If you want to do something a little different this Christmas, why not consider a winter escape that will turn your festive season into an exciting new experience? Whether you’re keen to avoid spending Christmas Day alone, need an excuse to turn down an unappealing invitation, or are simply itching for some adventure, there are a wide range of Christmas getaways for the over 50s on the market, including trips that are suitable for couples, friends or singles looking to mingle.
Some of the best developments of recent years has been the boom in over 50s singles trips. An article in the Telegraph revealed that one in four British adults has never married or is divorced or widowed. Team this significant proportion with those avid travellers whose partners choose not to join them on their adventures and you’re looking at a potential market of at least five million people. Savvy travel companies have taken note of this lucrative market and increasingly varied specialist singles trips are appearing. Click here to read the article 'Solo Travel' from The Telegraph.
Additionally, the over 50s adventure travel market has also experienced a boost in recent times. Although a relaxing cruise might rate as a consistently popular holiday option amongst this age group, there are a growing number of companies that are choosing to recognise and cater to over 50s looking to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
In short, whether you are looking to make new friends or just enjoy a Christmas that’s a little bit different this year, there are enough options on the market that you’re bound to find one that piques your interest. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
• Explore the culture of Prague
Where better to spend the festive season than the fairy-tale city of Prague? This beautiful destination is steeped in winter wonderland romance with a skyline of twisting spires and enchanting architecture. Singles holiday specialists Just You offer a six day Christmas tour, complete with a Christmas Day lunch for you and your travelling companions. Explore the Christmas markets and stunning cultural sites such as the gothic St. Barbara’s Cathedral and National Museum. Don’t forget to try a hot tankard of mulled wine or a tasty Czech beer or two.
• Enjoy a Rhine river cruise
A meandering river cruise is the ideal way to take in a few destinations in one fell swoop. Snake your way through the spectacular scenery and historical cities that surround the Middle Rhine whilst relaxing in comfort aboard your ship. Saga specialise in over 50s travel and offer a Christmas cruise which offers a mix of stops, taking in the elegance of Cologne as well as the story-book charm of Strasbourg and Rudesheim. On board you can expect entertainment, a mulled wine party and a traditional Christmas dinner when the big day arrives.
• Tour China on a once in a lifetime adventure
Leave home far behind and head to exotic China for Christmas this year to experience the adventure of your dreams. In this part of the world, the bright lights of modern cities blend with ancient sensibilities and spectacular nature. One Traveller put together holiday packages designed for the mature single traveller and offer a 16 day China holiday that includes a spellbinding day cruise on the beautiful Li River, a historical walk along the Great Wall of China, a visit to the Giant Panda Centre in Chengdu and an incredible acrobatic display in Shanghai as just some of the highlights. Christmas will never be the same again.
• Experience an activity holiday in the Arctic Circle
If Christmas isn’t Christmas without snow and plenty of it, wrap up warm and head to the Arctic Circle where the Norwegian city of Tromso is regularly lit up during the winter months by the breath-taking Northern Lights. Solo’s Holidays offer a four day Christmas break to this magical part of the world. As well as a Polar city walking tour of this remote region, you will be taken on a whale-spotting safari, seeking out the humpback and mink whales that frequent the fjords. You will also enjoy a Christmas dinner at the top of the famous Fjellheisen restaurant with its panoramic views before heading back to your comfortable accommodation for a dip in the outdoor hot-tub.
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