With fall right around the corner, here are a number of festive and fun activities for travelers to enjoy in top destinations across the globe:
Experience Art and Culture in Santiago, Chile: Fall in the US is a fabulous time to visit Chile as it's their Spring and shoulder season. Temperatures start getting warmer with plenty of sunshine and there are less crowds. The city boasts beautiful, blooming flowers, vineyards and plenty of historical sites for travelers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Explorers can take a stroll through Chile's largest farmers market La Vega Centra, the city's Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of the city, as well as a walk to the top of San Cristobal Hill to take in the panoramic sites of the city. Other popular activities during this time of year include wine tastings at both local wineries, such as Barrica 94, and vineyards just outside the city in the Casablanca and Maipo Valleys.
Located in the charming Lastarria neighborhood, The Singular Santiago invites guests to embody its unique spirit. The luxury hotel acts as a hub in Chile’s vibrant capital and offers perfectly balanced architecture, distinctive design, and gastronomy which integrates the essence of the culture of Santiago. For travelers looking to immerse themselves in the local culture and history, The Singular Santiago offers a new Secretos del Barrio tour that takes guests on a journey around the Lastarria neighborhood to learn about its secrets and history. Comprised of seven unique local spots, guests learn about the famed Pablo Neruda, how the city was built, and the stories behind many local landmarks.
Take a Dip in the Natural Healing Waters in Bath, England: Just a 90 minute train ride outside of London sits the city of Bath. A UNESCO World Heritage site with museums, ancient sites and beautiful architecture for guests to explore, the city is a must-see in the fall. Explorers seeking an enriching experience can walk the streets in the cooler weather and visit the area’s treasured spots, such as the Ancient Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and the Holburne Museum of Art without long lines. Additionally, the city boasts the six-mile Bath Skyline circular walk, winding through forests and over rolling hills with spectacular views of the changing leaves.
Bath is also home to The Gainsborough Bath Spa,(pictured) a five-star luxury spa hotel located in the center of town and the ultimate destination for those seeking a relaxing fall escape. The Gainsborough is the only hotel that has tapped into the natural thermal waters of the area, providing guests with incredible spa treatments and pools to bathe in the healing waters after spending their days exploring the city.
See Amazing Wildlife Up Close in The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Fall in the Galapagos Islands offers travelers a range of unique sightings and less crowds than the peak summer months. In early fall, travelers will delight in the increased dolphin and whale sightings near the Fernandina Island in the Bolivar Channel. While underwater, the strong Humboldt Current brings more nutrient rich water to the Galapagos, bringing the turtles, sea lions, penguins and more out to play. Additionally, lucky travelers can catch a glimpse of the giant Galapagos Turtle as it lays their eggs on Santa Cruz Island between June and December.
Quasar Expeditions offers unforgettable cruises on their small yachts the M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace, allowing guests to explore the more remote islands and landscapes travelers staying on land can't reach. Adventurers can explore new terrains every day, some even on the same island. Excursions on Bartolome, for example, include a trip to a white sandy beach, the famous Pinnacle Rock hike and a lava rock walk while seeing iguanas, sea lions, turtles and a variety of birds.
Go Hiking and Biking in Niseko Village, Japan: Resting at the foot of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village is considered one of the best places on Hokkaido to enjoy the mild fall days. Travelers can hike, bike, golf, explore the local market streets, and even raft down the Shiribetsu River to admire the changing surroundings. In terms of of accommodations, Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan and the fifth across the globe, made its grand debut in December 2020 and is a haven for travelers with an affinity for nature, especially during the fall. The resort offers majestic, panoramic views of Mount Yotei, 43 rooms and seven suites, two distinctive restaurants, the Ume Lounge, a fitness center, an exclusive team of Higashiyama Reservists, and a world-class spa and onsen, Spa Chasi La Sothys. The property also acts as a gateway to Niseko’s mountains, providing access to the area’s hiking and biking trails, golf courses, local markets, and more. During their stay, travelers are encouraged to explore the local origins of the food on their plates, appreciate the power of solitude while on a mountain walk and enjoy the healing elements of Japan’s hot springs for an experience rooted in discovery and harmony.
Stroll Through History in Lucerne, Switzerland: Built in 1906, The Palace Luzern was central Switzerland's leading luxury hotel. Framed by an idyllic alpine landscape, The Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern will be situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Opening after extensive renovations are completed this fall, Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern will be comprised of 146 rooms and suites, each offering excellent views of the lake. The hotel will join the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva as the second Swiss hotel for the group and will be a member of Swiss Deluxe Hotels, an organization featuring 39 properties that are considered among the leading hotels worldwide and embody the prestige of the Swiss luxury hospitality sector.
Nearly 25 miles long, Lake Lucerne is picture perfect for cruising. With historic paddlewheel steamers, motorboats, and yachts all offering lake cruises, there is something for everyone. Just five minutes away is Lucerne Old Town, which is a must-see for those visiting Switzerland in the fall. With the weather in Lucerne at its peak in the fall months, travelers can discover Lucerne’s crooked streets and airy squares along the shore of Lake Lucerne. Remarkably preserved, this cozy area of the town is rich with history. Once a medieval market, Kornmarkt is now home to the town hall, and the Chapel Bridge spans diagonally across the Reuss River is the oldest bridge in Europe, built in 1333 to protect the city. Many of the streets in quaint Old Town stay true to tradition, and are only accessible to pedestrians. Additionally, the Dying Lion Monument is a top attraction in Lucerne, and one of the world’s most famous monuments. Carved out of natural rock, the dying lion is said to be representative of the Swiss mercenaries who were massacred in 1792 during the Insurrection of 10 August trying to protect Louis XVI at Tuileries in France.
Catch Broadway’s Hottest Tickets in New York City, USA: Each fall, New York City welcomes a host of brand-new shows to the Broadway stage that are perfect for audiences from around the globe. This year, travelers will be transported back in time when two beloved movies find new life on stage. Taking audience members back to the time when Led Zeppelin was king and Nixon was president, Almost Famous is opening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. This hilarious and heartfelt celebration of community, family, fandom, and the power of music will steal the hearts of anyone who gets their hand on one of the hottest tickets this fall. Some Like it Hot, based on the 1959 film starring the iconic Marilyn Monroe, takes audience members on a fast-paced, sassy, brassy, cross-country-romp as two best friends run for their lives – and find true love where they least expect it. This great big musical comedy breathes new life into one of Hollywood’s greatest and most famous comedies, when it opens at the Shubert Theatre. The Book of Mormon is known to be an infamously irreverent musical comedy about two missionaries who are sent to Uganda, where no missionary has successfully converted anyone. Can the missionaries spread the word and change their lives? Join the congregation and get your tickets to The Book of Mormon on Broadway.