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Travel ideas in September

Best places to travel in September 2021

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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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.

  • Mykonos Grand Hotel, Agios Ioannis

    Mykonos Grand break

    • The resort overlooks the sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo in Greek mythology.
    • Situated just 4.5 km from Mykonos town for a variety of shops, restaurants and bars.
    • Open air dining experience with panoramic sea views at the Dolphins of Delos restaurant.
    • The hotel has a gorgeous salt water swimming pool with views out to the ocean and Delos.

    5 days from £1,130pp

  • Domes Zeen, Chania

    Domes Zeen Chania break

    • Just ten minutes away from the charming, historic city of Chania.
    • Experience more of Crete with a guided tour along the 18km Samaria Gorge.
    • Creative flair at the Enino Gastronomy Restaurant marries flavours from Crete and the Mediterranean.
    • Hotel style inspired by natural materials and earth tones, for a sense of tranquillity.
    • Every room and suite has a beautiful balcony looking out to the gardens or ocean.

    5 days from £1,230pp

  • Domes of Elounda , Elounda

    Domes of Elounda break

    • Unique architecture with domed ceilings and exotic interior detailing.
    • Stay in ultimate luxury with the Haute Living villas and upgrade your relaxation with bespoke packages.
    • Excellent choice of dining with four restaurants onsite and the nearby town of Elounda just two miles away.
    • Ideal property for honeymooners with options to include couples massages and a romantic candle lit dinner.

    5 days from £1,380pp

  • Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Agios Nikolaos

    Daios Cove break

    • Drawing on Grecian influence the Ocean Restaurant serves modern dishes, complimented by an extensive wine list.
    • Rooms and villas set into the cliffside, many with impressive views over the ocean.
    • Indulge in a relaxing thermal water treatment at the Goco spa.
    • The hotel offers an off road experience with a Land Rover, allowing you to discover Crete.
    • The hotel has teamed up with world renowned Saatchi Gallery to display outstanding international artwork.

    5 days from £1,530pp

  • Hotel Aigua Blava, Costa Brava

    Hotel Aiqua Blava break

    • Traditional Catalan cuisine cooked by top chef Lluís Ferrés, served at the open air Terrace restaurant.
    • Large outdoor pool and terrace affords marvellous views across Aiguablava bay.
    • Several rooms have direct access onto the beach.
    • Small family-run hotel atmosphere with renowned hospitality and a personal touch.

    5 days from £1,560pp

  • San Montano Resort & Spa, Ischia

    San Montano Resort & Spa break

    • Eight different pools offer a variety of vistas, thermal waters and Jacuzzis.
    • La Veranda Restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean flavours and tables overlooking the ocean.
    • The hotel offers full day boat tours to nearby islands such as Capri and Ischia.
    • The resort stands 108 metres above sea level with gorgeous views over the Bay of Naples.

    5 days from £1,650pp

  • Masseria San Domenico

    Masseria San Domenico break

    • Historical 15th century watch tower restored to a serene modern hotel.
    • A huge outdoor salt water pool is the main feature at Masseria San Domenico.
    • The spa offers thalassotherapy, to unlock the health benefits of sea water.
    • The hotel offers an extensive program of sporting activities from aqua gym to cycling and yoga.
    • The historical restaurant building dates back to the 18th century and serves freshly caught fish.

    5 days from £1,680pp

  • L'Archipel seen from the sea, Praslin

    L'Archipel break

    • Set in a tropical paradise with views over the white sand of Anse Gouvernement beach.
    • The hotel feels personal with just 30 rooms all with sea views.
    • Situated on the island of Praslin, right at the end of the famed Côte d'Or Bay.
    • Both restaurants serve delicious local seafood caught fresh each day.
    • Weekly Creole buffet served on the beach accompanied by live music and traditional dancing.

    7 days from £1,770pp

  • Masseria Torre Coccaro , Fasano

    Masseria Torre Coccaro break

    • Situated on a historic olive grove with olives still farmed today.
    • It has access to two private beach clubs with excellent lounge facilities and restaurants.
    • Organic produce grown on site is served in all of the hotels four restaurants.
    • The property offers tours to local villages of Ostuni and Locorotondo in vintage cars.
    • The hotel's sommelier, Paolo, will take guests through the range of Italian wines in a private tasting.

    5 days from £1,780pp

  • Les Villas D'Or, Praslin

    Les Villas D'Or break

    • Each of the suites and villas features a private plunge pool and stunning views.
    • Dine by Design offers guests the chance to design the setting and menu a private dinner.
    • Award-winning spa providing traditional Asian wellness experiences.
    • Secretive location set amongst huge palm trees and descending right onto the white sand beach.
    • Options for snorkeling and diving on day trips.

    7 days from £1,895pp

  • Local houses, Nafplio

    Athens & 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 £1,995pp

  • Borgo Egnazia, Fasano

    Borgo Egnazia break

    • Due Camini restaurant offers traditional Apulian dishes with a fine dining flair.
    • Located in the rolling hills of the Itria Valley, Borgo Egnazia feels like a traditional Puglian village.
    • Guests can access the hotels two private beaches during their stay. Play a round of golf at the scenic San Domenico Golf Course.
    • The magnificent luxury villas offer the ultimate escape with private swimming pools.

    5 days from £1,995pp

  • 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

  • Family villa pool, Constance Ephelia Resort, Mahe

    Constance Ephelia break

    • Experience laid-back island life in this natural hillside resort.
    • The villas are surrounded by tropical forest and a short distance to the beach.
    • Each private villa has a plunge pool overlooking Lam Yai bay.
    • Laid back Thai style dining can be served in the comfort of your villa.
    • Access to a multitude of water sports in the pristine Gulf of Thailand.

    7 days from £2,200pp

  • Kempinski Mahe swimming pool area

    Kempinski Seychelles Resort break

    • Experience beachside dining at the Wingsong restaurant and taste their signature Hot stone steak.
    • Large rooms with private terraces overlooking the lush tropical forest or the pristine ocean.
    • The onsite dive centre provides the best way to explore the wonders of the ocean.
    • The hotel has an refined romantic feel and can offer private dining for a special celebration.

    7 days from £2,210pp

  • Masseria Torre Maizza, Fasano

    Masseria Torre Maizza break

    • Traditional Puglian style, surrounded by ancient olive groves.
    • Guests have access to a exclusive nine hole golf course.
    • Stunning rooftop bar with views out to the blue waters of the Adriatic.
    • Private beach club available only to guests is a prime spot for relaxation.
    • Central Fasano town can be reached in just ten minutes by car.

    5 days from £2,220pp

  • Beach at CaranaBeach

    CaranaBeach Hotel break

    • Beachfront swimming pool offers stunning views over the bay.
    • Each of the 40 luxurious chalets are situated right on the beach.
    • Lorizon restaurant serves refined Creole dishes with panoramic views over the ocean.

    7 days from £2,260pp

  • 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

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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.

Places to travel

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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