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January 5-day Birthday Trip

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I am wanting to plan a birthday surprise, leaving LHR on the 20th Jan and returning late on the 25th Jan. I want it to be spectacular and unforgettable, (from a man's perpsective!) what can you recommend?

Asked by Elisabeth

Hi Elisabeth, thanks for your question. Given the short time frame of your trip, I would recommend you concentrate in a small area, and perhaps a destination that you can fly to directly. The best destinations that immediately spring to mind that are good to visit in January and can be reached by a relatively short flight is either Cuba or Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

In Cuba, you could visit Havana, and then go to the area of Las Terrazas, a beautiful biosphere reserve with a rich variety of flora and fauna, silvery lakes, rushing streams and winding walking trails. It’s a popular tourist attraction, and visitors flock here to relax in the cool climate or take part in outdoor activities such as horse riding swimming, biking and canyoning. You can fly direct from Gatwick or via Paris or Madrid from Heathrow.

In the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, you can explore world famous archaeological sites such as Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as lesser-known ones such as Edzna and Uxmal, combined with pretty colonial towns and white sandy beaches. To make it even more unforgettable, you can stay in some luxuriously restored historical haciendas that dot the area. Fly direct from Gatwick or via the US from other London airports.

We're sure either of these would give an unforgettable birthday trip for you and your partner. If you would like any more information or for us to prepare a proposed itinerary for you please contact the team on 020 8747 8315 or by emailing

Mary Anne

Answered by Mary Anne Nelson
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