Where to go on holiday in July
From sensational summer escapes in Europe and North America to the iconic wildebeest migration in East Africa, July offers travel treats aplenty. Browse the selection below, all hand-picked by our specialists, then give us a call to plan your summer break.
Summer in Europe
While the Mediterranean beaches might be at their busiest, there's still plenty to enjoy on the Continent. Italy celebrates two famous festivals in July, namely the Verona Opera Festival and Palio di Siena – the latter requires booking well in advance. Capri and the Amalfi Coast are resplendent in July with mid–20s warmth while across Scandinavia and the Nordics, the Midnight Sun brings almost 24-hour sunshine.
Festivals in North America
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 breathtaking 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. Spot native wildlife in the vast Outback or head to the outer islands of the iconic Great Barrier Reef for superb diving and snorkelling.
Journeys through Asia
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.
If you're a fan of the classic film The Sound of Music, then this short break will be right up your street. Indeed, it's a superb opportunity to experience the original setting of the film first hand, with city and location tours paired with a stay in a 5-star hotel.
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.
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.
This fantastic itinerary is a beautiful showcase of Verona, and includes a four-night stay at the 5-star Hotel Due Torri, a walking tour of Verona, a visit to the Arena Museum Opera and best of all, tickets to the opera at the Arena di Verona – one of the world's most iconic opera houses.