Where to go . . . October
Lyon is France’s second city and there are more restaurants here per square metre than anywhere else in the world! Where the Saone and Rhone rivers meet, this fantastic city is perfect to visit this time of year with ancient medieval streets and architecture.
Those fantastic restaurants with elite chefs, chocolatiers, fantastic markets and having the Rhone valley vineyards within striking distance and its fabulous vineyards, it’s a perfect central base to discover all the best France has to offer.
Why not hire a car and visit Geneva, which is only 90miles away, or even Paris which is 2hrs away by TGV?
Short Break (7 - 10 days)
Porto and The Douro, Portugal
The best way to see this lovely area this time of year is on a Douro River Cruise.
There are many excellent River Cruise specialists that cater for this amazing experience.
Fly into Porto, Portugal’s second city and spend a few days there, before setting sail on the beautiful Douro, home of wine production (I’m sure you’ll taste some along the away) basking on the beauty of the rolling scenery in all its autumnal finery.
Sailing all the way down to the Spanish border at Vega de Terron this is a fantastic way to see as much of this amazing area of Portugal, while relaxing as you sail along.
Long Break (+14 days)
What can I say about Vietnam? I have had a few clients visit lately and have come back raving about their experiences!
As Vietnam has quite a ‘quirky’ climate it can be difficult to judge the best time to visit, but October seems to tick that box to be the best for clear weather, that isn’t too hot and sticky.
So much to see and do, it’s difficult for me to fill it all in, but must do’s are Halong Bay and/or Bai Long Bay where you can have a cruise around the bay. Why not head south via train visiting those historic sites of Hue and Hoi An.
Head down to bustling Saigon, visit the Cu Chi tunnels dug out by the VietCong during the Vietnam War, visit the Mekong delta and for a fantastic beach finale, Phu Quoc.
Even nip over to Cambodia or Laos on the same trip but remember to apply for a multi-entry visa.