• 2 May 2019

Sometimes you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. You don’t want to feel even more tired after a busy vacation than you were before. We’ve put together a list of the very best relaxing vacation ideas, the places to go and some of the amazing things you can enjoy there.

Take a look at our choices for 6 of the most relaxing trips to take.

1. South Africa

Picture a getaway to one of the most idyllic places in the world. It’s the home to incredible landscapes, gorgeous beaches and an endless collection of natural wonders to experience. It’s one of the best relaxing holiday destinations.

A firm favourite for locals and visitors alike is a trip to one of SA’s gorgeous national parks. You can choose to recline in a luxury resort or get into the spirit of things with a cosy cabin. You could spend all day relaxing by the pool or head out into the park to discover some of SA’s fantastic wildlife. The feeling of tranquillity cannot be missed.

South Africa has incredible nature parks across the country, from the giant Kruger National Park to the private Mabula Lodge. You can gaze at the stars or even hop in a hot air balloon to take in the view as dusk settles over SA.

Get a taste of South Africa on this 8-day tour!

2. USA

Every now and then, you just need a good road trip, and what better place than the USA? There are so many options for relaxing vacations in the US. It has it all – whether you’re looking for a beachside getaway or something with a bit of pizzaz like a trip to Las Vegas. Why not combine it all with a road trip down the west coast of America?

For the most part, the USA’s west coast is free of many big cities. Instead, you’ll find yourself breathing a little easier as you embrace the charm of America’s small towns. You’ll also find some truly amazing views in this corner of the US. Deserts create the perfect blend with beautiful parks like the Yosemite National Park, where ancient trees seem to whisper in the wind.

Yosemite National Park, USA

The mesmerizing west coast also happens to be home to the Grand Canyon, one of the most peaceful places in the world. Drink it all in as you explore the rugged and sun-kissed west coast.

3. France

Is there anywhere you’d rather sit back, relax and enjoy the day than in France? While Paris, the City of Lights, has plenty of things to do it is one place you’ll definitely prefer a slower pace so you can truly soak it all in.

Stroll through this historic city as you take in the sights including must-sees like the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll be in awe of its glowing lights. Enjoy a walk through the Latin Quarter, where you can take in the truly special atmosphere.

Champagne Vineyards in France - tour to france - expat explore

For a taste of the French countryside, the Loire Valley awaits. Castles adorn the hillside and the smell of grapes ripening is oh-so-sweet. You’ll feel your troubles melt away like snow on the grass.

Check out one of our relaxing holidays across Europe!

4. Brazil

While much of South America is known to be full of activity, there are also some fantastic options for those peaceful holidays.

Visit the incredible city of Sao Paulo in Brazil. You can enjoy getting lost in the many museums or take a stroll in the city’s largest green space. Enjoy the view of its lake, take a bicycle ride or even visit one of the park’s own museums.

If you’re an art-lover, enjoy a walk around the incredible Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo art museum. There you will find a top-notch collection of Brazilian art that tells the story of the country and its cultural changes. For more of a chance to explore this storied city and its street art, take a stroll through Vila Madalena – a bohemian neighbourhood full of life and colour to get lost in.

5. Ukraine

For any history lovers looking for quiet vacation spots, Eastern Europe has so much to offer. Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, is quite the holiday destination. Take a stroll along the city streets as you discover the culture, history and feel of this incredible city.

From the bustling main street to the amazing creative street, there’s so much to experience. Kiev’s gorgeous parks also make for a relaxing afternoon where you can enjoy a picnic and take in the world around you.

Discover some fantastic cities in Eastern Europe on our tour
(*This tour is part of our new Discovery tours – which provide you with the opportunity to join us in discovering new destinations and test new itineraries. These tours are offered at special discounted rates – all you need to do is contact us to book!)

6. Caucasia (Caucasus Region)

This idyllic spot between the Caspian and the Black Sea is perfect for a peaceful holiday. One of the many destinations in Caucasia is the quaint spa town of Dilijan. Discover the natural wonders of the Dilijan National Park, which is full of greenery and lies in the Argstev Gorge. The beautiful countries of the Caucasus region have so many beautiful and unique landscapes to explore.

Sighnaghi (Signagi) is a georgian town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti.
Sighnaghi (Signagi) is a georgian town in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti.

Then, travel to Lake Sevan and its nearby monastery, a true picture of peace. This gorgeous spot will definitely take your breath away. You won’t want to miss out on a visit to the city of Yerevan. It is home to the Yerevan Cascade, a giant staircase made of limestone. This chalky monument makes for quite the sight and you won’t forget it any time soon.

7. Russia

Sergiev Posad is not to be missed on a trip to Russia, especially if it’s the peace you’re looking for. This beautiful city is famous for its monastery with the powder-blue domes. Take a stroll through this storied city that makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Russia has an endless list of cities and sights you can’t miss!

Hop on a boat and visit Kizhi, a beautiful island on Lake Onega. Visit the open-air museum of wooden buildings as well as the stunning cathedral. With its history, architecture and dreamy landscape, it’s one of the most relaxing vacation destinations.

Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow, Russia

Take in the relaxing vacation spots of Russia on this river cruise!

Find yourself the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday. It could be a road trip across the country or discovering the history of a city you’ve never been to before. Take your pick and enjoy one of the most relaxing vacations on our list.

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