55 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South Pacific, South America, United States & Canada Itinerary

55 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South Pacific, South America, United States & Canada Itinerary

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Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Berlin, Germany
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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Doha, Qatar
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Sydney, Australia
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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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Santiago, Chile
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New York City, United States
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Brussels, Belgium
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Paris, France
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Villa Adriana. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa d'Este in Tivoli, approximately Tivoli away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning app.

Lugano, Switzerland to Rome is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (San Francesco & Nature & Wildlife Tours). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation planning app.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip tool.

You can fly from Florence to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in June; daily highs in Zurich reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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Berlin, Germany

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Let the collections at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Berliner Dom.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Berlin travel website.

You can fly from Zurich to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Red Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Armoury Chamber, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

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Traveling by flight from Berlin to Moscow takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Berlin to Moscow. In June, daytime highs in Moscow are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Doha.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

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Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Katara Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at State Grand Mosque, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Doha travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Moscow to Doha in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in June, with highs in Doha at 49°C and lows at 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Doha

Historic Sites · Museums

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Cape Town, South Africa

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and then examine the collection at Great Synagogue. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope, and then step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town journey tool.

You can fly from Doha to Cape Town in 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Cape Town is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Doha in June: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art, then explore the galleries of The Rocks Discovery Museum, then wander the streets of The Rocks, and finally browse the exhibits of Billich Gallery. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Cape Town to Sydney in 18 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Sydney is 8 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Te Anau, New Zealand

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, then examine the collection at La Chascona, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas. On the next day, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, and then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Santiago takes 23.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Te Anau to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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New York City, United States

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Appreciate the collections at Ellis Island and New York Public Library. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington, approximately Port Washington away. There's lots more to do: walk around Central Park, make a trip to Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip website.

You can fly from Santiago to New York City in 14.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to New York City due to the time zone difference. In June in New York City, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Banff National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Banff National Park, Canada

Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the activities along Moraine Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, then browse the exhibits of Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, then see the interesting displays at Banff Park Museum, and finally examine the collection at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Banff National Park journey maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Banff National Park in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Banff National Park is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Banff National Park, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Yacht Britannia and Scottish National Gallery. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, explore the galleries of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online tour planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Banff National Park to Edinburgh in 17.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Banff National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Edinburgh, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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London, United Kingdom

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.
National Gallery and Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, and explore the world behind art at Tate Modern.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the London day trip planning website.

Fly from Edinburgh to London in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Edinburgh, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in London, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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Brussels, Belgium

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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum & Belfry of Bruges) and Gravensteen (in Ghent). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from London to Brussels takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Brussels due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Paris, France

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and The Paris Catacombs are in your itinerary. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Île de la Cité, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris online day trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and Catedral Primada are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Mosque of Christ of the Light. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum & Church of Santo Tomé), Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol (in Olias del Rey) and Mountain Story trails (in Alpedrete). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, see some colorful creatures with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Silla de Felipe II.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid journey website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Madrid at 40°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo and then wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona tour planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Italy travel guide

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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.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Qatar travel guide

4.1
Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums · Landmarks
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Spain travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.