Top 7 Romantic Breaks for 2013

Top 7 Romantic Breaks for 2013

We take a look at the top 7 romantic trips you can take for a honeymoon break for two, from Wanderlust's 50 Best trips for 2013...

Party like a local in Japan

Explore's Sapporo Snow Festival expedition is full of winter sparkle. You can marvel at the skills of the Sapporo  festival's ice-artists - over 400 glistening sculptures dot the northern city. Then, for a low key but no less magical event, head to nearby Otaru for the Snow Light Path Festival. Add on the frosted sights of Kyoto, the hot-spring-loving snow monkeys of Yudanaka and time in buzzing Tokyo and you have one very romantic trip.

Who: Explore (0844 499 0901, www.explore.co.uk)
When: 5 Feb 2013
How long: 12 nights
How much: £3,961 (incl flights)

Get Active

Raft rivers in high style in Zambia and Botswana. Take on the Zambezi - arguably the planet's best whitewater river - on Water by Nature's Fine Wine & Game Of Africa Adventure. After four days premium rafting (each ending in gourmet sit-down meals and some of South Africa's finest wines), helicopter to Victoria Falls to swim in the Devil's Pool, then head to Botswana for dry-land thrills and luxurious camps in Chobe National Park.

Who: Water by Nature (01226 740444, www.waterbynature.com)
When: 25 Aug 2013
How long: 8 days
How much: £2,450 (excl fl ights)

Take an epic journey

Unearth hidden gems in Central America. Get lost in colonial cities; float down the San Juan River; ponder mysterious Mayan ruins; relax on Nicaragua's Solentiname Island... experience all this and more on the new Motmot Journey from Journey Latin America. The trip uncovers some of Central America's best-kept secrets, combining Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, from the highs of picture-perfect Arenal Volcano to the tranquil shores of Lake Atitlán.

Who: Journey Latin America (020 8622 8487, www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk)
When: 11 Mar, 9 Sept, 4 Nov & 30 Dec 2013
How long: 20 nights
How much: From £3,258

Trace the blue Danube in Europe

Experience Europe's most romantic river in all its glory, from Bavaria to Budapest, on Adagio's Cruising the delights of the Danube trip. The leisurely pace is perfect for watching the scenery float past; off the boat, you can explore baroque monasteries, castles, lakes, vineyards, ride a scenic Alpine railway, cycle the towpath and delve into historic hubs such as Bratislava and Vienna.

Who: Adagio (01707 386700, www.adagio.co.uk)
When: 26 Aug 2013
How long: 7 nights
How much: From £1,999 (incl flights)

Wonder at wildlife

The unexpected caribbean Cayman Islands are full of surprises. The expert naturalist guides on Wildlife Worldwide's Cayman Islands Wildlife Week help you explore forest trails, snorkel around the shallows with a fever of stingrays and kayak with turtles.

Who: Wildlife Worldwide (0845 130 6982, www.wildlifeworldwide.com)
When: Year round
How long: 9 days
How much: TBC

Discover new frontiers

Journey into Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan. From the Soviet icons of capital Bishkek to the snow-tipped Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan is a new frontier that deserves proper exploration. Adventure Worldwide's Celestial Adventure does just that, mixing wild, wide scenery with intimate encounters. Befriend local nomads; spend the night in a yurt; try making your own Kyrgyz rug in Kochkor; dine with a Uighur family; walk to Fairy Tale Canyon and Seven Bulls Gorge; and be mesmerised by the golden eagle hunters riding across the steppe.

Who: Adventure Worldwide (0845 304 8679, www.adventureworldwide.co.uk)
When: 22 Jun, 13 Jul, 10 & 31 Aug 2013
How long: 10 days
How much: From £1,543 (incl flights) 

Cook up a (snow) storm

If you like your food local, you'll like Activities Abroad's Menesjärvi - Lapland Cookery with Valentine Warner trip in Finland. The Sami people have survived for centuries on the game, fish, berries and mushrooms that thrive in  Finland's great wilderness, and celeb chef and Lapland fan Valentine will be using those ingredients to create lovely local dishes. Learn to ice fish, visit Sami reindeer herders and look out for the northern lights too.

Who: Activities Abroad (01670 789991, www.activitiesabroad.com)
When: 27 Mar 2013
How long: 4 nights
How much: From £1,995 (incl flights)

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