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Why Easter traditionally makes for the perfect time to travel to Europe

Gorgeous spring blooms, perfectly mild weather, shoulder-season perks and amazing festivals and events… Need we say more? Easter is the perfect time to travel to Europe, and if you’re dreaming of a spring Europe trip in 2022, it’s time to start planning. To help you get inspired, here are some of the best reasons why an Easter travel experience in Europe will be your best one yet.

Beautiful, blooming landscapes

rows of lavender France Easter travel

Since Easter traditionally falls in spring in Europe, your Easter travel adventure is a great opportunity to see the lush green valleys and vibrant flowers blooming after winter. Snowy mountains turn into flower-dotted meadows and you can go hiking, driving and sightseeing to your heart’s content. See the tulips of the Netherlands, the poppies of Italy, the bluebells of England, or the alpine wildflowers of Switzerland. Wherever you go, it’s bound to be beautiful.

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Shoulder season perks

Plaza de Espana Seville

While the Easter holidays can be a busy time for travel, March to May still falls in the off-peak or shoulder season. That comes with a few benefits. In the shoulder season, you’ll still get decent weather and longer daylight hours, but you’ll also enjoy lower prices on everything. From flights to hotels, you’ll likely find deals that you just don’t find in the high season during summer. You also won’t have to contend with the bigger crowds of summer. And when you don’t have to wait in line for attractions and restaurants, you get far more time to make the most of your trip.

Great weather

wildflower meadow Mount Stanserhorn Lake Lucerne Switzerland

If you can’t stand the blistering heat of summer or the freezing cold of winter, Easter is the perfect time for you to travel to Europe. Springtime dishes up the perfect mild weather for travelling – not too hot and not too cold. While you’ll likely get a few days of rain, it’s worth it for the spring sunshine and comfortable temperatures.

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You’ll get to meet the locals

pink flowers quiet streets Crete Easter travel

Many locals tend to either getaway during the high season or are busy running their businesses. In the more relaxed shoulder season, you’re more likely to meet the locals and get to know what it’s really like to live in their town or city. With less crowded cafes, restaurants and parks, you might get to strike up a conversation and even learn all kinds of gems like where to get the best coffee in town. When you travel in Easter over the spring shoulder season, you’re also doing your part to avoid overtourism and the overcrowding of too many tourists that is damaging to the environment and communities. 

Incredible events

colourful tulips Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Easter travel

Easter is an important event across most of Europe. There are plenty of fun Easter celebrations to be found all over the continent, which usually includes plenty of good food, chocolate eggs, and spiritual events. Besides the Easter cheer, there are plenty of amazing spring-time events in Europe.

See the traditional snowman light up in Zürich once the first spring blooms arrive or witness the colourful boat parade at the Festa della Sensa in Venice. Marvel at the stunning tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, or indulge at the International Chocolate Festival in Óbidos. Wander the beautiful gardens of the Chelsea Flower Show in London or celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. All of these events are incredibly popular and if you’re thinking about an Easter travel experience in 2022, be sure to book now to ensure you score tickets to your bucket list events.

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The Passion Play in Oberammergau


Looking for the ultimate Easter holidays event in 2022? It’s got to be the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. It only happens once a decade, and luckily, the next performance falls in 2022.

The people of Oberammergau have performed this extraordinary play every 10 years since 1634 to thank God for sparing them from the 17th-century plague. It’s regarded as one of the most important passion plays in the world, and is a profound celebration of the life, sacrifice and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Oberammergau every decade to witness this powerful event. Trafalgar has been bringing guests for over 50 years.

If you’re dreaming of experiencing this spiritual encounter of a lifetime in 2022, the time to book is now. Discover our range of European trips that include the Oberammergau Passion Play and get in touch with our friendly team to arrange your 2022 adventure.

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