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Travel Inspiration by Tynemouth Travel

Do you need travel inspiration? Want to know where to go on holiday and when?

Here at Tynemouth Travel, we have got the team together and have come up with the perfect destinations for every month of the year. Whether you fancy somewhere far-flung, full of adventure or closer to home, our ‘when to travel’ holiday advice should inspire you whether you’re seeking exciting city breaks, a wonderful safari holiday or white coral sands.

Need help in arranging the perfect family holiday? We have travelled with our own young families and have got lots of exciting ideas, everything from a trip to Legoland in Denmark to an adventure holiday in Sri Lanka.  

Click on a month below to see where our well-travelled team would suggest. For more travel inspiration, call us on 0191 580 7071 or visit our shop in Tynemouth.

January

As Christmas all too quickly becomes a distant memory our thoughts turn to finding some winter sun. We recommend beach time on a Caribbean island, a secluded Cambodian archipelago or Sri Lanka’s southern shores. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the saturated plains burst into life. Or journey to Botswana to watch new-born zebra take their first steps, as migratory birds feast on the fresh grasses.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in January:

Australia

January is high summer in Australia, with warm and sunny days, unless you’re in the humid north which is prone to tropical showers. An alternative to seeing New Year fireworks around Sydney Harbour is to visit in late January around Australia Day. Sporting events and lively festivals take place during the day and fireworks light up the sky at night, with the Sydney Opera House standing proud in the background.

Pop in to our Tynemouth Travel shop and meet the team. We have travelled extensively in the country and have many years of experience in arranging holidays to ‘Down Under’.

Don’t miss: Journey through the heart of Australia on the legendary Ghan train

Flight time: 20 hours (Perth) or 24 hours (Sydney)

Time difference: GMT +7 to GMT +11

January Temperature (Day): 11 to 33°C, depending on region

January rainfall: 0 to 200mm, varies by region

Australia Tours

Vietnam

Wow Vietnam! A country we adore. Balancing modern buzz with laid back charm, Vietnam has a delightful knack of always matching your pace. Holidays there are superbly versatile, and can easily take you from cycling amongst rice paddies to padding across glorious tropical sand, or darting between urban eateries to gliding along a river in a private sampan. January is the start of central Vietnam’s summer season, when the weather in the heritage-rich towns of Hue and Hoi An is warm and dry. This is a good time to relax by some of Vietnam’s best beaches around Nha Trang, where the early morning light offers up some of Asia’s best sunrises.

Temperatures around Saigon and the Mekong Delta can reach 30°C, which is ideal for lazy river cruises along the Mekong or the Red River. In contrast, temperatures drop dramatically in the mountain towns of Sapa and Ha Giang north of the country, and the air can become quite hazy, so views in Halong Bay are not at their best.

Don’t miss: We love the food. From street stalls to upscale dining, the country delivers a banquet of exquisite eating

Flight time: 13½ hours (Hanoi, via Paris)

Time difference: GMT +7

January Temperature (Day): 19 to 30°C, depending on region

January rainfall: 2 to 74mm, varies by region

Vietnam Tours

Sri Lanka

It may sound cliché but Sri Lanka is genuinely a year-round holiday destination, although it’s particularly good, especially in the southwest when you can look forward to sunny, dry days and calm seas. This is a good time to relax by the golden-sand beaches around Bentota or Tangalle and explore the fortified Dutch city of Galle. The Galle Literary Festival takes place annually around the end of the month, with writers arriving from around the world to attend.

January is also prime whale-watching season — you’ll often spot blue, sperm and Bryde’s whales as well as many dolphin species and flying fish. Looking inland, the central hill region — known as Little England due to year-round showers — is at its driest, and best explored on guided tea-plantation hikes and scenic railway journeys.

Don’t miss: The historic colonial fortifications of Galle – a UNESCO World Heritage site

Flight time: 11½ hours (Colombo)

Time difference: GMT +5:30

January Temperature (Day): 23 to 33°C, depending on region

January rainfall: 14 to 211mm, varies by region

Sri Lanka Tours

India

A country we know well. January is an excellent time to travel before visitor numbers climb in February and March. You’ll need extra layers in early mornings and evenings, but after the dawn mist has cleared, you’re usually rewarded with crisp blue skies.

These cooler climes are perfect for exploring the fortified desert cities of Rajasthan, watching a stunning sunrise over the Taj Mahal in Agra and shopping in Jaipur’s artisanal markets without the summer heat. Also well worth exploring are the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where the beaches, backwaters and colonial hill stations are sunny and warm.

It goes without saying that India is a huge country with so much to see and experience.  Speak to Mark our in-house India expert to arrange the perfect holiday tailored to your interests.

Don’t miss: We know it’s a rather obvious tip but you can’t visit India without seeing the majestic Taj Mahal

Flight time: 8½ hours (New Delhi)

Time difference: GMT +5:30

January Temperature (Day): -6 to 32°C, depending on region

January rainfall: 0 to 75mm, varies by region

India Tours

February

February is a popular month to escape the worst of our winter with lots of destinations and activities on offer. Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like dog-sledding in Scandinavia or escaping the colder temperatures at home with a cruise along the Nile under sunny skies, it’s a lovely time to be travelling. A safari in Tanzania gives you a chance to see new-born antelope take their first wobbly steps, while warm temperatures in Argentina make it an ideal time for trekking in Patagonia.

For families, here’s a top tip. Why not enjoy February half term at Center Parcs – not in Penrith but on the Continent. You’ll be amazed at the value. We’ll take care of everything whether you choose to take the car on the ferry, fly or go by train.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in February:

Italy

Not exactly a winter sun option, but with few visitors, great value hotels and a calendar full of festivals, February can be an excellent time to visit Italy if you don’t mind lower temperatures. There’s more chance of rainfall than in later months, but you’ll be unlucky not to enjoy at least a few sunny days. Most of all you’ll be able to visit such iconic places as Venice and Florence, to which visitors flock in ever increasing numbers during the summer, without the crowds.

Carnevaleor or carnival is celebrated across the country at the beginning of Lent with vibrant pageants, masquerades and confetti, while the two-week Carnival of Venice takes place at the start of the month, when people don masks and costumes for a mass party in St Mark’s Square.

Thinking of visiting Italy? Then pop in to our Tynemouth Travel website and meet Estelle. She knows the country well and is fluent in Italian.

Don’t miss: Even first time visitors should consider getting off the beaten and discovering some of the country’s many hidden gems including Matera, said to be the world’s third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement.

