All loved up with nowhere to go this Valentine’s Day? Just pick up your smartphone and get swiping! No, we don’t mean Tinder, we mean book yourselves some “Tiqets” and flash them somewhere exciting. From hand-holding in museums to smooching over skyscrapers in a helicopter, we’ve got some of the best date ideas ever. Here are our top 10 romantic destinations and what to do in them.

1. Gondolas and cocktails in Venice

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Don’t let Cupid miss with his arrows. You can’t spend Valentine’s Day with your lover without a little gondola ride! Experience the city how lovers have experienced it for centuries, by sitting back and letting someone row your special selves along the canals. Watch out for the floating ambulances, they’re likely carrying the men who forgot to bring the roses. After an afternoon exploring the 9th-century St. Mark’s Basilica on a guided tour, make your partner’s night with a Moulin Rouge-style Venice Dinner Show. This mix of traditional food, some mad acrobatics and musicians in a romantic Venetian theater is made extra impressive by the shimmering chandeliers and antique statues. If your date doesn’t notice, they’ll at least like the welcome cocktail and nibbles first in the foyer.

2. Cultural highs and mice in Paris

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No couple should head to the city of love without some tickets to the Eiffel Tower on their smartphones. Take an insider’s tour of the towering Paris landmark with a guide, glimpse the great Gustave Eiffel’s apartment and treat your eyes to unparalleled views of Montmartre, the Louvre Museum and of course, your lover, looking all cute and windswept. If you’re cold, warm up in the Louvre and see how your date’s smile compares to the Mona Lisa’s. If you’d rather embrace your inner children again, head to Disneyland Paris and spend your Valentine’s Day making eyes at each other over men in Mickey Mouse suits. Careful not to eat your romantic lunch before the rollercoasters.

3. Get flirty with history in Florence

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There’s lots to make your heart beat faster in Florence, but a good staircase-climb will help things along too. Get fit as well as cultural with your loved one as you make for the top of the Duomo, one of Florence’s greatest architectural treasures. It’s 463 steps to the top, but it’s worth it to see this 13th and 14th-century triumph and its frescoes up close from the inside.  Back on ground level, there’s more to leave you both breathless at the Uffizi Gallery. Browse rooms dedicated to Caravaggio, Renaissance highlights including Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Angels, and more. For date night in Florence? Go back to the 18th-century and witness the world of the Medici family, rulers of Florence for over 300 years. The Medici Dynasty Show is a special live show in the beautiful 15th-century Il Fuligno building, perfect for lovers.

4. Get hot and steamy in Budapest

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It might be cold outside but things are always heating up at Budapest’s Gellért Spa. Budapest isn’t called the thermal bath capital city of Europe for nothing, so what better Valentine’s Day activity than cosying up in one of their 13 pools, filled with lusciously warm water? There’s also a steam room and sauna. Now that you’re relaxed, continue the VIP treatment with a cruise on the Danube. A wine cruise with live music will blow any remaining cobwebs away – there are 7 different wines to try! If you’re a couple who likes to keep things more low-key and cultural, why not be entertained by the music of Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi in a stately church? An Organ Concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica is a tuneful way to wind down a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

5. Theatrical spectaculars in Rome

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You know who else enjoyed getting romantic on the Tiber? Caesar, when he had Cleopatra over

Get your matching walking shoes on for an itinerary in Rome that we’ve built in… OK, less than a day. Turn your all-access pass for the Vatican, Colosseum & St Peter Basilica into a challenge to see how many cute couple’s shots you can take next to ancient relics. Later, choose what priceless art piece you’d buy for each other if you were millionaires at the Borghese Gallery. Then, enter the mind of one of history’s greatest artists at Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel – a stage spectacular dedicated to Michelangelo, an unequivocal genius. Thanks to acrobats, mind-melting pyrotechnics and 4K projections you’ll be talking about this V Day date for years!

6. Czech out the culture in Prague

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After a romantic breakfast and a Valentine’s Day stroll over the Charles Bridge, it’s time to inject some passion into your Prague vacation! Link arms under your umbrellas (February might be rainy) and get a unique insight into the lives, trials and traditions of the Jewish people in Prague on a tour through the Jewish Quarter. If you pride yourself on communication, imagine where you’d be without your phones at the Apple Museum. This testament to all things Steve Jobs and Macintosh includes old phones and computers, and the story of how Apple grew from a seed in Jobs’ parents’ garage, to the planet’s most profitable company. Later, relax and lose yourselves in the world’s first Black Light Theater.

7. Beer, boats and bridges in Amsterdam

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A love triangle of canals, bicycles, and flowers

You and your partner can always cause some Amster-damage in the Red Light district, but if you’ve got a different Valentine’s Day in mind, start your morning more quietly with a romantic stroll around the Rijksmuseum. Mingle with the Golden Age masters, join in mutual envy over all the 16th century furniture you could never fit into your humble home, then beat the crowds to the Van Gogh museum. This is home to over 200 paintings, drawings and letters from Vincent van Gogh. After a cultural morning, snuggle up for a romantic canal cruise under Amsterdam’s pretty bridges. Go for a couple’s shot overlooking the city from A’DAM tower, and see how a few beers can bring you closer together at the Heineken Experience. You can get a combo ticket for all three here.

8. Fly high together in New York

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Every good New York romance features the Empire State Building at some point, so this V Day, it’s your turn to see what all the fuss is about. Gaze at the beautiful Big Apple from its most famous building, and don’t forget, those windy observation decks make the perfect places to propose… hint hint. If you need to get higher to impress your other half, a helicopter flight makes a grand gesture. Zoom over landmarks from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and more! You’ll seem like a cultured catch at the Guggenheim, where you can impress your partner with your knowledge of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern art (or just look at the explanations quickly when they’re not looking).

9. A taste of the bizarre in Barcelona

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You and your bae in Barcelona, what could be better than that? Well, the look on your lover’s face when you tell them the cost of your fast-track tickets to the magnificent Sagrada Familia is going towards finishing it! That’s right, your Valentine’s Day present could be a piece of history in the making. Gaudi would have kissed you himself, for that one. Elsewhere, snake an arm around your other half from the Serpent Bench at Park Güell, a colorful and bizarre testament to Gaudí’s warped imagination. Then, dress to impress and get back to Barcelona basics with some traditional flamenco dancing and a romantic dinner at Tablao de Carmen. Mwah!

10. Get loved up in London

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Dusk does special things to London’s skyline

The big smoke can be one of England’s sexiest cities, and you’ll get the best views of it all from the viewing platforms at the Shard. Treat a date to the Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne at the bar for bonus points. If you can’t wait to share some selfies of you and your new bae, snap yourselves mingling with Einstein, Shakespeare, Dickens, the Queen, Obama and more at Madame Tussauds. Get closer to the real Queen with a visit to Kensington Palace and discuss your own regal dreams as you walk like a courtier in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and their kids. How British! All that’s missing is a fine cup of tea and someone moaning about Brexit.

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Becky Wicks

Becky Wicks

Itchy-footed writer Becky has lived and worked in London, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Bali. She started freelancing in 2010 and has collaborated with top brands such as Microsoft, GQ, TripAdvisor, Hello!, Tiqets, HTC, PayPal, eBay, MTV... the list goes on and on! Traveling is a way of life, and Becky has it down to a fine art!
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