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India &  Indian Ocean

The Best Time to Visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is in Spring and Autumn, when the weather is mild and all the major festivals take place. Spring lasts from March to May and Autumn lasts for September to November. Autumn benefits from clear blue skies and is great for bird lovers. In Spring, skies are not so clear but offers beautiful blooming flowers. July and August often comes with heavy downpours and occasionally with flooding. During the summer and monsoon season ( June to early September), you may encounter rain while in winter  (December to February), it can be quite cold in Bhutan.


The Best Time to Visit India

The best time to visit India is from October to March.  India has eight climatic zones  so it is always adviseable to check the climate relevant to the area you are travelling, prior to booking your holiday.


The Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is between November and April. The period from November to April is the driest season on the south west coast and up in the hills. This is where you find some of the best beaches.


The Best Time to Visit Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and March, when the weather is dry and sunny with very little wind, and the region receives up to 10 hours of sunshine per day.  The climate of the Maldives is tropical, which means hot, humid and dry weather.

Two monsoon systems dominate the weather pattern of the Maldives, and bring both a rainy and dry season each year. The northeast monsoon occurs from November to April, creating the dry season and calm sunny days.  The southwest monsoon occurs from July to August creating the wet rainy season.


The Best Time to Visit Mauritius

The best time to visit Mauritius is between April and June or between September and November.  Mauritius has a tropical maritime climate with only two seasons, summer and winter with very little seasonal variation in temperature.  Winter, from May to October is warm and dry. Summer from November to April is humid mainly on the coastal part of the island as well as hot and rainy.  January and February are the warmest months with the possibility of cyclones or tropical storms between January and March.

December through March is the best time for diving, when the waters are at their clearest; June through August is best for surfing; and October through April is excellent for big game fishing.

The sun shines from nine to seven in the evening during the summer and from six in morning to six in the evening during the winter.

The Best Time to Visit Seychelles

The best time to visit the Seychelles is during the southeast monsoon season which lasts from late May to September when both temperatures and rainfall are at their lowest. The warmer and wetter season is during the northwest monsoon which lasts from March to early May

The Seychelles have a warm and humid climate but due to every location not being far from the  sea, there is usually a nice and cool breeze during most of the year.

 

 

 

The Far East

The Best Time to Visit Cambodia

The best time to visit Cambodia is in December and January due to the lower humidity, cooler temperatures and less rain.  The wet season in Cambodia is from May to October. Beginning in February the temperature continues to climb getting hotter by the month so once in April the temperatures are almost unbearable.


The Best Time to Visit China

The best months to visit China are April, May, September and October.  While China is a year-round destination, the months of May, September, and October are ideal months for travel anywhere in the country.  Chinas climate varies greatly but is characterised by hot summers and cold winters.


The Best Time to Visit Hong Kong

The best time to visit Hong Kong is from the middle of September to the end of February, when the weather is cooler. The best months of the year to visit Hong Kong are October, November and December as sunny clear days are more frequent. During the summer months, June to August, the heat and rain tend to make it very humid.


The Best Time to Visit Indonesia

The best time to visit Indonesia is during the dry season between April and October. The humidity is reduced and weather is pleasant at this time of the year. Though travel in the wet season is possible in most parts of Indonesia, it can be a deterrent to some activities.


The Best Time to Visit Japan

The best time to visit Japan depends on what you want to see and where you want to travel.  The Japanese Archipelago covers 20 degrees of latitude and 23 degrees of longitude which creates a varied climate across the Country.  The north island of Hokkaido has a temperate climate and Okinawa in the far south, a sub-tropical climate.

Basically, Japan has four distinct seasons. Spring months are March, April, and May. Summer months are June, July, and August. Autumn months are September, October, and November. Winter months are December, January, and February.   During the winter, it snows a lot on the Sea of Japan side, and it is dry on the Pacific Ocean side.   Everyone has his or her favourite, but most travellers believe spring and autumn are the best times to visit. From late March to the early May, you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms throughout Japan.   The cherry blossom begins its journey northward in mid-March, reaching Kyoto and Tokyo by early April, and finally arriving in Sapporo by early May.  During autumn, the changing colour of the leaves provides a wonderful backdrop, and the weather is very conducive to easy travel.   The autumn leaves start turning in the high peaks of Hokkaido in mid-October and cascading south to Kyoto by mid-November.  There are more festivals and traditional events in Japan during autumn in comparison with other times of the year.   Golden Week runs from the end of April through May 5 and is a popular vacation time for the Japanese.

