Great Rail Journeys has brought together a collection of the top 10 destinations and itineraries for autumn tours, which aim to showcase the beauty of the season. Here are the top ten:
1. New England
The weather may be wet and windy, but bright red and yellow leaves stand out even more against a grey sky. For the best chance of autumn hues, visit between mid-September and mid-October.
The 10-day New England in the Fall tour includes: Falmouth and Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Amtrak’s Downeaster Railway Journey, Mount Washington Cog Railway, North Conway Scenic Railroad, Mount Washington Valley, White Mountains, Boston including a sightseeing tour, Whale watching cruise by catamaran
2. New Delhi
Autumn in India has milder weather with the monsoon season over; with highs of just under 30°C, the climate is usually pleasant.
The 13-day ‘India’s Golden Triangle’ tour includes: New and Old Delhi, Toy Train rail journey to Shimla, Shimla and the Shivalik Himalaya, The Taj Mahal, Arga Fort, The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Palace of the Winds.
Dewy fields, imperious mountains, and scenic beauty are to be found in autumn in Scotland. Take a hike through the hills, before retiring with a whisky – preferably before a roaring fire.
The 5-day ‘Highland Adventure’ tour includes: Inverness, journey on the Jacobite Steam Train, journey on the Kyle Line, Eilean Donan Castle, journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway, journey on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway.
For quieter crowds and calmer weather on the Amalfi Coast, autumn is a great time to visit. Soak up views across the Bay of Naples, or make the day trip to Pompeii for an insight into Italy’s ancient past.
The 12-day ‘Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast’ tour includes: Rome, including a guided tour, Sorrento & Pompeii, Positano & The glorious Amalfi Coast, Lunch on the Amalfi Coast, Herculaneum, Capri
5. The Cotswolds
Classic British beauty and the charm of rural England: the Cotswalds have browning leaves and brisk air which make for a great backdrop for a walk.
The 6-day ‘Stratford at Christmas’ tour includes: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Severn Valley Railway, Warwick Castle, Guided walking tour of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Festive Christmas meals.
6. Nepal and Agra
Autumn is considered one of the best times to visit Nepal, with the monsoon season past – and dry, pleasant weather to be enjoyed.
The 18-day ‘Grand Tour of India & Nepal’ itinerary includes: The Golden Temple of Amritsar, Taj Mahal & Agra Fort, Old and New Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi & the Holy Ganges, Kathmandu, Patan’s Durban Square, Jeep and river safari in Chitwan National Park, Pokhara and the Himalayas
The setting for fictional King’s Landing from television series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik’s ancient town still has pleasant temperatures in autumn, plus Baroque architecture to add a historical edge to your holiday.
The 10-day ‘Islands and Cities of the Sparkling Dalmatian Coast’ tour includes MV Fantazija, Zagreb, Split, Korcula, Mijet National Park, Dubrovnik, Oyster tasting in Ston, Hvar, Bol
A city steeped in history, the Czech capital’s food suits the milder weather, with stews and beer featuring commonly as hearty staples, that accompanies the general atmosphere of autumn.
The 11-day ‘Classic Elbe Cruise’ includes: Berlin, Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen & Dresden, Bad Schandau, Litomerice & Prague
Portugal’s capital has historic sights and cobbled streets, local treats such as roasted chestnuts, charming local cafés and many fascinating museums.
The 15-day ‘Portugal & the Douro’ includes: Salamanca & San Sebastian, Full-day Douro River Cruise, Dinner on a Port wine estate, Porto city tour, Guimaraes and Bom Jesus do Monte, Dinner at Taylors Port Cellars, historic tram tour of Lisbon, Pinhao & Sintra, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
The Tiergarten park, in the German capital, comes alive at this time of year including with the Festival of Lights, and the hearty local cuisine and beer make a great recipe for an autumn escape.
The 13-day ‘Grand Imperial Cities’ tour includes: Vienna, including a city tour, Schonbrunn Palace, Budapest including a city tour, The Children’s Railway, Apfelstrudel and coffee in Vienna, Dinner cruise on the Danube, Prague including a guided tour, Berlin including a city tour, Free time in Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Berlin
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Louise Heatley, head of product and contracting at Great Rail Journeys said: “Autumn is the perfect time to travel. It’s not too hot and the landscapes are beautiful with rich and vibrant colours.
“My favourite part of travel in this season is the lack of crowds. Whether you want to see some of the rich colours that the UK has on offer, or travel further afield to warmer climes without the crowds, autumn is a great time to travel.”