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Last Minute Getaway Ideas

With many looking to finally get away this spring after Canada’s borders have reopened, there is still time to book that trip. For those looking for a unique experience our travel experts at EVOLVE Magazine have rounded up a few options.

Rome, Italy

Travelers visiting Rome this spring can still visit historical sites with low crowds – though with the busy summer season around the corner, it’s sure not to last much longer. And with average temperatures in the upper 60s, it’s an ideal time to take advantage of the city’s rooftop dining and aperitivos. An ideal place to stay in the heart of the city, the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is a former 19th century Roman palazzo that lies within walking distance of some of the city’s best-known cultural landmarks and parks, including the Trevi Fountain, Villa Medici and Spanish Steps. The hotel recently rolled out a foodie experience developed in conjunction with Davvero Rome, one of the city’s leading culinary influencers and tour guides. Available with a guide or as self-guided tour, the five-night experience includes everything from a street food tour, pizza workshop, and truffle hunting to an aperitivo tour in the Prati neighborhood, sampling of the city’s top gelato spots, and tasting dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. The idea of the itinerary is to let travelers experience Italy not only through the eyes of a local but actually with locals during fun and authentic experiences. A novel offering in the city, Archeo Running hosts private runs guided by a former coach of Coni (Italian National Olympic Committee) that also happens to hold a postgraduate degree in Art History. Run or walk through the city with casual stops at the St. Peter’s Square, Roman Forum and the Colosseum. 

Norway

Sustainable luxury travel curator Up Norway recently launched a new Mystery Trip planning service for the influx of travelers that are increasing up for going anywhere. After varying levels of lockdown over the past two years, a surprise vacation experience is an increasing trend. Through its proprietary digital questionnaire, an Up Norway trip specialist e-meets with travelers to determine travel dates and interests as well as goals for the trip, preferences for accommodations and budget. Then it’s time for travelers to dream dreams of where they’ll end up while Up Norway crafts a custom journey of unique experiences, cultural explorations, meetups with locals, and more.  Highlights of travel to Norway this time of year range from treetop cabins in the dense Finnskogen Forest of fir trees punctuated by blue lakes, fairytale whale and fjord cruises, and dog sledding, to hunts for the northern lights and daily cruising through the majestic Hjørundfjord to pinpoint the perfect spot for skiing adventures in the Sunnmore Alps. With Norway’s increasing presence on the international culinary scene, travelers can expect mouth watering food experiences, top local produce including berries ripened under the midnight sun, imbibing in Norway’s liquid gold – Hardanger Sider, traditional and neo-fjordic menus, and more. The culture of the native Sami is incorporated throughout many Up Norway journeys from hiking and packrafting from the Sami town of Kautokeino through Reisa National Park on the Arctic trail, workshops in the art of the lasso, beloved matpakke (picnics) with joik (traditional song), accompanying the annual reindeer migration, and meeting with the local musher (dog sled captain) among many other custom experiences.

 

Mexico

After long periods of quarantine and lockdowns, groups of friends have missed important moments. Wanting to bring friends back together in person, Velas Resorts has created new Pals Catching Up Retreats where friends can meet up again and catch up in a heavenly setting. A collection of activities to reconnect range from bike tours, mixology classes and a night out on the town, to hiking, picnic on the beach, relaxing spa moments, and dedicated time to bond. Available at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, retreats can also be tailored to each group to maximize the experience. Marine lovers should really head to Los Cabos to witness the breaching whales on their migration for the last time until December. When staying at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Los Cabos resort, guests can spot the magnificent creatives right from their pool chaise or charter the resort’s 55-foot Azimut yacht to get up close and personal.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

With a privileged climate, cultural heritage, crystal blue sea and beautiful coast, Dubrovnik has long been a popular destination for travelers. Adriatic Luxury Hotels are ideal for exploring the UNESCO protected city with both Mediterranean Sea views and ancient Old Town on its doorstep. Combining a spectacular seaside setting overlooking both, flawless service and an illustrious history of royal and celebrity guests, its five-star Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is an iconic landmark hotel. A historic villa built in 1913, the hotel features tranquil gardens in which to stroll, a beautiful beach, and three restaurants – all offering spectacular views of the Adriatic. Of course, there’s also an indoor swimming pool, a glamorous spa, and a fitness center.

This spring, travelers can reminisce about Game of Thrones while strolling through the narrow streets of Old Town, explore the Cultural History Museum in the Gothic-style Rector’s Palace, enjoy fresh traditional eateries, and so much more. Croatia too is super popular with tourists in the summer, so this might be the last time to enjoy the gorgeous temps and living history without the large crowds.

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