Our top tips on where you should be heading on your holiday this autumn
Whilst spring is definitely in the air (and summer is slow to arrive), you may well already be thinking ahead to late summer or autumn travel plans.
Whether it’s the spectacular autumn colours, mouth-watering regional cuisine, tropical beaches without the crowds, or an off-the-beaten-path cultural adventure, the months of September, October and November provide travel inspiration for everyone.
This post focuses on some of our favourite destinations to experience during the autumn months.
Gujarat – India’s next big destination
Sitting just below Rajasthan, India’s westerly-most state of Gujarat receives far fewer visitors than the neighbouring regions. Given Gujarat’s diversity, this is surprising – coupled with excellent roads and a growing number of heritage hotels and boutique guest-houses, Gujarat boasts ancient history, stunning monuments, unique wildlife reserves (Gujarat is the only place where Asiatic lions live in the wild), and intriguing tribal cultures.
Appealing to both Indophiles and travellers who are keen to discover some of India’s lesser-known yet incredible archaeological and historical sites, our new Gujarat & Ahilya Fort private journey combines Gujarat’s main highlights with a stay at one of India’s hidden gems, Ahilya Fort. With a picturesque setting on the banks of the Narmada River, this 18th-century royal residence turned retreat makes an ideal base for travellers seeking authentic cultural immersions in rural central India. If you’re looking to explore a corner of the subcontinent, away from the tourist crowds, Gujarat could be just the destination for you!
Gujarat & Ahilya Fort 15 Days / 14 Nights from £3495 per person | Read More
Head to the Caucasus and witness Georgia’s Autumn Colours
Georgia may be at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, but its climate very much follows traditional European seasons and the autumn months are the perfect time to appreciate the Caucasus’s dramatic and varied scenery. Georgia is a farming country and autumn is the perfect time to taste freshly harvested fruits, nuts and vegetables. Autumn is also the grape harvesting season and is a rewarding time to discover the ancient history of winemaking, especially around the vineyards of Kakheti where visitors sometimes find themselves involved in the process of pressing the grapes and filling the pitchers used in traditional wine production.
For travel to the High Caucasus, we would suggest early autumn as the temperatures should still be mild, but for the lower-lying parts of the country, the golden glow of the late summer sunshine and the multiple shades of bronze, russet and amber leaves make autumn an unforgettable time to journey through Georgia.
Georgia & The High Caucasus 10 Days / 9 Nights from £2345 per person | Read More
Sample Israel’s Culinary Scene
The autumn months are a superb time to explore Israel’s culinary corners, to consume and taste the local culture as well as view the country’s striking historic, scenic and religious sites. Depending on your interests, we have several tours which can be adapted to all levels of culinary curiosity. All will enable you to sample the wonderful blend of ingredients and flavours that comprise Israeli food and which reflect the country’s exotic melting pot of cultures, while also being able to enjoy another important part of the Israeli experience – wine!
Gastronomic highlights include visiting Tel Aviv’s vibrant Carmel food market – one of the largest bazaars in the country, wine and cheese tasting as well as lunch on a kibbutz, and a tasting tour through the buzzing lanes of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market. We can even arrange for you to sample home-cooked Jewish delicacies at a special Shabbat dinner.
Classic Israel 8 Days / 7 Nights from £3850 per person | Read More
Exude Style on the Nile in Egypt
What better way to ease your way out of summer than a relaxing cruise on the River Nile? The epitome of luxury on the Nile, for those who want to discover Upper Egypt in unparalleled style and comfort, we recommend the exquisite Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise. The Oberoi Philae stands out from the crowd in so many ways ranging from its mouth-watering cuisine, exceptional service and attention to detail, to its deluxe onboard facilities.
Other compelling reasons to choose the Philae are that mooring is always at a private dock, and departure dates are a day later than the majority of cruises, allowing you to experience a leisurely cruise on an emptier Nile. The magnificence of the Philae equals the sites of Egypt and a 4-night cruise through Upper Egypt affords plenty of time to admire the scenic beauty of the land as well as explore 5,000 years of Egyptian history.
The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise 9 Days / 8 Nights from £2450 per person | Read More
Discover Lebanon’s Guesthouses
Lebanon has emerged as a hot destination for the discerning traveller who enjoys getting off-the-beaten-path. Designed for those who enjoy a slower pace of travel, our immersive privately guided tour will introduce you to a side of Lebanon that visitors rarely experience and includes stays at charming boutique hotels and homestays in rural areas.
It’s a tour that will appeal to the senses and in addition to visiting Lebanon’s acknowledged highlights, it includes a culinary-themed tour in the backstreets of Beirut; a hike through to serene and leafy Qadisha Valley; relaxing by the sea for a day in historic Tyre; an amble through the bustling medieval souqs of Sidon; and the opportunity to admire the stunning view from the rarely visited Crusader castle of Beaufort!
Lebanon: Off the Beaten Track 9 Days / 8 Nights from £2595 per person | Read More
Relax on Oman’s Frankincense Coast
Oman is the land of frankincense – an incense which was once prized more highly than gold. But perhaps visually more spectacular for the visitor is Oman’s remote, wild and pristine coastline – the 1,500km coastal road between Muscat and Salalah is considered to be one of the finest driving experiences in Oman and offers an almost unparalleled adventure.
A private chauffeur-driven tour of Oman will allow you to explore the rich legacy and heritage of the frankincense trade in Oman by combining a tour of spectacular northern Oman with a visit to the semitropical shores of Dhofar on the Arabian Sea. Located a thousand kilometres to the south of Muscat, the southern Omani province of Dhofar is the home of frankincense, but is also renowned for its beautiful beaches and coconut palms. Early autumn is a particularly scenic time to be in Dhofar. Following the rains of the summer monsoon, much of the region remains green and lush into September and October, providing the opportunity to compare and contrast two distinct regions of the country.
Oman & the Frankincense Coast 12 Days / 11 Nights from £3075 per person | Read More
We do hope that our top tips for places to visit in the autumn have inspired you to travel. However, if you don’t want to wait until autumn, our travel experts can point you in the right direction for destinations that are ideal for the more imminent summer months.
Contact us today to start planning your autumn (or any time!) escape.