Okinawa is said to have the most beautiful beaches in all of Japan and normally enjoys temperatures of over 20 degree Celsius for most of the year.  May and October offer the best weather with the least chance of typhoons.  Summer is the peak season but also brings the most rainfall and a threat of high winds.

If you enjoy the ‘great outdoors’ including hiking, then the summer months offer the best conditions to visit Hokkaido’s national parks and the Japanese Alps.


The Best Time to Visit Malaysia & Borneo

The best time to visit Malaysia is May to September. Malaysia is hot and humid all year with short downpours of rain.  If however you want to travel to Langkawi or Borneo be aware that the rainy season in Langkawi is from mid August to November (although there are many conflicting accounts of when the rainy season starts and finishes in Langkawi) and the monsoon season in Borneo is from November to February.


The Best Time to Visit The Philippines

The best time to visit the Philippines is from the middle of December to the middle of May, if you want to avoid any typhoons.  If you want to avoid a hot month, then avoid May which can be uncomfortably hot.

If you are interested in colourful festivals then January, May and December are the best months to visit the Philippines.  If your itinerary includes visits to the rice terraces in North Luzon, the best time to do this would be in March and April as the weather is pleasantly warm.


The Best Time to Visit Singapore

The best time to visit Singapore is between July and October or between January and April. Singapore is hot and humid all year with short downpours of rain.  Usually May and June are the hottest months and November and December are the wettest seasons in Singapore.


The Best Time to Visit Thailand

The best time to visit Thailand is from November to April.  The exceptions are Koh Samui, which is best visited from December to June, Hua Hin – December to September and Chaing Mai – November to April.


The Best Time to Visit Vietnam

If you’re planning a trip to cover all of the Country the best time to visit Vietnam is from February to April.

Because of its geography, the climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south. Tropical monsoons occur from May to October in the north and south and from September to January in the centre. It is almost totally dry throughout the rest of the year.

 

Australasia

The Best Time to Visit Australia

The best time to visit most areas of Australia are November to March.  The best time to visit  the Northern Territory, Kimberley and Tropical North Queensland is April to November.


The Best Time to Visit Fiji

The best time to plan a visit Fiji is probably between the cooler and drier months of May to October.  Humidity and temperatures are at their peak between January and March.


The Best Time to Visit New Zealand

The best time to visit  New Zealand are during the warmest months from December to April.  New Zealand’s seasons are the opposite to the UK but not as extreme.


The Best Time to Visit Tahiti

The best time to visit Tahiti is during the cooler, drier months from June to October although Tahiti enjoys a year – round tropical climate.

 

The Middle East & North Africa

The Best Time to Visit Abu Dhabi

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is during the UK’s winter months (December to February) when temperatures are perfect and the climate less humid than during July and August when it can be very hot indeed.


The Best Time to Visit Dubai

The best time of the year to visit the Dubai is between November and April, when the weather is coolest. The rest of the year can be very hot indeed.


The Best Time to Visit Egypt

The best time to visit Egypt runs from mid October to May, when the weather is coolest.  The rest of the year can be very hot indeed.


The Best Time to Visit Jordan

The best time to visit Jordan climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren’t too extreme.   For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates.


The Best Time to Visit Morocco

Best times to visit Morocco is February to April and September to November as mid-summer temperatures can be unbearably hot.  Morocco has a hot dry, continental climate with exceptionally hot temperatures in July and August, winters are mild.


The Best Time to Visit Oman

The best time to visit Oman are the temperate months of mid-October to mid-March.  Temperatures outside of these months can be extremeley hot.


The Best Time to Visit Tunisia

The best time to visit Tunisia are the spring months between March and June and the autumn months between September and October.  The heat of July and August is enjoyable on the breezy coast or Tunis but hard going in the baking desert and Sahara towns.

 

Africa

The Best Time to Visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana to view large herds as they gather at water sources is in the dry season from July to October.  December to March is the green season: the country looks beautiful, birding is at it best, and there is good game viewing.


The Best Time to Visit Kenya

The best time to visit Kenya is traditionally July – February. The best time to go on safari is from July to September, as this is when the Mara provides one of nature’s most dramatic spectacles, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebras, teeming from the south to cross the Mara river into the Masai Mara National Reserve.  The wetest season is from March to May, which may affect your Safari, as some roads may not be accessible.


The Best Time to Visit Namibia

Etosha National Park is and The best time to visit Namibia’s prime safari destination, Etosha National Park,  is from May to September. This is Namibia’s dry season (despite being mostly desert, there are still seasons in Namibia!) and animals congregate around the water holes making viewing easier.

Many birders come to Namibia, and the best time to visit is during the summer months from December to March, but be prepared for some very hot and humid weather.


