60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Oslo, Norway
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Bergen, Norway
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Nice, France
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Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Step off the beaten path and head to Senso-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and National Museum of Nature and Science capture your imagination. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Tokyo is 14 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, with highs in Tokyo at 79°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Todai-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and Uji (Byodoin & Mimurotoji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Saihoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and push the limits with Street Kart Kyoto.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Beijing, China

— 4 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Heaven and National Museum Of China. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), contemplate the long history of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and pause for some photo ops at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Shanghai, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, take a stroll through Former French Concession, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and then wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shanghai online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in June, you will find days in Shanghai are little chillier (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Hong Kong, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): head off the coast to Lantau island, appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and then get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Heritage Museum. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), then indulge your senses at Secret Food Tours Hong Kong, and then take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in June, with highs in Hong Kong at 91°F and lows at 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at My Khe Beach, see the interesting displays at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hoi An online trip builder.

Getting from Hong Kong to Hoi An by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Hoi An are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, then view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, and finally explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery, and then contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Hanoi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chiang Man, then examine the collection at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, then steep yourself in history at Wat Kukut, then contemplate the long history of Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), and finally delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Chiang Mai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Chiang Mai, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Historic City of Ayutthaya and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration) & Wat Maha That). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and don't miss a visit to Wat Pho.

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You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Oslo.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Oslo, Norway

— 4 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Explore hidden gems such as Viking Ship Museum and Norsk Folkemuseum. Visit Rådhuset and Oslomarka for their historical value. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, see the interesting displays at Kon-Tiki Museum, and contemplate the long history of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning).

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oslo holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Oslo takes 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Bangkok, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Bergen, Norway

— 2 nights

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, sample some tasty brews at Bergen Food Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Bryggen, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Ulriken and then see the interesting displays at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bergen online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Oslo to Bergen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in July, expect nights in Bergen to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Prague.

Things to do in Bergen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Prague, Czech Republic

— 7 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Staromestske namesti and Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Lobkowicz Palace and Powder Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of All Saints (in Litomerice), Kutna Hora (Castle Kacina, Italian Court, &more) and Památník Terezín - Národní hřbitov (in Terezin). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague online day trip planner.

You can fly from Bergen to Prague in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Prague is a bit warmer than Bergen - with highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Lucerne.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore hidden gems such as Gruyeres Castle and Parasailing & Paragliding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum (in Bern), Zurich (Old Town, Lake Zurich, &more) and Titlis (in Engelberg). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and stroll through Maennlichen.

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Traveling by flight from Prague to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get some historical perspective at Le Suquet and Place Garibaldi. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Vence (Ville medieval & Azur Wine Tours), Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Eglise Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice online day trip planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieux Lyon and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Step off the beaten path and head to Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu and Théâtre gallo-romain. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbaye Saint-Philibert (in Tournus), Dijon (Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon) and Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and pause for some photo ops at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lyon trip app.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, Lyon is little chillier at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee de l'Orangerie and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique Saint-Remi. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more), Hotel Le Vergeur Museum (in Reims) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lyon in August: highs in Paris hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.