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Where to go and What to do in September

September in the northern hemisphere ushers in the transition from summer to autumn, bringing varied and distinctive experiences across regions such a... Read more
Where to go and What to do in September

September in the northern hemisphere ushers in the transition from summer to autumn, bringing varied and distinctive experiences across regions such as Europe, Asia, and Northen America. In Europe, temperatures start to cool, and vibrant autumn foliage begins to grace landscapes. It's a season for grape harvesting in the vineyards of Italy and Spain, adding to the cultural richness of the region. Meanwhile, in Asia, countries like Japan witness the arrival of autumn, marked by the subtle changing colours of cherry blossoms and the anticipation of traditional events like the Tsukimi or moon-viewing festivals. Across the United States, the northern states start to feel the cool breeze of fall, while southern regions continue to enjoy warmer temperatures. In each of these diverse regions, September encapsulates the unique charm of the changing seasons, making it a month of transition and celebration.

In September, the southern hemisphere enters spring in regions like Africa and northern Latin America. Spring represents a period of rejuvenation and burgeoning life, offering a vibrant contrast to the autumnal landscapes in the northern hemisphere. Across Africa, particularly in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe, the landscapes burst into life with the bloom of vibrant wildflowers, creating a picturesque setting for safaris and outdoor adventures. The majestic Victoria Falls, straddling the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, experiences increased water flow as the dry season recedes, adding to the natural spectacle. In northern Latin America, countries such as Mexico and Bolivia embrace the arrival of spring with warmer temperatures and blooming flora. It's a time of renewal, and cities celebrate the change in season. 

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

Self-Guided Walking in Japan

Embark on a two-week self-guided Japanese cultural immersion, seamlessly blending ancient traditions with modern life. Begin in Tokyo, marvelling at the iconic Shibuya crossing and exploring the city's juxtaposition of skyscrapers and traditional wooden structures. Venture to Mt. Takao for panoramic views, ride the Shinkansen on the Nakasendo Trail, traversing quaint villages in the Kiso Valley, and experience Kyoto's rich culture with a traditional tea ceremony. Follow in the footsteps of Samurai on the Kumano Kodo, ending with a rejuvenating soak in Japan's oldest onsen. Conclude your journey in Osaka, a foodie's paradise, celebrating a trip filled with cultural richness and warm hospitality in a mix of 3* and 4* hotels, as well as traditional minshuku and ryokan along the trails. This blend offers flexibility, local insights, and the joy of home-cooked Japanese cuisine, providing a truly immersive experience. In September, Japan experiences the transition from summer to autumn, with mild temperatures. This is a delightful time to visit, as the weather allows for pleasant exploration of cultural attractions and scenic landscapes while enjoying the early signs of fall foliage in certain regions.

The Great Southern African Lodge Safari

Southern Africa in September offers a diverse array of experiences with varying climates across its countries. While Botswana and Namibia provide optimal conditions for wildlife viewing with the end of the dry season, Zambia showcases the impressive Victoria Falls at peak flow, creating a well-rounded opportunity for both safari adventures and natural wonders. Embarking on our Southern African adventure, commence at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, one of the world's largest waterfalls. Our journey leads west through Namibia's Caprivi Strip, traversing Angola and Botswana, renowned for its migrating elephants and home to the Wild Africa Dog. The wildlife-rich pans of Etosha National Park offer encounters with African big game, including big cats, elephants, and various plain game. Venturing deeper into Namibia, highlights include Swakopmund, the mesmerising sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and enchanting evenings of stargazing. Continuing our loop, we enter Botswana, pausing in the Kalahari to meet the San Bushmen before immersing ourselves in the diverse wildlife of the Okavango Delta. Exploring the delta's waterways via traditional mokoro canoe provides a magical experience. Our journey concludes in Botswana's Chobe National Park, where rich grasslands sustain a high concentration of wildlife, observed during our boat safaris. 

