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Our top trips departing in May

Where to go on holiday in May


From sun-kissed breaks in southern Europe to culture-packed adventures in Southeast Asia, May is a glorious time to get a way for a break before the summer crowds arrive. Our specialists have picked out their favourites below but if there's something else that you're interested in, don't hesitate to get in touch.

European sun

In Europe, Italy and Spain are ideal May destinations. Tuscany enjoys highs of 21ºC making for pleasant road trips and walks through Florence. In Spain, Andalucia basks in sunshine, while the north's slightly cooler mid-20s makes for the perfect time to walk the Camino de Santiago trail. Just over the border, Portugal is an equally attractive proposition. Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve all benefit from the same Iberian sunshine, and pousada-based self-drives are a little quieter thanks to skirting the peak tourist season. And, in France, the verdant wine region of Bordeaux is at its sparkling best.

Meanwhile, in Scandinavia and the Nordics, the likes of Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden have escaped their winter chill, so expect rushing rivers, spectacular waterfalls and forests alive with wildlife.

North America

In North America, travel to New York for almost-guaranteed sunshine and fewer city crowds. It's hot but not humid, making May perhaps the best month for gentle activities, such as cycling through Central Park, walking the Highline and visiting Ellis Island. The wider state is similarly superb at this time of year – head to Niagara Falls (and continue into Canada) for the same low-level crowds.

It's also a great time to spot whales off Canada's Vancouver Island, while national parks in the USA enjoy a favourable climate, with the canyons of Utah and Arizona not too hot and hotel availability generally far better.

Safaris in Southern Africa

Southern Africa is also hotting up, but the humidity in destinations such as Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe remains low, making it an excellent time to go on safari. Stay in style at a luxury safari lodge and enjoy superb dining and the services of an expert guide as you go in search of the Big Five and more.

Asian adventures

VietnamMalaysia and Indonesia are also blessed with enormous amounts of sunshine at this time, with Bali particularly pleasant. Perhaps combine some culture with one of the region's superb beaches. Our specialists can point you in the right direction. Or, why not head to Japan for the chance to catch the tail-end of cherry blossom season in the north and the chance to avoid cherry blossom season rates further south.

Last call for the Caribbean

Lastly, May is also a great time to head to the Caribbean. Prior to the rainy season, it's often quieter and resorts entice with good special offers after Easter. Barbados, Tobago, Grenada and St. Lucia are all good options – the latter even features a superb jazz festival.   


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Our top itineraries for May

Seton Lake (Credit: Rocky Mountaineer)

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

10-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £3,300 pp incl. flights

Sweep through the Canadian Rockies on a truly legendary rail journey, stopping off for tour, gondola rides and guided tours of Banff and Lake Louise.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Canyon Country & National Parks fly-drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,690 pp incl. flights

This epic fly-drive brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls

11-day tailor-made holiday from £5,045 pp incl. flights

Discover the icons of Cape Town, the world-famous wildlife of Kruger National Park and epic Victoria Falls on this spectacular Southern Africa adventure.

Okinawa, Japan

Highlights of Japan & Okinawa

16-day tailor-made holiday from £6,945 pp incl. flights

Experience the best of Japan's culture and coast, with private tours, traditional ryokan stays, bullet train trips and even a stay on a pair of tropical island idylls.

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Top offers for May

Korcula old town, Croatia

Adriatic Coastal cruise with APT Travelmarvel

8-day coastal cruise from £1,995 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to 35% off selected departures
Book by: 31 May 2024

Island hop along Croatia's Adriatic coast on this luxury small-ship voyage, taking in everything from the walled city of Dubrovnik to the dramatic waterfalls of Krka National Park.

Venice, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4-day tailor-made holiday from £4,750 pp incl. flights


Exclusive 2024 departure savings – Save up to £370pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

After a stay in a canal-side palace, reached by private water taxi, indulge with bar-car drinks and fine dining as you sweep across the snow-dusted Alps and through the heart of western Europe.

Bordeaux, France

Garonne River Cruise: Discover Bordeaux

8-day luxury river cruise from £2,495 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £1,000 pp off selected departures in 2024
Book by: 24 May 2024

Explore Bordeaux and its surrounds on this all-inclusive river cruise, enjoying the likes of bicycle tours among the vineyards and visits to local farmers markets.

Aerial view of Bordeaux vineyard in France on the River Garonne

No-fly Bordeaux: Garonne River Cruise

8-day no-fly cruise from £2,495 pp

cruise offer

Save up to £1,000 pp off selected departures in 2024
Book by: 31 May 2024

Explore Bordeaux and its picturesque surrounds on this all-inclusive Uniworld river cruise, enjoying the likes of bicycle tours among the vineyards and visits to local farmers markets.

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