55 days in Europe, Canada, United States, Caribbean, Central America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

55 days in Europe, Canada, United States, Caribbean, Central America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Train to Helsinki, Fly to Moscow Sheremetyevo
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Train
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Toronto, Canada
— 4 nights
Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Newark
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Cap Haitien International Airport, Drive to Milot
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Milot, Haiti
— 2 nights
Drive to Cap Haitien International Airport, Fly to Murtala Muhammed International Airport
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Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Bus to Vienna, Fly to Munich
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Red Square and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Let the collections at Moscow Kremlin and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary maker site.

Tampere, Finland to Moscow is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Tampere in June, expect Moscow to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · 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.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum, take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, make a trip to Sobor Petra I Pavla, and explore the historical opulence of Catherine's Body.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg holiday planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Toronto, Canada

— 4 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa Loma and Royal Ontario Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Distillery District and White Water Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toronto: Niagara Falls (Butterfly Conservatory, Skylon Tower, &more) and Irene MacKenzie at On the Lake Watercolours (in Niagara-on-the-Lake). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of CN Tower, see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Toronto trip planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Toronto by flight takes about 15.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in June, with highs in Toronto at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

New York City, United States

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Alley Pond Environmental Center (in Douglaston), Demarest Nature Center (in Demarest) and Sands Point Preserve (in Port Washington). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Central Park, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Toronto to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in June, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Havana, Cuba

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Malecón of Havana and Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion). Get some historical perspective at Old Havana and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Havana online travel planner.

You can fly from New York City to Havana in 7.5 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit warmer in Havana: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 1 night
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): view the masterpieces at The Art Warehouse, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Havana to San Juan del Sur with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Havana to San Juan del Sur is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Havana in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in San Juan del Sur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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 25th (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Milot.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Milot, Haiti

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Milot, contemplate the long history of Citadelle Laferrière, and then steep yourself in history at National History Park - Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Milot attractions planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Milot. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Milot, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Milot

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lagos, Nigeria

— 3 nights
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Alexis Galleries, identify plant and animal life at Lekki Conservation Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Kalakuta Republic Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Ovuomaroro Studio and Gallery, examine the collection at The National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Freedom Park Lagos, and finally explore the galleries of Red Door Art Gallery.

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Explore your travel options from Milot to Lagos with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Milot to Lagos is 6 hours. Traveling from Milot in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 27°C in Lagos. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Hurghada.

Things to do in Lagos

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Hurghada, Egypt

— 3 nights
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque El Mina Masjid, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus.

Make your Hurghada itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Lagos to Hurghada in 12 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Hurghada. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lagos in July: high temperatures in Hurghada hover around 45°C and lows are around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Popular historic sites such as Shah-i-Zinda and Gur Emir Mausoleum are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Regional Studies Museum and Ulugh Beg Observatory. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Registan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, deepen your understanding at Ulugbek Madrasah, and delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Settlement.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Samarkand journey builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hurghada to Samarkand. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hurghada to Samarkand. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hurghada in July; daily highs in Samarkand reach 40°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online journey maker.

Getting from Samarkand to Istanbul by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Samarkand to Istanbul. When traveling from Samarkand in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Bucharest, Romania

— 2 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with Green Adventure, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, then steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, then visit Old Town, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Fly from Istanbul to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Bucharest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Bucharest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 3 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Devin Castle and Michalska Brana. Visit Bratislava Castle and St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina) for their historical value. Step out of Bratislava with an excursion to Cerveny Kamen Castle in Cerveny Kamen--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), pause for some serene contemplation at Kostol a kláštor sv. Alžbety, take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, and don't miss a visit to Slavin War Memorial.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bratislava trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bucharest to Bratislava takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucharest to Bratislava, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bucharest in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bratislava: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Munich Residenz and St. Michael's Church. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and see the interesting displays at BMW Museum.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bratislava to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bratislava in July: high temperatures in Munich hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Berlin, Germany

— 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 22nd (Thu), make a trip to East Side Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums

Helsinki, Finland

— 2 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Do some cultural sightseeing at Helsinki Cathedral and The Esplanadi Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, discover the deep blue sea with Dive Finland Oy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Getting from Berlin to Helsinki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Helsinki is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

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 States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Haiti travel guide

3.8
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Zipline
The culture of Haiti has always been the reason for people to visit, and it will be the reason people visit in larger and larger numbers as the nation heals from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake. The interesting tale of colonialism, revolution, and political struggle has left Haiti with a wealth of historical sites and cultural influences. Sightseeing in Haiti offers perspectives on the many stages in the country's history, with colonial forts standing in ruins and monuments memorializing the revolution. The music, the art, the folklore, and the cuisine of Haiti all deserve to be explored in person.

Nigeria travel guide

3.6
Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Uzbekistan travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.

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.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
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.

Slovakia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

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."