Where to go on holiday in June
Whether it's an island-hopping adventure in the Med, an adventure under Scandinavia's Midnight Sun or a safari in Southern Africa, June offers up a wealth of travel experiences to suit all tastes. Our specialists have picked out their favourites below.
Europe's Islands and beaches
June sees summer start in the northern hemisphere. Head to Portugal, Spain, Italy and southern France before the crowds arrive later in the season, or go island hopping in Croatia or Greece. Whatever you choose, you an expect some glorious weather to go alongside all that superb food and wine.
Road trips & rail journeys in North America
In the USA, meanwhile, why not explore the music of the Deep South with a road trip taking in Nashville and Memphis. Look to the start of the month to avoid the summer heat. Meanwhile, Boston and Cape Cod benefit from fewer crowds and a favourable temperature, while California sparkles in the early-summer sun. Further north, southern Canada is warm and inviting – head to Montreal in June for the annual Jazz Festival. Then, in the west, the Rocky Mountaineer train is perhaps our favourite way to take in the delights of British Columbia and Alberta's Rocky Mountains.
The Midnight Sun in Scandinavia and the Nordics
Closer to home, Scandinavia celebrates the arrival of the Midnight Sun, with long days and virtually no nights. The ICEHOTEL 365 comes into its own, with a range of summer excursions and a unique summer ice hotel stay possible. Self-drives across Norway, Iceland and Denmark are all good options, with the long days complementing the lower crowds. Iceland is also superb at this time of year – head out among the geological marvels of the Golden Circle or spot whales playing in the North Atlantic swells.
Incredible wildlife holidays in Africa
In Africa, Zambia's walking safaris are at their best, while it is also the ideal month for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda – a true bucket-list experience. And, speaking of bucket list, June also sees the start of the wildebeest migration in Tanzania as thousands-strong herds make their way across the Serengeti.
The north of Australia
In Australia, it's a great time to visit Queensland (Great Barrier Reef), as well as the northern half of Western Australia, the Red Centre (Uluru) and the Northern Territory. Travel to Sydney to catch the excellent Vivid Sydney light and music festival.
Spend two nights in the majestic Pestana Palacio Do Freixo – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.
From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.
Sicily's rich past has given rise to a uniquely contrasting history and it's a similar story when it comes to its food and wine. You’ll take it all in with stays in boutique properties and pretty country drives, with the island’s famous gastronomy showcased in wine tastings and open-kitchen dining.
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.
Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.