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What better way to start this beautiful season off than with a trip to somewhere you’ve always dreamed of? 

Posted by: Xanterra on April 1, 2022

Spring is such a great time of year because it’s like a fresh start. It brings new opportunities, experiences, and places to go. What better way to start this beautiful season off than with a trip to somewhere you’ve always dreamed of? 

Perhaps travel back in time to Old World Europe and immerse yourself into a new culture, take in the stunning architecture and views, indulge in the delicious cuisine, connect with locals, and experience your own real life fairytale. With its blooming trees, fragrant gardens, and colorful cities, springtime in Europe is simply enchanting. Keep reading below for inspiration for your next spring trip! 

Pedaling through Spring with VBT Bicycling Vacations: Cotswolds, England

With a VBT bicycling tour, explore the Old World from a new perspective this spring and experience a new culture, natural setting, or historic site. VBT bicycling tours in Europe are just as varied as the continent itself. Bike past France’s storied vineyards, pedal through lakeside paths in Austria, or explore the vast coastal landscapes in Ireland. Follow in the same footsteps of Van Gogh and Monet across the sun-kissed flower fields of Provence. Wander Germany’s half-timbered houses and lush vineyards to Holland’s storybook windmills and vibrant tulip fields. With every turn, you’ll be immersed in European culture like never before. Make personal connections with locals, taste regional cuisines, and feel the fresh air against your face as you go from one town to the next.

Let your imagination come to life in the charming town of Cotswolds, England. This region is spectacular in the spring with its flower gardens, blooming trees, and endless rolling green hills. With the perfect mix of nature and charming history, you’ll get an authentic experience as you tour your way through this corner of England. Pedal along the tranquil country lanes where you can see woodlands, sheep-dotted pastures, and fields of the Windrush Valley. Pause and visit market towns, tiny hamlets, and thatched-cottage villages. Explore the Hidcote Gardens, magnificent Blenheim Palace, and the Georgian jewel of Bath. With traditional English breakfasts, lunch and dinner at local pubs, and overnight stays at small country estates, you’ll be feeling as if you’re a king or queen in your very own fairytale!

Stepping into Bloom with Country Walkers: Pompeii, Capri & the Amalfi Coast

The secret to experiencing a new place as the locals do is to explore by foot. In a continent where civilization evolved along footpaths and mule trails, walking and hiking is still the best way to experience somewhere new. Connect with the timeless beauty and inviting cultures Europe has to offer, and get a new sense of adventure when you see what can be discovered in a faraway place. Whether it’s indulging in a meal in a quaint fishing village on the Amalfi coast, or basking in the aroma of a flower field on an island in Croatia, spring is a great time of year to truly escape to somewhere new. 

Step into a world of terraced hillsides and blue-green waters with an unforgettable tour of Pompeii, Capri & the Amalfi Coast. This isn’t your ordinary walking tour through busy cities and museums, instead you’ll be strolling through gardens immortalized by Wagner in his opera Parsifal at the Villa Rufolo, exploring the ruins of Pompeii, enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the coast along the “Path of the Gods”, and much, much more. Take in the fresh ocean air, warm weather, and fewer crowds as you immerse yourself in a new culture and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

People on the Nafplio city beach. Nafplio is a small old town in the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece.

Sailing into Spring with Windstar Cruises: Treasures of the Greek Isles

With unrivaled access to ports you couldn’t access on a larger ship, Windstar Cruises will bring you a whole world of possibilities to explore! Each country in Europe has its own unique culture, history, and scenery, and Windstar knows the way to them all. Explore some of the most beautiful and secret ports throughout Europe like Croatia’s Rovinj, Italy’s Sorrento, Norway’s Stavanger, and France’s Sanary-sur-Mer. Access to these small ports means that you’ll have more time to take in the iconic sights around you, learn more about the culture, taste authentic cuisine, and experience the excitement of nightlife in a new place. 

Spring is a lovely time of year to visit Greece. The islands have woken from hibernation, ferries from Athens are more regular, shops are opening, and the flowers are blooming. With the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise, discover the magic and mythology of one of the most storied regions in the world. Sail into the hidden ports of Nafplio, Monemvasia, Patmos, Santorini, and Mykonos. Discover the island culture, find some ancient treasures, and relax on some of the most stunning beaches Greece has to offer for a serene yet adventurous vacation. 

Flower Adventures with Holiday Vacations: Holland in Bloom

Grab your bucket list and get ready to explore destinations beyond our borders on one of Holiday Vacations’ international tours in Europe. Explore everything from castles, cathedrals, fairytale villages, and breathtaking landscapes. Dine on authentic cuisine at one-of-a-kind restaurants, stay in elegant hotels with Old World charm, and watch as the world blooms around you. 

Holland is a place to go to feel inspired by beautiful flowers. Imagine the sight of windmills surrounded by tulips blooming in various colors—a true paradise for flower lovers. With Holiday Vacations’ Holland in Bloom tour, arrive in Amsterdam and visit Zaanse Schans, a picturesque open-air museum with windmills and a recreated traditional Dutch village. Take an enchanting boat ride through the canals, visit the Aalsmeer Flower Auction where 20 million flowers are bought and sold every day, tour a brewery, and stroll through the pathways of Keukenhof, popularly known as “the Spring Garden of Europe.” This vacation will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired! 

Woman hiking over the mountain meadow full of blooming crocus flowers.

Spring into Somewhere New

Whether it’s by bike, trail, or sail, exploring Europe during the springtime is an enchanting way to experience the vast cultures, landscapes, and history—all while escaping the large crowds and hot temperatures. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and locals are ready to welcome newcomers to their towns. Embrace the freshness that spring offers with a new perspective. It’s time to book that dream vacation and let your mind bloom. Start planning your spring getaway today.

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