Something Different In Spring
Many of the creatures that call the Galápagos Islands their home are found nowhere else in the world. And if that's not reason enough to make these Equadorian islands your next holiday destination, the landscape should be. A little different from your typical tropical paradise, these islands have been compared to the moon with their sparse lunar landscape and volcanic craters - plus their wonderfully diverse ecosystem is one of the world's most fascinating. Visit in spring for calmer waters and the chance to see their famous seal pups.
Or if sitting on a beach all day isn't your idea of a good time, why not consider a cycling holiday? If you choose the right location a cycling holiday can be a great way to take in a lot with a little. France and Italy are both winning choices thanks to short flight times, pretty scenery and pleasant springtime weather. Plus moderate springtime temperatures make great conditions for an active escape - we recommend the route north-west from Beaune into the Ouche Valley in Burgundy for quiet country roads and an adventure through wine country
Speaking of wine; if you prefer guzzling merlot to battling breezy roads by bike, head to either France or Italy for a wine tour. From the picturesque wine roads and castles of Tuscany and Piemonte to the the haute cuisine of Lombardy and the villas of the Veneto, to the sun-dappled vineyards of Burgundy, Bordeaux or the Loire Valley, a wine tour holiday could make a great alternative to your usual sand-and-sea spring break.