What to do and Where to go in July

July in the northern hemisphere heralds the peak of summer, with a diverse range of landscapes and climates inviting exploration. In Europe, the conti... Read more
What to do and Where to go in July

July in the northern hemisphere heralds the peak of summer, with a diverse range of landscapes and climates inviting exploration. In Europe, the continent basks in warm temperatures, enticing travellers to iconic destinations for sun-soaked beach vacations or alpine adventures. Across Northern America, national parks and mountain ranges such as Yellowstone and the Rockies are in full bloom, offering opportunities for hiking and wildlife encounters. In Asia, countries such as Vietnam and Thailand experienced mixed weather with the occasional rainfall, while the Himalayas beckon trekkers with clear skies and stunning vistas. Whether it's the cultural richness of Europe, the natural wonders of North America, or the diverse landscapes of Asia, July is a month of boundless exploration in the northern hemisphere.

July in the southern hemisphere marks the heart of winter, offering a unique array of experiences across diverse continents. In Africa, countries like South Africa and Namibia experience their winter season, making it an ideal time for wildlife safaris with cooler temperatures and clearer skies. South America's landscapes transform, with the Andes mountains offering pristine snow for winter enthusiasts in destinations like Chile and Argentina. Meanwhile, further north in Central America and northern latin america, showcase their lush greenery during the rainy season, creating a vibrant backdrop for exploring rainforests and discovering rich biodiversity. From the wildlife-rich savannas of Africa to the snowy peaks of the Andes and the tropical rainforests of Central America, July offers a captivating range of experiences in the southern hemisphere.

July unfolds a tapestry of opportunities for adventurous holidays worldwide. With school breaks ushering in the summer season, it becomes the perfect time to embark on family journeys to explore the captivating corners of the Earth.

Here are some of our favourite holidays that run in June:

Family Iceland Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure in Iceland, commencing in the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its cliffs, sandy beaches, and views of the iconic Kirkufell. Continuing south, explore the wonders of the Golden Circle, including the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir's spouting waters, and the historic Thingvellir parliament. From kayaking with puffin sightings to navigating a glacial lagoon on a zodiac, the trip culminates with a surreal walk on the ice of Vatnajokull National Park's glacier. Amidst lava fields and geothermal marvels, a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon adds to the adventure before a thrilling whale-watching finale, offering glimpses of minke whales, humpbacks, porpoises, and dolphins. Through these experiences, families gain insights into environmental changes affecting glaciers and wildlife, fostering awareness and positive actions for the future in this captivating Icelandic journey. July in Iceland welcomes visitors with longer days, as the country experiences the peak of its summer season. Travellers during this time can revel in the beauty of the midnight sun, explore vibrant landscapes, and partake in various outdoor activities, making it an ideal month to experience the wonders of this Nordic island.



High Tatras Trekking - The Carpathian Mountains

Nestled between Poland and Slovakia, the High Tatras, the apex of the Carpathian Mountains, provide an untouched wilderness for trekking enthusiasts. This KE mountain holiday unveils the alpine grandeur of the region, featuring picturesque trails connecting cosy mountain refuges, an introductory hike in Strazyska Valley, and the ascent of Rysy, offering an unparalleled mountain adventure spanning both countries. Concluding the journey, the vibrant UNESCO-listed city of Krakow adds a touch of mediaeval charm to this unforgettable experience. In July, the High Tatras, straddling the Poland-Slovakia border, boast a vibrant alpine landscape, beckoning adventurers with comfortable trails and scenic mountain refuges. This peak summer month offers ideal conditions for trekking, providing hikers with breathtaking vistas of the Tatras, crystal-clear lakes like Morskie Oko, and an opportunity to summit Rysy for a panoramic spectacle. The region's diverse trails, coupled with the charming mountain town of Zakopane and cultural experiences in Krakow, create an immersive journey into the heart of the High Tatras.



Family Teenage Toubkal Ascent, Morocco

Embark on an exciting family adventure walking holiday tailored for energetic teenagers, culminating in the ascent of Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. Recognizing the enthusiasm of active families, we make the summit achievable and include an acclimatisation day in Imlil before the summit attempt. Beyond the mountain challenge, experience the vibrant colours, sights, and sounds of Morocco, exploring the enchanting squares and souks of Marrakech and embracing the warm hospitality of the Berber people. For those seeking an extended adventure, consider joining our Family Camels on the Beach holiday, seamlessly transitioning from the mountains to the coast for a two-week exploration. In July, Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, offers an enticing challenge for adventurers. With its majestic landscapes and warm weather, the ascent promises a rewarding experience, blending physical accomplishment with the breathtaking beauty of the Moroccan mountains.