Road Cycling in Lebanon

Lebanon's diverse landscape, with its coastal towns like Byblos and historical richness, offers an enticing setting for a 6-day, 410-kilometre road cycling adventure. The sparsely populated inland, dotted with villages, provides a tranquil cycling experience amid Lebanon's rugged interior. The route encompasses the Lebanon Mountains, reaching over 3000 metres in the north, passing through ancient olive groves, cedar forests, and the agricultural Bekaa Valley. Highlights include the Arz-Oyoun Pass, Mzaar-Kfardebian ski station, and Lake Qaraoun with views of Mount Hermon. The journey concludes with a scenic ride through Chouf Mountains' farming villages, featuring a visit to the historic Beiteddine Palace. The expedition concludes in Beirut with a city tour and a final dinner to savour the rich flavours of Lebanese cuisine. Lebanon in September enjoys pleasant weather, with warm temperatures ranging from around 23 to 30 degrees Celsius (73 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). This month provides an excellent opportunity for outdoor activities and exploring Lebanon's diverse landscapes, from its coastal areas to its mountainous regions.



Highlights of Nepal and Bhutan

Embarking on a 2-week adventure seamlessly blending Nepal and Bhutan, this captivating itinerary provides a profound exploration of the Himalayan region. Beginning in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where bustling streets and colourful temples captivate, the journey progresses to the old trading post of Bandipur and the lakeside town of Pokhara, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna peaks. Returning to Kathmandu before venturing to Bhutan, the pocket-sized capital of Thimphu unveils attractions like the Tashichoedzong fortress-monastery, with opportunities to witness unique festivals. Highlights in Bhutan include the Dochu La's panoramic views, visits to Punakha Dzong and the awe-inspiring Taktsang Monastery, along with engaging encounters with the warm-hearted locals in traditional attire. This culturally rich adventure perfectly balances Nepal and Bhutan, leaving indelible memories of both dramatic landscapes and unique traditions. In September, Nepal experiences the tail end of the monsoon season, providing lush landscapes and clear mountain views, making it an ideal time for trekking in regions like the Annapurna and Everest. Similarly, Bhutan in September enjoys pleasant weather with clear skies, creating optimal conditions for exploring its cultural treasures, including the vibrant capital of Thimphu and iconic sites like the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery.

Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia

In September, Bolivia experiences the tail end of the dry season, offering ideal conditions for exploring its diverse landscapes. From the unique salt flats of Salar de Uyuni to the historic silver-mining town of Potosi and the stunning landscapes of Sajama National Park, this month provides pleasant weather for a captivating Bolivian adventure. Embarking on a captivating Bolivian adventure, our journey unfolds from the shores of Lake Titicaca to the expansive white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, one of Earth's highest and driest environments. After immersing ourselves in the wonders of Latin America's greatest lake, Titicaca, we fly south to Sucre and Potosi, a historic silver-mining town. Following an acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari, we reach Uyuni, marked by its atmospheric 'train graveyard,' and venture to the base of Volcan Tunupa, hiking to the crater of this uniquely multi-colored mountain. Continuing to Sajama National Park, our route unveils rustic churches, towering cacti, and diverse Andean wildlife around remote lagoons. From Sajama Village, we ascend to the Condoriri Craters, featuring high-altitude lagoons and breathtaking landscapes, before descending to hot springs for a relaxing interlude. The journey concludes back in La Paz, where we explore the vibrant city, rounding off this action-packed two-week adventure through Bolivia's extraordinary and diverse terrains. 



