them just think that you will still have that experience to look forward to. (more)Tricia Callaghan
From 1225 including UK flights
Finnish Lapland activity holiday
I enjoyed all of it...Very good. (more)Vicki May
The most memorable thing was the place itself - the quietness. Luosto is so very quiet. (more)Anne Sciortino
Very good...The best parts were the beautiful pristine snow & the northern lights. (more)Elizabeth Bailey
From 1645 including UK flights
Husky safari in Finland
The most memorable part of the holiday was not just one thing, but many memories of which - flying down hill trying to control my sledge and not fall off, making snow angels before going back into the sauna, lunch on an open fire on a frozen lake, the views, the noise of the dogs as we got ready in the morning to leave. (more)Kathryn Haw
An unforgettable experience...Riding on husky driven sledges through a winter wonderland was the most memorable part. (more)kate Pottinger
Great...Going through the woods with the sled was the most exciting part. (more)Soli Hillel
From 1895 including UK flights
Bavaria self catering apartments
The village was very beautiful and the hosts friendly and welcoming. The opportunities to enjoy the natural environment were abundant. We especially loved our walks and bike rides through the forest. (more)Rainey Wikstrom
Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest was the most memorable part...An excellent holiday thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children aged between 9 and 16 years. (more)Diane Jones
Our day trip to Prague was just fantastic and could not have been improved....Wonderful!! (more)Susan Smith
From 455 - 1260 per accommodation per week
Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland
Being in an environment which was so different to our everyday environment was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Kate O Reilly
Most memorable? Being out in beautiful natural surroundings, untouched, serene. It felt exciting to be so far up north...Excellent. (more)Antonia Cornaro
It was great to see wild reindeer wandering so close by in their own habitat and to see the respect of the local guides for the countryside, wildlife and local people. (more)Karen Horridge
From 1795 including UK flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
There were many memorable moments - we loved the incredible bird life especially seeing them close-up in the bird sanctuary. (more)Gabi Tubbs
Leopards in Yala were the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Ann Griffiths
We had a great time, we mixed cultural interest with wildlife experience and finished up with a beach flop...The jeep safari to see the elephants in the wild was the most exciting part of the holiday. (more)Elayne Farmer
From 1995 including UK flights
Tailor made husky safari in Wild Taiga, Finland
The most memorable part was meeting the dogs, steering the sled and the complete change of scenery and fresh air. The chance to sample local food (moose, reindeer, berries) which was mostly excellent. (more)Katherine Stuart
Husky sledding across a frozen lake just before sunset was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)James Hamand
From 1020 excluding flights
Family skiing holiday in Chamonix, France
Memorable parts? I really enjoyed the balance of yoga and activity throughout the holiday. It was possible to be as active as you wanted and options for longer and/or independent walking were happily given. My first time in the Alps - stunned by their presence Tips? Local benefits? Locally sourced food (that was delicious) was used throughout and we clearly observed all the local conservation principles when accessing the local area. Overall rating? I had a lovely... (more)Catherine Fish
From 540 excluding flights
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Memorable parts? The most memorable thing of the holiday was the location. The lodge was a perfect place to stay indoors, and also the perfect place to enjoy the nature. Tips? Choose your flight remembering that it takes 3 hours from Troms to the lodge. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that the holiday benefited to the local people. Overall rating? My holiday was perfect, I really enjoyed it. (more)Marta Bindi
From 1299 excluding flights
Snowshoeing holiday in Finland
The most memorable part of the holiday was swimming in the icy lake after a nice hot sauna! (more)Kim Oosterveen
Great weather even if cold. Great wilderness feel to the environment. Good sized group...Local use of hotel, cabins and information centre for food. (more)Paddy Ducey
From 840 excluding flights
Lapland Northern Lights holiday
Memorable parts? I went on this trip hoping to see the Northern Lights. We did not see them on this trip, but I enjoyed the trip so much, I would happily return, lights or no lights. Some memories: watching the beauty of a light snow falling on pine trees from the dining room while enjoying a lunch of homemade soup and bread (I don't see much snow where I live), traveling through the woods on a sledge pulled by snowmobiles while covered with blankets , a very good talk about the Northern... (more)Sally Means
From 1298 including UK flights
Winter walking & snowshoeing, France
Excellent!!!!! This holiday had so many wonderful moments...each and every moment spent there was memorable (more)Bernadette Russo
Walking in the beautiful natural habitat with the chamois and finding out about the fauna and flora of the mountains was excellent. The company was great, the days well structured and organised and Liz and Mel great hosts so that made the holiday one to remember. (more)Anne White
An excellent holiday. Mel and Liz are great hosts and the itinerary was adapted according to the weather/snow conditions to ensure that the guests enjoyed a well-balanced programme of winter walking/snow-shoeing. (more)Helen Moody