Trek Madagascar, The Land of the Lemur


Enjoy a captivating adventure in Madagascar, seamlessly blending trekking, cultural immersion, and encounters with unique wildlife. Starting from Tulear on the southwest coast and journeying to Antananarivo, explore the stunning landscapes of Isalo National Park, hike the Andringitra Mountains, summit Peak Boby for sunrise vistas, and venture into the lush rainforests of Ranomafana. Along the way, witness lemurs in Andasibe/Perinet National Park and engage with the warm-hearted locals through craft workshops, vibrant markets, and village walks, making this holiday an unparalleled blend of nature, culture, and exploration in Madagascar. July in Madagascar offers an ideal mix of favourable weather conditions for exploration. With pleasant temperatures and minimal rainfall, it's an excellent time to experience the diverse landscapes, unique wildlife, and vibrant culture that this enchanting island has to offer.

Self-Guided Cycling Sweden’s Southwest Coast

In July, Sweden experiences the height of its summer season, offering an enchanting blend of long daylight hours and pleasant weather. Travellers can revel in the vibrant atmosphere, explore the picturesque landscapes, and partake in various outdoor activities, making it an ideal time to experience the country's natural beauty and cultural richness. Embark on a captivating self-guided cycling adventure along the scenic southwest coast of Sweden, where a picturesque blend of sandy beaches, rugged granite outcrops, and traditional fisherman's huts awaits. This week-long journey unfolds along the Kattegatt cycle way, guiding you from the historic town of Helsingborg to the vibrant city of Gothenburg. Revel in the sun, sea, and sand at Tylosand beach, savour the seafood delights of Traslovslage, and find tranquillity at the serene Fjaras Bracka lake. Delight in the captivating landscape and immerse yourself in the rich culture, where nature takes centre stage, and fika, the Swedish tradition of coffee breaks, becomes a cherished ritual. This cycling holiday promises an ideal blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration along Sweden's southwest coastal haven. 

Gondogoro Peak and the Hushe Valley

We are delighted to reintroduce our exceptional two-week trekking and climbing expedition in the awe-inspiring Karakoram, often considered the world's most spectacular mountain region. Beginning with a thrilling mountain flight to Skardu in Baltistan, our journey unfolds along the Indus and Shyok rivers, leading us to the welcoming village of Khaplu. From there, our path continues to Hushe, nestled deep within the Karakoram Mountains, where our longstanding connection with the community ensures a warm reception, with decades of group visits contributing to vital local projects. Following an acclimatisation period in the dramatic valleys above Hushe, we embark on a trek beside the Gondogoro Glacier, reaching the grassy 'ablation zone' below Gondogoro Peak, known as Huisprung. This site holds historical significance, serving as the basecamp for our inaugural 'trekking peak' expedition in 1986. After establishing our camp with breathtaking reflections of peaks like Laila, we dedicate a day to acclimatisation, honing skills, and practising ropework. The pinnacle of our journey is the ascent of the technically straightforward Gondoro Peak, offering sensational summit views. July in the Karakoram region is marked by the onset of summer, bringing milder temperatures and more stable weather conditions for trekking and climbing enthusiasts. The majestic landscapes become more accessible during this time, offering a window of opportunity for adventurers to explore the awe-inspiring beauty of the Karakoram.

Cycle Saigon to Hanoi - Vietnam South to North

July in Vietnam brings a mix of weather, with northern regions experiencing high temperatures and occasional rainfall, while central and southern areas enjoy warmer, drier conditions. It's an excellent time to explore the cultural richness, scenic landscapes, and vibrant cities. Embark on a cycling adventure through Vietnam, a country boasting a blend of cosmopolitan cities, stunning beaches, forested mountains, and a rich tapestry of modern and ancient history. Starting in the vibrant Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, explore its timeless temples amid the bustling urban atmosphere. Venture outside the city to the famous Cu-Chi Tunnels, witness the ingenuity of the North Vietnam Army's subterranean world. A short domestic flight takes you to the charming hill town of Dalat, where two days of cycling through serene country lanes and conquering the Hon Giao Pass lead to a relaxing rest day on Nha Trang Bay's soft sands. Continue the journey north, cycling through friendly Vietnamese villages, enjoying coastal vistas, and stopping at the UNESCO-listed trading port of Hoi-An, with its vibrant markets and delectable cuisine. Pedal onward to the historic town of Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass, then board an overnight train to Ninh Binh, exploring its northern wonders by boat and bicycle. Cycle across Cat-Ba Island, cruise through Halong Bay's limestone pinnacles, and conclude the adventure with a memorable night in sophisticated Hanoi. 

Tanzania Safari - Maasai Adventure

Embark on a unique Tanzania wildlife safari with with a visit to the captivating Lake Natron, renowned for its multicoloured, alkaline waters that attract breeding flamingos. Led by local Maasai guides, we explore the area beneath the majestic Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano before venturing into the iconic Serengeti via a less-travelled route from Lake Natron, immersing ourselves in the vast plains teeming with classic wildlife, including the renowned wildebeest migration and majestic big cats. Our journey continues to the Ngorongoro Crater, an unparalleled spot for encountering the Big 5 in a uniquely atmospheric setting. As an off-the-beaten-path detour, we visit Lake Eyasi, engaging with the Hadzabe, Tanzania's last hunter-gatherer tribe, and experiencing their traditional way of life, from crafting arrows to archery practice. This safari offers a delightful blend of African wildlife, cultural encounters, and scenic walks around the enchanting Lake Natron, making it an extraordinary adventure. July in Tanzania heralds the dry season, characterised by clear skies and mild temperatures, making it an ideal time for wildlife safaris. This month aligns with the Great Migration in the Serengeti, a spectacular natural phenomenon where vast herds of wildebeest and other animals traverse the plains, offering a remarkable spectacle for visitors.

