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10 places to go in August

Wondering where is best to go in August? Here's our pick of the best places to visit in August, complete with top trip recommendations including family summer holiday tours.


1. Italy

Why not head to the Tuscany for the school summer holidays? Italy is perfect for summer, with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. Our fantastic Family Tuscan Active Adventure is a week packed full of fun activities. Stay in an agriturismo - a farmhouse run by a local family - which sits in the mountains where it’s a cooler, more comfortable temperature than the coast, and with fewer tourists. You and the kids will be kept busy with kayaking, trekking, cycling and canyoning, to name but a few of the activities.
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2. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

Estonia benefits from comfortable summer temperatures ranging from around 17-22°c, making it an ideal destination for cycling. Hop on a bike on our Cycling the Baltic States trip and you’ll journey through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. We make the most of the warmer weather as we spend each day outdoors and close to nature - with varied rides through forests, past lagoons and on the coast with chances to swim. 
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3. South Africa

Head to the coast of South Africa in August and there are extraordinary experiences to be had both on land and at sea. Enjoy South Africa’s Garden Route with us, and combine wildlife watching with wine-tasting and incredible scenery. August is a good time for whale watching from the shore, or on an optional boat trip, as southern right, Bryde's and humpback whales visit the coastal waters. We also visit Tsitsikamma National Park, a beautiful coastal park, where you can choose from walking, kayaking or zip-lining. And to top it all off, go on a game drive at Addo National Park, one of the best places to see elephants in the world, with a whopping 600 elephants living in the park. August is a great month to visit as it’s the dry season and is typically quieter. 
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4. Greece

Shimmering blue waters, sunny skies and delicious food – what could be better for a holiday in August? Greece is a tourist hotspot in the summer, but we’ve got a great way to enjoy it away from the crowds. Join our Family Caique Cruise and you’ll get to enjoy a week on a traditional Greek sailing boat, waking up to a new view of the Mediterranean every morning. It’s also the best way to enjoy the hot climate, as there are plenty of opportunities to drop anchor and jump in for a swim to cool off. We cruise around the island of Evia, one of the quieter islands, which has been voted in National Geographic’s Top 10 sailing cruises in the world.
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5. Peru

August is the dry season in Peru and temperatures are warm. This makes it a great time of year to hike the Inca Trail. June and July are generally the most popular months to visit so August can be slightly quieter on the trail, and there'll be fewer crowds when you reach majestic Machu Picchu. As well as the trek itself we'll visit colourful markets and explore the cobbled streets of Cusco. Plus, why not extend your trip with a stay in the Amazon rainforest? It’s the low-water season, when it’s generally warmer and has the lowest amount of rain.
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6. Croatia

Searching for a warm and sunny destination to take the family during the summer holidays? Croatia's Adriatic coastline is the ideal spot for on-water adventures on our Croatia family holiday. Explore sapphire-blue inlets by kayak, stand up paddle around rocky shorelines and snorkel from the pristine white-sand beaches of our picturesque hotel on the island of Lopud, just a short ferry ride from the charming historic town of Dubrovnik.
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7. Sri Lanka

Boasting two weeks of exploration, Sri Lanka in Depth is the perfect tour for hitting all the highlights of this iconic destination. Hop on a jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park for a chance to spot leopard, elephant and deer, and discover the cave temples of Dambulla, dating all the way from the 1st century BC. For pure relaxation, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage with aromatic oils, or a dip in the sea at Unawatuna Beach Resort.
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8. Botswana

August is in winter in Botswana and that means very little rain, warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. The dry season also means that the wildlife congregates around waterholes, making it a perfect time to go on safari game drives. Explore Botswana on our Botswana Lodge Safari tour and you’ll stay in premium lodges. The tour includes lots of game drives and a stay on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta Panhandle, a prime location for seeing Botswana’s birdlife.
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9. Canada

August is peak season for hiking in Canada, with long daylight hours and little rain. Explore the breath-taking views of Western Canada on our Walking in the Rockies tour, which features several hikes in spectacular national parks. On this adventure we spend eight nights camping in the forests, where you'll get to sit around the campfire and get a fantastic view of the night sky away from light pollution. On all of the hikes you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over mountains, lakes and glaciers.
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10. Georgia

Discover a hidden gem of Georgia while Hiking in the Georgian Caucasus. This is an off-the-beaten-track trip that explores the unique culture nestled among the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Visiting stunning waterfalls, lakes and summits, as well as hospitable mountain villages, you’ll learn all about the Svan people and their traditions.
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