We've always found autumn a smart time to travel to Europe. Prices are reasonable, summer crowds diminish and the weather turns temperate.
And it's not just Europe that lends itself to great holidays at this time of year. Below we've picked out our favourite destinations across the globe. From island hopping adventures in Croatia to self-drive holidays in South Africa during the spectacular whale watching season.
If you're still planning a summer escape, take advantage of our secret sale and save up to £7,000* per couple on 5-star luxury river cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest.
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Among its rolling hills and sweeping plains, central Spain hides some of Europe’s finest cultural treasures, from medieval fortresses to Roman aqueducts. You’ll take it all in with scenic country drives and stays in historic hotels.
20% Early booking discount – Save up to £160 pp
Book by: 31 March 2019
Unquestionably Madeira’s most famous hotel, the five-star Belmond Reid’s Palace is one of the world’s great names. Experience the best in elegant luxury, coupled with fine dining, an indulgent spa and sweeping Atlantic Ocean views.
Bursting with cobalt-blue sea vistas, film-worthy landscapes and exceptional dining, this itinerary offers a chance to witness the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Salina and Stromboli.
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Be charmed by Sydney before discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of New South Wales' East Coast as you wind your way north.
– Save up to £325 pp
Book by: 26 March 2019
Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.