55 days in South America, South Pacific, Asia, Europe & Canada Itinerary

55 days in South America, South Pacific, Asia, Europe & Canada Itinerary

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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
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Sydney, Australia
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Tokyo, Japan
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Oslo, Norway
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Berlin, Germany
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Krakow, Poland
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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London, United Kingdom
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Brussels, Belgium
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Florence, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 2 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Canaima National Park online trip planner.

San Cristobal to Canaima National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Cristobal to Canaima National Park due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks

Sydney, Australia

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Faulconbridge to see Corridor of Oaks about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to Sydney. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Appreciate the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Tokyo National Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip app.

Fly from Sydney to Tokyo in 13.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and then admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Moscow visit planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Moscow in 13.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Moscow, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some cultural insight at The State Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Appreciate the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum, don't miss a visit to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg attractions planning tool.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Oslo, Norway

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka, then explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, then see the interesting displays at Viking Ship Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Norsk Folkemuseum, see the interesting displays at Kon-Tiki Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fram Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nordisk bibelmuseum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oslo trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Oslo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oslo when traveling from St. Petersburg in June, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Berlin driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, then don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park, and finally examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow holiday maker tool.

Getting from Berlin to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

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You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then walk around Vondelpark. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), do sightseeing at your own pace with Self-Guided Tours & Rentals, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Renssen Art Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip app.

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in July, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Transportation

London, United Kingdom

— 3 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 Tower of London. National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the London attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in London, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, Church of Our Lady Bruges, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

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Traveling by train from London to Brussels takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Brussels, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Zurich James Joyce Foundation. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Jesuitenkirche, Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

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

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Templo de Debod, take a memorable tour with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Madrid itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Toronto, Canada

— 2 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
On the 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, and then enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower. On your second day here, walk around Toronto Island Park, visit The Distillery District, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Toronto attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Toronto takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Toronto to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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.

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.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

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.