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Swap Snow for Sunshine this Christmas!

October 5th, 2010 by

We know it’s just the first days of Fall, but popular places tend to fill very early for Christmas – plus, if you leave it until the last minute, you’re likely to be stung for higher-priced air fares and unpopular routes!
So, in order to help secure the best holidays at the most attractive prices, we’ve put together our top choices for people looking for sunshine this Christmas.

Surrounded by almonds, olives and orange groves, the wonderfully restored 12-room Finca El Cerillo promises a very personal and special Christmas experience. Festivities will include a traditional Spanish dinner on Christmas Eve, then a Christmas morning treasure hunt in the white village of Canillas de Albaida followed by a full Christmas lunch on Christmas Day.

Departing December 19, 2010, this holiday costs $2,583 per person. We’re happy to help in making flight arrangements to/from Malaga airport.

The area just south of Valenica, in our view, offers some of the finest walking in Spain. During the week, you’ll follow ancient Arabic mule tracks that lace traditional white villages, through lush citrus valleys, past tumbling waterfalls and on to stunning turquoise bays – often warm enough to swim in even in mid-winter! Your hosts, Sue & David Eaton, work tirelessly to ensure guests have a Christmas to remember at their 6-room Casa Carrascal, with roaring log fires, candle-lit lounge and well-stocked honesty bar. On Christmas Day, you’ll be offered a 10-course Banquet (included) with house wines included throughout. Choices range from traditional turkey with all the trimmings, to lights, innovative dishes.
Departing December 14, 2010, this holiday costs $2,313 per person. Upgrade to a two bedroom apartment for an additional $26 per person, per night.

Walking on La Gomera The Canaries
Your base for this guided walking holiday is the **** Parador overlooking the colorful harbor of San Sebastian. Built in traditional Canary style, it’s an elegant blend of cozy/chic and is especially charming when decorated for Christmas. Christmas celebrations kick off with a gala dinner at the hotel on Christmas Eve, with festivities continuing throughout Christmas Day.

Departing December 21, 2010, this holiday costs $3,395 per person. We recommend extra stopover nights in San Sebastian.

If you prefer an independent self-guided holiday, then this varied, twin center walking holiday is the perfect antidote to Christmas in North America. For the first part of your holiday, you’ll be staying in a traditional Spanish finca (farmhouse) set amongst avocado and citrus groves. You’ll then move on to a beautiful converted mansion in the coastal fishing village of Garachico. A complimentary rental car is included for the duration of your time with us. Guests will be staying at the Finca Salamanca over the Christmas period. There will be a special gala dinner on when you arrive on Christmas Eve.

Departing December 24, 2010, this holiday costs $2,472 per person.

The pink-sand island of Bermuda is a treasure trove of natural beauty and historic interest, and is perfect for a winter break. Its fabulous year-round climate makes it a favorite beach destination for the cognoscenti; however, venture just back from the postcard pretty bays and you’ll find a lush interior alive with hundreds of birds, flowers and gentle walking trails. Christmas here kicks off on the 24th with a beach party on Elbow Beach (festive cocktails and canapes at La Vista Bar), then a full traditional Christmas dinner (turkey and all the trimmings!) served throughout the day in Cafe Coco.
Departing December 19, 2010, this holiday costs $3,485 per person. We are happy to help arrange flights in/out of Bermuda.
Morocco is a country of extraordinary variety and beauty: grand palaces, hidden mountain kasbahs, traditional Berber villages, medieval medinas and surprisingly green rolling valleys. Highlights of this tour include colorful Fes, Roman Volubilis and the Imperial cities of Casablanca and Rabat where you’ll visit some of the finest Arab monuments in the Muslim world. For 2010, Breakaway guests will be taken to the Palais Median in Fez on Christmas Eve where there will be a full Hafla (folklore show) and traditional Moroccan dinner.
Departing December 19, 2010, this holiday costs $3,069 per person. We recommend extra stopover nights in Casablanca.

For guests preferring to explore by bike, we’d particularly recommend Gozo for a gentle winter cycling break. The 2010 schedule means that you will be staying at the luxury ***** Kempinski Hotel in San Lawrenz over Christmas. Take a festive dip in one of the many pools (indoor and out!), or treat yourself to a spa – this hotel is known as one of the best spas in Europe so you’ll be in good hands! Festivities start on Christmas Eve with a gala dinner.

Departing December 20, 2010, this holiday costs $2,547 per person. We are happy to help arrange flights in and out of Malta airport (then ferry to Gozo).

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