Travelers know that the best gifts of all are experiences. So I turned to the sources of some of my most memorable travel experiences – The Mall Luxury Outlets, GetYourGuide, Viator – to find the ones that would make truly special gifts.
Although they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, they can be booked any time of year and can give you something to look forward to as a couple. All of these companies are great resources for amazing activities when you’re visiting a destination. For examples, read about my experiences turning on the lights of the Vatican and creating my own perfume in Florence.
Whether you’re staying home or traveling around the world, here are some of the most romantic date night experiences. There’s even a luxury car to get you around in style and a surprising shop for Uncommon Experiences online so you can create memories wherever you are.
Vintage Tour with Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto from The Mall Firenze
There’s no better way to speed up your relationship than with a spin through the Tuscan hills in this luxury car. The stunning views will be the only reason to take your eyes off each other as you experience la dolce vita together. If that’s not enough of a gift, you can stop at The Mall Firenze to do a little shopping at some of the most exclusive stores in the world. Price: From $1000
Buenos Aires Piazzolla Tango Show with Dinner from Viator
Buenos Aires is a city for lovers, and nothing demonstrates that more than the tango – the passionate dance that originated there. This live performance, held in a romantic, Belle Epoque-style theater, can be accompanied by drinks or a delicious three-course dinner – which you can choose to enjoy in a private box. You’ll even be picked up and dropped off at your hotel for more VIP treatment. Price: From $90
Dublin: On Location Professional Photo Shoot from GetYourGuide
Choose your favorite spot in Dublin and a professional photographer will join you for an Instagrammable photo shoot. Consider a neighborhood pub, by the Liffey or maybe in front of a castle – which you can pretend is your new home. Along with dozens of treasured photos, you’ll create unforgettable memories – and new #couplegoals when you share them with your friends. Price: From $217.66
Blacklane Global Chauffeur Service
Forget Uber and Lyft. Wherever you’re going, Blacklane will get you there in style and comfort. Not only can you rest assured that your car will be roomy and clean but you can be confident that your uniformed driver is a courteous professional who will keep you safe while you hold hands in the back seat. Plus, all rides are 100% carbon neutral – an industry first. Blacklane even offers rides between cities around the world so you may want to download their app now. Price: Depends on distance
Aperitif on the Water from The Mall Sanremo
Set sail from Portosole, Sanremo’s picturesque marina, for a relaxing ride along the beautiful Ligurian coast. The lovely journey is topped off with Italy’s favorite tradition – aperitivo – giving you a chance to toast your love with a glass of wine and the region’s signature shrimp. Now, that’s amore. Price: From $595
Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix from Viator
It’s worth waking up early for this bestselling experience that literally gives you a birds-eye view of the Sonoran Desert. As you watch the sun rise high over the valley together, you’ll be floating with joy. The one hour flight is followed by a Champagne breakfast where you can raise a glass and receive a certificate to commemorate your elevated morning experience. Price: $236.52
Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine from GetYourGuide
This popular experience lets you take in some of the most famous sights of Paris from the comfort of a glass boat. As you cruise along the Seine, passing the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame, you’ll be treated to a three course dinner and live entertainment. As evening falls and everything is illuminated, you’ll get to see the City of Lights live up to its name and will understand why it’s also called the City of Love. Price: From $118.92
Charm School: Love Potion Cocktails from Uncommon Goods
Bartender Kat Olsen teaches you how to whip up three aphrodisiacal cocktails that look as good as they taste. Before the class, you’ll receive a kit containing everything you need, including flowers, fruits and herbs to create unique, color-changing concoctions. We’ll drink to that! Price: $75
Shades of Love: Paint Your Person from Uncommon Goods
If a picture is worth a thousand words, why not say “I love you” with watercolor portraits of each other? In this live, virtual class, professional art teacher Annie Monaghan will guide you as you lovingly paint each other’s portrait, showing you easy techniques to create a masterpiece – or, at least, a symbol of your love. Price: From $30