Suggested itineraries in April
By April spring has spring in the UK and our dreams of the warm summer sun are slowly edging towards us, but it is also traditionally known as one of the UK's wettest months. We have complied our best itineraries for travel in April which promise a slice of early summer sunshine, so you can ditch your wellies and brolly for your sunhat. For those bound to school holidays, where to go on holiday in April also depends partly on Easter, which in 2019 Easter Sunday falls on 21st April.
In North India temperatures are starting to increase across the country which often means there are some great value trips available. April is also one of the best months for seeing wildlife in the central parks of Kipling Country, with soaring midday temperatures and limited water, sightings at watering holes are frequent. Hotels tend to become very busy over Easter, so we would always advise to plan well in advance if you are looking to travel over the Easter holidays. Further north on the edge of the foothills of the Himalayas, April sees the hilly forests of Shimla emerge from the harsh winter and begin to bloom in the summer season. The Queen of the Hill Stations, surrounded by dramatic jagged peaks, is comfortably warm at this time of year but with fresh mountain air, perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking.
Over in the Far East, it’s a lovely time of year to visit Japan; this fascinating country is worth visiting for its food alone with Tokyo and Kyoto famed for their numerous Michelin star restaurants, but you’ll also find dazzling cities, ancient culture and superb scenery. April also sees the iconic and visually striking ‘sakura’ (cherry blossom season) which has become a worldwide phenomenon. Follow the cherry blossom through Japan and immerse yourself in the culture and history this fascinating country. China starts to welcome warm temperatures, and fruit trees are in full blossom surrounded by verdant landscapes. Take in the country’s iconic highlights, whilst sampling the diverse culinary specialities on a gastronomic tour of China, or combine a tailor-made itinerary with her neighbour on an unusual tour of China and Burma.
April is also an ideal time to visit Southeast Asia, and in particular Vietnam, which has a notorious tricky-to-get-right climate. In the mountainous north-east it’s still the dry season and there are some great trekking and cycling trails open. At the far south of central Vietnam, the beach-orientated Nha Trang benefits from a longer dry season and in April it’s not too hot yet and the chilliness of night-time is replaced with a balmier temperature. A tailor-made holiday to Vietnam can also easily be combined with the cultural gems of Laos and Cambodia.
A Family Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country
This bespoke Indian wildlife adventure has been especially designed for families travelling with children, bringing to life Rudyard Kipling's stories.View here
Himalayan Odyssey... North India's Finest Monasteries, Temples & Spas
A delightful tour starting with the incredible Golden Temple in Amritsar, followed by travels through the scenic foothills of the...View here
Meandering Down the Mekong... Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam
- Chiang Rai
- Luang Prabang
- Si Phan Don
- Siem Reap
- Phnom Penh
- Mekong Delta
- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This is our ‘super luxe’ Mekong itinerary. Sleeping both on the boat and in hotels, you will experience four countries...View here
The Ultimate Burma Tour... No Stone Left Unturned
- Yangon (Rangoon)
- Inle Lake
- Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)
- Mrauk U
- Ngapali Beach
This is our definitive Burma itinerary. As well as taking in all the major sites, this journey showcases all of...View here
Events in April
Hong Kong Rugby 7s: 5th - 7th April 2019
Spanning three days Hong Kong Sevens is the premier tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series.
Mewar Udaipur Festival: 6th - 8th April 2019
WTM Africa: 10th - 12th April 2019
Coachella Music Festival (World): 12th - 21st April 2019
Sinhala & Tamil New Year's Eve (Sri Lanka): 13th April 2019
The objective of the Sri Lankan New Year is to manage the year with a good harvest and income without any financial difficulties. People leave the cities and travel to their home towns to spend it with friends and family.
Thingyan Festival (Burma): 13th - 16th April 2019
The Burmese New Year water festival is celebrated over four to five days. Water throwing is a prominent feature of the celebrations symbolises the washing away of the previous year's bad luck and sins.
Songkran Festival (Thailand): 13th - 17th April 2019
An important event in the Buddhist calendar this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and is about cleaning, purification and fresh starts. The throwing of water is a huge part of the celebrations as is appreciation of the family.
Tamil New Year (India): 14th April 2019
Hung Kings Temple Holiday (Vietnam): 14th & 15th April 2019
Laos New Year: 14th -16th April 2019
Also known as Songkran and lasting 3 days, Lao New Year is celebrated by pouring perfumed water over Buddha images then on friends and family.
Khmer New Year (Cambodia): 14th - 16th April 2019
Easter Weekend: 19th - 22nd April 2019
Queen Elizabeth's Birthday (UK): 21st April 2019
The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London.
Setouchi Triennale, Spring Encounters (Japan): 26th Apr - 26th May 2019
A contemporary art festival held every three years on a dozen islands in the Seto Inland Sea (Setonaikai), the sea which separates Honshu and Shikoku, two of Japan's main islands.
Freedom Day (Africa): 27th April 2019
Japan Golden Week: 29th Apr - 7th May 2019
A collection of national holidays, consisting of Showa Day (the birthday of former Emperor Showa), Greenery Day (dedicated to the environment and nature), Constitution Day & Children's Day (symbolised by carp streamers and samurai dolls).
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka