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    4 Unexpected Winter Getaways to Book Now!

Why These 4 Unexpected Winter Getaways Should be on your Bucket List

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, many of us start craving a warm escape from winter’s grasp. But why settle for the traditional beach vacation when there are so many unique and unexpected destinations waiting to be discovered? From exotic islands to a serene desert oasis, we’ve compiled a list of four off-the-beaten-path winter getaways that will not only provide respite from the cold but also offer unforgettable experiences. So ditch your usual winter plans and prepare to be inspired by these hidden gems that are just waiting to be explored! Whether you’re in search of adventure or relaxation, our list has something for everyone. So say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to these exciting destinations that will rejuvenate your spirit and awaken your wanderlust.

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Tahiti & the Tuamotu Islands

Embark on an unforgettable winter getaway with Windstar Cruises as you sail to Tahiti and discover the distinct magic of the Islands of French Polynesia. Lounge on pristine beaches, explore the rich origins of Polynesian culture in Raiatea, or indulge in a romantic experience by spending the night in an overwater bungalow. Prepare to be amazed as you witness fire dancers and revel in a feast in Bora Bora. Jump into a beautiful palm-fringed lagoon from the Watersports Platform on the yacht’s stern. Or simply unwind on deck, enjoying paradise with a Mai Tai in hand.

With over 35 years of experience sailing in Tahiti, Windstar is unmatched in their knowledge of the islands. Choose from their two luxurious yachts tailored to your travel style and be pampered with impeccable service and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:1.5. Embark on the journey of a lifetime and indulge in the perfect fusion of relaxation, adventure, and indulgence for an unforgettable winter getaway.

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The Oasis at Death Valley

Escape the chill of winter and discover idyllic temperatures in Death Valley National Park! The Oasis at Death Valley offers an incredible experience with a perfect balance of tranquility and adventure. Relax in warm, natural, spring-fed pools at a cozy 87 degrees, play a round at the world’s lowest-elevation golf course (214 feet below sea level), and choose between two exceptional hotels: the historic AAA Four Diamond Inn at Death Valley or the family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley. Following a remarkable $200 million revitalization, this hidden gem awaits you in the heart of Death Valley National Park, spanning an impressive 3.4 million acres. Explore the park’s breathtaking beauty on foot, by bike, horseback, or jeep. Indulge in the resort spa, relish in delectable cuisine, and enjoy outstanding stargazing opportunities from the outdoor decks in Gold Tier Dark Sky Park, the highest level awarded.

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New Zealand

Longing to tick a dream destination off your bucket list this winter? Consider Country Walkers’ eight-day guided tour of New Zealand: The South Island. Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is a perfect time to visit because it will be summer in the Southern Hemisphere. On this tour, you’ll trek through stunning natural beauty including dramatic mountain landscapes, secluded beaches, and verdant forests. Hike the Mt. Robert Circuit, an alpine trail overlooking Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park, which is marked by the snow-capped Southern Alps. Explore one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” the Abel Tasman Coast Track, lined by golden beaches, pristine bays, and intriguing rock formations. Take in the photogenic coastlines at Marlborough Sounds, as you climb the ridge-top trails of the Queen Charlotte Track (be sure to keep your camera handy!). And enjoy encounters with locals as they go tramping — Kiwi for “taking long walks” — and learn why it’s a favorite national pastime. It just may become yours, too.

Cape Town and the 12 Apostels from above in South Africa

South Africa

Combine stunning wilderness with wine tasting on an 11-day guided bike tour of South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route with VBT Bicycling Vacations. South Africa’s sandstone mountains, rolling hills, lively townships, family-run wineries, and cosmopolitan Cape Town unfold as you cycle through this fascinating country. Ascend iconic Table Mountain by cableway and thrill to its stunning views of the Cape Peninsula. Hike among the forests of Tsitsikamma National Park or swim in the Indian Ocean. Photograph the blooms of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the scenic roads of the Garden Route. Experience post-apartheid South Africa on a township tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a family estate and a traditional braai, or barbecue. And discover centuries of cultural influences, from Dutch-flavored Oudtshoorn to the “French Corner” of Franschhoek, settled by farmers from France who brought their winemaking traditions with them. It’s a great way to sample the country’s amazing diversity.

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