The Best Time to Visit Rwanda

The best time to visit Rwanda is from June to mid-September during the long dry season.   The ‘rainy season’ lasts from about March to May, when the rain is heavy and persistent.

October to November is a shorter rainy season and it’s followed by a short dry season from December to February.

During both of Rwanda’s dry seasons, there is often light cloud cover. This helps to moderate the temperatures, but also occasionally brings light rain showers.


The Best Time to Visit South Africa

The best time to visit South Africa depends on what you want to do. The best time for game watching  in the northern game reserves is from April to October.  The Mediterranean climate along the Garden Route means this region is best visited between August and April.


The Best Time to Visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania, if your main objective is to see large quantities of animals, is between June and October – Tanzania’s dry season.  January to March is hot and dry with a lot of rainfall between  April and early June.  Between June and October it is warm and dry during the day but cold at night.  The short rains occur between October and mid December.

The Best Time to Visit Zanzibar

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the long dry season throughout June, July, August, September and October. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it’s usually  fine with clear skies and sunny weather.  Generally the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, last during March, April and May.  During November and December there’s another rainy season: the ‘short rains’. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable.

If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months during January and February, Tanzania’s ‘short dry season’, before starting to rain again in earnest in March.

 

The Caribbean

The Best Time to Visit Anguilla

The best time to visit Anguilla is between Decemeber and May, as summer months bring hurricanes and higher temperatures. Hurricane season lasts from June to October, and the rainy season lasts from August to November.


The Best Time to Visit Antigua

The best time to visit Antigua is from  December to May. Antigua has a warm and sunny climate all year round. There is usually a steady breeze, keeping the temperature comfortable. When it rains, it’s usually a quick shower followed by more blue skies.


The Best Time to Visit The Bahamas

The best time to visit the Bahamas is between December and May, as summer months bring hurricanes and higher temperatures. Hurricane season lasts from June to October, and the rainy season lasts from August to November.


The Best Time to Visit Barbados

The best time to visit Barbados is between December and May however Barbados claims to enjoy 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, making almost any month of the year a good time to visit.  Weather in Barbados, like most places in the Caribbean, doesn’t vary much from season to season. The average annual temperature in Barbados is 24-31C.  Summer brings slightly hotter weather, and in summer and autumn there’s a greater chance of tropical storms and hurricanes. The hurricane season officially lasts from 1 June  to 30 November when rainfall and humidity increases.  Humidity is at its highest from August to October. Average sunshine hours per day are eight to 10 from November to March and eight to nine from April to October.


The Best Time to Visit The Cayman Islands

The best time to visit Grand Cayman is between December and May.  Grand Cayman is a year round holiday destination.   The temperature is good year round, but the humidity is higher in hurricane season (June to November) with a greater possibility of tropical showers.


The Best Time to Visit Cuba

The best time to visit Cuba is between December and April.  Cuba enjoys a warm, temperate climate year round.  May to October is the rainy season and can be humid. The winter months are peak tourism season for Cuba. Hurricanes do hit Cuba from time to time and are most likely from September through October.


The Best Time to Visit Grenada

The best time to visit Grenada is between December to January.  The driest season is between January and May. Even during the ‘rainy’ season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.


The Best Time to Visit Jamaica

The best time to visit Jamaica is from December to January, with the driest season being between January and May.  The hurricane season falls between July and  October.  The temperature is always hot, but the humidity is higher in hurricane season with a greater possibility of tropical showers.


The Best Time to Visit Martinique

The best time to visit Martinique is from February to May when the climate is cool and dry.  On Martinique there are two distinct seasons, the dry season between December and May and the rainy, humid and hot season, between June and November.  The months between June and November are those where the island may be affected by tropical cyclones.


The Best Time to Visit St. Barts

The best time to visit St Barts is during the dry season between December and May.  Between June and November it is generally the more humid season. However,  it is recognised that  rain or clear skies can occur at any time during the year.


The Best Time to Visit St. Kitts & Nevis

The best time to visit St Kitts & Nevis is between December and April.  St Kitts and Nevis  enjoys a hot and tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year. The driest period is from January to April and there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year. The volume of rain varies according to altitude. The wettest season is from May to October with tropical hurricanes  most likely to develop between August and October.


The Best Time to Visit St. Lucia

The best time to visit St Lucia is between December and May as this is the driest period.  Between June and November, there is increased rainfall.


The Best Time to Visit St. Vincent & The Grenedines

The best time to visit St Vincent & The Granadines is between December and May.  The island experiences a tropical climate year round.  The hottest months are May to September.  The dry season is from December to June and the ‘rainy’ season is July to November, with August being the wettest month of the year.


