The best holiday destinations for couples

Looking for a holiday for two? These holiday ideas for couples promise quality time together – whether you’re craving adventure or simply want to indulge in some well-deserved R&R.

By Saga team

Published 4 May 2024

beautiful senior hikers enjoying outdoor activity

If you’re looking for a way to be a little closer to your beloved, spending some quality time together on holiday is ideal. From strolling the streets of Europe’s most romantic cities to settling back on the soft beaches of a luxury resort, and from journeying through Africa on a safari holiday to taking to the rails and exploring Switzerland by train, you and your partner have so many options when deciding on an adventurous trip designed for two.

Of course, it's those little day-to-day moments that make a relationship, but taking a trip together to explore somewhere special is the material of which memories are made. Particularly for those who frequently find themselves affected by a severe case of wanderlust.

So, where in the world should you go to stroll hand-in-hand with someone special? Whatever your interests, we have plenty of holiday ideas for couples, with a range of destinations and types of travel including relaxing trips to Europe, long-haul holidays and short cultural city breaks.

Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Croatia… there are so many countries in Europe that call out to couples.

Shot of an affectionate senior couple drinking champagne by the river

The Spanish Costas, Balearics and Canary Islands are perfect for beach sunbathing, staying in elegant hotels and sipping cocktails on the seafront. There’s also plenty in the way of day trips or you could challenge your partner to a round of golf or an onsite tennis match.

Old cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy

Italy’s beautiful lakes, mountains and rustic villages provide a wonderful backdrop to a couples holiday. Learn some basic Italian phrases, dine on freshly cooked local cuisine and explore cities such as Rome and Naples.

Shipreck beach în Zakynthos Greece

Travel to Greece for island sunsets, laid-back boat rides, wine tasting and ancient history round every corner. Take some time to explore sites of interest such as the Bronze Age settlement at Akrotiri or chill out on secluded beaches.

Swiss mountain train Bernina Express crossed Alps

For a truly unforgettable European holiday, try a rail route through Switzerland’s snow-covered mountains and bridges over steep-sided valleys together; the time spent relaxing on the train as beautiful scenery unfurls ahead affords opportunities to catch up with each other or simply enjoy one another’s company.

For couples who want to spread their wings a little further and try a more adventurous holiday, we offer plenty of long-haul options, transporting you to locations including Australasia, Africa and North America. Here are some of our highlights…

Couple on Safari

Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and head to the roaring Victoria Falls, the sprawling Chobe National Park and the marshes of the Okavango Delta. And what could be more romantic than witnessing the Big Five on a safari holiday in their own habitat? The moment you see a herd of elephants emerging into the sunshine is one that should be shared with someone you love.

Big stone in the middle of Australia. Uluru

Once-in-a-lifetime memories are made in destinations like Australia and New Zealand. The journey might be long, but sharing the plane journey with someone you enjoy spending time with should make it seem shorter!

If you’re looking for activity holidays for couples, look no further – the pursuits available down under are perfect for enjoying as part of a couple: snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and watch the sun set over Uluru, and marvel at majestic scenery like mountain-backed lakes, glaciers, fiords and winelands in New Zealand.

Aerial view of the the Williamsburg Bridge over the East River in Manhattan, New York City

See the autumn colours of New England, cruise along the mighty Mississippi, or tour the fascinating east coast from Atlanta in the south all the way up to New York. A USA holiday has every type of travel experience imaginable, from relaxing spa resorts on the seafront to cultural cities like Boston and ranch holidays in the southern states. Broaden your horizons together with an all-American trip.

Mountains reflecting in calm lake at sunrise, Banff National Park, Canada

A couples’ road trip through Canada will uncover all manner of treasures to write home about. From wildlife spotting in Banff and Jasper National Parks to experiencing city life in vibrant Vancouver; from journeying over Sulphur Mountain on a cable-car to riding over the Athabasca Glacier, you and your partner-in-crime will share spell-binding adventures you'll cherish forever.

sunloungers, Varu by Atmosphere, Maldives

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and escape to the best beaches and clearest waters in the Indian Ocean in the Maldives. If all you want to do is oak up each other’s company in beautiful surroundings, the Maldives really can be one of the best holidays for couples.

Whether you and your other half have already explored the world together and you want to do it all over again, or you fancy seeing something new, Saga has all the best holidays for couples covered for the romantics out there. Get in touch to find out more.

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