Hungary / Jordan / Japan
Feel pampered in the open air thermal water baths, under the starry March skies, at the world renowned Szechenyi Spa Baths, filled with natural, mineral rich, hot waters. For party lovers, there are Bath parties held at weekends in March, with laser lights, cocktails and music. What’s more, you can even indulge in a one night bath crawl on the Budapest 'Night of Baths'.
Enjoy cruising down the river Danube in a spring river cruise either through a day sightseeing cruise or a night cruise with a fancy meal, skate in an 140 year old open air artificial Ice rink in the City Park and enjoy panoramic views from atop the Castle Hill.
For gastronomes, there is the Budapest Macaron day held in March, where the love of macaroons is celebrated and the Budapest Restaurant Week where dozens of restaurants in Budapest participate.
March also hosts the St Patrick’s day festival, a one day festival with parades in the Szabadsag square, the Budapest Spring festival known for music and cultural performances and the Hungarian National holiday festivities when the Hungarian Holy Crown and the Crown Jewels can be freely viewed at the Hungarian Parliament and several museums are open, free of charge.
In March, when temperatures are not scorching, the hills are lush and colourful and wildflowers are blooming everywhere, dramatic Jordan is ready to welcome tourists. Arabian nights come alive in the endless sand dunes and sandstone structures of Wadi Rum and this is the closest you will come to getting a glimpse of what Mars looks like! Stay in a luxury camp in the desert and click selfies of the locations where the film, Lawrence of Arabia was shot.
Travel back in time at the Rose city Petra with it’s spectacular architecture. History lovers will not be disappointed at the dessert castles of Qasr Amra, Madaba which is home to the oldest Map of the Middle East and the monuments of Ad Deir and Umm Ar-Rasas.
For the water babies, there are diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Red Sea off Aqaba, famous for its corals and the experience of floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Canyon in the deep Wadi Mujib gorge and visit the Umm Qais city of historic ruins. Last but not least, end your Jordanian adventure with a visit to the Baptism site exploring where Jesus was Baptised, the Mantel Chapel and St John Baptist church.
March in Japan gives you the best of both the worlds: Spring and Winter. While you can walk under dreamy pink cherry blossoms, you can also ski and snow board in the mountains. While dainty cherry blossoms enchant, the Strawberry festival at most hotels tempts giving strawberry lovers a chance to go strawberry picking at farms. Inabe Plum festival is another festival held in Mie Prefecture which features innumerable plum trees with vibrant flowers.
March also hosts the Hinamatsuri, a traditional Doll festival to pray for the happiness and health of young girls and Omizutori, one of the oldest Japanese festivals held in the Todaiji temple, known to host a giant bronze Buddha statue. With Omizutori, Japan is ready to welcome spring with a spectacular fire show with gigantic torches and with Tsunan snow festival, Japan is ready to celebrate snow fall by releasing sky lanterns at night.
Witness the thrilling Sumo wrestling in a sumo amphitheatre and cheer in the Haru Basho (Spring tournaments).
In Kyoto, visit the Imperial palace, the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo castle and witness how Hanatoro (a light up event) lights up the streets of Kyoto.
And you thought Japan was only about Sushi?