Hottest destinations december: Where’s hot in December? | Thomas Cook
8 Warm Places To Visit In December
Let’s take a winter getaway this year and head somewhere with nothing but sunshine and sandy shores! Sounds incredible, right?
Finding warm places to visit in December is always a good idea.
If the winter months have you down or the holiday season has you stressed to the max, consider a trip to one of these tropical escapes.
Shorelines stretch as far as the eye can see and the only thing you have to decide is which beach to visit and what tropical cocktail to sip on next.
You could spend your winter vacation skiing and snowboarding at a ski resort, exploring Christmas markets, ice skating in New York City, but why?
My idea of a great time is maybe a road trip to Key West with warm temperatures (and by warm I mean average temperatures between 75-85 degrees).
Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite travel finds with you! This is a Delta Vacations partnered post. All opinions remain my own.
Planning a winter getaway for December
If you need inspiration on somewhere new to visit outside the US, these are eight of my favorite tropical destinations that are perfectly best places to travel in December.
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St. Kitts and Nevis
The sister islands of St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies are covered in white sand beaches that slip into the turquoise waves of the Caribbean.
Christopher Columbus saw the islands in 1493, but it wasn’t until the 1620s that the British colonized these two islands separated by a mere 2 miles.
Today, it is well known for its beautiful beach getaways.
There are also mountain ranges that climb skyward and rainforests that speckle the land with their mysterious depths.
Visitors can explore the variety of scenery and hike dormant volcanoes that rest for eternity on the island.
A richly diverse history on these islands can be seen in the many ruins including the Brimstone Hill Fortress which was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
While there is plenty to do and see, these islands are less developed than other vacation spots offering a truly serene getaway.
Based on my visit, here are what I think are the 8 Best Things to Do in St Kitts.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Perched along the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a city of adventure, culture, and beauty.
This destination is the place to experience great nightlife and indulge in the amazing local cuisine.
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There are over twenty beaches that welcome guests with hot sunshine and cool waves.
Enjoy the variety of recreational water activities like surfing and snuba diving or kayaking and deep-sea fishing.
Watch the massive whales splash through the waters enjoying their natural habitat.
Peruse one of the many art galleries or outdoor sculptures and learn about the history of the city.
If you are into a little more adventure, rent a jet ski or go sky diving over the aquamarine depths of the Pacific.
There are also ATV rentals for treks through the jungle.
After a day of enjoying the great outdoors, take a trip over to one of the many nightclubs and dance the night away.
Excellent Mexican food, fruity drinks, and plenty of dance floors make it perfect for a couple’s getaway.
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The capital city of the Bahamas has a unique history that many might not realize.
Nassau’s main harbor was once an attraction to pirates, and until 1718, pirates were the main inhabitants of the beach paradise.
However, the first Royal Governor forced out the pirates and built Fort Nassau.
The famous Blackbeard Pirate once resided in Nassau and the British Colonial Hilton now stands on his former residence.
Now, visitors can experience the incredible history of the island.
There are former villages preserved as Heritage Sites for people to view what life was once like on the island.
And, of course there are incredible beaches.
There are many beaches each with their own personalities.
Cabbage Beach is known for its white sand that will feel like silk upon your skin.
If you prefer a lively beach take a stroll over to Junkanoo Beach where you’ll find plenty of socializing.
There is a beach for whatever kind of paradise you are looking for…even the kind with swimming pigs.
Samana, Dominican Republic
This city located in the northeastern region of the Dominican Republic, and to the locals, it is known as Santa Barbara de Samana.
There is only a small population of 15,000 that reside in the city making it a quiet getaway unlike many other resort areas, but it is nothing short of stunning.
In fact, in 2009, the Bay of Samana was voted “One of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.”
In this bay, you can see thousands of humpback whales enjoying the refreshing waters in January through March.
You can also experience a variety of wildlife at Los Haitises National Park.
This enormous park offers incredible hiking and secluded landscapes for the ultimate serenity.
There are also many secret beaches that are only accessible by hiking or boat.
Sneak away to a private cove and enjoy the quiet.
When you are looking for a night out, visit Las Terrenas where you can find accommodations for your entire trip as well as information about available activities.
