57 days in Europe, Canada, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

57 days in Europe, Canada, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lille, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Amboise, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Ibiza Town
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 3 nights
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Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive
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Niagara Falls, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive to Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Fly to Noumea
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Noumea, New Caledonia
— 3 nights
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Dalian, China
— 2 nights
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Barnaul, Russia
— 1 night
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Minsk, Belarus
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Brno, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
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Potsdam, Germany
— 3 nights
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Magdeburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
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Ghent, Belgium

— 3 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Bruges (The Markt, Belfry of Bruges, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Graslei and Korenlei, and take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Ghent is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Lille, France

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Visit Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens for their historical value. Maison de Jules Verne and Lochnagar Crater are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Lille's surroundings by going to Dune Dewulf (in Leffrinckoucke), Franco-Australian Museum (in Villers-Bretonneux) and Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand and explore the different monuments and memorials at Serre Road Cemetery No.2.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Lille road trip website.

You can drive from Ghent to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Lille

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Amboise, France

— 3 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Let the collections at Chateau de Chenonceau and Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci capture your imagination. Visit Chateau de Chambord and Chateau Royal d'Amboise for their historical value. Step out of Amboise to go to Cheverny and see Chateau de Cheverny, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, see the interesting displays at La Magnanerie, and learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amboise holiday website.

Traveling by train from Lille to Amboise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. September in Amboise sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castell de Eivissa and Esglesia de Sant Domingo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Necropolis del Puig des Molins and Platja de ses Salines. Go for a jaunt from Ibiza Town to Sant Antoni de Portmany to see Cala Bassa about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Natural Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera, kick back and relax at Cala Comte, pause for some serene contemplation at Ibiza Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Sant Rafel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ibiza Town trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Amboise to Ibiza Town takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Amboise in September, things will get a bit warmer in Ibiza Town: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
You'll explore and learn at Castell de Bellver and Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma. Catedral de Mallorca and Santo Cristo de la Sangre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Cala d'Or), Artestruz Mallorca (in Campos) and Cuevas del Drach (in Porto Cristo). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra de Tramuntana, admire the masterpieces at Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, step into the grandiose world of Palau de l'Almudaina, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Terrazas de la Catedral de Palma.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ibiza Town to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Ibiza Town in September, plan for little chillier nights in Palma de Mallorca, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Toronto.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Toronto, Canada

— 3 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Get some cultural insight at Casa Loma and Royal Ontario Museum. Visit The Distillery District and St Michael's Cathedral Basilica for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Toronto side-trips: Whitby (Heber Down Conservation Area & Lynde Shores Conservation Area). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower, examine the collection at Hockey Hall of Fame, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Toronto trip planning site.

Fly from Palma de Mallorca to Toronto in 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Palma de Mallorca to Toronto. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Palma de Mallorca in September: high temperatures in Toronto hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Niagara Falls, Canada

— 3 nights
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Visit White Water Walk and Niagara River Recreation Trail for their historical value. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, trek along Niagara Glen Nature Areas, admire the sheer force of Horseshoe Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip app.

You can drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Noumea, New Caledonia

— 3 nights
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tjibaou Cultural Center and Galerie d'art LEC LEC TIC. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Ville de Noumea and Arts Premiers Galerie. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Anse Vata Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, and grab your bike and head to Promenade Pierre-Vernier.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Noumea holiday planning site.

Explore your travel options from Niagara Falls to Noumea with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is 16 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Dalian.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Dalian, China

— 2 nights
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
Get some historical perspective at Japan-Russia Prison Site of Port Arthur and Dalian Catholic church. Bangchuidao Island and Dalian Natural History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Xinghai Square, admire the local landmark of Dalian Donggang Music Fountain, and stroll around Dalian Zhongshan Square.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dalian sightseeing planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Noumea to Dalian. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Noumea to Dalian due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Barnaul.

Things to do in Dalian

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Barnaul, Russia

— 1 night
Barnaul is a city and the administrative center of Altai Krai, Russia, located at the confluence of the Barnaulka and Ob Rivers in the West Siberian Plain. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Lenin Avenue and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Barnaul trip website.

Explore your travel options from Dalian to Barnaul with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Dalian to Barnaul is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dalian in October; daily highs in Barnaul reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Barnaul

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Minsk, Belarus

— 3 nights
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mir Castle and Church of Saints Simon and Helena. Appreciate the collections at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War and Museum Strana Mini. Venture out of the city with trips to Mir (Chapel and Burial Vault Svyatopolk-Mirskikh & Holy Trinity Church). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Khatyn Memorial, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, get engrossed in the history at Money Museum Groshi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Mosque.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Minsk day trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Barnaul to Minsk with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Barnaul to Minsk. In October, Minsk is somewhat warmer than Barnaul - with highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Vienna.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 5 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna holiday site.

