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Best places to travel in June 2021

June marks the start of the dry season in southern Africa and the chance to see newly born game as you safari in Botswana. Newborn gorillas are given their names in a traditional festival in Rwanda each June and we can design you a trip there gorilla trekking, which pairs nicely with added time on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara. June is also an ideal time for visiting Costa Rica in the quieter green (or rainy) season when you’ll still find plenty of dry weather, quieter national parks and better views of the famous Arenal Volcano.

Festivals and events around the world in June

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A month of festivities across Peru in preparation for the 500-year-old winter solstice celebration Inti Raymi makes it one of our favourite times to visit. In Canada, music lovers convene for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, while in the South Pacific the temperatures are pleasantly warm for snorkeling and swimming but the beaches are quiet as the Antipodean school holidays have yet to begin.

Tours we recommend in June

Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in June.

  • St Petersburg, Russia

    St Petersburg weekend break

    • See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.

    • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.

    • See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.

    • Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.

    4 days from €1,410pp

  • Honfleur, Normandy

    Self-Drive: Saint-Malo, Bayeux & Honfleur

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Spend a day with a guide at Gold and Sword beaches, the British D-Day landing sites.

    • Taste locally made Calvados at an immersive, interactive experience.

    • Visit the abbey-topped island village of Mont Saint-Michel, which dates back to the 8th century.

    6 days from €2,290pp

  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul to Kas

    • Marvel at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

    • Experience the delights of Turkish cuisine.

    • See the limestone terraces of Pamukkale.

    • Take a boat trip out to the sunken city of Kekova.

    8 days from €2,380pp

  • Local houses, Nafplio

    Athens and Nafplio

    • Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the modern Acropolis Museum on a private tour.

    • Kayak to a deserted beach for a swim and snorkel.

    • Visit the pretty, traffic-free island of Hydra.

    • Explore the ancient ruins and beehive tombs at Mycenae archaeological site.

    • Enjoy the freedom of a rental car to explore the Peloponnese.

    7 days from €2,525pp

  • Castle Aragonese, Ischia

    Naples and the island of Ischia

    • Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.

    • Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agritourismo.

    • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.

    • Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.

    7 days from €2,630pp

  •  Jasper National Park, Canada

    Highlights of Canada's West Self-Drive

    • Go hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in the rugged scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

    • Look for wildlife such as bears, moose and elk in Banff and Jasper National Parks.

    • Drive through the rugged interior of British Columbia, stopping to admire lakes, glaciers and mountains.

    • Take in the sights of Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Chinatown and its beautifully wild coastline.

    9 days from €2,740pp

  • Franschhoek vineyards

    The Grape Escape: Cape Town & Winelands self-drive

    • Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.

    • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.

    • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.

    • Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

    • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.

    11 days from €2,765pp

  • St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg

    Classic Russia tour

    • See the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral.

    • Explore one of the world's biggest and best art collections in the Hermitage.

    • Wander along St Petersburg's canals.

    • See one of the Tsars' sumptuous summer palaces.

    8 days from €2,845pp

  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

    Bali uncovered

    • The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.

    • Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.

    • Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

    • Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.

    • Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.

    15 days from €2,870pp

  • Gaspé Peninsula

    Québec's Grand Gaspésie self-drive

    • Take in the highlights of Québec City on a guided walking tour.

    • Explore 14 historic lighthouses and four national parks.

    • Spot whales and seabirds on a guided cruise.

    • Admire some of Canada's best seascapes.

    • Discover Québec's proud maritime heritage.

    12 days from €2,905pp

  • Québec City, Québec

    Canada's Eastern Cities by Train

    • Gaze across Toronto from the CN Tower and take a boat trip on Lake Ontario.

    • Explore the many excellent museums, parks and galleries of Canada's capital, Ottawa.

    • Visit Montréal's superb Biosphere and Planetarium and enjoy a cruise along the St Lawrence River.

    • Discover tangible history amongst Québec's cobbled streets on a guided walking tour.

    • Take a day trip to admire Niagara Falls and explore the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    11 days from €2,940pp

  • On the road to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

    Western Cape self-drive discovery

    • Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.

    • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

    • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

    • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

    15 days from €2,995pp

  • Château des Milandes, Dordogne, France

    Self drive Bordeaux and Dordogne

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Try wine blending in a reclaimed Bordeaux townhouse.

    • Visit Padirac Cave and cruise along its underground river in the Dordogne.

    • Explore the gardens and chateaux of the Dordogne.

    8 days from €2,995pp

  • Clapboard houses, St John's

    Newfoundland explored self-drive

    • Spot icebergs as they drift south on the Labrador Current and past Newfoundland's rocky harbours.