From beachfront hotels to restaurants with scrumptious local cuisines, this area is a wonderful introduction to the culture and beauty of Samana.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Once considered a part of Nicaragua, the northwest province of Guanacaste is now a part of Costa Rica with a rich culture and diverse landscapes.
Miles of coastline and a variety of protected wildlife areas offer visitors a variety of activities.
Mountain ranges with dry forests along with tropical forests create a variety that is often hard to find in one destination.
Visit Santa Rosa National Park to do a little hiking and view some of the 250 bird species that call it home.
Within the park, you can also do some surfing or just soak up the sun on the white-sand beaches.
Wander over to Rincon de la Vieja National Park that has over 34,000 acres which feature active volcanoes, waterfalls, and a trail that leads you up the side of Santa Maria Volcano which is one of the nine craters within the park.
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Tulum is a breathtaking part of Mexico that has rare and interesting attractions. Found on the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum is home to many mysterious and beautiful cenotes.
These natural sinkholes occur when cave ceilings collapse into the water table below.
It leaves incredible swimming holes that are tucked away like secrets, and they can be found all over the Yucatan Peninsula.
To stand on the edge of one of these cenotes is like looking down a well into paradise.
Vines hang from the leftover rock ceiling and dip down into the turquoise pools. They are a must-see.
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In Tulum, you will also find the National Park which includes Mayan archaeological sites like the ruins of an ancient watchtower that sits upon a clifftop that overlooks the sea as well as the Templo de las Pinturas.
Tulum once had ancient civilizations live upon its soil, and today you can experience some of the ancient relics left behind and breathe in the beauty of the land.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
There is something very special about Jamaica. It’s unique ‘Island Living’ makes you feel as if you have been transported to a different world.
The slow-paced atmosphere makes it easy to stop and enjoy the sights without a care in the world.
Along with beautiful beaches, Ocho Rios also has some great adventures.
Take a tour through Cave Valley where there are interconnecting cave systems formed from limestone.
It is next to a historic village along the Cave River.
Near Cave Valley is Rat Bat hole which is a popular attraction, and it is exactly what it sounds like.
A surface opening that leads into the cave system is filled with bats, and visitors are welcome to get a glimpse of the hoards of furry bats that reside there.
If caves and bats aren’t your thing, there are also Jeep and ATV Safaris, catamaran rides, and horseback riding on the beach.
For those that love to shop, Ocho Rios has Casa de Oro Ocho Rios where you can buy luxury jewelry.
Don’t forget about the eats!
Ocho Rios has lots of restaurant options like Chinese and Italian, but it’s the Jamaican Jerk Chicken that they do best.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, often referred to as Provo, covers 38 miles and is the most developed of the islands.
The World Travel Awards have voted Provo with the award of “Best Beaches” multiple times. Some of the most popular beaches are Grace Bay Beach, Leward, Bight and Taylor Bay.
With so many beaches, there is a wide variety of water activities including diving and snorkeling.
Chalk Sound National Park also has a spectacular lagoon and limestone islands.
As your plane arrives on the island, it will hover over the National Park leaving you speechless by its radiant beauty.
Beyond the white sand beaches, Turks and Caicos has a variety of luxury resorts and spas as well as high-end shopping to suit every whim.
There are bars and cafes and even a golf course.
Hike Blue Mountain to take in views of the north shore and the barrier reef.
If you want to explore neighboring islands you can hop on a ferry, charter boat, or even a plane and do some exploring.
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Escape the Cold This Winter and Head to These Warm-Weather Destinations and Boutique Hotels – Hotels Above Par
No, you don’t need to put up with freezing temperatures, bitter windchill, and snow-everywhere landscapes this winter without at least some form of a break. You deserve a trip to the sun — after all, Vitamin D is very important. And, as your 24/7 vacation cheerleaders here at HAP, we’ve done the research for you — below are our favorite warm-weather getaways + boutique hotels for escaping wintertime cold.
Where to Visit: St. Barth
New York City and Paris’ elite flock to St. Barth come winter — and we can’t blame them. The French-Caribbean island’s palpably chic identity pairs exceedingly well with the pristine beaches and verdant foliage spanning its perimeters. Head to the town of Gustavia, where you will find upscale boutiques, cafes, restaurants on the waterfront, and a marina with super yachts.
