10 Splendid Spring Breaks for 2023

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Spring is a fantastic time to take a break from the UKthe rest of Europe or North Africa, with flowers and foliage springing to life, mild weather for sightseeing and plenty of attractions almost to yourselves before the summer crowds return and the prices of the high season does not come into play.

Like the best autumn holidaysspring break is all about celebrating the season and enjoying fleeting spectacles, whether it’s outdoor events or natural phenomena, like pretty cherry blossoms.

Spring is not only garden holiday although there are plenty of fantastic trips to take during the season, such as getaways that invite you into sprawling palaces and getaways that allow you to explore multiple cities when the temperatures are ideal for sightseeing on foot.

From train journeys through some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery to leisurely cruises to admire the sights from your terrace, there’s something for everyone in our pick of the best spring breaks for 2023.

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Highlights of Spain and Morocco by train

After taking the Eurostar to Paris and then another train to Barcelona, ​​this epic journey truly unfolds in the irresistible Catalan capital, with time to absorb its architecture, art and iconic beaches via a visit guided. From here, you’ll set off on your epic journey to Marrakech passing through the thrilling cities of Madrid, Tangier and Casablanca.

Staying in four-star hotels with breakfast, you’ll enjoy a coach tour of the Spanish capital before heading to Algeciras for your ferry across the Mediterranean to Tangier – gateway to the dazzling blue village of Chefchaouen, Casablanca steeped in atmosphere and North Africa as a whole.

From there, you’ll head to Marrakech, where a walking tour will put you under the skin of this fascinating city, famous for its maze-like medina within its original fortified citadel.

When? March 2023



A Venetian cruise with exclusive experiences

This exclusive new river cruise aboard Uniworld’s Super Ship La Venezia takes you around the spectacular city and its island-studded lagoon in style.

There are unique experiences over your six days, including a private after-hours tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with a special lighting ceremony and visits to the islands of Mazzorbo, Torcello and Burano.

You’ll also enjoy a private concert, lecture and Q&A session by world-renowned tenor Russell Watson. Fabulous onboard meals and unlimited premium drinks are part of your package, leaving you free to sit back and soak it all up.

When? April 2023



A Dutch and Belgian river cruise

Scheduled for the season when the famous flower fields of the Netherlands take on color, this week-long round trip to Amsterdam aboard the stylish MS Arena brings you up close to Dutch canalside windmills, famous Keukenhof gardens with their spring tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, Kalmthout Arboretum, Meise Botanic Garden and Appeltern Gardens in Dordrecht.

The latter is the largest garden idea park in the Netherlands, made up of themed areas including taste, smell and sustainability to inspire you to make the most of your own green space.

Your privileged guide to Appeltern will be none other than designer, The world of gardeners presenter and author Adam Frost.

When? April 2023



A tour of the natural landscapes of the Isles of Scilly

This six-day trip takes you in search of many of the most beautiful sites on these peaceful islands, from the subtropical garden of Tresco Abbey (“Kew without the glass”) and the charming ports of St Martin to an array of wildlife such as porpoises, dolphins and seals, including species not seen anywhere else in the UK.

A chat and dinner with Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust manager Julian Branscombe will give you a deeper insight into the local wildlife.

Your base is the stylish and comfortable The Atlantic on St Mary’s, with harbor views and excellent local cuisine.

When? April 2023


Guided tours of Batsford Arboretum, Sezincote House and Gardens and Painswick Rococo Garden are on this exclusive tour of the Cotswolds finest gardens, as are visits to Sudeley Castle and Gardens and of the Roman villa of Chedworth.

You’ll also get a special welcome to Rare Breeds Cotswold Farm Park from owner Adam Henson, who will talk about his conservation work and sustainable farming, as well as his role as country file presenter, during a private lunch.

Other highlights are an indulgent afternoon tea at the historic Lygon Arms Hotel and time to explore the charming market town of Chipping Campden. Your base will be the Hilton Puckrup in its 140 acres of grounds, complete with spa and championship golf course.

When? April and May 2023



Mont Blanc Express ride and visit of Lake Annecy

This six-day flightless holiday (with Eurostar from London to Paris, then train and coach journeys) includes a day trip through the moving alpine landscapes of France and Switzerland aboard Mont Blanc Express, one of the most picturesque in the world. mountain train lines.

You’ll also have plenty of time to stroll along the shores of Lake Annecy, explore alluring French towns, discover the golden sandy beaches and great shopping of Aix-les-Bains, and spend a day to explore the delights of Geneva.

You will be settled in the beautiful La Clusaz with its traditional wooden chalet-style architecture, and will stay at the Hôtel Beauregard with its heated swimming pool, hammam, sauna, cozy fireplaces and terrace.

When? May 2023



A Norfolk getaway with a glimpse inside Sandringham

The deliciously slow pace of life in an area of ​​sweeping skies and a dramatic, often deserted coastline can be soaked up in this five-day break, including a Norfolk Broads cruise on a paddle steamer, three heritage train journeys and time free to explore Wroxham, Horning and Cromer.

You’ll also enjoy an exclusive lecture on Sandringham House and Estate and the modern monarchy by renowned historian Lucy Worsley, followed by a tour of the Royal Family’s country retreat run by Lucy herself. This 19,000 acre estate now one of the royal residences of Charles III sits in the Norfolk Coast AONB (Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty)

When? May 2023



A tour of the royal palaces of England

This two-night break gives you a glimpse into the life of the royal family with visits to St George’s Chapel (where Queen Elizabeth II was buried), Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, the Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle – with a private visit to the State Apartments and a glass of champagne there.

The trip will include an exclusive talk and Q&A from royal biographer, commentator and filmmaker Robert Hardman, who will give you unparalleled insight into how the modern British royal family works.

Your historic base will be the former inn The Talbot in historic Ripley in Surrey, where Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton met.

When? May 2023



A yacht cruise in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

For eight days aboard the boutique Lord of the Glens (with just 27 cabins), you’ll discover Loch Ness, Loch Nevis and other fascinating locations, while encountering wild and mythical landscapes, looming castles and wildlife majestic.

Other highlights include the Caledonian Canal, hidden sea lochs and the magical islands of Iona, Mull, Eigg and Skye along the west coast of Scotland.

On this intimate cruise, you’ll be treated to tales of Scottish heritage from weathercaster Carol Kirkwood, including her grandfather’s role in building the breathtaking Glenfinnan Viaduct.

When? May 2023



A horticultural holiday in Madeira

Spring is one of the best times to visit the subtropical volcanic island of Madeira, known as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic”.

This eight-day garden tour includes a day at the island’s dazzling flower festival and takes you to the island’s beautiful gardens, including Palheiro Gardens, Funchal Botanical Gardens and the Palace Gardens of Mounted.

You will be staying at the Four View Monumental Hotel in the island’s beautiful capital, Funchal, with its stylish bars and panoramic views of the Atlantic.

When? April 2023


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