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Our top trips departing in October

Where to go on holiday in October


October is a time of outstanding beauty in the Northern Hemisphere, not least across the Atlantic in New England. Other far-flung favourites include Chile's Atacama Desert and the wildlife-rich Galápagos. Our specialists have picked out their top October holidays below. Have browse, then give us a call to plan your holiday.

Autumn in Europe

As Europe slips towards winter, the Southern Hemisphere comes into its own. That said, harvest festivals make visits to the likes of Tuscany's and Rioja's vineyards particularly pleasurable, while southern Portugal, Malta and Andalucia's Moorish wonders still enjoy great weather. Meanwhile, autumn in Scandinavia serves up superb fall foliage coupled with magical displays of the Northern Lights.

New England fall

While many parts of the world are spectacular in autumn, few can match the sheer beauty of New England. Reaching their peak in October, the reds, golds and ambers that light up the forests of the USA's northeast corner are simply stunning, although you’ll need to book early to get the best accommodation. Elsewhere, Yellowstone, Japan, Quebec and Atlantic Canada offer quieter alternatives. In the latter, you’ll also catch the tail end of whale season. You can also beat the crowds at Utah’s national parks, while both California and Hawaii are idyllically sunny.

Spring in South America

By contrast, South America is well into spring. North and central Chile’s seaside towns, colonial capital and world-wonder desert are at their best, and can easily be combined with Bolivia’s high-altitude beauty. Argentina’s Patagonian wildflowers and temperate cities are just as enticing, along with Peru’s lively Senor de los Milagros Festival.

Amazing Asia

Looking to Asia, while the likes of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are entering their high season, rates are slightly less and the crowds are by no means at full force. Nepal and Bhutan are also at their best and, even if you’re not hiking, clear skies make for stunning Himalayan views. East China’s pleasantly cool and dry weather is equally enticing.

Australia & New Zealand

Down Under, Australia is warming up, with its west resplendent in wildflowers and the tropical Great Barrier Reef offering excellent diving before the rains. Over the Tasman Sea, New Zealand’s Kaikoura enjoys superb marine life, from whales to dolphins, while in the mountains hiking trails are starting to open up after the ski season.

Africa & the Middle East

In Africa, the beaches of Mozambique, South Africa’s wildlife and the white water rafting on Zambia’s Zambezi River are superb. It’s also a good time to visit Morocco and Jordan before the winter drop in temperatures and there are good deals to be had in Oman and the United Arab Emirates outside of half-term holidays. 

Flexibility Promise + British Airways Sale

The British Airways sale is now on. Book by 22nd June 2021. There's also still time to make the most of our Flexibility Promise, available on all holidays booked by 30th June 2021, for travel up to 30th November 2021. 

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