Where to Stay: Cheval Blanc St-Barth
5 Stars | Website | Gustaf III Airport (SBH)
61 | 2 swimming pools; Beachfront; Spa | 1
Saint-Jean, Saint Barthélemy; Shell Beach; Colombier
Often considered the island’s most elegant stay, the distinguished Cheval Blanc St-Barth sits on the idyllic Flamands Bay. The hotel recently underwent a revamp that saw French Interior Designer Jacques Granges transform its 61 rooms, suites, villas, spa, and two restaurants into an archetype of how to-the-times ritzy fare should look and feel. Lush gardens permeate the edifice, blueprinted by renowned landscape architect Madison Cox (among other projects, he’s known for her work at YSL Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech). Spend the afternoon getting pampered at the Cheval Blanc Spa, and segue into the evening with dinner at fancy on-site restaurant La Case by accoladed Executive Chef Jean Imbert.
Where to Visit: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean-fringing Guanacaste region offers a medley of activities: Those seeking quality time with “Mother Earth” can explore local naturals wonders such as Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Rio Celeste, resident thermal pools enveloped in nature, as well as the beautiful beaches and coastline comprising the Gulf of Papagayo. When visiting, fly into Liberia International Aiport.
Where to Stay: El Mangroove, Autograph Collection
4 Stars | Website | Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR)
85 | 1 swimming pool; Fitness center; Spa | 2
Coco Beach; Playa Hermosa; Papagayo Peninsula
Preserved mangroves ensconce this luxe outpost and its 85 spacious suites. The beachfront haven’s tree-topped Bearth Spa features outdoor terraces, massage decks, and exclusive top-line wellness products. Treatment-wise, opt to nourish your body with a locale-inspired “Tropical Body Polish,” which stimulates collagen production and re-firms the skin via tropical fruit extracts.
Where to Visit: Palm Springs, California
Ok, so it might not be so warm you want to jump in a non-heated pool, but it’s warm enough to wear a t-shirt, lounge outside, and soak up the sun — average winter temperature highs in Palm Springs stand in the low 70s. This desert escape’s retro identity is ubiquitous, from its pioneering mid-century-modern architecture to its prolific art gallery scene. Mosey around Downtown Palm Springs and admire irreverent art at Michael Weems Gallery, or if in the mood for some sartorial retail therapy, you can get your 1950s-tennis-club aesthetic on with the retro-inspired clothes at Trina Turk and Mr. Turk. Grab dinner and drinks at Birba, where you can expect delicious pizza and other ambrosial bites served within a tree-studded outdoor patio.
Where to Stay: The Colony Palms Hotel & Bungalows
4 Stars | Website | Palm Springs International Airport
57 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Bar | 1
Moorten Botanical Garden; Palm Springs Air Museum; Desert Highland Park
Vacation like golden-age Hollywood did when they visited Palm Springs with a stay at the Colony Palms Hotels and Bungalows. Right off Palm Canyon Drive — the main heartthrob of the city, where all the best shops, restaurants, and bars are — this Spanish-style hotel’s boutique-style feel reigns supreme in our books. The courtyard pool, its array of sun-loungers, and the white- and green-striped umbrellas providing shade for them celebrate the area’s abundance of year-round sun.
Where to Visit & Stay: Playa Viva (Guerrero, Mexico)
4 Stars | Website | Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo International
8 | Beachfront; Pet-friendly; Spa | 1
Zona Arqueológica “Xihuacán” Soledad de Maciel; Playa Valentín; Playa la Antena
A luxe eco-friendly hotel 35 minutes away from Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport, the 18-room Playa Viva recently unveiled six stunning bamboo treehouses right on the beach, thoughtfully blueprinted to be intrusive-less to local flora & fauna based on drone footage revealing local Mobula Manta-Ray migration patterns. The hotel’s regenerative travel approach embraces sustainability and natural preservation, from its 200 acres of untouched terrain to its baby turtle sanctuary right on the beach. (The latter ensures resident Leatherback Turtles experience an unobstructed egg-laying and -hatching process from start to finish. Guests can help with these efforts, too).
