59 days in Europe, South America & South Pacific Itinerary

59 days in Europe, South America & South Pacific Itinerary

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Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Bilbao
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Bilbao, Spain
— 4 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 3 nights
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Gatchina, Russia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Pulkovo Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere, Finland
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Palanga
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Drive to Palanga International Airport, Fly to Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, Drive to Halmstad
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Halmstad, Sweden
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo, France

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Visit Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo Cathedral for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cap Fréhel and Pointe du Grouin. Step out of Saint-Malo to go to Mont-Saint-Michel and see Mont Saint-Michel Bay, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, expand your understanding of the military at Fort National, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, and head off the coast to Le Grand Be.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint-Malo tour itinerary planner.

Hasselt, Belgium to Saint-Malo is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

4
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Bilbao, Spain

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
You'll explore and learn at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Go for a jaunt from Bilbao to Gautegiz Arteaga to see Urdaibai Bird Center about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona, pick up some local products at La Ribera Market, examine the collection at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Plentzia.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Saint-Malo to Bilbao in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saint-Malo in September: highs in Bilbao hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

3
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Center of Hondarribia and Miramar Palace. Appreciate the collections at San Telmo Museoa and Museum Cemento Rezola. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, take advantage of the amenities at Ondarreta Beach, visit Parte Vieja, and admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia trip planning tool.

Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Avenida da Liberdade are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip maker.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in September, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Sintra, Portugal

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Get some historical perspective at Park and National Palace of Pena and National Palace of Queluz. Get some cultural insight at Quinta da Regaleira and Farol do cabo da Roca. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, examine the collection at Museu do Bonsai, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ulgueira, and admire the masterpieces at MU.SA - Museu de Artes de Sintra.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sintra trip planner.

Sintra is very close to Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum Pablo Escobar, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and then contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Parque Lleras, stroll around Parques del Rio, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Medellin trip app.

Fly from Sintra to Medellin in 16.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 5 hours. September in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Sports Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven), Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and Cowes (Phillip Island Wildlife Park & Koala Conservation Centre). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, don't miss a visit to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Melbourne takes 28 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Medellin to Melbourne is 15 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Medellin in September: highs in Melbourne hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cairns, Australia

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ngarru Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and KickArts Contemporary Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Cairns hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Kazan, Russia

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kazan Kremlin and Konstantin Vasiliev Museum. Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda" and Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Raifa Lake in Raifa (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, explore the activities along Blue Lakes, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Kazan with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Kazan is minus 7 hours. In October, Kazan is colder than Cairns - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gatchina.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

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Gatchina, Russia

Gatchina is a town and the administrative center of Gatchinsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, located 45km south of St. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, contemplate the long history of Zverinskiye Gates, then examine the collection at Shherbov Residence Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Priory Palace Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museum of Gatchina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gatchina Pavlovsky Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercession Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Yevangelichesko-Lyuteranskaya Tserkov' Svyatogo Nikolaya.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gatchina tour app.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Gatchina takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gatchina are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Gatchina

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

1
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Tampere, Finland

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gatchina to Tampere. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatchina to Tampere is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Museums

1
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Klaipeda, Lithuania

Port City

Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at KLaipeda Evangelical Baptist Church, then see the interesting displays at Lithuanian Sea Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Memel Nord.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Klaipeda day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Klaipeda takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tampere in October: high temperatures in Klaipeda hover around 12°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Halmstad.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Halmstad, Sweden

Halmstad is a port, university, industrial and recreational city at the mouth of Nissan in the province of Halland on the Swedish west coast. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Europa och Tjuren - Fontain, enjoy the sand and surf at Tylosand Strand, then steep yourself in history at Galgberget, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at S:t Nikolai kyrka.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Klaipeda to Halmstad. The time zone difference when traveling from Klaipeda to Halmstad is minus 1 hour. In October in Halmstad, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Halmstad

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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Berlin, Germany

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger. Your inner history buff will appreciate East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Halmstad to Berlin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

3
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Stuttgart, Germany

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Altstadt and St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stuttgart: Eninger Weide (in Eningen unter Achalm) and Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), Town Walls, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Staatsgalerie, take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart, make a trip to Palace Square, and step into the grandiose world of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Stuttgart online trip builder.

You can fly from Berlin to Stuttgart in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Schachmuseum and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rosengart Collection and Kunsthalle Luzern. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche.

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

You can drive from Stuttgart to Lucerne in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

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Bern, Switzerland

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Let the collections at Klingendes Museum and SOON Galerie capture your imagination. The Cathedral of Bern and Zahringerbrunnen will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Palazzo Tolomei, San Francesco, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bern to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Florence is somewhat warmer than Bern - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Pisa, Italy

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, admire the striking features of Duomo di Pisa, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptistery of St. John, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pisa route builder website.