Flight time: 2 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (London to Rome)

Time difference: GMT +1

February Temperature (Day): 3 to 31°C, depending on region

February rainfall: 2 to 165mm, varies by region

Italy Tours

Argentina

You can visit Argentina at any time of year, but with February being the height of its summer, you’ll enjoy warm temperatures almost everywhere. It’s an excellent time to visit Argentine Patagonia — particularly El Calafate and Bariloche — which can be difficult to access in cooler months.

A popular choice at this time of year is our Glaciers and Peaks of Patagonia small group start which starts in El Calafate and goes all the way down to Ushuaia, visiting the spectacular Fitz Roy Massif and Cerro Torre, may be the two most emblematic mountains of Patagonia.

Don’t miss: Visit Mendoza and sample some of Argentina’s best wines. We can recommend the Rutini Wines from the Uco Valley

Flight time: 15¼ hours (Buenos Aires)

Time difference: GMT -3

February Temperature (Day): 13 to 29°C, depending on region

February rainfall: 13 to 97mm, varies by region

Argentina Tours

Egypt

With its warm temperatures and sunny blue skies Egypt is an ideal destination to visit in February. With so much to see speak to one of our experts for advice. Options include a beach stay at a first class resort on the Red Sea, or explore Cairo’s frenetic streets, lively markets and of course the pyramids without the stifling heat of the summer.  

For adventures we can even arrange an amazing flight-free holiday travelling all the way from Tynemouth to Cairo by train and sea!

Don’t miss: See the mummies in the newly built National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Flight time: 4¾ hours (Cairo)

Time difference: GMT +2 to GMT +3

February Temperature (Day): 18 to 26°C, depending on region

February rainfall: 0 to 28mm, varies by region

Egypt Tours

Sudan

A firm favourite of ours Sudan offers one of nature’s great contrasts: endless arid expanses of the greatest desert on earth, with infinite burnished dunes that barely tolerate life, pierced decisively by the greatest of world rivers, the Nile, bringer of life and abundance along its lush, irrigated length. Travel with us in February when the weather is perfect and follow the course of the Nile and discover mind-boggling antiquity, from stone age scrawlings on lonely rocky outcrops to the Pharaonic era with Nubian culture’s uncelebrated dynasties which left vast swathes of pyramid capped necropolises rising majestically from the sands.

To reach Sudan from the north east of England is remarkably easy – one simple change of plane in Dubai, itself a perfect winter sun stopover.

Don’t miss: A chance to meet the Sudanese, some of the warmest and most friendly people we’ve ever met on our travels

Flight time: 14 hours (Khartoum via Dubai)

Time difference: GMT +2 to GMT +3

February Temperature (Day): 21 to 32°C, depending on region

February rainfall: little chance of any rainfall

Sudan Tours

March

As spring blossoms across the Northern Hemisphere a wide variety of destinations begin to welcome visitors, with spring being a popular time to explore further afield on a long haul holiday. We’ve got lots of ideas but one that really stands out is the little visited Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. And for those who can travel in March it is a chance to celebrate one of the country’s many festivals.

Whilst warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives at their best, for an unforgettable wildlife experience it’s difficult to beat the remarkable Galapagos Islands – a personal favourite of our owner, Jim.

For something a little nearer home then ask us about arranging a short break to one of Europe’s hidden gems such as Lviv, Ukraine or Gdansk, Poland. And why not add to the adventure by taking the train.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in March:

Thailand

Justifiably one of Asia’s most popular destinations the weather across Thailand is as warm as the welcome you’ll receive from the Thai people. March is a particularly good time if you want to explore different parts of the country, or head south to Thailand’s multitude of coastlines, islands and islets which are bathed in sunshine.

Whether you’re taking your first holiday in Thailand or your tenth, it can include your ideal balance of beautiful beaches, rural relaxation, ancient culture and urban buzz… all before we mention the food. Add in fabulous hotels and world class service and you can understand why Thailand continues to be a showstopper, even after decades in the Asia travel limelight.

Don’t miss: Some of best street food in Asia

Flight time: 11½ hours (Bangkok)

Time difference: GMT +7

March Temperature (Day): 31 to 34°C, depending on region

March rainfall: 16 to 96mm, varies by region

Thailand Tours

The Galapagos Islands

One of the hottest and wettest months of the year, March is also one of the most rewarding times to visit the Galapagos. The archipelago’s marine life is incredibly active, making for some excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities in the warm waters.

There’s also plenty to see on land. Sea turtles begin to hatch and make their hazardous first journey from the beach to the sea. Frigate birds nest on the islands of North Seymour, South Seymour and Genovesa, the males inflating their bright-red throat sacs to attract a mate. And, towards the end of the month, you might see waved albatrosses returning to Espanola Island for the breeding season.

For anyone thinking of travelling to the Galapagos it’s essential to get sound advice. To learn more pop in to our Tynemouth Travel shop and meet Jim. With his family he has travelled around the islands. He says that it was his best family holiday ever!

Don’t miss: The giant tortoises at Charles Darwin Research Station

Flight time: 15 hours (Quito via Madrid, Amsterdam or the USA)

Time difference: GMT-5

March Temperature (Day): 23 to 31°C, depending on region

March rainfall: 3 to 5mm, varies by region

Galapagos Tours

The Maldives

With warm temperatures, low humidity and very little rainfall, March is fantastic time to visit the Maldives. It is the ultimate destination to kick-back and indulge in a luxurious and relaxing break, where all you have to do is pick up a book and with some effort a drink or two.  With just one resort per island you can really indulge yourself in that Robinson Crusoe moment! Each has its own charm and appeal; with something to suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for maximum pampering (personal butlers & private pool villas); a small rustic hideaway or a more family friendly island, the Maldives offers something for everyone.

Don’t miss: Fly with Emirates from Newcastle and stopover in Dubai

Flight time: 14 hours (via Dubai)

Time difference: GMT +5

March Temperature (Day): 31 to 31°C, depending on region

March rainfall: 83 to 83mm, varies by region

Maldives Holidays

Uganda

March is a good time to visit Uganda for wildlife spotting. And this little-visited, under-appreciated East African nation is making wildlife waves; giraffes are being re-homed in national parks across the country, and baby rhinos are being born for the first time in decades. Its dense forests give shelter to some of the last remaining mountain gorillas on Earth. People travel from far and wide to spend an hour in their presence, watching them graze, groom, sleep and play.

Beyond its prized wildlife attraction we have visited the Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the best in East Africa and a good opportunity to see the Big Five, including tree-climbing lion. On boat trips along the Ishasha River, you can look for water-dwelling birdlife, hippo pods and elephant herds lining the banks. Or, trek with a guide through Kibale Forest National Park for a chance to see its 13 species of primate, including chimpanzees, red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.

Want to know more about holidays and safaris in Uganda? Contact Mark at Tynemouth Travel and he’ll be delighted to tell you about his experience of trekking silverback gorillas.

