A surprisingly difficult month to travel, with many regions either just coming out of, or not quite yet in, their best seasons. Europe still ticks a lot of boxes and the family invasion will mercifully have abated, but further afield such winners as Tanzania are also perfect.

Nearer to home, St Petersburg - somewhere everyone should visit - is ideal in September before the long hard but beautiful winter kicks in. Last but categorically not least, September sees arguably the single most spectacular natural phenomenon on the planet as two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle cross the Mara river separating the Serengeti in Tanzania from the Masai Mara in Kenya, braving the claws and jaws of the waiting predators on route.

Boat sailing off the Dalmatian Coast
Image of Harriet Harford

Can be nice in the UK. Can snow. The waters of the Mediterranean, meanwhile, have had all summer to warm up nicely.

Harriet, Original Traveller

Our favourites for September

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Petersburg

Built in defiance of nature and logic, St. Petersburg is a monument to the will of Peter the Great. His city became a ‘window on the West’ and remains Russia’s cultural capital.

St Petersburg
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Dalmatian Coast

Combine beautiful Mediterranean coastline with cosmopolitan and lively cities on your Dalmatian Coast holiday.

Dalmatian Coast
Lion on log in the Serengeti

The Endless Serengeti Plains

Tanzania's spectacular equivalent of the Masai Mara, packed with wildlife and often with tourists; but we know how to avoid them.

The Endless Serengeti Plains
Lion cubs in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara

A safari in Kenya's Masai Mara has one of the densest concentrations of wildlife anywhere on Earth.

The Masai Mara

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