• 8 August 2021

At Expat Explore we’re all about living life between the beats – in fact, the popularity of our tours can largely be ascribed to the fact that we aren’t scared to stroll down the road less travelled, which just so happens to be where we’ve found many of the gems that feature on our best-loved excursions.

Today we’d like to share one of the travel industry’s best-kept secrets. Are you ready? Okay, here we go:


There, we’ve said it; cat’s out the bag! Here are a few reasons why it is an absolutely wonderful idea to pack your bags and head for Europe in mid/late August to mid/late October:

There is no prettier time of year

We’ve never quite understood why autumn is so underrated. Sure, summer is all about azure skies and balmy beach trips, but autumn has a charm all of its own – think crisp mornings, cosy evenings and sunny afternoons bathed in golden light. Europe in autumn becomes a real-life fairytale; every castle and stately home surrounded by trees that are decked out in shades of amber, russet and saffron. You have to see it to believe it. Plus, you can take the most amazing photos while on tour!

Neuschwanstein Castle in Southwest Bavaria, Germany.
Beautiful vineyards in Northern Italy.
It’s less crowded and more authentic

Because autumn is not normally viewed as the ideal time to visit Europe, there are fewer travellers around. Granted, this means that certain tourist destinations are closed, but those that remain open are wonderfully free of queues and are just waiting to be explored at your leisure. At this time of year, you are also able to get a taste of the real spirit of each destination. When peak season is over, locals settle back into their true lifestyles and routines.

Budapest, Hungary is even more beautiful during autumn.
Off-season rates are far more affordable

If you’re travelling on a budget, autumn is the season for you. The inflated prices of high summer make way for affordable shoulder-season rates that are a lot friendlier on your pocket.

It’s not as cold as you may think

Yes, summer may be over and nighttime can be quite brisk, but that is nothing that a thick jacket, a handy scarf and a proper pair of boots can’t cure! In fact, many European cities (i.e. Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul) boast temperatures in the high twenties until deep into September, so we recommend you pack a few T-shirts, a swimsuit and sunscreen just in case!

Capture the most amazing travel photos with breathtaking autumn landscapes in Belgrade, Serbia.
Barcelona, Spain enjoys temperatures of up to 20 degrees in August and September.

By this time, we hope you’re as excited as we are about our autumn tours to Europe! Take a peek at our Western Europe tours to France, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Southern Europe tours to the Mediterranean climates of Italy, Greece and Spain for some trip inspiration!

Questions & Comments

  1. I want to travel to in 2017 what is the best season?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hey Gregoria! It depends largely on what you are looking for? Any seasons and each destination in Europe has a different kind of magic and ambience. June to August is always peak season in top Europe destinations, while in November through March you will find less crowds and lower cost to travel. Send us a mail to info@expatexplore.com and we can explain more. :)

  2. Do you have an autumn trip to Vancouver thia year?


    do you have rome france tours for autumn 2018?

  4. Siew Cheng says:

    Interested in East or South EUROPE tour in autumn 2018 after Aug 25

  5. Have you guys been to Tenerife in Canary Islands? Me and and my mates is planning to go there to spend the holidays. I’ve been reading some article about this island here in https://www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/tenerife/ but i was wondering if there are some good local bars where we can enjoy a nice cold beer.

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