These unforgettable adventure holidays are perfect for couples

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Photo credit: Adrian Lopez / EyeEm - Getty Images

Adventure holidays are best enjoyed with your loved one by your side, allowing you to share romantic moments as you embrace going off the beaten path, getting up close to nature and trying active experiences without the crowds.

Whatever your adventure travel style - whether it's escaping to the far north of Europe to be surrounded by snow, or hiking to watch the sun rise over the deep red Bryce Canyon, you'll adore these unusual holiday ideas for couples looking for an alternative and exciting getaway...

1. Picnic under Japan’s cherry blossoms

Japan is a place like no other, with countless natural wonders, buzzing cities and cultural highlights. One of its must-sees is the sakura (cherry blossom), appearing for just a few weeks each spring. Its arrival is celebrated with lantern-lit picnics beneath the trees, gatherings that go on until the small hours, and delicate foods styled around the pink petals.

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Photo credit: Chinnaphong Mungsiri - Getty Images

A couples’ adventure holiday to Japan can take in more than just the cherry blossom, with a visit to the iconic Osaka Castle, a cruise on tranquil Lake Ashi, food tastings in the vibrant Dotonbori district and romantic walks through the bamboo forest of Kyoto. You'll also want to take time to completely relax in a hot spring in Takayama. Oh, and you can’t leave without a photo in front of Mount Fuji.

BOOK IT Try Red's 14-day holiday to Japan during the cherry blossom season in 2022

2. Camp beneath the stars in Jordan

From Lawrence Of Arabia and Aladdin to Indiana Jones and Star Wars, the desert kingdom of Jordan has inspired us all thanks to the silver screen. Could there be anything more epic than travelling around the best of the country for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a loved one?

During an adventure holiday for couples, you could spend a night together under the stars in the wilderness of a desert camp in Bedouin-style luxury, and then have a relaxing stay, bathing in the healing waters of the Dead Sea together.

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Photo credit: Anton Petrus - Getty Images

The bustling capital of Amman is perfect for buying gifts or taking an Arabic cooking lesson, so you can recreate your favourite flavours from the holiday at home. And in the ancient city of Petra, carved completely out of sandstone, you can capture unforgettable memories with a couple’s photo.

BOOK IT Try Red's 10-day Jordanian adventure taking in Wadi Rum, Amman, Petra and more.

3. Take in Scandinavia and the Norwegian Fjords by rail

With their sheer cliffs, stunning waterfalls and spectacular landscapes, Norway’s fjords are an unforgettable sight. Often explored by boat, we think there’s nothing more adventurous than travelling by rail. A slower pace means time to take in the incredible views, reflect on your journey and spend quality time together.

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Photo credit: HildaWeges - Getty Images

And it needn’t just be about time in spectacular nature. When travelling by train, you could spend a night in romantic Cologne, a couple of days in Oslo - great for shopping and divine seafood restaurants - and time in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bergen. Its refreshing sea fjord is perfect for a swim in the summer, perhaps followed by a picnic and a glass of wine al fresco before your adventure continues.

BOOK IT Try Red's 13-day Scandinavia by rail adventure, with Eurostar travel to Cologne

4. Explore America's Southwest on the Rocky Mountaineer

A journey on the Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world's greatest travel experiences, and the brand new Denver-Utah route offers magical scenery and a warmer holiday, perfect for couples to soak up some rays together on their adventure holiday. Breathtaking views of the panoramic Rockies open up before your eyes on a SilverLeaf train journey, which glides past some of America's incredible national parks: Canyonlands; Bryce Canyon; Zion; and Arches, not to mention the spectacular Grand Canyon, which is high up on most couples’ bucket lists.

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Photo credit: (c) Swapan Jha - Getty Images

It’s no surprise, as there’s really nothing like taking in this vast natural wonder in the company of a soulmate. And if you haven’t yet tied the knot, or want to renew your vows, why not get hitched in Vegas at the end of the tour?!

BOOK IT Try Red's eight-day USA rail adventure including the Rocky Mountaineer and national parks

5. Discover the wilderness of Antarctica

With its vast unspoilt scenery and magnificent marine life, Antarctica is a destination like no other. And for the ultimate romantic adventure, you have to travel on a luxury cruise. Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen delivers in every way - built using natural Scandinavian materials, it features an infinity pool and steamy hot tubs, gorgeous Nordic delicacies served in the restaurants, and a programme of unforgettable expeditions.

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Photo credit: anyaberkut - Getty Images

Many Antarctica cruises begin in the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires, giving you time to sip Malbec in classic restaurants and dance the night away in tango bars, before heading to the so-called ‘End of the World’, where you can catch sight of whales and huge colonies of penguins.

BOOK IT Try Red's incredible 12-day Antarctica holiday that takes in the wildlife and scenery of the White Continent

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