9 Top Destinations to spend New Years Eve
Ever fancied seeing in the New Year from an exotic vantage point? What better way to negotiate the precipice between the present year and the next somewhere fabulous, surrounded by colour and natural beauty, in a celebratory, exhilarating atmosphere!
New Year’s Eve is a special night on the global calendar, so to help you decide where you’d like to spend it, we’ve put together a list of our most exciting new year packages. Enjoy your luxury accommodation, breathtaking views and astonishing panoramas, all with a glass of champagne in your hand.
New Year is traditionally celebrated in Iceland by letting off fireworks at midnight. Pretty standard, you might think, but when the backdrop of those fireworks consists of the Northern Lights, you’re looking at what is possibly the worlds most impressive display!
Regent Travel’s New Year in Reykjavk breaks are so popular that they now offer revellers a large variety of hotels. Choose from the Best Western, Apotek, Plaza, Radisson and some of the more local luxury hotels as your base to explore the Icelandic terrain.
So what can you expect from a spectacular Icelandic break? Youll take a jeep safari in the mountains in search of exciting platforms from which to best view the Northern Lights. You will explore volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers via snowmobile or horseback and youll swim in Reykjavk’s infamous Blue Lagoon, whose clear waters are heated by the hot springs below. All this and you still have the New Year festivities to come!
For the evening itself, you’ll join what will seem like everyone else in Iceland for an enormous display of fireworks, during which there will be music and dancing. Cocktails will be on hand to accompany your enjoyment of the night. If you fancy heading north for the Norse country please give our Aspen Travel team a call. Well be happy to guide you through the booking process.
Where would you most like to be in New York to experience the arrival of the New Year? At the top of the Empire State building? In Times Square? Central Park? Or, perhaps you like to be able to take in the astonishing view of the Manhattan skyline from the sea as you watch fireworks over the Statue of Liberty?
Travelspheres New York at New Year break will put you on board the World Yacht for a 5 course meal and live music. Youll have the best view of the New Year fireworks on the east coast! Whilst you’re in New York, there will also be plenty of time to explore this exciting city, both at your leisure and with Travelsphere’s knowledgeable tour guide. You’ll visit Chinatown, Wall Street, the library and museums, as well as Fifth Avenue for some serious shopping! If youd like a New Year’s Eve bite of the Big Apple, please get in touch.
If beautiful coastline and fine Spanish wines are your thing, you might prefer a trip to the north of Spain to see in the New Year. Your trip will take in Barcelona, Sitges, Besalu and Gerona with New Year’s Day in Tossa de Mar.
Enjoy a tasting and tour of the winery in Sitges, while a tour of Barcelonas vibrant city centre will allow you to discover Gaudis astonishing architecture, street markets and entertainment along Las Ramblas and incredible night life. New Year’s Eve itself will be spent at a gala dinner and firework display at your own grand hotel after a day spent on the cobbled mediaeval streets of Gerona.
Know what you should do when the bell chimes at midnight? Eat a grape! 12 grapes for 12 chimes. That’s the Spanish tradition. If you’d like to head to Spains trendy north east coast for New Year, please ask our team for more details.
For a New Year celebration with a difference, how about travelling to North Korea with Regent holidays? Youll fly into Pyongyang where you will meet your dedicated tour guide and driver. During your time here in North Korea, you will enjoy Kaesong delicacies, the Koryo history museum and a day at the incredible Kumsusan Sun’s Palace at the bottom of Mount Taesong. This is a mausoleum for former presidents. It boasts some incredible views. New Year’s Eve itself will be a time for enjoying a meal out in the city of Pyongyang along with a beer at the Gyong Hung Beer House.
New Year’s Day is traditionally a day of events in North Korea, so you’ll be taken to the Juche Tower, various monuments and a walk in Moranbong Park, so that as events unfold, you will be well placed to witness them all. Aspen Travel can help you book this fascinatingly memorable short break of a lifetime.
