Europe in Spring
Spring breathes new life into Europe. Shutters swing open in cities across the continent, temperatures become more mild and early birds dip their toes in the Med. Our specialists have selected their favourite European spots to visit at this time of year whether you're travelling as a couple or with the whole family in tow.
Magical and mystical, Ireland is the homeland of saints, scholars and craic. Every hill, lake and river seems to carry a mythical association, and when you cast your eyes upon the basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway or a patchwork of emerald fields in Kerry, you’ll find it easy to understand why. There is something intangible in Ireland that cannot be described, merely experienced.
Portugal has long been hailed as a family friendly destination; beautiful beaches, fantastic scenery and a vibrant culture rich in tradition. Spend a week exploring the beautiful cities and countryside of Portugal, travelling from bustling Lisbon in the south to colourful Porto in the north, getting to know the history and sampling the very best of Portugal's local delicacies.
For something exhilarating and off the beaten track next Spring, head to Norway's north west coast. Explore Ålesund, its surrounding fjords and the stunning Sunnmøre Alps by boat, car, helicopter and of course on foot - we would suggest you try all four in order to enjoy the scenery from all angles! The entire family will love delving into the culture of Viking Norway on this epic active itinerary.
Not just the home of sangria, Flamenco, paella and siestas, Spain has a lot more to offer during the Spring. Discover the highlights of Spain with visits to three of its key cities – Madrid, Seville and Barcelona. Get under the skin of this beautiful country, its fascinating history and its vibrant culture on this itinerary perfect for first-time visitors.
Russia has always evoked a mysterious aura. This enchanting tour takes you around the ancient towns of The Golden Ring. Wander through picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden onion-shape domes, pretty wooden architecture, as well as UNESCO-listed sites like Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius in Sergiev Posad and many more.
The Italian cities are best visited during the spring, when the temperatures are pleasant and the crowds are less intense than in the summer months. Combine Venice, Florence and Rome to discover the fascinating history and vibrant culture of this iconic destination with this perfect first-time itinerary. Explore the sights of Ancient Rome, enjoy a romantic gondola ride through the Venetian canals and admire the masterpieces in Florence’s world-class art galleries.