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Travel Ideas in April

Best places to travel in April 2021

Travel to South America in April as nature offers wonderful bird watching in the Galapagos, including likely sightings of the fascinating mating ritual of the blue-footed booby. The Iguaçu Falls, bordering Brazil and Argentina, are also at their most dramatic after the summer rainfalls. In Morocco, the April climate is cool enough for you to explore Marrakesh’s souqs or hike the High Atlas Mountains in clearer air. And, if Easter falls in April, a trip in the Philippines is a window into the Spanish legacy of a ‘fiesta’ culture, and the weather is fantastic for the beaches.

Festivals and events around the world in April

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Song, dance, processions and community-wide water fights mark Thingyan, the new year, in Myanmar. It’s peak wildlife-spotting season across India’s central parks, and it’s one of the best times to visit Turkey, as the spring weather is warm and sunny without being too hot, the main sights are less crowded and Istanbul’s parks are bright with tulips.

Tours we recommend in April

Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in April.

  • Local houses, Nafplio

    Athens & Nafplio

    • Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the modern Acropolis Museum on a private tour.

    • Kayak to a deserted beach for a swim and snorkel.

    • Visit the pretty, traffic-free island of Hydra.

    • Explore the ancient ruins and beehive tombs at Mycenae archaeological site.

    • Enjoy the freedom of a rental car to explore the Peloponnese.

    7 days from €2,525pp

  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

    Bali uncovered

    • The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.

    • Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.

    • Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

    • Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.

    • Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.

    15 days from €2,870pp

  • Sadhu in Varanasi

    North India Uncovered

    • Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi.

    • Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal.

    • Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.

    • Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.

    • See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.

    12 days from €2,890pp

  • On the road to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

    Western Cape self-drive discovery

    • Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.

    • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

    • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

    • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

    15 days from €2,995pp

  • Blood River in KwaZulu-Natal

    Battlefields and Midlands

    • Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.

    • Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.

    • Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.

    • Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.

    13 days from €3,185pp

  • Houseboat, Kerala

    Kerala & the Maldives

    • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere and architecture.

    • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar.

    • Boat safari in Periyar National Park.

    • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge.

    • Snorkel, scuba and swim in the Maldives.

    13 days from €3,340pp

  • Dharamsala, India

    Western Himalaya Explored

    • Enjoy a ride on a 'Toy Train' to the colonial hill station of Shimla.

    • Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

    • Enjoy the spectacular 'Closing the Border Ceremony' at the Wagah border.

    • Explore Tibetan culture at Dharamsala.

    • Witness an evening aarti ceremony in Rishikesh.

    13 days from €3,470pp

  • Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala

    South India's temples and backwaters

    • Soak up the view of the Shore Temple at sunset.

    • Enjoy France in India in the former colonial enclave of Pondicherry.

    • Stay in a village of 19th century merchants' homes.

    • Witness the ceremonies in Sri Meenakshi temple with hundreds of pilgrims and the smell of incense.

    14 days from €3,490pp

  • Leh Monastery, Ladakh India

    Ladakh Explored: Leh, Alchi & Nubra Valley

    • Explore the monasteries around Leh, and admire their stunning locations.

    • Drive to the top of Khardung La, one of the world's highest driveable passes.

    • Ride a camel through the high altitude dunes of the Nubra Valley.

    • See the life of the monks who live at 4,000m.

    13 days from €3,515pp

  • Paddy fields in Bali, Indonesia

    Round island Bali tour

    • Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

    • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.

    • Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).

    • Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.

    • Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.

    • Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.

    19 days from €3,520pp

  • Rice terraces, Munduk

    Eastern Bali's culture & coast

    • Visit Ubud, Bali's spiritual and artistic hub.

    • Gain an insight into Balinese life and customs.

    • Stay in rural Bali away from the crowds.

    • Eat like a local and learn to make Balinese dishes.

    • Relax on Bali's eastern coast.

    13 days from €3,535pp

  • Sloth, Tortuguero National Park

    Family Adventure in Costa Rica

    • Explore the canal networks of Tortuguero National Park.

    • Zip line through the cloudforest and relax in a natural hot spring.

    • See a huge array of wildlife from tiny frogs to sloths and tropical birds.

    • Trek in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano.

    • Relax on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

    11 days from €3,540pp

  • Leopard, Kruger National Park

    Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

    • Drive along the Panorama Route for incredible views over the Drakensberg Escarpment.

    • Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.

    • See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger.

    • Head out on bush walks with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the area's wildlife.

    8 days from €3,625pp

  • The Battlefields, South Africa

    Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour

    • Visit local artisans and sample some of the excellent food on offer in the Natal Midlands.

    • Follow hiking trails independently or with a guide in the striking Drakensberg Mountains.

    • Discover the history of the Battlefields area on a guided tour of two battle sites.

    • Spot the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives in Zululand Rhino Reserve.

    12 days from €3,700pp

  • Plaka, Athens

    Athens & the Peloponnese

    • Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the winding lanes of Plaka on a private tour.

    • Visit a local olive oil producer and learn about the importance of olive oil to the Greeks.

    • Sail along the coast of the Peloponnese on a private boat.

    • Stay on the island of Hydra where all transportation is carried out by mule.

    9 days from €3,855pp

  • St Peters Statue at the Vatican, Rome

    Italy Beyond the Summer

    • Learn to cook like a Tuscan at a Florentine cooking class with a local chef.

    • Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a food tour of Venetian wine bars called bacari.

    • Tour Naples Archaeological Museum with a private guide and see original objects from Pompeii.

    • Visit the Vatican Museums with your private guide and see the Sistine Chapel at its least crowded.

    12 days from €3,900pp

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Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance and with cold weather still to come, travelling to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time in the west of Thailand in Krabi, Phuket and Koh Lanta. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch the migration of wildebeest and zebra as they follow the scent of the fresh grazing. And January marks the start of another wildlife showpiece. It’s the whale watching season in Baja California on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and on a cruise you can sit alongside as hundreds of whales and dolphins leap, arch and twirl in and out of the ocean.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

February might be bleak in the top half of the world, but it’s summertime down south and New Zealand and southern Australia are basking in the life outdoors. Walking trails are open and you can stretch out on the beaches while they're at their best. In Hong Kong, 15-day-long festivities kick off in February, when ancient Chinese traditions combine with true multicultural modernity. Relive New Year’s there before spring boarding to dry and sunny Cambodia to extend your journey in Southeast Asia.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

Japan’s springtime blossom starts to pop open in March, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak blossom season. In Bhutan, the subsiding cold is encouraging high-altitude rhododendrons to wake, while a number of colourful festivals take place. And a full spectrum of coloured powders plume in the air in Indian towns and villages as locals celebrate Holi festival. Our specialists can give you advice on how best to experience the ‘festival of colours’ as part of your trip to India.

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Travel Ideas in April

Places to travel in April

Travel to South America in April as nature offers wonderful bird watching in the Galapagos, including likely sightings of the fascinating mating ritual of the blue-footed booby. The Iguaçu Falls, bordering Brazil and Argentina, are also at their most dramatic after the summer rainfalls. In Morocco, the April climate is cool enough for you to explore Marrakesh’s souqs or hike the High Atlas Mountains in clearer air. And, if Easter falls in April, a trip in the Philippines is a window into the Spanish legacy of a ‘fiesta’ culture, and the weather is fantastic for the beaches.

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Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

If you’re planning a May break, the sun is always out over Bali’s soft-sand beaches at a time of year before the crowds hit their peak. Planning in advance pays off, as some of our favourite hotels are quick to book up. On a cruise in Canada, off the west coast of Vancouver, you can spot migrating gray whales and their young, along with minke and killer whales. And for a trip in the mountain air, hike along the wildflower trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The comfortable temperature allows you to enjoy the scenery by day and camp out in Bedouin-style tents by night.

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Herd of elephants in South Africa

Places to travel in June

June marks the start of the dry season in southern Africa and the chance to see newly born game as you safari in Botswana. Newborn gorillas are given their names in a traditional festival in Rwanda each June and we can design you a trip there gorilla trekking, which pairs nicely with added time on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara. June is also an ideal time for visiting Costa Rica in the quieter green (or rainy) season when you’ll still find plenty of dry weather, quieter national parks and better views of the famous Arenal Volcano.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

Ladakh in India is an ideal destination for July, with warm weather and little rain to accompany the Himalayan scenery. Spend time in Leh immersing yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture and exploring the monasteries, lakes and high-altitude deserts. We also recommend the Manu Rainforest in Peru in the month of July. Few parks can match its incredible wildlife, which includes giant otters, caymans and flocks of macaws.

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Travel Ideas in August

Places to travel in August

In August, Africa plays backdrop to one of the great wildlife spectacles: the annual migration of over two million wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. In Colombia, the start of August heralds the annual flower festival in Medellin. It attracts visitors worldwide with more flowers than you’d imagine possible, fireworks and live music. Or travel to Kandy in Sri Lanka at the time of the Parahera Festival held at the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is said to rest. Get swept up in dancing and parades by torchlight.

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Travel ideas in September

Places to travel in September

September kicks off the changing of the seasons in many regions, bringing with it shifting climates and bright landscapes. Before the wet season sets in, take a trip to Borneo and observe the orangutan at the Sepilok sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu. In Peru, September is the best time to take a hike to Incan city in the clouds Machu Picchu while there's still very little rain. And there’s no better place to witness the seasons change than in China, as the locals celebrate the harvest season across the country with the Mid-Autumnal Festival.

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Travel Ideas in October

Places to travel in October

October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Though the temperatures may begin to drop, November still offers plenty of opportunity for active adventure. Trek to the top of the world in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, and witness the sunrises over the tops of the peaks. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the warmer temperatures of the Red Sea in Egypt, where the water is a clear blue and the coral reefs teem with marine life. Or experience Vietnam by bicycle, along the countryside around the historic merchants' town of Hoi An or through the rice terraces and remote villages of Sapa.

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Travel Ideas in December

Places to travel in December

December brings celebrations of all shapes and sizes across the world. Embrace a wintry yet magical Christmas in Russia, where Gorky Park turns into an ice rink and sleigh rides are offered throughout the month. Top off your year joining in a New Year’s celebration in another part of the world. Travel to Brazil and watch the cariocas (Rio’s locals) dressed in white as they gather on a sunny Copacabana in tribute to the goddess of the sea. Or head to Australia for a New Year’s celebration of a lifetime in Sydney. Witness fireworks exploding off the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while enjoying the summer temperatures.

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