Top 5 Easter Destinations & Marco Polo Spring Giveaway

The Easter holidays are upon us but it’s not too late to plan a quick last minute getaway! Here are Marco Polo’s top 5 Easter destinations. Read on for inspiration and find out how you can win 5 Marco Polo Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera!

Paris Marco Polo Guide

Paris

April in Paris, is there anything better? We love the city of lights in any season, but spring definitely adds to its charm. Visit the beautiful parks and gardens to witness the blossoming trees and stroll through the streets along the Seine. The famed patisseries with their chocolate marvels will make your Easter egg pale in comparison. Find a spot on one of the many terraces and enjoy the Parisian café culture with a café au lait or a pre-dinner apéro. You will not be disappointed.

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Malta Marco Polo Guide

Malta

Malta during Easter is definitely worth a visit! You can enjoy the Easter processions around the island but don’t worry, restaurants and shops will be open for business. There are also many special Easter treats to sample, such as the Kwarezimal – Lenten biscuits – and Figolli – sweet almond cakes covered in icing or chocolate.

Of course, Malta remains close to our hearts because of its beautiful landscapes and fascinating history. The good weather doesn’t hurt either, and April is perfect for exploring the sights as the temperature will be around a comfortable 20 degrees.

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Amsterdam Marco Polo Guide

Amsterdam

The Netherlands is world-famous for their tulips, and April is the best time to see them in bloom. The Dutch tulip garden Keukenhof boasts a total of 800 varieties of tulips and the garden is easily accessible by public transport. In Amsterdam, when the weather is good, the locals will take to the terraces for a glass of wine and there are plenty of spots along the canals. Watch as the locals cycle by and enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine. Later on in April the city will become the centre of the orange-mania during the annual King’s Day celebrated on 27th April.

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Tenerife Marco Polo Guide

The Canary Islands

If you are in the mood for some sunshine and warm weather, the Canary Islands are your best bet. Lounge by the pool and work on your tan, or alternatively, experience a different Easter with the locals. Religious processions are a tradition here, and a lot of effort goes into re-enacting the sometimes gruesome events of the past.

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, you can have a more adventurous hike through the beautiful landscapes and breathe in the sea air.

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Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Rome

 Rome is the ultimate Easter destination. The Vatican is a must for those who wish to attend the Catholic Easter celebrations but there are more ways to enjoy the holiday. You should note that most of the city will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, including shops and museums. However, many restaurants will be open and you can sample the traditional Italian Easter menus. Chocolate eggs are also available in abundance. On Easter Monday do as the Romans do and head to a park for a picnic lunch.

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Spring, Marco Polo is organising an Easter giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera to one lucky winner, chosen at random.

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

How to enter?

Simply share the story of your most memorable Easter / Spring travel moment in the comments below. You can earn more chances to win by liking our Facebook page and by following our Twitter and Instagram accounts and by letting us know in your comment that you have done so.

The competition is open from Monday 3 April 2017 until Friday 7 April 2017 at 12.00 GMT. We will contact the winner personally via email using the email address used to leave the comment so make sure to check that it is spelled correctly!

Good luck!

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  1. The promotion is open to UK & European residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees and their immediate families of Marco Polo, its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.
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  3. This competition will commence on 3rd April 2017 and all entries must be received by 12.00 GMT on 17 April 2017. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, posted late, misdirected, and incorrect, garbled or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
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  5. The Prizes: 1 x prize winner will receive 5 Marco Polo guides of their choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera (RRP £64.99).
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36 thoughts on “Top 5 Easter Destinations & Marco Polo Spring Giveaway

  1. Lisa says:

    My most memorable spring travel moment was a lovely trip to London two years ago with nice weather and visit in Covent Garden, strolls a long the river and a great time with a good friend.

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  2. DAVID WOOD says:

    I’ve spent many a springtime travelling through Europe, but one of the most memorable was in Athens at dawn. I’d been volunteering at a cat charity (‘9 lives Greece’- they’re awesome), and had just finished my rounds, having left food at the many abandoned buildings throughout the city. The sunrise was just peeking over the horizon, so I climbed to my favourite spot – the top of Philopappos Hill, that overlooks the acropolis on one side, and the not-so bustling streets below on the other.
    It was so serene, being just far enough away from civilisation that the wind and birds shrouded the sound of any traffic. Suddenly I found myself alone no longer, as I’d been stalked/followed by an old ginger tabby. He pounced up on the bench next to me and just sat there in silence, both watching the sun blanket the city in light.
    After a little while, he then started pestering me for the food he could obviously smell I still had on me, haha.
    I always find myself drawn to the areas of isolated natural beauty, where I can be at one with my thoughts.

