Best vacation ideas for June 2020

Summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere so let's head to the beach!

Where to go on vacation in June

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 2020 vacation 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.

Top Destinations and Experiences in June

Greek Island of Symi
Quieter beaches

Island Hopping in Greece

June is officially the start of summer in the Mediterranean and this month is without doubt one of the best times to visit Greece. Although peak season officially begins in mid-June, as it is not yet the school holidays, Greece’s ancient ruins and cities can be explored without the tourist hordes that July and August bring. This month also sees Greece’s stunning islands burst into life, with warmer temperatures creating perfect conditions for enjoying their beautiful beaches and dazzling blue waters.

Hikers on the Inca Trail
Peru in its prime

Trekking the Inca Trail

Now's the time to head to Peru - the rains have completely cleared so the Inca Trail is nice and sturdy and the dry season affords the highlands warm, dry days and cool evenings that are ideal for 3-4 days spent trekking to Machu Picchu. Not only that but the Amazon is also great at this time of year with water levels still reasonably high and jungle trails starting to reopen. June is also the month when the Inta Raymi festival is celebrated - the Inca festival of the sun.

Lake Myvatn Summer
Beautiful scenery

Iceland in the Summertime

Iceland is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations to see the Northern Lights but outside of the harsh winter months it's a superb destination in its own right with an incredible variety of landscapes from volcanic valleys and mountains to pounding waterfalls and erupting geysers. Its location close to the Arctic Circle means the summer months bring long days of sunlight, perfect for getting out and exploring. Another bonus of travelling to Iceland in June is the chance to see whales off the coast of Húsavík.

Bergen Fjords - Bergen Weekend Stay
Outdoor pursuits

Cruising Norway's Fjords

Summer in Norway means warming temperatures and long hours of daylight, perfect for exploring the natural landscapes. Nothing quite typifies Norway like the dramatic fjords where rivers have carved their way through mountains, and by boat is the ideal where to take in this incredible scenery. It's the start of peak season and although there's more rain than previous months, tourist services are fully operational yet with most of the Northern Hemisphere still at school, it's not yet as busy as it will be in July and August.

Best City Breaks in June

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St
Experience the White Nights

St Petersburg

June is a fantastic time to visit St Petersburg. Due to its northerly location, the sun never truly sets during this month and the city celebrates with its annual White Nights Festival. Expect a cultural calendar of opera, ballet and classical music performances held in some of the city’s grandest theatres, alongside overnight openings of prestigious museums and art galleries. Add to the mix beautiful canal cruises and all-night parties - and you’ll be wanting to stay for longer than just a weekend.

Split, Croatia
Avoid the summer crowds


As Split transitions from low to high season, June is the perfect time to visit as you’ll enjoy all this coastal city has to offer, without the summer crowds. Split’s café culture is in full swing by now, so you can explore the Old Town and enjoy a coffee and people-watching sat out by the waterfront. Take a day trip to Klis Fortress, famous for appearing in Game of Thrones, or visit the waterfalls of beautiful Krka National Park.

Warsaw at sunset, Poland
History and culture


Whilst Krakow’s medieval charms tend to draw the most visitors at Christmas time, the Polish capital is the place to go in the warmer summer months. Enjoy a walking tour to explore the city’s street art scene and stroll along the Old Town’s cobbled streets. Relax in one of Warsaw’s many parks and gardens in the afternoon, then spend your evening dining outside in a historic square and sampling delicious local cuisine.

Oslo, Norway
Urban sights and swimming


If you thought winter was the best time to visit Norway, it’s time to think again. Its capital city Oslo is packed with things to do in the summer months, from open-air dining and rooftop bars to outdoor art and sculpture parks. You’ll also find city beaches nearby for a swim, as well as Oslo Fjord, so you can take a dip and cool off right in the city centre when you’re finished sightseeing.

Best Festivals and Events in 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.

Iceland flag - events in June - On The Go Tours

National Day of Iceland

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.


Inti Raymi

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.

Cappadocia at night - events in June - On The Go Tours


Where? Cappadocia, Turkey
When? Unconfirmed

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.

Essaouira Gnaoua Music Festival

Gnaoua Festival

Where? Essaouira, Morocco
When? Unconfirmed

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.

Best Beach Destinations in June

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.

Best Wildlife Destinations in June

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.

Canoe safari in Okavango Delta - Botswana - Africa


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.

Etosha Highlight


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.


South Africa

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.

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