Sun setting behind Levizzano Rangone, in the Modena Province of Italy with vineyards in the foreground.

October Vacation Ideas

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Often considered a “shoulder season” in many parts of the world, October provides amazing opportunities to discover iconic destinations with fewer crowds, seasonal wildlife experiences, and the autumn splendor that spreads across the Northern Hemisphere. Explore the October vacation ideas below as you consider your next custom trip.

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La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Awe-Inspiring October Tour of Spain for Families

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,675

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Spain with this 7-day Spain tour that is optimized for the month of October. Clicking castanets fuse the fervent clatter of shoes against cobbled streets, and flamenco dancers put on mesmerizing performances throughout the city. Indulge in a cooking class in Barcelona, partake in Madrid’s Autumn Festival, and experience the distinctive culture of Valencia.

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Trod the paths that were once walked by Cicero and Caesar during a visit to the Roman Forum in Italy

Best of Italy in Autumn: 14-Day Romantic Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,845

This 14-day tour of Italy is designed to reacquaint you with the benefits of journeying at this time of year. Enjoy the November light as it reflects off the mirror of Lago Maggiore, truffle hunt through the changing colors of the Piedmont countryside, and indulge in a multitude of other adventures designed to capitalize on this bracing time of year. Autumn in Italy creates the perfect setting to enjoy the quieter and cozier side of this storied country.

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Ferratta Leon Skylift en route to Alesund

Frozen Inspired Autumn Family Tour of Norway

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,395

Travel through autumn forests and the streets of Arendelle during your Frozen 2 tour, which immerses you in the grandeur, folklore, culture, and unparalleled beauty of Norway. You will follow in the footsteps of beloved characters like Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Sven as you traverse sensational canyons, search for trolls in majestic valleys, and visit with herds of huskies in the Arctic Circle. The natural splendor of Norway carries magic in the landscape, where Elsa could have built her castle and Anna could have met with the troll, Pabbie. Your time in Norway during the summer and fall will bring the kingdom of Arendelle to life and will offer delicious tea parties that are filled with Norwegian pastries, and customary clothing as worn by Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff.

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Admire the herd's stunning patchwork quilt from above on a hot air balloon safari at sunrise.

Masai Mara Great Migration Safari: July to October

11 Day Custom Tour

From $10,775

From July to October, the great wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara as the rumbling herds dramatically crossing the Mara River to feast on the fresh grasslands. Over a million mammals arrive, and this safari provides the best seats in the theater. Stay at three exceptional camps and spend eight days on big game safari to surround yourself with all the charms of nature's greatest show. Exhilarating and enchanting, this is one of Africa's ultimate experiences.

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Santorini blue domes with caldera and ocean

A Perfect Greece Vacation Package: Mykonos, Santorini, and More

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,245

Embrace the history, culture, food, and breathtaking scenery of Greece on this vacation that combines experiences in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini in nine days. Feel Greek mythology come to life as you explore the Acropolis, spend time on the sweeping golden sands of Mykonos, and discover the Cycladic charms of Santorini. This tailored trip shares the best of Greece, from Athens across the Aegean Sea.

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Snorkels exploring the reef around Green Island, Australia

A Unique Tropical Getaway Vacation to Australia

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,745

Tropical jungle flows into the iridescent sea on this custom tailored tour through the far reaches of northeast Queensland and Bali. From hidden hot springs to the bright coral of the Great Barrier Reef, isolated white beaches to the cliff-top temples, the lush trees and fascinating streets abound with limitless possibility. Dancers use their movement to tell Hindu epics, and hot air balloons provide secluded panoramas of the sunrise. Handcrafted statues crown ancient temples and rice terraces soar above valley floors. Whether in the charms of Port Douglas or the caldera of Mount Batur, you will uncover the tropical delight of Australia and Bali.

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