Winter journeys to take in 2021 (when you’re not stuck at home anymore)

Travelers gazing at Northern lights on expedition cruise
Lindsay Slattery December 2, 2020

There’s no place like home for the holidays — but there’s no place like Europe either, where you can cruise storied rivers past fairytale fortresses with a glass of wine in hand. Sure, you’re more likely to spend the 2020 holiday season snuggled up under a fleece blanket with a cup of cocoa in hand . . . but it’s never too early to start planning the solo winter getaway of your dreams for 2021.

But where to? We can help with that. Keep reading to discover our top trips of the 2021 holiday season, and what makes them perfect for solo travelers.

  1. A White Continent Holiday: A Seasonal Expedition to South Georgia, the Falklands, and Antarctica
    Cross a travel goal off your bucket list that only the most intrepid explorers accomplish: Antarctica. Spend the holidays in a winter wonderland of another kind — where you’ll cruise past ice floes bathed in the sun’s golden hues and discover this region’s vast biodiversity, including penguins, seals, whales, and various seabirds.

    Solo Perk: The unparalleled remoteness of this region inspires a unique camaraderie between travelers, making this the perfect journey to make lifelong friends. Plus, our Ocean Explorer features 15 solo cabins, many of which have private verandas.

  2. Heart of Brazil & the Amazon: Manaus to Rio de Janeiro
    Kick off the holiday season with a comprehensive journey that highlights the best of Brazil. Cruise the legendary Amazon River and discover the most biodiverse rain forest on the planet. Plus, catch a glimpse of this region’s vibrant culture when you explore bustling traditional markets, learn how to fish for piranha, an enjoy fascinating talks with local experts.

    Solo perk: This trip offers so many ways to design your experience, from joining activities like paddle boarding and kayaking to relaxing in your ship’s luxurious spa during your day at sea. Enjoy your own journey, your way.

  3. Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana
    Perhaps you’re itching to experience something completely outside of your normal winter routine, and our safari adventure through Africa is just that. You’ll go searching for predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and many more by land, water, and on foot. Plus, you’ll become immersed in the fascinating culture of this region when you dine with a Zimbabwean family and visit a school near Victoria Falls.

    Solo Perk: When you embark solo on a Vantage land tour, you’ll travel in a group of no more than 26 guests, giving you the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with your fellow travelers and immerse yourself in the local culture.

  4. Morocco: Imperial Cities & Sahara Safari
    Why not ditch the oppressive parka and spend Thanksgiving 2021 in the mystifying desert? During our journey from Rabat to Casablanca, you’ll enjoy a home-hosted meal in a traditional riad in Fez, meet the local people of a village in the Sahara, and feel the undeniable buzz of cultural energy in Marrakesh.

    Solo Perk: This adventure features a limited amount of Free and Reduced Single Supplements for every departure!

  5. Chasing the Northern Lights: Norway Winter Adventure Cruise
    Will 2021 be the year you finally behold the beauty of the Aurora Borealis? Come aboard a Hurtigruten working cargo ship to experience the highlights of Norway, from the rugged coastline along its fjords all the way to the Arctic Circle. Relish cultural experiences along the way when you visit the Nidaros cathedral in Trondheim or try an “Arctic Ale” in Tromsø.

    Solo Perk: Perhaps you’ve always wanted to see what it means to live like a Viking. Perhaps you’d like to grab the reins on an exhilarating dogsled ride. With so many options of how to shape your Nordic journey, you can create an adventure that caters exclusively to your preferences.
‘Tis the season to plan your next awe-inspiring solo journey. See you next year!

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