56 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

56 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock travel route planner

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train
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Avignon, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly to Tbilisi International Airport, Drive to Gori
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Gori, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive to Tbilisi International Airport, Fly to Sochi International Airport
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Sochi, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chelyabinsk, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Takamatsu, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly to Morioka Hanamaki Airport, Drive to Hachimantai
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Hachimantai, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukushima, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Narita, Japan
— 1 night
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Potsdam, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Weimar, Germany
— 3 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of the city life by going to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups and Seine River. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and L'Orangerie (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

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

Vienna, Austria to Paris is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 5 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Appreciate the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Calvet. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Musee du Petit Palais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Parc Naturel Regional des Alpilles (in Saint Etienne du Gres), Tarascon (Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate & Chateau de Tarascon) and Les Baux de Provence (Musee Yves Brayer, Eglise St-Vincent, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Symphorien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Didier, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip planning tool.

Take a train from Paris to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Musee Granet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole are in your itinerary. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Porquerolles Island), La Route du Sel (in Hyeres) and Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Foret de Roustagnon.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Escape the urban bustle at Mala Beach Coastal Path and Scuba & Snorkeling. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Vence (La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence & Ville medieval), Saint-Tropez (Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez & La Maison des Papillons) and Pointe des Sardinaux (in Sainte-Maxime). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul, explore the world behind art at Musee du Bastion, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parc des Rives du Loup.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 7 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visiting Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Colle del Gianicolo will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome road trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November in Rome, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gori.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Gori, Georgia

— 1 night
Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Stalin Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum, then delve into the distant past at Uplistsiche Cave Town, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to the Defenders of the Fortress.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rome to Gori. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Georgia Standard Time (GET) is 3 hours. Traveling from Rome in November, things will get a bit cooler in Gori: highs are around 14°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Gori

Museums · Historic Sites

Sochi, Russia

— 2 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dagomysskiye Koryta. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Park of Waterfalls Mendelikha and then get great views at Roza Pik.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sochi itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Gori to Sochi with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Standard Time (GET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gori in November, expect nights in Sochi to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sochi

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Moscow, Russia

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Moscow Kremlin and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Popular historic sites such as Red Square and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, make a trip to Osobnyak Arseniya Morozova, see the interesting displays at Chambers of The Romanov Boyars, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip planning app.

Fly from Sochi to Moscow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sochi in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Moscow: temperatures range from -1°C by day to -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites

Chelyabinsk, Russia

— 2 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get outside with Bystrai, contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame, and then examine the collection at Museum of Labor and Fighting Glory. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint George Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Simeonovsky Cathedral, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chelyabinsk road trip planner.

Fly from Moscow to Chelyabinsk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Moscow in December, things will get slightly colder in Chelyabinsk: highs are around -7°C and lows about -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Takamatsu, Japan

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 9th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, stroll around Ritsurin Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuriji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ubushina Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chelyabinsk to Takamatsu. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 4 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chelyabinsk in December; daily highs in Takamatsu reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Museum of Art and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Misen Wild Woods, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima travel route app.

Take a train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kumamoto, Japan

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake, take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Fukuoka, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then step into the grandiose world of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, get engrossed in the history at Ozuka Ancient Burial Mound Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jotenji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan.

To plan Fukuoka vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hachimantai, Japan

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow, get outside with Hachimantai Asupite line, then take in the pleasant sights at Kuroyachi Wetland, and finally explore the activities along Hachiman Swamp. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwate, examine the collection at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, then steep yourself in history at Hōon-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishigaminooka Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hachimantai trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fukuoka to Hachimantai. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fukuoka in December: high temperatures in Hachimantai hover around 4°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fukushima, Japan

— 1 night
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head outdoors with Bandai-Azuma Skyline, then get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, then appreciate the views at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Horikiri House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukushima holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hachimantai to Fukushima takes 3.5 hours. December in Fukushima sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Narita.

Things to do in Fukushima

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Narita, Japan

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaku-do, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari), and finally don't miss a visit to Three-storied Pagoda.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Narita holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Fukushima to Narita in 4 hours. When traveling from Fukushima in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Narita, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Potsdam.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites

Potsdam, Germany

— 3 nights

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
Schloss Cecilienhof and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Sanssouci Palace and Gemeinde der Russisch-Orthodoxen Kirche for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Luebbenau (Premium Kahnfahrten & Freilandmuseum Lehde), Schlosspark Wiesenburg (in Wiesenburg) and Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Stiftung Gedenkstatte Lindenstrasse, head outdoors with Karl Foerster Garten, and stroll the grounds of Suedwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Potsdam trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Narita to Potsdam. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Narita to Potsdam. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Weimar.

Things to do in Potsdam

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Weimar, Germany

— 3 nights

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Popular historic sites such as Schillers Wohnhaus and Schloss Belvedere are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goethe National Museum and Buchenwald Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Goethes Gartenhaus, see the interesting displays at Museum fur Ur- und Fruhgeschichte Thuringens, browse the collection at Duchess Anna Amalia Library, and walk around Park an der Ilm.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Weimar vacation builder tool.

