Winter Getaway Guide

Remember the gloom last winter in the UK. Schools were closed, cars stuck on the drive, untreated roads turning much of the country into a skating rink. Well, why not do something about it this time round? Here’s a couple of marvellous holiday destinations that will more than whet your appetite.


This island is a jewel in the crown of islands that make up the Caribbean. Other places may make the claim, but Antigua does have a beach for every day of the year. This island is tailor made for a relaxing break; where doing nothing is a highly developed art form. The climate is great too; beautifully warm during the day, but it cools down at night to allow for that comfortable night`s sleep. And when you do put down the paperback from the airport shop, there`s good things to do. Pop down to the main town St John`s, vibrant with its colourful market and join in with the friendly locals as they go about their day. Nelson`s Dockyard is well worth a visit, named after the famous Admiral and with a museum to boot. Why not relax at Shirley Heights; drink in hand with the sounds of a local steel band filling the air? Stingray City shouldn`t be missed either; go out on a boat and swim with the stingrays before heading back to the peace and quiet that makes this island so special.


Head for Switzerland where everything works in the winter, not just the watches. Interlaken lies between Lakes Thun and Brienz in the stunning Bernese Oberland area of the Swiss Alps and boasts magnificent views, particularly of the Jungfrau Mountain which dominates the landscape. It’s a popular destination all year round, but comes to life in the winter as only such a place can. For those of you old enough, you may remember Interlaken as one of the venues regularly shown on Ski Sunday. But it’s not just for the professionals. A free ski bus will take you to one of three Jungfrau ski areas and there’s also mountain railways, cable cars and for the more adventurous a chance to have a go at skiing or snowboarding. Why not have a go at sledging – and we don`t mean the intimidation of cricket batsman! Try snowshoe trekking – hiking through forests, crunching your feet against the fresh snow – and well worth a go. And we haven`t reached the après ski yet! You know it’s good because the Swiss holiday here and it is also a popular family destination: with hill walking a common pursuit for those wishing to take it a bit easier.


There`s many, many more. What about Egypt where climate, history and possibility combine magnificently. Take a trip down the Nile; amaze at the wonder of Cairo with relics of the past on every corner and of course the pyramids. Egypt’s also fast becoming the diving capital of the world, so there is something for everybody here. Look no further than First Choice to make this special trip happen.

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