56 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

56 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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Train to London Euston, Train to Lille
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Lille, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Amiens, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
— 9 nights
Train
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tours, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Athens, Train to Kalambaka
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Bus to Ioannina, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive to Christchurch International Airport, Fly to Moscow
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Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gomel, Belarus
— 1 day
Drive
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Potsdam, Germany
— 3 nights
Unknown
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Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands
— 1 day
Unknown
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Lille, France

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Museum-lovers will get to explore LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Popular historic sites such as VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lille: Dune Dewulf (in Leffrinckoucke), Bray-Dunes (Dune du Perroquet & Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand) and Reserve Naturelle Du Platier D'Oye (in Oye-Plage). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at La Coupole, identify plant and animal life at Grange Nature, and make a trip to La Ferme Pedagogique du Parc du Lion.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lille trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Lille is an approximately 5.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Manchester to Lille, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Amiens.

Things to do in Lille

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amiens, France

— 5 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Appreciate the collections at Maison de Jules Verne and Maison de la Baie de Somme. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Amiens side-trips: Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle), Serre Road Cemetery No.2 (in Hebuterne) and Ancre British Cemetery (in Beaumont-Hamel). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie, explore the different monuments and memorials at Etaples Military Cemetery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and brush up on your military savvy at Sir John Monash Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amiens road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Lille to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 9 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and Versailles (Académie Équestre de Versailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and stop by Le Marais.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Getting from Amiens to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Amboise, France

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 19th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

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Getting from Paris to Amboise by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Amboise are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau de Villandry, then contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tours vacation planner.

Tours is very close to Amboise. In September in Tours, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll explore and learn at Les Machines de L'ile and Musee des Ustensiles de Cuisine Anciens. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and La Cite des Oiseaux. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Vignoble Nantais (in Le Pallet), La Maison de la Riviere (in Saint-Georges-de-Montaigu) and Marais du Mullembourg (in Noirmoutier en l'Ile). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Cimetiere Parc.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tours to Nantes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Kalambaka, Greece

— 1 night
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
On the 25th (Fri), examine the collection at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, and then make a trip to Meteora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Nantes to Kalambaka in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Melbourne, Australia

— 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and Australian Sports Museum. National Gallery of Victoria and Royal Exhibition Building are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Bellbird dell (in Vermont), National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Panorama Garden Estate, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park, and walk around Yarrunga Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kalambaka to Melbourne in 28 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kalambaka in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Get a sense of the local culture at River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. Take a break from Franz Josef with a short trip to Minnehaha Walk in Fox Glacier, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef itinerary builder site.

Fly from Melbourne to Franz Josef in 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and State Tretyakov Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Red Square and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Cathedral of All Sacred in Russia (in Domodedovo) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, see the interesting displays at Melnikov House, admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and explore the world behind art at Armoury Chamber.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moscow travel route site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Franz Josef to Moscow. The time zone difference when traveling from Franz Josef to Moscow is minus 9 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gomel.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gomel, Belarus

— 1 day
Gomel is the administrative centre of Homiel Voblast and with 526,872 inhabitants (2015 census) the second-most populous city of Belarus. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Gomel Regional Museum of Military Glory, then don't miss a visit to Gomel Palace & Park Ensemble, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Peter and Paul Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gomel trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Moscow to Gomel in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in October: highs in Gomel hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Potsdam.

Things to do in Gomel

Museums · Historic Sites

Potsdam, Germany

— 3 nights

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sanssouci Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. You'll explore and learn at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and URANIA-Planetarium. Get out of town with these interesting Potsdam side-trips: Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben), Radduscher Naturhafen (in Vetschau) and Schlosspark Wiesenburg (in Wiesenburg). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Stiftung Gedenkstatte Lindenstrasse, take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Naturparkzentrum Hoher Flaming, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gemeinde der Russisch-Orthodoxen Kirche.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Potsdam trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Gomel to Potsdam in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gomel to Potsdam is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Schiermonnikoog.

Things to do in Potsdam

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands

— 1 day
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. On the 19th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog and then stroll the grounds of Vredenhof.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Schiermonnikoog trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Potsdam to Schiermonnikoog. In October in Schiermonnikoog, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kroller-Muller Museum and Airborne Museum at Hartenstein. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cenakel kerk and Zaadmarkt Zutphen-Rijksmonument woonhuis Het Bolwerck uit 1549. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nijmegen: Glider Collection Wolfheze (in Wolfheze), Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk) and Renderklippen natuurgebied (in Heerde). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Natuur-reservaat Ooijpolder-De Vlietberg Nijmegen, take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum de Dreijen, brush up on your military savvy at Informatiecentrum De Polen van Driel, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Airborne Cemetery.

