How do you usually spend your October? Before you reply, remember that you're talking to a computer. Have some of our expert advice instead; this year, set off on one of our group tours to investigate lesser-seen sides to one of our favourite destinations and spend time with like-minded, interesting people.
Delve into the history surrounding Romania's most famous historical figure, Vlad the Impaler - or as he is more commonly known, Count Dracula - by touring Transylvania over Halloween. Discove Sibiu's Evangelic Cathedral where Vlad's son was buried after his assasination, explore the town of Medias where he was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king, enjoy a walking tour of the fabulously preserved town of Sighisoara and visit dramatic Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula.
Re-emerging as a destination for curious UK travellers, Iran is home to some of the best Islamic architecture in the world. Bright blue-domed mosques, madrassahs and glittering shrines adorn every town and city while ancient monuments and city ruins lie dotted throughout the country. The late summer weather sees plenty of clear skies and changing leaves, perfect for beautiful photographs.
From the iconic fold mountains that dominate the horizon to the forested hills and fast-flowing rivers of the valleys, the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' is as beautifully biodiverse as it is spiritual. Swooping in from the Tibetan Plateau every October, the black-neck cranes are revered in Bhutan as a symbol of longevity. Celebrate their arrival with the locals as dances are held at the Gangte monastery in Phobjikha Valley.