Volant Travel Tour Calendar

September 2017

Best Places to Visit in September
  • Africa: Tanzania, Kenya – You’ll see a lot of arrow-shaped tails flipping above the water, as if pointing to the whale beneath. In September, southern right whales arrive on the coast of Cape Town. In Kenya and Tanzania, zebra and wildebeest cross plains and rivers on the lookout for big cats and crocodiles.
  • Brazil: On September 7, you’ll be met with parades in the day and fireworks at night. Brazil celebrates Independence Day with lively carnivals, green and yellow flags flying. And since it’s the dry season, you can enjoy long hours in the sun for the festivities and all the wonderful attractions Brazil offers.
  • Croatia: Locals and visitors take advantage of the summer sun before it draws back its rays. Festivals abound, including the the ten-day Food Film Festival in Zagreb. The season wraps up with the electric Outlook Music Festival.
  • France: Farmers are starting to harvest their produce, so plentiful food will be showing up in markets. It’s also a great time to visit grape vineyards and go wine tasting. There are fewer crowds but sunny weather with just a hint of crisp air.
  • Germany: Join in the beginning revelries of Oktoberfest, when the people of Munich are fresh and having a great time in the bright, massive Schottenhamel tent. Leaves are beginning to turn, lighting up places like the Black Forest and the hills of Bavaria.
  • Iceland: Like ribbons drawn across the heavens by invisible dancers, the Northern Lights turn the night sky into a colorful spectacle. They start appearing in September before the stormy winter clouds settle in. You also might witness one of Iceland’s oldest traditions―Réttir, when farmers, family, and friends round up sheep from the mountains, followed by a night of celebrations.
  • Israel:
  • Italy: Cheer with Venetians at the boat race Regatta Storica, and feast on Italian cuisine during the Festa di San Gennaro outside of Naples Cathedral. Now is the best time to appreciate the September harvest, as Italy is famous for putting it to good use.
  • Jordan:
  • Peru: Peruvian winter, driest season
  • South Africa:
  • Spain: You may come across a procession of animals parading down the streets of Barcelona―or rather, people dressed as animals. It is La Mercè, created in honor of its patron saint and the climax of Barcelona’s festivals.
  • Switzerland: best month for high altitude hiking & other outdoor activities
  • United States of America: Free of large crowds and still warm, September is a wonderful time to explore a nation as diverse as several countries combined.
Confirmed Trips
  • September 3 – 13 – SWITZERLAND: HAUTE ROUTE – Trekking Switzerland’s iconic backcountry trail
  • August 15 – September 5 – BEST OF U.K. – England: London, Lake District, Bath, Stonehenge; Scotland: Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Trossachs National Park
  • September 23 – October 13 – BEST OF AFRICA – South Africa, Zimbabwe & Kenya
  • September 22 – October 7 – NEPAL: EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK – Kathmandu; Trek among the highest mountains in the world

October 2017

Best Places to Visit in October
Confirmed Trips
  • September 30 – October 23 – BEST OF FRANCE – Paris, Normandy, Mt. St. Michel, Loire Valley, French Riveria, Versailles
  • October 8 – 22 –  BEST OF AFRICA – South Africa, Zimbabwe & Kenya
  • October 10 – 26 – BEST OF ICELAND – Blue Lagoon; Golden Circle; Vatnajokull Glacier; Jokullsarlon

November 2017

Best Places to Visit in November
  • Brazil: Southern Brazil dry month
  • France: Admire and shop at Fine Arts Paris, a new fine arts and antiques fair coming in November. On Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the annual “new wine” hits the shelves all over France; feel free to join the French in pulling out the corks, although you might hesitate before climbing into a wine bath. Also get a taste of early Christmas as Christmas markets pop up all over France.
  • Germany: Fans of Bach and other piano composers will love Würzburg Bach Days. Those who lean toward jazz can check out the Berlin Jazzfest. And as Christmas approaches and markets appear, ice skate across the magical backdrop of Berlin’s light show in the Botanical Gardens.
  • Nepal
Confirmed Trips
  • October 22 – November 7 – BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL – Spain: Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona; Portugal: Lisbon, Porto
  • November 1-17 – BEST OF CROATIA – Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • November 10 – 21 – BEST OF HAWAII – Kauai, Maui, Big Island, Oahu

December 2017

Best Places to Visit in December
Confirmed Trips
  • December 1 – 12 – Best of Hawaii

January 2018

Best Places to Visit in January
Confirmed Trips
  • January 4-16 – BEST OF NORTHERN FRANCE – Paris; Normandy; Mt. Saint Michel; St. Malo; Loire Valley; Chartres; Versailles
  • January 19 – February 1 – PATAGONIA TREKKING: Torres Del Paine National Park, ChileThe Patagonian Classic O Route

February 2018

Best Places to Visit in February
Confirmed Trips
  • February 19-27 – MACHU PICCHU & THE SACRED VALLEY
  • February 19 – March 20 – EXPLORE SOUTH AMERICA – Brazil: Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro; Ecuador: Galapagos Islands; Peru: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca; Argentina: Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno, Patagonia
  • February 26 – March 11 – PATAGONIA TREKKING: Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile; Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Backcountry, Argentina

March 2018

Best Places to Visit in March
Confirmed Trips
  • February 26 – March 11 – PATAGONIA TREKKING: Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile; Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Backcountry, Argentina
  • March 17 – April 1 –  NEPAL: EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK – Kathmandu; Trek among the highest mountains in the world

April 2018

Best Places to Visit in April
Confirmed Trips
  • April 5 – 19 – BEST OF ISRAEL & JORDAN – Jerusalem; Sea of Galilee; Dead Sea; Petra; Amman
  • April 5- 25 – BEST OF PERU – Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Punu, Lake Titicaca, Floating Islands of Uros, Arequipa, Colca Canyon & Lima

May 2018

Best Places to Visit in May
Confirmed Trips
  • May 8 – 18 – BEST OF IRELAND – Dublin; Giant’s Causeway; Blarney Castle
  • May 9 – 29 – BEST OF GERMANY & AUSTRIA – Berlin, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Rhine Valley

June 2018

Best Places to Visit in June
Confirmed Trips

July 2018

Best Places to Visit in July
Confirmed Trips
  • July 2 – 11  BEST OF ICELAND – Blue Lagoon; Golden Circle; Vatnajokull Glacier; Jokullsarlon
  • July 8 – 22 BEST OF AFRICA – South Africa, Zimbabwe & Kenya

August 2018

Best Places to Visit in August
Confirmed Trips
  • July 24 – August 4 – SWITZERLAND: HAUTE ROUTE – Trekking Switzerland’s iconic backcountry trail
  • August 8 – 18 – SWITZERLAND: DELUXE HAUTE ROUTE – Trekking Switzerland’s iconic backcountry trail in style
  • August 21 – September 1 – SWITZERLAND: HAUTE ROUTE – Trekking Switzerland’s iconic backcountry trail
  • August 15 – September 5 – BEST OF U.K. – England: London, Lake District, Bath, Stonehenge; Scotland: Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Trossachs National Park, St. Andrews

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