As we welcome the exquisite arrival of autumn, a captivating transformation sweeps across various corners of the world. Autumn holidays are highly considered as nature adorns itself in a resplendent array of colours, while harvest festivals abound as communities celebrate the season’s bounty. This is when vineyards come alive in New Zealand, complemented by food festivals showcasing the abundance of the season; in Patagonia, foliage in gold, red and orange paints a stunning contrast against the rugged terrain, while in Japan, maples create a mesmerizing spectacle known as “koyo”.

Wildlife is busy at this time of year too; whale sharks migrate off the coast of Tanzania, the drier climate in Zambia makes for excellent game viewing and the Arctic waters welcome whales to feed in its rich marine ecosystems.

Autumn’s arrival signals not only a change in weather but also a contemplative period, inviting us to pause and appreciate the transient beauty of nature’s cyclical rhythm – why not use this special time to escape somewhere to our Destination Experts’ favourite autumn holidays?

Trekking in Patagonia 

Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Latin America with a trek through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Patagonia. The ideal time to experience this natural wonder is during the transitional period when the brisk summer winds subside, the first delicate snowflakes crown the mountain peaks and visitor numbers have dwindled. While the nights may be chilly, the days are often characterized by clear, invigorating crispness — perfect weather for trekking. This exhilarating journey can be combined with the wine harvest festivities in Mendoza for a taste of rural life and the finest wines in the region.

Aurora spotting in Northeast Greenland

A sensational spectacle awaits in Northeast Greenland during the months of August and September. Setting sail from Iceland into the magnificent Scoresby Sund, your days will be filled with breathtaking encounters with colossal icebergs and the majestic presence of whales. As the sun sets, a different kind of magic unfolds – the opportunity to witness the Arctic nights coming alive as the ethereal aurora borealis illuminates the sky.

Gastronomic decadence in New Zealand

April and May bring a delightful blend of flavours and experiences to New Zealand’s shores, making it a perfect time to explore the culinary treasures and artistic expressions that the country has to offer. Indulge in the wine harvest festivities in the picturesque regions of Central Otago and Marlborough; delight in the Bluff Oyster Festival, a true celebration of the country’s finest seafood, and immerse yourself in the creative energy of the Wellington Fringe.

Outdoor adventures in Jordan

A journey through Jordan during the cooler months of September to November creates an ideal setting for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re exploring the captivating landscapes on a hiking expedition, discovering the ancient desert castles or immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry, this period offers a comfortable climate to fully enjoy the experiences. Moreover, the coastal gem of Aqaba beckons with its finest diving conditions during this time, inviting you to explore the vibrant underwater world of the Red Sea.

Spectacular scenery in Japan 

A deep dive into autumn’s splendour wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Japan. From November to December, this destination comes alive with breathtaking foliage displays and idyllic temperatures, creating a truly magical atmosphere. To ensure you capture this must-see spectacle, it’s advisable to secure your plans well in advance – Japan travel is exploding at present, a trend that will continue into the coming years as the country catches up with tourist numbers post-Covid.

Whale sharks on the move from Mafia Island

From October to December, enjoy a unique opportunity to observe the whale shark migration off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania, as these gentle giants journey en route to other feeding grounds in the Indian Ocean. Your autumn holidays present an ideal window to witness this natural phenomenon, this is the perfect time for marine enthusiasts to explore the wonders of the underwater world while surrounded by stunning tropical beauty.

Stride out on a walking safari in Zambia

While the temperatures in Zambia can be warm from September to November, these months offer a fantastic opportunity for intimate walking safaris with fewer crowds. The drier climate during this time also makes for excellent game viewing, allowing you to observe the incredible wildlife that thrives here up close.

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