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Where to go and What to do in October

In October, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the transitional beauty of autumn, painting landscapes in vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. In Eu... Read more
Where to go and What to do in October

In October, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the transitional beauty of autumn, painting landscapes in vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. In Europe, the weather varies from the lingering warmth of the Mediterranean to the crispness of Central and Northern regions. It's a splendid time for scenic drives through the changing foliage, exploring historic cities, and savouring autumnal delights. Meanwhile, in Asia, countries like Japan and South Korea witness the phenomenon of "koyo," where vibrant autumn colours grace the landscapes, creating breathtaking scenes in parks and mountains. October in the Northern Hemisphere offers a diverse array of experiences, from the cosy charm of European villages to the serene beauty of Asian landscapes adorned in fall's rich palette.

In October, the Southern Hemisphere transitions into spring, bringing renewal and blossoming landscapes across continents. In Africa, the weather begins to warm up, creating ideal conditions for safaris and outdoor adventures. The vast and diverse landscapes, from the savannas of South Africa to the deserts of Namibia, come alive with vibrant flora and fauna. Latin America experiences the onset of spring as well, with countries like Argentina and Chile showcasing blooming flowers and pleasant temperatures. In Oceania, October marks the arrival of spring blooms and milder temperatures, making it an opportune time for outdoor activities and exploring the stunning natural scenery. Overall, October in the Southern Hemisphere offers a diverse array of experiences, from wildlife encounters in Africa to cultural immersion in Latin America and outdoor adventures in Oceania.

These are 12 of our favourite holidays that run in October across the globe:



Basecamp and the Bonte La

Embark on a captivating two-week circuit trek to Bhutan's Chomolhari Base Camp, traversing three high passes and indulging in the natural splendour. Explore vibrant Kathmandu and the serene town of Paro, home to the dramatic Taktsang Monastery. Starting in Paro, the journey takes us north into the tranquil Paro Chu valley, nestled between Himalayan foothills and the snow-covered peaks marking the Bhutan-Tibet border. Following the river for three days leads us to Jangothang, the basecamp for the revered Chomolhari (7326m), believed to be the dwelling place of Jomo, a goddess bound by Guru Rinpoche. After acclimatising, diverge from the valley trail, ascending to the Tsho Phu lakes and crossing the lofty Bonte La (4890m) for panoramic views of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Trekking at high elevations, traverse hidden valleys and scenic ridges, reaching a mesmerising campsite on Thongbu's yak pastures. Descending via herders' trails to Shana, this remarkable circuit ranks among Bhutan's best short treks, often untouched by trekking groups. Bhutan in October offers a delightful experience with clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and vibrant autumn foliage. This month is an ideal time to explore Bhutan, as the weather is favourable for trekking and enjoying the country's stunning landscapes.

Cyprus Road Cycling Tour

Tucked in the far eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is an ideal destination for a road cycling holiday, especially during the early and late months when conditions are less favourable in the UK and Western Europe. This expansive island, spanning 240 kilometres from west to east, boasts over 300 sunny days annually, with daytime temperatures approaching 20 degrees centigrade even in mid-winter. Characterised by rugged beauty, Cyprus features the central, forest-cloaked Troodos Mountains rising to Mount Olympos (1952m). Valleys and ridges cascade from the Troodos to the island’s south coast, providing a captivating setting for a week of cycling on welcoming, well-surfaced roads. With a mix of coastal and mountain scenery, six diverse cycling days, excellent accommodations, and an expert Cypriot cycling guide, Cyprus offers a unique and undiscovered experience for road cyclists. Day-rides include visits to ancient monasteries, timeless villages, fishing villages, and the summit of Mount Olympos, covering much of the southern region from the Plain of Larnaca in the east to Chrysochou Bay in the west. Balancing challenging rides with a taste of the Cypriot way of life—centred on café culture, good food, and the great outdoors—this stands out as a top contender for the best Mediterranean road cycling holiday. In October, Cyprus enjoys pleasant temperatures and is an ideal destination for those seeking to explore its diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to historic sites, with fewer crowds and a comfortable climate.



