With summer on full blast in the Northern Hemisphere, July is all about beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines and water-based adventures. With warm, balmy temperatures and clear skies now is the time to go sailing in the Mediterranean from Croatia or Turkey to enjoy the stunning scenery and spend time snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. It's a completely different story in the southern hemisphere where it's now the heart of winter and this is where you should head if skiing and snow-based activities are more your bag.
To help you plan your July 2017 holiday we've put together our guide to the top destinations and experiences as well as recommended beach destinations and the best places to go on safari in July along with our choice of top tours.
It's the height of summer in the northern hemisphere so anywhere along the Mediterranean is a good bet for a sunny beach break. The Red Sea resorts in Egypt and Jordan are stifling hot so unless you can handle extreme heat these destinations are best left until the temperatures cool down a little. It's the wet season across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia so not ideal for a beach holiday. To help plan your July beach break, here's some of our top recommendations.
Despite its relatively compact size, Sri Lank experiences a range of climatic conditions with the monsoon rains generally affecting one side of the country at a time. Between May and September, the very north and east side of the country experiences dry and bright weather perfect for a beach holiday. The northern plains are extremely hot at this time so it's not the best time to be exploring the Cultural Triangle but if beach is all you want, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.
It's the middle of summer and temperatures are at their highest and rainfall at a minimum. This is the best weather for enjoying Croatia's many islands that dot the Adriatic and offer plenty of beaches to choose from as well as beautiful national parks and attractive towns. A handful of international music festivals also take place in Croatia in July so you can combine a weekend of live performances with a relaxing cruise and island-hopping adventure.
With miles and miles of gorgeous coastline facing the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, Turkey is a fantastic beach destination throughout the summer months. It's hot, sunny and dry and there's a wealth of resorts to choose from whether it's popular resorts offering plenty of facilities or smaller resorts with boutique accommodation. A number of ancient ruins are within a day's reach of many of the resorts and Turkey is also a great sailing destination.
Southern Africa is still the best bet for a safari adventure with the dry season providing optimal conditions to see plenty of wildlife. The Galapagos are a year-round destination and July is the best time to spot whales and dolphins off the coast of Isabela island.
July is the start of the dry season in the Amazon, an ideal time to visit if you're interested in hiking or fishing with the jungle trails clear after the rains and the water levels receding. It's hot and humid at this time of year but there's little precipitation, which means fewer mosquitoes. Despite its name, the dry season still gets some heavy rains so pack accordingly.
Every year between July and October hundreds of elephants migrate to the Minneriya National Park in northern Sri Lanka. Here the centrepiece reservoir offers a reliable source of water when the water sources in other parks begin to dry up. This annual event is known as 'The Gathering' and it's the best time to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in the wild on a jeep safari.
The Great Migration of the Wildebeest is a year-long journey and in mid-July the smaller herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle begin to arrive at the Masai Mara. The savanna will become crowded with wildlife over the next few months and now's the time to visit for excellent safari opportunities. The dry season also means Kenya's other national parks are great to visit too with plenty of wildlife.
In the winter months (June to September) large groups of humpback whales arrive at the waters on the eastern shores of Madagascar where they engage in courting rituals in preparation for the mating season. By July hundreds of male whales will be demonstrating their physical prowess, leaping out of the waters and crashing back down again.
Here's a selection of some of our most popular tours for travel in July from epic train journeys to safari adventures.
On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.
The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.
Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.
OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.
On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.
Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.
On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.