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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.
Soak up Italy's striking scenery, delicious cuisine and wines, rich history, and priceless art. Italy never ceases to surprise and delight
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Land of la dolce vita, you can spend an afternoon together walking through art-filled plazas, wind your way through a multi-course meal, and finish your evening with dreamy gelato. Plus, you may be the reason mom drinks, so why not treat her to some world-famous vino? All kidding aside, the wine in Italy is unbelievable.
Want to dive right in? Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is the hub of Renaissance art. Walk a full circle around Michelangelo’s David, stroll the "open-air museum" of the famous Piazza Della Signoria, and of course, eat, eat, eat. Also, don't forget to take that photo overlooking the city and its Duomo, the cathedral with the terracotta-tiled dome that towers over the city.
Travel to the rolling hills of Tuscany to treat mom to the product of what is considered by many to be the perfect wine-growing conditions in the world. Venture off along a cobbled dirt road on a day of vineyard tours and tastings to find your dream chardonnay or the perfect pinot. At the end of the day, there will be no shortage of perfect plates to accompany your wine, either. Tuscany is almost as famous for its robust and hearty Italian dishes as it is for the near-perfect wines from the region. For the foodie mom, Tuscany is the perfect treat for your mom.Best Places to Visit in Italy
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.
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.
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.
Spain’s music, architecture, and cuisine make it one of the most fun and relaxing countries to explore!
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Okay, if you want to relax, Spain is the place. Siestas, sangria, the smell of orange blossoms in the air - there's really no other place like Spain.
The architecture of Antoni Gaudí dots the city of Barcelona. Gaudí's vibrant, lively works are a perfect symbol for life in Barcelona. Playful Park Güell is definitely a must-see site while in Barcelona. You'll also 100% want to visit stunning La Sagrada Familia, where giant mosaic spires pierce the sky like a jeweled crown. Inside, a tree canopy carved from stone holds up the roof as the sun pours through the stained glass onto sea creature caverns. Mom will probably also enjoy Las Ramblas - a famous shopping quarter where you can see a Miró mural, enjoy street performers, shop artisan crafts and luxury stores, visit art galleries, and wander the stalls of the famous La Boqueria market.Best Places to Visit in Spain
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.
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.
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.
Whisk mom away to France for a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will take her breath away.
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Has your mom always wanted to see Paris? Stroll through the streets of the "City of Lights" and see the iconic sites of Paris together. Discover all the wonders of the Louvre Museum, take that photo in front of the Eiffel Tower, sit on the steps of the Sacre Coeur Basilica, and take in the sculpted figures of the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Treat yourselves to some delicious crêpes and a stroll along the Seine. Spend an evening in Montmartre - the haunt of famous artists and writers, including Picasso and Dalí - and experience a cabaret at the famous Moulin Rouge.
Venture outside the city with mom to the opulent Palace of Versailles to walk through the lush and manicured gardens and luxurious halls.
If your mom is an Oenophile (wine lover), head straight to the vineyards of Bordeaux—to sample iconic blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—and Burgundy—where you can sip the world’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. While in Burgundy, be sure to try the fare in France’s cuisine capital, Lyon.Our Top France Wine Regions
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.
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.
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.
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