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The 12 Best Places to Visit in September

Written by
Louis Dhont

Published on: August 16th, 2017

Last modified: March 21st, 2024

September might be back-to-school season for some, but for others it’s the perfect time to travel. As the heat of summer fades and the holiday crowds disperse, many of the world’s best destinations offer ideal conditions for holidays.

The start of September marks the end of the main tourism season across Europe, while many countries in Latin America welcome the beginning of spring. At several of our favourite destinations in Africa, September falls within the dry season – making it excellent for safaris. It’s also the perfect time to visit certain parts of Asia, promising fantastic weather and more.

If you’re dreaming of an exhilarating and memorable escape, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the best places to visit in September all around the globe.

The Best Places to Visit in Europe in September


A trip to Europe is tempting all year round, but September is truly the optimal time to visit many of its most popular spots. Head to Portugal or Italy for the sunny skies of summer without the hordes of tourists, or take advantage of the pleasant shoulder season in England.


Italy is stunning in every season, but the period right after the summer rush is especially lovely. Head south to Puglia for gorgeous beaches and whitewashed towns, or take in the spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. With all of its natural beauty, fascinating culture and delectable cuisine, it’s no wonder that Italy is among Europe’s best places to visit in 2023.

Colourful houses along the Amalfi Coast.

2. Portugal

The westernmost country in Europe is getting more and more attention for its wonderful cities and coastal regions – not to mention world-class wine and food. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a peaceful escape at the Six Senses Douro Valley or Craveiral Farmhouse in Alentejo. Many locals say that September is one of the best months to be in Portugal – and we agree.


3. England

September is among the best times to visit England, especially if you want to enjoy its natural wonders, sweeping countryside and charming villages. We highly suggest spending time in Southern England and taking a luxury British train journey. Apart from its beautiful scenery, this country is also one of our favourite destinations for foodies and Christmas vacations.


The Best Places to Visit in Africa in September


When planning a trip to Africa, it’s essential to consider the time of year. Many African countries have distinct dry and rainy seasons, which can greatly affect your experience. September is the perfect time to see wildlife in countries like Botswana, Namibia and Rwanda.

4. Botswana

The dry season from May to October is the best time to visit Botswana, offering plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing. It’s also the perfect time for a thrilling hot air balloon excursion. Check out our picks for the top places to visit in Botswana, and book a luxurious stay at one of Botswana’s best safari camps and lodges.

A hot air balloon flying over Botswana

5. Namibia

There are infinite reasons to visit Namibia, from the eerie skeleton coast to the red dunes of Sossusvlei. September is one of the best times to visit Namibia, with fewer crowds and clear skies providing perfect conditions for safaris, stargazing and rhino tracking. Check out our favourite places to stay in Namibia to start getting inspired for your trip.


6. Rwanda

This country is home to a stunning array of landscapes, from tropical rainforests to looming volcanoes. June to September is the best time to visit Rwanda’s national parks and see majestic mountain gorillas in the wild. Stay at Wilderness Bisate Lodge to immerse yourself in a truly breathtaking environment, where sustainability and regeneration take centre stage.

Back of a tourist's head looking at mountain gorilla in RwandaBack of a tourist's head looking at mountain gorilla in Rwanda

The Best Places to Visit in Latin America in September


Depending on where you go in Latin America, September can either be the beginning of springtime or the first respite from summer heat. In much of South America, it’s a great time of year for outdoor exploration – especially in Argentina, Brazil and Peru.

7. Argentina

This massive country is packed with incredible ecosystems and landscapes, from the peaks of the Andes to the glaciers of Patagonia. September is the perfect month to discover it all, whether you’re meandering through Mendoza’s vineyards, admiring the grandeur of Iguazu Falls or making your way through the storied streets of Buenos Aires.

8. Brazil

Endless wonders await in Brazil, which is by far the biggest country in Latin America. Early autumn is a fantastic time to discover the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, and to spot all kinds of intriguing wildlife. Take a luxury river cruise through the Amazon to delve deep into this extraordinary environment.

9. Peru

With all the unforgettable things to do in Peru, it can be hard to know where to start. From the iconic Machu Picchu to the striking Sacred Valley, many of this country’s best destinations are perfect to see in September. This is also the best time to visit Peru if you want to hike the Inca Trail or explore the Amazon on foot.

The Best Places to Visit in Asia in September


The vast continent of Asia encompasses every kind of climate and destination imaginable. Even so, many places have similar seasonal patterns in terms of tourism. September is the shoulder season in high-demand destinations like Indonesia, Fiji and Sri Lanka.

10. Indonesia

The best time to visit Indonesia depends on which island you’re headed to, but in general the dry season from May to October is ideal. September is a great month to combine islands like Bali and Lombok with the Banda Islands or Raja Ampat, which follow a different rainy season. This makes it possible to experience several of the best things to do in Indonesia on one trip.

11. Fiji

Many people don’t realise that Fiji is actually an archipelago including more than 300 islands, all of which are absolutely idyllic during the month of September. You’ll get some of the best weather of the year, while avoiding the peak tourism season. Stay at the heavenly Likuliku Lagoon Resort to relax and disconnect – it’s perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Yasawa Islands, Fiji Islands

12. Sri Lanka

Known as ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’, this small island nation has something for every traveller. If you’re interested in seeing wildlife in Sri Lanka, September is a great time to visit Yala National Park, where you can stay at Leopard Trails Yala Camp. But this isn’t the only reason to visit Sri Lanka; you’ll also find glorious beaches, temples, tea plantations and more.


Talk to one of our experts today and start creating your perfect September getaway.