YOU want to spend some bonding time with your mum. What better way to do this than to take a trip together?
The possibilities are endless, but make sure your plans take into account her interests:
Instead of Paris or New York, why not head to the Mediterranean coast to experience the high life along the Côte d’Azur?
Visit glamorous St Tropez, the playground for celebrities and celebrity watchers, or the mediaeval city of Eze with its preserved stone streets and buildings.
No trip to the Côte d’Azur is complete without walking along the stunning shoreline of its crown jewel Nice, and taking in the glorious sunset there.
Nice’s lively Old Town oozes charm with its Sardinian-style architecture, vibrant markets, museums, galleries and castles.
The traditional cuisine is healthy too — paying homage to fresh local produce — and features a lot of vegetables, pasta and fruit.
From here, it is also easy to take a short drive to Monte Carlo in Monaco — home to the glittering Place du Casino and one of the Formula One Grand Prix’s most celebrated circuits.
While you are here, tour the stately apartments of the Prince’s Palace, the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco.
You can also take a day trip farther inland to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world. Sign up for a guided tour to one of the large perfume houses of Fragonard, Galimard or Molinard, where you can buy perfume or even create your own scent.
If coastal glamour isn’t mum’s thing, maybe she will love the scenic splendour of the Canadian Rockies — all from the comfort of a luxury train.
The Rocky Mountaineer train has a glass roof that offers panoramic mountain views, and it promises guests a comfortable journey and gourmet meals on board.
Boarding the train from Vancouver, the itinerary covers the stunning Jasper and Banff national parks as well as the mountain-ringed Lake Louise.
There is dramatic scenery to last mum a lifetime, and the genial on-board hosts give guests an engaging history lesson on western Canada.
If making various transport, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements is too much for you, opt for a fuss-free, all-encompassing cruise package that provides food, board, entertainment and interesting itineraries.
Take a luxurious river cruise along the Rhine in Germany or along the Danube to see the best of Europe — from Vienna to Prague and Budapest to Bucharest.
Get your fill of beautiful mediaeval cities, grand castles, historical landmarks and varied cuisine.
Christmas time is perfect for a Rhine River cruise — and make sure you and mum visit the bustling markets where mulled wine is flowing and the appetising smells of baked goods waft through the crisp air.
If your mum is more adventurous, book a cruise to Alaska, where breathtaking fjords, mountains and glaciers and wildlife like bears, whales and seals present a visual feast as you journey to Anchorage, the Hubbard Glacier, Juneau and Skagway.
Or, see Norway and the Arctic Circle on a cruise with Hurtigruten.
Departing from Bergen, the ship sails past towns along Norway’s stunning coast, through the massive Geirangerfjord and calls at cities like Trondheim.
The journey continues to the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands, North Cape, Kirkenes and Tromsø, often called Norway’s Northern Lights capital.
For the fit mum who likes taking bracing walks, a holiday in New Zealand may be just the thing.
Take a casual sightseeing cruise to the famous Milford Sound, one of the most majestic fjords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park on the south island.
Then take a walk along one of the park’s numerous walking trails — you may spot rare birds and plants unique to this area. If you and mum are still game, try some kayaking or whitewater rafting!
Another city in the South Pacific that has a wealth of natural landscapes and biodiversity is Tasmania in Australia. It is home to the Tasmanian devil and fairy penguins, the smallest of the species.
The compact island is a great (and underrated) destination for self-driving tours around its coasts and you can easily head to many scenic spots such as the Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
There is even a well-preserved convict site, the Port Arthur Historic Site, which is worth a visit.
And if mum loves to watch wildlife, especially big game, surprise her with an African safari.
Many tour companies operating from Cape Town in South Africa, Kenya, Botswana or Tanzania offer packages that include comfortable accommodation so you don’t really have to rough it out.
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
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