Where to travel in July
Italy celebrates two famous festivals in July, namely the Verona Opera Festival and Palio di Siena – the latter requiring booking well in advance. Capri and the Amalfi Coast are resplendent in July with mid–20s warmth and sparkling seas, though you will need to book in advance to ensure availability. In Austria, the Sound of Music is on, while Scandinavia benefits from the Midnight Sun, bringing almost 24-hour sunshine.
July 4th celebrations in the USA are patriotic affairs and bring a celebratory vibe across the country; head to the east coast for the most pleasant conditions. It's also an ideal time to spot killer whales in Puget Sound or watch bears fish for salmon in Alaska. Meanwhile, in Canada, catch the Calgary Stampede and enjoy an action-packed rodeo, or head for the national parks (but book well in advance).
In Africa, the Kenyan Masai Mara migration season begins – a fascinating spectacle – while safaris and whale spotting in South Africa are also in season. Down under, Australia's Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern Western regions benefit from sunny, warm days.
While many people consider Asia to be inaccessible due to monsoons, July is in fact the best time to visit Thailand and Malaysia's east coasts, Borneo and China. It's best to visit these locations in the first half of July before the school holidays to avoid the crowds. In Myanmar, July is one of the only months you can cruise the beautiful Chindwin River.
Embrace the spirit of the Canadian Wild West on this tailor-made fly-drive that combines the thrills of the Calgary Stampede with a stay in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
From mountain towns down to idyllic seasides and rural villages, this is your chance to head off the beaten track among Catalonia’s endless charm. You'll knit together hiking trails, beaches and rustic villages with scenic drives and stays in historic accommodation, from castles to farmhouses.
If you're a fan of the classic film The Sound of Music, then this is the tour for you. The family musical is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, we're offering you the opportunity to experience the original setting of the film at first hand on a four-day Salzburg-b…
With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.
From world-leading gastronomy and viticulture to fortified medical cities and pretty coastal towns, this tailor-made self-drive takes in the highlights both urban and rural of France's beautiful Occitanie region.
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Pair the cultural riches of Kuala Lumpur with a five-star stay on Malaysia's tropical east coast. Here, at your indulgent beachfront hotel, you'll relax with spa treatments and gourmet dining, all the while looking out to sweeping, palm-framed views of the South China Sea.