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The best holidays to book for October 2023

The best holidays to book for October 2023

If you haven’t had enough of the sun yet, there are still places in October which revel in the warmth.

Head to the Middle East and explore Jordan, or make the most of Atlantic breezes with a sunny holiday in the Gambia or a hike along Portugal’s coast.

Take advantage of new flights to one of Translyvania’s loveliest cities, or closer to home lose yourself in the beauty of the Malvern Hills or the Kent coast.

Wherever you decide to have a holiday in October, take a look at some of these ideas to spark inspiration.

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Brasov Old Town, Transylvania

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Thanks to new Wizz Air flights, the Transylvanian city of Brasov is easier to reach. October is a splendid time to wander its cobbled streets filled with colourful baroque townhouses, all in the shadow of the Carpathian mountains. And, of course, there’s Bran Castle, the opulent setting that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Regent Holidays has a four-night break in Brasov, staying at the historic four-star Casa Wagner, from £785pp. The price includes flights, breakfast, a guided tour of Bran Castle and a visit to a bear sanctuary.


Spot monkeys and several dozen species of birds in the Gambia

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Birdwatching and beaches come together at Bakotu Hotel in the Gambia. Not only is Kotu Beach only a few paces away, but this laid-back family-run hotel has its own viewing platform overlooking Kotu Stream, where you can spot monkeys and several dozen species of birds. There’s also the outdoor pool and tropical gardens to relax in after you’ve followed the trails through the neighbouring nature reserve.

The Gambia Experience has a week at Bakotu Hotel from £1,099pp, B&B, including flights and transfers, departing 27 October.


Tour ancient English landscapes on foot

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As October’s colours transform our landscapes, get deep into nature on a five-night guided hike through the Malvern Hills. This Ramblers Walking Holidays tour takes you through ancient landscapes along the Geopark Way from Alfrick to Eastnor, with opportunities to explore Ledbury and Malvern.

The starting price of £580pp includes half-board accommodation and the services of a tour leader, departing 1 October.


Visit the Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum

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