6 March 2014 by Alex Stewart
Looking for an injection of sun, cultural invigoration or striking landscapes this spring? Then take a look at our top 5 suggestions for a spring-time escape around the world.
Highlights include new ways to discover India's Golden Triangle, a journey through Turkey's Byzantine past, the chance to settle down beach-side in Tenerife, an adventure through the Hawaiian islands and an exploration of the historical and artistic treasures of Andalucía.
India - celebrate the arrival of spring with 'Holi' Festival
Discover dazzling forts, ornate palaces, bustling markets and colourful bazaars on this fascinating seven-day tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Learn about the history of the Raj, the colonialism of the British Empire and marvel at some of the world's most iconic buildings including Jaipur's Pink Palace or Delhi's Red Fort. Finish up with the tide of revellers at Holi, the Hindu 'Festival of Colours' (6 March 2015), and enjoy the eruptions of colour dyes that celebrate the triumph of good over bad.
Turkey - travel from Istanbul to Bodrum
Situated at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating country, rich in history and dramatic landscapes. Escape the throngs of tourists that flood Istanbul in the summer and arrive just in time for the annual Tulip festival celebrating the flowers' roots in Turkey (4-18 April 2014). Unlock the romance of the city with walks along the Bosphorus, visit the Blue Mosque or drop into the Grand Bazaar to pocket the ultimate bargain. Finish the journey in the coastal city of Bodrum and explore St. Peter's Castle and the ancient theatre of Halicarnassos or enjoy a private gullet cruise around the stunning waters of the Aegean sea.
Hawaii - take a grand tour of the islands
Arrive just in time for the end of the rainy season and embark on a journey across Hawaii's fiery volcanoes, pristine coral reefs and emerald rainforests. Less crowded than Autumn, springtime in Hawaii offers a chance to witness the island's vegetation erupt into life in colourful bursts of bloom. Visit the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbour, see the famous stretch of the Na Pali Coast by helicopter and climb the volcanoes of The Big Island - all without having to endure long queues at popular attractions.
The Canary Islands - relax in Tenerife
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, long sandy beaches and a host of outdoor activities, The Canary Islands are often celebrated as home to an eternal spring. Only four hours from the UK, guests can discover Tenerife - one of the most atmospheric of the Canary Islands - with its sprawling black volcanic sands and magnificent beaches. Explore this lunar landscape by bike or foot and take in Spain's highest mountain - Mount Teide. Hike through the beautiful laurel and canary pine forests or climb one of the dramatic rock facades to capture the mesmerising views of the surrounding greenery.
Andalucía - uncover the cultural and artistic treasures of Seville, Cordoba & Granada
While the daffodils are struggling to open at home, things are warming up nicely in the heart of Andalucía, which - whilst blisteringly hot during the summer - is beautiful in spring with an average of 23 degrees. Unearth Seville - the magical capital of Andalucía - and watch the city come to life during the annual Feria festival (13-19 April 2014). Away from the party, enjoy walks along the winding medieval lanes and the scent of orange blossom in the air; explore the myriad of romantic architecture including the Cathedral of St Mary and the Alcazar and sample some of the best tapas in Spain.