Don’t miss: Track mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Forest – a truly unforgettable expereice

Flight time: 14 hours

Time difference: GMT +3

March Temperature (Day): 20 to 29°C, depending on region

March rainfall: 110 to 213mm, varies by region

Uganda Tours

April

With average daytime temperatures in the high teens April is a pleasant time to visit Albania, and its Balkan neighbours. The Balkans has always had an allure that the rest of Europe somehow misses. Located at the crossroads of three major empires (Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian) the Balkan region was and still is strategically vital. It is for this reason that the area has for centuries been a gateway between East and West, an area of cultural exchange and a melting pot of ethnicities and people.

Heading back over to Western Europe, temperatures in Spain are beginning to warm up across the Iberian Peninsula. Droves of sunseekers are starting their annual pilgrimage to the hotspots including the Canaries and Balearic Islands. But for those who are less committed to getting a tan Spain offers so much more.

For something completely different and for a chance to escape your comfort zone, then let us show you the delights of Ethiopia. So often a country synonymous with poverty and famine, Ethiopia is richly endowed in so many other ways. The only African nation to resist colonisation during ‘The Scramble for Africa’ of the 19th century, a proud and lasting heritage awaits the intrepid visitor.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in April:

Albania and the Balkans

From the sun-drenched Adriatic coast to the Dinaric Alps to the old city of Belgrade, any intrepid travellers looking at Balkans holidays will find a remarkable variety of places and cultures to explore. You can be both a hedonist and historian as you take in the sparkling Dalmatian beaches, visit the inland mountain towns, explore Ottoman and Ancient Roman architecture, and get to know the cultures, ethnicities, languages and the ideologies of the countries that make up the Balkans. We pride ourselves in our knowledge of this forgotten corner of Europe, a region we know well. Speak to Jim or Mark to learn more about our group trips or a tailor-made holiday crafted just for you.

Don’t miss: Visit Bosnia and stroll through the lively cobbled streets of Sarajevo or Mostar, where a myriad of influences effortlessly blend together

Flight time: 3 hours

Time difference: GMT +2

April Temperature (Day): 9 to 17°C, depending on region

April rainfall: 67 to 95mm, varies by region

Balkans Tours

Spain

A country that requires little introduction, except we believe it’s a destination which seldom meets its full potential. Away from the Costas Spain is one of Europe’s heavyweights when it comes to history, culture and for its sheer variety of landscapes. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up improbably from the sun-baked plains of Andalucía; these are hiking destinations of the highest order. The wildly beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest are offset by the charming coves of the Mediterranean. And everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, huddle in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain. That’s where the country’s charms are most likely to take hold.

Let us show you a different side of Spain on a tailor-made holiday where you will stay in luxury historic hotels, including castles, palaces, convents and monasteries. And to get around a modern network of comfortable high-speed trains will speed you across the country.

Don’t miss: We highly recommend your holiday includes at least one stay in a Parador – a unique chain of historic hotels. One of the best is the Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católico; a wonderful blend of history, art and tradition – the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago

Flight time: 2 to 3 hours

Time difference: GMT +1

April Temperature (Day): 12 to 20°C, depending on region

April rainfall: 30 to 100mm, varies by region

Spain Tours

Morocco

Morocco in spring is simply delightful – just the right temperature to explore this enigmatic land where timeless souks stand in the shadow of glorious monuments to modern Morocco’s religious and engineering zeal. The maze-like souqs of Fez, the vast orange dunes of the Erg Chebbi, Berber nomads in the Sahara – we’ll arrange the perfect tailor-made holiday to show you the highlights — and much more — your way.

For something different take the modern-day Marrakech Express, Africa’s first high-speed train, as part of our overland tour, travelling all the way by rail from Tynemouth Morocco.

Don’t miss: No trip to Morocco would be complete without a stay in either a riad or kasbah — traditional Moroccan accommodation.

Flight time: 3½ hours to Marrakesh or take the train!

Time difference: Normally no time difference

April Temperature (Day): 14 to 36°C, depending on region

April rainfall: 0 to 146mm, varies by region

Morocco Tours

Uzbekistan and the Silk Road

The Silk Road conjures up images of mystical cities, Persian Princes and camel trains making their way across the desert. Despite the onward march of progress it is still possible to discover some of the allure of this ancient trading route. You can discover some of that magic yourself on our range of  Silk Road tours. From China through Iran, taking in North Africa and to the gateways of Europe, the Silk Road trading routes connected the great dynasties of the past.

For the modern day explorer, this trading route now offers a multitude of different countries, cultures and amazing historical sites to discover. Our ‘Heart of the Silk Road’ tour encompassing Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan is a great introduction to the region. For those wanting to start the journey in the West and begin to explore East, our tours of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will give you a taste of how different cultures met, merged and grew as trade developed.

Don’t miss: Uzbekistan and Khiva with its superb monuments, the holy city of Bukhara as well as Samarkand, home to Central Asia’s most stunning architecture.

Flight time: 10 hours to Tashkent

Time difference: GMT +5

April Temperature (Day): 13 to 18°C, depending on region

April rainfall: 29 to 26mm, varies by region

Uzbekistan and Silk Road Tours

May

Europe is warming up nicely at this time of year, with a good choice of destinations available within a two hour flight or so from the UK. And fly an extra couple of hours and we can take you to one of our most popular countries, Georgia and the Caucasus region.

Further afield you can take your pick from a range of exotic holidays. Botswana is beautiful at this time of year, or for powdery soft beaches and amazing blue waters, Antigua is a good choice. Cross the ‘Pond’ and it’s a great time to discover the US, especially the southern states which can get uncomfortably hot and sticky if you travel much later.

Looking at Asia we can recommend the Philippines, especially for those who have explored more established tourist destinations such as Thailand. Comprising more than 7,000 islands scattered gracefully along the westernmost rim of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is a country known for its boundless hospitality, and the friendly smiles of its people.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in May:

Georgia

Georgia is a remarkable country. Following an uneasy period of independence after the dissolution of the USSR and a continuing difficult relationship with its belligerent Russian neighbour, Georgia is ascendant. Fascinating historic cities give way to unique mountain villages occupying a landscape akin to a rustic Switzerland, all in the shadow of the Caucasus immense snow-capped peaks. For those still yearning some traditional ‘R & R’ then you won’t be disappointed with Batumi, Georgia’s second city, a charismatic Black Sea resort with a charming Old Town and a fantastic subtropical climate. Oh, and there’s some top notch hotels too.

Speak to Mark at Tynemouth Travel about arranging a holiday to Georgia. It’s one of his favourite countries and he will be delighted to share his in-depth knowledge.

