Holidays in September
September is the perfect holiday month for many people. Towards the end of the school holidays, most destinations tend to quieten down a bit, which often means a reduction in prices. The temperature also tends to decrease, allowing those who prefer a cooler holiday to head out to foreign climes. These are some of the standout holidays that we offer during the month of September:
Morocco: A hiker’s paradise!
With the weather cooling slightly, September is a great month to head out to this beautiful North African country.
One of the most renowned trekking destinations in Morocco is the Atlas Mountains. Though the mountains actually stretch across three countries (the other two being Algeria and Tunisia), some of the most picturesque spots within the range are found in Morocco: the fortress-palace of Telouet and the stunning Tijhza Valley. Our Atlas Panorama holiday is ideal for those looking to take in both destinations as well as enjoy some of the country’s best trekking through remote valleys and Berber mountain communities.
If you’d prefer to take more of a varied journey, then the Best of Morocco holiday is perfect, taking in a number of back-roads between the different ancient cities, as well as offering the chance to soak up some of the Sahara on a camel safari to a remote desert camp. Key sights include the cities of Fez and Marrakech, the Todra Gorge and the Dades Valley, all of which are renowned, must-sees amongst tourists.
Egypt – History at your fingertips
Egypt plays host to some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. Like Morocco, Egypt is a great country to visit in September due to the cooling weather and the decrease in the sheer number of other tourists planning on visiting the area.
One of the main reasons that Egypt is such a desirable tourist location is its extraordinary history. The Highlights of Egypt is a great holiday for those looking to really immerse themselves in Egyptian culture. The journey takes in the Pyramids and the Sphinx, as well as an unforgettable cruise along the Nile visiting the incredible temple sites of Kom Ombo and Edfu before arriving at Luxor to tour the Valley of the Kings. From Aswan you can explore the Nubian Bazaar, take a felucca cruise and visit the phenomenal site of Abu Simbel.
For action and adventure that doesn't travel too far out of the comfort zone, the Egypt Experience is the perfect introduction to Egypt's famous treasures. The trip begins with the history, grandeur and culture of this ancient land on a journey from Cairo through the fascinating cities of Alexandria and Aswan. Fly to Abu Simbel to explore its magnificent temples before enjoying a 2-night sightseeing Nile River cruise to Luxor. Finally, there is opportunity to explore the spectacular burial sites in the Valley of the Kings before heading back to Cairo.
The Galapagos Islands – Summer perfection
There are few more unique locations than the Galapagos Islands. Known for their huge number of endemic species, the Galapagos represent a hugely popular tourist destination for wildlife lovers. In September there is little chance of rain, the crowds are slightly less and the water is rich in nutrients which attracts huge numbers of marine and bird life. We offer two main itineraries designed to help take in different areas of the island chain.
• The Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands takes in the southernmost islands. The tour begins by crossing the agricultural highlands and misty forests of Santa Cruz Island where we can see the unique Scalesia cloud forest, dome shaped giant tortoises in the wild and different species of Darwin finches. Isla Floreana is considered a highlight of any Galapagos trip, particularly for ornithological enthusiasts keen to take in the boobies, pelicans and frigates that are native here. It also plays host to the noted Easter Pacific Green Sea Turtle nesting site. Young diamond stingrays are also frequently seen. The trip takes in Isla Espanola, which is considered one of the most spectacular islands in the Galapagos and one of the best for snorkelling with sea lions and tropical fish. Finally, we take a panga ride to Cerro Brujo on Isla San Cristobal, where the volcanic formations are breathtaking. We have a wet landing on a fine powder beach on the island’s north coast followed by some swimming and snorkelling before a flight back to Quito.
• The Galapagos Encounter - Central Islands is focused more on the central islands. On arrival at the Galapagos Islands we first visit the highland of Isla San Cristobal and La Galapaguera breeding program and information centre for giant tortoises. On our live-aboard catamaran we travel to Isla Bartolome for a walk over one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the Galapagos and the opportunity to go snorkelling with plenty of tropical fish, sea stars and hopefully penguins, white tipped reef sharks and rays. Next stop is Isla Santiago and a visit to Espumilla Beach, is one of the most idyllic locations in the Galapagos Islands and an important nesting site for marine turtles. We then visit Bucanner cove to see the remains of pirate objects from centuries past and Puerto Egas, a black sand beach located on the northwest of Santiago Island. We finish up at Isla Santa Cruz and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the archipelago's natural and human history, the conservation efforts and for close-up encounters with the infamous giant tortoises.
South Africa – For the Vino lovers
For wine lovers, there are few better holiday destinations than South Africa, whose vineyards are home to some of the finest wine makers in the world. Needless to say, our trips are designed with the enthusiasts firmly in mind.
For those that want to take in some of the most sumptuous wine varieties whilst still enjoying some beautiful scenery (and getting some exercise in the process), Cycling the Cape & Winelands adventure is perfect. Cape Town is a beautiful location, and the surrounding countryside and beaches provide a wonderful backdrop for a 12-day cycling holiday that takes in miles of stunning coastline, as well as a range of different wildlife sightings as diverse as whales, penguins and baboons. Needless to say, the trip also includes time spent at Stellenbosch, the location of some of the world’s most famous wine-making estates.
Israel - History in its wake
For many people, the chance to take in different history and cultures is the best reason – indeed, the only reason – to travel. For those people, Israel is still a must-see, having been a part of humanity’s history since the earliest days of scripture.
Treasures of the Holy Land is a trip designed to fascinate those that want to explore a number of the most renowned biblical locations. The trip includes visits to Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, the River Jordan (including the baptism site) as well as the historical city of Jerusalem itself.
A Cambodian Adventure
It’s one of the travel world’s best-kept secrets that September is the perfect time to visit Cambodia. Angkor Wat – one of the main tourist attractions – takes on a new level of beauty in the late-summer, with lush greenery surrounding the ruins and picturesque lakes of clear water in the foreground - and a wonderful lack of tourists to spoil your pictures.
Classic Cambodia is the perfect trip for anyone looking to see as much of Cambodia as they can in a jam-packed 6 day tour. The trip takes in Angkor Wat - which is a UNESCO World Heritage site of genuine beauty that absolutely everyone should see - including the Elephant Terrace, Bayon, the Gate of Angkor Thom, the Royal Enclosure and the Terrace of the Leper King. In addition it also visits Phnom Penh where you can witness the infamous ground of the Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
• In addition to the highlights of the country itself, the Cambodia Adventure also manages to squeeze in a trip to Bangkok, Thailand, which in itself is a must-see for many travellers in South East Asia and ends in Vietnam’s hotspot, Ho Chi Minh City. The trip includes colonial Kompong Cham, Phnom Penh, the resort of Sihanoukville and a rural community homestay. And yes, it also includes time spent at Angkor Wat!