From horse-drawn sleigh rides in snowy Russia to getting the royal treatment on New Year’s Eve in breathtaking Croatia, to inspire your next dream getaway, today’s travel roundup features 5 winter vacations around the world that are ideal for celebrating magical moments this holiday season.
New Year’s Eve is the most festive holiday of the year in Russia, as it’s celebrated with parties, presents, and vodka toasts. MIR Corporation has specialized in Russia travel for 30 years and offers a one-of-a-kind celebratory tour built around New Year’s Day in glorious St. Petersburg, with Moscow merrymaking, horsedrawn sleigh rides, and a visit to 12th century Suzdal. During your winter vacation in Russia, you can also attend a spectacular ballet performance at a renowned St. Petersburg theater, and visit some of the most breathtaking churches and historical monuments in the city.
Visited by countless celebrities, notable figures, and world leaders, The Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway is a beautiful place to visit during Winter. With a posh interior, exceptional service, and prime location (within walking distance to shops, eateries, and the harbor), this breathtaking hotel is a must-see this season. Bundle up and head outdoors to walk along the beautiful Karl Johans Gate Boulevard, bopping into stylish boutiques and shops, and grabbing a cup of hot cocoa at one of the cafes nearby.
Explore the outdoors this winter on a snowga (aka yoga in the snow) excursion at Big Sky Yoga Retreats in Bozeman, Montana. Ideal for beginners (because there’s no better place to stumble than fluffy snow) or advanced yogis looking to improve their balance on varying terrain. Start with an invigorating snowshoe or hike on one of Bozeman’s amazing trails to warm up and soak up the winter wonderland scenery, followed by a 30-minute snowga experience before returning to The LARK for tea in the Map Room – the perfect way to start your day! Chalet Sports will hook you up with snowshoe gear if needed and the crew at the Co-op will be waiting to help you fuel up pre- or post-snowga.
Indulge in a world of luxury and celebrate 2018 like a royal at Hotel Excelsior’s glamorous, black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala. As one of the most lavish hotels overlooking the Adriatic Sea and adored by famous guests like Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor, the recently renovated Hotel Excelsior is now offering guests a special deal to welcome in the New Year! The celebration will feature a champagne and cocktail reception at the hotel’s elegant Abakus Piano Bar, a carefully curated six-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef, Mr. Petar Obad, and a night of dancing along to funky and soulful tunes from popular Croatian singer Marko Tolja.
Melt away your winter worries with an indulgent and tasty treatment at Suncadia Resort’s Glade Spring Spa. Just outside Seattle, nestled in the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, this sprawling 6,400-acre retreat is the perfect winter wonderland for those who want to have some fun in the snow. When you’re ready to relax after a day of play, head to the spa for a Hot Stone & Hot Toddies massage. Just in time for the holiday season, this treatment features a choice of a 50 or 80 minute hot stone massage that uses rocks found in the neighboring Cle Elum River paired with a signature hot toddy beverage – the ultimate holiday drink to end a luxurious moment of tranquility. Once you’ve gotten the chance to unwind and warm your soul under the skilled hands of the spa’s therapist, head to the outdoor hot mineral baths for a final dip in decadence for a truly blissful moment.
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[Image credits (top to bottom): Pixabay; MIR Corporation; Inspirations & Celebrations; Larry Stanley Photography; Hotel Excelsior.]