Top 8 last minute September holidays
September is one of the best times of the year to grab a relaxing few weeks abroad. The school holidays are over, so the bucket and spade brigade have gone home. However, the weather is still warm enough to take a holiday in Europe, giving you the whole world as a potential holiday destination.
Let’s have a look at some of the most exciting, luxury, all-inclusive packages we offer to exotic destinations this autumn.
The islands of Greece can be bathed in sweltering heat and crowds of hot bodies during the peak summer months. In September, the temperatures are more comfortable and there are fewer crowds. Can you picture yourself enjoying fresh fruits and seafood as you look over a sparkling ocean, having enjoyed a long lazy day on the beach?
One of our favourite tour operators, Mark Warner holidays, has four opulent beach resorts in Greece, all of which will give you access to a huge variety of sports and leisure activities on site, will include full board meals and have great facilities for kids too, should you be travelling outside of the school calendar.
Their Lakitira Beach resort in Kos may give you access to additional luxury space in September, due to maintenance at one of the communal pools. Enjoy enhanced surroundings at no extra cost. Other Mark Warner choices include the Levante, Lemnos and Helona beach resorts.
When you’re not sunning yourself beside the pool, or the gently lapping ocean, you may wish to learn how to sail, windsurf or waterski. Tuition will be provided with your package and help you improve your skills, regardless of your level of ability. If you prefer it on the land, you have the opportunity to up your tennis game or join in with the resort football and volleyball games. There is also a fully equipped gym for those looking to keep fit.
It doesn’t all have to be about physical exertion. Feel free to explore at your leisure the ancient and popular landmarks of this beautiful, historical nation, indulge in spa treatments and simply take time away from your busy work schedule to relax, enjoy a cocktail and forget about the office.
Loyal Club Med customers may prefer to stick with their preferred brand. In which case, you might prefer to spend a week or two at Club Med Gregolimano. As with all Club Med resorts, you can expect excellent customer service, state of the art facilities and centrally located, modern, comfortable accommodation, with extensive treats built into your all-inclusive package.
European river cruises
European river cruises are a buzzword in the travel industry at the moment. They are gaining in popularity faster then any other type of holiday. On a small luxurious cruise boat, with a cabin that looks out onto the glorious sites of the various European waterways, you’ll be treated to an agenda of delicious local cuisine sampling, culturally enriching experiences and free time to stroll around port destinations at your leisure.
Aspen Travel is a respected booking partner of a number of leading European river cruise brands. We work closely with AMA, Avalon and Emerald waterways, Riviera Travel and the mighty Viking River Cruises to bring you a variety of packages. In order to help you find the cruise route and boat that will best suit your preferences and budget, please give our team a call.
In a few weeks time, you could find yourself enjoying a concert in Vienna, having walked across the iconic bridge in Budapest, viewed the art of multiple romantic palaces in Eastern Europe and eaten authentic Black Forest Gateaux in the German Black Forest! Popular European river cruise destinations include the wine regions of France, Paris and the Seine, all the sites along the mystical Danube and the golden sunlit banks of the River Douro in Portugal.
Your food will be freshly prepared by the on-board chefs and your itinerary will include talks by experts on historical and cultural phenomena of a particular region, winetasting and local evening entertainments.
Two of our most popular resorts in Turkey belong to Club Med. Club Med Palmiye and the adults-only resort of Club Med Kemer, will provide you with a comprehensive menu of sports, leisure activities and entertainment during your stay, which you can choose to enjoy or ignore at your leisure. These coastal resorts will provide you with a beach holiday that is practically guaranteed sunshine. Enjoy grilled barbecue meats, glorious salads and rice, as well as exquisitely tasty seafood in a spectacular and ancient setting.
Japan is a beautiful country throughout the year, but it is probably at its most impressive when the blossom appears in the spring and when the leaves change colour in Autumn. Given that the temperatures are more pleasant in September, this is a perfect month to visit.
Aspen Travel is connected to a number of leading tour providers, who can take you on a journey from the bright lights and busy city of Tokyo to the old world and traditions of Kyoto, giving you an insight into ancient local customs and crafts along the way, not to mention delicious food. We can book you onto an all-inclusive tour of Japan with luxury overnight stays, an exhilarating travel schedule and your own personal tour manager, which suits your holiday preferences and budget. Please get in touch with our team to find out which package might suit you best.
If you’d like a holiday in Japan, where you stay in one resort and explore the surrounding area, why not consider Club Med Kabira? You’ll have access to all the usual high standard of Club Med facilities with the additional benefit of being located next to a protected marine area of great natural beauty.
The Norwegian Fjords are featured on many bucket lists. Their serene and peaceful beauty is often quoted as being one of the must-see sights in the world. Taking a September holiday to Norway will provide you with mild temperatures, fewer crowds and the glorious natural colours of the season.
We are a booking partner for Hurtigruten cruises; well-established go-to experts for getting around the Norwegian coastline. During a cruise around this exciting country, you could find yourself at the gateway to the Arctic, underneath the spectacular Northern Lights, looking up at the midnight sun, or sipping hot chocolate in a traditional Samva tent, while dogs wait to pull your sled back to your cruise boat!
Everybody has heard that the Fall colours of New England have to be seen to be believed and September is one of the best times to catch them before they leave the trees. Huge swathes of the countryside turn red gold and rust colour; a vision that cannot be done justice with words alone.
Collette and Titan Travel both offer escorted luxury tours of the east coast of America, where the fall colours are most prevalent. You’ll see the trees at the most glorious and gain an insight into the history of the Pilgrim Fathers and first settlers.
You’ll begin this epic journey with a few days in Berlin and Warsaw before taking the sleeper train to Moscow. When you arrive in Russia you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Kremlin before your luxury train will make its way across the European and Asian divide. Experience the September landscape across two continents, as you move through Siberia, Mongolia and the Gobi desert before reaching Beijing and exploring the Great Wall of China.
The sights and sounds of this journey are utterly unique and you’ll have one-of-a-kind experiences along the way, such as a traditional Tsar’s feast of caviar and vodka in the mountains and a tour of China’s capital with a dedicated tour guide. For more details on where the Trans-Siberian express travels and what your package includes, please get in touch with the Aspen Travel team.
The September holiday in California will give you the opportunity to experience the wine harvest of the golden Napa Valley. There will be fewer crowds, but still plenty of gorgeous sunshine to enjoy while you sample wines from across the region. You’ll visit iconic cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and even travel a little further afield to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon should you wish.
If you fancy taking a September holiday this year, please give the Aspen Travel team a call for advice, suggestions or simply to begin the booking process. We look forward to taking your call.