Hawaii’s garden isle’s verdant landscape pairs harmoniously with the azure Pacific Ocean waters surrounding it. Nature reigns supreme here: Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, and Hanalei Bay are feasts for the eyes (and the inner explorer’s sole).
Where to Stay: The Lodge at Kukui’ula
5 Stars | Website | Lihue Airport
40 | 3 swimming pools; Spa; Fitness center | 3
Poipu Beach; Allerton Garden; Poipu Beach Park
When it comes to a luxe boutique hotel on the island, The Lodge at Kukui’ula outranks. Here, island-style cottages, villas, and bungalows rub shoulders with the edges of the gorgeous Poipu Beach. The Hawaiian escape boasts a medley of amenities: a ten-acre upcountry farm, golf course, nourishing spa, and private club for meals and hangout time, are a few of many.
Where to Visit: Antigua & Barbuda
Frigid wintertime temperatures see droves of Northeasterners decamp to the Caribbean for sun-soaked holidays. Might we suggest the understated islands of Antigua and Barbuda? The beaches here reign as some of the region’s best. While the hotel we recommend staying at is in Antigua, it would be amiss not to highlight Barbuda. Take a yacht from the former to the latter, spending your day at Robert DeNiro-conceived Nobu Barbuda — an exclusive beach club with sunbeds and cabanas (opt to book the “Lobster Cookoff,” where you will catch your meal while snorkeling around the chef’s lobster traps).
Where to Stay: Hermitage Bay
5 Stars | Website | V. C. Bird International Airport
30 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Beachfront | 1
Mosquito Cove Beach; Jolly Beach; Pinching Bay Beach
Hermitage Bay is a luxe 30-cottage hotel right on the beach. Expect a soft contemporary-yet-elegant design. Oversized bathtubs and alfresco showers make bathing here a treat and a half.
Where to Visit: Mauritius
Mauritius is a dream, full stop. Located off Madagascar’s eastern coast, the African archipelago nation is known for its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters, and azure lagoons. Opt to visit Pamplemousses Botanic Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere — you’ll be privy to the blossoming of many exotic and rare flowers, including crimson bottle brushes, plumeria flowers, purple lilies, numerous varieties of cacti, and more than 60 species of orchids. Temperature highs between October and April average 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
Where to stay: One&Only Le Saint Géran
5 Stars | Website | Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
163 | 2 swimming pools; Spa; Fitness center | 5
Île aux Cerfs; Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden; Bras D’Eau National Park
When it comes to idyllic Mauritian hotels, One&Only Le Saint Géran ranks high. But then again, can we expect anything less than perfection when it comes to the One&Only brand? You will love the spa here, with its Mauritian-inspired treatment menu using Biologique Recherche and ESPA products. The haven’s accommodations are for the discerning sybarite — opt to book Villa One, a 6,695-sqft standalone two-bedroom slice of paradise that wraps around an expansive infinity pool looking out at sea.
Where to Visit: The Maldives
Crystal-clear seawater and white-sand beaches make this Indian Ocean Island nation nothing short of a dream. November to April is dry season, which means temperatures are hot, plus skies are clear and sunny.
Where to Stay: JOALI
5 Stars | Website | Dharavandhoo Airport
73 | 1 swimming pool; Beachfront; Spa | 4
Indian Ocean; Saoke Restaurant; Vandhoo Restaurant
Situated on Northern Maldivian Island of Muravandhoo, JOALI is a luxe hotel located on a private isle fringing a marine life-abundant atoll. The five-star escape has a reef-restoration project through which they’ve implemented a “Coral Table Nursery” that will allow guests to help with coral reef restoration. The 73-key hotel is a sybaritic dream: dedicated butlers known as “jadugars” (the Maldivian word for “magician”), various innovative dining concepts, plus the nourishing JOALI Spa by ESPA, are a few of the many pleasures and treasures here.
Where to Visit: Yasawa Island, Fiji
Fiji’s mid-December temperatures are around the mid-80s, and Yasawa Island Collective is the perfect place to take advantage of these warm sunny days. In addition to basking under the sun while lying on one of the isle’s beautiful beaches, make sure to experience an excursion to the Sawa-i-Lau limestone caves.