You can fly from Minsk to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Minsk to Vienna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Minsk in October, with highs in Vienna at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brno.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Brno, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

Moravian Manchester

A thousand years old, Brno offers a convenient urban base for exploring the southern section of Moravia, famed for its lush vineyards and natural caves.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Spilberk Castle, examine the collection at Brno Technical Museum, then see the interesting displays at Villa Tugendhat, and finally examine the collection at Mendel Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Diocesan Museum Brno, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, take some stellar pictures from Old Town Hall - Tourist Information Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Monastery and Vault, and finally make a trip to Liberty Square.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brno trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Brno takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Brno are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Brno

Historic Sites · Museums

Dresden, Germany

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Popular historic sites such as Frauenkirche Dresden and Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, see the interesting displays at The Royal Porcelain Collection, get to know the fascinating history of Kunsthofpassage, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss & Park Pillnitz.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dresden holiday maker website.

Drive from Brno to Dresden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Dresden are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Potsdam.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Potsdam, Germany

— 3 nights

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
Get some cultural insight at Sanssouci Palace and Stiftung Gedenkstatte Lindenstrasse. Appreciate the collections at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Gedenk- und Begegnungsstatte Leistikowstrasse. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Schloss Cecilienhof, stroll through Potsdam's Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gemeinde der Russisch-Orthodoxen Kirche, and don't miss a visit to Hollandisches Viertel.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Potsdam trip planner.

Drive from Dresden to Potsdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Magdeburg.

Things to do in Potsdam

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Magdeburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Cathedral City

Long known as one of the most important urban centers of medieval Germany, Magdeburg today boasts both an impressive historical core and a booming tech industry.
On the 20th (Tue), make a trip to Rathaus, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Markt Magdeburg, then admire the striking features of Gruene Zitadelle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Magdeburger Dom. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Otto-von-Guericke-Museum in der Lukasklause, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Servatius, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, then get to know the fascinating history of Altstadt, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Quartier 7.

Discover how to plan a Magdeburg trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Potsdam to Magdeburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Trier.

Things to do in Magdeburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Trier, Germany

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Let the collections at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) and Stadtmuseum Simeonstift capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Porta Nigra. Get out of town with these interesting Trier side-trips: Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun), Eltz Castle (in Wierschem) and Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), take in the spiritual surroundings of Konstantinbasilika, get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, and see the interesting displays at Museum am Dom.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trier trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Magdeburg to Trier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Trier are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 3 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Appreciate the collections at Museum Ludwig and NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cologne Cathedral and Frankenwerft. Venture out of the city with trips to Aachen (Aachener Rathaus & Aachen Cathedral). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, see the interesting displays at The Cathedral Treasury, snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Maria Himmelfahrt.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cologne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

East Flanders Province travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Although the province of East Flanders boasts a scenic countryside of rustic villages and dense woodlands, its most-visited attraction remains the medieval city of Ghent. The beating heart of the province, the city offers a vigorous cultural scene, rich architectural heritage, and some of Belgium's finest museums. Other notable places to visit include the lesser-known towns scattered along the banks of the river Schelde, including Sint-Niklaas, home to the largest market square in the country. Instead of spending your entire holiday in a single city, use Ghent as your base and spend time exploring the region's extensive network of sign-posted cycling routes; it's one of the longest such networks in Europe.

Hauts-de-France travel guide

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

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Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

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

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.

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.

New Caledonia travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.

Liaoning travel guide

3.6
Parks · Landmarks · History Museums
The Golden Triangle
Dubbed the "Golden Triangle" thanks to its borders with the Yellow Sea, Bohai Sea, and the Yalu River, Liaoning attracts tourists for the beauty of its nature in the hinterland, and bustling industrial cities on the coast. With over 2,100 km (1,300 mi) of coastline backed by rugged cliffs, a holiday in Liaoning provides the choice between relaxing on the beach or hiking in the mountains among towering peaks and pines. Several UNESCO-protected imperial palaces and royal mausoleums stand out as architectural treats, while the ruins of ancient cities lay under the shadow of the Great Wall of China. Other things to see in Liaoning include World Heritage mountain sites, the world’s largest Buddha statue made of jade, and a whole host of impressive pagodas.

Altai Krai travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Mountains

South Moravian Region travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
From the thrill of Brno's racing circuits to the perfect glass of wine in the countryside, the South Moravian Region offers vacationers a dynamic range of options. Located at the crossroads of Europe, South Moravia is famous for its natural beauties, impressive castles, and varied cuisine. Brno is the area's main urban centre and the second-largest city in the Czech Republic. It's a city of long history and rich culture, with diverse architecture, numerous art venues, and historical monuments. For a more peaceful and traditional feel head to some of the area's smaller towns. Outside the urban areas lies a karst landscape dotted with magnificent cave systems, and numerous hills and valleys covered with vineyards that produce some of the best wines in Central Europe.

Saxony travel guide

4.6
Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.

Brandenburg travel guide

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

Saxony-Anhalt travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Churches · Landmarks
Saxony-Anhalt is a fairly young federal state, created in 1946. Nevertheless, it is home to more World Heritage-listed attractions than any other state in Germany. The region notably contains Wittenberg and Eisleben, two cities boasting a close connection to historically significant events in the life of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. The region includes a variety of landscapes from the southwestern Harz Mountains to the sprawling northern plains. It features some of the most fertile soils in the country, and was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age. Centrally located within Germany, Saxony-Anhalt is connected to most major cities through a system of high-speed train lines and regional roads linked to the nation's autobahn network, making it a fairly easy addition to your itinerary.

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.4
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.

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.