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  3. Hannah says:

    My favourite spring holiday was a trip to Stockholm to visit my uncle and his family. I was only 18 at the time and it was my first time travelling abroad alone. I was nervous but super excited! And it turned out to be an amazing trip! I hadn’t seen my uncle or his family since I was 5 years old but they treated me so well and I felt like I was with my own parents and siblings, they were so loving and kind. Stockholm was a DREAM, so gorgeous! I absolutely fell in love wit how ridiculously pretty and clean everywhere was. I can’t wait to visit them again! (I also followed on Instagram and liked on Facebook)

  4. Andishe says:

    My most memorable spring holiday was my first visit to Amsterdam, which made me fall in love with the city. The weather was amazing and the flowers were so colourful, I will never forget it. I never knew a town can have so many canals haha! This trip was one of the reasons I returned to study in the Netherlands!

  5. Ivana Popova says:

    My mom and I went on a trip to Paris, (headed towards Disneyland) for spring break when I was 9. It was the first time I got on a plane and my one of my first Western European experiences which I really think influenced me on deciding to go out of my shell later. I have such vivid memories of the city, I remember people on the street wanting to draw us, or having my huge fluffy croissant sitting on a bench in the sun looking at the Eiffel Tower. One thing I’m happy about is that there’s so many pictures of everything and everybody which really makes the whole trip even more prominent and never fails to start a cute walk down memory lane with my mom.

  6. Johanna says:

    My most memorable Spring Trip was about three years ago to Rome. I went there with my mum, my cousin and my aunt. It was one of these wonderful city trips, full of amazing sightseeing, delicious food and shopping. Since than, we did every spring a girls – city trip. Rome is by far my favorite city, but there are so many more on my bucket list.
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  7. Katie Kingsbury says:

    My most memorable Easter holiday moment was last year when we sailed out of Southampton on P&O Ventura right into Storm Katie (the irony of the name wasn’t lost on me!). Luckily the ship was big and weathered the wind and waves quite well but that didn’t stop her listing by about 15 degrees meaning I kept sliding out of bed during the night, particularly when we hit ‘potholes’ which caused the whole ship to shudder bow to stern. Using the public spaces was also fun, lots of wobbly, Monty Python-esque funny walks to watch, some people even had their lifejackets on, despite it being perfectly safe. I was, however, very glad that it wasn’t my first cruise and I can’t say I wasn’t relived to feel dry (and stationary!) ground beneath my feet when we reached our first port of Funchal in Madeira which was, as an aside, totally beautiful. As far as I’m concerned the journey is as much a part of the holiday as the destination and that journey is certainly one I’ll never forget!

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  8. Trang Bui says:

    Most memorable Easter memory is when we meet with our friends, ate lots of food and played our own, crazy, made-up games.

  9. eva maganja says:

    My most memorable trip in spring was in Budapest. At that time in city is every year Spring festival! It was fun and amazing! Festival had programme filled with many of the arts, with events in classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, contemporary circus, theatre and the visual arts. And most of the activities are for free! I come back to Budapest every spring for the festival and to visit my favorite food places.

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  10. Kevin Friend says:

    My most memorable Spring break was when I took my lovely wife away to Geneva for the weekend. It was beautiful and made us realise we needed to travel more now that our 2 children are older. Next on the list is Rome.

  11. Rachael Simmons says:

    My most memorable spring break was Reykjavik, Iceland. Experiencing the Blue Lagoon and seeing a Northern Light in real life is something I will never forget. The air was so clear there my skin was glowing and I definitely noticed how polluted the London air is by comparison. Would love to go back one day 🙂

  12. urban says:

    My most memorable Spring travel was in London. I really enjoyed the Hyde park. And the whole city was beautiful. And i really recommend the London Eye in spring!

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  13. Irene Wright says:

    My favourite memory of an Easter holiday when we were young Mum and Dad bundled all 5 of us into an old Ford truck with the tent and half the house and travelled to Queenstown holiday camp for a few days. It inevitably rained as in New Zealand Easter is in the autumn. Family times are my best memories now Mum and Dad are no longer with us.
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  14. greig spencer says:

    MIne is when i went to Lyon in France for an easter break a few years ago. We had a fabulous time and would love to go back

  15. hippieandhilltravels.de says:

    My most memorable spring travel moment was a our wonderful trip to San Diego last spring. It was our first time in california and we were so excited months before our flight! The time in San Diego was the best time we’ve ever had – we made long walks at the beach, discovered the most impressive nature in the world, including the most beautiful and romantic sunsets, stood on a beach full of sea lions and swam the first time ever with dolphins!! My boyfriend and me enjoyed our Quality Time to the fullest <3

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  16. claire fawkner says:

    Rome in the Spring! It was magnificent, such an amazing city to explore

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  17. pepe says:

    My favorite memory from spring traveling is in Slovenia. small country in Europe. It was really fun! the capital is small but you have everything close! the mountains and sea its 1 and half hour away from the capital!! And in spring city is all green! you have all kinds of activities! I really hope i could visit this magical place once more!

