Give Mom a Break for Mother's Day
In 1949, President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday a holiday dedicated to America’s mothers in May. The tradition of cards, flowers, and brunch took off from there. Mother's Day presents range from massage gift certificates to sentimental mugs and jewelry to cashmere scarves. Or, you could give a unique and fun gift like a much-needed vacation for Mother's Day. Do something extra special for your mom and give her a break that she'll always remember. Whether you’re thinking of taking her someplace she’s been dreaming of or returning to one of her favorite places, these three destinations, fun trips, and unique travel experiences are sure to delight your mom. From enchanting Paris to the Italian Lakes, get inspired and take your mom somewhere special. We’ll take care of the planning – all you have to do is create the memories.
No matter what, you have to take mom to Rome. It's said that if you can only visit one city in Europe, you better make it Rome. Together, you can set foot in ancient sites like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Pose together like supermodels on the Spanish Steps, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, explore the museums of the Vatican, and marvel at the Sistine Chapel.
If you're looking to help mom relax, there are some very important places in Italy you have to visit. Take a trip to the Amalfi Coast for sunshine, alluring turquoise waters, and cliffside lemon groves. You can also take mom to the beautiful Italian Lakes District or visit the five colorful cliffside villages of Cinque Terre to de-stress among some of the most gorgeous scenery in Italy. Take her to one of the dreamiest places on earth - Venice, Italy. Cruise the Grand Canal's milky green waters, visit St. Mark’s Square, the stunning Doge’s Palace, and take that iconic photo in front of the Bridge of Sighs.
Where to Go if Your Mom Has Never Been to Italy
When it comes to traveling with mom, Italy is ideal. The country is practically bursting with things to enjoy with delicious food (hello gelato!), ancient art and architecture, scenic landscapes, and vibrant culture. On a guided vacation in Italy, you can visit the cities of Rome, Pompeii, Verona, Milan, Venice, and Florence, as well as stunning lakes in the north, the splendor of the Umbrian landscape, and the unforgettable Island of Capri.
Where to Go if Your Mom Wants to Travel Through Italy Again
Then you have to take your mom to Piedmont & The Italian Lakes - both are Italy’s hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path destinations. You’ll taste locally produced wines and nibble on artisan chocolates in the Aosta Valley, a dramatic mountainous region bordering France and Switzerland. You’ll also visit the region of Piedmont, where you’ll sample sparkling wines in the town of Asti and enjoy a traditional lunch at the home of a local family. A highlight of your vacation is sure to be a visit to Lake Orta, one of the most stunning of the Italian Lakes that has remained virtually undiscovered by American travelers.
Of course, you'll want to visit Seville. Take mom to see Seville’s Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. It's impossible to resist a stroll through the famous Plaza de España, with its winding stream and mosaic tiles. NO trip through Spain is complete without several bites of tapas - the famous Spanish finger foods. The best place to wind your way through a tapas meal is in Seville. With mom, take to the markets and try to taste all the varieties of tapas that you can.
Explore Spain's elegant capital of Madrid with mom! Stroll the city's vibrant streets to The Plaza de Cibeles, home to one of the city's most famous sites, The Fountain of Cibeles. This gorgeous fountain is sure to inspire both you and your mom as you gaze at the woman seated in her chariot led by two lions, Built in 1782, the fountain began its life as a site for collecting fresh water for both soldiers and locals. Today, it's mostly known for being a great spot to celebrate soccer wins with Real Madrid fans. Take mom to the Prado Museum, and share the experience of viewing the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings and masterpieces of Botticelli, Velázquez, and Goya. The museum also boasts an impressive foreign collection.
Where to Go if Your Mom Has Never Been to Spain
Barcelona is the place to go if your mom has never been to Spain. You can explore the heart of the Gothic Quarter, see the cathedral, walk through the Roman gate, and stroll through the narrow lanes and old squares. Take a drive down the famous Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey through the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerizing Sagrada Família.
Where to Go if Your Mom Wants to Travel Through Spain Again
Called the “Golden City” for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals, one new and one old (built in the 12th century). Take a walk through Plaza Mayor, lined with wonderful baroque buildings, to the university, with its ornate plateresque façade and equally beautiful interior rooms. If your mom is a foodie: Salamanca’s food hall is one the best in Spain. Eat your way through the hall, enjoying chorizos, cheese, olive oil, and ham.
Don't forget, The Loire Valley in central France is also an incredible wine region to take your mom to, and home to numerous châteaux—the elegant country homes and glorious gardens of aristocrats.
Who doesn't want to visit the South of France? Surprise your mom with a relaxing trip to the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast. There's nothing quite like the luxury of the French Riviera or the splendor of Monaco.
Where to Go if Your Mom Has Never Been to France
A guided vacation covers the very best that France has to offer. From enchanting Paris to Dijon, and from the Citadel of Carcassonne all the way down to the beaches of the Cote d’Azur – this trip will show your mom the France she’s always dreamed of and so much more.
Where to Go if Your Mom Wants to Travel to France Again
Want to treat your mom to something incredible? There’s nothing more luxurious or relaxing than a Uniworld river cruise. A cruise of Burgundy and Provence offers so much for a mother to love: French gastronomy, fine local wines, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking views of the Rhône valley. She’ll love the combination of history and nature at her fingertips while traveling aboard a Uniworld six-star ship. As the world’s most renowned boutique river cruise line, Uniworld redefines all-inclusive. Expect a mix of luxury and attention to detail with unmatched amenities, personalized experiences, unrivaled value, and incomparable service.