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From Paris to Palermo: 7 romantic trips to book for your Valentine

Recently updated on August 13th, 2023 at 01:39 pm

There’s nothing quite like the romance of an overseas sojourn to reignite or cement the spark between you and your Valentine. From Paris to Palermo, let’s dive into the most romantic Europe tours and international destinations. Picture yourself cruising across Lake Bled, walking through a Moroccan souk, or seeking out safari animals at dawn. Tick off a bucket list destination together, or return somewhere that’s special to both of you. Love is in the air in February, so if you’re feeling warm, fuzzy vibes, check out our choice of the most romantic places to visit in Europe and beyond. Here are 7 romantic trips to book with your Valentine.

Feel the love in the City of Love, Paris

There’s nowhere else on earth quite like Paris. The City of Love promises to charm at every moment, you just have to lean into the magic. Walk along the leafy canals and hidden laneways with a fresh croissant in one hand (and your date’s in the other). Pause for a glass of Bordeaux wine at a sidewalk cafe and people watch together. Zip around the city soaking up iconic sights such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Champs-Élysées. Then finish it off with a dreamy cruise down the Seine, and a sultry night at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. As far as romantic Europe tours go, Paris is always a good idea.

GET INSPIRED BY: Paris Explorer

Spice it up in Marrakech

A stone’s throw from Spain and Portugal, hopping over the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco is entering another world. This North African country is a welcoming haven of colour, spice and all things nice. Feel alive as you and your partner explore the intensity of the Red City – Marrakech. Pass through the magnificent Bahia Palace, explore the wonders of Jemaa el-Fnaa Square (with its palm-readers, acrobats and snake charmers), and shop for bargains in the souks (markets) and bazaars.

GET INSPIRED BY: Spain, Morocco & Portugal

Stare in awe at Norway’s fjords

Experiencing the storybook beauty of Scandinavia should be on everyone’s bucket list. Tick it off on a romantic Europe trip with your loved one that tours the best sights in the north. Norway’s many magical fjords are always a highlight, making you feel small against the power and beauty of Mother Nature. Explore colourful Bergen, ride the world’s most scenic railway, visit a fjordland farm, and sleep right at the edge of Geirangerfjord.

EXPERIENCE IT ON: Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords

Chase passion (and street food) in Palermo

The vibrance of Italy’s sun-kissed south will be on full show in Palermo. The Sicilian capital has a rich trading history, with Italian, Arab and Norman-style piazzas, street markets and churches to explore. But it’s especially rich if you and your Valentine are food lovers. Join a romantic Europe tour of Sicily and taste your way through colourful market stalls loaded with olives, spices and tasty regional treats. While here you’ll also learn about the civil anti-mafia movement with a special MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

GET INSPIRED BY: Colours of Sicily

Go on safari in Africa together

If you’ve always wanted to see Africa’s greatest beasts in the wild, then why wait? Life is short and the time is now to plan your trip-of-a-lifetime together. For first-timers, the wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania make for the perfect safari. Cross epic landscapes where thousands of wildebeest make a brave pilgrimage, explore lakes in search of hippos, meet a Maasai tribe, go on safari in the Serengeti, and savour the spice of Swahili cuisine.

EXPERIENCE IT ON: African Safari Adventure

Find space at Lake Bled in Slovenia

Of course, Italy will forever be an aspirational and romantic destination, but have you considered Slovenia? The spectacular Lake Bled will give even the magical Italian Lakes a run for their money. One of the best Europe tours for couples is the Best of Croatia & Slovenia as you and your Valentine get two nights at the popular lakeside resort town. Soak up the tranquility of the surrounding Alpine landscape, and see the central island up close with a scenic boat ride to view the 17th-century Church of Assumption. You’ll learn about the tragic legend that led to the installation of the wishing bell that still stands in the belfry today. Even better, on this trip you’ll visit fifth-generation-owned family farm for a special Be My Guest meal.

EXPERIENCE IT ON: Best of Croatia & Slovenia

Go wine tasting in the Napa Valley

The best thing about visiting a wine region with your Valentine? You can almost always source a top drop from your favourite vineyards to relive the memories over dinner in years to come. Venture out to the Napa Valley in California for a unique wine experience and exploration at a vineyard. Clink glasses of the region’s prized cabernet sauvignon. Did you know this grape makes up around 40 percent of the valley’s annual harvest? Enjoy lunch surrounded by lush scenery before moving on to the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

GET INSPIRED BY: Northern California

From Paris to Palermo, these are the romantic places we think are prime to visit in Europe and beyond with your Valentine. Are you planning something extravagant or keeping it low-key? Let us know in the comments….

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