60 days in Canada, United States, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Canada, United States, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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Banff National Park, Canada
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Honolulu, United States
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Sydney, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Athens, Greece
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Rome, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Ibiza Town, Spain
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Vienna, Austria
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Berlin, Germany
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Oslo, Norway
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Brussels, Belgium
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Paris, France
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Banff National Park, Canada

— 3 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Visiting Sunshine Village and Kingmik Dog Sled Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and SkiBig3 Adventure Hub. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Banff National Park route app.

Ottawa to Banff National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. January in Banff National Park sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Honolulu, United States

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Appreciate the collections at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and USS Arizona Memorial. Do some cultural sightseeing at Battleship Missouri Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Sunset Beach Park). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Koko Crater Railway Trail, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Banff National Park to Honolulu takes 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Banff National Park to Honolulu is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Banff National Park in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manly Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's lots more to do: stop by The Rocks, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder site.

You can fly from Honolulu to Sydney in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 20 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to The Great Ocean Road and Royal Botanic Gardens. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis Museum and Erechtheion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, stop by Monastiraki, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Melbourne to Athens in 23 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Athens is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Athens are cooler (15°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome road trip planning app.

Fly from Athens to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in January, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Siena and Campanile di Giotto. Appreciate the collections at Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Torre del Mangia & Piazza del Campo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 1 night

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at Escape Rooms Ibiza, then explore the historical opulence of Castell de Eivissa, then stop by Dalt Vila, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Lily's Massage & Wellness Center.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ibiza Town day trip website.

Getting from Florence to Ibiza Town by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, Ibiza Town is somewhat warmer than Florence - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Spas · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 31st (Sun), take a stroll through Old Town and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip site.

Fly from Ibiza Town to Zurich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ibiza Town in January, expect nights in Zurich to be little chillier, around -1°C, while days are much colder, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Get some historical perspective at Belvedere Palace and Schonbrunn Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Albertina. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Hofburg, admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunner Gardens, don't miss a visit to Haus der Musik Wien, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vienna day trip planning app.

Getting from Zurich to Vienna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 5th (Fri), steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, then examine the collection at Jewish Museum Berlin, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally examine the collection at Topography of Terror. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites

Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, then get engrossed in the history at The Swedish History Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Skansen, take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and then examine the collection at ABBA The Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm driving holiday planner.

Fly from Berlin to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites

Oslo, Norway

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oslo online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Stockholm, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and Begijnhof for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Frans Hals Museum. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Getting from Oslo to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in February since evenings lows in Amsterdam dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, see the interesting displays at Autoworld, and browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. February in Brussels sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sainte-Chapelle and Musee Rodin. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, visit Montmartre, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris holiday builder website.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Churchill War Rooms and Houses of Parliament. Museum-lovers will appreciate Natural History Museum and National Gallery. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and explore the world behind art at Tate Modern.

For reviews and other tourist information, read London trip site.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and National Museum of Scotland. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse are in your itinerary. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Stirling Castle in Stirling, approximately Stirling away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh planning app.

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Little Museum of Dublin and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Kilmainham Gaol Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

United States travel guide

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

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Greece travel guide

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

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Balearic Islands travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Nightlife · Churches
The Balearic Islands offer both varied landscapes and a temperate climate ideal for long trips to the beach. On Mallorca, the biggest member of this island family in the Mediterranean Sea, that means everything from mountain scenery attractive to hikers and cyclists to beaches featuring traditional seaside resorts. Ibiza is Europe’s favorite party island, drawing thousands of young visitors with its vibrant club scene and nighttime raves. For a quieter itinerary, Menorca is a haven of serenity, featuring secluded beaches and secret bays. Quaint Formentara highlights the simple charms of island life, like sharing a sunset meal of roasted fish with friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

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

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Germany travel guide

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

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy 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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

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

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

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

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.