• Ride the iconic Trans-Siberian rail route during Siberia's summer
  • July sees the great migration in Kenya
  • Cyclone free and cool - Reunion
  • The steamy red centre of Australia cools off in July

Honeymoon destinations: July

Long days, clear skies and sunshine reign throughout Europe and right across Central Asia (though early July travel is better, to avoid school holiday crowds)

Go further east - India, Thailand, Vietnam - and expect torrential rains, which can make travel trickier. The clouds have lifted from southern Africa and dry weather draws game to remaining waterholes. Much of tropical Latin America is off-season, but wildlife-spotting in Brazil's Pantanal and Amazon is at its best.


Gay couples, straight couples and newlyweds - look no further than Amsterdam

Amsterdam in July offers a real party atmosphere. The festival sounds of jazz, reggae, rock and dance music raise the roof of the city throughout the month, not to mention it ends with one of the world's most renowned Gay Pride events.


Some to some of the world's greatest game reserves (the Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli, Lewa), it's always possible to spot wildlife somewhere in Kenya. But July sees the Great Migration - the movement of millions of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra - arrive in the southern Masai Mara. Observing the herds crossing the Mara River, where they run the gauntlet of lions and crocs, is a thrilling experience. Plus some of the country's most romantic lodges are here; a stay at one of these will include gourmet meals and a range of safaris.

Romantic Road, Germany

This dreamy route wends for 290km from Würzburg through the foothills of the Bavarian Alps to Füssen, passing cutesy medieval towns and turreted castles en route. Use the gateways of Munich or Frankfurt to access the road, then cycle or drive through its forgotten countryside; be sure to stop in the quaint hamlet of Kissing!

Red Centre, Australia

The steamy Red Centre cools off in July: days are still warm, though nights can be brisk (wear layers if sleeping out in a swag). Get there via the Ghan train (in Platinum Class, for a treat), which runs from Darwin, via Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock), down to graceful Adelaide.


July is a great month to track the mountain gorillas of Bwindi National Park, as weather is drier and cool. It's busy though - limited permits sell out fast so advance booking is essential. Add on a chimpanzee safari in Kibale National Park and a boat trip to the mouth of the Nile to admire thundering Murchison Falls. 


This Indian Ocean French département is cyclone-free and cool (a mellow 22°C) April-October, ideal for hikes into the interior, where rainforest-covered peaks give way to lava fields and Creole villages. Must-dos include a helicopter trip up to Piton de la Fournaise volcano and a snorkel down to the colourful reefs.

Trans-Siberian, Russia

Ride this iconic rail route during Siberia's summer. The luxury Golden Eagle service will whisk you 10,000km from Moscow to Vladivostok (detouring to Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar for July's Nadaam Festival, when 1,000 men wrestle in pants!). Or take the regular train: less plush but better for sharing vodka.

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