55 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

55 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
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Drive to Calais-Fréthun, Train to Folkestone, Drive to London
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Leuven, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Eiffel Tower and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Rue du Gros-Horloge (in Rouen). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

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If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Friedhof Fluntern and Hofkirche. Let the collections at Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) capture your imagination. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Chapel Bridge). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Turin.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Turin, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
On the 10th (Thu), get great views at Basilica of Superga, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio, browse the exhibits of Reggia di Venaria Reale, then examine the collection at Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Turin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Bologna, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, and finally examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, see the interesting displays at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bologna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Turin to Bologna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bologna, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazzale Michelangelo. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Duomo di Siena, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Riserva Naturale Monte Catillo, Villa d'Este, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to St. Peter's Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. June in Rome sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Pocitos, examine the collection at 1972 Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia. Here are some ideas for day two: join in the after-dark buzz at Castillo Pittamiglio, stop by Ciudad Vieja, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo, then take an in-depth tour of Cabildo de Montevideo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Matriz, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Montevideo travel planner.

Getting from Rome to Montevideo by flight takes about 18.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Rome in June, expect Montevideo to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Bayeux.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Bayeux, France

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Cimetières Militaires. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey d’Ardenne, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Montevideo to Bayeux. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Montevideo to Bayeux. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montevideo in June, with highs in Bayeux at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery and The British Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Stonehenge (in Amesbury), The Hawking Centre (in Doddington) and West Kennet Avenue (in Avebury). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Big Cat Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms.

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Do a combination of car and train from Bayeux to London in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bayeux to London is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
You'll explore and learn at Chatsworth House and Science and Industry Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Railway Museum and Manchester Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manchester: Sidecar Safari Peak District- Day Tours (in Tideswell), Stockley Farm Birds of Prey Centre (in Northwich) and York Minster (in York). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Manchester Jewish Museum, view the masterpieces at Castlefield Gallery, see the interesting displays at National Football Museum, and have fun and explore at People's History Museum.

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You can take a train from London to Manchester in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 6 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Denmark and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Frederiksborg Castle (in Hillerod), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek) and Fuglereservat Vaserne (in Birkerod). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Stroeget, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, and explore the historical opulence of Kastellet.

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Fly from Manchester to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Anne Frank House and Frans Hals Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester (in Westzaan), Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles (in Delft) and Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), identify plant and animal life at Regte Heide & Riels Laag, browse the exhibits of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Leuven, Belgium

— 1 night
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter's Church Sint-Pieterskerk, don't miss a visit to Great Market Square (Grote Markt), see the interesting displays at M - Museum Leuven, then admire the striking features of Groot Begijnhof, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Michielskerk.

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You can drive from Amsterdam to Leuven in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Leuven are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Museums

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ghent City Center, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Drive from Leuven to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Emilia-Romagna travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Emilia-Romagna is one of Europe's wealthiest and most developed areas, stretching between the Po Valley in the north and the Apennine Mountains in the south. This is a land of diverse people and diverse landscapes. The striking contrast between the mountainous areas and the long Adriatic coastline offers some of Italy's most spectacular views. The region has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, with a vibrant music scene that is quickly gaining international prestige. Emilia-Romagna produces a range of fine wines as well as a variety of culinary delights, including gold-colored egg pastas like tortellini and tagliatelle. Farther from the tourism-driven coastal areas, the region features a tranquil countryside dotted with parks and nature preserves, ideal for those looking to spend some time hiking, horseback riding, or cycling on their holiday.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Greater Manchester travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Nightlife · Room Escape Games
Greater Manchester is a mix of high-density urban areas, modern suburbs, and quaint rural locations. In the 19th century, this region flourished as a global center of the cotton industry. Today it remains one of the country’s largest and most vibrant commercial areas, providing you with a multitude of vacation ideas. The region’s biggest and most significant urban center is Manchester, considered the social, economic, and cultural capital of this part of England. Noisy, vibrant, and truly multicultural, Greater Manchester is well connected to all other parts of the country by a first-class network of roads and one of the finest light-rail systems in the country, carrying nearly 20 million passengers each year and making it great place to base your holiday in this region. The area once had a negative reputation from its industrial past, but it's now a thriving urban region, known for its diversity and acceptance of all cultures--a pleasant attribute that makes up what it may lack in tourist attractions.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.