Don’t miss: When it comes to Georgia there are so many things you shouldn’t miss. But top of the list has to be the excellent wine. You can find out more by taking a look at our special Georgia Wine Making tour.

Flight time: 7 hours

Time difference: GMT +4

May Temperature (Day): 15 to 22°C, depending on region

May rainfall: 47 to 70mm, varies by region

Georgia Tours

Lebanon

In common with Georgia, Lebanon is another destination with a reputation for its excellent wines. Known in the 1960’s as the Switzerland of the Middle East, today Lebanon has rebuilt itself after a devastating civil war that ended in 1991. This small country extending for only 250km’s North to South and 50 km’s from East to West excels in its diversity of experiences and exceptional sense of hospitality. Stay in a monastery in the lush Qadisha Valley, cook with locals, and enjoy the magnificent food and wine of Lebanon in the fertile Bekaa Valley. For history lovers, standing in front of the magnificent Roman temples of Baalbek (UNESCO) is sure to inspire and delight as well as castles from Crusader times and the UNESCO town of Deir Al Qamar with its excellent examples of grand feudal architecture. For such a small country we think Lebanon packs quite a punch. Speak to Mark at our Tynemouth Travel shop to find out more. He can’t wait to go back!

Don’t miss: Stroll in the narrow streets of Byblos (UNESCO), constantly inhabited since the 6th Century BC

Flight time: 5 hours

Time difference: GMT +3

May Temperature (Day): 18 to 26°C, depending on region

May rainfall: 10 to 15mm, varies by region

Lebanon Tours

The Philippines

Straddling the Pacific Ring of Fire, The Philippines is one of the world’s most fascinating and vast archipelagos. Perhaps more famous for its troubled Marcos-led past, hectic capital Manila and 10 million strong ex-pat community, it does not take long here to appreciate that this is a stunning land of wilderness, jaw-droppingly beautiful coasts, natural wonders, fascinating rural cultures and intriguing historic sites. So much of this variegated landscape sees few outsiders and even fewer foreigners that it is relatively easy to gain a real sense of escape and relaxation amidst a country which will entice you onwards with amazing site after unforgettable sight, day after remarkable day.

Don’t miss: Marvel at the atmospheric and beautifully preserved colonial city of Vigan

Flight time: 13 hours

Time difference: GMT +8

May Temperature (Day): 26 to 33°C, depending on region

May rainfall: 75 to 103mm, varies by region

Philippines Tours

France

We have had our share of historic quibbles with our neighbours. A quote attributed to the 19th century British writer Douglas William Jerrold goes: “The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.” But from the early 20th century – before the onset of mass tourism – the entente has largely been cordiale, give or take the odd blip, and our holidaymakers have poured into France like no other overseas nation. France seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour (dish of the day) chalked on the board.

Whilst we could add a long list of places to this website that you should visit in France, a much better option is to speak to our in-house expert Estelle, who is from the country’s Savoie region. Passionate about all things travel, Estelle will be delighted to help you plan the perfect holiday.

Don’t miss: Before you do anything pop in to our Tynemouth shop to meet Estelle

Flight time: 2 hours

Time difference: GMT +1

May Temperature (Day): 18 to 20°C, depending on region

May rainfall: 52 to 75mm, varies by region

France Tours

June

The solstice at the end of June brings long days to destinations in the northern hemisphere, making it an excellent time to get outdoors. You can roam through Canada’s wilderness, hike in Germany’s Black Forest or head north to Scandinavia where summer months offer long sunny days and in June, an opportunity to enjoy the magic of the midnight sun.

June is the best month to see Peru, so you’ll need to plan well ahead to guarantee the best options within a short window. The rainy season ends in May, leaving the landscape lushly green and the weather warm and sunny, though you can expect crisp, cool evenings at altitude. It’s an excellent time for hiking the Inca Trail. Throughout the month, you’ll find a series of festivals across the country, which builds up to Inti Raymi. Held just after the summer solstice, it’s a celebration dedicated to Inti, the benevolent Inca sun god.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in June:

Germany

Birthplace of Beethoven, Einstein and Nietzsche, Germany offers far more to its visitors than its reputation for efficiency, bratwurst and beer. Prepare for a roller-coaster ride of feasts, treats and temptations experiencing Germany’s soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns. With our help you can plan an itinerary that takes in everything from Cologne’s glorious cathedral to the Black Forest valleys, to sampling reisling wine in the Rhine Valley.

Don’t miss: Some might say the excellent beer. Or for somewhere to visit in the atmospheric Harz Mountains you’ll find some of Germany’s oldest, most endearing villages, plus the chance to catch a steam train

Flight time: 2 hours

Time difference: GMT +1

June Temperature (Day): 15 to 20°C, depending on region

June rainfall: 52 to 75mm, varies by region

Germany Tours

Pacific Islands

June is an excellent time to visit the Pacific when you can expect warm sunny days and daytime temperatures of around 25 to 30°C. The climate can generally be described as tropical in this part of the world, but the cooling sea breezes prevent really extreme temperatures and humidity. Our tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations is one of the few specialists in the UK that can arrange holidays to a wide variety of Pacific islands. From modernity and familiarity in parts of Fiji to remote otherness is Vanuatu, cultural threads connect far flung peoples to this day. Echoes of WW2 come to the fore too, in Micronesia and the Solomon Islands relics of Japanese occupation together with resulting bloody conflict are not hard to find.

Whether you’re looking for the best snorkeling in the Cook Islands or you’re paying homage to Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia, our specialists will craft a South Pacific holiday to meet your interests. To find out pop in to our Tynemouth shop and have a chat with Jim.

Don’t miss: Vanuatu is a Pacific island adventure far beyond any notions of cruise-ship ports and flashy resorts. Deserted beaches, ancient culture, remote and rugged islands and world-class diving are just a small part of the magnetism of this scattered 80-plus island archipelago.

Flight time: 24 hours

Time difference: GMT +12

June Temperature (Day): 25 to 30°C, depending on region

June rainfall: 73 to 96mm, varies by region

Pacific Tours

Turkey

Perhaps already getting a little too warm for some, June is a good time to visit Turkey with daytime temperatures in the high teens and above. With plenty of direct flights, including services from the north east, Turkey is a favourite with travellers from the UK. Whilst many will head to the southwest coast, including the popular resorts of Antalya and Bodrum which offer warm turquoise seas, there is so much more to Turkey. We particularly like Istanbul, a magical meeting place of East and West, where history is palpable in the mosque-spiked skyline. Out in the countryside, tour vineyards and olive groves in the hillside village of Sirince, tasting some of the region’s finest wines.

