Sprinkle some spice on your Christmas and celebrate the festive season somewhere completely different. Our friends at KE Adventure Travel have put together 10 holidays where you could wa up somewhere really spectacular on Christmas day. Make this years' festive break one that you will never forget.
1. Ethiopian Simien Mountains explorer
On Christmas day, wake up at the fantastic campsite Ambiquo with a challenging day ahead. You will walk through the small village of Chiro Leba and over the summit of Amba Beahit where it is highly likely that you'll see lammergeier, gelada baboon and walia ibex. After a lovely long descent we overnight at the thyme covered campsite at Chenek which marks the final day of trekking and the start of the highly cultural element of this tour, the ancient city of Lalibela in the days to come...
2. Guatemala's Magnificent Seven
Spend your Christmas evening camping with sensational views east to San Pedro, Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes and west to Santa Maria, Santiaguito and Guatemala's highest - Tajamulco. This holiday is simply exploding with volcanic peaks, charming cities, bird's eye views and world premier archaeological sites.
3. Trekking Mount Toubkal in Winter
Wake up in the remote Berber village of Ait Souka and enjoy a mint tea on Christmas morning before heading into the charming Imlil Valley and onwards up the Mezzik Valley to reach a col at 2520m. Views of cultivated terraces, mountains and walnut trees will surround you and the hospitable Berber people will be excellent hosts in your gite on Christmas evening.
4. Costa Rica Walks and Wildlife
Imagine standing at the edge of a crater rim with views of a bubbling turquoise crater lake through the steamy mist, then walking through a dense cloud forest to a second crater lake filled with cold water before spending the night in a small town at the foot of the Arenal Volcano! - That's a pretty hot christmas day!
5. Everest Base Camp
The afternoon on this special day is when you get to see the magnificant Everest for the very first time. You will have just walked over a high suspension bridge having enjoyed river walks through wooded valley in the Khumbu National park, climbing gradually to Namche Bazaar. A Christmas you will never forget!
6. Jordan's Dana to Petra Trek
On Christmas morning you'll wake up in the spectacular Dana Nature Reserve and trek from Dana to Feinan, passing both Byzantine and Nabatean ruins. Enjoy a social evening in your camp in Wadi Barwas surrounded by sandstone canyons under the Christmas desert stars.
7. Best of Northern India
Rise at sunrise on Christmas Day to visit the Taj Mahal - one of the man-made seven wonders of the world. It took 20,000 people 22 years to build it, using over 1000 elephants to transport the marble for its dazzling white walls and dome. Then head over to Agra Fort before a late lunch in Agra's exotic bazaar. An iconic Indian Christmas Day!
8. Oman Adventure Trekking
Wake up in a wild camp in the Oman desert before trekking across Jabal Akhdar up the Al Hamra Valley and onto the canyon rim. Take a picturesque Christmas picnic lunch on the cliff tops with panoramic views and later chat to village elders from the small settlement of Ar'Roos before transferring to your Christmas night camp on the fertile lands of the Sayq plateau.
9. Cycling Tour of Rajasthan
Wake up on Christmas morning in an Indian sleep train in Udaipur, known variously as the 'Pearl of Rajasthan', the 'city of Sunrise' and 'Venice of the East'. On a leisurely ride, visit the 16th century City Palace, the 17th century Hindu temple of Jagdish, and the many bustling city markets. Finishing with a boat ride on Lake Pichola, this is a Christmas Day to savour.
10. Sri Lanka Family Island Adventure
An unforgettable Christmas day spent in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa exploring by bicycle. You'll stop by a lake for a delicious Sri Lankan style picnic lunch - definitely different from traditional turkey! In the afternoon choose an optional jeep safari to spot the elephants of Minneriya National Park, which the family will remember as the best Christmas day ever!