Where to Stay: Turtle Island Fiji
4 Stars | Website | Nadi International Airport
14 | Beachfront; Free WiFi; Spa | 1
Blue Lagoon; “The Blue Lagoon” film locations; Turtle Island
Hosting 14 beachfront villas, Turtle Island Fiji is a private island eco-resort on the Yasawa Island Collective in Fiji. It’s exceedingly romantic: 12 private beaches, snorkeling, and mountain-top private pontoon dinners are just a few reasons why this hideaway is made for couples.
Where to Visit: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
This lesser-known seaside town is on Florida’s eastern coast. With 17 miles of beach, the area is known as one of the state’s best spots for surfing.
Where to Stay: Victoria 1883
5 Stars | Website | Orlando Executive Airport
7 | Free WiFi; Pet-friendly; Breakfast included | 1
New Smyrna Beach; New Smyrna Beach Historic District; Riverside Park
You know we love a bed & breakfast/boutique hotel moment. So, it’s with great pleasure that we introduce you to Victoria 1883. The 1.5-acre estate equips seven rooms, a pond, three gardens, and covered porches. The on-site historic edifice’s interior catches eyes: tropical patterns imprint guestroom ceilings, spherical pendant lights hang in various spaces, and moody dark blues plus eccentric lamp fixtures adorn the lobby living room area.
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Where to go for the New Year – 2023 in Russia: TOP destinations, tours and prices preferences among the regions has not changed – most Russians want to spend the New Year holidays in the Krasnodar Territory. We made a selection of interesting New Year’s tours throughout Russia with prices.
Demand for tours in Russia for these New Year holidays has grown in almost all areas, according to tour operators. The main reasons for such a surge in demand for tours in Russia compared to last year are as follows:
- no covid restrictions in Russia, including in the Krasnodar Territory (low base effect and deferred demand),
- a significant increase in the cost of New Year’s tours to foreign destinations and outbound tourism in principle,
- difficulties with logistics (lack of direct flights) and visas for many foreign New Year destinations popular with Russians.
The peak of sales for the New Year holidays has already arrived. The most active sales will go until December 6-10 . In the Moscow region, this period may be longer due to the traditionally short depth of sales in this area.
However, for most of the most popular domestic New Year’s destinations, a shortage of good accommodation is gradually emerging. So, for example, experts of the Dolphin tour operator note that at the moment up to 80% of the volume planned by the tour operator for the New Year holidays has already been sold.
The average check for a tour for the New Year holidays in Russia is now about 55–60 thousand rubles for two for 4 nights (no airfare) .
THE PHENOMENON OF THE NEW YEAR TOURIST BOOM IN THE KRASNODAR REGION AND ITS EXPLANATION
According to tour operators, the Krasnodar Territory (mainly Sochi) accounts for up to a third of the total volume of bookings of tours in Russia for the New Year holidays. At the same time, there is a significant increase in demand compared to the same period last year. So, in the National tour operator ALEAN, the demand for New Year’s arrivals in the Krasnodar Territory increased by 40%, and in FUN & SUN – by 85%. nine0007
“Such a surge in demand for the Krasnodar Territory compared to last year is due, among other things, to the low base effect: covid restrictions were in effect in the region last New Year’s holidays. Even a restaurant visit required a vaccination certificate. This year, all restrictions have been lifted, and tourists have returned to the region in their usual numbers,” explains Sergey Romashkin, CEO of Dolphin.
According to tour operators, the Krasnodar Territory is now choosing up to thirds of organized tourists planning New Year holidays in Russia. At the same time, tour operators mainly talk about recreation in the coastal zone. Another 7% of the total organized domestic tourist flow for the New Year chose a ski holiday in the Sochi mountain cluster (Krasnaya Polyana, Rosa Khutor, Gazprom-Laura, etc. ).
While in the resorts of the Krasnodar Territory, you can still find places for the New Year holidays. But the number of proposals that are optimal in terms of price / quality ratio is decreasing every day, experts state. nine0003 By mid-December, there may be places left in Sochi only in a very low-budget segment – high-level hotels, luxury rooms, etc. than last year. The growth in prices for accommodation in accommodation facilities in the coastal cluster amounted to about 10%, in the mountains – up to 20% year-on-year.
