59 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

59 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Avignon, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Eger, Hungary
— 1 night
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Lahore, Pakistan
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
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Kaliningrad, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Paris, France

— 6 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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: 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 much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip tool.

Tehran, Iran to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran to Paris, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tehran in March, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 5 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Musee Angladon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Calvet and Palais du Roure. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges de Regalon, don't miss a visit to Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), and steep yourself in history at Place Crillon.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Avignon road trip app.

You can take a train from Paris to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, expect nights in Avignon to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Museum-lovers will get to explore MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathédrale La Major. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Espace Castillon (in Toulon), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Le Lavandou) and Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Le Sentier Du Lezard, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 6 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.
Palais Lascaris and Vieille Ville will appeal to history buffs. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice and Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague (in Valbonne), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice online travel planner.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Nice

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Matthias Church. The adventure continues: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Budapest route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Budapest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in March; daily highs in Budapest reach 14°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Eger.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Eger, Hungary

— 1 night

Hungarian Rome

Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Dobo Square, then see the interesting displays at Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt, then examine the collection at Egri Road Beatles Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Eger tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Budapest to Eger in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Eger sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Eger

Museums · Historic Sites

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rila Monastery and St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of History and National Institute of Archaeology with Museum. When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Borovets Ski Resort in Borovets, approximately Borovets away. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, and pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia road trip planning site.

Getting from Eger to Sofia by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Sofia are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Selcuk, Turkey

— 4 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Appreciate the collections at Camlik Locomotive Museum and Maket Koy. Get a sense of the local culture at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, don't miss a visit to Curetes Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Sofia to Selcuk in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Selcuk is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sofia in March, with highs in Selcuk at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Goreme, Turkey

— 3 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Goreme Open-Air Museum and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature & Parks, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and identify plant and animal life at Damsa Baraji.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goreme journey maker tool.

Getting from Selcuk to Goreme by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in April; daily highs in Goreme reach 22°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, steep yourself in history at Zeyrek Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lahore.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Lahore, Pakistan

— 2 nights
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn about all things military at Army Museum, examine the collection at Lahore Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Lahore Fort, and finally steep yourself in history at Badshahi Mosque. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Dera Sahib, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lahore Guided tours, then don't miss a visit to Masjid Wazir Khan, then contemplate the long history of Shahi Hammam, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shalimar Bagh (Shalimar Gardens).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lahore journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Lahore takes 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Lahore. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in April; daily highs in Lahore reach 40°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Moscow, Russia

— 1 night

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Red Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, explore the world behind art at Armoury Chamber, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and finally contemplate the long history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Lahore to Moscow with the Route module. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Lahore in April: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Kaliningrad, Russia

— 1 night

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa and then examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad journey planning website.

Fly from Moscow to Kaliningrad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Museums

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

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 Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Russian Museum and The Kunstkamera. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. While traveling from Kaliningrad, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Helsinki, Finland

— 3 nights

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kansallisgalleria and Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Helsinki to go to Lohjan Island and see Paavolan Tammi, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, examine the collection at The Helsinki Fire Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation maker.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

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. 

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.

Pakistan travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Specialty Museums
Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.

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."