Walking Undiscovered Tenerife and Pico Teide

Explore the vibrant Canary Island of Tenerife on this enchanting walking holiday, where stunning landscapes and unspoiled nature await. From meandering trails to volcanic mountains, secluded beaches, and the majestic Teide volcano (3718m), KE ensures a comprehensive experience of Tenerife's beauty. Beginning on the dramatic west coast, our journey takes us through quaint hamlets to the Teno lighthouse, followed by a two-day trek through Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Highlights include a circular walk to the summit of Guaraja (2715m) and a visit to the crater of Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak. After three days of hiking, a well-deserved free day offers options to explore La Laguna or Puerto de la Cruz. The adventure continues in the undiscovered Anaga biosphere reserve, unveiling a lush mountainous landscape and some of Europe's finest coastal walking. The final night is spent in the capital, Santa Cruz, where traditional piazzas, charming pavement cafes, and a picturesque harbour provide a perfect conclusion to this unforgettable walking holiday on Tenerife. In September, Tenerife experiences pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to explore the captivating landscapes of this colourful Canary Island. The iconic Pico Teide, Spain's highest peak at 3718 metres, offers stunning hiking opportunities with clear skies, providing breathtaking views of Tenerife's diverse terrain.

Ultimate Toubkal Weekend

Embark on a thrilling four-day adventure in Morocco, where the majestic High Atlas Mountains, crowned by Mount Toubkal (4167m), await exploration. Starting in vibrant Marrakech, a short drive leads to the heart of Berber homeland, where towering valleys and the Neltner Refuge set the stage for an ascent to Toubkal's summit. At 4167m, it offers breathtaking views stretching from the High Atlas to the Sahara Desert. Ideal for adventurous walkers, this Moroccan holiday combines mountain magic with the vibrant colours of Marrakech. Distinguished by its genuine small group adventure, limited to a maximum of 12 participants, the success of this journey lies in the careful preservation of the trails and the expertise of experienced Moroccan guides. While Toubkal's technical aspects may not be formidable, the combination of seasoned leaders and a smaller group enhances the chances of summit success, making it an excellent choice for both seasoned trekkers and those new to High Atlas adventures. In September, the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco offer a delightful climate, with temperatures moderating from the summer heat. The landscape becomes particularly picturesque as wildflowers bloom, creating a colourful tapestry, and it's an ideal time for hiking, with clear skies providing stunning vistas of the rugged peaks and valleys.

Turkish Delight

Embark on an extraordinary mountain biking adventure in Turkey, delving into the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia. Renowned for its lunar-like terrain, captivating history, and exotic ambiance, Cappadocia provides an ideal setting with a mix of backroads, dirt roads. With over 15 years of expertise in organising cycling holidays in this region, our journey begins and ends in the authentic village of Urgup, guiding riders through a breathtaking kingdom of fairy-tale chimneys, sandstone valleys, and rock-hewn dwellings. The itinerary includes visits to Ortahisar Castle, 'Love Valley,' Uchisar's troglodyte settlement, Derinkuyu's underground city, the Ihlara Valley, Goreme's Open Air Museum, the Soganli region's farming villages, and Urgup's vibrant produce market. Accommodations in comfortable family-run hotels, including those in Uchisar, complement the fully included local cuisine, making this biking paradise suitable for both relative beginners and seasoned mountain bikers seeking a laid-back holiday destination. In September, Turkey experiences pleasant weather with warm temperatures, making it an ideal time to explore its diverse landscapes and historical sites. Whether wandering through vibrant cities, lounging on Mediterranean beaches, or trekking in scenic regions, visitors can enjoy the rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty of Turkey during this month.

South West National Parks of the USA

September in the South West USA brings mild temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to explore the region's stunning national parks and iconic landmarks without the intense heat of summer. This exceptional region showcases a rich tapestry of landscapes, from Joshua Tree's arid deserts to the Grand Canyon's majestic panoramas and Bryce Canyon's mystical hoodoos, reminiscent of timeless Western film sets. Each park stands as a testament to the unrefined beauty and geological marvels sculpted by time, wind, water, and the artistry of nature. Embark on an adventurous walking holiday that transcends typical tourist destinations, immersing you in the nature, history, and culture of the American South West. Starting in Las Vegas, our journey heads west into California, exploring the desert environments and unique geological formations of Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Mojave National Preserve. Moving eastward to Nevada and the elevated terrain of the Colorado Plateau, the landscape transitions from sculpted red rock canyons to captivating towering mesas. Daily walks lead us through the National Parks, allowing us to absorb the stunning highlights of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and, of course, the Grand Canyon itself. Whether you're in search of striking hikes among towering sandstone monoliths, serene moments of reflection while gazing into vast chasms, or the opportunity to marvel at the fiery hues of a desert sunset, the South West National Parks offer an extraordinary escape into the heart of untamed beauty.

