One of the best things that you can do with your partner is travel together. When you do so, you get to know them really well because you discover their personality on a deeper level. After all, travel is the best relationship test.

If you are in a relationship and are looking to deepen it, then this is a post that you would want to save for your anniversary, honeymoon, or even Valentine’s Day. This is based on personal experience because I have been with my partner for around 10 years and we have often traveled together.

Here are thirteen romantic holiday ideas for couples of all ages and interests.

Cruise

Cruises are romantic because they provide a unique and picturesque setting, with the vast expanse of the ocean, beautiful sunsets, and the calming sound of waves. Many cruise ships are designed with romance in mind, offering amenities such as fine dining, couples’ spa treatments, and intimate spaces for relaxation.

So with that thought, look for a luxury ship like Icon of the Seas to embark on a romantic cruise or sailing trip that includes a stop at picturesque towns along the way. Explore different destinations, enjoy onboard amenities, and share unforgettable sunsets from the deck.

Keep in mind that a cruise might not suit you or your partner if you don’t like to restrict yourself to one place. In that case, read on.

Romantic City Break

Romantic things to do in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Romantic things to do in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Not all cities are romantic but are. Choose a historic city known for its cultural richness. Explore museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks, and dine in romantic local restaurants at night.

It is easy to find a romantic city in Europe because many have charming riverfronts and canals. Pick a city like Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Prague, Porto, or Venice to name a few. For inspiration, see my post about romantic things to do in Amsterdam.

Stroll along cobblestone streets, enjoy canal-side cafes, and immerse yourselves in the romantic atmosphere.

Wellness Weekend

Isn’t relaxing and getting pampered always fun? Even more so when you can do it with a partner.

Pamper yourselves with a wellness-focused holiday. Choose a spa resort, practice yoga together, and indulge in relaxing treatments for a rejuvenating experience.

There are certain destinations all over the world that are famous for wellness holidays for many budgets. A few examples are Douro Valley (Portugal), Saint Tropez (France), Kerala (India), Koh Samui (Thailand), and Santa Elena (Ecuador).

Hiking & Adventure

San and I OD-ing on nature in Piccoli-Lavarone, Italy
San and I OD-ing on nature in Piccoli-Lavarone, Alpe Cimbra, Italy

The thrill of doing something adventurous and somewhat scary together does wonders for building deeper relationships.

Sure, this may appeal more to outdoorsy couples but I suggest it for everyone, plan an adventurous holiday. Options include hiking in national parks, zip-lining, or kayaking for a unique and thrilling experience.

If you are new to adventure, pick something easier like a small hike that ends on top of a viewpoint where you can enjoy the beautiful sights and the thrill of conquering it together with your partner.

Northern Lights Winter Wonderland

Experience the awe-inspiring Northern Lights together. Choose a destination near the Arctic Circle for a chance to witness this natural wonder.

If seeing Nothern Lights is out of the budget for you, you can just head to the mountains for a romantic retreat. Whether it’s a ski resort in winter or a cozy cabin in the summer, the mountains offer a serene and picturesque setting.

Beachfront Holiday

The romantic Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia
The romantic Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Beach Holidays are always romantic, especially if you manage to find a beachfront resort or an overwater bungalow. Relax on a beautiful beach with your toes in the sand, take long walks along the shoreline, and enjoy sunset dinners by the water.

You can throw in a little adventure and snorkel in crystal-clear waters or even explore the nearby areas on a kayak together. After all this, unwind in a luxurious resort.

You don’t have to necessarily pick a “sea beach” but also consider lake beaches. While sea beaches are stunning there’s something more mysterious and romantic about lake beaches depending on how pretty the lake is.

Road Trip

Us with our van in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Us with our van in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Speaking from personal experience, a road trip is an amazing option for a romantic trip especially if you want to combine it with camping.

Don’t limit yourself to starting the road trip from your place of residence, instead, you can fly to the country of your choice and rent a car to do a road trip there. (as long as your driver’s permit is valid there)

Make a fun road-trip playlist to play in the background as you explore scenic routes, charming towns, and natural wonders. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and countless possibilities about stopping wherever you want.

Hot Air Balloon Ride & Cave

Sunrise with Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey itinerary
Sunrise with Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey itinerary

This is a destination-specific idea because there is one place on earth where you can enjoy an otherworldly landscape, enjoy a hot air balloon ride, and even sleep in a cave! I did this and this place is real. I’m talking about Cappadocia in Turkey.

Imagine the feeling as you float up in the sky in a hot air balloon together. Even better when you can enjoy panoramic views of the landscape while sharing a romantic moment high above.

Cappadocia is massive with around 10 towns and many villages, but if you do decide to go there then head to Göreme.

Historical Castle Stay

Our Room inside Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia
Our Room inside Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia

Stay in a charming castle or historic mansion for a regal experience. Many castles have been converted into luxurious accommodations, offering a unique and romantic ambiance.

I did stay in a few, one of them was called Svojanov in the Czech Republic and it was on top of a hill. Another one was in India and called Neemrana Fort.

It is easy to forget the real world if you decide to stay in a castle. Svojanov castle in the Czech Republic even had a funny horror tour that was the highlight of our stay.

Music Festival

Boom Festival in Portugal
Boom Festival in Portugal

This point comes from personal experience because I’ve done this a lot of times with my partner. Find a festival that’s of your favorite music genre, pick a location that’s interesting, and make it a reality.

I feel it is my duty to inform you that music festivals aren’t always super easy because you have to usually camp, use dixie toilets and camping showers – but honestly, that adds to the adventure.

You can make it all easier if you go there in a campervan but staying in a tent with a loved one is also loads of fun.

Wine Tasting Getaway

Us in Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Us in Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

What’s the most romantic alcoholic drink? Somehow it is wine. If you love wine then I have a really good suggestion for you.

Visit a picturesque wine region and indulge in wine tasting together. Many vineyards offer romantic accommodations, stunning views, and the chance to explore local wineries.

The one and only vineyard that I have visited with my partner is Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany and I highly recommend it.

Culinary Journey

Immerse yourselves in a culinary adventure. Choose a destination known for its food. Take a cooking class together, and savor the local cuisine.

Places such as Bologna in Italy and Chang Mai in Thailand offer experiences where you can not only experience a new cuisine but also join a few cooking classes.

Vintage Train Journey

An adorable local couple enjoying the door seat - train ride in Sri Lanka
An adorable local couple enjoying the door seat – train ride in Sri Lanka

Embark on a scenic train journey on a vintage or luxury train. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes while traveling in style, complete with gourmet dining.

Train journeys are romantic, even more so if you pick a famous route with amazing scenery. If you can afford it, then pick Switzerland’s famous Glacier Express. Now this is something you can do in many countries. I have done this in Serbia, India, and Sri Lanka to name a few.

Final Thoughts Romantic Holiday Ideas for Couples

Speaking from personal experience, I have a tip for you – when it comes to making a holiday extra special and romantic then forget about trying to do everything. Focus on little things and each other to make this time memorable.

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