Whatever you are after, be it a cultural week away, island hopping adventure, beach break or an exciting safari, June offers a bounty of opportunities. Sail along the coast of Croatia, explore the cities of Eastern Europe or trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It's the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere so perfect for outdoor adventures while in the Southern Hemisphere, and Africa in particular, the start of the dry season means it's the perfect time for a safari. To help you plan your June 2019 holiday we've put together our pick of top destinations offering unique experiences at this time of year, as well as the best holiday and wildlife destinations along with our choice of tours to make the most of June.
The official start month of summer in the north of the world, June is a month to enjoy outdoor music and cultural festivals. While in the Southern Hemisphere the winter solstice marks the end of the harvest season and many cultures celebrate with ancient rituals.
Where? Cappadocia, Turkey
When? 1st-6th June 2019
Set in the extraordinary lunar landscape of Cappadocia, Cappabox draws visitors from all over the world. The festival is a cultural feast of live music, contemporary art, gastronomy events, outdoor activities and well-being sessions. Create your own program of activities and enjoy the backdrop of colourful hot air balloons floating across the sky.
Where? Reykjavik, Iceland
When? 17th June
One of Iceland’s most popular summer events, National Day commemorates when Iceland gained independence from Denmark in 1944. Celebrations take place in the centre of Reykjavik on June 17th every year. Kicking off at 10am and running until late, the festivities include something for everyone with street theatre, live music, a colourful parade and more.
Where? Essaouira, Morocco
Each year the Moroccan port city of Essaouira moves to the beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival. Although deeply rooted in traditional local rhythms, the line-up features jazz, soul, blues and funk from all over the world. A vibrant musical and cultural experience, the festivals fills the city’s squares, streets and performance venues with sound.
Where? Cuzco, Peru
When? 24th June
The second biggest celebration in South America after Rio’s Carnival, Inti Raymi attracts thousands of visitors to Cuzco every year. Celebrated on June 24th, the South Hemisphere’s winter solstice, Inti Raymi is the Inca Festival of the Sun. Originally a tribute to the Inca Sun God Inti, the modern-day re-enactment retains its ancient former glory.
Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere so it's the place to be when it comes to a sunny beach holiday. Resorts across the Mediterranean are hitting their peak season and the east coast of Africa also offers ideal weather for a beach break. Here's our selection of some of the top spots.
The sailing season is well underway in June and a cruise around the coast of Croatia is the best way to explore the many stunning islands of the Adriatic. From the gorgeous walled city of Dubrovnik or the captivating city of Split on the coast, there's a range of cruising routes stopping at islands such as Hvar, Mjlet and Brac with plenty of time to swim in the crystal waters and relax on the beach.
June marks the arrival of the cool, dry season in East Africa, which makes the idyllic island of Zanzibar the ideal beach destination. You can expect sundrenched shores, palm fringed beaches and glorious sunsets. It's also a good time for diving around the north coast and with the Great Wildebeest Migration happening in the Serengeti, Zanzibar and Tanzania are the perfect beach and safari combo.
What makes Mozambique an ideal beach destination? Well, to start there's the 2,500 km of coast fronting the Indian Ocean dotted with pristine beaches, and then there's the 250 km stretch of coral islands off the coast. In June the temperatures are pleasantly cool and chance of rain minimal so it's the best time to visit for a beach break. There's also the chance of spotting migrating whales.
Its location on the Mediterranean Sea means Turkey is perfect at this time of year for a beach break or a sailing adventure around the islands that lie off shore. The days will be sunny and dry and with a coastline fronting the Aegean and the Mediterranean, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach resorts with plenty of historic sites to tempt you too.
The dry season has started in earnest across most of southern Africa making it the ideal region to head to for a safari. With summer holidays fast approaching across the northern hemisphere this is also the start of the peak tourist season so expect lodges to be busy and prices to be at a premium. However, you'll be rewarded with excellent game viewing opportunities.
June marks the start of high water season in Botswana, flooding the waterways of the Okavango Delta. This makes it the ideal time of year to enjoy a boating or canoe safari out in the delta, sampling the local mode of transport - the dugout canoe known as a mokoro. Game viewing is great as animals migrate to the delta for food and water and you're likely to spot hungry hippos.
The dry season is a particularly rewarding time to visit Etosha National Park in Namibia with sparse vegetation and animals congregating around water sources. There's the added bonus of clear, sunny days perfect for outdoor game drives, and the risk of malaria is much lower at this time of year. Namibia's towering sand dunes are also particularly impressive at this time of year.
The Kruger, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and KwaZulu-Natal regions of South Africa are the ideal safari destination in June with easily spotted wildlife prowling through the thinned out bush and huddling around the remaining water sources. The coast is not at its best but with Mozambique experiencing perfect weather you have a fantastic safari and beach combo.
Uganda experiences two mini dry seasons during the year and June marks the start of the second round and this is one of the best times to trek to see the mountain gorillas. Although the altitude of the mountains where the gorillas inhabit experience rain at any time of year, in June the trails are solid, bush growth a little thinner and there's lots of sun.
Here's a selection of our tours that are perfectly suited for travel in June from the cities of Eastern Europe to the jungles of Africa.
On our Handpicked range we bring you the most iconic 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 28 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 Budget 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 24, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
Our Budget range is the perfect choice for independent spirits travelling on a shoestring. As well as guided sightseeing of the key highlights, there’s also ample free time to explore independently or partake in optional excursions that maximise your time in each destination. Few meals are included, allowing you the freedom to choose exactly where you eat and spend your evenings out, with the added bonus of enabling you to stay in control of your spending.
Many tours in this range include a local payment and this pricing system helps keep costs down so you can be sure we’re delivering the best possible value. You’ll be travelling by both private and public transport – think buses, trains, feluccas and even camels. Accommodation ranges from dome tents to a surprise 4-star hotel at a 3-star price. And with a maximum group size of 32, these tours are designed to create a social and fun travel experience.