Make your Nijmegen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Explore your travel options from Schiermonnikoog to Nijmegen with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Schiermonnikoog in October since evenings lows in Nijmegen dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 24th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Settels-Roofvogels, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug, and then steep yourself in history at Koppelpoort. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Hof, delve into the lush surroundings at Leersumse Veld, and then look for all kinds of wild species at De Lange Duinen.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Utrecht trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nijmegen to Utrecht in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Utrecht

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hauts-de-France travel guide

4.3
Theme Parks · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
Hauts-de-France is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015. France's Conseil d'État approved Hauts-de-France as the name of the region on 28 September 2016, effective 30 September 2016.The region covers an area of more than 31813km2, and has a population of 5,973,098.ToponymyThe region's interim name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie was a hyphenated placename, created by hyphenating the merged regions' names—Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie—in alphabetical order.On 14 March 2016, well ahead of the 1 July deadline, the Regional council decided on Hauts-de-France as the region's permanent name,. The provisional name of the region was retired on 30 September 2016, when the new name of the region, Hauts-de-France, took effect.GeographyThe region borders Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia) to the northeast, the English Channel to the northwest, as well as the French regions of Grand Est to the southeast, Île-de-France to the south, and Normandy to the southwest. It is connected to the United Kingdom (England) via the Channel Tunnel.

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Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.

Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

4.3
Castles · Zoos · Specialty Museums
Centre is a large inland region around the Loire Valley made up of six departments and known for its wealth of places to visit, including fine historical towns, remarkable gardens, forests, fruit orchards, vineyards, and its many renovated châteaux. Its natural landscape includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries and is extremely conducive to outdoor sightseeing. The official name for the region is frequently combined in tourist literature with the French appellation Val-de-Loire to produce the combination Centre-Val-de-Loire, reflecting this region's embrace of the renowned valley of the river Loire. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the Centre region has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.

Pays de la Loire travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Castles
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.

Thessaly travel guide

4.8
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gardens
Home to the tallest mountain in Greece, the region of Thessaly boasts two well-developed ski resorts. Vastly different from other parts of the country that draw tourists with their beaches and ancient ruins, Thessaly offers diverse landscapes that include vast plains, deep lakes, and soaring mountain peaks. The Sporades islands complete the Thessalian landscape, providing vacationers with access to sun-drenched coastlines and tiny settlements preserving an age-old way of life long lost on the mainland. To see one of the world's largest and oldest monastic complexes, add the town of Kalambaka to your itinerary.

Victoria travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Gardens · Landmarks
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.

West Coast Region travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas · Hiking Trails
Set off on an active outdoor holiday in West Coast Region, a sparsely populated adventurer's playground with glaciers, rainforests, and other dramatic geological features. The long, narrow stretch of land is best experienced with your own transport, given the many things to do and the minimal infrastructure blotting the landscape. On the whole, West Coast Region remains wild and full of captivating vistas--of land, sea, and snow--with great caving and rafting opportunities. The coastal road takes in the most majestic sights and conveniently connects the region's thinly spread towns.

Gomel Region travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Monuments
Gomel Region or Homyel’ Voblasć is one of the regions of Belarus. Its administrative center is Gomel. The total area of the region is, the population in 2011 stood at 1,435,000 with the number of inhabitants per km2 at 36.Important cities within the region include: Gomel, Mazyr, Zhlobin, Svietlahorsk, Rečyca, Kalinkavičy, Rahačoŭ, Dobruš.Both the Gomel Region and the Mogilev Region suffered severely after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe. The Gomel Province borders the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in places, and parts of it is designated as mandatory or voluntary resettlement areas as a result of the radioactive contamination.

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Brandenburg travel guide

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Gardens · History Museums · Landmarks
Both a historical region and modern federal state, Brandenburg was once the heart of Prussia. It surrounds but does not officially include the national capital, Berlin. Best known for its wealth of natural attractions, Brandenburg contains three World Heritage-listed biosphere reserves and 11 protected nature parks. A sprawling national park spreads all the way across the border with Poland. The region's pristine natural environments are protected by the nation's strict natural protection policies, which began in the 1990s. An extensive network of park rangers lead tours through the various environments and ensure continued conservation. Be sure to explore the state capital's lavish royal palaces and gardens. Extend your itinerary outside the urban centers if you'd like to enjoy the numerous bike trails, golf courses, canoeing tours, and boat trips.

Friesland Province travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Art Museums

Gelderland Province travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Zoos · Spas

Utrecht Province travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Observation Decks