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Travel is a precious commodity, to be planned carefully 

This annual trip planner is curated by our travel specialists whose expertise spans the length and breadth of the globe. They know the best way to experience the world, wherever and whenever you want to. With our collection of extraordinary experiences, tailor-made tours, ultra-luxe accommodation options and flight offers (highlighted where applicable), your dream holiday is never far away. From African savannahs to crisp polar wonderlands, the world offers myriad unforgettable experiences across all four seasons. These seasonal trip planners highlight some of our favourite places to inspire your next adventure, whether it's a relaxing beach getaway you desire, a marvellous safari expedition or a fascinating city break. Spice up your yearly travel plans and make this holiday one you'll remember for a lifetime.

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OCTOBER

Where to book now

Chosen for their availability, popularity and outstanding experiences, these remarkable destinations are best booked now in preparation for the ideal season.

Turkey 

With temperatures beginning to cool this is an excellent time to explore the cities and ancient sites, as well as to visit the Turquoise Coast with fewer crowds. Don’t miss the International Wine Festival Annually held in Cappadocia, with wine tasting events from local vineyards and Republic Day celebrated across the country, but most vibrantly in Istanbul, with various art events and firework displays.

UK and Ireland

If you’re looking for something closer to home this October half term, why not check out our new series of luxurious UK and Ireland holidays. Discover art, history and culture as you tour the country of medieval castles, thousand-year-old churches, world-renowned museums and enduring traditions. On an A&K holiday to the UK and Ireland, you will explore both the classic landscape as well as the lesser-known corners of our precious isles. And now that the schools have gone back, it’s the perfect time to beat the crowds.   

Indian Ocean

If you’re looking for sun and relaxation then there’s no better place than the Indian Ocean, home to stunning scenery, vibrant hospitality and an extraordinary array of wildlife. Enjoy your toes in the sand, feeling the gentle lapping waves against your ankles, or take the plunge and enjoy a deep-sea dive. Discover vibrant coral reefs while swimming among turtle, dolphin and myriad fish. The Maldives offers easy access for onward adventures in India and Sri Lanka, the varied landscape of the Seychelles is ideal for hiking and wildlife-spotting, and Mauritius promises a warm welcome along with jaw-dropping coastlines.

Italy

Remember what real coffee tastes like? Book that longed-for trip to Italy and the locals will welcome you in their own inimitable way. From Venice's palazzo-lined canals to Tuscany's Renaissance showstoppers. From Rome's honey-stoned grandeur to the ancient ruins of the south. The romance of Italy will come flooding back.

Where to go in October 2021

Egypt

Egyptian autumn is one of warm days and cooler evenings. Gone is the searing summer sun, making this a golden opportunity to dive in the warm waters of the Red Sea. Alternatively, head to the desert to learn about local Bedouin communities and the challenges of life in this unforgiving landscape. With the high tourist season kicking off towards the end of autumn, this is your chance to explore the Great Pyramids and Cairo's Old City before most holidaymakers arrive. 

New England

Famous for its spectacular foliage, New England transforms into a watercolour masterpiece as autumn hits. Golden trees line the streets; there is a light, warm atmosphere and ripe autumnal produce makes its way into restaurants, cafés and street-food stalls. The cooler temperatures make this the perfect time for a road trip to visit some of New England's best spots or to sit back and savour the stunning scenery simply. Boston's stylish neighbourhoods invite you to explore local culture and history, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine promise photogenic landscapes and coastal tranquillity awaits at Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.

Kenya

The Great Migration sees millions of zebra, wildebeest and other grazing animals move steadily across the Serengeti in Tanzania towards the Masai Mara in Kenya – and back again. The annual spectacle is a brilliant opportunity for nature enthusiasts to see the circle of life unfold on the plains of Africa. They congregate in the beautiful Masai Mara – an area covering nearly 600 square metres – in their millions making summer the ideal time for an exciting Kenyan safari.

South Africa

Be sure to visit Hermanus for the annual Whale Festival and to explore the scenic Wine Route. If you come a little later, you're just in time to discover the Garden Route at its finest. Hike the Otter Trail and through Tsitsikamma National Park, enjoying panoramic views from Bloukrans Bridge.

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