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Where to go and What to do in November

In November, the Northern Hemisphere undergoes a transformative shift as autumn gracefully transitions into winter. Throughout Europe and Asia, the la... Read more
Where to go and What to do in November

In November, the Northern Hemisphere undergoes a transformative shift as autumn gracefully transitions into winter. Throughout Europe and Asia, the landscape experiences a tapestry of changing colours, with deciduous trees shedding their leaves and creating a picturesque scene. In Europe, countries like Germany and the United Kingdom witness the onset of cooler temperatures, charming autumn foliage, and a sense of anticipation for the upcoming festive season. Meanwhile, in Asia, regions such as Japan showcase the breathtaking phenomenon of autumn foliage, known as "koyo," with vibrant hues of red and gold painting the landscapes. As temperatures gradually drop, countries across both continents prepare for winter, with some areas experiencing the first dustings of snow, setting the stage for a season of unique cultural celebrations and outdoor activities.

In November, the Southern Hemisphere experiences the onset of spring and early summer, bringing a burst of life and vibrancy to the landscapes across Africa, Latin America, and even the icy expanse of Antarctica. In Africa, regions like South Africa and Zimbabwe witness the awakening of flora and fauna, with blooming wildflowers and newborn wildlife in national parks. Across Latin America, countries like Argentina and Chile celebrate the arrival of warmer weather, inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy outdoor festivities and explore the diverse landscapes, from the Andes to the Amazon rainforest. In Antarctica, the continent begins to emerge from its polar winter, attracting researchers and adventurous travellers to experience the unique beauty of the icy wilderness. The Southern Hemisphere in November is a dynamic tableau of life and renewal, offering a range of experiences across its diverse and stunning terrains.

Backwaters and Beaches of Kerala Cycle Tour

Explore the enchanting state of Kerala at India's southern tip on a leisurely cycling holiday. The journey unveils the magic of traditional towns, timeless fishing villages, and diverse landscapes, from lush jungles to white-sand beaches. Starting in Kochi, a historic Portuguese trading post, the adventure spans manageable daily stages with short vehicle transfers and a scenic 3-hour water taxi ride through the famous 'backwaters.' Along palm-fringed waterways and coastal paths, engage with the friendly Keralan people and capture the vibrant scenery. The itinerary includes downtown Kochi, a Kathakali dance show, a sunset cruise, temple and church visits, and forest trails at Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. With 4-night stays in characterful homestays and the inclusion of Kerala's rich cuisine, this cycling tour offers a delightful immersion into the beauty and culture of the region. In November, Southern India experiences moderate temperatures and relatively dry weather, making it an excellent time to explore the region. In autumn every year, Hindus celebrate Diwali, a festival that typically falls in November. Diwali is a vibrant and spiritually significant occasion, known as the Festival of Lights, during which homes are illuminated with oil lamps and candles. If you are fortunate enough to be in India during Diwali, you can expect a mesmerising spectacle of illuminated streets, vibrant fireworks and a joyous atmosphere permeating the air as families come together to exchange sweets and create intricate rangoli designs.

Mexico Mayan Explorer

In November, Mexico welcomes visitors with mild temperatures and a festive atmosphere, offering an ideal time to explore its rich cultural heritage, vibrant cities, and diverse landscapes. Embark on an exhilarating journey from Mexico City to Yucatan, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes of this diverse country. Starting in Mexico City, a hub of ancient civilizations, explore iconic sites like Teotihuacan while delving into the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine. The adventure takes us to Puebla, where a hike in the Paso de Cortes offers stunning views of volcanoes, followed by a culinary experience in a renowned family-run eatery. In the UNESCO World Heritage city of Oaxaca, marvel at colourful architecture before venturing into the hills to experience the unique community-led ecotourism project in the Sierra Norte Mountains. Thejourney continues through Chiapas, featuring a boat trip down the impressive Sumidero Canyon and exploration of San Cristobal and Lagunas de Montebello. Heading north, delve into the historical riches of Campeche and Yucatan, visiting Mayan ruins like Palenque, Edzna, Uxmal, and the iconic Chichen Itza. Amidst exploring Mayan architecture and intricate carvings, savour the unique 'Comida Yucatan' in Campeche and Merida. The expedition concludes in the beach resort of Cancun, offering an option to extend your holiday for well-deserved relaxation in either Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

