56 days in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & Canada Itinerary

56 days in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & Canada Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Jaipur, India
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Kyoto, Japan
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Coron, Philippines
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Sydney, Australia
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Toronto, Canada
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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London, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery and Stonehenge. Museum-lovers will get to explore The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Alpaca Walking - with Spring Farm Alpacas (in Fletching) and East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Tower of London, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our London tour itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to London. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in London reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dalhousie Castle Falconry, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, relax in the rural setting at BobCat Alpacas, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Edinburgh to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Denmark and Amalienborg. Rosenborg Castle and Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, wander the streets of Stroeget, take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, and pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken).

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Staromestske namesti and Prague Astronomical Clock. Let the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Lobkowicz Palace capture your imagination. Spend the 16th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, don't miss a visit to Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia - National Gallery Prague, and learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague journey planner.

Fly from Copenhagen to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Prague sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Jaipur.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Jaipur, India

— 3 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, and finally examine the collection at Jaipur Wax Museum. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jaipur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Jaipur takes 14 hours. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Prague to Jaipur due to the time zone difference. In June, Jaipur is much hotter than Prague - with highs of 47°C and lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto journey builder.

You can fly from Jaipur to Kyoto in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Jaipur to Kyoto. Traveling from Jaipur in June, expect nights in Kyoto to be little chillier, around 22°C, while days are colder, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Coron.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Coron, Philippines

— 2 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the activities along Kayangan Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at San Agustin Parish Church, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coron trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Coron takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Coron. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Coron

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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.
On the 29th (Wed), visit The Rocks, then explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Coron to Sydney takes 15.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Coron to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Milford sound Hwy and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park, stroll through Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and finally stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

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.
On the 4th (Mon), make a trip to Obelisco de Buenos Aires, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Buenos Aires in 20.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Te Anau to Buenos Aires. In July, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Toronto.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 7th (Thu): wander the streets of The Distillery District, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Steam Whistle Brewery, and then see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Toronto planning website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Toronto by flight takes about 16.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Toronto is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, you will find days in Toronto are much warmer (31°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Appreciate the collections at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Church of Santo Tomé. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, Catedral Primada, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo, and discover the deep blue sea with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planning website.

You can fly from Toronto to Madrid in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Madrid is 6 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. El Barri Gòtic and Las Ramblas will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Scuba Alegre (in Sant Pere Pescador) and Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip maker.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & La Galerie des Batailles). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris route planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Belfry of Bruges & Historic Centre of Brugge) and Gravensteen (in Ghent). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, see the interesting displays at Atomium, and browse the exhibits of Maison d'Erasme.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.

Denmark travel guide

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

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.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Australia travel guide

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

New Zealand travel guide

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

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.