58 days in Europe, South America & Asia Itinerary

58 days in Europe, South America & Asia Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Drive to Calais-Fréthun, Train to Folkestone, Drive to London
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and De Duif. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Frans Hals Museum. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Grote Markt in Haarlem, approximately Haarlem away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online trip planner.

Paris, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In March in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

4
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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Visit Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural Sciences.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels route maker tool.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March in Brussels, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

2
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Bruges, Belgium

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then get engrossed in the history at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, then see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Western Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Gravensteen, see the interesting displays at Museum Dr. Guislain, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Windmills of Bruges.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip builder site.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bruges are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

5
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Appreciate the collections at National Gallery and Tate Modern. Your inner history buff will appreciate Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms. Change things up with these side-trips from London: Bourton-on-the-Water (Greystones Farm & Birdland) and Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and train from Bruges to London in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

4
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, get curious at Dynamic Earth, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana and Museu Internacional De Arte Naif. Get some cultural insight at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, visit Santa Teresa, stroll through Parque Lage, and take in panoramic vistas at Vista Chinesa.

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Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Rio de Janeiro takes 18.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Edinburgh in March, things will get warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Rome by flight takes about 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Rome is 4 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Rome hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pitti Palace and Museo di San Marco. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence online trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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Munich, Germany

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.
You'll explore and learn at Alte Pinakothek and Deutsches Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, admire the masterpieces at Lenbachhaus, make a trip to Marienplatz, and get engrossed in the history at Bavarian National Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Munich travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, Munich is little chillier than Florence - with highs of 16°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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Budapest, Hungary

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore House of Terror Museum and Memento Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, shop like a local with Koller Gallery, and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Budapest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Munich in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

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Krakow, Poland

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.
Get some historical perspective at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Cathedral. Wieliczka Salt Mine and Galicia Jewish Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, see the interesting displays at Krakow Pinball Museum, explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Remuh Synagogue (Synagoga Remuh).

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Krakow travel route planner.

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in April, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Warsaw, Poland

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum in Warsaw, then examine the collection at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Warsaw to Kyoto in 17 hours. Traveling from Warsaw to Kyoto, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Warsaw in April; daily highs in Kyoto reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Classes · Museums

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Seoul, South Korea

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), then take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea and then admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Seoul by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some cultural insight at The State Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and New Peterhof Railway Station. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum and explore the engaging exhibits at The Shadow Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can fly from Seoul to St. Petersburg in 14 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seoul in April; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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Berlin, Germany

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.
East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and explore the world behind art at Urban Nation.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Berlin travel route planning site.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Berlin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Berlin is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

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.

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. 

Poland travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.