After quite an unusual summer (and not our kind of unusual), most of us are experiencing the wanderlust blues. As Autumn approaches, we are hoping for things to go back to at least a degree of normal. In anticipation, we thought we’d have a look at all the Untravelled Paths activities available throughout the season.
1. Bird Watching in the Delta (September)
A bird watcher’s paradise. September is the final month of the season, with most properties and activities unavailable after that. With the perfect temperature, you’ll see far less of the mosquitos you are likely to encounter in the peak of summer.
2. Halloween Party (October)
If you’re into Dracula and all things goth, then the Halloween party at Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle is not to be missed. Every year we sync one of our 4 Night Dracula Experiences to ensure you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the ultimate Halloween party. Set up with the eery backdrop of Dracula’s Castle, it’s arguably one for the books. Get your best Halloween fancy dress and party away!
An Euroasian hoopoe in the Danube Delta, Romania (left) and Bran Castle, Romania (right)
3. Watch the sunset over the Sahara Desert
There is something truly enchanting about riding a camel into the heart of the Erb Chebbi in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The quiet, still surroundings, as you make yourself comfortable on the biggest sand dune available and watching the sunset over the desert, are simply magical.
4. See the Northern Lights
Undoubtedly the most magical of all bucket list experiences due to its elusive and mysterious nature. Difficult to argue if you’re lucky enough to see the colourful Aurora Borealis dancing across the dark night sky. A true once in a lifetime moment.
Watching the sunset in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (left) and the Aurora Borealis over the Lappish forests (right)
5. Observing Brown Bears (September & October)
Transylvania in Romania has one of the densest populations of Brown Bears in Europe. In fact, the forests of the Carpathian Mountains are teeming with wildlife. You’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the observation huts and watch these mighty creatures along with their friends. On our last visit, we saw foxes, a family of wild boar, and four brown bears including two cubs!
6. Cooking in Italy
Learn how to make your own hand-made delicious pasta and combine it with the freshest ingredients from Italy’s number one food region of Puglia. Make the ultimate pasta dish and then….. eat it all yourself! Our Dolce Vita Experience is one of the best culinary experiences going and, with temperatures high but crowds low, Autumn is one of the best times to visit.
A Brown Bear in Transylvania, Romania (left) and a delicious plate of orrecchiette in Puglia, Italy
7. Learn the fascinating history of Sarajevo
When we think of Sarajevo, many of us remember the news reporting of the Siege of Sarajevo during the Balkan War in the 1990s. Those of us who liked our history at school might think of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 by the Serbian separatist group the Black Hand. However you view Sarajevo, it’s a truly fascinating city in one of the Balkans’ most beautiful and underrated countries.
8. Sail a Yacht in Kotor Bay (September & October)
There is no better way to explore Kotor Bay than via yacht as it allows you to combine exploring local towns, lunch, and swimming in crystal clear waters. Once your adventure comes to an end you can kick back and watch the sunset from Porto Montenegro’s harbour which is home to a number of the world’s super yachts
The old town of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (left) and a yacht in Kotor Bay, Montenegro (right)
9. Hike across the Albanian Alps (September & October)
Lockdown has left many of us feeling confined, but also with bigger waistlines than we would like. If that is the case then you might want to consider our Albanian Alps experiences which offer some of the best, undiscovered hiking in Europe. It’s one of the few areas in the world that’s so remote the nearest village might be a 4-hour walk or a 12-hour drive – no problems social distancing here!
10. Hot Air Ballooning
The scenery is breath-taking but it’s the sheer volume of balloons which adds to the magic. Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey’s Cappadocia should be on everyone’s list. As you silently drift over the jagged landscape you can be accompanied by up to 150 other balloons, an unforgettable experience.
If any of the these experiences are of interest then please head over to the Untravelled Paths website for further information.
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