What better way to get through the impending months of winter than have a springtime getaway to look forward to? There’s nothing quite like getting a holiday booked up and in the diary. Then whatever winter may throw at us – rain, snow, sleet or endless weeks of grey skies and drizzle – at least there’s the prospect of a sun-drenched adventure to keep you warm.
We’ve scoured all our tours and come up with ten winning choices guaranteed to blast away the winter blues, perfect for a late winter or early spring escape.
Kerala is India at its very best, with sunshine, beaches, an abundance of local culture and the famously welcoming Keralan people. Explore the serene backwaters aboard a houseboat, go in search of wildlife, visit tea and spice plantations, discover colonial towns and relax on crescent beaches. January, February and March are ideal months to visit, before the heat and humidity of summer.
|Backroads and Beaches of Cuba
Let Cuba’s upbeat music, colours, dance and friendly local people banish your winter blues. Visit in March to enjoy warm, sunny days with low humidity and almost no rainfall. This short tour is fantastic value, taking in the famous monuments and street-life of Havana, Trinidad’s faded colonial beauty, the dramatic limestone landscapes of Vinales and blissful Caribbean beaches.
|Imperial Cities and Desert
Spring comes early in Morocco, with landscapes bursting into flower from February onwards. On this tour you will travel through valleys swathed in pink almond blossom, in the shadow of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. You will also visit the Imperial Cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech, explore colourful souks, walk through desert oases and relax on the Atlantic coast.
|Highlights of Burma
Visit Burma in February or March to enjoy dry, sunny weather (ten hours of sunshine per day) and temperatures rising to the mid-30s centigrade. You will witness gold-encrusted pagodas, floating gardens, traditional stilt villages, old British hill stations and the astonishing view of thousands of temples spread as far as the eye can see over the plains of Bagan.
Temperatures in Sri Lanka are fairly consistent all year round, but January to March is the best time to enjoy dry, sunny days with lower humidity levels. On this tour you will discover rock carvings, gilded temples and ancient statues as well as stroll through lofty tea plantations, meet the hospitable local people and relax on wide, empty tropical beaches.
Jordan, a winter-sun destination with a difference, is just a short flight away. You will marvel at the rock-hewn city of Petra and in the wild beauty of Wadi Rum, one of the world’s most dramatic desert landscapes. March in Jordan brings crystal blue skies, warm sunshine, almost no rainfall and very low humidity: the perfect antidote to a UK winter.
|Blue Nile and Lalibela
In February and March the Ethiopian climate is warm, sunny and dry, ideal for discovering the rock-hewn churches, ancient obelisks and medieval castles along the fabled Historic Route. You will also see many of Ethiopia’s astonishing natural wonders, from the dramatic Tississat Falls (the source of the Blue Nile) to the rugged Simien mountain range.
|Quetzals of the Cloudforest
Join us on a journey through Costa Rica, exploring jungle waterways, volcanic craters, sandy beaches and unspoilt tropical rainforest. As you’d expect the ecosystems of Costa Rica depend on rainfall, but travel there between January and March to enjoy the driest season, with just a few millimetres of rain each month, making the wildlife tracking all the more exhilarating.
This comprehensive non-trekking tour to Nepal encompasses many highlights: you will wander among the gilded Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas of the Kathmandu valley, enjoy fabulous panoramic views of the Himalaya and track the abundant wildlife of the Chitwan National Park. Travel in March to enjoy clear skies, warm, sunny weather and almost no rainfall.
|Maldive Dhoni Cruise
The Maldives are warm and sunny year-round, but to be as sure as possible of clear, blue-sky weather you should travel between January and March. Based aboard a traditional Maldivian dhoni, this tour is one of our most popular winter getaways. You can swim, snorkel and relax on idyllic, palm-fringed beaches. Grey, winter skies will seem a distant memory!
For even more choice, have a look at all our tours departing in March.