The Best European Cities to Visit in September

Joel Rabinowitz

Whether you’re planning a city break over a long weekend or an extended getaway, September is a fantastic time to travel in Europe. Book your place now with one of these Culture Trip adventures.

Temperatures are still pleasant, but not as swelteringly hot as they are in the middle of summer, and the crowds are smaller than in peak season. From Mediterranean gems in the west to Istanbul and Tbilisi, in the far east, we’ve selected the top destinations in Europe to visit in September with Culture Trip.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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CentralAmerica

BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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CentralAmerica

COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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Asia

SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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Africa

ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Tbilisi, for diverse cultural influences and ancient sulphur baths

Georgia’s location at the juncture between eastern Europe and western Asia is reflected in the eclectic combination of architectural styles in the capital, Tbilisi, with traditional Georgian, Byzantine, Moorish, Soviet and Art Nouveau buildings all on display. As part of this nine-day adventure, our local insider will take you on a walking tour of the old quarter, followed by a lunch of khachapuri – cheese-filled bread, which is considered Georgia’s national dish. Delve into the past at the Museum of Georgia, shop for fresh ingredients at the Dezerter Bazaar, and discover how to cook authentic Georgian cuisine in a cooking class in a local home. After several days of exploring rural parts of the country, you’ll return to Tbilisi and wrap up your trip with a visit to the ancient sulphur baths.

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Trip highlights and details

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Tbilisi, Georgia

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Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Discovery

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Palermo and Syracuse, to learn all about authentic Sicilian cuisine

Sicily can be scorching in the summer months, so September, when temperatures drop to around 22-25C, is a very sensible time to go. The island has a proud culinary heritage, heavily shaped by mainland Italy, Greece, North Africa and the Middle East, with arancine (stuffed rice balls, coated in breadcrumbs) and caponata (an aubergine-based stew) among the classics. There’s no better way to discover Sicilian food culture than by strolling through the rambunctious markets of the capital, Palermo, and taking part in a cooking class – which you can do on Culture Trip’s eight-day Sicily adventure. The trip also includes a visit to Syracuse, a city renowned for its ancient Greek and Roman ruins, and an atmospheric old town on the island of Ortigia, characterised by ornate, honey-coloured baroque architecture.

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Next available from 20th Apr 2024

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Palermo, Italy

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Siracusa, Sicily

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Istanbul and Antalya, for magnificent architecture and beautiful beaches

Whether floating down the Bosphorus between two continents and admiring dazzling structures such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, or wandering between the stalls of the Grand Bazaar in search of sumptuous street food and aromatic herbs and spices, Istanbul is a true feast for the senses. It’s where you’ll start off on this 12-day ultimate Turkey adventure, absorbing the city’s blend of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Turkish influences, before venturing inland to the capital, Ankara, and through the heart of the spectacular Cappadocia region. You’ll end up by the coast in Antalya, Turkey’s premier beach destination, which, in September, is one of the most reliably sunny spots in Europe, with temperatures hovering around 25C on average.

From US$2699

Next available from 1st Mar 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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