The Best Places to Visit with Culture Trip this Winter

Join one of our small group trips to Iceland this winter.
Join one of our small group trips to Iceland this winter.

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This winter, if you’re looking for a mix of both chilly and tropical destinations, Culture Trip has got everything wrapped up for you. From classic cold spots like Edinburgh and Iceland – which perfect for experiencing winter the way it’s meant to be – to the warmth and sunshine of Egypt, Costa Rica, or Mexico, get ready for an epic trip to see off 2023 in style.

Egypt is a great choice for exploring ancient history and culture, while Costa Rica offers stunning jungle landscapes and exotic wildlife. Mexico, on the other hand, boasts beautiful beaches, delicious food, and rich cultural heritage.

Volcanic Iceland

Sharing memories and experiences in Iceland. With a like-minded group, you will spend your time talking about the fun stuff and not dwell on your own worries.

In the opinion of this humble writer, Iceland is a fantastic year-round destination. There are several regions with diverse landscapes, some of which burst into life in the summer. All that said, the magic of winter here is truly something to behold. From the stunning rock formations covered in thick ice to the illuminated skies above, winter reveals another side to this country which conveniently sits a short flight between both North America and Europe. This five-day adventure trip will give you the opportunity to clamber through the wilderness, traverse glaciers, walk behind waterfalls and soak in natural hot springs.

Join one of our trips to Volcanic Iceland and enjoy the perfect winter wonderland.

Wild Scotland

Is there a more iconic train route on the planet? The Jacobite steam train, or Hogwarts Express, is also one of the most picturesque

Scotland boasts some of the most stunning winter scenery in Europe, particularly the snow-capped Highlands and the rugged coastline. Rail travel, including the iconic Caledonian Sleeper, provides visitors with a comfortable and scenic journey through the heart of Scotland. The charming and historic city of Edinburgh is a highlight of any winter itinerary with cosy pubs, and stunning granite architecture. Culture Trippers can also explore the picturesque Scottish islands, where they can enjoy outdoor winter activities such as hiking and wildlife watching.

We’ve got a variety of trips in Scotland so take a look at our line up and pick your favourite!

Ultimate Egypt

Ancient wonders await when you go it alone in Egypt

Experience the rich history of Egypt on an incredible journey in late 2023 or early 2024. The winter season provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate the country’s wonders due to cooler temperatures, making your travels more comfortable and enjoyable. Delve into the past with visits to the Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as the charming Khan Al-Khalili bazaar in the heart of Cairo. Take a leisurely journey south through the country, enjoying a comfortable sleeper train and luxury Nile cruise. Witness stunning ancient temples, explore the Nile on a kayak, and savor a cocktail on a traditional felucca sailboat. Conclude your trip with an authentic Nubian dinner in Aswan.

We’ve got trips to Egypt lined up for late 2023 and early 2024

The Real Costa Rica

Can you picture yourself on a beach like this while everyone else is at home this winter?

Indulge in an immersive winter escape amidst the mesmerising wonders of Costa Rica. Traverse across the west of the country, from San José to Tamarindo, and join our eight-day expedition brimming exhilarating activities and breathtaking views. The captivating cloud forests, the Pacific’s most exquisite waves, and the enigmatic Arenal volcano await. Embrace your inner explorer and wildlife enthusiast as you witness sloths, hummingbirds, and frogs in their natural habitat, while navigating through the jungle rapids on a white-water rafting excursion. Revel in a visit to a volcanic coffee plantation, relish a culinary lesson, and savour leisurely moments lounging in pool waters or basking in the cascading beauty of waterfalls.

Spend 8 days exploring the Real Costa Rica with Culture Trip

The Best of Mexico

Want to explore ancient Mexico and learn more about the local culture, or just unwind in sunnier climes? Here’s our guide to winter in Mexico.

Experience the incredible landscapes of Northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon as seen from the comfort of the iconic El Chepe train or discover the best of the Yucatan Peninsula, from jungle-shrouded temples to the party town of Tulum with Culture Trip. Mexico is a dream destination for many travellers and also ranks on the list of must-see countries for more casual tourists too. We’ve picked out some of the best highlights for those with time for a relaxed exploration of the country and also packed in a few whistle-stop jaunts for the busy bees amongst us.

Not sure what sort of trip to take to Mexico? Don’t worry we’ve got a little bit of everything right here

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.?>

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

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