April signals the start of spring, with an explosion of colour as the natural world comes to life. Here are the top 4 places to visit during April.
1. Kyoto, Japan
April sees the cherry blossoms in full bloom, which has been celebrated for centuries by the Japanese. The cherry blossom season is tracked by forecasters with the season predicted from the end of March in 2017. During April, the weather is typically sunny and mild with an average high of 17ºC. Many cruise lines offer cruises that take in the cherry blossom season such as Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises. The closest port to Kyoto is Kobe.
2. Cruise the Norwegian Fjords
With breath-taking scenery, a trip to the Norwegian Fjords is a must for any cruiser. A cruise will enable you to get up close to the Fjords with their dramatic waterfalls and magnificent glaciers, stopping off at ports such as Bergen to explore the town with its brightly-coloured timber houses. All major cruise companies will offer Norwegian Fjords itineraries of varying lengths and ports of call. If you want to learn more about the destinations that you can visit on a cruise to Norway check out Travel2Next’s guide to Norway cruising.
3. See the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands
Cruises to the Galapagos Islands tend to be on the smaller, expedition cruise ships such as Celebrity Xpedition and can be on the pricey side but April is the perfect time of year to see the legendary giant turtles, baby sea lions and sea turtles.
4. Tulips of Amsterdam
Spring is the best time to see the blooming tulips in Amsterdam. Why not organise your trip in April to coincide with national celebrations to mark the King’s Birthday on 27th April? Koningsdag is one of the world’s largest street parties with markets, parties, street entertainment and canals filled with boats to celebrate the national day. Don’t forget to pack something orange to wear!