Is this the ultimate Christmas trip? Holiday includes stays at world’s most festive hotels – but it will set you back £45,000


Just wait until you see the gingerbread pirate ship


Talk about the Christmas holiday of a lifetime! One luxury travel company has created the festive itinerary of our dreams – but unfortunately the price tag isn’t quite as enticing! is offering up ‘The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip’ which offers a tour of the world’s top 10 most glamorous hotels offering up spectacular festive decorations.

Think gigantic trees, millions of lights, and even a pirate ship made entirely from gingerbread.

It sounds utterly incredible – but if you want to go on this once-in-a-lifetime, you’ll need to fork out £45,000.

Not quite within our Christmas budget.

Luxury travel specialists Hurlingham Travel are behind the 18-day extravaganza which includes stops at the world’s top luxury hotels across the USA, Cayman Islands and Europe such as the Plaza, Claridge’s, and Ritz-Carlton.

And in a charitable Christmas gesture, a donation of £1000 will be made to The Prince’s Trust charity should the trip be purchased.

The Plaza in New York (Image: Caters News Agency)

It’s based on a 20th December departure for two people sharing (although children are welcome too and the price will be amended accordingly) – and naturally all of the flights and Eurostar journeys are in Business Class.

As for the hotel stays, guests will be spending the night in the opulent Junior Suites, except for the Grand Cayman, where they will be treated to an Ocean View Room (which sounds equally amazing).

Breakfast and return airport transfers are included – but guests will need to save extra holiday budget for any activities or extra meals.

Then again, if you can afford a £45,000 holiday, we can’t imagine a bit of extra spending money will be a huge problem.

Check out the amazing itinerary below…

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1. The Plaza New York

Flying from London, guests will get to spend two nights at this breathtaking hotel, which has played host to many a Christmas movie in its time. (Home Alone 2, anyone?).

The Big Apple classic is renowned for going all out for the festive season, from gigantic Christmas trees to plenty of tinsel and dazzling decorations adorning the already opulent interiors.

2. Mission Inn Riverside, California

From New York to LAX; guests will spend two nights at the beautiful Mission Inn Riverside which is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lights this year with a whopping FIVE MILLION lights as part of its decor.

The Mission Inn Riverside (Image: Caters News Agency)

3. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Arizona

From LAX to Phoenix: spend two nights in this AAA Five Diamond resort, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a four-storey musical tree, its own ice skating rink, 4.5 million lights and plenty of shows, attractions and even a Santa’s Grotto.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Christmas decorations (Image: Caters News Agency)

4. Hotel Crescent Court, Texas

Phoenix to Dallas: if gingerbread is one of your favourite Christmas treats, then Hotel Crescent Court should be on your radar.

This Christmas, it’s turned into a gingerbread extravaganza! Guests will get to spend two nights in the seriously glamorous setting, which will include a workshop with 20 varieties of colourful candy and icing – and there are even cookie castles waiting to be decorated.

The Christmas tree at the Hotel Crescent Court (Image: Caters News Agency)

5. The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, Florida

Dallas to Jacksonville: another gingerbread theme! There are two nights up for grabs at this luxury hotel which has its very own gingerbread pirate ship, complete with chocolate-sculpted characters!

The Ritz Carlton’s gingerbread ship (Image: Caters News Agency)

6. Ritz Grand Cayman

Jacksonville to Cayman; take a break from all the winter wonderlands and make the most of the pristine beaches, gloriously warm temperatures and spectacular landscapes with three nights on the Cayman Islands.

7. Claridge’s London

Cayman to London: the Christmas tree at Claridge’s is iconic and continues to draw in crowds of tourists thanks to its sheer size and breathtaking decorations. This year, it’s been created by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

The lobby at the George V Hotel (Image: Caters News Agency)
The George V Hotel in Paris (Image: Caters News Agency)

8. George V, Paris

London to Paris: the George V in Paris is world-famous for its eye-catching festive decorations that make for a showstopping attraction in the heart of the City of Lights.

9. The Dolder Grand, Zurich

London to Zurich: Guests will spend one night at this beautiful hotel that’s been transformed into a magical, fairytale-esque winter wonderland. Not to mention the property offers spectacular panoramic views of the snow-capped Alps.

The Dolder Grand in Zurich (Image: Caters News Agency)

10. The Josef, Prague

Zurich to Prague: the last stop of the holiday is one night at The Josef, where design-led decorations make for a memorable stay, not to mention the hotel’s just a stone’s throw from the city’s iconic Christmas markets.


by Julie Delahaye –