Book your annual leave now and you will be rewarded with a bumper spring holiday one year hence

Sometimes, the calendar gives gifts in unexpected places. While, this year, Easter Day falls so early that Europe has not yet completely shaken off its cloak of clouds and wet winter lethargy, in 2017, it is due to occur on April 16 three weeks later. This will make a crucial difference in terms of the weather, casting our home continent in sunshine and warmth that will make the four-day weekend even more enticing for travel.

But Easter 2017 will also be a boon beyond the blueness of the sky. Its tardiness will push it into May Day s orbit meaning that, for those who move swiftly and book the time off before the rest of the office notices the opportunity at hand, a potential getaway of 18 days (from Good Friday on April 14 to the bank Discount Holidays © holiday on May 1) is available for the use of just nine days annual leave. Seize those days April 18-21 and 24-28 now, and you will find yourself with a window for escapism that looks far beyond the European mini-trip feasible with the traditional long Easter weekend, and onto the rest of the planet. There is additional bad news and good news. The bad is that, with the new school term launching immediately after Easter on April 18 2017, this is not a chance that families will be able to grasp.

The good if you are so-minded is that this will leave planes, seafront eateries and beaches less in tune to the burble of small voices. But where to go with those 18 precious days? Any of these suggestions may work well…

1. A Latin odyssey

Eighteen days are a broad enough span for a lengthy journey through South America. Journey Latin America (020 3051 4271; journeylatinamerica.co.uk1) proffers Secrets of Southern Brazil a 16-day private tour which begins in Rio, and flits south to Iguassu Falls, before taking in the Parana capital Curitiba, a ride through rainforest and mountain peaks on the meandering Serra Verde train route, and recuperative days of relaxation on the beaches of Florianopolis. From 3,342 per person not including international flights.

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2. Route 66 revisited

With nigh-on three weeks to play with, you can also tackle America s most feted road trip. America As You Like It (020 8742 8299; americaasyoulikeit.com2) offers The Best of Route 66 a 15-day jaunt, starting in Chicago (which has usually emerged from its own ferocious winter come April), before cutting down through Missouri (St Louis), the flatlands of Kansas and Oklahoma, the dust of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and into California (Santa Monica). From 1,260 per person – including flights, car hire and hotels.

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3.

Hawaii highlights

An 18-day timeframe is also long enough to dash to America s mid-Pacific archipelago. North America Travel Service (0333 323 9099; northamericatravelservice.co.uk3) serves up The Best of Hawaii a 15-day package which book-ends four days on each of Oahu (Waikiki Beach in Honolulu) and Maui (a luxury hotel at Lahaina) with sessions of sight-seeing in San Francisco and Los Angeles. From 2,925 per person, with flights and hotels.

4. Antipodean adventure

If Hawaii is within reach in 18 days, so is another distant corner of the planet. Discover The World (01737 900 594; discover-the-world.co.uk4) dispenses a potted New Zealand Highlights Self-Drive which takes 15 days (not including flying time) to chart both the North and South Islands including the biggest city Auckland, Lake Rotorua and the capital Wellington on the former; the Franz Josef Glacier, elegant Queenstown, the water features of Te Anau and Milford Sound, and the cities of Dunedin and Christchurch on the latter. From a basic 1,231 per person, with hotels and car, but no international flights.

5. Passage through India

With monsoon season not arriving until June, April is a fine month to visit India if you can cope with the heat of the country s summer (March-May). Cox & Kings (020 3811 0760; coxandkings.co.uk5) offers a 15-day Grand Tour of South India a private trip which seeks out the shade in Karnataka (Bengalaru and Mysore), Kerala (Kochi and the backwaters of Alleppey) and Tamil Nadu (Tiruchirappalli and its Rock Fort complex; the busy capital Chennai). The trip is available year-round, from 2,215 a head with flights.

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6.

Silk Road into Asia

Intrepid souls may want to deploy their 18 days to see somewhere utterly different. Great Rail Journeys (0800 140 4444; greatrail.com6) can suggest The Ancient Silk Road to Samarkand , an 11-day escapade which traces the fabled trade route through Uzbekistan from the capital Tashkent to the city of Khiva (with its walled citadel Itchan Kala), and across the Kyzylkum Desert to iconic Silk-Road stops Bukhara and Samarkand. April 16 2017 is pencilled in as a depature date for this group trip, from 1,945 a head, with flights.

