57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Nice, France
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Munich, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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Warsaw, Poland
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Krakow, Poland
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Budapest, Hungary
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Bucharest, Romania
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Isfahan, Iran
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Jeju, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Helsinki, Finland
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Visit Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen), Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Caresse de Tigre (in La Mailleraye-sur-Seine). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planning tool.

Minsk, Belarus to Paris is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Minsk to Paris, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Paris is a bit warmer than Minsk - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palais Lascaris and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup), Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague (in Valbonne) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Le Lavandou). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip website.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Nice

Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Get a sense of the local culture at Alte Pinakothek and Deutsches Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and Nuremberg (Germanisches Nationalmuseum & Kaiserburg Nurnberg). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, contemplate the long history of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Nice to Munich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in March, things will get a bit cooler in Munich: highs are around 11°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace. You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and Jewish Museum Berlin. Change things up with these side-trips from Berlin: Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben) and Frauenkirche Dresden (in Dresden). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Berlin travel route builder app.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Warsaw, Poland

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Let the collections at The National Museum in Warsaw and Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski). Take a break from Warsaw with a short trip to Arboretum SGGW in Brzeziny, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, and see the interesting displays at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Warsaw trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Warsaw takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Krakow, Poland

— 5 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius. Get some cultural insight at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Royal Castle. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Basilica, examine the collection at Galicia Jewish Museum, and take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

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You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Museum. Step out of Budapest to go to Eger and see Eger Castle, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Krakow, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 5th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, admire the masterpieces at The National Museum of Art of Romania, then get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, then explore the world behind art at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and finally contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest travel planning tool.

Fly from Budapest to Bucharest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. In April in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Historic Sites

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then examine the collection at National Museum of History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church.

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

You can fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and identify plant and animal life at Bentler Tabiat Parki.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker site.

Getting from Sofia to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Istanbul is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Isfahan, Iran

— 1 night

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Ali Qapu Palace, then explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Vank Cathedral.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isfahan using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Isfahan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Istanbul to Isfahan. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect nights in Isfahan to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kamakura to see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder.

Fly from Isfahan to Tokyo in 16.5 hours. Traveling from Isfahan to Tokyo, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Isfahan in April, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Let the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Asahiyaki (in Uji), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jeju, South Korea

— 1 night

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sangumburi Crater, then contemplate the long history of Seongeup Folk Village, then explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju attractions planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Jeju in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Visit DMZ Haemaru Village and Cheonggyecheon Stream for their historical value. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul travel route planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National History Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ulaanbaatar trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar. When traveling from Seoul in April, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Ulaanbaatar: temperatures range from 11°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums · Historic Sites

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Helsinki in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Helsinki, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

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.

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.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Iran travel guide

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

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."