The Best Places to Visit with Culture Trip this Autumn

The bright lights of Tokyo are a great way to enjoy the longer evenings in autumn
The bright lights of Tokyo are a great way to enjoy the longer evenings in autumn | Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

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Planning a trip for later in the year? Summer holidays are great, but everyone has that idea and why would you want to follow the crowds? We’ve picked out some of our favourite autumnal destinations and thrown in some wildcard selections too, for a comprehensive guide on where you will want to head to as the nights start closing in.

Gastronomic Bologna

A stroll down the magical streets of Bologna offers the opportunity to find many a hidden culinary treasure

Stuff yourself like a tortelloni on this seriously foodie trip to Italy’s tastiest city. The classic shoulder season trip, our October jaunt to Bologna is perfect for the gastronomically-inclined traveller who wants to avoid the summer crowds. The weather during autumn in Bologna is mild, with temperatures usually ranging between 54°F to 68°F. This makes it a great time to explore the city without the summer heat or winter chill. Besides, the autumn foliage colours make the city look more beautiful and enchanting. Our Local Insider will guide you around La Grassa – the affectionate nickname for the city translates as ‘the Fat One’ – with a gourmet city tour stuffed with tastings, a pasta cooking class, and a day exploring the wider Emilia-Romagna region.

Autumn dates from Friday 13 Oct to Monday 16 Oct

Colonial Mexico

Take a coulourful tour of San Miguel on Culture Trip’s Local Insider-led trip to Colonial Mexico

Revolution, architectural masterpieces and ancient ruins await on this five-day cultural escape in the colonial heartland of Mexico. Led by our expert Local Insider, you’ll soon leave the capital behind and immerse yourself in the beautiful cities of San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro and Guanajuato, learning all about the Colonial era and Mexican Independence as you go. You’ll also visit ancient pyramids and stone warriors in Teotihuacan and Tula, providing you with a deep understanding of this wonderful, storied country. With favourable travel prices at this time of year, this could be the perfect bargain trip to plan ahead for.

Take a look at our September and October departures for an autumnal trip to Mexico

Authentic Colombia

Enjoy the wild side of Colombia with Culture Trip

Discover the wonders of Colombia during the picturesque autumn season with an eight-day itinerary across the stunning Andes mountains. Starting in Bogota, you’ll delve into the country’s rich history and exciting future before taking on an unforgettable road trip. Embrace the beauty of the Cocora Valley while hiking, experience the thrill of river rafting on the Río Negro, and indulge in world-class coffee in the Zona Cafetera. As you journey through the breathtaking mountains to reach Medellín, you’ll witness some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in South America. Once considered one of the most dangerous cities, Medellín now boasts a trendy vibe, making it the perfect finale to your adventure.

Join us on one of our autumn trip to Authentic Colombia

Japan by Train – The Grand Tour

Take in a night out in Tokyo on Culture Trip’s Japan by Rail adventure

From neon-lit skyscrapers to bamboo forests dotted with ancient temples, there’s nowhere quite like Japan. This 12-day trip will take you from the foodie capital of Osaka, to the city lights of Tokyo and even down to the floating Torii Gate of Miyajima Island, which sits in Hiroshima Bay. Along the way, you’ll get to see geishas in Kyoto, sample sake in Takayama and watch sumo wrestlers train in the capital. You’ll even get the chance to stay in a traditional ryokan-style hotel and sing your heart out at karaoke alongside your fellow travellers. How can we squeeze so much into one itinerary? You have Japan’s incredible train networks to thank.

One of our writers recently experienced the joys of travelling by Japan’s bullet trains and told us that the experience was a once-in-a-lifetime moment that even seasoned travellers will fall in love with.

With regular trips to Japan this autumn, take the rail journey of a lifetime with Culture Trip

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