Hakuna Matata - Family Tanzania Safari

Discover the allure of Tanzania with this specially designed safari holiday tailored for families. Beginning in Arusha National Park, you'll encounter acrobatic black and white colobus monkeys, embark on an exhilarating walking safari among giraffes and zebras, and absorb fascinating insights from the ranger about the unique ecosystem at the foot of Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro. Game drives in Lake Manyara National Park offer glimpses of lions in Umbrella Thorn trees, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe, with a delightful Tinga Tinga painting session with a local artist between drives. The adventure continues with a day dedicated to spotting the Big Five, including rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater, followed by a visit to Tarangire National Park, renowned for its vast elephant herds. Afterward, unwind on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, enjoying three nights of relaxation and water sports. This family-friendly safari skips the long journey to the Serengeti, allowing more time for wildlife encounters in these exceptional National Parks. With days of relaxation on Zanzibar at the end, it's a perfect formula for a complete wildlife holiday suitable for both first-time African safari-goers and seasoned enthusiasts. October in Tanzania marks the end of the dry season, making it an excellent time for wildlife viewing. The weather is generally warm, and the Great Migration continues, offering a captivating opportunity to witness large herds of wildebeest and zebras on their journey.

Red Hot Chile Trekkers - The Atacama Desert

October in Chile and Bolivia offers a delightful time to explore, with mild temperatures and a diverse range of landscapes, from the stunning Atacama Desert to the captivating peaks and cultural richness of Bolivia, creating an ideal setting for an enriching travel experience. The Atacama, Earth's oldest desert and acclaimed as the premier stargazing destination globally, is adorned with remarkable volcanoes, notably Licancabur (5920m). As the sacred mountain of the Atacameno people, conquering Licancabur is a thrilling highlight of this extraordinary trekking adventure through Chile and Bolivia. Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific, the region unfolds with stunning salt lakes, flamingo-filled lagoons, bubbling geysers, and mesmerising peaks. Beginning in the charming town of San Pedro, set against the backdrop of Licancabur, our journey includes acclimatisation walks exploring the sights of San Pedro, from the flamingos on Chaxa Lagoon to the ethereal Valley of the Moon. Immersing ourselves in this lunar landscape, rich with remote communities and diverse cultures, we undertake an acclimatisation circuit of Copa Coya (4500m). Following relaxation in hot springs and a visit to the renowned El Tatio geysers, we venture into Bolivia, surrounded by flamingos and the enchanting lagoons of Blanca and Verde. However, the pinnacle awaits at the summit of Licancabur at 5920m, offering a breathtaking panorama of the Atacama Desert. This adventure seamlessly combines magnificent landscapes, ancient cultures, and the opportunity to conquer one of the world’s most extraordinary volcanoes.



Japan: Nakasendo Trail and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

October in Japan brings a picturesque blend of autumn foliage, known as "koyo," transforming landscapes into vibrant hues of red and gold. This season offers mild temperatures, making it an ideal time to witness the stunning fall colours while exploring Japan's rich cultural heritage and enjoying outdoor festivities. Embark on a journey through Japan's history with our exploration of the Nakasendo Trail, which once connected Kyoto and Tokyo during the Age of the Samurai. Our trek includes walks through some of the trail's finest sections, with visits to the picturesque 'post towns' of Tsumago and Magome, where cobbled streets and traditional lattice-front houses harken back to Japan's Edo Period splendour. The adventure continues with a challenging 3-day Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, navigating between two grand shrines amidst the sacred mountains. Amidst ancient forests, our path offers views of thundering waterfalls and breathtaking mountain and ocean vistas, immersing us in nature's reverence. Experience the warmth of Japanese hospitality as we stay in traditional ryokan and minshuku, sleeping on futon beds, indulging in multi-course meals, and rejuvenating in thermal hot springs. The journey also includes 3 nights in the futuristic Tokyo and 2 days to explore the serene Zen gardens and temples of Kyoto. Utilising Japan's efficient public transport, including a ride on the renowned high-speed bullet train, this holiday provides an immersive understanding of Japan's unique history and culture, bringing you closer to the essence of Japanese life

