Discover Seasonal Escapes and Perfect Destinations for Every Time of the Year

One of the most common questions my clients ask me is, “When is the best time to visit a destination?” As a travel expert at Platinum Travel, I’ve created a list of perfect seasonal escapes to help make your decision easier. No matter what time of year you’re planning your escape, there’s a stunning destination and an unforgettable adventure waiting for you! 

Spring: Blossom and Rebirth 

Kyoto, Japan  

Spring in Kyoto is a magical experience as cherry blossoms paint the city in shades of pink, offering a picturesque and serene retreat. This city, steeped in history and tradition, provides a perfect blend of luxury and cultural immersion. Stay in a traditional ryokan and enjoy the world-class hospitality. 

  • Experience a Tea Ceremony: Delight in the elegance of a traditional tea ceremony at a historic teahouse, where every detail is infused with centuries-old customs. 
  • Philosopher’s Path Stroll: Walk among the cherry blossoms on this serene canal path, lined with temples and shrines, offering perfect photo opportunities. 
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: Get lost in the towering bamboo groves of Arashiyama, a tranquil and ethereal setting that feels like stepping into another world. 

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands   

Amsterdam comes alive in spring with its famous tulip fields in full bloom, transforming the countryside into a vibrant tapestry of colors. This family-friendly city offers endless canals, parks, and museums that make it a perfect spring destination for all ages. 

  • Keukenhof Gardens: Marvel at the 79 acres of flowers in one of the world’s largest and most beautiful flower gardens, featuring more than seven million blooms. 
  • Canal Cruise: Explore Amsterdam’s famed canals on a boat tour and see the city’s unique architecture and houseboats. 
  • Anne Frank House: Gain a profound insight into history through a visit to the Anne Frank House, where the diary of Anne Frank comes to life, offering lessons of hope and resilience. 

Summer: Sun and Fun 

Santorini, Greece

Santorini in summer is the epitome of Mediterranean luxury, known for its iconic white-washed buildings, blue-domed churches, and mesmerizing sunsets over the Aegean Sea. Experience high-end resorts with breath-taking views and dine in exquisite restaurants perched on the caldera. 

  • Volcanic Beaches: Relax on unique beaches with black, red, and white volcanic sands, such as Kamari and Perissa. 
  • Private Yacht Tour: Charter a private yacht for a day and sail around the caldera, stopping to swim in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy secluded spots. 
  • Ancient Ruins at Akrotiri: Visit this ancient Minoan city, often referred to as the “Pompeii of the Aegean,” for a fascinating glimpse into the past. 

 

Banff National Park, Canada

While Banff National Park is in Canada, it offers a true international flavor with an experience that stands among the world’s most beautiful natural reserves. Summer is ideal for exploring its dramatic landscapes with plenty of hiking, kayaking, and wildlife spotting. 

  • Lake Louise: Hike to the shores of this iconic glacier-fed lake, known for its striking turquoise color and framed by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. 
  • Icefields Parkway Drive: Take a scenic drive along one of the world’s most stunning roads, passing glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife. 
  • Wildlife Safari: Join a guided tour to see bears, elk, and other wildlife in their natural habitat within the park. 

  Fall: Foliage and Harvest 

 

Tuscany, Italy  

Tuscany in the fall is a haven for those seeking luxury amidst rolling vineyards and golden landscapes. Enjoy the harvest season with truffle hunting, wine tastings at historic estates, and sumptuous farm-to-table dining experiences. 

  • Truffle Hunting: Experience the thrill of searching for this culinary treasure with a local guide and their trained dogs, followed by a gourmet tasting. 
  • Vineyard Tours and Tastings: Visit renowned Tuscan wineries, such as Antinori or Frescobaldi, and savor some of the world’s finest wines. 
  • Cooking Class: Join a master chef in a traditional Tuscan kitchen and learn to prepare rustic Italian dishes. 

 

Bavaria, Germany 

Fall in Bavaria means Oktoberfest, but it also offers scenic drives through autumn foliage, picturesque villages, and fairy tale castles. Engage the family in cultural activities and breathtaking natural beauty. 

  • Neuschwanstein Castle: Explore the majestic castle that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, located amidst stunning fall foliage in the Bavarian Alps. 
  • Berchtesgaden National Park: Hike or take a boat trip on the pristine Königssee lake, surrounded by mountains and colorful forests. 
  • Oktoberfest: Participate in the world’s largest folk festival in Munich, with traditional Bavarian music, food, and vibrant parades. 

Winter: Wonderlands and Warmth 

St. Moritz, Switzerland 

St. Moritz is a dream destination in winter, known for its luxury alpine resorts, glamorous clientele, and pristine snow. This world-renowned ski destination offers an exceptional getaway for winter sports enthusiasts. 

  • World-Class Skiing: Ski or snowboard on the sophisticated slopes of Corviglia or Diavolezza, boasting well-groomed runs and stunning alpine views. 
  • Après-Ski: Indulge in upscale après-ski experiences at chic mountain bars and lounges, where you can sip on champagne and watch the sunset over snowy peaks. 
  • Glacier Express: Take the scenic Glacier Express train ride through the Swiss Alps, offering breathtaking views of snow-covered landscapes. 

 

Lapland, Finland 

Winter in Lapland is a magical experience for families, featuring fairy tale-like snow-covered landscapes and a plethora of winter activities. This Arctic region offers unique opportunities to meet Santa Claus, ride in reindeer sleighs, and experience the Northern Lights. 

  • Santa Claus Village: Visit the official hometown of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, where children can meet Santa, send postcards from Santa’s Post Office, and cross the Arctic Circle. 
  • Husky Sledding: Embark on an exhilarating husky sledding adventure through the pristine snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes. 
  • Glass Igloo Stay: Spend the night in a glass igloo, offering a cozy and spectacular way to watch the Northern Lights dance above.  

 

No matter the season, there’s always a perfect destination waiting to be explored. From luxurious escapes to thrilling family adventures, these seasonal picks ensure you can “Travel Like No One Else” year-round. Remember, as your travel expert, I’m here to help you plan the trip of your dreams! 

Feel free to reach out to me at Platinum Travel LLC to start planning your next unforgettable adventure! 

Happy travels!

Sara is the owner of Platinum Travel and specializes in creating luxury, customized, stress free vacations for people who want to see the world and all things Disney.

She also owns Autism Friendly Vacations where she helps families who have a member on the Autism spectrum get the vacation they deserve. Visit AutismVacation.com for more information.

You can reach her at 414-377-8611 or Sara@PlatinumTravelWI.com to start planning your vacation today.


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