Tulip time on a river cruise in Belgium and the Netherlands is a true celebration of spring, when the bulb fields and the Keukenhof Gardens come alive. See the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills surrounded by a riot of colour providing a joyful backdrop to the cultural delights of Amsterdam, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent.
For many, Japan is one of those destinations that is firmly on the 'to do' list. Quite apart from the vibrant cities, the spectacular scenery and the contrasting islands, visitors to Japan return talking of something else altogether: the calm, the strangeness, the moments of zen beauty, the bowing, so respectful and contained; in short, the graciousness of an ancient heritage. Travelling in spring coincides with the nation's extraordinary obsession with hanami - cherry blossom viewing - and there really is no better time to visit.
For good reason the Mediterranean really is our favourite cruising destination. Combining so much, from the history of empires ancient and modern to yachting harbours frequented by the rich and famous. Outstanding culinary traditions, authentic fishing villages, beautifully secluded bays and gloriously busy cities all vie for your attention, often on a single itinerary. Travelling in the warm spring months can mean the best of the weather, when southern Europe is at its greenest, the bougainvillea is beginning to bloom, and the crowds have not yet arrived.
5. The Douro
Portugal has been very much in vogue in recent years with an outstanding culinary scene, characterful cities, and rich history. The Douro is a one of Europe's most dramatic and beautiful waterways and travelling in the spring when the vineyards are bursting into life is ideal to avoid the heat of the summer months.
A true year round destination, there is no bad time to go to the Galapagos, but by the end of April what little rains the islands get have subsided, leaving them at their greenest, while May sees baby turtles and marine iguanas hatching and the chance of witnessing the mating rituals of the blue-footed booby. The bluer their feet, the more chance they have of attracting a mate!
You may be tempted to wait until the height of the summer to visit Scotland but those in the know love spring in the Western Isles. May and June tend to be sunnier and drier than July and August and the spring months see wildlife at its richest whilst avoiding the peak of midge season!
The cruise season for Alaska starts in May with the driest weather lasting until early summer. May and June are a great time to spot bears with wonderfully long days and great value fares.
With highlights including Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the ancient rose-red city of Petra, a visit to the Holy Land is a must, and the very best time to travel is in spring to avoid the often searing summer heat or cold winter months. In March the region's rain begins to clear, with May seeing the least rainfall at Petra, which is important as the area is prone to flooding.