Drive from Florence to Pisa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Pisa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

Basque Country travel guide

4.4
Art Museums · Beaches · Landmarks
Proud of its distinctive culture, the Basque Country is known to its local population as Euskadi or Euskal Herria, "Land of Basque Speakers." Widely regarded as one of the world’s best destinations for gastronomic itineraries, this region includes several major culinary centers, not the least of which is San Sebastián, known for its singular tapas or "pintxos," as the locals call them. The region’s big cities boast not only award-winning restaurants, but also numerous galleries, museums, and historical attractions. Beyond these urban centers, Basque culture thrives in villages dotting the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, which are home to a multitude of world-class wineries and innovative cider cellars.

Lisbon District travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Aquariums
Lisbon District contains a coastline that stretches for over 320 km (200 mi), so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the region's art, cuisine, and architecture remain inextricably linked to the sea. Straddling seven hills on the edge of the Atlantic, the coastal city of Lisbon serves as the district's main holiday destination, drawing pleasure seekers with its old-fashioned hospitality, rich cultural scene, and vibrant nightlife. Further inland spreads the district's serene countryside, studded with quaint villages, monasteries, and wineries. The small town of Sintra, a standout among the district's notable places to visit, boasts a well-preserved Moorish castle and a lavish royal palace and gardens, former summer residence of Portuguese aristocrats.

Antioquia Department travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Aquariums · Historic Sites

Victoria travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Gardens · Landmarks
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.

Republic of Tatarstan travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
A nation within a nation, Republic of Tatarstan is home to about 5 million Tatars--Russia's largest ethnic minority. Rich in oil and natural gas, the republic spreads across the central part of the vast East European Plain, some 800 km (500 mi) east of Moscow. Often overlooked by foreign visitors passing through this part of the world, Tatarstan remains one of the world's secret gems, pleasantly surprising travelers with its rich cultural and architectural heritage. Begin your Tatarstani adventure with a guided tour of the republic's thriving capital city of Kazan, the center of Tatar culture and home to the largest mosque in Russia.

Leningrad Oblast travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Overlapping the historic region of Ingria and bordering with Finland and Estonia, Leningrad Oblast is highly industrialized but also rich in natural and historical attractions. While its biggest city and the former capital of Imperial Russia, Saint Petersburg, is the largest tourist draw, there are plenty more places to visit in this area. Its lowlands, lakeshores with swampy areas, and river valleys covered by coniferous and mixed forests boast several nature reserves suitable for ecological tourism. Medieval fortifications, old Orthodox and Protestant churches and monasteries, and Swedish knights' castles built in the times of the White Russia, offer numerous sightseeing opportunities. You should also pay a trip to the famous "fox holes," a labyrinth of artificial silica caves dug during the rule of Catherine the Great, and among the relics of the past don't miss the oldest settlement of Eastern Slavs, Staraya Ladoga. The village hosts the Festival of the Early Middle Ages, where you can see medieval reenactments with historical costumes and traditional handicraft shops.

Pirkanmaa travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Observation Decks · Theme Parks

Klaipeda County travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · National Parks
The only one of the nation's 10 counties to have a coastline, Klaipeda County boasts gorgeous views over the water. Showcasing its German roots, this former Prussian capital's Old Town is lined with cobblestone streets leading the way to historic attractions like the remains of an impressive red brick castle. Today, the river running through the center of the region acts a divider between the past and progressive present, with the region south of the river showcasing newer, modern buildings, while the north side preserves hallmarks from the 13th to 18th centuries. Be sure to fit in a visit to the port of call, the only one in the country large enough for ships the size of the Titanic.

Halland County travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Beaches · Specialty Museums
The sandy beaches and rushing rivers of Halland County have secured its popularity among tourists, but the area offers plenty of cultural exploration as well, most notably the 13th-century Varberg Fortress. Remnants from the Bronze Age are scattered across numerous archaeological sites consisting of over 1,000 burial grounds and grave mounds. Take a peaceful stroll along the piers and boardwalks and admire the impressive vessels docked here. Consider a stay at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts, and be sure to try the salmon from one of the local rivers.

Baden-Wurttemberg travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Theme Parks · Castles
Baden-Wurttemberg is one of Germany's most popular vacation destinations. After all, who wouldn't be entranced by pristine natural habitats, rich culture, a multitude of mineral spas, and plenty of sunshine all year long? Most of this region is covered by the famed Black Forest. This spot's rugged peaks, glittering lakes, and well-maintained trails draw hikers, cyclists, and swimmers from around the globe. Located in the southern section of the country, Baden-Wurttemberg shares many of its traditions with its German-speaking neighbors in France, Switzerland, and Austria. Far more bucolic than the central and northern parts of the country, the area nevertheless offers a wealth of urban pleasures and tourist attractions. It features several large cities, most notably Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Be sure to include Baden-Baden on your itinerary as well, as its spas have been soothing weary travelers since Roman times.

Canton of Bern travel guide

4.3
Mountains · Waterfalls · Parasailing & Paragliding
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.