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

In September, Southern Africa enjoys the onset of spring, bringing mild temperatures and blossoming landscapes. This transitional season is ideal for exploring the diverse attractions of countries like South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, offering a pleasant climate for safaris, outdoor adventures, and visits to natural wonders. Embark on an exhilarating and expansive biking adventure, commencing at the renowned Victoria Falls and culminating in Cape Town. Starting with a visit to Africa's impressive waterfall on the inaugural day, the journey incorporates a well-balanced mix of vehicle transfers and cycling stages, guiding participants from Zimbabwe through Zambezi National Park into Botswana, then through the Makgadikgadi Saltpan, the Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Desert into Namibia, and finally continuing via Sossusvlei and the Fish River Canyon to South Africa. Enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Chobe River, engage in game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve (Okavango), and seize the opportunity to spend time with the San (Bushman) people, gaining insights into their self-sufficient lifestyle. Continuing the journey to Namibia's capital, Windhoek, several days and half-days of wild cycling unfold as you traverse the vast Namib Desert, making stops to explore the extraordinary sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Crossing into South Africa, take a detour to ride a loop through the spectacular Cederberg Mountains before the final approach to Cape Town, where Table Mountain looms on the horizon. 

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc

Nestled at the crossroads of France, Italy, and Switzerland, the Mont Blanc massif, adorned with glaciers, is encircled by the renowned Tour du Mont Blanc—one of the world's most beloved long-distance trails. Leveraging our extensive expertise, we've curated the 'ultimate' version of this historic route, incorporating thrilling variants to enhance the experience. Opting for high-altitude paths whenever possible, our journey takes us across iconic passes such as the Col des Fours (2665m) and the Col de la Breya (2401m), with the added adventure of hiking the breathtaking Monte de la Saxe Ridge. Throughout the expedition, accommodations range from comfortable hotels and lodges to dramatically perched mountain huts like the Cabane d'Orny. We provide baggage support whenever feasible, with just two nights where access to main luggage is unavailable. This exceptional adventure unveils the Mont Blanc region at its finest, offering a perfect blend of awe-inspiring vistas, Alpine meadow trails, charming hamlets, and a profusion of wildflowers—a truly ultimate Tour of Mont Blanc.

Hanoi to Hue on the Ho Chi Minh Highway

September in Vietnam marks the transition from the rainy season to the cooler, drier autumn months, offering pleasant weather across the country. This period is ideal for exploring Vietnam's diverse landscapes, from bustling cities to scenic rural areas, with more comfortable temperatures and lower humidity levels. Embark on a captivating road cycling journey along the northern stretch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, tracing a route from Hanoi to Hue, Vietnam's former 'Imperial Capital.' Constructed as an alternative to the coastal Highway 1 since 2000, this well-made 2-lane road meanders through Vietnam's mountainous spine, offering a low-traffic cycling experience. While the highway intersects with the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail in certain areas, our cycling adventure unveils picturesque farmland, jungle-clad valleys, and dramatic limestone peaks, accompanied by shining rivers and visits to traditional towns housing diverse ethnic groups like Hmong, Dao, and Thai. Following the border with Laos and traversing the Truong Son Mountains, the journey takes us through remote and stunning regions, showcasing Vietnam's authenticity. From the cave system at Phong Nha to the Khe Sanh Combat Base, this cycling holiday balances glimpses of the recent war with the essence of experiencing Vietnam's diverse landscapes, from rice fields to Hue's Imperial City.


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