Long lazy bank holidays, an abundance of chocolate eggs and the first watery rays of spring sun glazing the dewy grass is sure to give you an itch in the bottom of your soles. Easter adventures can be the perfect remedy for those seeking a breath of fresh air, luxury exploration and a little hint of summer magic before the madding crowds descend. From colorful religious festivities in Florence to embracing the last few weeks of the ski season in your own private chalet, it seems that April is a glorious month to be charmed by the world once more. Take a glimpse at these beautiful destinations dying to be explored with our latest Easter travel ideas.
Religion and Fine Wine in Florence
It’s hard not to fall in love with Florence at any time of year with its cobbled piazzas, museums soaked to the bone in renaissance beauty, and gorgeous rolling countryside disappearing into a haze over the horizon. Yet Easter is the time when the city blooms like an open rose with bright religious festivals, the hints of balmy temperatures and abundant sunshine. Those gracing the city on an Easter Sunday will be privy to the infamous Scoppio del Carro where a richly decorated ornate cart is pulled through the streets before being filled with fireworks and set alight. Along with beautiful parades in the streets you can tiptoe through the world class art galleries without having to shoulder the crowds. After all the excitement of the day nothing can compare to returning to your private villa in Chianti and sipping a glass of the best red as you listen to the birdsong fade from the day.
Ski and Sun in Mont Blanc
Chamonix is at its finest in the springtime sun when the tracks are sugared with fresh powder and the skies arc across the peaks in a dazzling blue. The deep cuts, rising peaks and fragrant pines of the Vallée Blanche is a bucket list destination to discover before you die with its endless hikes, trails, pistes and unbridled wilderness. The best bet is to take the family and hire a chalet with a roaring fireplace, unbroken mountain views, cashmere blankets and even a steaming hot tub to soothe tired muscles. The vibrant alpine town has shaken the sleepy throes of winter and has a new buzz about it making it perfect for cozying up in a luxury chalet or exploring the finest dining spots after dark. With Geneva only a stone’s throw away you can indulge in a short three day ski break before heading down the slopes to marvel at the shimmering lakes, designer chocolate and incredible scenery that makes this spot on earth such a luxury haven.
Parades and Parties in New Orleans
You may be a couple months late for Mardi Gras but in New Orleans there is always an excuse to party. The fascinating city may have been touted as a phoenix rising from the ashes in the aftermath of Katrina but there is still a lot of work to be done, yet this hasn’t crushed the spirited city and you can still find jazz spilling out onto Bourbon Street, the best Cajun style dining and an elaborate mix of creole and costume flooding every corner. Easter brunch is a big deal in New Orleans and perfect for sipping elegant French cocktails and dining on a smorgasbord of cultural finery before catching the historic French Quarter parade with its brass bands, opulent carriages and refined ladies in hats. Take a boat trip along the Bayou, order up a Sazerac at the Hermes bar and even take a voodoo tour in this offbeat, eccentric and full of character city.
Cherry Blossom and Geisha Secrets in Kyoto
Easter is perhaps the most inspiring time to visit Japan as you can catch the fragrant blushing cherry blossoms in full bloom. Those wanting to avoid the crowds of Tokyo can turn on their heel and head to Kyoto, home of the Geisha. Along with glimpsing traditional tea houses, sweet shaded cherry trees and powder white Geishas this is also the place where you will find over two thousand Buddhist temples and shrines. Discover the grace of the Golden Pavilion, embrace the mystery of the Bamboo Groves and stumble around Gion after dark for a peek behind the scenes. There may not be any Easter celebrations in swing but with the weight of UNESCO heritage sites to discover, chocolate is sure to be the last thing on your mind.