The Best Places to Travel in April

Louis Rabinowitz

Looking for spring inspiration? Here’s our pick of the best Culture Trips to take in April.

From the ancient city of Petra and desert wilderness of Wadi Rum in Jordan to the luscious jungles and unique cuisine of Northern Thailand, if you’re looking for the best places for a springtime break, our selection of trips are sure to point you in the right direction.

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Costa Rica, for jungle safari, ziplining and surfing adventures

With volcanoes, beaches and rainforests aplenty, Costa Rica is ideally suited to all kinds of travellers, whether you want a relaxing or exhilarating getaway. April is a good time to go, as it tends to be one of the drier months, and one of the best ways to experience the country then is on a group tour, which you can do with Culture Trip on our eight-day trip. You’ll head out on a safari through the Arenal National Park, with a chance to spot capuchin monkeys and jaguars, soak in hot springs, and venture into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you can even zipline between the trees. Fancy learning to surf? You can do so in trendy Tamarindo.

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Next available from 9th Nov 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Japan, for bamboo forests, volcanic geysers and sushi workshops

Japan’s natural beauty takes the form of volcanic geysers in the Great Boiling Valley, bamboo forests in Arashiyama and the country’s most iconic sight, Mount Fuji. Couple that with delicious food, eclectic architecture and a rich cultural heritage, and you have a fantastic April vacation destination. You can experience it all on Culture Trip’s 12-day Rail Trip, in which you’ll immerse yourself in Japanese culture through sushi-making, taiko drumming and sumo wrestling, and learn about the country’s past at the Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum. The cherry blossom blooms at this time of year, making it a particularly special time to visit Japan.

From US$4162

Next available from 2nd Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Osaka, Japan

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ENDS AT

Tokyo, Japan

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Scotland, to watch spring flourish from the comfort of a train

The best way to enjoy Scotland’s stunning countryside is from the comfort of a window seat on the iconic Jacobite steam train – aka the Hogwarts Express – which is the highlight of this seven-day Rail Trip. Said countryside is gorgeous at this time of year, with thistles leaving the harsh winter behind and exploding into colour across the ever-changing Highland landscapes. On this trip you’ll get to visit the Isle of Skye, Cairngorms National Park and a local whisky distillery, as well as Edinburgh – which boasts its own stunning array of cherry blossom at this time of year.

From US$2407

Next available from 15th Jul 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated version of an article originally by India Irving. Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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