Usher in a year of good luck by celebrating Chinese New Year in one of these top destinations.
Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Dog – will take place on 16th February.
Celebrating in Asia
Off the beaten track, Bhutan holds many surprises. A deeply Buddhist land, the strong sense of traditional Buddhist culture is still alive today in this wonderfully serene country.
Our 9-day cultural itinerary in Bhutan is a privately guided trip that unlocks many cultural encounters. Pay a visit to the ancient dzongs, temples and museums in Thimphu and take part in a local village festival to experience the alluring way of Bhutanese life. Then it’s off to Punakha for stunning hikes to find hidden villages, farmhouses and monasteries set in pastoral scenes. The idyllic walks continue into Paro Valley where you marvel at striking temples, before ending on a high with a hike up to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which is famous for some of the world’s most splendid monuments and monasteries. Witness the medieval style-bridges, imposing dzongs and a town filled with traditional architecture; it is this blending of the ancient and modern worlds that makes Bhutan so fascinating.
India has certainly gained traction in recent years as a popular holiday destination, and February is a fantastic time to visit this stunning country.
This classic 10-day itinerary is perfect for families, taking in bustling cities of Delhi and Jaipur with fun block-printing workshops creating your own colourful textiles, seeing the famous wonder Tai Mahal in Agra and a wonderful tiger safari and elephant camp. For something unforgettable and luxurious, we recommend a private dinner at the city palace in Jaipur.
3. SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka is another destination for all and has been steadily growing in popularity. There’s much to see in Sri Lanka, from the tranquil rolling hills in the tea country and abundance wildlife and sea life, to seafood cuisine heaven in the Colombo and Galle and finally exploration at the Cultural Triangle. Check out this 13-day wildlife focussed itinerary of Sri Lanka.
Travelling further afield
4. SOUTH AFRICA
Land in South Africa’s oldest city – Cape Town – and be intoxicated by its nature and beauty. Surrounded by mountains and lush, green hills, the city has a surprisingly calming effect on anyone who walks its beautiful streets. Cape Town has recently opened the biggest contemporary art museum Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, cementing the city’s status as an art destination in its own right. After spending a few days taking in the city’s superlative food and wine scenes, take an exclusive Harley Davidson ride to a winery as you enjoy fine wines and cuisine in the Winelands, before heading to Kruger National Park to spot the Big Five on a luxury safari. Check out this 10-day itinerary showing you the best of South Africa.
In the lead up to Chinese New Year comes Rio de Janiero‘s famous carnival time. The city comes alive with its legendary dance parade from the 9 – 14 February 2018, so the timing is perfect for CNY travellers. Considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets, the city is filled with samba and bossa nova, meaning you are never far away from music during your stay. With an office based in Latin America, Jacada Travel has firsthand knowledge of where the best white sand beaches are and can arrange amazing wildlife-focussed trips to Brazil‘s Pantanal and Amazon regions that will take you to the little known areas where the best wildlife can be found. From Rio de Janeiro to the Iguassu Falls and the Amazon, Brazil just has so much to offer. This 13-day itinerary takes you on a relaxing tour of Rio, Iguassu Falls and famous beach resort, Buzios, but we also recommend adding a few days on to discover the amazing Amazon.
As the carnival is one of the biggest festivals in the world and hotels are already filling up now, do check with Jacada’s Travel Designer for planning every step of your trip so you can enjoy the tremendous adventure and fantastic sights of Brazil.
6. COSTA RICA
From jungle waterfalls and wildlife to white-sand beaches, head to Costa Rica to enjoy guaranteed great weather this Chinese New Year. With a range of accommodation options available from luxury, boutique and safari style, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for any traveller, whether it’s couples looking for a romantic getaway or families in search of multi-generational fun.
Get up close and personal with the wildlife of Arenal as you visit the magnificent volcano, sky trams and canopy walkways. On the Pacific coast, kick back and relax on white sand beaches and in wildlife reserves. Alternatively check in to coffee plantations, cloud forests and rainforests in the Central Highlands. Or relish in the Caribbean, laid-back life of unspoiled beaches in Puerto Viejo and the nature reserve of Tortuguero.
Australia is one of the largest countries on Earth and its size is matched only by the sheer number of things to see and do in this diverse and dynamic land. You’ll be amazed at the variety of landscapes, ranging from clear coastal waters off the East Coast of Australia to the landscapes of fertile valleys of South Australia.
The Field of Light art installation in Uluru is something you certainly don’t want to miss. Only available until March 2018, as the darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. With Chinese New Year being one of the last opportunities to experience this amazing sight, you should start thinking about your trip from now. Discover the best of Australia on this 10-day trip.
8. FRENCH POLYNESIA
Perfect for couples and people who just want to relax off the map, jet across to the middle of the South Pacific Ocean to bask in the sun of the idyllic islands of French Polynesia. You will be amazed by deep turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches and dramatic green volcanoes – everything you would expect from a far-flung tropical destination. It’s also a fantastic chance to learn about the local cultures and traditions of the islanders… that is, if you can remove yourself from the beach! Explore three of French Polynesia’s most idyllic islands (Bora Bora, Taha’a and Tetiaroa) in this luxuriously wanderlust-worthy trip.
Start the New Year with an enchanting view of the Northern Lights in Norway. Although never guaranteed, winter is the best time to see the Northern Lights due to the typical clear and dark skies. Norway is also one of our favourite spots to see the lights, as the country also offers a chance to see some rare wildlife and breathtaking fjords.
This 8-day tour allows you to discover the enchanting and exhilarating landscape of the Lofoten and Svalbard Islands, with a stay in the sophisticated ‘Arctic Capital’ of Tromso. Highlights include husky sledding, polar bear snowmobiling expedition, kayaking and trekking in the Svalbard Islands. Whether exploring by foot, snowmobile, husky or ship, Norway is a great destination for the outdoor enthusiast, and an amazing way to spend a winter holiday.
This is the best season to visit Torres del Paine in Patagonia, during Chile’s summer when the weather is sunny and warm. People who want to go trekking – especially to the base of Torres del Paine, the lookout point of the Grey Glacier and the French Valley – can enjoy longer sunlight hours and calm and mild weather while spotting wildlife in the park. Summertime is also the only period when people can see the penguins at Seno Otway or Magdalena Island. You can also spot wildlife such as fox and guanaco in Torres del Paine.