New Year Breaks

Posted on: 02 January 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Now the celebrations are over and the weather's cold, it's the perfect time to book a special holiday to look forward to.

Northern Lights Over Norway

Why not take a stunning alternative winter break to Norway in the New Year. Norway is a land of sublime natural beauty, along its long isolated coast frozen waterfalls plunge into pristine fjords, fringed by primal forests of pine and spruce. It is an unspoilt, unimaginably captivating wilderness. Since humankind first experienced the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, generations have been spellbound by their extraordinary beauty. Experience the magical Northern Lights by sailing through the sheltered coastal Norwegian waters with one of award-winning Hurtigruten's exciting short breaks or voyages from £445 per person. www.visitnorthernlights.co.uk

Do As The Romans Do

For a wonderful city break with a beautiful blend of culture, gastronomy and shopping why not visit the Eternal City of Rome and enjoy its timeless magic. Rome comprises of ancient monuments and artistic wonders such as the mighty Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. At the heart of the popular northeastern district of Rome's centre, close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps sits the Hotel Quattro Fontane. Centrally located and named after the street it lies on, the Hotel Quattro Fontane is within easy walking distance of all Rome's main attractions. Price example: 2 adults, Bed & Breakfast, depart London Heathrow 14th January 2008, 3 nights from £318 per person. www.citalia.com

Sharm El Sheikh. Photo: lastminute.comSun, Sea & Sand In Sharm el-Sheikh

Why not enjoy some sun, sea and sand in a luxury five-star hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh. Sharm is one of the most extraordinary diving destinations in the world, the corals and sea life are astounding. With desert safaris, horse and camel riding, water sports, or even a Bedouin dinner to choose from there are plenty of activities to try. For those that want to venture further a field take a trip to St Catherine's Monastery or explore Cairo and visit the famous Pyramids.  www.lastminute.com

Wine & Chateaux In The Loire Valley

Wine tasting in stunning chateaux and shopping for cases of the local tipple at excellent prices are two of the main reasons for travelling to the wine regions. Why not take a break to the Loire Valley, known as the Garden of France, it takes its name from the majestic river which meanders through the countryside. This truly is chateau country with stunning chateaux and manor houses built in the region ever since the 1500s. Each chateau is unique, many combine the best elements of Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture to create fairytale images.  www.greatescapes.co.uk

Recharge Your Batteries By The Lakes

For a UK break why not visit the Lakeside Hotel situated on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. A 3 night break is the perfect way to recharge your batteries and enjoy sheer luxury and total relaxation. For pure indulgence and some unashamed pampering combine some therapeutic treatments into your stay to leave you refreshed and revitalised. This spacious and richly decorated hotel with its oak panelling, real fires and grand floral displays has much to offer. Its snug lounges and traditional bars provide a relaxing retreat, while the conservatory looks out over landscaped gardens that lead down to Lake Windermere. www.lakesidehotel.co.uk

Alpe d'Huez. Photo: InghamsSki In The French Alps

High above the Oisans Valley, with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks, Alpe d'Huez, France, boasts an excellent snow record with an established reputation for long hours of sunshine. So for those looking for an active holiday, Alpe d'Huez, with its vast ski area, linked by an efficient lift system is ideal. Suitable for skiers of all grades, with excellent ski schools and kindergarten, a wide range of leisure facilities and activities plus a good choice of bars, restaurants and nightspots Alpe d'Huez is a fantastic choice for all.  www.inghams.co.uk

Taste The Big Apple

There is only one New York City! No other US metropolis even comes close to it in terms of population, diversity of culture, entertainment, business and commerce. So if you fancy a trip to the Big Apple why not take a New York City break. The Park Central New York Hotel is perfectly located to surround yourself with classic attractions so you can experience the vitality and excitement of the city. Park Central New York is convenient for some of the best tourist attractions, Carnegie Hall is across the street, while Central Park, Times Square and Broadway's Theatre District are just a few blocks away. The world-famous shops on Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockefeller Centre are all just a stroll away. www.bestatnewyorkcitybreaks.co.uk

Love Paris In The Wintertime

Paris sparkles in winter, dressed in a million glitzy fairy lights. So why not wrap up warm, fuel yourself with fine food, take a trip to the Eiffel Tower and hit January's sales on the famous Champs-Elysees. With so many sights to see from the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral to the Louvre you will be spoilt for choice! www.travelocity.co.uk

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