Self-Guided Greece: The Menalon Trail

In November, Greece experiences a milder climate, making it an ideal time for those seeking a more tranquil and less crowded exploration of its ancient sites and scenic landscapes. The historic ruins and charming coastal areas offer a peaceful setting for travellers to immerse themselves in the rich history and natural beauty of Greece during this time. Envision the Peloponnese, where echoes of famous Greek myths resonate—tales of gods on earthly realms and the epic fables of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Named after the legendary King Pelops, this Greek haven has witnessed the ebb and flow of civilizations, each imprinting its mark on the peninsula. Upon reaching the heart of the Arcadian mountains, be prepared for idyllic landscapes and untamed nature, offering captivating glimpses into a rich history. Amidst breathtaking cliffs, dramatic canyons, and lush green mountains adorned with traditional stone and wood buildings, this region captivates with exceptional beauty that has inspired numerous writers. The Menalon Trail, honoured with the title of "Leading Quality Trail" by the European Ramblers Association, unfolds as a 75km journey along revived ancient routes, revealing monasteries, caves, and museums. Staying in traditional guesthouses within charming mountain villages, a warm welcome awaits in this lesser-known and tranquil corner, where you can craft your own tales of adventure and exploration in the mystical Peloponnese.

Walking the Drakensberg and the Wild Coast of South Africa

In November, South Africa welcomes the onset of summer, offering pleasant temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to explore its diverse landscapes. Whether enjoying the vibrant city life in Cape Town, embarking on wildlife safaris, or exploring the stunning coastal areas, November provides a wonderful window for outdoor adventures in South Africa. Discover the hidden treasures of South Africa with this exceptional series of day walks in the Drakensberg and along the captivating Wild Coast. Carefully curated for a delightful getaway, we've paired these splendid walks with comfortable accommodations. Beginning in the Golden Gate National Park, this journey includes a sunset walk on Brandwag Rock and the Echo Falls Trail. Moving to the renowned Drakensberg Mountains, explore the Tugela Gorge, witness the Amphitheatre, and traverse the Cathedral Peak region with its stunning sandstone buttresses. The rugged landscapes feature natural pools and illuminated rocks, creating a picturesque setting. Concluding the adventure on the lesser-known Wild Coast, you will spend three nights in a lodge, exploring untouched white sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. The coastal path leads us to the end of our fabulous walking holiday in South Africa, culminating in the vibrant city of Durban.

Secret Trails of the Tribal Heartland

In November, Vietnam experiences cooler temperatures and lower humidity, making it an excellent time to explore the country's diverse landscapes and cultural attractions. Whether navigating the bustling streets of Hanoi, cruising the picturesque waters of Ha Long Bay, or trekking through the scenic regions, November offers a pleasant climate for travellers to enjoy the beauty and richness of Vietnam. Embark on a captivating two-week trekking adventure through the remote landscapes of northeastern Vietnam, near the Chinese border, immersing yourself in the heart of hill-tribe territory. Encounter breathtaking mountain scenery and the warmth of diverse ethnic communities, including the Tay, Hmong, Dao, Lolo, and Nung. Days are filled with trekking through plunging highland valleys, soaring limestone peaks, and lush rice paddies, with highlights including the foothills of Phu Ta Ca and nights spent in traditional homestays, offering a deep dive into each tribe's customs and culture, culminating in a day with the remote Black Lolo tribe. As the journey unfolds, explore the stunning Ba Be National Park, where traditional fishing methods are shared on Ba Be Lake. The adventure concludes with a blend of history and culture in Hanoi, a cruise on Ha Long and Lan Ha Bay, and a night on Cat Ba island, providing a comprehensive experience of authentic North Vietnam, complete with unforgettable walks and unique cultural encounters.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Embark on a magnificent 8-day walking holiday, commencing with essential acclimatisation days in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, offering insights into the former capital of the Inca Empire. Joined by fellow global adventurers, our journey then unfolds on the renowned Inca Trail, traversing the ancient paved pathways from the Urubamba River to the Warmiwanusca Pass (4200m) and descending to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, covering approximately 10 kilometres daily over four days with full support. This fully supported short trek reveals breathtaking views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks, culminating in a guided exploration of the 15th-century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Our knowledgeable guide unravels the city's history before we conclude the adventure with a classic train ride back to Cusco. With two departures weekly, there's flexibility to accommodate your schedule, but securing permits promptly is advised for this unforgettable Inca Trail experience. In November, Peru experiences the onset of the dry season, making it an excellent time to explore its diverse landscapes, including the iconic Machu Picchu. With mild temperatures and clearer skies, this month offers ideal conditions for trekking, cultural exploration, and enjoying the rich history and natural beauty that Peru has to offer.

