59 days in Europe, Asia & Canada Itinerary

59 days in Europe, Asia & Canada Itinerary

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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Calgary, Bus to Banff National Park
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Calgary, Fly to Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
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Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Storico and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano), Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence itinerary maker.

Maastricht, The Netherlands to Florence is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Maastricht in March; daily highs in Florence reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Monte Cassino (in Cassino). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rome attractions planning tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. March in Rome sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sofia.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the striking features of Boyana Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Paraskeva, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in March; daily highs in Sofia reach 14°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrala Patriarhala.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip planner.

Fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Budapest.

Things to do in Bucharest

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore House of Terror Museum and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Liberty Statue and Matthias Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Nemzeti Botanikus Kert (in Vacratot), Fenyes Education Trail of Tata (in Tata) and Neszmely Boat Museum (in Neszmely). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, make a trip to Heroes' Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at Alcsut Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Budapest is minus 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Krakow, Poland

— 5 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Get some cultural insight at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Stare Miasto. Museum-lovers will get to explore Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Galeria Figur Stalowych. Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Ogrodzieniec Castle in Ogrodzieniec, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, see the interesting displays at Polish Aviation Museum, visit Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral.

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Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in March, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Warsaw, Poland

— 2 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Dollhouses, Games and Toys, contemplate the long history of Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski), learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then have some family-friendly fun at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum, then don't miss a visit to Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Birthplace of Frederic Chopin, then stroll the grounds of Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, then admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Warsaw trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Warsaw sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and finally take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

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Fly from Warsaw to Helsinki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In March, Helsinki is little chillier than Warsaw - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Russian Museum. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Palace Square will appeal to history buffs. Step out of St. Petersburg to go to Kuzmolovsky and see WindTunnel FlyStation, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Seoul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 2 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seodaemun Prison History Hall and Changgyeonggung Palace. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul sightseeing planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Seoul in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Seoul is 6 hours. In March, Seoul is somewhat warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Banff National Park, Canada

— 3 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Valley of the Ten Peaks. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and The Historic Luxton Home Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Banff National Park: Burgess Shale (in Yoho National Park) and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (in Canmore). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunshine Village, learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, fly down the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort, and get to know the fascinating history of Policeman's Creek Boardwalk.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kyoto to Banff National Park takes 19 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect Banff National Park to be colder, temps between 9°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Surgeons' Hall Museums, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, steep yourself in history at Grassmarket, and examine the collection at Museum on the Mound.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Banff National Park to Edinburgh takes 17.5 hours. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Banff National Park to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Banff National Park in April, with highs in Edinburgh at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Westminster Abbey. Explore hidden gems such as Churchill War Rooms and Wallace Collection. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey) and Blenheim Palace (in Woodstock). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and wander the streets of Westminster.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the London trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and The Army Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Fondation Louis Vuitton. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes), Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Atomium. Let the collections at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Rubens House (Rubenshuis) capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Saint Paul's Church (in Antwerp) and Bastogne (Bastogne War Museum, Mardasson Memorial, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip builder site.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in April, plan for slightly colder days in Brussels, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then contemplate the long history of Huis Boechoute, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bruges trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · 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.

Romania travel guide

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

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · 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

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

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.