As much as you want to curl up on your couch at home with a box of naughty Christmas cookies and watch Netflix all day, there are many great reasons to travel during winter…

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1. Affordability

Cheaper hotel rates, cheaper airline tickets, cheaper tour deals…. cheaper everything!

Winter is typically low-season for many European travel destinations making it easier for travelers to benefit from outrageously affordable prices and plan very budget-friendly winter trips.

2. Atmosphere

Christmas markets, gingerbread cookies, mulled wine, Christmas candy, Santa Claus, snowmen… all things Christmas!

Nothing beats the coziness and charm of a snow-dusted city with twinkling lights. Indulging in hearty winter dishes and heavy red wines. Enjoying some Christmas shopping. Listening to classic Christmas carols and greeting friends, family and strangers with a “Happy Holidays”. Nothing beats the atmosphere of winter.

3. Winter Vineyards

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening. In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland…”

There may be no grapes on the vines but vineyards are still spectacularly beautiful covered in snow. It is a magical moment when you get to sip a delicious red wine in front of a fireplace or in a cozy wine cellar surrounded by friends and winery employees.

4. Less Crowds

Travel off-season and take advantage of lower prices and less people!

Most travelers choose the warm months to travel in Europe but there are many advantages to planning your vacation during winter. Keep in mind that many places in southern and eastern Europe have mild winters so it can still be a sunny winter trip and it doesn’t have to be too cold.

5. Big Bold Red Wines

‘Tis the season to drink full-bodied, warming red wine and lots of it!

Perhaps not the greatest news for lovers of white wine but winter is the time of the year to drink  heavy red wines! This leads us to believe that southern and eastern Europe are the main regions to look to for a winter wine tour as big bold red wines are plentiful! Bring on the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache, Cabernet France, Syrah and full-bodied blends. I can almost hear the corks of grand reserve bottles popping as I write these words…

Tempted to travel to a wine destination this winter?