Cycling in Cyprus

In November, Cyprus enjoys mild temperatures and a pleasant climate, making it an ideal time to explore the island's rich history, diverse landscapes, and cultural offerings. Embark on a leisurely-paced cycling adventure, tracing Cyprus's southern coastline from Larnaca to the untamed Akamas Peninsula. Beyond the popular sun-seeking destinations, this fully guided holiday unveils the richness of Cyprus, with its long history, myth-laden landscapes, and diverse archaeological wonders. Cycling through UNESCO-listed sites like Neolithic Khirokitia and cliff-top Kourion, you'll explore Bronze Age tombs, Roman villas, and Ottoman architecture, all while immersing in Cypriot culture through charming towns, outdoor cafes, handicrafts, and warm hospitality. Guided by a local expert, savour authentic Cypriot cuisine and soak in the island's varied landscapes, from rugged coasts to vineyards, meadows, and pine-forested hills. With a free day in Pafos for independent exploration or relaxation, this cycling holiday offers a holistic experience of Cyprus's beauty and diversity.

Antarctica In Depth Expedition

In November, Antarctica welcomes visitors with the onset of the austral summer, offering relatively milder temperatures and an incredible opportunity to witness the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of this pristine polar region. Embark on a 14-day Antarctic cruise aboard the MS Expedition, specially equipped for polar exploration. This  journey commences in Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth in the Argentinean part of Tierra del Fuego. Crossing the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Convergence, where cold and warm waters collide, we witness the emergence of nutrients, attracting seabirds and whales for our first encounters with Antarctic wildlife. Venturing south to the South Shetland Islands and crossing the Bransfield Strait, we reach the Antarctic Peninsula—a world of immense scale with blue icebergs, penguin rookeries, diving seabirds, and breaching whales. Guided Zodiac excursions, kayaking opportunities, and a chance to camp on the Antarctic Peninsula offer immersive experiences. The MS Expedition, designed for the Southern Ocean, provides a sturdy ship with a passenger capacity of just over one hundred. With dining areas, presentation rooms, various cabin sizes, a mudroom, and viewing decks, ample space and entertainment are ensured onboard. Daily presentations and talks from expert staff cover wildlife, history, and the environment. After six days around the peninsula, we return through the Drake Passage, carrying magical memories of this enchanted world.

Mount Toubkal in Winter

Ascending to an elevation of 4167m, Mount Toubkal stands as the highest peak not only in Morocco but in all of North Africa, offering an unparalleled winter trekking experience in the High Atlas Mountains. Nestled just two hours from vibrant Marrakech, the region transforms into a magical winter wonderland with traditional villages, friendly Berber communities, and breathtaking mountain trails. Our time-tested itinerary, a perennial favourite, guarantees a fully prepared adventure, featuring acclimatisation hikes and a trek to the refuge (3207m) before reaching the summit of Toubkal. The reward at the top includes awe-inspiring views across the rocky Atlas ranges, extending southwards to Jebel Sahro and the Sahara Desert. This small-group winter walking holiday, limited to a maximum of 10 participants, seamlessly combines mountain exploration with the vibrant colours of Marrakech, ensuring an authentic and unforgettable Moroccan adventure. In November, the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco offer a captivating landscape with a dusting of snow on the peaks, creating a picturesque setting for trekking and exploration. The traditional villages, friendly Berber communities, and stunning trails in this mountain range provide a unique and enchanting experience during this time of the year.