According to the tour operator “Delfin”, at the moment the average bill for a New Year’s tour to the Krasnodar Territory is 43 thousand rubles for two (without road) for 4 nights . Ski tours in Sochi are more expensive: the average bill for two for 4 nights is now 90,003,116 thousand rubles. (no flight) .
Air tickets to Sochi increased in price more significantly than last year. Now, depending on the dates of New Year’s arrivals from Moscow, you can buy tickets to the resort for 15–20 thousand rubles. per person (without luggage).
Accordingly, 60-80 thousand rubles more must be added to the above average amounts of tours. for two (round trip). That is, along with an expensive New Year’s holiday in the South of Russia for two for 4 nights, it will cost an average of 106-196 thousand rubles depending on the type of accommodation and date of arrival.
TOP MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN RUSSIA FOR THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS
Each of the directions accounts for a share of about 10% in the total sales volume for the New Year holidays.
“Bookings for tours to St. Petersburg are active, we are opening additional groups for some popular tours. Compared to last year, we note a significant increase in sales, as in 2021 covid restrictions have greatly reduced tourist activity during the New Year holidays. St. Petersburg has been and remains one of the most popular travel destinations in Russia. Despite the fact that some traditional city events will not take place this year, the city will still host the traditional Christmas Fair, the streets will be decorated and even the famous New Year tree will be re-installed on Palace Square. There is always an interesting alternative to city events – New Year’s banquets and parties, which can also be booked through us, ”says the Nevsky Seasons company. nine0007
On average, tours to St. Petersburg have risen in price by 10% over the year, but some objects cost 20% more than last year. This is explained by the fact that last year St. Petersburg, like Moscow, experienced difficulties with loading. Hoteliers had to significantly reduce prices, now there is no such thing. In fact, New Year’s prices this year in the two capitals are at the level of 2019, tour operators note.
Prices for New Year’s tours to St. Petersburg start from 3 950 rubles. for 1 person for a 2-day tour in a 3 * economy class hotel, and up to 35-40 thousand rubles. per person for a 6-day tour with accommodation in 5* hotels.
Demand for Kavminvody for the New Year also increased in comparison with the previous year – by an average of 20%. If in most destinations for the New Year holidays the average duration of tours is 4 nights, here it is about 7-10 days. “Kavminvods are now experiencing a surplus in demand and a shortage of places for accommodation,” the ALEAN company notes. nine0007
The average bill for the Caucasian Mineral Waters is now about 70–75 thousand rubles. for 7 nights for two without airfare . The cheapest air flight – from 15 thousand rubles. back and forth per person, that is, for two more + 60 thousand rubles. minimum.
Next in the ranking of tour operators in terms of the number of bookings are ski holidays in different resorts, as well as Moscow and the Moscow region .
It should be noted that the share of mountain facilities Sochi in the ski segment of different companies reaches 70–90%. The rest is occupied by Sheregesh, Arkhyz, Dombay, Elbrus region, Abzakovo and Bannoe . At these resorts ski holidays are on average 20% cheaper than in Sochi. However, here it is necessary to take into account both the cost of air travel and the transfer, which can cost 3-4 thousand rubles.
New Year’s Moscow and the Moscow region have risen in price by 15–20% this year, but the demand for destinations is growing rapidly. The share of these destinations in the total sales of tour operators is on average 6.5–5%. But the share of the Moscow region will still grow – closer to mid-December. nine0007
“There are usually fixed arrivals in the Moscow region: arrivals from December 31 to January 2 or 3 are popular. And also a Christmas check-in: from 01/06 to 01/08/23, ”the press service of the FUN & SUN tour operator says.
The average bill for the Moscow region on New Year’s dates exceeds 80 thousand rubles. for two for 4 nights . It is important that in this case, tourists save on air travel, the indicated amount is all their expenses.
WHERE ELSE IN RUSSIA WILL TOURISTS CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR
Another popular New Year destination for tourists this year is Karelia . According to the ScanTour tour operator, the demand for the destination in 2022 increased by 50%, while half of the volume of tours planned for the New Year holidays has already been sold.
