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

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

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Baltimore, United States
— 3 nights
Drive to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Fly to Medellin
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Ryazan, Russia
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 3 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly to Alicante, Train to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Spain
— 1 night
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Rapperswil, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Weimar, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
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Baltimore, United States

— 3 nights

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, then learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy, and then sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Baltimore trip website.

Paris, France to Baltimore is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Baltimore, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Baltimore at 32°C and lows at 22°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then take in the history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Baltimore to Medellin. In September, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the next day, Head underground at Caveworld, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves attractions website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Medellin to Waitomo Caves. Traveling from Medellin to Waitomo Caves, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Taupo, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Taupo Museum and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve. Tukairangi Gallery and L'Arte will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, head outdoors with Taupo Rod & Tackle, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Milford sound Hwy about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Victoria and Royal Exhibition Building. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library Victoria, identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Adelaide, Australia

— 3 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, admire the natural beauty at The Cedars, and then identify plant and animal life at Gorge Wildlife Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In September in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

— 1 night

Small Perhentian

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Adelaide to Pulau Perhentian Kecil. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Malaysia Time is minus 1.5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in September; daily highs in Pulau Perhentian Kecil reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ryazan.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ryazan, Russia

— 3 nights
Ryazan is a city and the administrative center of Ryazan Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 196km southeast of Moscow. Visit Archangel Cathedral and Cathedral Bell Tower for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gosudarstvennyy Muzey-Zapovednik S. A. Yesenina and Estate of S. Yesenin's Parents Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ryazan: Konstantinovo (Anna Snegina's Poem Museum & Zemskaya Shkola Museum), S.A. Esenin Museum (in Spas-Klepiki) and Museum of Wooden Architecture Forest Fortress (in Lunkino). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Assumption Cathedral.

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Explore your travel options from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Ryazan with the Route module. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Ryazan due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Ryazan

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Popular historic sites such as Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Moscow Kremlin and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Kitai-Gorod Wall.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow tour planning app.

Take a train from Ryazan to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Venice.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Venice, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Padua Botanical Garden, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, step into the grandiose world of Ca' d'Oro, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip builder website.

You can fly from Moscow to Venice in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Moscow in October, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Venice: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Verona, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arena di Verona and Casa di Giulietta. Popular historic sites such as Piazza delle Erbe and Museo di Castelvecchio are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa delle Sante Teuteria e Tosca, see the interesting displays at Scavi Scaligeri, and don't miss a visit to Cappella dei Notai.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Verona vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Mallorca and Alcudia Old Town. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castell de Bellver and Santo Cristo de la Sangre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palma de Mallorca: Cuevas del Drach (in Porto Cristo), Artestruz Mallorca (in Campos) and Parc Natural de Mondrago (in Santanyi). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra de Tramuntana, step into the grandiose world of Palau de l'Almudaina, and view the masterpieces at Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Palma de Mallorca travel route builder site.

You can fly from Verona to Palma de Mallorca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Verona in October, expect Palma de Mallorca to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 3 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Appreciate the collections at Necropolis del Puig des Molins and Museu Puig Molin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castell de Eivissa and Museo Puget. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Platja de ses Salines, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the streets of Dalt Vila, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ibiza Cathedral.

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You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Ibiza Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Ibiza Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cartagena, Spain

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Del Teatro Romano and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena visit app.

Getting from Ibiza Town to Cartagena by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Rapperswil.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Rapperswil, Switzerland

— 1 night
Rapperswil is a former municipality and since January 2007 part of the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of See-Gaster in the canton of St. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. John.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rapperswil vacation builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to Rapperswil with the Route module. Traveling from Cartagena in October, you will find days in Rapperswil are cooler (17°C), and nights are a bit cooler (8°C). On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Weimar.

Things to do in Rapperswil

Historic Sites

Weimar, Germany

— 3 nights

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Goethe National Museum and Wittumspalais will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Schillers Wohnhaus and Goethes Gartenhaus. Change things up with these side-trips from Weimar: Greifenwarte Falknerei am Rennsteig (in Waltershausen), Burg Creuzburg (in Creuzburg) and Wartburg Castle (in Eisenach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Buchenwald Memorial, see the interesting displays at Liszt Haus, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Neues Weimar.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Weimar trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Rapperswil to Weimar takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Weimar

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cologne Cathedral and Domschatzkammer. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Ludwig and LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshuette Hattingen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cologne: Feste Zons (in Dormagen), Wahner Heide (in Troisdorf) and LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Nachtigall (in Witten). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildpark, and take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planning site.

You can drive from Weimar to Cologne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Antioquia Department travel guide

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Landmarks · Aquariums · Historic Sites

Waikato Region travel guide

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Landmarks · Waterfalls · Caves
Just south of Auckland lies Waikato Region, an area with a temperate climate and swathes of lush, green farmland. Hike around the foothills and pastures where Peter Jackson filmed "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," or head underground into the vast and numerous cave systems. Whether you're an expert or want something a little more placid, you'll find plenty of outdoorsy things to do in Waikato Region. A rich biodiversity entertains nature lovers and birdwatchers, while the coastline offers some of the country's best surfing locations.