Getting from Potsdam to Weimar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Weimar are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Weimar

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Lazio travel guide

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Ruins · Fountains · Art Museums
Often overshadowed by the country's magnificent capital city, Lazio is a densely populated region in the middle of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. Though this prosperous area is home to Rome, Lazio offers many other cities, lakes, and white-sand coastal areas as beautiful additions to your itinerary. The region's landscapes are as varied as the people who live here. In the north, Lazio is lush and hilly. The southern section features rugged areas tailor-made for adventurous hikers and cyclists. Venture deeper into Lazio's countryside to find more places to visit, like restaurants and museums, as well as remnants of the ancient civilizations that once flourished in this area.

Shida Kartli Region travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Specialty Museums · Natural History Museums

Krasnodar Krai travel guide

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Parks · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
Situated in Southern Russia and known as the "Granary of Russia," Krasnodar Krai offers travelers Mediterranean-style beach resorts as well as popular ski centers. Abundant in natural resources, the territory of this region has been inhabited by various tribes and peoples since ancient times. The Kuban River runs straight through the center of Krasnodar Krai, dividing its territory into the plains of the northern part and the more exotic landscapes of the Black Sea coast and the stunning Caucasus Mountains. A biosphere reserve on the alpine slopes of the Western Caucasus is a World Heritage Site and home to the European bison, a nearly-extinct species that was recently reintroduced from captivity. Nature enthusiasts will also love lakes, waterfalls, mineral waters, and caves along the Laba River. On the other hand, nearly 1,500 monuments and memorials dedicated to important battles and heroes of World War II provide numerous sightseeing opportunities for history lovers.

Chelyabinsk Oblast travel guide

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Monuments · Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Lying in the southern part of the Urals on the border between Europe and Asia, Chelyabinsk Oblast offers a diverse array of attracitions for history buffs, nature lovers, cave enthusiasts, divers, and culture vultures alike. Besides the wilderness of meadows, tundra, and old-growth forests, the region's numerous historical attractions will make your holiday complete. Some 10 dwelling sites from the Stone Age, 70 monuments from the Bronze Age, and the oldest town of armor-masters and "thin" metallurgy shed light on the life of the early settlers, the civilizations of the Sarmatians, the Huns, and the Bashkirs. The region is home to several national parks and nature reserves, featuring such rarities as the black star corundum and a "cave castle" hewn in calcareous mountains by the Sim River.

Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Iwate Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Iwate Prefecture is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it contains the island's easternmost point. The capital is Morioka. Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture outside Hokkaido. Famous attractions include the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi, including Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji with their treasures, Fujiwara no Sato, a movie lot and theme park in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Tenshochi, a park in Kitakami City known for its big, old cherry trees and Morioka Castle in Morioka City.NameThere are several theories about the origin of the name "Iwate", but the most well known is the tale Oni no tegata, which is associated with the Mitsuishi or "Three Rocks" Shrine in Morioka. These rocks are said to have been thrown down into Morioka by an eruption of Mt. Iwate. According to the legend, there was once a devil who often tormented and harassed the local people. When the people prayed to the spirits of Mitsuishi for protection, the devil was immediately shackled to these rocks and forced to make a promise never to trouble the people again. As a seal of his oath, the devil made a handprint on one of the rocks, thus giving rise to the name Iwate, literally "rock hand". Even now after a rainfall it is said that the devil's hand print can still be seen there.

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Fukushima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Castles
Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province.The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect 'civilized Japan' from the 'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646.In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724.The province of Fukushima was conquered by Prince Subaru in 1293. This region of Japan is also known as Michinoku and Ōshū.The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.2011 earthquake and subsequent disastersThe 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture, primarily but not limited to the eastern Hama-dōri region.

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Chiba Prefecture travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Brandenburg travel guide

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Gardens · History Museums · Landmarks
Both a historical region and modern federal state, Brandenburg was once the heart of Prussia. It surrounds but does not officially include the national capital, Berlin. Best known for its wealth of natural attractions, Brandenburg contains three World Heritage-listed biosphere reserves and 11 protected nature parks. A sprawling national park spreads all the way across the border with Poland. The region's pristine natural environments are protected by the nation's strict natural protection policies, which began in the 1990s. An extensive network of park rangers lead tours through the various environments and ensure continued conservation. Be sure to explore the state capital's lavish royal palaces and gardens. Extend your itinerary outside the urban centers if you'd like to enjoy the numerous bike trails, golf courses, canoeing tours, and boat trips.

Thuringia travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Thuringia is a predominantly mountainous and forested region of Germany. Ancient towns and castles that stubbornly refuse to succumb to the ravages of time dot the countryside. Though it remains one of the lesser-known vacation spots among German provinces, Thuringia enjoys a good reputation among domestic visitors. The area attracts travelers with a wide selection of national parks, ski resorts, and an extensive network of hiking trails. Thuringia boasts a proud heritage of athletic achievement; its athletes have won more than half of Germany's Winter Olympic gold medals in the last 20 years. The land is more than just a holiday haven for sports enthusiasts. The region has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for artists such as Bach, Goethe, and Schiller.