You could visit Greco-Roman Ephesus, perhaps the best-preserved classical city in the Mediterranean. We also recommend venturing to Cappadocia, in the heart of the country. Here, you can explore an otherworldly landscape of conical rock formations and hills riddled with caves, hiking to hidden monasteries before spending the night in a hotel carved out of the rock.

For an amazing overland adventure we can even organise travel by rail, taking the train all the way from the UK to Istanbul following the route of the legendary Orient Express.

Don’t miss: In Istanbul visit centuries-old monuments such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, before sipping Turkish coffee in the city’s Grand Bazaar

Flight time: 4 hours

Time difference: GMT +3

June Temperature (Day): 20 to 30°C, depending on region

June rainfall: 5 to 10mm, varies by region

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Greece

Across Greece’s mainland and islands, June is an exceptional time to visit. Everything is fully open and the temperatures start to rise, but the real heat doesn’t set in for another month or so. You’ll be able to enjoy pleasantly warm temperatures without the summer throngs, either in the cities or on the beaches.

June is also when many festivals take place across the country. For example, the Athens and Epidauros Festival showcases theatrical performances in both cities. It’s a chance to see ancient Greek plays performed in ancient venues, including the Theatre of Epidavros.

Don’t miss: Ask us about island hopping, using the excellent network of modern ferries

Flight time: 3 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (London to Athens)

Time difference: UTC +3

June Temperature (Day): 11 to 32°C, depending on region

June rainfall: 1 to 114mm, varies by region

Greece Tours

July

July gives you many destinations to consider if you’re looking to experience them in their prime. Explore the great outdoors while the sun shines in the US’s northern states, Norway or Switzerland. Balance beach relaxation with culture or wildlife in Costa Rica, French Polynesia or Vietnam. Or, in Kenya, be among the first of the season to see the Great Migration herds arrive as they make their frenzied crossing of the Mara River.

July is also one of the only months you can cruise the Arctic or hike in the mountains of Ladakh. And, in Japan, you can escape the summer humidity in the Japanese Alps.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in July:

Denmark

A special mention for Denmark because we know from personal experience what a great country it is for the perfect family holiday. With pleasant summertime temperatures, July is an excellent time to travel. Chart-topping contentment and quality of life, blockbuster dining and design, and a cheerful emphasis on hygge – explore (and envy) what makes Denmark tick.

Of course no family holiday to Denmark would be complete without a visit to Legoland – the original and in our opinion still the best – knocks socks off Windsor! To add to the fun then we can recommend a stay at Lalandia, a Scandi style Center Parcs, conveniently located within walking distance of Legoland. After all this excitement make sure you allow time to explore Copenhagen with its super child friendly museums and Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, where the kids can get a blast as they can see, try out and touch the past, live the present, and explore the future.

Don’t miss: Of course that has to be Legoland. We loved Miniland built out of more than 20 million LEGO bricks.

Flight time: 2 hours

Time difference: GMT +1

July Temperature (Day): 16 to 21°C, depending on region

July rainfall: 45 to 51mm, varies by region

Denmark Tours

Kenya

As conditions become drier, Kenya remains green and full of life in July. Visit now and you might catch some of the Great Migration’s earliest crossings of the Mara River — wildebeest in their hundreds and thousands are forced to face predators that lie in wait, from crocodiles to big cats.

While occasional showers are possible, there are fewer visitors than in subsequent months, so you’ll often have wildlife sightings to yourself. Game drives wherever you are in the country give you a chance to see animals big and small, while the drier conditions make for rewarding walking safaris. It’s also a good time to combine a safari with a beach break.

Don’t miss: Kenya Safari & Zanzibar Beach

Flight time: 8 hours (Nairobi)

Time difference: GMT +3

July Temperature (Day): 28 to 29°C, depending on region

July rainfall: 1 to 106mm, varies by region

Kenya Tours

Netherlands

Whilst Amsterdam remains as popular as ever with those looking for a short break, there’s so much more to the Netherlands than the infamous ‘coffee shops’ and a canal cruise.  We’ll be pleased to arrange for you to visit some of the country’s lesser-trodden cities, such as Maastricht, with its strong culinary tradition, or Utrecht, which combines a well-preserved core with a lively university population. Discover the Golden Age glories of Delft and learn to paint your own tile at the Delft Royal factory, see an extensive collection of artworks by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller Museum or explore the medieval town of Amersfoort.

For families we can recommend a stay at one of the country’s nine Center Parcs which generally offer much better value than those in the UK. And of course there’s no need to worry about any language barrier as the Dutch often speak flawless English. Speak to Jim to arrange the perfect tailor-made holiday to the Netherlands based on your interests.

Don’t miss: Haarlem – This classic Dutch city of cobbled streets, historic buildings, grand churches, even grander museums, cosy bars, fine cafes and canals is just a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam.

Flight time: 1 hour

Time difference: GMT +1

July Temperature (Day): 16 to 21°C, depending on region

July rainfall: 43 to 52mm, varies by region

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Portugal

July is one of the hottest months of the year in Portugal, with average temperatures of 24°C during the day. The Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores in the North Atlantic are a few degrees cooler, but both the mainland and islands are ideal if you’re seeking the sun.

On the western edge of the continent, Portugal is home to culturally rich cities influenced by its leading role in the Age of Discovery, as well as an abiding Catholic faith that it shares with nearby Spain. We’ll plan a perfect tailor-made holiday where you could hear melancholy fado music in Lisbon, taste port wine in Porto and the Douro Valley, and sample the traditional custard tarts of Belém. We can also plan a Portugal holiday that explores the country’s complex history. Visit Moorish alleyways in Évora, Roman ruins and a Baroque pilgrimage site in Braga, and the place where Henry the Navigator launched Portugal’s great nautical age. If you prefer landscapes, we can help you explore the storybook gardens and palaces of Sintra or the verdant volcanic islands of the Azores.

We can also help you plan a traditional beach holiday to the Algarve, or why not combine Lisbon, one of Europe’s most exciting capitals with a few days by the coast, taking a comfortable train between the two.

Don’t miss: Lisbon with its postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals – a captivating scene crafted over centuries.

Time difference: Generally no time difference

July Temperature (Day): 22 to 28°C, depending on region

July rainfall: 4 to 5mm, varies by region

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August

Many destinations are ripe for a summer break in August. For a trip focused around wildlife, consider a safari in Tanzania, which experiences its dry season, a trip to Borneo to see turtles hatch, or a visit to Brazil’s Pantanal for a shot at seeing a jaguar.

