Christmas Vacation Help!!!

Travel Forums Europe Christmas Vacation Help!!!

1. Posted by HChandler1994 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

My girlfriend and I are looking for ideas for our Christmas get away and are struggling for some ideas.

We want to go somewhere where its cheap flight and accommodation wise but also good value for what we pay. We also want somewhere where there's stuff to do for 3 days worth of adventuring. We don't mind the odd museum and walks round but we also want something that we can have fun and enjoy doing whether it be a zoo visit or something like that.

We are open to going to anywhere really as long as the flight times are decent enough. Preferably we are looking for early flight times outbound and late flight times on the way back if possible.

Does anybody know any websites that are ATOL protected that we could look at and see if we could get a good package deal maybe?

We are honestly open to anything within Europe and realistically we are looking at max price £250 between flights and accommodation.

If anyone could help that would be great!

Thanks

Harry

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2092 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi Harry

If you want someone to help down to the level of suggesting flight times, you'll need to tell us where you're departing from?

For somewhere cheap in Europe with added interest, how about Budapest? Very cheap, and has all the hot spring spas including the big grand open air one at Szechenyi, which is right by the zoo. The city also has Ruin Bars which are unusual, and all the things to see like any European capital.

Re websites, why not just book flight and hotel yourself? We're all about independent travel here, and if you're trying to keep the cost down, a package operator will only add to the costs.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Sep-2020, 10:57 GMT by AndyF ]

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1325 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

It's hard to advise on flight times etc. when you don't say here, or on your profile, where you live and would be flying from. It's always helpful to fill out your profile a bit before posting a query so we can be more specific in our advice, or at least tell us a but about yourself in your post.

Anyway, for cities in Europe I like Tallinn a lot. It would be cold at that time of year but I believe they 'do' Christmas well, although with the rider that thanks to COVID things could be different this year. The old centre is really picturesque, they have good bars and restaurants and further out of town there's an excellent modern art museum and a TV tower you can go up for great views.

Lisbon is lovely too, but Portugal is currently experiencing high COVID rates - however who knows how the situation will have changed by Christmas! For that reason I suggest booking accommodation you can cancel without penalty at relatively short notice. That would be harder to manage with flights, so I'm going to disagree with Andy and say that a package could be your best option if you can find one with the option to change dates and/or destination. Travel Zoo are highlighting trips on those lines, either fully refundable and/or flexible, so might be worth a look.

Contrary to what Andy says, not all of us here only do independent travel, you'll find a mix - personally I tend to choose independent for Europe (but might not at present for the reasons I mention above) but sometimes a pre-booked 'package' (tailor-made) for destinations further afield. But that's just me, we're all different :)

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1508 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Frankly, a tight budget of max £250 for flights + accomm for 2 people during the Christmas period (high season in all European countries) will substantially reduce your options. The fact that you want a short break also reduces your options because the cheapest Christmas deals are usually for a week's package self-catering in e.g. Spain.

Wherever you're travelling from (I'm guessing the UK) there is absolutely no way of knowing what, if any, restrictions on entry and/or mandatory testing (and its cost) and/or restrictions when you're away and/or mandatory quarantine and/or testing on your return. So, whatever you decide, try to ensure that you have some sort of refund...or possibly free change of dates... available from whatever you book.

Depending on where you're based (in terms of airports) you might explore Easyjet city break deals. Easyjet, for example, has 3 nights in Barcelona and Morocco from 23rd-26th for around your budget: https://www.easyjet.com/en/holidays

If you want to book independently, look at https://www.skyscanner.net/ to see airlines and fares from your preferred airport. Choose 'everywhere' in your search to see all destinations on offer. Book on the airline's own website.

Look at the reliable https://www.booking.com for accommodation. It lists b&bs & self-catering options as well as hotels. The majority offer payment on arrival and free cancellation up to a certain date.

Cities such as Prague, Krakow, Tallinn (as Toonsarah suggested), Vilnius, Warsaw, Kaunas, Bratislava, Budapest and Riga might be feasible with your budget. All have plenty to see and do for 3 days. If you travel over Christmas itself, remember that many places will be closed (if only for 25th) and public transport will be reduced.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Sep-2020, 09:42 GMT by leics2 ]

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6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Suggest Funchal, Madeira, for your Christmas holiday. EasyJet and British Air have nonstop flights. EasyJet's R/T fares currently are very affordable. I was in the Azores and Madeira early last December and both were festively decorated. The lights were amazing and so were the sights. Madeira also is known for its New Year's fireworks.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Sep-2020, 12:20 GMT by berner256 ]