Hidden Trails of Fuerteventura

Nestled just 100km off the North African coast, the delightful island of Fuerteventura boasts year-round sunshine, endless sandy beaches, and the Canary Islands' most stunning coastline. Despite being relatively undiscovered by walkers, Fuerteventura offers an array of trails weaving through charming African-style architecture and vibrant, spice-coloured volcanoes, leading to its designation as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2009, owing to its rich diversity of endemic flora and fauna. This centre-based walking holiday unfolds in the picturesque fishing village of La Lajita, allowing exploration of Fuerteventura on foot. Highlights include traversing the Betancuria Mountain Range, walking in the footsteps of the island's first inhabitants, the 'Guanches,' amidst the lava flows of Cuchillos de Vigan and Volcan de Jacomar. The adventure continues with an exploration of the Jandia Nature Reserve, unveiling a Saharan-style desert landscape, and a boat trip to the tiny island of Lobos, nestled between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Immerse yourself in the unique experience of staying in a small fishing community, unveiling a surprising side to Fuerteventura as you discover the island's best trails.

Annapurna Circuit and the Thorung La

November in Nepal offers ideal trekking conditions, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and vibrant landscapes, making it one of the best times to explore the country's stunning Himalayan trails. Embark on the Annapurna Circuit trek for a journey through Nepal's diverse landscapes, from the humid farmlands along the Marsyangdi River and around Pokhara to the alpine realm and breathtaking mountain vistas north of the Annapurnas. Adapting to the evolving access to the major valleys surrounding the Annapurna Massif, our itinerary ensures an authentic Annapurna Sanctuary trekking experience, steering clear of roads and preserving the classic route. Starting at Jagat beside the Marsyangdi River, our trek leads us to Dharapani before turning west into the impressive valley on the north side of the Annapurnas, offering spectacular mountain views as we ascend to the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal on the northern slopes. Venturing into the remote Buddhist enclave from Manang, acclimatisation walks to Ice Lake and Tilicho Lake prepare us for the challenging Thorung La (5416m) crossing, providing mesmerising views of Dhaulagiri and Mustang's red ridges. Descending into the Kali Gandaki via Muktinath's Hindu temples, our trek concludes in Jomsom, where a flight to Pokhara allows for an overnight stay in this enchanting lakeside town before continuing to Kathmandu. 

Cycle Madagascar - Highlands to the Coast

Madagascar, ranking as the world's fourth-largest island and equivalent in size to France, stands out for its remarkable diversity, untouched landscapes, and a unique blend of cultures. Renowned for lemurs and iconic baobab trees, the island also hosts a myriad of colourful birds, chameleons, and turtles, making it a haven for unique flora and fauna. Embarking on a cycling journey from the capital, Antananarivo, to the southeast corner, known locally as 'Tana,' the adventure unfolds through Madagascar's famed national parks—Ranomafana, Andringitra, and Isalo. Exploring beyond our bikes, we immerse ourselves in hiking experiences, seeking lemurs in Ranomafana, marvelling at towering granite cliffs in Andringitra, and exploring the diverse landscapes of Isalo, including a refreshing dip in the 'Piscine Naturelle.' Balancing vehicle transfers with manageable cycling stages on both tarmac and dirt roads, the journey culminates with two leisurely days at Ifaty on the Indian Ocean. This beachfront retreat serves as a fitting conclusion to an unforgettable cycling holiday, offering relaxation and the possibility of experiencing paradise on two wheels.

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