If you're searching for autumn holiday ideas, then look no further. This travel planner showcases some of the best autumn holiday destinations to visit during this beautiful season. They are incredible locations all year round but particularly as the hubbub of summer slowly winds down. Vibrant green leaves drop from the trees and fade to yellow, orange, and red, littering the ground with a colourful carpet. The summer scene has quietened but hasn't left entirely – this is the perfect time of year to explore iconic landmarks without the queues or tourist buzz. Autumn travel has never been so exciting.
Autumn Travel Planner
Explore a world of colour, or escape to warmer climes
Dublin and Southern Ireland
During the Autumn, Ireland is abuzz with activity; with festivals and culture nights galore, the question is, how much time have you got? Plan your trip carefully – our travel specialists can help; that is what they do – and make a note of the following greatest hits: Dublin’s Theatre Festival, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Culture Night, Bram Stoker Festival, Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Kinsale Gourmet Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, and various horse racing fixtures.
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.
Autumn in Jordan is the perfect time to explore, both under and over the water. As temperatures begin to cool on land, the warm water around Aqaba merely is delightful. These optimum conditions attract a wide variety of marine life, including eagle ray, hawksbill turtle, and lionfish. Above the sea, wildlife-watching opportunities are abundant in the Dana Nature Reserve along with unforgettable stargazing experiences. The cooler temperatures are ideal for a Middle Eastern city break to Amman or the ancient city of Petra, or for exploring the thrills of the majestic Wadi Rum desert.
The British autumn falls just as Botswana experiences the gruelling dry season. The air is hot and humid – no problem in a luxury hotel or safari camp, but essential to the lives of local wildlife. By this time of year, most water sources have run dry, and many animals congregate around remaining waterholes. These are the ideal conditions to spot herbivorous antelope, wildebeest and hippo gathering to drink and, of course, the predators that hunt them. Look out for lion, leopard and cheetah. Birdwatchers are also in for a treat as Botswana is home to nearly 600 different species.
During our autumn months, Argentina experiences a mixed seasonal climate. Springtime arrives in the north of the country and transforms the landscape into a colourful collage. Patagonian wildlife wakes up from hibernation and the areas surrounding the Iguazu Falls – the largest in the world – come alive at this time of year. Yet the south remains snowy, making this part of Argentina ideal for an autumnal skiing holiday. Colder conditions make for prime polar wildlife-spotting opportunities, observing penguin, whale and seal cruising the icy waters. In November, Argentines celebrate the Día de la Tradición, in honour of historic Gaucho culture.
Autumn in Oman signals the end of the sweltering summer heat. Crops are harvested, fruits are picked, and bazaars overflow with local delicacies including sweet dates, walnuts and ripe pomegranates. This is the ideal season for visits to the beach to snorkel in the Arabian Sea and witness majestic whale shark as they pass through the Omani coastline. It's a prime time also for exploring Oman's magnificent Al Hajar mountains or heading out into the desert to explore local villages and lush oases. Cooler temperatures make for long days of discovery, allowing more time to explore.
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. Cairo is especially pretty in November when the streets are adorned with vibrant silk and glowing lamps to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi.
South Africa is deep into springtime as we go through autumn. The British landscape is wilting, and the wildlife prepares to hibernate for the winter whereas South Africa is brimming with life. Wildflowers confetti the countryside and vineyards overflow with plump, juicy grapes. If you're arriving in September, make 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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