Europe travel in January 2019

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May 13, 2018
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The only time family schedules align for us is January 2019. Does anyone have recommendations on the best value and best destinations to see in Europe at that time? Thank you...
 

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We aren’t a travel agency here. It will be cold and off season in many countries such as Greece so you need to make sure you will still go someplace that has places open.

Northern Europe is probably you best best. How about Iceland - that’s the best season to see Northern Lights. London or Paris are also a good value.
 
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As Neil mentioned, it is off season after the early January holidays in most places (aside from ski resorts), so if one goes to more seasonal summer resort areas, there may be a lot of closed businesses -- I am thinking of places like Santorini. Otherwise the airfares and hotel costs are generally lower.

Make allowances in your schedule for winter weather delays with air travel.

You need to think of what is best for your family. I went to Scandinavia once in December and I found the winter darkness and cold weather to be very depressing. But then I am not a fan of very cold weather. If your family likes snow, you have many options. If there are elderly people that are at risk of slips on icy sidewalks I would look at Southern Europe where it would likely not be freezing temperatures.

There are so many places to visit in Europe and they are very different; a good travel agent may be able to make helpful suggestions once you give them some information on your family and likes/dislikes.
 

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I'd spend my winter time in southern Italy, the French riviera, Spain and Portugal. We always travel off-season (not that far off tho!) and the lack of crowds is quite wonderful. You might research southern Germany as well. Do lots of reading and research to be sure the areas you want to visit don't just roll up the sidewalks after Christmas. TripAdvisor forums might be a good place to get personal suggestions. Be careful with your air arrangements, don't make connections in cities like Chicago or New York ... or any area that is subject to nasty blizzards.
 
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Many if not most of the museums in smaller towns will be closed, as will shops, restaurants, and small hotels along coastlines. We went to Normandy in mid-February and about 80% of the small shops in the towns were closed "for the winter." The Paris museums were open but there were tours in English only about once or twice a week. Be prepared for very limited hours (only certain days of the week, closing at 3 pm, etc) , and read the websites of places you want to visit VERY carefully. On the plus side, it is great to be the only tourists around, because you don't have to elbow hordes of other tourists out of the way.
 

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Many if not most of the museums in smaller towns will be closed, as will shops, restaurants, and small hotels along coastlines. We went to Normandy in mid-February and about 80% of the small shops in the towns were closed "for the winter." The Paris museums were open but there were tours in English only about once or twice a week. Be prepared for very limited hours (only certain days of the week, closing at 3 pm, etc) , and read the websites of places you want to visit VERY carefully. On the plus side, it is great to be the only tourists around, because you don't have to elbow hordes of other tourists out of the way.
You raise a good point, AMA. I always make a "calendar" of opening days and times for where we're travelling so things smoothly. As for my suggestion of "southern Germany", I do believe that would be the Alps, so not a good choice except for skiers.