    • Explore St. John's many pubs and restaurants, well-known for their live music.

    • Marvel at the magnificent scenery of Gros Morne National Park.

    • Visit the site of the authentic Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.

    • Lose count of moose and caribou as you drive north along the Northern Peninsula.

    15 days from €3,055pp

  • Pena Palace, Sintra

    Lisbon & the Algarve: Portugal Self-Drive

    • Tour Lisbon’s historical heart and sample some local delicacies.

    • Explore the eccentric palaces and gardens of Sintra.

    • Visit Roman ruins in the historic city of Évora in the heart of the Alentejo countryside.

    • Learn how to cook traditional Algarvian Cataplana.

    • Hike the Algarve coastline near Lagos.

    10 days from €3,120pp

  • Amboise, Loire Valley

    Self-Drive: The Loire Valley

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if required.

    • Soar over the French countryside on a sunset hot air balloon ride.

    • Cycle through cavernous wine cellars before tasting local wine.

    • Visit three medieval chateaux and enjoy a cruise under the arches at Château de Chenonceau.

    6 days from €3,125pp

  • Tram and Cityscape, Lisbon

    Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

    • Experience the best of Lisbon on a guided tour through the city's historic districts.

    • Witness the whimsical architecture of Sintra's palaces.

    • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit a local family for a cup of mint tea.

    • Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.

    • Tour the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

    8 days from €3,145pp

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    The Golden Circle and west Iceland

    • Witness the mighty Geysir erupt as you explore the Golden Circle.

    • Learn about traditional Icelandic cuisine on a private food tour of Reykjavík.

    • Soak in the astounding scenery of the islands and mountains north of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a boat trip with a fresh sushi feast served on board.

    • Explore Langjökull Glacier from tunnels which take you into the glacier itself.

    7 days from €3,155pp

  • Isandlwana in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Battlefields

    Battlefields and Midlands

    • Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.

    • Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.

    • Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.

    • Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.

    13 days from €3,185pp

  • Harbour sailing trip on the tall ship Silva

    A Glimpse of Nova Scotia Self-Drive

    • Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch by the harbour.

    • Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal.

    • Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island.

    • Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress.

    14 days from €3,190pp

  • Horsedrawn Carriage Tour, Quebec City

    Charms of Charlevoix: Québec Self-Drive

    • Delve into the fascinating history of Québec with a three night stay in the old city.

    • Enjoy the quiet charm of Baie St Paul, one of the region's first tourist destinations.

    • Go whale watching on the mighty St. Lawrence River.

    • Explore lovely Lac St Jean, its historic villages and nearby wilderness areas.

    11 days from €3,220pp

  • Aerial view of farmer's market, Freiburg

    Self-drive: Luxembourg, Freiburg, Munich, Innsbruck and Zurich

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Visit the scenic but little-explored Luxembourg countryside.

    • Sample fine Swiss cheeses and chocolate direct from their producers.

    • Experience the attractions of six different countries, each with its own appeal.

    • Dine on Austrian specialties while enjoying a classic Tyrolean folk show.

    12 days from €3,250pp

  • Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Canada

    Hidden gems of the Rockies self-drive

    • Discover the lovely scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park and adjoining Glacier National Park in the USA.

    • Enjoy the many outdoor activities in Kootenay National Park.

    • Look for wildlife in the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

    • Explore hidden mountain back-roads.

    11 days from €3,340pp

  • Moose, Algonquin Provincial Park

    Essential Ontario self-drive

    • Admire the view from the top of the CN Tower.

    • Get up close to Niagara Falls on a Hornblower cruise.

    • Take in the magnificent Thousand Islands archipelago.

    • Explore the highlights of Canada's capital city, Ottawa.

    • Paddle a canoe and spot wildlife in Algonquin Provincial Park.

    11 days from €3,420pp

  • Tea plantation, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

    Classic Malaysia tour

    • See colonial architecture in the UNESCO city of Malacca.

    • Try the monorail in Kuala Lumpur during a guided walking tour of the city.

    • Visit the vast tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and try a local brew.

    • Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling UNESCO city of George Town.