The Best Time to Visit Tobago

The best time to visit Tobago is between December and May.  The tropical climate is tempered by northeast trade winds. The dry season is from December to May, but it is hottest between June and October. The climate in Tobago is pleasant most of the year and although May, June and July can be wet at times, the differentiation between the wet and dry seasons is much less acute.


The Best Time to Visit Turks & Caicos

The best time to visit Turks & Caicos is between December and May.   The tropical climate is tempered by trade winds. Hurricanes and tropical storms (with flooding) can strike between July to November.


The Best Time to Visit The British Virgin Islands

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands is between December and May.  The climate is subtropical and tempered by trade winds. There is little variation between summer and winter. Rainfall is low, varying slightly from island to island. Night-time temperatures drop to a comfortable level.  The primary hurricane season is from June to November.

 

The Americas

The Best Time to Visit Argentina (Buenos Aires)

Argentina’s weather is characterised by cool, dry weather in the South and warmer, humid air in the centre.

The best time to visit Buenos Aires is in the Autumn (March – May) or Spring (Sept – Nov) when temperatures are quite mild.

The best time to plan a trip to Patagonia and the southern Andes is during the  summer (Dec – Feb), when days are longer and warmer.  Winter (June-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided or spring (Aug-Oct) when temperatures are mild and the crowds have cleared.


The Best Time to Visit Brazil

The best time to visit Rio de Janeiro is between December and March.  The climate varies considerably across Brazil from hot and dry in the arid interior to the humid tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. Coastal Brazil tends to be hot and sticky for most of the year but it can get cold in the south and in the mountains during the winter months. ‘Rainy’ seasons occur from January to April in the north, April to July in the northeast and November to March in the Rio/São Paulo area.


The Best Time to Visit Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world with 10 Provinces and 3 Territories so the best time to visit will vary considerably.  In very general terms, the best time to visit Canada is during the autumn months, mainly September and October,  which provides an excellent opportunity for photographers. Summer months witness the best weather  but also suffers from the largest influx of travellers.


The Best Time to Visit The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are very much a year round destination although the climate is divided roughly into two seasons – a hot and wet season from January to June that sees blue skies intersperesed with showers, and a cooler, drier season from July to December that is cloudier. During July and August the wind can be stronger which may pick up the waves. If you are not restricted to a speific time to visit then you may want to consider visiting between January and  May although August has distinct advantages. For divers, the Humboldt Current means the water may be colder than at other times of the year, but also brings with it plankton galore which the aquatic inhabitants and seabirds feast on. The island animals are also at their most active, and this is the time to witness the courtship displays of the many seabirds.


The Best Time to Visit Hawaii

The weather in Hawaii can be simply divided into two seasons, namely winter and summer. In winter, which is from mid-October to April, there is generally more rain, especially in November and December. The Summer takes over from May to mid-October. This is the best time for beach activites such as surfing the waves and scuba diving in Hawaii.   The hurricane season in Hawaii is from June into November. Fortunately, hurricanes, or typhoons as they are called in the Pacific, do not hit the Hawaiian islands as often as they have been hitting Florida.

The whales start arriving 15 December to the end of February and sometimes as late as mid-March.


The Best Time to Visit Mexico

The best time to visit Mexcico is between October and May.  May to September can be rather hot and humid, particularly in the south while, from December to February, inland temperatures can approach freezing point.


The Best Time to Visit Peru

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in May or October when it’s milder at night and dry and sunny during the day.  The rainy season falls from November to March.  Peru’s climate varies considerably from region to region so please check the cimate appropriate to the region you intend travelling through prior to booking your holiday.


The Best Time to Visit Florida, USA

The best time to visit Northern Florida (North of Orlando and Disneyworld is between May and September due to the temperate-hot climate.   Winter (December-April) is the off-peak period in northern Florida, and there are some cold days, though temperatures are normally very pleasanrt.  June to October is the hurricane period.

 

Europe

The Best Time to Visit Spain

The best time to visit the Costa Del Sol is between May and October. On the Costa Del Sol springs are warm whereas July and August are hot, which could appeal for people looking for a beach holiday.  Tenerife and Gran Canarias climate is constantly warm for most of the year with July and August being hot.


The Best Time to Visit Italy

The best time to visit Italy is between May and October. September, October, April and May are the most appealing months in terms of weather.  July and August are very hot, which could appeal for people looking for a beach holiday, but is not so comfortable if you wish to take excursions.


