Top 5 New Years Eve Destinations 2018
Its not too late to escape the prospect of spending another New Year with your in-laws, or those friends who always go a bit over the top and insist everyones having a much better time than they actually are. Book this week, or next, and you could be headed to sunnier climes, or simply a destination where a great party is guaranteed!
Why not begin 2018 as you mean to go on, in a spirit of adventure, discovery and achievement. Aspen Travel can help you do that. We have been booking New Year Holidays for many years and the partnership we have with leading international travel brands allows us to give you a choice of luxury, all-inclusive packages that are renowned for their high quality, excellent childcare and impressive facilities. Lets have a look at some of the most exciting New Years Eve destinations of 2018.
There are few experiences in the world that are as unique as lining up along the Golden Mile on Hogmanay to joyfully kiss strangers in a multitude of colourful costumes! New Years Eve is taken very seriously indeed in Scotland, expanding the usual 6-8 hours into a 3 day event! It traditionally kicks off on the 30th December with a night time torchlit procession through the streets, followed by fireworks.
On the 31st itself youll sing Auld Lang Syne with thousands of other revellers in the beautifully lit Scottish streets. Before and after the strike of midnight, youll be treated to a huge variety of live musical performances, street entertainment and theatrical spectaculars. Theres plenty to do if you take with the kids with you too, including a baby disco!
To make the most of the glorious Northern landscape, with its deep lochs, lofty peaks and craggy crevices, you might wish to expand your New Years Eve break into a full-blown holiday. One of our favourite providers of Scottish short holidays is the Great Rail Journeys team. Once the party is over, youll enjoy a trip on a steam heritage railway, a look around Edinburgh Castle and a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia; all with your personal tour manager, who will ensure you get to each attraction on time and get back safely to your overnight accommodation; usually a 4* hotel.
To travel even further afield, you could take advantage of Great Rail Journeys tour of Alnwick and Edinburgh. As well as visiting the mighty city of Edinburgh, youll get to walk around the Capability Brown-designed Alnwick gardens and castle, experience the dark skies for yourself at the observatory in Kielder and marvel at the 12th century Melrose Abbey.
The ultimate in party cities, when it comes to New Years Eve, Hong Kong will not disappoint. Whether you watch the fireworks over Victoria Harbour from the lofty heights of Victoria Peak or from a traditional junk boat on the bay, where you can take in the glorious night skyline at the same time, is up to you – but you will have a tremendous time.
While youre in Hong Kong, be sure to make the most of what this vibrant, lively city has to offer. There are traditional elements of Hong Kong life, which sit alongside ultra modern architecture. Hong Kong city highlights include the Giant Buddha of Lantau Island and the exciting vibe at the Kowloon Waterfront. Youll find great places to eat here and if you fancy a shopping trip, Stanley Market has all sorts of gifts.
When you book an all-inclusive Hong Kong package through Aspen Travel, you can combine your city trip with a journey to China or Hanoi. The outlying islands are very beautiful and have to be seen to be believed too.
New York is a well known party town where anything can happen. After all, what better place to see the New Year in after midnight, than the city that never sleeps? The place where everyone gathers here is in the ultra neon Times Square, where the infamous ball drops at midnight. The billboards will light up with festive messages announcing the New Year!
There are so many different places you can spend an incredibly memorably evening in New York, its difficult to know where to start. You could watch a concert at Radio City Music Hall, or take in a Broadway show. You could head over to Central Park for a spot of open air skating and stay to watch the fireworks. You could even watch the skies light up from a hundred different displays from a ferry next to the Statue of Liberty! As for dining out and drinking cocktails, youll be spoilt for choice!
There are so many different packages you could combine with a tour of New York City. For instance, you could head over to Boston and Philadelphia as well, or get a good look at the rest of New England while youre at it. How much you see of the East coast of America is entirely down to your budget and how long you have to spend there. Please give the Aspen Travel team a call if youd like us to make any recommendations.
What is it about bright lights in the night sky over Iceland that so excites visitors to this part of the world? As well as this citys own natural light display in the form of the Northern Lights, the New Years Eve sky here is lit up with hundreds of fireworks. There are also 10 public bonfires, where hot chocolate will warm you; a must for the cold Icelandic night!
If you decide to extend your stay in Iceland you could marvel at some of the delights the volcanic landscape has to offer. You can take a superjeep tour around the Golden Circle and enjoy the view of the spectacular waterfall; Gull Floss. The Blue Lagoon is the infamous spa of crystal clear waters, which is heated by the geysers below it, which will both invigorate and relax you. Of course, exploring the city of Reykjavik is also a treat. Youll find plenty of shops, restaurants and attractions to entertain and amuse you. Take a look
Germanys capital city has long been known for its extremely vibrant night life and New Years Eve is no exception. Live bands, huge open air parties and DJs are set along a long stretch of street from the Brandenburg Gate to the Victory Column. There are food stands all around to keep you fed, so you wont get tired or hungry.
Want to stay on for a big longer and explore Berlin? Then you can really get stuck into the citys historical and cultural highlights! There are plenty of museums associated with the world wars of the twentieth century, including the infamous Checkpoint Charlie museum. You can see parts of the wall that divided the city until 1989 and visit the Reichtag.
Theres also the opportunity to use this very central location to travel further into Europe in a number of directions. A river cruise will take you through the wine-growing areas of Germany as well as into France and the Benelux countries, while an escorted tour will help you gain an insight into many of Germanys, Frances and Austrias different regions.
If you fancy celebrating the incoming new year, we can find you a party in the a of the world youd like to visit. All you need to do is get in touch with us, either via email, or by picking up the phone. Our travel advisors having been booking New Year breaks and all-inclusive packages for many years. Theyll be able to give you an idea of whats possible on your budget, or simply some New Years Eve 2018 inspiration to help you make up your mind