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10 places to go in June

Wondering where is best to go in June? Head off to the spectacular national parks of North America, celebrate the longest day in Lithuania or get ahead of the crowds on a walking holiday along Italy’s famous Cinque Terre.
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August may be France’s official national vacances but the country also presses pause for three weeks in late June, as attention turns to the country’s sporting pride and passion: the Tour de France. The world’s premier cycle race takes over the most scenic parts of the country, showcasing chocolate-box villages, lofty mountain passes and wide boulevards. Get ahead of the peloton on a cycling holiday in France, or pedal at your own pace on one of our self-guided cycling tours, perhaps discovering the wine regions of Burgundy, or the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley.
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June signals the start of summer in the USA’s national parks: the trails begin to open, the snow is largely free from all but the highest routes and footfall is low – it’s a great time to travel before the crowds swell ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend and sizzling summer months. Choose our Western USA National Parks Explorer holiday and you can live the American dream for 17 epic days, exploring Bryce, Zion, and Yosemite national parks, plus the Grand Canyon, with pleasant temperatures and clear skies.
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June is the ideal time to explore Georgia by bicycle, with pleasant temperatures making hilly ascents a breeze, flowers blooming in the meadows and snow dusting the mountain peaks. Georgia is an immensely rewarding country to explore from the saddle, travelling along part of the Silk Road trade route and over impressive mountain passes in the Caucasus – plus you can refuel with delicious khinkhali dumplings and fiery ‘chacha’ grappa.
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The Baltic States endure long, dark winters, so when the Summer Solstice rolls around the longest day is a cause for great celebration. During the month of June, the landscape turns green and lush, while the Pagan festivities highlight the magnitude of the event. On Midsummer’s Eve, there are celebrations across the country; embark on our holiday to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and you’ll get to explore the Baltic trio of atmospheric capitals, golden sand dunes and opulent palaces.
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The drawn-out, sub-zero winters in Russia mean summer is celebrated with great fanfare. Travel in June for the solstice and you’ll get to experience the liveliest celebration of them all, the White Nights festival, which celebrates the almost midnight sun. Between late April and August, the sun never completely sets; instead the night sky remains twilight affording long, light days ideal for exploring. On our Russia's Golden Ring tour, you can experience St Petersburg’s two-week festival of music and carnivals, including actors dressed as Peter and Catherine the Great.
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The northern Indian state of Ladakh has a very short annual season, and one of the best times to visit is for the Buddhist monastery festivals in June as the weather warms up, but before the monsoon rains arrive. On our tour of the Indian Himalayas, you’ll have a full day to visit the gompas – monasteries – of Thiksey, Taktak and Hemis. Hemis gompa is around 50km from Leh and is the largest and most opulent monastery in Ladakh; here you’ll watch monks perform dancing ceremonies to the sound of traditional long horn pipes and drums.
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Travel to Peru in June for the Winter Solstice, where it’s officially the dry season. The Inti Raymi festival in Cusco is the highlight of the calendar, when local people gather together to show appreciation to the Sun God with music, colourful costumes and – best of all – the sharing of food. The ancient Inca festival is held once per year and on our Classic Peru trip, you’ll get to witness a historical reconstruction at Sacsayhuaman Fortress.
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Canada’s scenery doesn’t disappoint at any time of the year, but in June the beauty of late spring brings the spectacular landscape into its own. The winter blanket of snow beats its retreat, though can still be seen on the higher peaks offering a fabulous contrast between the lush forests and spring flowers. Plus, visiting Canada before the summer crowds arrive means making the most of lower prices at hotels and campsites. On our Western Canada tour you’ll visit three magnificent national parks, plus have the option to sea kayak the coast or go whale watching.
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Take the family away over the May half term to the magnificent Garfagnana Valley in northern Tuscany. At this time of year, the region is alive with colour, while the villages are bustling with activity. Our family activity adventure in Tuscany is based out of the valley but also heads into the Cinque Terre and the Apennines. After a busy day full of activities, parents can kick back and relax with a glass of wine out on the terrace.
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In June, the pans of Botswana are beginning to dry out, with the wildlife making its way to more permanent water sources in search of hydration. Our Botswana Wildlife Safari is well-timed for spotting the animals of the Okavango Delta and Savuti Channel – keep your eyes peeled for elephants in the Chobe River, as well as lions and an abundance of birdlife.
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