Walking the Islands and Volcanoes of Sicily

Embark on a walking adventure through Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, where hikes on the volcanic peaks of Etna and Stromboli offer a perfect blend of outdoor exploration and cultural immersion. Named after the Greek god Aeolus, the verdant Aeolian Islands lie just off Sicily's northern coast, and we'll hop between Stromboli, Lipari, Salina, and Vulcano using hydrofoils. Lipari, known for its pastel-coloured seafront and stunning sunsets, serves as our base for island exploration. From Lipari, we'll ascend Vulcano's Monte Saraceno, discover the green jewel of Salina with its vineyards producing sweet Malvasia wine, and trek the fiery slopes of Stromboli. The journey concludes with two nights in Sicily, where we'll explore the Baroque beauty of Catania, the hill-top gem of Taormina, and culminate our adventure with a hike on the slopes of mighty Mt Etna. September in Sicily offers a delightful blend of warm weather, fewer crowds, and the beginning of the grape harvest, making it an ideal time to explore the island's rich history, diverse landscapes, and indulge in its renowned cuisine. With pleasant temperatures and vibrant cultural events, September provides a perfect window to experience the unique charm and flavours of Sicily.

Morocco - Ride the Kasbah

October in Morocco offers pleasant temperatures, making it an ideal time to explore the diverse landscapes, from the bustling markets of Marrakech to the serene Sahara Desert. With comfortable weather and fewer crowds, October provides a wonderful opportunity to experience Morocco's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty.

Embark on a classic adventure cycling expedition in Morocco's arid Jebel Sahro region, strategically situated between the snow-capped High Atlas to the north and the Sahara to the south, offering an ideal cycling climate outside the summer months. Starting from Marrakech, we journey across the Atlas Mountains to Tinerhir and commence biking in the awe-inspiring Todra Gorge, renowned among rock climbers worldwide for its towering walls. Navigating surfaced roads and hard-pack jeep tracks, we venture into a remote mountain area, encountering nomadic Berber shepherds and panoramic views of the Atlas peaks. The route includes crossing the Tamtattouchte Pass (2615m) and descending into the stunning Dades Valley, known as the 'Valley of the 1000 Kasbahs.' Continuing on 'piste' roads, we pass through Boulmane Dades, glimpse the remarkable rock formation of Bab n'Ali (Ali's Gate), and reach N'Kob. A newly-introduced dirt road ride leads us directly to the Sahara-edge oasis town of Zagora, providing a fantastic off-road experience. With a flexible itinerary allowing time to explore Marrakech's souks and sounds, this cycling adventure is an ideal winter escape to Morocco and the captivating pink and ochre-hued mountains of Jebel Sahro.

Mountains and Volcanoes of Papua New Guinea 

Embark on a distinctive expedition that allows you to conquer both of Papua New Guinea's highest mountains in a single, carefully crafted journey, designed to showcase a remarkable variety of landscapes. Our exclusive trekking route ensures a unique and immersive adventure, starting with the ascent of Mount Giluwe, one of the Volcanic Seven Summits. We take a direct route to the summit, descending along a longer path to experience diverse landscapes. Engaging with the Melpa people in Mt Hagen provides insight into their daily lives, fostering a deeper connection with the local community. Venturing into the high mountains and valleys of Simbu Province, we are warmly welcomed into a remote village, offering another unique opportunity to interact with local tribes. Continuing our expedition, a newly established trekking route leads us to the country's highest summit, Mount Wilhelm, traversing various vegetation zones over a three-day trek and culminating in a sunrise summit experience. Descending via the usual climbing route, we spend the night at the iconic Betty's Lodge, creating unforgettable memories amidst Papua New Guinea's stunning landscapes and diverse cultures.

Walking Croatia's Coast & Mountains

Explore Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast on this captivating walking holiday, encompassing an incredible coastline, dramatic national parks, mediaeval towns, delectable cuisine, cascading waterfalls, and warm hospitality. Traverse some of Europe's most spectacular trails, including a segment of the Via Dinarica long-distance footpath snaking through the Balkans. Beginning in the vibrant capital of Zagreb, we journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes, where enchanting cascading waterfalls and pristine lakes await. The undiscovered Velebit Mountains and breathtaking Paklenica National Park offer off-the-beaten-track trails and homestay hospitality. Throughout the trip, dramatic coastal views and the archipelago of offshore islands provide a scenic backdrop. In the coastal towns of Zadar and Split, Croatia's renowned café culture, exceptional restaurants, stunning promenades, and mediaeval architecture offer the perfect contrast to the adventure in the dramatic mountains.