Elsewhere, beaches are at their best on Sri Lanka’s north and east coasts, Iceland’s interior has thawed out ready for you to explore on foot and by superjeep, while northern Australia is dry, sunny and comfortably warm for hikes. Alternatively, you might like to soak up the culture in Luxembourg or Denmark, stay on a hacienda in Ecuador’s countryside or enjoy a family escape to Mauritius.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in August:

Borneo

As the world’s third largest island, Borneo uniquely straddles both Indonesia and Malaysia and is also home to a third country, the tiny nation of Brunei; dominated by lush rainforests it contains a breathtaking array of flora and fauna, to which newly discovered species are added each year as more remote parts are explored. Once known as a land of headhunters, Borneo has an allure which is very different to the rest of South East Asia which you will discover as we aim to delve into the culture and nature of the island. A highlight of visiting Borneo is the rare chance to observe the iconic and endangered Orangutan at the sanctuary in Sepilok – a truly unforgettable experience, and one that lucky kids will enjoy as part of an exciting family holiday.

Don’t miss: Orangutans & islands of Borneo

Flight time: 15 hours (Kuching, via Singapore)

Time difference: GMT +8

August Temperature (Day): 31 to 32°C, depending on region

August rainfall: 119 to 310mm, varies by region

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s east coast beaches are at their best in August. The white-sand beaches shelve gently into the island’s underwater plateau, providing long stretches of calm shallows — ideal for families with young children. Further out to sea, blue and sperm whales migrate here in high numbers at this time of year — take a whale watching trip out to spot them and you’re also likely to see dolphins and flying fish.

You could combine a beach stay with time in Kandy, which celebrates the Kandy Perahera, an annual festival of dancing and parades focused around the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. 

Speak to Mark our in-house expert about holidays in Sri Lanka.

Don’t miss: Sri Lanka for families

Flight time: 11½ hours (Colombo)

Time difference: GMT +5:30

August Temperature (Day): 23 to 33°C, depending on region

August rainfall: 14 to 211mm, varies by region

Sri Lanka Tours

Brazil

As Brazil teeters on the cusp of spring, you can enjoy its cities with comfortably warm temperatures and mostly clear skies, with potentially fewer visitors than in summer. It’s ideal for beach relaxation on the Green Coast, where temperatures are balmy without being too hot.

We also recommend visiting the Pantanal in August — the dry, warm conditions draw wildlife to the rivers and lagoons, making for some excellent sightings of birdlife, primates and, if you’re lucky, apex predators like jaguars. To arrange the perfect holiday to Brazil pop in to our Tynemouth shop and have a chat with Jim. It’s a country he knows well.

Don’t miss: In search of the jaguar in Brazil’s Pantanal

Flight time: 13½ hours (Rio de Janeiro, via Paris)

Time difference: GMT -2

August Temperature (Day): 18 to 34°C, depending on region

August rainfall: 1 to 195mm, varies by region

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Tajikistan

Indisputably, Tajikistan lives up to its appellation as ‘The Roof of the World’. This is a land of altitude and the staggering scenery that accompanies it: 90% of the country is mountainous and the majority of Tajiks are rural dwellers, whose hospitality and generosity are at the heart of any experience travelling here. Unsurprisingly to visit such a mountainous the window of opportunity spans a short period of the summer, and August is perfect.

Travel with us through the mountainous heart of Central Asia, along the legendary Pamir Highway between Dushanbe and Bishkek and explore ancient Silk Road forts and stay as guests in some of the most remote communities on our planet. Hike amidst stunning scenery, rub shoulders with local traders at village bazaars and cross high mountain passes with views that will take your breath away.

To find out more pop in to our Tynemouth shop and meet Estelle who will enthusiastically tell you about her travels in the region.

Don’t miss: A trip along the Pamir Highway – one of the most scenic journeys on the planet

Flight time: 8 hours

Time difference: GMT +5

August Temperature (Day): 2 to 15°C, depending on region

August rainfall: 5 to 8mm, varies by region

Tajikistan Tours

September

Whether falling in autumn or spring, September can showcase countries at their most scenic, from the green, lamb-dotted valleys of New Zealand and the wildflower-coated countryside of Argentina to Russia’s rust-hued city parks.

September is one of the best months to travel for myriad reasons: great weather, off-season prices and a host of exciting wildlife watching experiences.

In Canada, the salmon run sees bears gather for a feeding frenzy along British Columbia’s rivers. Bhutan’s clear skies are ideal for hiking among its mountains, while similar conditions in Bolivia make for excellent photography around its salt pans. Spain and Turkey are pleasantly warm without the crowds of summer. And, in South Africa, you can combine regions while they’re at their best. It’s also an excellent time for seeing Namibia’s wildlife and stargazing among its desert dunes.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in September:

New Zealand

As spring arrives in New Zealand, temperatures start to rise and the country begins to thaw. Snowmelt feeds waterfalls and rivers, making for excellent white-water rafting. The valleys are at their greenest, with wildflowers starting to bloom and newborn lambs skipping in the fields.

As with any time of year in New Zealand, rain is possible, but you’ll find September is far quieter than the summer months and you’ll have your pick of the best places to stay. Off the coast, you can take boat trips to spot orcas, while warmer temperatures on the North Island are ideal for following walking tracks through national parks while there are fewer visitors. To find out more about arranging a tailor-made holiday to New Zealand speak to Estelle at Tynemouth Travel who knows the country well.

Don’t miss: Learn about Napier’s fascinating heritage during a guided walking tour of the city’s colourful Art Deco Quarter

Flight time: 26 hours via Los Angeles

Time difference: GMT +12

September Temperature (Day): 10 to 17°C, depending on region

September rainfall: 33 to 484mm, varies by region

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Namibia

Warm but not scorching or humid, dry and with clear skies ideal for stargazing among the desert dunes, September is an excellent time to visit Namibia. Having endured most of the dry season by now, animals big and small will be congregated around the vital water sources in Etosha National Park, making them easier to spot. You can drive yourself around the park for flexibility, or join guided game drives for extra insight.

Elsewhere, you could enjoy dune activities like sandboarding and quad-biking in the Namib Desert, kayak with seals off Swakopmund’s coast or head north to see desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland.

Don’t miss: Visit Etosha National Park for abundant wildlife

Flight time: 12½ hours (Windhoek, via Frankfurt or Johannesburg)

Time difference: GMT +2

September Temperature (Day): 17 to 19°C, depending on region

September rainfall: 0 to 1mm, varies by region

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Bolivia

Dry, sunny, and cool, September is an excellent month to visit Bolivia if you want to spend time in the great outdoors. It’s a rewarding time to go hiking in the country’s highland areas and for photographing the dazzling salt flats and Lake Titicaca contrasted against deep-blue skies. It’s also one of the best times to see the lakes of the high Altiplano transformed by the pink plumage of thousands of flamingos.

While the beginning of September can be fairly busy, visitor numbers dwindle as the month progresses, leaving you with a wide choice of hotel options and the chance to see Bolivia’s best-known sights without the crowds.

