Where to holiday in July 2018? From wild far-flung trips, to the best European destinations for summer sun, here’s where we’re dreaming of this month…
Best July holiday for: Superb safaris
This month brings the Great Migration, one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles: the movement of 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles through Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
The animals are travelling northwards in search of fresh grazing pasture and water, as they do every year – and it makes for incredible viewing. In seemingly endless numbers they splash through rivers, gallop over plains, and tantalise the lions that lie hungrily in wait…
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Best July holiday for: Cruising the fabulous fjords
TV presenter Julia Bradbury has announced she will join our new Woman and Home Norway fjords cruise this July, on an itinerary that promises to showcase this spectacular country in all of its summertime glory.
Julia, who is best known for presenting BBC One’s Countryfile and Britain’s Best Walks on ITV, will join guests on a nature walk through the fjordlands, and a trip to Tromsø Wilderness Centre, where you’ll take in beautiful views, enjoy a guided nature walk and meet dogsledding huskies and their puppies. You’ll cruise the gorgeous glassy waters of the Fjordlands, where you’ll see amazing wildlife and experience 24 hours of daylight – a natural summer phenomenon known as the ‘Midnight Sun’. See the details and book
Best July holiday for: Incredible islands and smoking volcanoes
Whether you choose the spa resorts of Bali, the wild and wonderful jungles of Sumatra, or volcano views on the Gili Islands, you can’t go wrong with Indonesia in July. With over 17,000 tiny islands comprising the whole archipelago, you’ll never be far from a gorgeous palm-fringed beach and great seafood.
It’s easy, of course, to relax into the slow pace of these laid-back isles – but the islands’ forests offer unforgettable wildlife encounters with orangutans, tarsiers, monkeys and more… You’ll be richly rewarded for your intrepid efforts.
Best July holiday for: Family-friendly camping
School’s out for summer – which means that camping trips are in! Whether you pitch your tent in the countryside, on the coast, in the mountains – or spend a couple of weeks doing all three – you’ll be spoilt for choice in Wales, even at the height of the season.
Camping guru Pitchup.com lets you browse pitches all over the UK by date, location and accommodation type, plus whether they’re dog-friendly or not.
Best July holiday for: Fly-and-flop beach time
Malta is small and easy to navigate (by car or by bus), so you can fill your days discovering secluded beaches, little villages, and the numerous ancient palaces and temples which are scattered all over the island. The perfect recipe for a fortnight’s relaxation.
A short drive from Valletta, the capital, you’ll find the db San Antonio Hotel & Spa – where our exclusive offer will get you a seven-night all-inclusive stay (plus flights and transfers) from just £792pp. Surrounded by palm trees, this hotel is fresh and contemporary in design, with four outdoor pools to choose from including a luxurious adults-only rooftop infinity pool. There’s also a candlelit spa and five excellent restaurants. See the details and book
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6. The River Seine, France
Best July holiday for: Relaxing cruises
This is the season for messing about in boats – so why not give river cruising a go? The banks of the River Seine in northern France have never looked lovelier, with their medieval chateaux and glorious gardens (including Monet’s famous Giverny garden) basking in the early summer sun.
Take a river cruise between Rouen and Paris (there are plenty to choose from) for eight days of fantastic food and gentle sightseeing. Highlights include gorgeous Giverny, and Honfleur where the Impressionists loved to paint. In Auvers-sur-Oise, guides can show you where Van Gogh lived, painted and died – and you can even see some of his drawings on a trip to the Louvre in Paris.
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7. Copenhagen, Denmark
Best July holiday for: A weekend break with a difference
Only got a few days to play with? Copenhagen, Denmark’s characterful capital, is ideal for short July holidays – boasting great shopping, a fun café culture, and an ever-growing crop of super-stylish hotels.
Pack your swimming cozzie to make the most of Copenhagen’s main summer draw: its outdoor swimming pools. From seawater dips in Kastrup Sea Bath and Islands Brygge (popular harbourside pools) to freshwater wallowing in Bellahøj, the Danes love their al fresco swimming. Forgot your cozzie? No drama: Helgoland sea pools have a women’s only area where clothing is optional.
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8. New Zealand
Best July holiday for: Skiing and whale watching
While Europe is gearing up for the summer, it’s winter in New Zealand – so why on earth would you want to go there? For starters, the skiing’s great, with the South Island’s resorts boasting thick, luscious powder. South Island’s Tekapo Springs are steaming, and there’s never been a better time to go humpback whale watching in Kaikoura.
Queenstown Winter Festival is in full swing too, with live music, stand-up comedy and fireworks to keep the winter chills at bay. And with hotel prices rock-bottom (it’s low season) and flights from the UK at their cheapest, there are plenty of bargains to be had too.
9. Pantanal wetlands, Brazil
Best July holiday for: Wild rainforest adventures
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Where to go in July for amazing wildlife encounters? It’s dry season in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, and the best time to see jaguars playing and drinking at the riverbank. Colourful toucans and macaws flutter in the trees, while pink dolphins frolic in the water.
Take your pick from traditional 4×4 safaris, river boat cruises, hiking, horse riding trips and more. These rich, vibrant wetlands are brimming with incredible wildlife – and now is the best time to see it.
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