As the most romantic day of the year arrives, it’s time to brainstorm romantic Valentine’s Day trip ideas with your loved one! In honour of this special day, Expat Explore has put together a list of the world’s most romantic destinations and experiences. These spots are the perfect getaways for Valentine’s Day or for romantic vacations at any time of the year.
This list covers everything from cliché classics and exotic escapes to off-the-beaten-track destinations and unique experiences. You might even see some surprising spots listed that you would never even have thought of! Whether you and your partner want to sip champagne in a historic city, relax on a sun-soaked beach in the tropics or spend the night sleeping under the stars in the desert, there is something for all interests and travel styles.
Ah, the City of Love! Paris is certainly the first place many people think of when they imagine a romantic getaway. Paris has been captured in countless books and films. Walk the streets made famous by films such as Amelie, Moulin Rouge, Funny Face and, more recently, Netflix hit-series Emily in Paris. Visit the capital of France for a classic romantic break. Take a trip up the Eiffel Tower, stroll the streets of Montmartre, admire the sweeping views of the city from the Sacré-Cœur (Sacred Heart) Church, take a cruise along the Seine River and then top it all off with a glass of champagne and a few macarons!
Related: Join a tour that includes a Paris trip!
Bali is a well-loved beach getaway destination. With its idyllic palm-fringed beaches, incredible temples, great surfing, green rice terraces, friendly locals, rich culture and vibrant nightlife, you’ll find something to please almost every kind of traveller in Bali! Whether you and your partner want to kick back and relax at the beach or embark on an Eat Pray Love kind of journey, Bali is a fantastic Valentine’s Day trip option.
Blue domed roofs, white-washed houses and incredible island views? Sounds like a romantic spot to us! And that’s just the scenery! Santorini island in Greece is an incredibly popular spot for honeymooners. Spend your days on the famous black sand beaches in Perissa and Kamari, take a boat trip around the caldera, visit ancient Greek sites, zoom around the island on a quad bike and catch the amazing sunsets from Oia. In the evening, see the twinkling lights Fira while you and your loved one share a delicious Greek meal with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea as a backdrop.
Related: This couple renewed their vows while on one of our Greece tours!
Seeing hot-air balloons drifting over the whimsical, fairytale-like landscape of Cappadocia is truly a bucket-list experience! Watch the hot-air balloons rising above the chimneys at sunrise or hop into a hot air balloon with your partner and admire the scenery from above. The otherworldly scenes are unforgettable and a unique romantic experience to share with your loved one. Explore the rest of Cappadocia together; walk the trails of Güllüdere Vadısı (Rose Valley) and visit Göreme Open-Air Museum – a Byzantine monastic settlement – for a trip back in time.
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This romantic Mediterranean destination is home to sweeping coastal views, dramatic cliffside drives, charming seaside villages, medieval churches and scenic hikes. The Amalfi Coast oozes romance. Stroll the streets hand-in-hand with your partner, explore the pastel-coloured boutiques, indulge in exquisite Italian cuisine and share a bottle of prosecco to make the most of your time at the Amalfi Coast.
Related: Visit the Amalfi Coast when you join our Italian Delights tour!
Not a spot typically found on lists of romantic destinations, but Kyoto is not one to be missed! Ditch the clichés with this unique and unexpected Valentine’s Day escape. A visit to Japan’s former capital will be filled with culture, delicious food and amazing architecture and scenery. Grab your partner and hit the vibrant streets. Bask in the peaceful atmosphere during a walk along the Philosopher’s Path and at Jishu Shrine. Take in the majestic views of the Golden Pavillion and meander through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. In the evening, find a local spot to enjoy a taste of Japanese cuisine – soba, sushi and sake should be on the menu!
Related: Discover the best things to do in Japan!
Food, wine, heat and tango. Buenos Aires is a city alive with Latin passion! This Valentine’s Day getaway is perfect for couples who love the lively culture, heady wine and cuisine and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy a tour of the city and admire the mix of European and Latin art and architecture. Treat your tastebuds to a hearty Argentinian steak (don’t forget to accompany it with a glass of famous Argentinian wine!). As the night goes on, why not grab your sweetheart and try out a tango class?
Related: Experience Latin passion! Join a group tour to Argentina.
This is one for couples seeking mystery! Nestled high up in the Andes Mountains located in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu draws visitors from across the world. The scenery is truly breathtaking and exploring the ruins will be an unforgettable experience to share with your special someone. Take a guided walk around the famous archaeological site and hear all about the mysteries surrounding Peru’s most famous monument.
Related: Embark on our Sacred Peru tour and enjoy the option of visiting Machu Picchu.
Nothing compares to the unique romance of Africa! Travel across the rolling plains of the Serengeti for the ultimate, ‘Out of Africa’ style romantic escape. Enjoy early morning game drives and wildlife watching with an expert guide and spend the evening sipping sundowners in the African bush.
Africa offers travellers endless options for adventures! South Africa’s Kruger National Park is another amazing destination for a romantic safari getaway. Even better? You can combine a Kruger safari trip with visits to cosmopolitan Cape Town plus a visit to the always-romantic Cape Winelands!
Related: Experience a group trip safari adventure when you join the South Africa Escape tour!
Cruise through the stunning limestone islands in Halong Bay, Vietnam. This is one of the most spectacular areas in Vietnam and remains popular with travellers year in and year out. Island hop, visit the biggest island, Cat Ba, and explore the expansive Surprise Cave – which is filled with impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Don’t miss out on discovering the rest of Vietnam – this country is home to sights, food and culture that will be amazing to experience with your loved one.
Related: See Halong Bay on a tour through Vietnam and Cambodia.
A visit to Wadi Rum is the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway for adventure lovers! Sleep under the stars snuggled up with your partner, as you spend the night in a desert camp. Embark on a jeep safari across the desert, warm up next to the campfire and enjoy traditional Bedouin and Jordanian food during your stay. What better way to bond with your partner than under a blanket of lights, twinkling in the night sky? This is romance at its most adventurous!
Related: Sleep under the stars on a group tour through Jordan and Israel.
Travel up north to Bergen for romance in the midst of impressive fjords and stunning natural scenery. This trip is definitely one for adventure and nature lovers. Bergen is known as Norway’s “fjord capital” – from here you can enjoy cruises through the spectacular fjords, take a hike through the lush countryside on one of Bergen’s popular walking trails or wander through the historic centre of Bergen. Top it all off with a trip up Mount Fløyen to watch the sunset with your loved one.
Related: Spend a free day in Bergen when you join our Scandinavian Escape tour!
Ireland is an enchanting haven for romance. Travel here to enjoy rolling green hills, castles shrouded in legend and history filled with some of the world’s finest literary figures and poets! Visit the west coast and the Ring of Kerry for phenomenal scenery, witness the breathtaking views at the Cliffs of Moher and see the impressive columns of the Giant’s Causeway. Complete your Irish adventure with a trip to Dublin where you can pay homage to St Valentine, visit Love Lane and cosy up with a pint in a traditional Irish pub.
Related: Explore the best of UK & Ireland on a group tour.
Finally, a trip to see the Northern Lights is one of the most magical and romantic experiences you can share with your loved one! This natural light display is a highly sought after travel experience. However, seeing the lights is completely up to chance and sightings aren’t guaranteed. Some people can spend years chasing the aurora borealis so actually getting to experience them with your partner would certainly be an unforgettable romantic trip!
Best place to see them? Iceland, Alaska and Norway top the list!
Any of these amazing destinations could be great inspiration for your next getaways for Valentine’s Day! Feeling the love? Start planning your trip today – take a look at some of our top tours here.
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