    14 days from €3,470pp

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Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance and with cold weather still to come, travelling to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time in the west of Thailand in Krabi, Phuket and Koh Lanta. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch the migration of wildebeest and zebra as they follow the scent of the fresh grazing. And January marks the start of another wildlife showpiece. It’s the whale watching season in Baja California on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and on a cruise you can sit alongside as hundreds of whales and dolphins leap, arch and twirl in and out of the ocean.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

February might be bleak in the top half of the world, but it’s summertime down south and New Zealand and southern Australia are basking in the life outdoors. Walking trails are open and you can stretch out on the beaches while they're at their best. In Hong Kong, 15-day-long festivities kick off in February, when ancient Chinese traditions combine with true multicultural modernity. Relive New Year’s there before spring boarding to dry and sunny Cambodia to extend your journey in Southeast Asia.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

Japan’s springtime blossom starts to pop open in March, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak blossom season. In Bhutan, the subsiding cold is encouraging high-altitude rhododendrons to wake, while a number of colourful festivals take place. And a full spectrum of coloured powders plume in the air in Indian towns and villages as locals celebrate Holi festival. Our specialists can give you advice on how best to experience the ‘festival of colours’ as part of your trip to India.

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Travel Ideas in April

Places to travel in April

Travel to South America in April as nature offers wonderful bird watching in the Galapagos, including likely sightings of the fascinating mating ritual of the blue-footed booby. The Iguaçu Falls, bordering Brazil and Argentina, are also at their most dramatic after the summer rainfalls. In Morocco, the April climate is cool enough for you to explore Marrakesh’s souqs or hike the High Atlas Mountains in clearer air. And, if Easter falls in April, a trip in the Philippines is a window into the Spanish legacy of a ‘fiesta’ culture, and the weather is fantastic for the beaches.

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Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

If you’re planning a May break, the sun is always out over Bali’s soft-sand beaches at a time of year before the crowds hit their peak. Planning in advance pays off, as some of our favourite hotels are quick to book up. On a cruise in Canada, off the west coast of Vancouver, you can spot migrating gray whales and their young, along with minke and killer whales. And for a trip in the mountain air, hike along the wildflower trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The comfortable temperature allows you to enjoy the scenery by day and camp out in Bedouin-style tents by night.

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Herd of elephants in South Africa

Places to travel in June

June marks the start of the dry season in southern Africa and the chance to see newly born game as you safari in Botswana. Newborn gorillas are given their names in a traditional festival in Rwanda each June and we can design you a trip there gorilla trekking, which pairs nicely with added time on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara. June is also an ideal time for visiting Costa Rica in the quieter green (or rainy) season when you’ll still find plenty of dry weather, quieter national parks and better views of the famous Arenal Volcano.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

Ladakh in India is an ideal destination for July, with warm weather and little rain to accompany the Himalayan scenery. Spend time in Leh immersing yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture and exploring the monasteries, lakes and high-altitude deserts. We also recommend the Manu Rainforest in Peru in the month of July. Few parks can match its incredible wildlife, which includes giant otters, caymans and flocks of macaws.

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Travel Ideas in August

Places to travel in August

In August, Africa plays backdrop to one of the great wildlife spectacles: the annual migration of over two million wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. In Colombia, the start of August heralds the annual flower festival in Medellin. It attracts visitors worldwide with more flowers than you’d imagine possible, fireworks and live music. Or travel to Kandy in Sri Lanka at the time of the Parahera Festival held at the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is said to rest. Get swept up in dancing and parades by torchlight.

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Travel ideas in September

Places to travel in September

September kicks off the changing of the seasons in many regions, bringing with it shifting climates and bright landscapes. Before the wet season sets in, take a trip to Borneo and observe the orangutan at the Sepilok sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu. In Peru, September is the best time to take a hike to Incan city in the clouds Machu Picchu while there's still very little rain. And there’s no better place to witness the seasons change than in China, as the locals celebrate the harvest season across the country with the Mid-Autumnal Festival.

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Travel Ideas in October

Places to travel in October

October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Though the temperatures may begin to drop, November still offers plenty of opportunity for active adventure. Trek to the top of the world in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, and witness the sunrises over the tops of the peaks. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the warmer temperatures of the Red Sea in Egypt, where the water is a clear blue and the coral reefs teem with marine life. Or experience Vietnam by bicycle, along the countryside around the historic merchants' town of Hoi An or through the rice terraces and remote villages of Sapa.

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Travel Ideas in December

Places to travel in December

December brings celebrations of all shapes and sizes across the world. Embrace a wintry yet magical Christmas in Russia, where Gorky Park turns into an ice rink and sleigh rides are offered throughout the month. Top off your year joining in a New Year’s celebration in another part of the world. Travel to Brazil and watch the cariocas (Rio’s locals) dressed in white as they gather on a sunny Copacabana in tribute to the goddess of the sea. Or head to Australia for a New Year’s celebration of a lifetime in Sydney. Witness fireworks exploding off the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while enjoying the summer temperatures.

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