Essential Travel Reveals Top 10 Places To Enjoy Autumn

Travel essentials provider welcomes the new season with an autumn destination guide

As the British nights draw in and BBQs and flip-flops fade into distant memories, leading travel essentials provider, EssentialTravel.co.uk is urging customers not to feel downhearted. To show them that a change in season is something to be celebrated, EssentialTravel.co.uk has launched an online countdown of the ten best places in the world to experience autumn in all its colourful glory.

TOP 10 PLACES FOR AUTUMN FOLIAGE

10. Florence, Italy

Visit the heart of the Renaissance during the last weeks of summer, as this enchanting city's trees turn from green to gold. This time of year offers the added bonus of being less crowded than mid-summer and more temperate. The best places to enjoy autumn leaves in Florence are the Boboli landscaped gardens and the Piazzale Michelangelo, a large hill-stop square offering great views of the city's trees.

Cresta - 3 nights in Florence from £315 per person

Staying at the 3-star Meridiana Hotel in Florence on bed and breakfast, London Gatwick flying with Easyjet - departing 2nd November 2010

0844 879 8014, www.crestaholidays.co.uk or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

9. Transylvánia, Romania

The landscape and architecture in Transylvánia work together to create a haunting atmosphere that is spectacular in its sparse but grand beauty. Pay a visit to Bran Castle, with its numerous turrets and belfries, to see the surrounding Romanian countryside transformed into soft sunset colours.

Netflights.com - flights to Bucharest from £165 per person

Return flights from London Heathrow with Lufthansa - valid for travel in November 2010.

0844 493 4944, www.netflights.com or visit your local Thomas Cook or Going Places

8. Richmond Park, England

Only a stone's throw away from central London, Richmond Park is the perfect place to enjoy the waning summer days. As the leaves turn golden yellow and undress themselves onto the lush hillsides, you can stroll by the waterholes, alongside deer and shy foxes, with a view of the London eye in the distance.

Hotels4u.com - hotel in Richmond from £62.19 per person per night

Based on 2 adults sharing at the 4-star Richmond Gate Hotel on room only on 29th October 2010 www.hotels4u.com

7. Nova Scotia, Canada

The Cape Brenton Highlands National Park boasts some of the most dramatic viewing points for autumn. The trails around the coastline take you over hillsides to the edge of cliff faces and into the forest. Take in a view of peaceful reservoirs surrounded by a rich balance of orange, red and the deepest green imaginable.

Netflights - flights to Halifax from £583 per person

Return flights from London Heathrow with Air Canada - valid for travel up to 14th December 2010 and 5th January - 20th June 2011. (Minimum Saturday night stay)

0844 493 4944, www.netflights.com or visit your local Thomas Cook or Going Places

6. Munich, Germany

The Bavarian countryside, with its castles and dream-like hillsides, offers autumn viewing right out of a postcard from heaven. You can take in the autumn foliage in the cosmopolitan city of Munich itself, particularly if you stroll along the Isar river or visit one of the world's largest and most spectacular parks, the Englischer Garten.

Cresta - 3 nights in Munich from £258 per person

Staying at the 3-star Holiday Inn Munich City Centre in Munich on bed and breakfast, London Gatwick flying with Easyjet - departing 2nd November 2010

0844 879 8014, www.crestaholidays.co.uk or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

5. Prague, Czech Republic

Autumn puts the city of Prague in a magical mood. See the ancient spires decorated by an assortment of red and orange leaves, as the trees undress for winter. Visit the Petrin Hill Observation Tower and Prague Castle for the best views of autumn foliage.

Cresta - 3 nights in Prague from £259 per person

Staying at the 3-star Prague Centre in Prague on bed and breakfast, London Stansted flying with Easyjet - departing 2nd November 2010

0844 879 8014, www.crestaholidays.co.uk or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

4. New York, U.S.A.

The Big Apple is an amazing city of contrasts and contradictions. The mesmerizing skyline above Central Park looks over the maples and elms, as their leaves turn shades of yellow and orange. Enjoy a relaxing picnic under the changing trees, as they prepare for winter in the city that never sleeps.

Netflights.com - 2 nights in New York for £539 per person

Staying at the 4-star Roosevelt Hotel on a room only basis, London Heathrow with US Airways - departing 20th November 2010.

0844 493 4944, www.netflights.com or visit your local Thomas Cook or Going Places

3. Lake Bled, Slovenia

The Julian Alps peer over this glacial lake, creating a scene that is otherworldly in its appeal. The clear, icy water and surrounding cliff faces are decorated by lush foliage that looks magical as it turns a lighter shade of orange before the winter months kick in.

Netflights.com - flights to Llubljana from £215 per person

Flights from London Heathrow with Swiss Air - valid for travel October and November 2010. 0844 493 4944, www.netflights.com or visit your local Thomas Cook or Going Places

Hotels4u.com - hotel in Lake Bled from £33.34 per person per night

Based on 2 adults sharing at the 4-star Hotel Ribno on room only on 29th October 2010 www.hotels4u.com

2. Fujigoko Region, Japan

Japan's lake district puts on a magical display as the foliage turns from electric green in July to lobster red by September. At the height of the metamorphoses, you can see Mount Fuji in the distance, surrounded by a colourful forest that could very well be the home of dragons and other mystical creatures.

Thomas Cook Tours - 9 Day Taste of Japan Fully Escorted Tour from £2,095 per person 3 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone, 3 nights in Kyoto, includes flights from London Heathrow, based on departures 28th September 2011

0844 871 0667, www.thomascooktours.com or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

1. New England, USA

Visit the states of New England (Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island) between late September and November for the best autumn display in the world. During autumn, the foliage in these parts puts on an unparalleled fireworks display of colour.

Thomas Cook Signature - 4 night city break in Boston from £599 per person

Staying at the 4 star Courtyard by Marriott Tremont on room only, London Heathrow with American Airlines. Valid for departures 4th November - 15th December 2010 and 8th January - 30th March 2011.

0844 879 8014, www.ThomasCookSignature.com or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

To view EssentialTravel.co.uk's Top 10 Place for Autumn Foliage, go to www.essentialtravel.co.uk/magazine/top-10/best-autumn-foliage.asp

About Essential Travel

Established in 2001, Essential Travel is one of the UK's leading online travel essentials companies. Since 2002, we've protected over 5 million holidaymakers with our fully-comprehensive, competitively-priced travel insurance, as well as providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK.

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