50 days in Central America, Caribbean, Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

50 days in Central America, Caribbean, Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Portland, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Isla Nena

For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Visiting La Chiva and Media Luna Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Bay Beach and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Isla de Vieques. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Isla de Vieques is 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. Visit The Walls of Avila and Catedral Primada for their historical value. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Madrid takes 13.5 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Isla de Vieques to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Isla de Vieques in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Madrid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Park and National Palace of Pena and Quinta da Regaleira. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Sintra National Palace in Sintra, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and wander the streets of Rossio Square.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in June, you will find days in Lisbon are little chillier (81°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as La Boqueria and Camino de Ronda. Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Sant Feliu de Guixols to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and walk around Parc Guell.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in June since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Paris, France

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.
Head to Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Le Marais, take a stroll through Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in July, with highs in Paris at 79°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) are in your itinerary. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum & Groeningemuseum). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

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Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Churchill War Rooms and Westminster Abbey. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery and St. Paul's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read London driving holiday planning site.

Take a train from Brussels to London in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Brussels to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arthur's Seat and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Stirling to see Stirling Castle about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh visit site.

Fly from London to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then take a stroll through Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Zurich in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Zurich. In July, Zurich is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schloss Linderhof and Frauenkirche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Peter's Church and St. Michael's Church. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Munich sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens 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 Piazza del Duomo and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Visit Piazza della Signoria and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munich in July, with highs in Florence at 86°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Palatine Hill and Galleria Borghese. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. Change things up with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athens day trip website.

Fly from Rome to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. July in Athens sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Sukiennice (Cloth Hall). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Krakow trip planning website.

You can fly from Athens to Krakow in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in July, things will get slightly colder in Krakow: highs are around 78°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Helsinki, Finland

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.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning app.

Fly from Krakow to Helsinki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Helsinki. Traveling from Krakow in July, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

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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 3rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Helsinki to Kyoto in 14.5 hours. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Helsinki to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in August; daily highs in Kyoto reach 92°F and lows reach 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

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Boracay, Philippines

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Balinghai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Ilig Iligan Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Boracay trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kyoto to Boracay in 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Boracay is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Boracay, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning site.

Getting from Boracay to Sydney by combination of ferry and flight takes about 14 hours. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Boracay in August, expect nights in Sydney to be cooler, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

France travel guide

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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.

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Germany travel guide

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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.

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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

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.

Finland travel guide

4.1
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."

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.

Philippines travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.