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7. Beach bliss in Barbados

Caribbean hurricane season stretches from June to November. High season is December to mid-April, when the European winter is in full force. So an Easter break in 2017 will hit the sweet spot when demand drops but conditions are still calm and pleasant. Indeed, Barbados revels in heat of an average 30C in April. A 16-night stay at the five-star adults-only House resort on the west coast of Barbados making full use of the Easter bonanza by flying from Gatwick on April 14 2017 (and back on April 30) starts at 4,766 a head, with breakfast and transfers, with Virgin Holidays (0344 557 9275; virginholidays.co.uk7).

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8. Seychelles sojourn

April is also a fine month for sunbathing at the heart of the Indian Ocean as the rain which deluges the Seychelles from November to February gives way to tranquil warmth. For those who want to use Easter 2017 as an excuse to break the bank, Scott Dunn (020 8682 5400; scottdunn.com8) offers high-end sojourns on Denis Private Island a glorious outer shard of the archipelago where 25 cottages are lost among palm fronds. A 14-night stay next April will cost from about 7,000 a head, all-inclusive, with flights and transfers.

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9. Canaries oasis

The Atlantic s easiest options for island endeavours also hit their stride in April. By the time Easter slips into focus next year, Tenerife will have reestablished its average temperature in the Twenties Celsius. A 14-night full-board stay at the Sensatori Resort, a five-star oasis with seven restaurants on the west coast at Guia de Isora , leaving Gatwick on April 14 2017, starts at 1,551 a head via Thomson (0844 050 2828; thomson.co.uk9).

The best hotels in Tenerife

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    Gran Hotel Bah a Del Duque Resort10

    Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands Telegraph expert rating 8

    One of Tenerife’s most exclusive hotels providing elite pampering and superb spa facilities in a mock Canarian village on a beautiful beach front setting. Read expert review11

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    Royal Garden Villas & Spa12

    Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands Telegraph expert rating 9

    An oasis of exquisite design and perfumed luxury with on-site gourmet cuisine, Royal Garden Villas combines the privacy and exclusivity of a deluxe villa with the service and facilities of a boutique hotel in an exotic garden setting. This is possibly the most elegant and luxurious accommodation on Tenerife. Read expert review13

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    The Ritz-Carlton, Abama14

    Tenerife, Canary Islands Telegraph expert rating 8

    Generally considered to be the best hotel on Tenerife, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a luxurious, Moroccan-styled hotel with its own championship golf course, an indulgent spa, a secluded golden beach and a two Michelin-starred restaurant. Read expert review15

10.

European cruise

An 18-day window is also broad enough for a Discount Holidays © holiday on the ocean. P&O Cruises (0843 374 0111; pocruises.com16) has a 14-night Spain and Italy voyage scheduled for April 16 2017 a voyage, in and out of Southampton, which will sail down through the Atlantic and turn left into the Mediterranean for encounters with Cadiz, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, Naples, Cagliari (in Sardinia) and Gibraltar. From 1,449 per person (full board).

References

  1. ^ journeylatinamerica.co.uk (journeylatinamerica.co.uk)
  2. ^ americaasyoulikeit.com (americaasyoulikeit.com)
  3. ^ northamericatravelservice.co.uk (northamericatravelservice.co.uk)
  4. ^ discover-the-world.co.uk (discover-the-world.co.uk)
  5. ^ coxandkings.co.uk (coxandkings.co.uk)
  6. ^ greatrail.com (greatrail.com)
  7. ^ virginholidays.co.uk (virginholidays.co.uk)
  8. ^ scottdunn.com (scottdunn.com)
  9. ^ thomson.co.uk (thomson.co.uk)
  10. ^ Gran Hotel Bah a Del Duque Resort (www.discountholidays.info)
  11. ^ Read expert review (www.discountholidays.info)
  12. ^ Royal Garden Villas & Spa (www.discountholidays.info)
  13. ^ Read expert review (www.discountholidays.info)
  14. ^ The Ritz-Carlton, Abama (www.discountholidays.info)
  15. ^ Read expert review (www.discountholidays.info)
  16. ^ pocruises.com (pocruises.com)

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