Where to go from September to March

Whether you're eating watching humpback whales in Alaska, admiring the leaf turn in New England and Canada or writing haikus about maple trees in Japan, here are the best places to visit from September to March.

See the Northern Lights in Iceland

October to April

 

Aurora Borealis is one of the most vivid and extraordinary natural phenomena on the planet. Caused by the earth's magnetic field making contact with charged particles from the sun, the Northern Lights appear to streak across the night sky, creating luminous flashes of colour.

The best time to see the Northern Lights is between September and March, when the skies are at their darkest. You'll need to be far north - Iceland, Arctic Scandinavia, Canada and the Yukon are all great places to try.


Harvest time in Italy

August to November

people eating around a table at dusk in tuscany

 

What better season to take a culinary tour of Italy than during harvest time? Combine rustic gastronomy with days in the cities to make the most of this uncrowded window, when you'll have more space to linger over the best sights without feeling like a sardine. Autumn is the time to try authentic local castagnaccio (chestnuts) in the lake district, nutty porcini mushrooms near Venice, tortelli di zucca (pumpkin pasta) everywhere and zesty limoncello in Sicily. If you're in Sicily in November, you're in the right place to try biscotti dei morti ('biscuits of the dead' - balls of either chocolate or lemon) on All Souls Day - and take a moment to cherish any loved ones who have passed on.


New England in the Fall

September to November

 

If you love autumn in Europe, seeing leafy New England in the fall should be high on your wishlist. Its blazing showcase of scarlets, gold, bronze, purple and orange leaves put Britain’s trusty hues in the shade. ‘Fall’ is not just ‘autumn’: it is autumn cranked right up to 11.

You’ll never forget the sight of Vermont’s white churches peeping through the red canopies, of Massachusetts’ winding forest roads, or the lakes in Maine reflecting back the glorious colours. Our escorted tours in New England give you the perfect chance to experience these iconic destinations all on one trip, with an expert driver and Tour Director to make sure you get the best possible views of it all.

 


Whale watching in Alaska

Spot whales in Juneau - humpback whales in the sea with blue sky

 

With the natural world so much in the headlines, there's never been a better time to book a holiday in Alaska and learn all about its ecosystems, wildlife and communities. You'll be accompanied by a National Park ranger to give you the expert commentary that will bring it all to life.


Walk like an Egyptian: see the pyramids of Giza

Could there be anything that speaks more loudly to the child adventurer in all of us than a visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt? How about taking a cruise along the mighty Nile river to see the other treasures of this ancient land? 

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when temperatures are at their comparative mildest.


Japanese maple leaf season

November

Old Japan may have been and gone, but in Kyoto, you can be transported back to the time of the empire. This beautifully preserved city escaped the bombs of World War II, and is characterised by its exquisite gardens, calm temples, red-lipped geishas, and 2,000 vivid Buddhist and Shinto shrines. If you miss cherry blossom season, consider visiting at maple leaf season between October and November, when its stunning parks, temple gardens and boulevards turn many shades of crimson.