Chase the Sun, Escape the Crowds: Best Places to Visit in September

by | 16 Apr 2024

For much of the Northern Hemisphere, September represents the sweet spot between the scorching heat and school holiday crowds of mid-summer, and the mellow fruitfulness of fall. From the mesmerizing beauty of changing landscapes to the serenity of uncrowded destinations, here are the best places to visit in September that exemplify our credo of Traveling in Style.

All of the destinations and trips in this article are included in our Seasonal Travel Sale. Book now to save up to $4,000 per Couple on ‘Business Class’ Tours* departing in September.


A group of people talk while the pyramids of Giza tower in the background.

Temperature: 93 °F (35 °C) highs, 72 °F (22 °C) lows

We’d argue September is one of the best months to travel to Egypt. Daytime temperatures remain toasty, but not nearly as scorching as July-August peak. Crowds are also thinner than at the heigh of summer, giving you the perfect window to explore Egypt’s ancient treasures.

From the enigmatic Pyramids of Giza to the mystical temples of Luxor and the serene banks of the Nile, you’ll find a captivating tapestry of archaeological marvels and cultural richness. Whether you stand in awe before the Great Sphinx, marvel at the temple complex of Karnak, or sail aboard a traditional felucca, September is the best month to discover its wonders in style.


Cruise along the fabled Nile, explore the legendary Valley of the Kings, wander through bustling bazaars, and witness the majestic allure of Abu Simbel, all led by expert guides. Of course, your premium tour is conducted with style and taste, so you’ll experience the allure of the ancient world along with all the modern comforts of premium travel.

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Old ruins in Sicily, backdropped by gorgeous mediterranean coastline. A man in a pink top looks out into the distance.

Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) highs, 70 °F (14 °C) lows

In-part thanks to its starring role in the smash-hit series White Lotus, we expect this heart-breakingly beautiful Italian island to be popular this summer. But don’t miss out – instead book your travel for September, when the honeyed sunlight of early fall paints the island’s atmospheric cities and ancient ruins in gold. Spend your days meandering through ancient Greek temples, strolling along the seafronts of time-warp fishing villages, or simply lounging on the many flawless beach, basking in the beauty of Sicilian simplicity.


On this extraordinary 8-day journey you’ll experience the unique culture that makes La Trinacria so adored. Indulge your senses in vibrant markets, tantalizing cuisine, ancient ruins, and stunning coastlines. Get ready to unveil the hidden treasures of Sicily, and see why civilizations across centuries have vied for control over this Mediterranean jewel.

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Rainbow coloured forests sprawl out into the distance, with the white steeple of a church poking out from between the trees. Sights like these make New England one of the best places to visit in September

Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C) highs, 57 °F (14 °C) lows

Coming alive in a symphony of vivid colors and crisp fall air, New England is one of the best places to visit in September. Renowned for its breathtaking fall foliage, this picturesque corner of the USA oozes with European charm and natural abundance. As the summer heat fades, a vibrant transformation sweeps through the landscape, painting the rolling hills, quaint towns, and winding coastal roads with a palette of fiery reds, vibrant oranges, and golden yellows.

As well as nature’s splendor, you’ll find historic cities that tell tales of the American past, with none more significant than Boston; one of the oldest cities in the US. Here you’ll find character and charm in spades, clear from its Old World-style cobbled streets, historic landmarks and unique coastal cuisine. Partake in a Lobster roll?

Witness nature’s magnificent spectacle as the foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of crimson, gold, and ochre hues. From the charming streets of historic Boston to the serene lakes of New Hampshire and the idyllic coastal vistas of Maine, this unforgettable 8 day tour takes you through all the sights and insights of Northeast USA. Embrace the crisp September air as you meander along scenic byways, relishing in the picturesque charm of quaint villages and capturing the essence of this fleeting season.


An old Portuguese castle stands over the sea

Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) highs, 62 °F (14 °C) lows

Vacations in September are all about refinement and living life at a relaxed pace. In Portugal, you’re blessed with sun-drenched days and world-class waves; there are few places more ideal to spend a September. Nestled on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, you’ll be pressed to find a more iconic sunset than in Portugal. In September it’s still hot and sunny, yet far less manic than in August. Indeed, As well as the sunset tones of crimson and gold, September paints Portugal with a tranquil hue.

Explore the cobbled streets of Lisbon, bask in the golden beaches of the Algarve, and discover the hidden gems of Porto without the bustling crowds. This allows you to savor the genuine charm of its cities and immerse yourself in its soul-stirring landscapes. Embrace the allure of Portugal in September, which captivates the senses and leaves one with an eternal sense of saudade.


