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

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

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Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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New York City, United States
— 2 nights
Fly to Calgary, Bus to Banff National Park
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
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Drive to Calgary International Airport, Fly to Seymour Airport, Drive to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
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Prague, Czech Republic

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Jewish Museum in Prague and Powder Tower. Spend the 3rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, contemplate the long history of St. George's Basilica, get engrossed in the history at Strahov Monastery, and make a trip to Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia - National Gallery Prague.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary maker.

Kaprun, Austria to Prague is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Berliner Dom. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

2
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Oslo, Norway

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
On the 8th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Norsk Folkemuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Oslo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. June in Oslo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

3
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. St Giles' Cathedral and The Real Mary King's Close will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder website.

You can fly from Oslo to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Popular historic sites such as Westminster Abbey and Tower of London are in your itinerary. National Gallery and St. Paul's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey) and Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm (in Aylesbury). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge.

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Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in London sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Gravensteen. Popular historic sites such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Ghent City Center are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & St Michael's Bridge). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grand Place, examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and browse the exhibits of Atomium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels travel route builder website.

Getting from London to Brussels by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Brussels is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Palace of Versailles and Île de la Cité will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Brussels in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Zurich in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, explore the galleries of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in June, with highs in Florence at 33°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Visit Colosseum and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Tesoro di San Pietro. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Parc Guell and Casa Batllo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Magic House, Col.leccio XEVI (in Santa Cristina d'Aro). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, admire the masterpieces at Joan Miro Foundation, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona vacation planner.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in July, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more) and Kuna Iberica (in Navas del Rey). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, see some colorful creatures with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate, and contemplate the long history of Museo Cerralbo.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid holiday planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New York City attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to New York City takes 12.5 hours. Traveling from Madrid to New York City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days in New York City, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Banff Park Museum and Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 14th (Wed) wandering through the wild on The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. There's more to do: cruise along Bow Valley Parkway and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park online itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Banff National Park in 13.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Banff National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, explore the world behind art at Maprae, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and finally stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station. On your second day here, stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, then make a trip to Monumento de aves de Galapagos, then take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Banff National Park to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. Traveling from Banff National Park to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Banff National Park in July, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Sydney by combination of ferry and flight takes about 32 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Puerto Ayora in July, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Tehran, Iran

Teh

Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iran, then wander the streets of Darband, and then contemplate the long history of Niavaran Historical Cultural Complex.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tehran trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Tehran in 21 hours. You'll gain 6.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Tehran due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Tehran hover around 43°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Tehran

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Vienna, Austria

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and then explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Stephansplatz, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maria Am Gestade, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Vienna takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tehran in July; daily highs in Vienna reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

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.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
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.

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.

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.

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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

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.

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.