“We have almost run out of places for our exclusive offers with a banquet in Ruskeala, Kindasovo and Bastion. There is still an opportunity to go on a tour with New Year’s Eve on the patrimony of the Karelian Santa Claus Talvi Ukko. We recommend that you make your choice before December 15, this December week there will be the last places for New Year’s tours,” they say in ScanTour. nine0007
Basically, tours to Karelia are designed for 3-4 days. The range of “ScanTour” includes both New Year’s excursion tours with transfers by bus, and tour packages with flights by plane.
Prices for New Year’s Karelia start from 18 950 rubles. per person for a three-day stay to 89 900 rubles. (with accommodation in a Premium class VIP location in a separate cottage). Prices are excluding travel.
This season, tourists are actively booking tours for Baikal for the New Year holidays, experts say.
“Reservations are peaking right now. Soon there will be no places left on Lake Baikal,” FUN&SUN warns. Interestingly, 90% of sales are sales of ready-made excursion tours. The average duration of a holiday on Lake Baikal in the New Year is 4-6 nights.
The novelty of this New Year holidays at FUN&SUN is New Year’s tours to Dagestan .
“The first reservations were already made in mid-September. Check-in for the New Year is more actively booked than for Christmas. Since mid-October, sales have been stable, but not very active. The maximum demand is expected in December. We have already included a New Year’s banquet and a national dinner for the Christmas arrival in the cost of the tours,” the company said. nine0007
The cost of tours to Dagestan for the New Year starts from 37 thousand rubles. per person (already with airfare included) .
But the demand for the New Year’s Kazan is still “slipping” – the direction has risen in price by 20-30% compared to last year. Tour operators expect that demand will be activated here in December, because last year all flights were closed only 10 days before the New Year holidays.
Tour operator FUN&SUN has its own charter program to Kazan for the New Year holidays. Excursion tours cost from 20 thousand rubles per person (already with air travel) .
WHICH DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS HAVE NOT COMMUNATED TOURISTS YET?
Demand fell the most for Crimea . The main problem is the closed airport. On New Year’s holidays, a trip to Crimea by car or train will be too long. Crimea has never been a top destination for the New Year holidays, but many large hotels in the region are open all year round and are ready to offer tourists heated pools, mild weather and a New Year’s program. It should be noted that despite the decline, tours to the Crimea for the New Year holidays are still booked. Average bill – about 50 thousand rubles for two for 4 days without the cost of the road . This is about 8-10% less than last year.
Another direction, which, according to tour operators, has dipped somewhat this year is Veliky Ustyug . Rest here has risen in price, and many tourists have generally switched to direct booking of accommodation with local hotels. Prices in Ustyug from tour operators start from 31 thousand rubles. (with transportation) per person.
WHERE TO GO FOR THE NEW YEAR-2023: TOURS AND PRICES
Together with tour operators, Vestnik ATOR prepared recommendations for New Year tours throughout Russia: from budget to more expensive options, from traditional vacations in hotels by the sea to more original destinations.
In the range of tour operators there are many options for a New Year’s holiday in Sochi .
Tour with arrival on December 30 at the Pullman Sochi Center 5 * hotel (Central Sochi) for 3 nights with breakfast at the FUN & SUN tour operator – from 70 thousand rubles. for two (no flight).
A FUN&SUN tour with similar conditions to the Mercure Sochi Center 4* hotel (Central Sochi) costs from 41.5 thousand rubles. for two (without flight).
In the hotel Velvet Seasons Family Quarter 3 * (Imeretinskaya Bay) through the FUN & SUN line, you can check in for 7 nights (arrival on December 30) for 25.7 thousand rubles. for two (without flight). The TOUCAN Kids Club operates here.
Tour with arrival on January 4 at the Beton Brut All Inclusive & Spa Hotel in Miracleon 4 * (Pionersky Prospekt) for 5 nights with the type of food “all inclusive” can be bought from FUN&SUN from 61 thousand rubles for two (without flight).
For lovers of ski holidays, tour operators have a large number of offers in different regions. For example, the Russian Express tour operator offers an exclusive offer at the Sheregesh resort – the Ozon Cheget hotel. A tour for two for 4 nights with a check-in on December 30 costs from 38.4 thousand rubles. for two (without flight).
