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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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Warm, settled weather generally accompanies the return to school in England, making it a good time to explore stately homes and medieval villages, while the Jane Austin Festival in Regency Bath adds literary appeal. 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.

  • Riad Ilayka, Marrakesh

    Private riad stay in Marrakesh

    • Sample the hustle and bustle of the souks of Marrakesh.

    • Explore the Atlas mountains on a privately guided trek.

    • Visit the Saadien tombs and Bahia Palace.

    • Enjoy a private cookery lesson - learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan meal.

    • Relax and spend time with family or friends in your own private Riad

    8 days from $1,565pp

  • 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 $1,605pp

  • 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 $1,915pp

  • 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 $1,955pp

  • 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 $2,080pp

  • Albany

    Southwest Uncovered

    • Sample fabulous local wines in the Margaret River wine region.

    • Hang out with super cute Quokkas on Rottnest Island.

    • Relax on some of the country's finest pristine white sand beaches.

    • Wander through ancient Karri forests.

    • Enjoy dinner overlooking an Indian Ocean sunset.

    • Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.

    • Includes over £350/USD$440 of hotel savings.

    11 days from $2,190pp

  • 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 $2,395pp

  • 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 $2,495pp

  • Essaouira

    Marrakesh, the High Atlas & Essaouira

    • 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.

    10 days from $2,515pp

  • 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 $2,525pp

  • 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 $2,635pp

  • 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.

    13 days from $2,675pp

  • 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.

    11 days from $2,840pp

  • Tasmanian Devil, Australia

    Classic Tasmania self-drive

    • Browse the Salamanca Markets in Hobart for local arts and crafts, surrounded by the historical harbour buildings.

    • Cruise the Gordon River and take in the local flora, fauna and convict history.

    • Get up close to the elusive Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.

    • Walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park and take your own pictures of one of Australia's most photographed beaches.

    10 days from $2,870pp

  • Brays Beach, Byron Bay

    Australia By the Beach

    • Explore Sydney's stylish city beaches.

    • Watch the surfers at Byron Bay.

    • Visit the tropical city of Brisbane.

    • Relax on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

    • Take a tour to the amazing Fraser Island.

    13 days from $2,985pp

  • Castle Aragonese, Ischia

    Naples & 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 $2,995pp

  • 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.

    18 days from $3,105pp

  • 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.

    12 days from $3,175pp

  • Kalbarri National Park

    Western Australia's Coral Coast

    • Explore the National Parks to view canyons and dramatic rock formations.

    • Marvel at the spectacular marine life including manta rays, whale sharks and turtles.

    • Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.

    • Take a sunset walk along a deserted beach.

    13 days from $3,245pp

  • Leopard, Kruger National Park

    Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

    • Drive along the Panorama Route for incredible views over the Drakensberg Escarpment.

    • Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.

    • See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger.

    • Head out on bush walks with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the area's wildlife.

    6 days from $3,355pp

  • Orangutan, Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

    Classic Java & Sumatra

    • Track down orangutan and other wildlife in the dense jungles of Sumatra.

    • Travel overland through the volcanic landscape of western Java.

    • Visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur as the sun comes up.

    11 days from $3,495pp

  • 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 $3,500pp

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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 Vietnam’s sandy shores. It’s also summer in Australia, a season celebrated with outdoor cinema screenings, festivals and sporting events.

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. If you’re after cooler climes, temperatures in India have cooled enough to make exploring its fortress cities comfortable. Or, embrace winter in Paris, where crisp, clear skies showcase the monument-filled skyline and fewer visitors make for an ideal Louvre museum experience.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like a troika (sleigh) ride in Russia, or looking to 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 winter turns to spring across the northern hemisphere, Japan’s 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. Portugal also begins to warm, making it a good time for coastal hikes and city sightseeing without the summer crowds.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and Kruger wildlife is at its healthiest among the fresh, green vegetation following the rains. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka and Morocco at their best. Meanwhile, cooler climes in New Zealand makes March 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 favorite hotels are quick to book up. For a trip in the mountain air, hike along the wildflower trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The temperature is comfortable for enjoying the scenery and it's an ideal time for camping out in Bedouin-style tents. It's also a good time to visit Europe before the weather gets too hot.

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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 outside the busiest times of year.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Sunny beaches in Thailand, wintry cities in France and blazing foliage in Japan — you can choose from a wide variety of destinations if you’re planning to travel in November. Below, we’ve selected some of the best places to visit, as well as some suggestions of what to see and do while you’re there.

Popular cities in Europe empty out, giving you free run of museums in France, Spain and Italy. Crowds also thin in Peru, so you’ll have more elbow room to enjoy Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Thailand and Vietnam both have sunny weather suitable for a beach break, while Morocco’s hot temperatures decline, making it a great time to explore the main cities.

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Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Places to travel in December

In December, you can relax in a natural hot spring in Japan before visiting snow monkeys that do the same, enjoy a private tour of the Louvre without the usual crowds or nibble king cake in Portugal. The month offers a wealth of options across the globe, so we’ve listed some of the most popular destinations. We’ve also suggested a few you might not have thought of, where you can take advantage of quieter cities to enjoy sights that are often very busy.

Hike through caves in Vietnam, ply the Amazon’s tributaries by boat in Peru or just relax under sunny skies in Australia or the Algarve.

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