55 days in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Africa, United States & South America Itinerary

55 days in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Africa, United States & South America Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)), Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Delft (Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles & Maria van Jessekerk). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Vondelpark, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, explore the galleries of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and get curious at NEMO Science Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam sightseeing planning tool.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Grand Canal in Versailles, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, visit Île de la Cité, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

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You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery and The British Museum. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, stroll around Hyde Park, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the London trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Edinburgh to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Riga.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Riga, Latvia

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, then steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Riga trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Riga in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Riga. While traveling from Edinburgh, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Riga, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beijing, China

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and National Museum Of China. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Beijing takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Riga to Beijing, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Riga in June; daily highs in Beijing reach 36°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Beijing to Te Anau. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Te Anau is 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Sydney, Australia

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Wed), examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then take a stroll through The Rocks, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online route maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Sydney takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. June in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Point. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon, and then take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cape Town in 18 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In July in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

New York City, United States

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Jewish Heritage. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to New York City takes 18.5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, New York City is much hotter than Cape Town - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, and then discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and finally head off the coast to Cayo El Acuario.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Fly from New York City to San Andres Island in 11 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Pantheon and Vatican Museums will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este, &more) and Convento di San Cosimato (in Vicovaro). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and visit Trastevere.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Rome route website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Andres Island to Rome. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Andres Island to Rome. Traveling from San Andres Island in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 7 nights

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 Museo di San Marco capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Pisa (Baptistery of St. John & Leaning Tower of Pisa), Montecatini Alto (in Montecatini Alto) and Chiesa di Santa Maria e Castello (in Vecchiano). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco, and don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

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.

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

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.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

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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.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

United States travel guide

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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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Italy travel guide

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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.