Tour with accommodation in Mercure Rosa Khutor 4 * (Sochi, Rosa Khutor) for 4 nights is at the tour operator “Russian Express” from 92.6 thousand rubles for two (without flight).
Grand Hotel Polyana 5*, located in the Gazprom resort, provides instant confirmation. A tour for two with a check-in on December 31 can be bought at a price of 90,003,159.6 thousand rubles. (no flight).
Rooms at the resort Dombay are still available for all dates. “Russian Express” offers to consider a tour with accommodation in the hotel “Dombay” for 4 nights with arrival on December 30th. Its price is from 22.8 thousand rubles. for two without air travel. nine0007
Those wishing to celebrate the New Year in a “winter fairy tale” tour operators offer to consider Karelia . The tour operator “ScanTour” has an interesting option – a tour to Karelia for 4 days “New Year’s Eve in the patrimony of the Karelian Father Frost Talvi Ukko”.
“His main feature is New Year’s Eve right on the estate. Also, tourists will visit: the funniest Karelian village of Kindasovo, the Onega embankment in Petrozavodsk, Olonets with an interactive program and a meeting with Frost Pakkaine, the Alexander Svir Monastery, the Kivach waterfall, the balneological resort of Marcial Waters, the mineral center of Karelian shungite, the Ruskeala mountain park, waterfalls Ahvenkoski, a branded trout farm store,” ScanTour says. The cost of such a tour is from $53500 for two (without the road to Karelia).
Tour operator “Russian Express” offers in Karelia “Colorful New Year in the most cheerful village” (arrival on December 31 for 3 days, cost – from 19 300 rubles / person .) and “New Year’s feast with the Vikings” (arrival 31 December for 3 days, from 20 800 rubles / person . ).
You can also meet the “New Year on the Ladoga shore” (arrival on December 30 for 4 days, cost – from 160 500 rubles for a cottage for 4 adults ).
Many offers and 9 each0003 Northwest Russia . According to the observations of the tour operator “Nevsky Seasons”, combined tours of St. Petersburg + Karelia are especially popular on New Year’s Eve. Tourists like that in a week you can combine acquaintance with the museums and sights of St. Petersburg with a trip to the wonderful Karelian nature. During the New Year holidays, the cost of such a trip will be about 30 thousand rubles. per person .
For the winter holidays, the tour operator has several races along the national tourist route “History and secrets of medieval Vyborg”, The classic tour program will be on races on January 3, 4 and 5. An extended New Year’s program, designed for three days, will take place from 31 to 2 January. The New Year will be celebrated in Vyborg – either on the streets of this ancient city, or in a hotel restaurant. nine0007
For families with children, “Neva Seasons” offer a “Vacation in St. Petersburg” tour, aimed at schoolchildren from 9 to 13 years old. This is a cascade tour – from 2 to 7 days, any duration is possible.
Another interesting excursion destination is Kazan . You can buy a tour from FUN & SUN with a check-in on January 6 for 3 nights at IT Park 3 * (tour “New Year’s holidays in Kazan. Light” at a price of 45 thousand rubles for two with airfare . If you buy the “Standard” program, then it will include a visit to the Residence of Kysh Babai and Kar Kyzy.0007
Tour operator “Intourist” invites tourists to celebrate the New Year in Moscow . Excursion tour 4 days with arrival on December 30 costs from 18 375 for two .
Tour operator FUN&SUN reminds that there will soon be no places left at Baikal for the New Year holidays, and those wishing to better hurry up with booking. A tour with a check-in on January 4 for 4 nights at the Olkhon Express Hotel (water and ice) (Irkutsk) costs from 90 thousand rubles. for two without flight . nine0007
Another interesting destination for the New Year holidays is Dagestan . FUN&SUN has a tour with arrival on January 4 for 5 nights and accommodation at the Golden Beach hotel (tour “New Year holidays in Dagestan. Standard”) 4 * in Derbent costs from 43 thousand rubles. for two with air travel .
Go to the New Year to Santa Claus in Veliky Ustyug can be bought from FUN&SUN at a price of 45 thousand rubles. for two with transport . Check-in January 2, accommodation at the hotel “Postoyalets” (Winter Express tour “Visiting Santa Claus”), compartment. nine0007
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