Don’t miss: Marvel at the stunning vista of the salt flats at Uyuni

Flight time: 16 hours (via Madrid or the USA)

Time difference: GMT -4

September Temperature (Day): 15 to 15°C, depending on region

September rainfall: 43 to 43mm, varies by region

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Russia

As Russia enters its autumn, visitor numbers lessen and it’s a great time for photography. The changing leaves add splashes of red, orange and gold in the city parks, complementing the bright onion domes of Russian Orthodox churches. You can explore museums and palaces with few others around, taking your time to soak everything in.

Temperature-wise, it’s still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities comfortably, from walking tours of Moscow and St Petersburg to cruises on the Volga River, weaving through the rust-dappled countryside. You might like to time your stay for Moscow City Day, in early September, which includes military tattoos, fireworks, music concerts, and street-theatre performances.

To plan a tailor-made holiday in Russia including rail journeys pop in to the Tynemouth Travel shop and have a chat with Jim.

Don’t miss: Even if you’re not a train buff a trip on the legendary Trans-Siberian railway is a wonderful experience

Flight time: 4 hours (Moscow)

Time difference: GMT +3 to UTC +12

September Temperature (Day): 11 to 24°C, depending on region

September rainfall: 53 to 123mm, varies by region

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October

Whether you’re looking for spring blooms, autumnal foliage or prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, you’ll find plenty of destinations to choose from if you’re planning to travel in October. Below are just some of the places we feel are at their best at this time of year, along with our suggestions on the best things to do there.

You could make the most of excellent hiking conditions in New Zealand, go whale watching in South Africa, or indulge in fresh produce during harvest time in Vietnam, Japan or Italy. And, in many of our chosen countries, you’ll be visiting before or after the busiest times of year.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in October:

Mauritius

Dry, sunny and warm, October is one of the best months to visit Mauritius. It’s just before the main summer season, though still popular with visitors, particularly families visiting during half term. It’s a good time to relax on the beach, enjoy water sports in the warm waters offshore and go walking in the Chamarel Mountains, which remain lush and green throughout the year. The island has a significant Hindu population, and with Diwali falling in October, your visit could give you a chance to experience the celebrations held during the Festival of Lights, with candles and lamps illuminating towns and villages.

Don’t miss: Hiking in Black River Gorges National Park

Flight time: 12 hours

Time difference: GMT +4

October Temperature (Day): 21 to 25°C, depending on region

October rainfall: 64 to 98mm, varies by region

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Jordan

Perhaps the most captivating country in the Middle East, Jordan has an embarrassment of spectacular things to see: ancient and awe-inspiring Petra, the Roman city of Jerash, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, great desertscapes where you can stay overnight in a Bedouin camp. In October there are still bright sunny days that light the rock of Petra up rose-red; but it is cool enough to journey into the Valley of the Moon on camel or horseback by day, and warm enough to sleep out under the starry sky by night.

To arrange a holiday to Jordan speak to Mark, our Middle East expert at Tynemouth Travel.

Don’t miss: Marvel at the red-rose city of Petra (UNESCO)

Flight time: 5 hours

Time difference: GMT +2

October Temperature (Day): 16 to 27°C, depending on region

October rainfall: 0 to 4mm, varies by region

Jordan Tours

Ghana, Togo, Benin – West Africa

Being so close to the equator, West African countries experience little variation in temperature throughout the year, with “seasons” restricted to wet and dry, or windy. Our awarding tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations has been arranging trips to the region for nearly 20 years. A popular option for those seeking an authentic cultural experience is an adventure taking in Ghana, Togo and Benin.

West Africa doesn’t suit the familiar ‘Out of Africa’ colonial fantasies promoted by Hollywood or indeed sold by some upmarket safari companies. The region’s surging, febrile, uncontrollable energy and intensity doesn’t make for a neat package. Voodoo ceremonies, encompassing trance-like possession, further emphasise that this ain’t Kansas…

Don’t miss: An unmissable experience is the chance to attend an authentic Voodoo ceremony

Flight time: 6 hours

Time difference: GMT +1, depending on country

October Temperature (Day): 23 to 30°C, depending on region

October rainfall: 45 to 88mm, varies by region

West Africa Tours

New England, USA

Fall is legendary in New England and October is a magical time to visit. Home to dazzling red autumns, quaint waterfront towns, pretty skylines and beautiful coastlines, holidays here are a visual treat. Highs of 20°C make days here easy-going and comfortable, whether you’re exploring the attractions of Boston, sampling wine at Martha’s Vineyard or tucking into Maine lobster in quintessential coastal towns. Harvest season means cider doughnuts and pumpkin pie are also on the menu, and the Boston German Oktoberfest takes place at the beginning of the month.

Need help in arranging a holiday to the US? Pop in to our Tynemouth Travel shop and meet Jim who has lived and worked in New York. Jim can organise anything from a weekend in the Big Apple to a trans-Continental, coast to coast, rail adventure. 

Don’t miss: Explore the rugged coastline of Maine, dotted with lighthouses and quaint seaside towns.

Flight time: 8 hours

Time difference: GMT -5

October Temperature (Day): 10 to 20°C, depending on region

October rainfall: 60 to 88m, varies by region

USA Tours

November

Looking to escape the cold and gloom of November? We’ve got lots of ideas and below you will find some of our favourites starting with the perfect winter sun destination, Oman. Easy to reach from the north east with a simple connection in Dubai, explore old forts and traditional Omani architecture, venture into the mountains to visit typical villages, and head into the vast expanses of the Arabian Desert.

For something more familiar of course the Canary Islands are a great option for a winter getaway and can be combined with the Portuguese island of Madeira for an unusual two centre holiday.

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in November:

Oman

The Middle East’s best-kept secret, Oman combines unspoiled desert landscapes with a chance to experience authentic Arabian culture. Stable and international in its outlook, Oman has none of the ostentation of its sister states. Instead, you’ll find pristine beaches, golden deserts and mountain scenery, as well as traditional villages where goats roam freely through the narrow streets. Contact Mark at Tynemouth Travel to ask about our range of group tours and tailor-made holidays.

Don’t miss: An overnight stay at a desert camp in the Wahiba Sands

Flight time: 8 hours

Time difference: GMT +4

November Temperature (Day): 21 to 30°C, depending on region

November rainfall: 0 to 7m, varies by region

Oman Tours

Mexico

November is a classic time of year to visit Mexico, for one main reason: this is when the country launches itself into an exuberant festive mood for its Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), taking place around the first day of November. Yes, it’ll be busy, especially in Oaxaca and Mexico City, but that’s all part of the experience, as communities celebrate with parades, live music, and candlelit feasting in cemeteries. November is also a good month to visit the country as a whole: the rainy season has usually petered out by now and warm days have returned, making it a good time to explore Mexico’s smaller towns, beaches and coastal regions.

