In July, we see a transition from couples travelling in the first half of the month to lots of families travelling in the latter half when the school holidays begin in earnest. In Europe, you can’t beat a classic French combination of Provence and the Alps. Elsewhere, Indonesia offers the best weather in Asia, the wildebeest migration can be seen tearing across the plains in Tanzania, and a natural adventure playground awaits in Canada.
Below are our top picks for where to travel in July.
The wildebeest migration is in action in the Serengeti
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Africa aficionado, Tanzania never fails to wow. No two days are the same – landscapes, ecosystems and animal sightings vary hugely from place to place, as vast plains give way to dramatic craters and tranquil lakes come into view on the horizon. Experience untamed wilderness in the Selous, come face-to-face with chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains or witness the Great Wildebeest Migration tear across the Serengeti plains. In Tanzania in July, the wildebeest herds can be seen en masse in the north of the Serengeti, as they make their way towards the Kenya border.
Whales and bears are present in abundance
From emerald lakes and snow-capped peaks to thrilling wilderness areas teeming with wildlife, Canada is an intoxicating adventure playground waiting to whisk you off your feet. For those who love the great outdoors, the country offers a wealth of activities to help you get off the grid, from hiking to kayaking and everything in between. But for us, the stars of the show are the wild animals that have made this their home. July in Canada is an excellent time for wildlife sightings, with both whales and bears present in large numbers.
Perfect weather for an island hopping adventure
An exotic archipelago of over 13,500 islands, Indonesia is a kaleidoscope of colour and culture. Clear, blue seas lap deserted beaches and gentle breezes carry scents of flowers and spices. This is a country of diverse beauty, from the rice paddies of Bali cut into the hillside like giant steps, to mighty volcanoes soaring through the clouds, and lush rainforest, where the endangered orangutan swings between branches. The weather is near perfect in the summer months – Indonesia in July lends itself to island hopping adventures filled with snorkelling and relaxation in equal measure.
A quick summer getaway from the UK
Picture low-lying farmland, purple lavender meadows, winding coastal roads and dazzling beaches. Add the towering heights of the snow-capped Alps and you’re well on your way to discovering the diversity and beauty of France. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the UK and with usually warm, sunny weather in July, France is a classic summer holiday destination, popular with every type of traveller. The variety knows no bounds – from glitzy Riviera towns to charming fishing ports, and picturesque hilltop villages to sprawling mountain resorts.
Great for a summer holiday
Dubrovnik, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, oozes history at every turn. The ancient city walls encircle the stunning Old Town, where the limestone streets are perfect for exploring. The main pedestrian street, Placa, has many cafés and shops with narrow cobbled streets branching off up the hillside, along with beautiful churches, museums and monasteries. All of this with the stunning blue Adriatic Sea beyond the city walls makes for a perfect summer family holiday.
At its sunniest in July
In California, the summer is in full swing; this is the time to explore it's larger than life redwood trees, its wild and wonderful coastline, its rolling vineyards and of course, the vibrant cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Join the dots between California’s many highlights as you trace its spectacular coastline in an air-conditioned car for a summer holiday to remember.
The Arctic flora is in bloom & the wildlife is at its most active
The Arctic is a magical experience no matter when you go but July is the peak season for wildlife viewing. The Arctic tundra flowers are blooming creating a creating colourful landscape to spot arctic foxes, arctic hares and of course the polar bear. This is also an excellent time to head across Baffin Bay and to West Greenland where you can go in search of whales, minke, humpback, fin and even blue whales can be found in the Arctic Ocean.
East Coast Beaches, Thailand
Koh Samui is especially beautiful at this time of year
This side of Thailand is perfect in the summer and Koh Samui is the archetypal tropical island, with beaches of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. The essence of island hopping is a laidback adventure, complete with stunning white sand beaches, warm tropical breezes and never-ending turquoise waters. Thailand captures this laissez-faire attitude perfectly and the ideal combination is Koh Phangan and Koh Samui on the exotic east coast.
Discover a different side to the Alps
The Alps are not just for winter. This wonderful mountain range offers an array of activities from mountain biking to horse riding to rock climbing; its ideal for active families. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites offers dramatic landscapes with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures so its perfect for these outdoor pursuits. Pair the great outdoors with a city break in Venice for a dose of culture, or choose to relax on the shores of Lake Garda for the ultimate twin-centre adventure with the kids in tow.
The weather is cooler & the game viewing is excellent
Zambia is an iconic safari destination with some incredible game viewing and beautiful scenery. Spend the summer holiday ticking off Zambia's highlights on a whistle-stop adventure through the country's most renowned safari hubs and of course, the mighty Victoria Falls. With plenty of activities to choose from, younger guests are sure never to get bored on this action-packed itinerary where no day is the same.