Titan Travel are offering you the chance to enjoy a sunshine-filled New Year’s Eve in Madeira. Youll fly from Portugal to the island of Madeira, where youll taste local wines during your tour to the Madeira wine company, explore Funchal and delight in the gala dinner at your hotel before experiencing an incredible firework display on the hills above the city. Your guide will take you on a tour of the gardens of Monte on New Year’s Day, but there will be plenty of time to explore Madeira at your leisure during your stay as well.
If you’d like to surround yourself by beautiful views, exotic fragrances and fine wines for New Year, Madeira could be a good choice for you. The Aspen Travel team will be able to answer any questions you have about this all-inclusive package.
Christmas and New Year breaks
Want to maximise your festive break by extending it to include Christmas and New Year? Then we have 3 incredible suggestions for you. These are all great ways to spend the holiday period, whether youre looking to get away with family, or get away from the family!
Canaries Christmas and New Year
Fly to a volcanic island where the sun is always shining during the UKs coldest months and you won’t be sorry. This Titan Travel cruise begins in Southampton and takes you to explore the Canary Islands with stop offs in Morocco, Madeira and Portugal along the way.
Christmas Day will be spent at sea. You will be invited to indulge in a traditional turkey and all the trimmings feast and activities on the 25th December as well as be treated to a spectacular Christmas show. The rest of of your trip will be spent lying on the beach of various Canadian islands, exploring local attractions, such as volcanoes, parks, museums and sand dunes, until its time for your New Years Eve event in Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
A trip to Mount Teide, as well as several hours exploring the bars and shops, is how youll spend the day, before it’s time to get back on board your luxury cruise boat to watch the citys huge firework display. Youll get a chance to discover the delights of Funchal in Madeira and Lisbon, Portugal as you make your returning voyage to the UK. Leave the cold and the wet of the winter season behind you to join us on this sun-drenched cruise.
Feeling romantic? A cruise down the Danube for Christmas and New Year is a great holiday to take with a loved one. Titan Travel are offering you the chance to spend 10 glorious nights on board the River Beatrice or SS Maria Theresa, visiting Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
Your Christmas Day lunch will be celebrated in St Peters Abbey in Saltzberg, while your New Years Eve will be spent dancing the night away at a gala dinner in the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest. Youll visit Vienna, Passau, Melk Linz and Bratislava along the way, feast on Eastern European delicacies and explore a number of treasured attractions.
Christmas and New Year in the Italian Dolomites
For a truly atmospheric Christmas with virtually guaranteed snow, why not enjoy your festive Christmas feast in a chalet, high up in the snow covered mountains of the Dolomites? Your holiday will consist of trips in and around beautiful mountain towns and the towns that surround Lake Bled in Slovakia. Youll discover caves, peaks, river valleys and how grappa is made.
New Years Eve will begin with a cable car ride up Mount Vogel ahead of the evenings festivities and a gala dinner which will take place at your luxury hotel. This Travelsphere break includes some incredible views and astonishing natural landscape, perfect for a Christmas that’s as quiet or as loud as you want it to be, depending on whom you bring with you!
Mountains and lakes feature heavily again on this Travelsphere festive agenda, but this time youll be exploring Austria and Italy. Your Christmas Day feast will be held in the picturesque hills overlooking Lake Garda. During your trip, youll visit Verona, Innsbruck, Munich and Kufstein. New Years Eve will be spent in the Medieval town of Rattenberg, enjoying an 8 course gala dinner.
During your week you’ll visit fortresses, quaint craft markets and towns as well as take a magical ride on a horse drawn carriage through alpine scenery in pursuit of a New Years Day torchlit procession.
If youre looking to book a Christmas or New Years Eve abroad, please give us a call to get some inspiration. We can help you have the festive holiday of a lifetime, somewhere exceptional. Please get in touch with one of our friendly Aspen Travel team members for more details on our itineraries and offers.