This seasonal planner showcases the best summer holiday destinations. After a chilly winter and a rain-soaked British spring, you owe it yourself to celebrate in the sun. So, why not do it in style? Specially selected by our travel experts, these locations are simply fabulous throughout the year, but in the summer, they outshine the rest. Whether you're searching for your dream safari, a stylish city break, or something extra-special, this collection of spectacular summer holidays has it all. Enjoy stunning scenery, fantastic food and a range of opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. Bask in the sunshine and enjoy some of the most beautiful summer scenery on earth.
Summer Travel Planner
There's a world to discover beyond the beach
For the best family staycation, look no further than the south of England; in particular, during the summer months, the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. Stroll barefoot across vast expanses of golden sand with the cooling sea breeze on your cheek. Surfing on the northern coast is right up there with the best in Europe. Many of the beaches are entirely dog friendly; a good old run round will mean he sleeps soundly just like the rest of the family at your beachside retreat. Cornwall captivates with smugglers' coves, a piratical past, and the other-worldly, glorious Eden Project. Devon entices with cream teas, clotted cream fudge, award-winning ciders and fresh seafood.
As summer arrives in California, so do soaring temperatures and long days of sunshine. Cool off in the Californian heat at one of the beautiful beaches, relaxing on the soft sands and surfing the Pacific waves. The landscape comes alive with vivid desert flowers, and the extraordinary winelands in Napa and Sonoma are a sight to behold. Explore the lush vineyards and sample fine wines as you unwind in the tranquil countryside. For a real treat, time your trip with Independence Day on 4th July. This is America at its finest with colourful street parades, fireworks displays and memorial celebrations.
Iceland is not often thought of as a summer holiday destination, with tourists opting for southern European countries. However, with long days of sunshine and warm weather, this is a golden opportunity to explore without the Scandinavian winter chill. Bright mornings are ideal for whale-watching as your view of the glittering ocean spreads for miles unencumbered by fog or clouds. One glimpse of these majestic creatures is enough to ensure you'll remember this trip for a lifetime. If you'd prefer to explore on foot, the hiking trails are a great way to observe puffin nesting on the cliffs.
Italian summer is a thing of beauty. Think lush vineyards and olive groves, charming coastlines fringed with azure waters, and delightful villages bathed in a golden glow. There's no finer way to spend an evening than sipping a fine Tuscan wine while enjoying an outdoor opera over exquisite countryside views. The warm Italian sunshine is best enjoyed on the incredible beaches of Sicily and Sardinia. Home to picture-perfect white sands and crystalline waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling, these islands are also renowned for their rich cultural heritage and outstanding culinary offerings.
Summer in Canada is bear-spotting season, from the black, grizzly and spirit bear of the Great Bear Rainforest to the polar bear of Manitoba and British Columbia's noble grizzly. After hibernating through the winter, these Canadian residents are ready to welcome the summer sun. Pick up some fishing tips from these mighty predators before reeling in a few yourself at one of Canada's vast lakes. Sunny days and clear skies make this the perfect time for a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer. This train takes you above the clouds on an unforgettable tour of western Canada and the mighty Rockies.
With Peru's celebration of independence taking place in July, summer is undoubtedly a lively time to visit. Festivals kick off across the country including the colourful Inca Festival of the Sun in Cusco and the Virgin of Carmen off the tourist track in picturesque Pacartambo. Enjoy delicious street food, dance to local rhythms and savour the buzz of the Peruvian party atmosphere. The Inca trails and Machu Pichu offer an entirely different experience altogether. Step into history as you follow in the footsteps of the Incas and stand atop this magnificent mountain, looking out over the lush landscape.
Summer is a remarkable season wildlife-watching season in Kenya as something momentous occurs – The Great Migration. One by one, each species sets out on a long journey to the mighty Mara River, the only remaining waters source left at this point in the dry season. The wildebeest are first in July followed by lion, aardwolf, crocodile, hippo and bat-eared fox among others as the dry heat continues across August. 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.
By the summertime, Russian snows have been seen off by sunny days and warm, comfortable evenings. This is fantastic for sight-seeing holidays as more daylight means more time to explore fascinating cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg. Open-air markets hum with activity in the warm weather and the area is alive with local street music. Summer is also festival season with the Moscow International Film and the Taste of Moscow festivals taking place in June, followed by the Ivan Kupala Day celebrations in July along with the Nashestvie and Afisha Picnic music festivals.
Travel planners for all seasons
Still looking for inspiration?
We have a huge range of destinations, experiences and hotel options available.
Learn more about our luxury tailor-made holidays and unparalleled escorted tours in our Annual Travel Planner
Call us on 01242 386 500
Our specialist travel consultants are here to help plan your next trip