Travel can be a joy at any time of year, but spring is perhaps the very best time to see the world.
The longer days and warmer temperatures can make relaxing and exploring more enjoyable, and the blooming spring flowers and lush landscapes mean many destinations are at their most beautiful. Plus, prices are typically lower than in peak season and the crowds are fewer too.
\If you have a passion for travel and are dreaming about your next trip, you might want to think about taking a holiday with Travelsphere next spring. For 60 years, Travelsphere has been a leading provider of escorted touring holidays, and their trips are all about authenticity and adventure, being immersed in the local culture, and creating lifelong memories.
Wherever you choose to travel, the people you’re with can make or break your trip – but, with Travelsphere, you’ll know you’re in good company. Everything is sorted for you, from flights and transfers to accommodation and excursions, so you won’t have to worry about a thing. Travelsphere understands that no two people are the same, so holidays always come with freedom and flexibility.
To help you find out a bit more about the types of holidays Travelsphere offers, we’ve pulled together a list of their most popular tours for springtime – both in Europe and further afield. So, here are 12 spring tours among blossoming landscapes.
Spring tours in Europe
1. Wildflowers of Crete
Crete is beautiful in summer but, in spring, the milder days are ideal for exploring the island’s hiking trails, history, and culture. During this eight-day tour, you’ll stay in the seaside resort of Agia Marina and travel inland to the Omalos Upland Plain, which is Crete’s mountainous orange-growing region.
Here, you can learn about the local flora and fauna, which are in full bloom at this time of year, and enjoy picturesque botanical rambles. Other highlights include a visit to Samaria Gorge – home to a staggering 450 types of plants – and hiking through spectacular scenery along the Akrotiri Peninsula.
History lovers will also enjoy strolling through Heraklion Old Town, and exploring the ruins at Aptera and the Minoan Palace at Knossos. But, there’ll be plenty of free time to feast on local cuisine, hit the beach, or sample Greek coffee in Chania too!
2. A Week in Andalucia
Andalucía is glorious at any time of year but, in spring, when the days become long and light, and the smell of orange blossom drifts through the streets, it’s especially lovely. This relaxing eight-day tour is a chance to unwind and soak up the sun while discovering the culture and history of this unique part of Southern Spain.
Your base will be medieval Antequera – dubbed ‘the crossroads of Andalucia’ – where you’ll stay in a four-star hotel just a short walk from the historical centre. As well as exploring Antequera itself, you’ll visit the cities of Granada, Cordoba, and the regional capital of Seville, where you can feast on one of its most famous exports – tapas!
If you’re interested in architecture, Granada’s Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens will take your breath away, while the city’s Moorish and Spanish architecture are always impressive. On free days, you can visit swanky Malaga or cliff-top Ronda or just kick back at the hotel.
3. Discover Malta
Malta may be small – but it’s also spectacular, sophisticated, and, in spring, reliably sunny! The island is known for its wealth of cultural and historical treasures, and on this relaxing eight-day tour you’ll get to see the best of the best. Your base will be the lively coastal resort of Qawra, from which you can easily explore Malta’s dazzling coastline and compelling cultural heritage.
During your Maltese adventure, you’ll embark on a spellbinding tour of Valletta, the capital, where you can wander through historic streets, discover artisanal handicrafts, marvel at ornate buildings, savour rustic cuisine, and experience the saluting battery at Barrakka Gardens.
Plus, you can also explore the towns of Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa; venture into the ancient city of Mdina; and immerse yourself in local culture. You can even visit the enchanting Blue Grotto sea caves and explore Malta’s sister island, Gozo – both of which are dreamy in spring!
4. Pompeii, Paestum, and Herculaneum
If you’re fascinated by ancient history, this next trip is for you! During this eight-day escorted tour, you’ll step back more than 2,000 years as you visit seven fascinating archaeological sites to gain a unique insight into what it was like to live in Ancient Rome. This part of Italy is enchanting in spring, with bright, sunny days, and temperatures warm enough to spend long days exploring.
The tour includes a stay in a four-star hotel in the pretty town of Vico Equense where you can relax on the hotel’s wisteria-shaded terrace and dine in traditional pizza restaurants. Explore the Roman amphitheatre in Pozzuoli, retracing the steps of brave gladiators, and continue your journey with visits to Baia Archaeological Park and the Greek ruins at Cumae.
