Best places to travel in September 2020
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.
Popular countries to visit in September
Our specialists share their ideas, personal recommendations and inspiration about the best places to visit in September
The uncomfortable heat of summer dissipates in Uzbekistan, making it a great time to explore the ancient cities along the Silk Road. Western Australia is set alight with vibrant spring wildflowers, and towards the end of the month, the koyo season, when leaves start to turn, begins in Hokkaido before it spreads across Japan over subsequent weeks.
Tours we recommend in September
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in September.
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.
Explore the ancient medina of Marrakesh with a private guide, visiting historic palaces and peaceful gardens.
Watch street performers and sample Moroccan street food in Jemaa el Fna square.
Try your hand at bartering in the souq and watch craftsmen at work.
Go trekking with a private guide in the High Atlas Mountains and visit a Berber village.
Visit Petra - a Modern Wonder of the World.
Travel the King's Highway between Amman and Petra.
Walk down Petra's magical Siq Canyon.
Experience bustling Amman by night.
Explore the Treasury and Monastery in Petra.
Immerse yourself in the souqs of Marrakesh and see craftsmen busy at their trade.
Learn about Marrakesh’s past by visiting its grand palaces, mosques and gardens with a guide.
Stay in a traditional riad, each of which has its own distinctive character.
Soak up the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of Essaouria’s historic medina and fishing port.
Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and visit traditional Berber villages.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
Visit Naples Archaeological Museum and see original relics from Pompeii.
Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Enjoy panoramic views of Ischia on a private hike followed by a tasty lunch.
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.
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.
Cycle around Toronto, taking in its highlights, including the CN Tower and Kensington Market.
Admire the parliamentary architecture in Ottawa and skate on the frozen Rideau Canal.
Explore the cobbled streets, ice sculptures and culinary scene of old Québec.
Walk around old Montréal and visit the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Admire the wintry landscape between each city from the comfort of a train.
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.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the colourful coral reefs around the Seychelles.
Stroll along the stunning beaches of La Digue.
Explore the fascinating Vallee du Mai.
Hire a bike and visit a secluded beach for a picnic.
Cycle to Anse Source D'Argent on La Digue - one of the Seychelles' most famous and beautiful beaches.
Take an ox cart ride around La Digue.
Swim and snorkel from the idyllic L'Archipel beach, a crescent of perfect white sand.
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.
Visit the Tin Mal mosque in the High Atlas.
Barter for goods in Taroudant souq.
Observe the traditional lifestyle of the Chleuh Berbers.
Explore the rocky landscapes of Tafraoute.
Enjoy dramatic Atlantic views from the pool side.
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.
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.
Visit the huge Roman site at Jerash.
Travel the King's Highway between Amman and Petra.
Walk down Siq Canyon before emerging into Petra.
Enjoy an extended tour of Wadi Rum.
Relax by the Dead Sea.
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.
Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.
Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.
Savour the decadent cuisine and attention to detail in one of the hotel's seven restaurants.
Take advantage of the many children's activities at the Belle Mare Plage.
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.
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.
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.
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.