Chase the sun, escape the crowds: why September is the best month to travel

Chase the sun, escape the crowds: why September is the best month to travel

Chase the sun, escape the crowds: why September is the best month to travel

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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 September travel destinations that exemplify our credo of Traveling in Style.


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 the modern comforts of premium travel. This tour is included in our September on Sale offer

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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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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 the place to be 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.

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

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.


This tour is included in our September on Sale offer

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

Basking in glorious Mediterranean sunshine along the Adriatic coast, Croatia is a particularly refined destination, seamlessly blending rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant coastal culture. While each season unveils its own charm, September emerges as an optimal time to embark on an enchanting journey to this Mediterranean haven.

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.


This tour is included in our September on Sale offer

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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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.


This tour is included in our September on Sale offer

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

September unveils an opportune time to embark on an awe-inspiring journey to the Glaciers of Alberta, 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.


This tour is included in our September on Sale offer

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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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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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 September is truly the most opportune time to go hiking – when the days are longer, warmer, and more dry. 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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