Where to travel in September
September marks your last chance to take in the European summer. What’s more, it’s also an ideal opportunity to avoid the crowds, with such southern countries as Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece among the highlights.
However, there’s also plenty of excitement outside of the Continent. As Canada and the USA slip towards a temperate autumn, you can avoid the crowds – and hiked prices – to take in New England’s spectacular fall foliage.
Turning south, the winelands, desert spectaculars and colonial cities of central and northern Chile come into their own. Southern Peru also eases into its shoulder season, meaning fewer tourists and still-great temperatures.
Southern Africa is also entering its spring, meaning ideal safaris to Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa. You can even experience the Hermanus Whale Watching Festival, next door to Cape Town. Otherwise, consider a self-drive through Namibia's stunning scenery – just be sure to book well in advance. To the north, Morocco is also coming into its best, with Oualidia’s beaches sunny and quiet, with the locals having left.
In Asia, it’s the last month for good weather in Bali and Borneo, while there are superb savings on leading five-star hotels in Rajasthan’s Golden Triangle – Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur.
Lastly, September is a good time for many parts of Australia. The weather is heating up in the south and the monsoons won’t have hit the north. The humpback migration off the east coast and cheaper airfares don’t hurt, either.
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With included luxury hotel stays, first-class rail travel and private, expert-led tours in both cities, this five-star break is the ultimate introduction to the historical delights of two Italian greats – Florence and Rome.
Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.
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Book by: 05 April 2018
The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd expect from a country with such a rich and varied history and a reputation for chaos and conformity in equal measure.
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Stay in two of the country’s finest luxury hotels as you’re exposed to the oceanfront charms of an Atlantic fishing village and the bustling history of Marrakech.
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Book by: 16 September 2018
Combine the white sands of the Tuscan coast with the Renaissance excess of Florence, enjoying stays in two of the country’s finest hotels; contrast private-beach access with Michelin-starred dining. In between, the use of a hire car will afford you the flexibility to explore the Tuscan countryside.
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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.