From 645 excluding flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Memorable parts? The scenery was just fantastic, and I really enjoyed being with the huskies. The whole experience was like nothing I've ever done before. Tips? Be reasonably fit and you will enjoy the trip more, and don't go directly from a warm climate without acclimatising somewhere for the cold beforehand. Local benefits? The holiday provided jobs for the locals, and the opportunity for other foreign staff to work in and experience/understand the Arctic region. Overall... (more)Jonathan Gilbert
From 1349 - 1799 including UK flights
Ski touring holiday in the French Pyrenees
Memorable parts? Making tracks in perfect powder under blue sky, skiing from summit to valley bottom feeling like you are the only ones on the mountain. Ok, then the snow suddenly changes as you go from sun to shade and you fall over in an inelegant heap, get back up and carry on with a smile on your face...... Tips? If you can, try to put a group of at least four together and pay a little extra so that you can have a guide just for your party as we did. We asked for a guide who spoke... (more)Steve Jackson-Turner
From 805 - 825 excluding flights
Wild Taiga winter activity holiday, Finland
Once in a lifetime experience...Experiencing something new every day, from trying new foods to trying new activities. (more)Mandy Read
Excellent. A holiday that is a cut above. The tranquil snow dusted beauty of the lakescape and surrounding forests. It is so rare these days to go to somewhere so untouched where the silence is palpable. (more)Jane Edmondson
So many wonderful things, I'd struggle to specify just one - eating delicious Finnish tapas whilst the snow fell in Helsinki, being treated to an impromptu Christmas singsong by a choir whilst on the ferry across to Suomenlinna, being in charge of our own Husky drawn sledge (and then meeting Husky puppies!), barbequeing sausages on an open fire whilst sitting on reindeer hides in minus 25 degree temperatures, the exceptionally friendly people, the majesty of the snow covered forests, the tranquility... (more)Carolyne Coupel
From 809 - 1033 excluding flights
Ski touring holiday in Finland, Russian border
The most memorable part of the holiday was the professional organisation & friendly & welcoming people at the places we stayed at. (more)Alan Reimer
The most memorable part was each day -- Skiing (47 KM on the longest day) under sunny, blue skies with beautiful scenery, fun people and a supportive, helpful guide, eating lunch by the fire, seeing the Russian border and animal tracks, then having a well deserved sauna and delicious meal. (more)Elizabeth Babos
As if in a 3-D Christmas postcard that goes on for miles and miles and miles. (more)Edith van Genuchten
From 920 excluding flights
Andalucia self guided walking holiday
The walking is very well described and on relatively easy paths/ tracks so that we were walking a grade above that we had expected with no real difficulties. Dave and Gill are very helpful in providing other walks if you want something easier/ more difficult. (more)Iain Murray
We especially enjoyed the last day when we walked in sunshine under clear blue skies high into the hills & had wonderful views to even higher hills, some with snow on them. (more)Jenny Speakman
Each day was different, as each walk offered another perspective on that part of Spain, they were all well organised and the maps and photos meant that we could enjoy the walks and the scenery without worrying about getting lost! (more)Valerie Huggins
From 355 - 365 excluding flights
Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites
Memorable parts? Scenery, snow, sunshine, activity and a great guide. Tips? Go for it. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? 4 stars. (more)Andrea Stirling
From 1229 - 1699 including UK flights
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
One of the best places I have been - hope to come again. (more)Martin Heimann
Our holiday with our family was very enjoyable. The house was clean and well maintained with mostly good facilities. (more)Robin Harvey
Most memorable? Really lovely family walks and we took our dog. Charm of the little house and village we stayed in. (more)Rosi Lewis
From 360 - 850 per week (sleeps 6)
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From 1120 - 1330 per week (sleeps 4)
Winter adventure in Finland
Every day was an adventure, so difficult to single one experience out really, but I'll go for the husky sledding. We expected someone else to be driving - controlling the dogs yourself (though I use the word "control" in the loosest sense) was utterly exhilarating. The accommodation and surroundings were fabulous too. (more)Jonathan Green
Excellent experience, good taster of the best that Lapland has to offer. Beautifully snowy countryside and not as cold as I expected. Most memorable was overnight husky safari, getting to bond with your team of dogs. Then running out in our pyjamas to watch the northern lights! (more)Amanda Newnham
The two day husky safari was the most memorable part... A great variety of activities to wet your appetite. (more)Ian Wilkinson
From 1795 including UK flights
Transylvania winter holiday accommodation
Excellent...The stay at the guest house- amazing! The staff were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble at all. The tour guides were outstanding. (more)Margaret Da costa
The most memorable part was the gorge walk and bat caves, it was magical in the winter with a full snow covering...Excellent a most memorable holiday... (more)Lois Carrington King
B****y BRILLIANT!!! Only reason it is not 5 * below is because it is hard to decide if it the very best because all our holidays are different, but it is definitely up there with the best. (more)Isobel Healy
From 36 per person per night
Snowshoeing holiday in Chamonix
This was our first experience of a winter holiday and snow shoeing, although a challenge to experience the solitude of the high peaks and silent snow fields was amazing. (more)David Knapper
