World Wonders October

Pyramids on Giza plateau with Cairo in background, Egypt, Africa

The Giza plateau with Cairo in the background, Egypt. Photo by Berthold Werner.

Best Ancient Sites to visit in October

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Sphinx and four pyramids at Giza on the desert’s edge near Cairo, are a sensation – if you can survive the hawkers. Best: October-May.

Luxor, Egypt

The variety of spectacular temples, tombs and bizarre monuments astride the river Nile make this a tourist must-see. Best: January – April, October, November. Avoid: July, August. (heat).

The extraordinary marble tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife, in a calm, rural setting around a river bend from Shah Jahan’s Red Fort makes a sensational day’s sightseeing. Best: October-March. Avoid: the summer (extreme heat).

Machu Picchu, Peru

‘Lost’ Inca city, picture above. Amazingly scenic and well and mysterious old city built by the Incas on a hilltop surrounded by virgin mountains. Best: April-June, September-November. OK July, August. (winter). Avoid: December-March (rain).

A truly magnificent and timeless piece of engineering, offering terrific walks too if you have the time. Best: April-July, September, October. Avoid: winter.

Persepolis & Isfahan, Iran

Persepolis is packed with tombs, palaces, sculptures and friezes in a beautiful location near Shiraz while Isfahan contains an ebullient scattering of colourful architecture. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: winter.

An intact and intricately carved 9thC Buddhist temple housing a thousand Buddhas. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: December and January.

Borobudur

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

A large number of superb temples, Zen gardens and ancient tea houses surrounded by modern Japan. Best: March – May, October – November. Avoid: June-August.

Palmyra, Syria

An ancient and ruined city in the middle of dusty, Syrian nowhere and now inaccessible due to civil war. Best: March-May, September-November. Avoid any season unless you are a jihadist.