A Valentine's Day to remember

Take your loved one on an unforgettable trip from Manchester Airport

Love is in the air, and you should be too! Delight your significant other with an unexpected trip away so you can spend quality time together doing the things you love most. But where exactly should this romance take you? If you’re stuck on ideas of where to go, then look no further. We’ve rounded up the most thoughtful locations that are bursting with unique experiences to help you celebrate. From cruising down canals to living a real-life fairytale, it’s never been easier to make this year’s Valentine’s Day your best yet.

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Illuminate your love with the Northern Lights in Reykjavik

A bucket-list worthy destination, Reykjavik the capital of Iceland may have a frosty exterior, but it’s the perfect place to be close with someone special. Its most popular attraction by far is the northern lights which can be seen from the city, or a short drive to the Grótta Lighthouse provides another scenic viewpoint. February is a great month to witness the display as the sky tends to be clear and dark, optimal viewing conditions for the once in a lifetime spectacle. You’ll be spoilt for choice for romantic things to do in Reykjavik!

Another must is a whale watching tour - sail out on an adventure along the coastline and learn about the incredible wildlife whilst seeing it first hand. When you’re ready to warm up and indulge in some relaxation, Iceland’s wealth of geothermal heat means there’s plenty of hot springs and geothermal swimming pools to unwind in. Another reason why Reykjavik is such a popular honeymoon destination. And within good reason, with the variety of luxury hotels and apartments available it’ll be a holiday to remember. Don’t worry too much about the location as one of the benefits of the city is its smaller size, making it easy to get around and explore by foot.

For the foodies, you’ll never be too far from a locally owned Icelandic establishment to devour a feast. Lamb and seafood are commonly found in Reykjavik restaurants, and if a restaurant offers a fish of the day you can be sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Glide along in a gondola in Venice

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable trip, consider visiting the “Floating City” of Venice in Italy. Cruise down the Venetian canals in a gondola, serenaded by traditional Italian music as you sit hand in hand with your loved one. There’s so many things to do in Venice with the abundance of romantic spots and activities to indulge in. This Italian city is also only a short plane ride away.

With six diverse districts in Venice there’s plenty of different areas to explore, but if you want to be at the heart of this beautiful city, stay in San Marco. This is where most of the iconic landmarks are located including the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square. If you’re looking for more of an adventure then you can go slightly further afield to visit the Dolomites, an incredible mountain range perfect for hikes. Or why not visit Lake Misurina, a natural lake surrounded by magnificent mountains and tranquil forests, the most scenic backdrop for spending quality time together.

Round off Valentine’s Day in Venice with a romantic meal at an authentic Italian restaurant. The best restaurants in Venice can be found when you go deeper into the hidden narrow streets of the city, in which you’ll find the real undiscovered gems. These tend to be less touristy, so make the perfect setting to enjoy a candlelit meal for two.

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When in Rome… raise a glass!

There’s nothing like enjoying a glass (or three) of vino with a special someone, and where better than one of the most romantic settings in the world? Widely considered the second city of love after Paris, Rome in Italy is a hotspot for romantic escapades and the ideal place to tantalise your tastebuds.

There are some great spots in the city to try some new wines, with some of the most popular wines including Chianti, Nero d’Avola, and Montepulciano. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of romantic restaurants in Rome which offer a wide range of wines to taste. These fine Italian wines pair perfectly with the delightful Roman cuisine on offer, and taste even better when enjoyed against a backdrop of breath-taking views.

Embark on a round-trip tour from Rome to Pompeii in comfort by train and bus. Once you arrive in Pompeii, you’ll take a guided tour around the city that was devastated by the eruption of its towering volcano, Mt. Vesuvius. This will conclude with a visit to an award-winning neighbouring vineyard to taste and enjoy the four wines produced on the fertile volcanic soil, paired with a lunch of antipasti and dessert. Savour the rich bouquets and velvety flavours of Italian wines with your loved one, as you embark on a journey of discovery through the vineyards and tasting rooms of this timeless land.

There’s an endless list of things to do in Rome this Valentine's Day.

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Waltz to the wonders of Mozart in Vienna

Tempted to spend Valentine's Day in Vienna? It can be said that music is a love language, and where better to be serenaded than the birthplace of Mozart, Austria. There’s many concerts playing homage to his talent held in the beautiful city of Vienna - you can even stop off at the Mozarthouse, his historic home that has since been renovated. For a show stopping pre-concert dinner, enjoy a three course meal whilst riding a giant ferris wheel in Prater amusement park. As the 100+ year old wheel slowly rotates, enjoy a glass of champagne with your loved one in your own private carriage.

Another must visit is the Nashmarket, Vienna’s largest and most popular street food market. Embrace being a local for the day as you wander the stalls, receiving delicious samples like cheeses and meats from the vendors. When selecting which area to stay in, there’s many districts to suit every need. If you want to be at the heart of the city, Innere Stadt is the most central neighbourhood. Or for the trendy art galleries, cosy coffee shops, and independent boutiques, take a look at the area of Neubau.

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Live a real life fairytale in Prague

As one of the most photogenic cities in Europe, Prague’s fairytale-like nature sets the scene for some old world romance. Take a stroll through Old Town Square admiring the exquisite floral squares situated in between the cobbled lanes. This is where you’ll find the main shopping district, an opportunity to hand-pick that special Valentine's gift for your partner. If you’re looking to splash out, you’ll find most jewellers showcase garnet encrusted jewellery as the city is famous for this semi-precious stone.

Eventually, you’ll stumble across the iconic Charles Bridge, which you can cross hand-in-hand whilst taking in the incredible views of the Vltava River. Another fantastic view is from the Lookout Tower at the summit of Petřín Park - this tower is actually based on the romantic icon of the Eiffel Tower.

The Czech Republic consumes more beer per capita than any other country, so naturally we had to include at least one related activity. As well as enjoying a beer or two, not only can you drink it, but you can bathe in it at a beer spa - one of the most unique things to do in Prague! It’s said that this offers a variety of health and relaxation benefits. After having a tipple you may be looking for a more accommodating way to travel back through the city, and what’s more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride. Snuggle up under a blanket and let your very own private driver whisk you away through the enchanting city.

Explore both the Old Town and further districts to uncover the best restaurants in Prague. This will take you on a culinary journey from the more classic Czech foods like goulash, to a more dynamic scene with dishes like aromatic pho that reflect the country’s historic connection with Vietnam.

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