Self-Guided Danube Cycling: Vienna to Budapest

In In August, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary experience warm summer temperatures, creating an ideal climate for outdoor exploration. From the stunning scenery of Austria to the historic charm of Slovakia and the vibrant cultural scenes in Hungary, these neighbouring countries offer diverse landscapes and activities for travelers to enjoy during this pleasant month. Enjoy a week-long self-guided cycling journey along the majestic Danube, Europe's greatest river, traversing Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary via the popular EuroVelo 6 route. Commence your adventure in Vienna, a UNESCO-listed city immersed in cultural richness, before pedalling through scenic landscapes, encountering the historic charm of Bratislava in Slovakia, and delving into the captivating old town of Esztergom in Hungary. Concluding your ride in the vibrant city of Budapest, explore its UNESCO-listed treasures, splendid architecture, thermal spas, and lively nightlife. With carefully chosen accommodations, bike hire, and seamless luggage transfers, this cycling holiday ensures a relaxed and immersive experience. 

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

July in Peru marks the dry season, offering ideal weather conditions for exploring the country's diverse landscapes, ancient ruins, and vibrant cities. Perched on a high ridge amid the snow-covered peaks of Peru, Choquequirao stands as a remarkable archaeological site. On this two-week trekking adventure, discover the secrets of this abandoned city, rivalling Machu Picchu in size and splendour but offering a more remote and less-visited experience, allowing you to freely explore its evocative ruins and llama-adorned terraces. The journey involves an exhilarating descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres through the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River to reach Choquequirao (3000m), providing ample time to explore before embarking on a 5-day trek through the rugged Cordillera Vilcabamba, dominated by towering snowy peaks like Pumasillo and Salkantay. Following a former Inca trail linking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, the trek crosses the Totora Pass (4500m), turns north to descend the Rio Colpa, and passes pristine Andean villages where Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional attire. The journey concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu in the cloud forest-cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, offering adventure seekers an authentic 'Inca Trail' experience minus the crowds. This expedition is a must for those retracing the footsteps of early explorers and seeking the best trekking experience in Peru.

Traverse of Bolivia's Cordillera Real

July in Bolivia brings the heart of the dry season, offering travellers clear skies and crisp mountain air. From the bustling markets of La Paz to the serene shores of Lake Titicaca, The country's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture shine during this time, making it an ideal period to explore the country's unique and captivating attractions. Spanning 120 kilometres from Wara Warani in the north to the Chucura Valley in the south, the Cordillera Real is an awe-inspiring mountain range boasting six peaks over 6000 metres. This three-week trekking adventure explores the southern stretch of this regal range, following high-altitude trails and crossing numerous passes exceeding 5000 metres. Throughout this extensive walking journey, participants will encounter diverse landscapes, from picturesque alpine valleys with serene lakes to snow-capped Andean peaks and scattered Quechua villages. Before embarking on the trek, there's time to explore La Paz, the world's highest capital city, and acclimate beside the breathtaking Lake Titicaca. The journey includes visits to Copacabana and an overnight stay in an eco-lodge on Isla de Sol, renowned for its Inca temples and pathways. Bolivia, with its stunning scenery, rich history, and welcoming people, stands as the crown jewel among the Andean nations.



Walking Highlights of the Rockies

July in the Canadian Rockies invites travellers to a captivating blend of vibrant alpine meadows, pristine glacial lakes, and towering peaks. As the snow-capped landscapes give way to lush greenery, outdoor enthusiasts can embark on breathtaking hikes and witness the Rockies in all their summer splendour. Nestled between Alberta and British Columbia, the majestic Canadian Rockies, with peaks towering over 3500 metres, boast some of the world's most breathtaking mountain landscapes. This meticulously planned walking holiday unveils the natural wonders of this region, guiding you through diverse trails that lead to flower-filled alpine meadows, glacial lakes, and iconic viewpoints. Beginning in the serene Kananaskis Country, where lesser-frequented trails await exploration, we journey north to Jasper, spending three nights to uncover the beauty of the national park, including the Bald Hills and Valley of the Five Lakes. As we travel south along the Icefields Parkway, stops at Parker's Ridge, Bow Lake, and enchanting waterfalls enhance our adventure. Lake Louise becomes our next haven, providing a base for a three-night exploration of stunning trails and sights, such as the Plain of the Six Glaciers, with an optional detour for coffee and cake at a charming mountain teahouse. Continuing to Banff, the quintessential mountain village, we conclude our journey with three nights and spectacular hikes at Cory Pass and the Cascade Amphitheatre, ensuring an unforgettable experience surrounded by towering peaks. 

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