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

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

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New York City, United States
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Toronto, Canada
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Florence, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Berlin, Germany
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Oslo, Norway
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Tallinn, Estonia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Moscow, Russia
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Sydney, Australia
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New York City, United States

— 4 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and Sands Point Preserve. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Demarest Nature Center (in Demarest) and Teaneck Creek Conservancy (in Teaneck). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, wander the streets of Times Square, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip website.

Bogota, Colombia to New York City is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Bogota in June, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Toronto, Canada

— 3 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, admire the striking features of Casa Loma, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, and then enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Toronto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from New York City to Toronto by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Toronto at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses), Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh) and Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, relax in the rural setting at BobCat Alpacas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at St Anthony's Chapel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary website.

Fly from Toronto to Edinburgh in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in June, expect Edinburgh to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms. Visit Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm (in Aylesbury) and Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, and explore the world behind art at The British Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in London are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and then see some colorful creatures with Peakdivers. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zurich tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Duomo di Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Florence trip builder.

You can fly from Zurich to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Florence is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

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 The Dresden Zwinger and Pergamonmuseum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Topography of Terror and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Change things up with a short trip to Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip tool.

You can fly from Rome to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Oslo, Norway

— 4 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Vigeland Museum and Viking Ship Museum. Visit Oslomarka and Norsk Folkemuseum for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), take a stroll through Street Art at Ingens gate, admire the masterpieces at Munch Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo online vacation planner.

Getting from Berlin to Oslo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Tallinn, Estonia

— 2 nights
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
On the 9th (Fri), gain interesting insight with Traveller Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and then steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

Plan trip to Tallinn with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Oslo to Tallinn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Tallinn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then contemplate the long history of Palace Square. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress and then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tallinn to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Trakai Island Castle Museum, then take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Vilnius Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius visit planning site.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Vilnius in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Vilnius are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Khreshchatyk, browse the exhibits of Golden Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sophia's Cathedral, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Za Dvumya Zaitsami Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, then see the interesting displays at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), and finally get engrossed in the history at Chernobyl National Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyiv (Kiev) trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Vilnius to Kyiv (Kiev) in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Kyiv (Kiev) is somewhat warmer than Vilnius - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Museums

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

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 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Red Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kitai-Gorod Wall, then steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, and finally stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow day trip planning site.

You can fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Moscow in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in July, you will find days in Moscow are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, and finally appreciate the history behind Glory Memorial. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, then walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Almaty trip planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Almaty in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in July, with highs in Almaty at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Almaty

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Almaty to Sydney by flight takes about 20 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Sydney is 4 hours. While traveling from Almaty, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 1 night

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Buenos Aires takes 21.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for little chillier days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites
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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.

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.

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.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Kazakhstan travel guide

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Parks · Lookouts · Churches
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.