With March bringing early signs of spring to the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the chance to enjoy the quieter charms of Europe and the USA with some of the best weather at lower latitudes. It's also the last month to enjoy Swedish Lapland's ICEHOTEL. Our specialists have picked out their top trips for March below.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
March is the month that the world's most famous train sets off again after its winter break. The classic journey between London and Italy is an absolute favourite among our clients and specialists, but there are a host of other options, too. Perhaps add on a stay in Verona, for example, or head to Italy's northern Lakes for some indulgent relaxation. As the year progresses, other routes also open up, taking in the likes of Vienna, Prague and Berlin.
The Americas & Caribbean
While the likes of Canada are only just starting to warm up, Arizona and Las Vegas, for instance, enjoy some of their best weather. It’s a similar story in the Caribbean while for some great deals, look to Bermuda’s white-sand beaches; there’s good spring weather and pre-peak prices. Central America, while beginning to get hotter and more humid, is also still pleasant to explore – Mexico’s Kukulkan festival is a highlight. South America is also starting to come into its own, with further festivities to be had in Peru’s Cusco and its jubilant Semana Santa Holy Week.
India & Sri Lanka
In turn, India delights with colourful Holi merriment, just remember to book well in advance. And, not to be outdone by its bigger brother, Sri Lanka’s beaches and ancient cities welcome with fine weather and all the usual smiles. However, if you look to the north of the Subcontinent, the lowlands of the Himalayas, particularly in Nepal, are pleasant to trek through, while the higher passes are still cold and shrouded in snow.
if you’re looking Down Under, it’s an ideal time to visit Western Australia, especially Margaret River’s wineries. A self-drive south from Perth serves up breathtaking coastlines, vast Kauri forests and some of Australia's finest vintages. Looking to tick one off the bucket list? March is also the start of the whale shark season in Ningaloo Reef – look to travel late in the month for the best chances of spotting, and swimming with, these marine giants.