You can also marvel at the perfectly preserved cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum – which were buried by ash when Mount Vesuvius exploded in 79 AD – and tour Villa Poppaea, and Paestum’s Doric temples. To top it off, you’ll have the chance to visit the stylish island of Capri too.
5. Sardinia’s Emerald Coast
Sardinia is known for its spectacular coastline – especially the Emerald Coast, which is home to dreamy, Caribbean-style beaches with powder-white sands and sparkling azure waters. In spring, there’s usually plenty of warm weather and lots of sun, so you’ll definitely be able to hit the beach!
But there’s more to Sardinia than picture-perfect bays and, over eight days, you’ll discover what makes this idyllic island so special. You’ll also have the chance to visit the neighbouring island of Corsica and indulge in the allure of the ancient city of Alghero, before being whisked away on a boat to Neptune’s Grotto, an alluring sea cave complex.
Castelsardo’s charming old town and vibrant harbour are a joy to explore too – as are the medieval wonders of Olbia. However, you’ll also have plenty of free time to immerse yourself in Sardinia’s crystal-clear waters, recline on the beach, and savour the delights of delectable local cuisine.
6. Treasures of Turkey
Turkey isn’t only big, beautiful, and extraordinarily diverse; it’s also an intoxicating mix of eastern and western cultures and influences. During this action-packed 12-day tour, you’ll travel far and wide to see some of Turkey’s most impressive sites and have many opportunities to bask in the warm spring sunshine.
Staying in a selection of stylish hotels across the country, you’ll visit places like ancient Ephesus, the cave dwellings of Cappadocia, and even the legendary city of Troy. Kicking off in the capital, Istanbul, you’ll explore Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque.
There’ll be plenty of chances to sample the delicious local cuisine here, as well as enjoy some coffee and baklava tasting. You’ll also swim in hot springs in ancient spas, soak up the local culture at belly dancing shows, and visit hillside villages like Sirince and bustling cities like Ankara and Konya.
Spring tours further afield
7. Epic Wonders of the National Parks
With dusty deserts, rugged canyons, snow-capped mountains, and gleaming lakes, the USA is known for its dazzling diversity. During this fabulous 17-day tour, you’ll visit nine different states and many national parks, as well as cities like Denver and Salt Lake City. And, visiting this part of the USA during springtime also means you don’t have to deal with the often-scorching summer heat!
The tour begins in Colorado and moves to South Dakota, where you’ll visit Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park, as well as take in a cowboy music show. Next, Wyoming beckons with the spectacular Yellowstone National Park and Little Bighorn Battlefield, followed by Idaho’s Grand Teton National Park.
Utah offers Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks; while Colorado boasts the captivating Mesa Verde National Park. The journey then ventures into Arizona, home to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. And, finally, a stay on the neon-lit strip of Las Vegas promises a lively and vibrant experience.
8. Latin Wonders of the World
If you’re fascinated by Latin American cultures – and feeling adventurous – this thrilling 18-day tour might be for you. This is a unique chance to explore Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil, and delve deep into the unique histories, geographies, and cultures of each country. Spring temperatures in these countries can vary, but all are perfectly suited to comfortable sightseeing and hiking.
You’ll visit some of the most beautiful and remarkable sites, attractions, and landscapes in the world – from lost jungle citadels to thundering waterfalls. In Peru, you’ll tour Lima before heading to Cusco, the old capital of the Inca Empire, where you’ll visit the magnificent Machu Picchu, marvelling at the many flowers and plants that bloom at this time of year.
The tour also extends to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, and nearby Moon Valley, before three days are spent visiting the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires and the jaw-dropping Iguaçú Falls. Finally, this unforgettable tour ends in Rio de Janeiro, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue and the stunning Copacabana Beach.
9. Uzbekistan – the Heart of the Silk Route
Uzbekistan is one of the most underrated countries in the world, known for its soaring mountain ranges, vast deserts, mesmerising history, and atmospheric cities packed with elaborate architecture. Spring is the best time to visit, when temperatures hover around the mid-20s Celsius, and wildflowers are in bloom.