The Best Time to Visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal is between May and October.  the best months are probabaly between May and June and September and October, when the weather isn’t too hot.  July and August are typically hot, which could appeal to those looking for a beach holiday.   Madeira remains pleasantly warm over the winter months.


The Best Time to Visit France

The best time to visit France is between May and October.  France is relatively mild climate year round, though winters can be chilly and summers hot.  May, June and September are good months to enjoy the sun yet avoid the crowds that July and August bring.


The Best Time to Visit Turkey

The best time to visit Turkey is between May and October.  Marmara and the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild, wet winters.


The Best Time to Visit Greece

The best time to visit Greece is between July and August although it can get quite hot!  Many of our clients prefer to visit Greece in May, June, September and even October. The weather on the islands is still hot and it’s still hot enough to swim!


The Best Time to Visit Cyprus

The best time to visit  Cyprus is between May and October.  During the summer, high daytime temperatures are tempered by cooling sea breezes.  The ‘rainy’ season lasts from December to February.


The Best Time to Visit Madeira

The best time to visit Madeira is during the summer months of May to September, with July and August typically being the driest months. May and June are the best times to visit Madeira for flowers and fauna.


The Best Time to Visit Austria

People visit Austria at many times of the year.  Austria offers some of the best ski resorts in the world in the winter between December  and March.  The summer months offers the most pleasant climate for outdoor activities such as climbing and white water rafting.

Winter temperatures are low, but still comfortable, while in the summer months, the climate is hot, with long sunny days.


The Best Time to Visit Switzerland

Switzerland offers a wide variety of things to do and see, whatever the season. Summer (June until September) offers the best climate for outdoor activities.

Winter sports venues begin operating in late November and close down when the snow begins to melt in spring.


The Best Time to Visit Cape Verde

The best time to visit Cape Verde is from August to October, when the weather is warm.  Winds can be quite strong all year round and at times the northeast tradewinds can be particularly strong however this means that humidity is low.  Cape Verde is a marine extension of the Sahara. Consequently, the islands benefit from a dry, moderate climate throughout the year. Rainfall is regular and tends to arrive in short bursts between August and Oct.


The Best Time to Visit The Czech Republic

The best time of year to visit Prague and the Czech Republic is late spring, summer, or early Autumn.

The weather in Prague is mild in the spring and early autumn, and warm in the summer. Late autumn and winter in Prague are cold with plenty of rain and snow in the Czech Republic.


The Best Time to Visit Russia

Due to Russia’s expansive area, it can be visited all year round and offers all extremes of climates and weather conditions.  It is true to say, though, that December, January and February tend to be the coldest months and May, june and July are the hotest months.  Russia is most beautiful in winter. After all, it is a northern country (coldest in the world) that spends 8/12 months in winter.  Summer is the best time to visit Russia, if you don’t like the cold, with light evenings and warm temperatures, but also the busiest time to visit Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian railway. Spring and autumn offer an excellent opportunity to experience European Russia in relative peace, while many consider St Petersburg at its best in the glittering snow.


The Best Time to Visit Denmark

The best time to visit Denmark is during the high season that runs roughly from the middle of May through until the middle of October.  Summer in Denmark tends to be hotter than you would imagine, due to the long hours of sunshine, and the warming effects of the Gulf Stream.


The Best Time to Visit Iceland

The best time to visit Iceland is probably June up to the end of August.  During June, July and August it’s most warm and the weather is mild and comfortable.   There are bright summer days, especially by the end of June the sun is above the horizon nearly the whole night. From the beginning of July all high land routes are opened. The northern lights can be seen during the darkest months of November to March. The ICEHOTEL is available from mid-December to mid-April.


The Best Time to Visit Hungary

With mild temperatures and fewer tourists, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Hungary, though May can be one of the wettest months.  Dark days and dipping temperatures dominate the winter season with January and February being the coldest months. Summer is hot and humid, particularly in July and August which is its busiest times, particularly in Budapest and in the resorts around Lake Balaton.


The Best Time to Visit Norway

Norway is one of the few countries that experiences all four seasons. Each season has its own charm and activity associated to it.   There is therefore no ideal time for visiting Morway but people generally believe that the best time to visit Norway is from May to September.


The Best Time to Visit Sweden

Sweden’s temperature is hard to classify, which isn’t difficult to comprehend when you consider that the upper tenth of Sweden lies north of the Arctic Circle. When it comes to weather, the best time to visit Sweden is from June to August however  the months of spring and autumn, notably May through June and the month of September, are almost prettier than the Swedish summers, when the wild flowers burst into bloom.  Of course, one of the most eerie and fascinating things you can experience in Sweden is to see the shimmering northern lights, and they can be viewed only in the winter.

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