The Best Places to Travel in September 2024

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Gethin Morgan

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The summer is winding down. You start to wonder whether you made the most of it. You begin to dread the oncoming chill of winter, hiding around the corner. Well, the best cure for these anxieties is to make sure you have travel plans next September! Decent weather, fewer crowds and a whole host of amazing destinations to discover with Culture Trip – what’s not to like?

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View from a flowery field as the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) zooms past Mount Fuji in the Japanese countryside

Japan by Train: The Grand Tour

The summer warmth carries on well into September in Japan, making it an ideal time of year to avoid peak tourism season. Our 12-day Rail Trip aims to offer you a pretty comprehensive introduction to this beautifully eclectic nation, where modernity and ancient history sit side-by-side. We start in Osaka, before hopping on the Bullet Train to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. Marvel at the serenity of Arashiyama bamboo forest and prepare to be charmed by Kyoto, arguably Japan’s prettiest city. We’ll head up to the Japanese Alps to sip sake and explore an open-air folk village museum, head to Hakone for a traditional hot spring experience, and go cruising with views of Mount Fuji on Lake Ashi. Our final destination is Tokyo, where you’ll try taiko drumming and sushi-rolling, watch sumo wrestlers train and spend a night belting out karaoke tunes in a neon-lit bar.

From US$4162

Next available from 2nd Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Osaka, Japan

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ENDS AT

Tokyo, Japan

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands by Train

The transition from summer to autumn in Scotland creates a lovely crispness in the air, as temperatures remain fairly mild and the countryside slowly begins to change. The best way to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands is unquestionably by carving through it on a train, which is the idea behind this magical seven-day itinerary. Having crossed the border on the overnight train from London – waking up to amazing views in the process – we’ll start off in Fort William. From there you’ll hop onboard the Jacobite steam train (AKA the Hogwarts Express) to Mallaig, crossing the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct en route. Now on the west coast, you’ll explore the Isle of Skye, Inverness and Cairngorms National Park, before finally rounding off the trip on the gorgeous gothic streets of Edinburgh.

From US$2407

Next available from 15th Jul 2024

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STARTS AT

London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Greek Island Odyssey

Cling onto summer until its very end by joining this island-hopping Mediterranean retreat. You’ll get the full Greek experience over eight days, starting in Athens, where you’ll get a guided tour of the Acropolis. Our first island stop is Milos, where charming fishing villages, magical cave systems and undiscovered beaches await. Naxos is next, where you’ll get to take part in a Greek cooking masterclass within a rural family home. Our final stop is Santorini, the most sophisticated of all the Greek Islands, and the perfect place to watch the sun go down over summer in style.

From US$1852

Next available from 1st Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Athens, Greece

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ENDS AT

Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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The walls decorated in the neighborhoods of Chefchaouen Morocco

Epic Morocco

The middle of summer can be a little too intense if you want to explore Morocco properly, as you will on this extensive 11-day tour. Things cool down a little in September, especially by the time our trip departs on the 21st. You’ll start by visiting Africa’s largest mosque in Casablanca, strolling down the blue streets of Chefchaouen and time-travelling to old-world North Africa in Fes. Then it’s time to venture deep into the Sahara – where it will naturally still be very hot – for a night spent wine tasting and stargazing at a luxury desert camp, before getting up early for a sunrise camel ride. Things should cool back down again in the heights of the Atlas Mountains, while our final destination, Marrakech, offers you the chance to go on a street food tour and take an authentic cooking class.

From US$2197

Next available from 7th Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Casablanca, Morocco

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Marrakech, Morocco

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Seductive Southern Italy

The sun still shines and the ocean waters are more than inviting throughout the month of September, and we can’t think of a more glamorous way to wrap up your summer than a dreamy jaunt along the coastlines of southern Italy. We have two departures running in September 2024, both of which will start with an incredible street food tour in Naples. After that we’ll wind down the Amalfi Coast by road and by boat, before heading east towards Puglia. Several scenic inland stops – Matera, Alberobello and the Itria Valley – embellish our travels, but it’s the beaches of Polignano a Mare that makes the journey really worthwhile. Our last few days will be spent visiting a local olive oil farm, an incredible cave system and some of the most beautiful towns and cities in all of Italy.

From US$2230

Next available from 22nd Jun 2024

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STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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Majestic Turkey

Turkey is another destination where there’s so much to explore, but doing so in the heat of July or August can be a little intense. You’ll certainly want to be able to stay fresh and take in all of the amazing sights on our comprehensive 12-day tour. We’ll start in Istanbul, where you’ll get guided visits to the city’s most iconic sights, as well as foodie tours in some underrated neighbourhoods. We’ll head inland to Ankara, the ancient ruins of Hattusas and the incredible region of Cappadocia, most famous for its unique rock formations and countless hot-air balloons. You’ll get to hop onboard one yourself, as well as taking part in a pottery workshop and a wine tasting, before exploring the underground city of Kaymakli and the rocky Red and Rose valleys. After more ancient archeological sites and the sacred city of Konya, we’ll finally reach the Turkish Riviera, where you can catch the last of the summer sunshine on the beaches of Antalya.

From US$2798

Next available from 27th Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Istanbul, Turkey

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ENDS AT

Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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