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Travel Ideas in July

Best places to travel in July 2021

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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It’s the long, dry season in Rwanda making wildlife sightings more common, while in Madagascar’s Île Saint-Marie, humpback whales begin to arrive having migrated from Antarctica to calve. Ladakh is India is warm and dry for visiting the monasteries, lakes and high-altitude deserts, or look to Russia for balmy weather and a month of cultural events and firework displays, particularly in Saint-Petersburg.

Tours we recommend in July

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

  • Garden Villa bedroom, Pavilions, Sanur

    The Pavilions break

    • A short walk away from a beach with many excellent restaurants.
    • The property only has 23 luxury villas all with gorgeous views out into mature gardens.
    • Dine under the stars in the hidden garden offering authentic Indonesian cuisine.
    • Take advantage of the open air yoga studio and practice with the hotels yoga instructor.

    10 days from £1,995pp

  • 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 £2,305pp

  •  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 £2,355pp

  • Clapboard houses, St John's

    Newfoundland explored self-drive tour

    • 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 £2,595pp

  • Blood River in KwaZulu-Natal

    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 £2,605pp

  • 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 £2,655pp

  • Brussels Grand Place, Belgium

    Brussels & Amsterdam by rail

    • Wander Amsterdam's canal-lined cobbled streets on a tasting tour.

    • Spend the day in historic Bruges.

    • Visit the traditional fishing towns of Marken and Volendam.

    • Explore historic Brussels by foot with a private guide.

    7 days from £2,670pp

  • Deluxe one bedroom pool villa, Jimbaran Puri Bali, Jimbaran

    Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali break

    • Located on one of Bali's most beautiful beaches with a calm sea ideal for swimming.
    • Cottages and villas are innkeeping with natural surrounds using teak, rattan and thatch.
    • Both restaurants offer delicious Asian flavours with gorgeous ocean vistas as you dine.
    • The signature cookery classes showcase Balinese dishes with the ingredients collected from local markets.

    10 days from £2,700pp

  • Harbour sailing trip on the tall ship Silva

    A glimpse of Nova Scotia self-drive tour

    • 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 £2,730pp

  • Aerial view of farmer's market, Freiburg

    Self-drive tour: Luxembourg, Freiburg, Munich, Innsbruck & 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 £2,730pp

  • Horsedrawn Carriage Tour, Quebec City

    Charms of Charlevoix: Québec self-drive tour

    • 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 £2,740pp

  • Tugu Lombok,Sire Beach

    Tugu Lombok break

    • Pristine location on Sire beach.
    • Take a private boat ride to the Gili Islands for great snorkeling.
    • Each spacious villa is mere steps away from the beach.
    • Both restaurants are vibrantly decorated in the traditional style, offering renowned oriental dishes.

    10 days from £2,775pp

  • Paddy fields in Bali, Indonesia

    Round island Bali tour

    • Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

    • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.

    • Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).

    • Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.

    • Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.

    • Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.

    19 days from £2,850pp

  • Moose, Algonquin Provincial Park

    Essential Ontario self-drive tour

    • 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 £2,870pp

  • Rice terraces, Munduk

    Eastern Bali's culture & coast

    • Visit Ubud, Bali's spiritual and artistic hub.

    • Gain an insight into Balinese life and customs.

    • Stay in rural Bali away from the crowds.

    • Eat like a local and learn to make Balinese dishes.

    • Relax on Bali's eastern coast.

    13 days from £2,960pp

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Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance, journeying to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time on a Caribbean island, a secluded Cambodian archipelago or Sri Lanka’s southern shores. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch new-born zebra take their first steps, as migratory birds feast on the fresh grasses.

In Baja California, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, you can watch as hundreds of whales and dolphins leap, arch and twirl in and out of the ocean. If you’re after cooler climes, temperatures in India have cooled enough to make exploring its fortress cities comfortable. Or, embrace winter in the steaming waters of a Japanese hot-spring bath after exploring the snow-dusted forests of the Japanese Alps.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like dog-sledding and snowshoeing in Canada, or escaping the colder temperatures at home with a cruise along the Nile under sunny skies, February can make an excellent time to travel. A safari in Tanzania gives you a chance to see new-born antelope take their first wobbly steps, while warm temperatures in Argentina make it an ideal time for trekking in Patagonia.

We’ve shared some of the most popular destinations to visit in February below, as well as a few countries that you may not have considered, where you can visit key sights without the crowds.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

As spring blossoms across the northern hemisphere, the American Southwest opens to a range of outdoor adventures, while lengthening days in Iceland allow for more time exploring wild, volcanic landscapes. Japan’s springtime blooms start to emerge, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak season.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and vibrant carnivals for the Jewish festival of Purim take place across Israel. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives at their best. However, cooler climes in New Zealand makes this an excellent month to explore, with quieter walking trails, near-empty coastlines and a good chance of sunshine.

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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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Amalfi coast, Italy

Places to travel in October

Whether you’re looking for spring blooms, autumnal foliage or prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, you’ll find plenty of destinations to choose from if you’re planning to travel in October. Below are just some of the places we feel are at their best at this time of year, along with our suggestions on the best things to do there.

You could make the most of excellent hiking conditions in New Zealand, go whale watching in South Africa, or indulge in fresh produce during harvest time in Vietnam, Japan or Italy. And, in many of our chosen countries, you’ll be visiting before or after the busiest times of year.

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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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Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Places to travel in December

From festive celebrations to sun-kissed beaches, December can be an excellent month to travel to a wide range of destinations, depending on what you want from your trip. Below are ten destinations that shine for their own reasons during December.

You could head to Japan, where the chill in the air can be tempered with a soak in a steaming onsen. Thailand’s beaches and clear, calm waters are all the more enticing during winter. Or, under a blanket of snow, Canada offers cheery Christmas markets, cosy log cabins and dog-sledding through ice-bejewelled forest.

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