With everything from the charming villages of the Douro Valley to the gorgeous coastlines of Southern Spain, this meticulously crafted itinerary is an adventure through the best of Iberia. Portuguese tiled streets, cobblestone promenades, seaside charm and Andalusian architecture; prepare to make unforgettable memories and a deep connection with this extraordinary corner of the world.

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Cardiff's riverfront at night. The lights of the Victorian-era buildings reflect on the glassy river below.


Temperature: 64°F (18°C) highs, 52°F (11°C) lows

While the Welsh capital is amazing all year round, it’s one of the best places to visit in September as it’s hotter than the rest of the year but boasting some beautiful fall foliage at the same time. It makes it the ideal time to go on a food tour around the city, dining on delicious Welsh fare at events like the Amgueddfa Cymru Food Festival, held at the open-air St Fagans National Museum of History. Or, venture out of the city to the nearby town of Aberfavenny for their local food festival. Also, check out the classic Victorian style of Roath Park, laid out along the Nant Fawr stream. It’s also great weather for a trip to historic Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff is a fantastic jumping off point to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park (now officially rebranded with its Welsh name Bannau Brycheiniog). This is a gorgeous mountain range filled with gentle rolling hills and wild moorlands, pocked with charming market towns. These 520 square miles spanning South Wales have been known for their beauty for a long time – it was one of the first ten areas to be deemed a National Park in Britain over 60 years ago, and it was the fifth location to be deemed an International Dark Sky Reserve in the whole world.


Take the country roads across England and Wales on an 11-day exploration of Dorset’s quaint seaside vistas, Cardiff’s Welsh Rugby heritage and Bath’s ancient Roman history. There’s no better way to discover Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons. First you’ll enjoy a morning in the heart of the National Park, either visiting a local kitchen garden to peruse their seasonal aromatics, or taking a medicinal plant foraging walk on the Park’s trails. Then, we’ll indulge in a hearty farm-to-table pub lunch, all using delicious seasonal ingredients. After, we head to Cardiff, where one of our travel experts will give you an orientation of this vibrant city. Visit the home of Welsh Rugby at the Principality Stadium, and then go on to explore the incomparable Cardiff Castle.

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Three women enjoy a sea-to-table dinner in Croatia, the glittering Adriatic in the background

Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) highs, 68 °F (14 °C) lows

Basking in glorious Mediterranean sunshine along the Adriatic coast, Croatia is a particularly sophisticated destination, seamlessly blending rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant coastal culture While each season unveils its own charm, take your vacation in September for a truly refined experience.

As the summer fervor gradually wanes, Croatia basks in a balmy embrace. Its beaches are still markedly sun-kissed, but with a tinge of tranquility coloring the air. Take this idyllic window to explore the country’s ancient cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and pristine natural wonders with understated elegance and an unrivaled sense of authenticity.


Explore the ancient walls of Dubrovnik. Navigate the cascading waterfalls and emerald lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Traverse the cobblestone streets of Croatia’s historic Roman cities. Savor delectable regional cuisine. Led by knowledgeable guides and Local Experts, 14-day adventure unveils Croatia’s sophisticated charm, leaving you with indelible memories and a profound appreciation for this Mediterranean gem.

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Tea fields in Sri Lanka, lit up by gorgeous morning sunlight

Temperature: 86 °F (30 °C) highs, 79 °F (26 °C) lows

Sri Lanka boasts a markedly pleasant climate in September, making for ideal conditions to explore the island’s abundant beauty. Explore the Cultural Triangle, the renowned Sigiriya rock fortress, and its exciting elephant sightings. For stunning beaches, make sure to head to Trincomalee on the northeast coast and Jaffna in the north. In Trincomalee, you’ll discover a delightful blend of Portuguese influence and Sri Lankan culture through its forts, cuisine, and cultural sites.


Showcasing the diversity of Sri Lanka’s beauty, you’ll delve into the historic city of Kandy, explore the idyllic tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, and enjoy pristine beaches in Bentota. You’ll experience culture and explore ancient temples, witness traditional rituals, and uncover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya. With visits to spice gardens, wildlife reserves, and bustling markets and more, this elegant and enriching journey will display the magic of Sri Lanka in all its splendor.

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A man by the Glaciers of Alberta, Canada. He is dwarfed by sloping mountains in the background

Temperature: 58 °F (14 °C) highs, 43 °F (6 °C) lows

The glaciers of Alberta set the stage as one of the best places to visit in September, where nature’s frozen marvels command attention amidst a backdrop of majestic peaks.