    I follow you on Instagram! 🙂

  18. Denise Sutherland says:

    Paris at Easter time is so romantic. The air smells of cut grass, freshly baked croissants and you can hear the tinkly chit chat of Parisieenes all around. To finally look up at the Eiffel Tower was fabulous. Also to peer at the tiny Mona Lisa was a delight. Yes Paris in springtime is so special.
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  19. ALISON BARLOW says:

    My most memorable spring trip was my first time in Amsterdam. I absolutely loved the city and the people. The weather was amazing and the flowers were just stunning, so colourful.
    A beautiful city!

  20. thisteachertravels says:

    Last easter we spent 6 amazing days travelling through Iceland. We landed in Reykjavik and stayed 2 nights and then hired a car and spent each evening in a different hostel on the south Coast. The highlight of our trip was when one of the hostel owners gave us a book on natural thermal springs and we drove up into the mountains and found the most blissfully warm pool as the sun was setting!

  21. Selena longworth says:

    My favourite easter break as was to Ibiza with a friend, vistiting out of season was amazing beautiful time to explore the island attend traditional market and some less well know beaches.

  22. flowerpowerlife says:

    I’ve just spent a week in Marrakesh and aside from the madness and wonderful mayhem in the Medina, the thing that struck me was the abundance of orange trees in flower – the heady scent of neroli was just beautiful.

  23. Ruth Wollerton says:

    The best EASTER memories I had was in Walt Disney World Florida with all the Disney magic, parades and the characters big and small; it was my best EASTER of all.

  24. Alyson Kirton says:

    I loved the great Easter egg hunts we had as kids. We always travelled to the coast enjoying the sand and sea as we searched for EASTER eggs.

  25. Karen Weedon says:

    My most memorable moment was visiting New Zealand last Easter – to reunite with my daughter who lives there, and to attend her wedding! Stunning country – can’t wait to go back!

  26. jae baker says:

    going surfing on the north east coast of england, i met up with the surfing school, it was warm ish but cloudy adn the water was freezing, i was was with my family and my 10 year old took to it like a pro, may 4 year old got very cold very fast, and i felt like i was getting hit by a brick wall, the beach was beautiful but deserted accept for us, there were bunnies up on the grass (my daughter hoped they were the easter bunny) and the sun eventually appeared from behind the clouds, i never knew that i would love and have as much fun on a coast of england on a not so warm day but it was one of the best easters i ever had, i ate an easter egg in the car with my kids and hot choclates, and slept like i have never slept before that night,

  27. Kristin Burdsall says:

    My spring memory is also one of my earliest memories. My uncle worked for many years manning a village train station, he was also a morris dancer. One spring day we went on a family trip on a steam train with the morris dancers to Chester. I was 5 and my younger sister was 3. I vividly remember her running around the edge of the morris dancers circle with a daffodil in one hand an an ice cream in the other trying to do the same moves as them. On the way home we were allowed to go with my uncle to the front of the train to see the train driver. Fab memory 🙂 Following on facebook and twitter

  28. Anna Lord says:

    My most memorable Easter getaway was BC (Before Children) when me and my husband together with another couple with whom we are still dear friends, took a narrow boat from Droitwich to Stourport, via Worcester. It took us 3 days and it was freezing cold but the experience and the fun we had, still sticks in our memory 40 years later!

  29. Roz Yates says:

    I still remember like it was yesterday the sheer breath taking beauty of seeing the Jurassic coast for the first time – I was amazed at the sheer size and beauty of it and since that day in Easter 2001 I have visited it on many occasions and it still leaves me feeling struck by how lucky we are to have such natural beauty in this country.

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  30. Claire Nutman says:

    We had a beautiful easter one year with the children, by taking them to the Canary islands, the warmth, the sea, relaxing and having fun, my kids had never been abroad and it was really special, a memory none of us will ever forget!

  31. thewanderfultraveler says:

    Shambled buildings, vast agriculture fields and a lack of modernity. My most memorable Easter travel was to nowhere fancy, but it held so much significance. I went to my grandparent’s small home village of Toishan. Seeing how far they had come and meeting the friends and family they grew up with means the world to me.

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  32. victoriarty says:

    We tried April in Paris and were surprised with a Summer like weekend of sunshine so brilliant the Sacré-Coeur was too bright to look directly at. We burnt ourselves on the metal of the Eiffel Tower and, gleefully, scared ourselves looking down at the delighted tourists zig-zagging about that handsome, heavenly city.

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