Venture deep into the Arctic wilderness of one of Europe’s most remote regions on this five-day Finnish Lapland trip. At your base on a private island just outside Rovaniemi, surrounded by snow-covered forests, you’ll experience Finnish sauna culture and enjoy authentic Lappish cuisine by an open fire. Glide across icy landscapes on ski trekking and husky sledding adventures before hiking through the majestic Korouoma Canyon, where you’ll pass giant frozen waterfalls and possibly spot wildlife such as bears, lynxes and moose. At these latitudes, you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting the Northern Lights – they’re visible roughly 200 times a year in Lapland. There’s also time to stop by Santa Claus Village, visit a reindeer park, and snap a photo directly on the Arctic Circle.
Prepare for a full spectrum sensory feast as you feed your soul with live jazz and tuck into seafood galore on this four-day New Orleans escape. Cruise down the Mississippi River on a steamboat while tucking into fresh Louisiana seafood, soundtracked by an upbeat, Nola-style swing from a live band. You’ll delve into the city’s musical past on a walking tour of the French Quarter with our local insider, whip up cocktails with expert mixologists, and attend an intimate jazz concert at Preservation Hall. There’s also time to kayak along the mellow waterways of the Manchac Swamp before capping off your trip with a classic, Cajun-style crawfish boil dinner on your final night.
Planning a short winter retreat in the UK? Culture Trip’s four-day Scottish Highlands trip is bound to leave you feeling reinvigorated. Based at a cosy lodge at the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor, you’ll head to Scotland’s oldest ski area, Glencoe Mountain Resort, for a snowshoeing adventure – a form of hiking that uses specialist footwear to navigate snow-covered trails. Hurtle through the countryside on a husky sled ride, visit an award-winning chocolatier, and, if you fancy, go ice climbing at the largest indoor ice climbing wall in the world. In the evenings, warm up with optional Scotch whisky tasting; if you’re really lucky, and the conditions are right, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Soothe your mind and body on this four-day retreat to the Hudson Valley, just two hours north of New York City. Based at an elegant boutique hotel with a state-of-the-art fitness centre, you’ll be introduced to various types of meditation, including silent meditation and chakra flow meditation while overlooking a waterfall. Embrace your creative side in an Inner Artist workshop, learn how to practice stand-up paddleboard yoga on the Hudson River, and tune into nature on a hike through the High Falls Conservation Area, home to the highest waterfall in Columbia County. Spend your evenings wining, dining and socialising at the elegant Wick Restaurant and Lobby Bar.
Kick back and relax on this four-day retreat in the Thames Valley, where an expert instructor will teach you the art of meditation and stand-up paddleboard yoga. Spend an afternoon strolling through the Goring Gap – a wildlife-rich valley between the Chiltern Hills and Berkshire Downs, and make the most of the opportunity for a refreshing wild swim, or canoe trip, in the River Pang. Treat your taste buds with award-winning, locally produced Tutts Clump Cider, and tuck into delicious sourdough pizzas at your stylish riverside hotel.