13 Thursday December, 2012
Forget Christmas, Easter is just 3 months away! Did you know that by making good use of Good Friday (29 March) and Easter Monday (1 April) public holidays, you can enjoy a nice long 10-day holiday by taking just 4 days off work? Simply depart on Thursday 28 March and return on Sunday 7 April. Easy!
10 days is a wonderful amount of time to be away. It is long enough to visit virtually anywhere in the world and get a really good break, but it's short enough to slip straight back into your day to day life without falling out of the loop. Late March / early April is also one of those special times when almost all of our destinations are blessed with superb weather. Below, we have picked out our favourite itineraries which allow you to squeeze the most out of a 10-day trip with plenty of time for cultural exploration as well as relaxation. But remember, all of our holidays are tailor-made so just give us a call on 020 7289 6100 or email email@example.com to discuss your options.
- Rajasthan: Ahhh, India. If one were to ask us to pick our favourite destination it would be like asking a parent to pick their favourite child – impossible! But if pressed, the most glamorous would have to be India. Specifically Rajasthan. Nothing compares to the magic and splendour of India's Golden Triangle – the Mughal and Imperial monuments of Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Amber Fort and pink city of Jaipur – and the wonderfully romantic lakeside city of Udaipur. If you have ever dreamt of what it is like to be a Maharaja (or Maharani) then try our ‘Gems of North India’ trip which offers the very best of both historical and contemporary India.
Recommended itinerary: Gems of North India… The Best of the Golden Triangle and Magical Udaipur
- Indochina: Indochina is buzzing and we have designed a journey which cherry-picks the most fabulous experiences in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Picturesque, romantic and heart-warmingly charming, her French influences can still be seen in fading colonial architecture, wide boulevards and stacks of freshly baked baguettes. Begin in the ancient Vietnamese capital of Hanoi to soak up its vibrant street life, honking mopeds and crumbly Old Quarter. The historic Metropol hotel provides the most sophisticated retreat with its elegant poolside bar and vintage Citroens. By contrast, Luang Prabang is blissfully rural and spiritual, a place where you'll find saffron robed monks and ancient gilded temples, sweet farmers markets and pristine waterfalls. Save the splendours of Cambodia's 12th century Angkor Wat for last!
Recommended itinerary: The Cultural Gems of Indochina... Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia
- Sri Lanka: This mango-shaped island is a bountiful and spirited nation spilling over with natural and cultural wonders – from the cool Tea Country and Cultural Triangle in her interior to the curvaceous caramel sands on the coast. Don't miss the 17th century Dutch walled fort town of Galle (described by some as the St. Tropez of Asia) followed by some sunbathing time at the Amanwella resort, set on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches dotted with local fishing boats and swaying palm trees. You’ll be within striking distance of Yala National Park, one of the best wildlife destinations outside of Africa.
Recommended itinerary: Sri Lanka's Sublime Aman Experience
- Bhutan: Springtime in Bhutan is a dream – the rhododendrons are in bloom and it is the loveliest season for temple-hunting treks. Mountains are blanketed with evergreen forests, valleys are sliced by glacial rivers and the air is delicious and clean. The people are what make your trip special, though - they are extremely quick to laugh and they've even been ranked No. 1 in the world for Gross National Happiness! Uma Punakha, COMO’s brand new hotel opening, and her already well-loved Uma Paro, are ideal havens from which to explore two different parts of this enchanting country.
Recommended itinerary: Beyond the Sky… NEW Uma Punakha and Uma Paro – A Luxury Tailor-Made Tour of Bhutan
- Sumba Island: Mark Wright has recently returned from Sumba's shores declaring that he intends to spend his honeymoon at Nihiwatu Lodge… never mind that he doesn't even have a girlfriend! This is Indonesia’s sexiest, most exclusive island retreat with some of the best surfing in Asia. It has 22 luxury villas set amidst a 2.5 mile private beach and 175 hectares of lush jungle and rice terraces. Steeped in history and intrigue, Sumba is a Spice Island first mentioned in the 16th century by a travelling companion of Magellan, and to this day, it is home to age-old animist villages which you can visit.
Recommended itinerary: Nihiwatu, The Ultimate Remote & Romantic Island Hideaway
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