60 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

60 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Paris, France
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London, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Oslo, Norway
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Helsinki, Finland
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Minsk, Belarus
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Athens, Greece
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Bucharest, Romania
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Krakow, Poland
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Berlin, Germany
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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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are colder (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough 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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and don't miss a visit to Tower of London.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our London trip builder website.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 14th (Sat), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, and then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Edinburgh to Reykjavik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, you will find days in Reykjavik are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 3 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.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), walk around Frogner Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Oslofjord, and take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oslo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Oslo takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Reykjavik in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Oslo, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 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.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, make a trip to Stockholm City Hall, and explore the engaging exhibits at Nordiska Museet.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Stockholm tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Oslo to Stockholm in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Palace Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum and then examine the collection at Russian Museum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In May in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. You will leave for Almaty on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 2 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, walk around First President's Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and then find something for the whole family at Gorky Central Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Almaty online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Almaty by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Almaty. Traveling from St. Petersburg in May, expect Almaty to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Minsk.

Things to do in Almaty

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Minsk, Belarus

— 1 night
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
On the 29th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Strana Mini, and then get your bearings at National Library of Belarus.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Minsk trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Almaty to Minsk with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Almaty in May, things will get slightly colder in Minsk: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Minsk

Museums

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally steep yourself in history at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, don't miss a visit to Andreyevskiy Spusk, take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, then make a trip to Khreshchatyk, and finally appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) day trip planning website.

Fly from Minsk to Kyiv (Kiev) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minsk to Kyiv (Kiev) due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Kyiv (Kiev) are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Sofia.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Boyana Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sofia road trip app.

Getting from Kyiv (Kiev) to Sofia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sofia in June, with highs in Athens at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Bucharest.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Bucharest, Romania

— 2 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery, then ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, then stroll around Herăstrău Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti". Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Muzeul Karanului Roman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bucharest itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Bucharest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens in June, Bucharest is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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Krakow, Poland

— 4 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.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and explore the galleries of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Plan trip to Krakow with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bucharest in June, with highs in Krakow at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Krakow to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Munich, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning tool.

Fly from Munich to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Catedral Primada). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Madrid route builder tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

France travel guide

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

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

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

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · 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.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas
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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

Kazakhstan travel guide

4.1
Mountains · Parks · Observation Decks
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.

Belarus travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Churches · History Museums
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.