Southland Region travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Caves · Hiking Trails
A land of fjords, rocky coastline, and expansive plains, Southland Region remains known for its impressive scenery and abundant native wildlife. Relatively untouched and uninhabited swathes of land and sea, much of it protected, support rare bird species and an abundance of marine life, such as seals, whales, and dolphins. Don't expect too many urban centers on your tour of Southland Region, but when you do happen across one that's sprung up from the wilderness, be sure to try the famed local cuisine, such as the bluff oyster and other seafood.

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.

South Australia travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Largely arid or semi-arid in terms of its climate and geography, South Australia nevertheless boasts several picturesque mountain ranges and grasslands, particularly in its coastal region. Founded in 1836 as a planned colonial province rather than a penal settlement, South Australia has a slightly different modern history than Australia’s other states. Economically prosperous and culturally rich, South Australia boasts a confident, easygoing personality.

Terengganu travel guide

3.7
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.

Ryazan Oblast travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Monuments · Landmarks
Ryazan Oblast is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Ryazan, which is the oblast's largest city. Population: 1,154,114 (2010 Census).GeographyRyazan Oblast borders Vladimir Oblast (N), Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (NE), the Republic of Mordovia (E), Penza Oblast (SE), Tambov Oblast (S), Lipetsk Oblast (SW), Tula Oblast (W), and Moscow Oblast (NW).In terms of physical geography, Ryazan Oblast lies in the central part of the Russian Plain between the Central Russian and Volga uplands. The terrain is flat, with a highest point of no more than 300 m above sea level. Soils are podzolic and boggy on the left bank of the Oka, changing southward to more fertile podzolic and leached black-earths (chernozyom).HydrographyMost of the Ryazan Oblast lies within the Volga basin, with the Oka the principal river of the area.

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Veneto travel guide

4.2
Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
An independent republic until Napoleon's invasion in 1797, Veneto is among the wealthiest and most developed regions in the country. The region has a bustling tourism industry, drawing nearly 70 million visitors annually to its historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical, and culinary treasures. Though most tourists begin and end their Veneto holiday in Venice, the area has plenty more to offer. A range of attractions await beyond the capital city, including World Heritage-listed Palladian villas, seaside resorts, vineyards, lakes, beaches, thermal baths, lush parks, and imposing mountain ranges. Veneto's clubs, bars, and restaurants make for a lively nightlife in the region's thriving cities.

Balearic Islands travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Nightlife · Churches
The Balearic Islands offer both varied landscapes and a temperate climate ideal for long trips to the beach. On Mallorca, the biggest member of this island family in the Mediterranean Sea, that means everything from mountain scenery attractive to hikers and cyclists to beaches featuring traditional seaside resorts. Ibiza is Europe’s favorite party island, drawing thousands of young visitors with its vibrant club scene and nighttime raves. For a quieter itinerary, Menorca is a haven of serenity, featuring secluded beaches and secret bays. Quaint Formentara highlights the simple charms of island life, like sharing a sunset meal of roasted fish with friendly locals.

Region of Murcia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Art Museums · Landmarks
The region of Murcia offers both tranquil countryside and cities rich in historical landmarks, as it served as the frontier land between Christian Castile and Muslim Andalusia. With attractive main cities and over 150 km (93 mi) of Mediterranean coastline, the region has experienced a resurgence in tourism over the last decade highlighting the area’s cultural festivals, gastronomy, historic sites, and year-round warm weather. The wine country here is lush and, along with its colorful fruit orchards, embodies the region’s untouched natural charm.

Canton of St. Gallen travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Zoos · Nightlife
Defined by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803, the Canton of St. Gallen connects Switzerland to Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein at its borders. The region serves as a hub for culture and education in Europe, and is home to two World Heritage Sites: the Abbey of St. Gall, with its Baroque cathedral and vast library, and the thrust fault formation in the Alps. The university puts special emphasis on economic science, which complements the canton's prevalent industries of optical goods, pyrotechnics, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Stroll through the Old Town of the regional capital, St. Gallen, browse the handsome boutiques, or pull up a chair at a quaint cafe. Tourist attractions include thermal spas, water parks, museums, and winter sports facilities aplenty.

Thuringia travel guide

4.3
Castles · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Thuringia is a predominantly mountainous and forested region of Germany. Ancient towns and castles that stubbornly refuse to succumb to the ravages of time dot the countryside. Though it remains one of the lesser-known vacation spots among German provinces, Thuringia enjoys a good reputation among domestic visitors. The area attracts travelers with a wide selection of national parks, ski resorts, and an extensive network of hiking trails. Thuringia boasts a proud heritage of athletic achievement; its athletes have won more than half of Germany's Winter Olympic gold medals in the last 20 years. The land is more than just a holiday haven for sports enthusiasts. The region has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for artists such as Bach, Goethe, and Schiller.

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.