The snowshoe walks on the Alps and the stay at Chalet Savoy were the highlights of this holiday. The walks took us to the top of the world, literally. They were envigorating and the scenery was stunning. (more)Gabriel Decio
From 1079 - 1199 including UK flights
Walking holiday in Alicante
The most memorable part of the holiday was really being able to immerse ourselves in what felt like real Spain amongst the most charming of people who spoke no English but understood the meaning of hospitality. (more)Penny Whitford
A lovely week, the walking was great, the views fantastic and it was very relaxing. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
The most memorable part of the holiday was enjoying a well deserved glass of wine after a lovely days walk in the sunshine, whilst admiring an unspoilt view of the mountains around Confrides. (more)Jude Nash
From 220 excluding flights
Scotland winter walking holidays
Getting up some of the most beautiful mountains in the region, with a great bunch of people. Learning how to do an ice axe arrest whilst sliding down a slope was the best fun! (more)Sarah Daly
The sense of achievement after pushing my boundaries when I climbed out of the Corrie with ice axe and crampons; not being keen on heights - the instructor was so encouraging and supportive that I faced my fears and got on with it! (more)Sue Waton
Learning the techniques including how to walk on ice using Crampons, learning how to navigate in whiteout conditions and recovery procedures after a fall using ice axes. Really good group atmosphere. (more)Matthieu Pinel
From 648 excluding flights
Snowshoeing in the French Alps
The husky dog sledding, the ice climb, the snowshoeing itself, being out in such a beautiful environment! And our companions too - the other four people in the party were lovely, and we all got on very well together - enough in common to bond yet different enough for good conversation! (more)Angela Dennison
In terms of the most exciting part, it has to be the ice climbing...not part of our original plans but I'm so glad it was suggested. Slow down and enjoy your stay in what really is an undiscovered part of the Alps. (more)Norma Sherratt
Well organized, interesting, hassle free and great fun- the ideal introduction to the activities. (more)Matt Hannah
From 992 excluding flights
Walking holidays in Spain
Most memorable were the fiestas - this was my second visit with this operator. This time around I chose the week specifically for the Fiestas of Moors and Christians which were quite amazing. (more)Simon Foster
The most memorable part of the holiday was the fantastic Alcoy Festival of Moors & Christians. Excellent food and walks with lots of wild flowers. (more)Richard Voss
The walking was excellent-taxing enough to be satisfying but not too difficult. The limestone scenery and the effect of a massive earthquake in 17th century were really amazing. Lots of birds, lovely plants and well-informed caring guide. (more)janet brady
From 560 - 850 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Want to know more about winter holidays before you go?

Find out more about winter by reading these articles.

Committed but environmentally-aware skiers and snowboarders will be familiar with this conundrum: how can you continue to enjoy the thrill of the slopes, without jetting off around the world in search of fast-diminishing snow and thereby contributing further to global warming in the process? It's a tough one but the choices you make are crucial. Get it right and there's a chance your kids might actually know what a pair of skis are for too. Get it wrong and the only snowboards they'll ever see will be in a museum. Lecture over almost. There's a good reason why, environmentally speaking, the way you get to your destination is probably much more important than what you do when you get there. Aircraft emissions are the fastest-growing contributor to global warming, and a single return flight to the US can contribute the same to the world's climate change burden as everything else you do in the entire year. And with that much guilt hanging over you, how could you possibly enjoy your stay on the pistes? Enter the Alpine Snow Train. This isn't some kind of hair shirt-wearing eco-sacrifice: according to those in the know (and it's pretty much a word of mouth thing) it's a lot more entertaining than the alternatives. If you get to the Alps by Snow Train, you can ski or board with a pretty clear conscience: train travel is on average responsible for only a third of the pollution of air travel, and is also much cleaner than travelling by car (see Sidebar). And it's actually faster in a sense as well if you let the Snow Train take the strain you can get eight days on the slopes out of one week. Mark Lynas suggests how you can do your bit to ensure that you can have your snow and ski on it too. Read more about winter in this winter holidays article.

With ski season becoming shorter and less predictable and glaciers in retreat, it seems that global warming has already begun to affect winter tourism. Mark Lynas reports on a shrinking industry. "That's it, the season's over." The two ski attendants from the Glencoe Ski Centre were sitting in front of a computer in a nearby village, watching a five-day forecast download from the internet. One of them shook his head glumly as the heavy rain-bearing depressions marched across the screen. "It's only March we should have a month at least of winter to go yet." Scotland's snow is in retreat. According to a recent Scottish Executive report, there have been twelve days less snow cover per decade throughout the country since the late 1970s. And following the winter of 1987/88 there have been only three out of thirteen winters with an above-average snow cover duration. Those who venture into the mountains today are more likely to encounter mud and rain than frost and snow. Read more about winter holidays in this winter holidays article.
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