The Cape - Winelands and Walks

October in South Africa brings the onset of spring, with mild temperatures and blooming landscapes, making it an ideal time for outdoor exploration and wildlife viewing. Whether you're venturing into the lush winelands, exploring vibrant cities, or embarking on safari adventures, this month provides a pleasant climate for diverse experiences across the country. This delightful journey seamlessly combines wine and brandy tastings with leisurely walks through vineyards, panoramic hilltop views, and stunning coastal paths. Our accommodations include comfortable small guesthouses and historical hotels strategically chosen for their character and locations. Beginning in the heart of the winelands, Stellenbosch captivates with its pretty Dutch architecture nestled amid lush vineyards. We explore the photogenic town, sample local wines, and enjoy vineyard walks before continuing to Montagu via the Franschoek Pass for a walk in the Mont Rochellen Nature Reserve. In Barrydale, we indulge in tasting the famous brandy of the same name before heading to the coast to potentially spot Southern Right Whales from our base in Hermanus. The return journey to Cape Town along the 'Garden Route' unfolds with cliffs, beaches, scenic walks, coffee delights, and excellent wines. Exploring the Cape Peninsula, we encounter African Penguins and possibly Cape Zebras on our way to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Bathed in sunshine, the panoramic views of the ocean and coastal mountains are awe-inspiring. The grand finale features a walk up Table Mountain, followed by time in cosmopolitan Cape Town to savour its culture, food, and wines.



Spires and Ice - Trekking Patagonia

In October, Patagonia experiences the arrival of spring, offering mild temperatures and blossoming landscapes, making it an ideal time to explore its rugged beauty. From the iconic Torres Del Paine National Park to Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, October provides a captivating window to witness the awakening of Patagonia's stunning wilderness. Embark on a magnificent walking holiday in Patagonia, immersing yourself in one of the world's last great wildernesses and navigating two of the planet's most breathtaking landscapes: Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. Patagonia, with its colossal glaciers, cascading waterfalls, majestic peaks, and pristine lakes, unveils a wild and rugged glacial beauty beyond imagination. The adventure encompasses the coveted 'W Trek,' offering stays in strategically located refugios. After traversing the beauty of the Frances Valley, we tackle the awe-inspiring Los Cuernos trail before reaching one of our absolute favourite highlights: the trek to the base of the soaring Paine towers in the Valle Ascencio. Just when you think the experience couldn't be surpassed, we enter Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, exploring the photogenic Perito Moreno Glacier and enjoying splendid walks around the stunning peaks of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

Julian Alps Jamboree - Family Adventure Chomolhari 

Experience an incredible family adventure in Slovenia, based in the charming town of Kranjska Gora at the foot of the Julian Alps, just minutes away from the Austrian and Italian borders. Once part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia shares more similarities with its Alpine neighbours than Eastern Europe. Our comfortable hotel with a swimming pool serves as a perfect base for a week of diverse activities. The adventure begins with a hike to Martuljek Waterfall, including a mountain hut lunch, followed by mountain biking near the Italian lakes and a thrilling descent on the summer toboggan in Kranjska Gora. A visit to the iconic Lake Bled adds an adrenaline boost with a 'high ropes' park experience. After a day of rest or exploring Kranjska Gora, we venture over the Julian Alps via the dramatic Vrsic Pass, with an optional rafting trip on the Soca River in the charming town of Bovec. The adventure concludes with easy rock climbing and an afternoon walk to Jasna Lake, offering the perfect mix of activities and free time for a memorable family holiday in Slovenia. In October, the Julian Alps reveal a picturesque transformation as autumn hues paint the landscapes around Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The crisp air enhances the scenic beauty, creating a captivating backdrop for outdoor activities and exploration in this Alpine region.

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