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Autumn is a magical time of year, particularly for outdoor lovers. Autumn adventure holidays are the perfect way to extend your summer.

As the leaves begin to fall, forests turn into a riot of colour, as if painted red and gold. Before the cold of winter sets in, autumn is the perfect time to head out and explore our beautiful planet.

From forest-cloaked mountain foothills to cycle paths flanked by giant redwoods and tranquil oriental gardens, here’s our pick of the top five autumn holidays…

Autumn Trips

The French Alps

The French AlpsThe French Alps

The autumnal Alps are often overlooked, but the best way to make a rich hot chocolate taste better is after an invigorating trek through the mountains.

Spot marmots scurrying through the autumn leaves, enjoy cooler temperatures than the height of summer and of course the atmospheric mistiness of waking up amongst the peaks.

Taking you there: Trips to the Alps

Visit Japan

Japan's cherry blossomJapan in the autumn

World-famous for its springtime burst of cherry blossom, Japan is equally beautiful in the autumn. Wander through tranquil Zen gardens full of red acers and trickling water features, and feel your inner self realign with nature.

Taking you there: Japan Tours

The Himalaya

The HimalayaThe Himalaya

The Himalayas may not be the first destination that springs to mind when thinking about autumnal colours, however, the Annapurna Circuit is simply stunning during these months.

Ascend through the forest-cloaked foothills, stopping frequently to admire the sweeping burnt orange vistas of ancient forests punctuated only by soaring, snow-capped peaks.

Taking you there: Trips to Annapurna

Take on the world-famous sweep of South Africa’s beautiful coastal roads – by bike! Cycle through the famous Winelands, stopping to sample the local Stellenbosch vineyards best bottles, naturally.

But what makes autumn ideal is that it’s whale watching season – you’ll have the chance to see migratory whales off the coast.

Taking you there: Tours of South Africa

Find out more about our autumn adventure holidays below.