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The adage ‘timing is everything’ is especially true in luxury travel. When you want a front-row seat to the world’s greatest spectacles, you need to book early with a company you can trust. We’ve designed this annual travel planner to be your go-to for the must-see events – both perennial favourites and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Our selection below is conveniently separated by season and theme, giving you the perfect chance to plan ahead. We also refresh the content monthly, so you’ll always be in the know. 

Enjoy access to the greatest celebrations around the globe, from Hollywood’s star-studded soirees to Brazil’s sequin-studded Carnival. Jet off to Japan for cherry blossom viewing, watch Canada’s grizzly bear from a wilderness lodge or witness the Great Migration from a five-star safari camp.

Whichever big-ticket event tempts you abroad, our travel specialists’ extensive know-how and worldwide connections can get you where you want to be in style.

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Japan 

Each year, locals and tourists alike flock to see the boughs of Japan’s native sakura tree dripping with pink and white petals. Cherry blossom viewing – also known as hanami – is a popular pastime, so you’ll need to book early to secure a room at the best ryokans (traditional inns). You’ll also need to know just when to go to see the cherry blossom, as nature works to its own schedule. Now is a great time to book for 2020.

Argentina 

On 14 December 2020, a total solar eclipse will take place, visible from just a few South American countries. In Argentina, the event will briefly plunge Northern Patagonia into darkness in the middle of the afternoon. Be among the few to witness this rare, magical moment in a region already famed for its spectacular scenery by booking your escape to Argentina today.

British Columbia, Canada 

In the vast forests of British Columbia lives one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bear in the world. The best time to go is undoubtedly autumn, when the salmon-rich rivers draw grizzlies out into the open. As this is a bear watching mecca, stand-out lodges get booked up well in advance, so we advise booking now for 2020.

Tanzania 

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. We recommend heading to Tanzania early in 2020 for calving season – though key moments throughout the migration offer other fantastic reasons to visit.

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India 

A luxury holiday to India is guaranteed to feed the soul and the senses, and Diwali is undoubtedly one of the biggest dates in the country’s calendar. In 2019, the ‘Festival of Light’ will take place on 27 October. There’s still time to book a place amidst the action, so let us whisk you off to the lamp-lit ghats, dazzling fireworks, chanted prayers and communal revelry marking the occasion.

Vietnam

Vietnam is enchanting at any time of year, but its popularity for winter escapes is on the up. Close to the equator, this South-east Asian destination is perennially warm. Foodies are particularly spoilt for choice thanks to the country’s many markets, street-food stalls and fine restaurants. Book now to spend the last few months of 2019 in sunshine on its beautiful beaches or exploring its vibrant culture and ancient history.

British Airways

British Airways is a full service global airline, offering year-round low fares with an extensive global route network flying to and from centrally-located airports. With a range of different classes you can choose your perfect way to travel: First, Club World, World Traveller and World Traveller Plus.

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