Don’t miss: Exploring Mayan ruins at sites such as Chichen Itza, Palenque and Uxmal

Flight time: 12 hours

Time difference: GMT -6

November Temperature (Day): 22 to 34°C, depending on region

November rainfall: 4 to 143mm, varies by region

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Costa Rica

The end of the rainy season in Costa Rica can be difficult to predict, but the heaviest rain is usually over by mid-to-late November. Visiting at this time means there’ll be fewer people, so you’ll benefit from a wider choice of hotels at good value. You’ll also find temperatures are more comfortable than during the summer months, remaining pleasantly warm. In national parks, fewer visitors mean wildlife can be easier to spot and the forests will be particularly green after the rains, with waterfalls in full flow. It’s also a good time to relax along either of the coasts, where it’s just heating up but you don’t see the crowds that summer brings.

Don’t miss: Birdwatching, with over 800 native species to spot

Flight time: Approx. 11 hours

Time difference: GMT -6

November Temperature (Day): 24 to 32°C, depending on region

November rainfall: 86 to 537mm, varies by region

Costa Rica Tours

South Africa

Marking the beginning of South Africa’s summer, November brings pleasantly warm temperatures, without being as hot as later in the season. While rains arrive in some areas, such as Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal, these tend to be short and stormy, leaving the air fresh afterwards. It means there are fewer visitors on safari in the Kruger, despite it still being a good time for seeing wildlife. Elsewhere, it’s a good time to drive the Garden Route, and you can still pause to see southern right whales off the coast before they migrate south.

Don’t miss: A trip of two halves: the Garden Route and Eastern Cape safari

Flight time: 11 hours

Time difference: GMT +2

November Temperature (Day): 17 to 27°C, depending on region

November rainfall: 16 to 95mm, varies by region

South Africa Tours

December

Whether you’re after winter sun or the full Christmas experience, or simply have the month to yourself and want to explore somewhere far-flung, pop in to our Tynemouth Travel shop and we’ll use our decades of experience to craft the perfect holiday.

Take the family to Lapland and walk through freshly fallen snow, meet Santa in his homeland and experience exciting winter activities. Or visit the Christmas markets in Germany, some of the finest in Europe, with seasonal food and drink for sale, along with many handmade gifts and handicrafts. It’s cold, yes, but manageably so, and as long as you plan your visit well in advance, you’ll likely still have your first choice of places to stay and visit during this busy period.

If winter in Europe sounds too chilly, then escape on a direct flight from the north east to Dubai. Sunlight and warm weather make it an ideal time to lounge around hotel pools or sunbathe,

To help with your planning we have included links to some of the holiday companies that we work with including our award winning tour operator brand Undiscovered Destinations. Since 2004 the company has been sending travellers all over the world on a wide range of small group tours and private tailor-made holidays.

Some of our favourite destinations to discover in December:

Dubai

Dubai offers a chance to escape the harsh temperatures of a northern hemisphere winter. Sunlight and warm weather make it an ideal time to lounge around hotel pools or sunbathe, although the seawater can sometimes still be a little too cold for swimming. It’s also a time when the emirate erupts with a host of festivals catering to many different interests, including the World Rugby Sevens Series and the Dubai International Film Festival. On and around the annual anniversary of the UAE’s independence, known as National Day, there are fireworks and often visual art shows.

Don’t miss: Dune bashing, desert safaris and Bedouin camps in the desert.

Flight time: 7 hours

Time difference: GMT +4

December Temperature (Day): 0 to 40°C, depending on region

December rainfall: 0 to 60mm, varies by region

Dubai Holidays

Lapland, Finland

What better place to visit in December than the official home of Santa Claus himself? Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, and is the very definition of a winter wonderland. With temperatures typically ranging between -4°C and -11°C, you’re guaranteed piles of snow.

Expect family-friendly travel experiences, as well as those best-suited for nature lovers. You can do everything from meeting old St Nick to experiencing the full majesty of the Northern Lights, deep in the forest. Cuisine is another highlight of Rovaniemi, where you’ll be able to eat rustic feasts of reindeer, lingonberries and leipäjuusto (a delightfully gooey ‘bread cheese’ dessert).

Don’t miss: Meeting the great man himself, Santa, which our owner Jim compared to having an audience with the Pope

Flight time: 2 hours

Time difference: GMT +2

December Temperature (Day): -4 to -11°C, depending on region

December rainfall: little rain, but expect lots of snow!

Finland Tours

Sierra Leone

For something completely different December is an excellent time to visit the West African country of Sierra Leone. Birders will find it to be a particularly rewarding time to visit. A culture forged first by avaricious slave-boats that choked the waters of Freetown’s huge natural harbour and then reclaimed by those liberated from the manacles of bondage, the Land of the Lioness Mountains is a unique and extraordinary place. Verdant palm-fringed shores boast picturesque beaches, the coast is dotted with idyllic islands harbouring sea turtles and mangrove dwarf crocodiles, and the interior that was once an impenetrable jungle of swamp, bush and trees but now offers huge diversity, from mountains and savanna-forest to agricultural plains and rainforest reserves.

Sierra Leone is a land of stunningly colourful diversity and the proud struggle of its people and its wildlife to survive and thrive.

Don’t miss: Relax on the spectacular Banana Islands

Flight time: 8 hours

Time difference: Generally no time difference

December Temperature (Day): 20 to 30°C, depending on region

December rainfall: 0 to 3mm, varies by region

Sierra Leone Tours

Cuba

December is the very beginning of Cuba’s dry season, offering bright, cloudless skies, warm temperatures and a serious lack of rain. Perfect if you’re exploring the capital, Havana, on foot or by classic top-down car.

Colourful and retro car-happy Havana seems an obvious choice, already high on many Cuban travel wish lists. So, if you have the time to spare, get out into Cuba’s varied regions and explore a side of the country that’s far off the well-trodden track.

Baracoa, a traditional sandy beach town, feels a million miles away from Havana’s neverending hustle, but it’s not just a relaxing jaunt – it’s a very poignant place to visit, as one of explorer Christopher Columbus’s first ever landing sites in the late 1400s. Trinidad has the colonial, colourful facades of Havana, with less of the noise, and is also an hour away from Sancti Spiritus, another rainbow-hued town well worth a stop.

Don’t miss: The charm, the soulful atmosphere and the unique culture and day to day life of the Cuban people

Flight time: 10 hours

Time difference: GMT -5

December Temperature (Day): 19 to 29°C, depending on region

December rainfall: 24 to 60mm, varies by region

Cuba Tours

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