September may herald the ‘end of summer’, but there’s still plenty of destinations enjoying late summer sun with top temperatures of 27 degrees and up to 11 hours of sunshine per day. What’s more, with the kids back to school, you’ll have them all to yourselves.
From sailing, cycling and walking holidays to archaeological and foodie tours, here’s Imaginative Traveller’s top picks to extend your summer.
Atlas Panorama 8 days from £399 per person. Flights ex. London from £265.00pp with Royal Air Maroc.
Average temperature 21 degrees, maximum temperature 27 degrees. 9 hours of sunshine a day.
Trek the Atlas Mountains in this 8 day active adventure. Hidden deep in the High Atlas Mountains are the crumbling remains of the great fortress-palace of Telouet, which we visit before reaching the picturesque Tijhza Valley. After a truly stunning drive over the impressive Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m), we arrive at the lush and remote village of Tijhza. Staying in a simple but pleasant gite, we enjoy optional walks each day from the front door. The pace is relaxed, allowing us to enjoy this Morocco walking holiday, and we learn a little about the way of life of these hardy and friendly Berber people. Finally, there’s time in Marrakech to explore the busy souks or relax in the tranquil Majorelle Gardens – the perfect end to any North African experience.
Departs 12th October, 26th October.
Cycling in Sardinia 8 days from £1029 per person. Flights ex London from £325.00pp with Alitalia.
Average temperature 22 degrees, maximum temperature 26 degrees. 8 hours of sunshine a day.
Sardinia is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with its crystal-clear sea, limestone ridges and deep gorges. During the week we cycle across the wild and pristine southwestern region of Sardinia, passing abandoned mines, ancient ruins and gleaming white beaches. The route starts in the Sinis wetlands, home to colonies of flamingos, and moves on to the spectacular Costa Verde (Green Coast) named for its abundance of Mediterranean vegetation. After cycling past ancient mines, we reach the beautiful beach of Portixeddu where the impressive Pan di Zucchero white cliff towers out of the emerald waters. We then board a local ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte and explore the delightful isle of Sant’Antioco before crossing back to the mainland. We conclude a week of wonderful cycling pedalling along the stunning Costa del Sud, with its white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs.
Departs 20th September, 4th October, 25th October.
Real Food Adventure Turkey 13 days from £1495 per person. Flights ex. London from £305.00pp with Turkish Airlines
Average temperature 21 degrees, maximum temperature 25 degrees. 5 hours of sunshine a day.
Taste mouth-watering meze at an Istanbul meyhane; become entranced by the beauty of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi Palace; discover exotic spices or a magic carpet in the incredible Spice Bazaar; go on a kebab crawl through Istanbul’s storied streets; learn the art of Turkish tea preparation at a traditional teahouse; be mesmerised by a Whirling Dervish performance,;sail to Cunda Island to watch the sun set while eating baked fish freshly caught from the Aegean Sea; step back in time at the glorious ruins of Ephesus; delve deep into Cappadocia in an incredible underground city; encounter the jaw-dropping beauty of Goreme’s Open-Air Museum on an optional tour; munch on super fresh balik ekmek (fish sandwich) straight off the wharf; sample freshly made cheese and forage for wild greens in Ayvalik; savour the sweetness of Gaziantep’s famed emerald-green pistachio baklava and experience central Anatolian flavours and tandir cooking in Goreme – WOW!
Departs 5th October.
Sail Greece (Santorini to Mykonos) 8 days from £825 per person. Flights ex. London from £495.00pp with Aegean Airlines
Average temperature 24 degrees, maximum temperature 27 degrees. 10 hours of sunshine a day.
All hands on deck! From first-time sailors to semi-professionals, this 8 day cruise allows you to be as active or as relaxed as you choose, although all help on deck is welcome. Dreaming of crystal-clear sapphire waters, whitewashed villages, history laden ruins, lively Greek culture and delectable cuisine straight off the land or from the sea? Then sailing from Greece’s Santorini to Mykonos may just be what the doctor ordered. Spend eight blissed-out days under sun drenched skies enjoying the best the Greek Islands of Santorini, Ios, Amorgos, Small Cyclades, Naxos and Mykonos have to offer.
Departs 27th September
Treasures of Sicily 9 days from £979 per person. Flights ex London from £305.00pp with Alitalia.
Average temperature 21 degrees, maximum temperature 24 degrees. 11 hours of sunshine a day.
A culture-vulture’s must-do – exploring the archaeological wonders of Sicily including the UNESCO Baroque town of Noto, Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, the ruins of Seilnunte, Segesta archaeological site and Monreale Cathedral. Sicily has to be one of the most fascinating islands in Europe. It has an incredibly diverse history, thanks to the different marks left by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish civilisations. On this comprehensive tour, we explore the island through its picturesque villages, well-preserved archaeological sites and splendid scenery. Of course no trip to Sicily is complete without trying the local delicacies and we have plenty of opportunities to sample its mouth-watering cuisine and world-renowned wines.
Departs 13th and 27th September, 11th, 18th and 25th October.
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