As summer’s warmth wanes, a tranquil ambiance settles over this extraordinary region, offering an ideal window to immerse in the breathtaking beauty of the glacial landscapes. Shimmering blue ice contrasts with the vibrant colors of fall, and with fewer crowds, one can explore the ethereal icefields and magnificent glaciers with a sense of intimacy and serenity. The crisp mountain air carries a hint of anticipation, inviting you to traverse hiking trails adorned with golden larches, witness cascading waterfalls, and partake in outdoor adventures before the winter takes hold.

Whether you choose to gaze upon the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier or venture into the hidden corners of the Columbia Icefield, September unveils the glaciers of Alberta in all their glory, offering a transcendent experience where power, majesty, and natural grandeur converge.


Immerse yourself in a world of breathtaking vistas, serene alpine lakes, and colossal glaciers. Traverse the iconic Icefields Parkway, where turquoise-hued lakes mirror towering peaks, and marvel at iconic glaciers such as the mighty Athabasca Glacier. With experienced guides providing captivating insights into the region’s geology and history, this tour offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

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Grand Canyon National Park at Sunset, golden light reflecting on the mesas. It's one of the best places to visit in September

Temperature: Varies throughout the Park.

Grand Canyon isn’t like many other places on earth. Not only does it look like another planet, but it’s one of the few destinations that you want to avoid during peak summer. Steep hikes on uneasy terrain mixed with blazing desert sun? No thanks. That’s why it’s one of the best vacations in September: it’s slightly cooler, and less crowds too as it’s out of the summer holiday season. It’s one of the best hiking destinations in September, and underrated North Rim of the Canyon is still open too (it runs from May to October).


Engross yourself in the wild canyons of the American West. From the mighty Grand Canyon to Zion National Park, towering red rocks and colossal mesas await on this 1-week adventure. In the Grand Canyon, you can board a helicopter or a fixed wing aircraft to fly above the canyon’s floor, before meeting with a Local Expert who’ll explain the history and geology of this natural marvel. You’ll then hop on a 4×4 in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park with a local Navajo guide, learning all about their tribal heritage.

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Santorini's white building lit up during golden hour, the sun setting in the horizon. Sights like these make it one of the best vacations in September

Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) highs, 68 °F (20 °C) lows

Amongst the waves of the Aegean Sea lies one of the most captivating and romantic islands in Europe, with iconic whitewashed buildings, perched dramatically atop cliffs overlooking the sea. In September, when Santorini’s famous sunsets are at their very best, you’ll relish in exploring the vibrant bougainvillea and charming tavernas backdropped by a sky alight. This island’s timeless beauty, captivating energy, and warm hospitality will leave an indelible mark on your heart.


Set sail on this extraordinary 10-day odyssey through some of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Here, where ancient mythology, azure waters, and sun-kissed landscapes converge, September provides the most idyllic time to explore. Get lost in the narrow alleyways of Santorini, bask in the golden beaches of Mykonos, and immerse yourself in the rich chapters of Greek history. As you sail across the Aegean sea, the magic of these mythical lands are sure to captivate your heart and soul.

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Two happy explorers with their backpacks on are walking towards a huge mountain range in Patagaonia. As it's September, there's still grass and flowering buds on the tundra.

Temperature: 61 °F (16 °C) highs, 41 °F (5 °C) lows

September is springtime in Patagonia, and the sight of mountain behemoths contrasted with delicate flowers in bloom creates an incredibly vivid, elegant scene that is sure to leave a long lasting imprint on your memory. Patagonia is a mecca for hikers, and this is an ideal time to go hiking – the days are longer, warmer, and more dry. This makes it one of the best places to visit in Septemeber if you’ve got a passion for the great outdoors. Bringing vibrant vegetation, gorgeous flowers and flocks of penguins arriving to mate, September turns Patagonia into an otherworldly planet that feels like something out of a dream.


Navigate the vast salt flats, geysers, and lunar-like landscapes of the Atacama Desert, known as the driest desert in the world. Then you’ll journey south to Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital, and delve into its rich history and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Then, venture to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, a haven of rugged mountains, pristine glaciers, abundant wildlife, iconic granite spires, and the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier.

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All of the destinations and trips in this article are included in our Seasonal Travel Sale. Book now to save up to $4,000 per Couple on ‘Business Class’ Tours* departing in September.

I'm Jay – born in Italy, raised in South London. Having French sisters and Hungarian ancestors, I've always been fascinated with the world and its cultures, and I carry this curiosity into my writing for Insightful. My favourite destinations I've traveled to so far have been Italy, Peru, France and Brazil.