This sensational tour follows the old Silk Route from Tashkent to Bukhara, diving deep into Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage, and seeing many of its most impressive natural highlights. You’ll drive along the Takhta Karacha Pass and over the seemingly endless dunes of the Kyzylkum Desert – and explore the vibrant capital of Tashkent, the beautiful, holy city of Bukhara, and ancient Samarkand.
For 11 days, you’ll be immersed in authentic Uzbekistan culture, meeting local families to dine with them and make bread, visiting folk art centres and historical teahouses, and learning about traditional puppetry and Uzbek Khorezm dance.
10. Invitation to Vietnam and the Temples of Angkor
If you’ve always wanted to visit Southeast Asia, this 14-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia is the perfect place to start. You’ll visit many of these countries’ most spectacular sites and explore landscapes so beautiful you may think you’ve fallen into a dream. In spring, rainfall is low in both countries, and temperatures are warm but mild, so it’s the ideal time to visit.
The tour will begin in Hanoi, the bustling Vietnamese capital, where you’ll take a bike tour of the city, sample excellent street food, and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner. Next, you’ll cruise along dreamy Halong Bay, where you can swim in the emerald waters and kayak into sea caves, followed by a tour of historic Hue, and a drive along the scenic Hai Van Pass to reach the riverside city of Hoi An.
After a few days here, you’ll fly to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll have two days to explore this exhilarating and sometimes overwhelming city. You’ll finish up in Siem Reap, home to the fascinating temples of Angkor, one of the ancient wonders of the world.
11. Discover New Zealand
New Zealand is famous for its remarkable natural beauty, and during this 18-night tour, you’ll see the best of the North and South Islands. In spring (autumn in New Zealand!) temperatures hover around the high teens and low 20s, so it’s perfect for hiking and exploring – and the changing colours of the leaves is another perk.
Beginning in Auckland, you’ll travel along the Hibiscus Coast to Paihia where you can relax for two days in the forests and beaches of the Bay of Islands. Then, after exploring the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, you’ll head down to the capital, Wellington, and delve into its arts and culture.
On the wilder South Island, there’s a host of natural wonders to enjoy, from the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers to the stunning fjords of Milford Sound. You’ll visit Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest peak – before riding the TranzAlpine train, touring the otherworldly Glow Worm Caves, spending two nights in stunning Queenstown, and admiring the famous Moeraki Beach Boulders. Along the way, you’ll also learn about indigenous Kiwi culture and enjoy a traditional Tamaki Hangi Feast.
12. The Best of the Deep South
If you’re drawn to America’s Deep South and are more interested in the USA’s culture and music scene than its landscape, this 12-day tour might be for you. It kicks off in Nashville, for a visit to Studio B where Elvis recorded many of his best tracks, as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Then, in Memphis, you’ll have three days to tour Graceland, Elvis’ mansion, and the iconic Beale Street. You can also visit Tupelo, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthplace. After that, it’s onto Mississippi to visit the BB King Museum and, in historic Natchez, you’ll visit an antebellum mansion.
The tour also includes three action-packed days in New Orleans’ French Quarter – the cultural hub of the city – exploring the world-famous Bourbon Street and enjoying jazz brunches. You can also take a cruise on a paddle steamer or join a Louisiana swamp and bayou tour – and luckily, because you’re travelling in spring, the sultry temperatures are far more manageable!
Whether you’re dreaming of a relaxing break in Europe or an action-packed adventure at the opposite end of the world, there are many reasons why you might want to think about taking an escorted tour on your next break.
When you book a holiday with Travelsphere, you’re guaranteed a hassle-free holiday. Everything is taken care of for you, from flights, transfers, and accommodation to excursions. Trips are tailored to the individual, so you’ll get a personalised experience and can focus on cherishing each day and getting the most out of your environment.
Plus, travelling during springtime doesn’t only mean you get to take advantage of lower prices, it also means you get to see countries at their quietest and most beautiful. For more than 60 years, Travelsphere has provided curious travellers with authentic experiences, so if you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, an escorted tour might be for you.
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Are you considering booking a spring tour? Have you been to any of the places on this list – or thinking of adding any to your travel list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.