September is great time to go away, with plenty on offer from the Far East to Africa. If you want to head East instead, Indonesia's islands are wonderful in September. As well as offering fabulous game viewing, Africa’s ocean waters are equally as enticing; this is the best of year to go diving in Mozambique or take part in all kinds of adventures in South Africa.
And that’s to name just a few of the places you could visit in September. Below you can browse all the destinations we offer that are best seen around this time.
Not as humid as high summer so great for sightseeing
Take advantage of the warm weather and drier conditions and immerse yourself in the exotic tastes, sights and smells of the Orient. From ancient culture to buzzing cityscapes; dramatic scenery to intimate local villages China is the perfect destination for anyone who yearns adventure. So why not explore the cutting edge cities of Beijing and Shanghai, enjoy local Dim Sum from street stalls, encounter the majestic terracotta warriors in Xian and end your holiday in cosmopolitan Hong Kong.
Avoid the crowds by going in September
Komodo & Bali, Indonesia
With peak season coming to an end and families returned to school, visiting Indonesia in September is ideal if you’re looking to beat the crowds. dreamy beaches, inspiring sunsets, diverse culture and the friendliest locals – Bali plays out all levels of life and captivates every heart of travellers that visit. Venture east of this beautiful island and visit the mighty Komodo Dragons in the only place to visit them in the wild, visit pink sandy beaches and dive through blue waters teeming with marine life.
Warm days & cooler evenings
Home to ancient desert, rugged mountains and lush plains Namibia’s landscape is nothing short of extraordinary. This is a country of stunning contrasts where an arid sandscape melts into to the wild Atlantic along the Skeleton Coast and the immense Sossusvlei dunes tower above you. Namibia is a playground for the adventurous and the options for your safari are endless, but if you want to experience something truly spectacular you can take flight for dramatic aerial views.
During the Amazon's dry season
Explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in the company of a private guide and explore the cloud forest which is alive with hummingbirds and exotic flowers. Delve into the heart of the Amazon rainforest where you'll join expert naturalists on hikes and canoe excursions to see wildlife and clay licks that attract hundreds of parrots. This is the Amazon's dry season so the river has receded and sandy beaches have formed.
Less crowds but still warm
Few places can match Italy for its rich history, Renaissance architecture, arts and culture. Its timeless style, fabulous food, trendy shopping and friendly people will charm travellers of all ages, making Italy a firm favourite with travellers but that means it can get incredibly crowded in the summer. September is a great time to visit as it's still hot but there are fewer crowds so you will have more time to explore tourist hotspots such as Rome, Florence or Venice. You can also extend the summer by heading down to the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast and live the 'dolce vita'.
You can see humpback whales off the coast
The exquisite coastline of Mozambique offers the chance to experience deserted golden sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters rich in coral and marine life, as well as clusters of castaway islands. Days can be spent exploring the surrounding islands, picnics on private beaches, snorkelling in crystal clear waters, diving with manatees. Humpback whales can be seen off the coast at this time of year, making your holiday extra special. Mozambique is also close to safari hotspots so you can easily combine this tropical paradise with a thrilling safari.
Good time to see the Northern Lights
The epic landscapes of the Arctic are truly breathtaking; towering icebergs, tranquil fjords and untouched landscapes along with ancient communities and incredible wildlife. It's the ultimate bucket list destination for the adventure seeker, with ocean voyages taking you from Greenland to Alaska (and everywhere in between). The summer months from June to September are the best time to visit, and in some areas, you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight.
Greece is so much nicer when there are fewer crowds
Beat the post-summer blues and discover Greece's wonderful coastline while it's still hot. While away your days discovering this cultural melting pot where you can spend your days perusing colourful markets in Kos, ogling at spectacular scenery at Delphi and sampling mouthwatering cuisine wherever you go. Then settle by the turquoise seas of the Aegean, where lazy days by the ocean await, this is a destination for couples and perfect for an autumn break.
Warm & sunny
Peppering the Indian Ocean with a smattering of white sandy beaches, overwater stilted villas and five-star resorts, Seychelles has always been a castaway's paradise. It's still warm and sunny in September you so you can stretch out on sugar-white beaches or explore oceans teaming with kaleidoscopic fish and all manner of marine life. This destination is simply brilliant and utterly romantic, making Seychelles a must-visit at this time of year.
Temperatures are rising & flights are not too expensive
Temperatures are starting to warm up in South Africa so now's the time to head out to South Africa for a spot of adventure. This iconic country is home to mountain ranges, stunning beaches, national parks with amazing game viewing, the Winelands and of course, the vibrant city of Cape Town; this destination is a brilliant mix of cosmopolitan city life and big five safari adventure.