60 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

60 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Train to Euston station, Fly to Luxembourg
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Vianden, Luxembourg
— 3 nights
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Drive to Luxembourg-Findel International Airport, Fly to Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, Drive to Gdynia
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Gdynia, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive to Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, Fly to Lviv International Airport
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
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Fly to Klagenfurt, Shuttle to Avtobusna postaja Kranj, Bus to Bled
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Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Drive
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City of San Marino, San Marino
— 3 nights
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Bus to Miramare, Fly to Sochi, Drive to Gagra
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Gagra, Georgia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Sochi, Fly to Ioannina, Drive to Saranda
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Saranda, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive to Ioannina, Fly to Malta
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Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Fly to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, Drive to Harissa
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Harissa, Lebanon
— 2 nights
Drive to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, Fly to Astana International Airport
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Fly to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Drive to Unawatuna
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Fly to Langkawi International Airport
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Langkawi, Malaysia
Fly to Kuala Trengganu, Ferry to Pulau Redang
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Pulau Redang, Malaysia
— 1 night
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El Nido, Philippines
— 4 nights
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Birmingham

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Vianden, Luxembourg

— 3 nights
Known for its stunning white-stone castle and its position in the Our valley, Vianden centers around a single cobbled street stretching from the River Our to its famous palace gates.
Visiting Mullerthal Trail and Escapardenne Eislek Trail will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like MNHM National Museum of Military History and Vianden Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Vianden: Musee de l'Ardoise (in Haut-Martelange), Saint Willibrord Basilica Echternach (in Echternach) and Kikuoka Country Club (in Canach). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Bourscheid Castle, explore the world behind art at Musee de la caricature et du cartoon Vianden, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise St. Laurent, and don't miss a visit to Altstadt Vianden..

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vianden route builder.

Birmingham, UK to Vianden is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gdynia.

Things to do in Vianden

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Gdynia, Poland

— 3 nights
A tranquil fishing settlement for several centuries, Gdynia today serves as a comfortable urban base for day trips along the Baltic coastline, with a seemingly endless string of lively sea resorts.
Head to Monte Cassino and Centrum Rivierafor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Torpedo Launch Station and Explosive - Sapper Museum. Explore Gdynia's surroundings by going to Rozewie Lighthouse (in Rozewie), Chlapowo (Rezerwat Dolina Chlapowska & Chlapowo Beach) and Lisi Jar Ravine (in Jastrzebia Gora). There's still lots to do: get outside with Hel, play a few rounds at Sierra Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Sopot Beach, and make a trip to Gdynia Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gdynia trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vianden to Gdynia. July in Gdynia sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Lviv.

Things to do in Gdynia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Lviv, Ukraine

— 3 nights

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Step off the beaten path and head to Insomnia - The Haunted House and Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church. Pharmacy Museum and Lychakiv Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Krekhivsky Monastery of St. Nicholas Basilian Fathers (in Krekhiv), Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr (in Zhorniska) and Zhovkva (Basilian Monastery and the Heart of Christ Church, Wooden Church of St. Trinity, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Glass Museum In Lviv, don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, and stop by Leopolis.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lviv online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gdynia to Lviv. Traveling from Gdynia to Lviv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gdynia in July, you will find days in Lviv are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bled.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bled, Slovenia

— 4 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Get outdoors at Vintgar Gorge and Mala Osojnica. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Apiculture and Škofja Loka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Bled side-trips: Mostnica Gorge (in Stara Fužina), Bohinjsko Jezero (Lake Bohinj, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Planica Nordic Centre & Zipline (in Rateče). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Virje Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Boka Waterfall, make a trip to The Russian Chapel, and appreciate the views at Zgornjesavska Valley.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bled day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Lviv to Bled takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

City of San Marino, San Marino

— 3 nights
The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi and then explore the world behind art at Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di San Marino. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Girolamo Gozi Monument, step into the grandiose world of Guaita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orti Borghesi San Marino, see the interesting displays at Modern Weapons Museum, then steep yourself in history at Piazza della Liberta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santo Marino.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read City of San Marino trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to City of San Marino takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Bled in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in City of San Marino, with lows around 23°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gagra.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Gagra, Georgia

— 3 nights
Once popular as a health resort during Imperial Russian and Soviet times, Gagra today attracts a small contingent of international visitors seeking ideal summer weather and its seaside promenade, which hugs the coastline of the Black Sea.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beach Golden Shore and Central Beach. Dormition of the Mother of God Church and Abaata Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Gagra: New Athos (Park With Swans, Museum of the Abkhazian Kingdom, &more), Yupsharskiy Canyon (in Bzipi) and Hot Springs (in Gudaut'a). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Gegskiy Waterfall, explore the activities along Waterfall of Lovers, browse the fresh offerings at Central Market, and steep yourself in history at Restaurant Gagripsh.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gagra road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from City of San Marino to Gagra takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. July in Gagra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gagra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Saranda, Albania

— 4 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Take a break from the city and head to Gjipe Beach and Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Dhermi Beach and Bunec Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Saranda side-trips: Lukova Beach (in Lukove), Palase Beach (in Palase) and Filikuri Beach (in Himare). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Saranda Jeep, stroll through Borsh Beach, kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach, and get outside with Bora Bora Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Gagra to Saranda takes 33 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Gagra in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Saranda, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Valletta, Malta

— 3 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
For shopping fun, head to Malta Postal Museum or Mdina Glass. Take a break from the city and head to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay and Seahorse Cruises. Change things up with these side-trips from Valletta: Mellieha Beach (in Mellieha) and Gnejna Bay (in Mgarr). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, contemplate the long history of War HQ Tunnel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Malta Falconry Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Valletta trip planning site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Saranda to Valletta in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Harissa.

Things to do in Valletta

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Harissa, Lebanon

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hillhout village as well as Swings. Explore hidden gems such as Our Lady of Lebanon and The Pine Yards. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Musar and Hall of Fame.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Harissa trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Valletta to Harissa. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Harissa due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Harissa

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 3 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Kazakhstan and Constantine and Helen Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hazret Sultan Mosque and Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, stop by Astana Allee, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and learn about all things military at Kazakhstan Military History Museum.

Planning Nur-Sultan trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Harissa to Nur-Sultan. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time is 4 hours. August in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Paro, Bhutan

— 3 nights
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Dasho Nishioka Chorten and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum, then shop like a local with Chencho Handicrafts, and finally make a trip to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro trip builder.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Paro in 20 hours. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paro, with lows of 19°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Escape the urban bustle at Ahungalla Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Dutch Reformed Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rumasalla Mountain, and steep yourself in history at Meera Mosque.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paro to Unawatuna. The time zone difference moving from Bhutan Time (BTT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Paro in August, expect Unawatuna to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Langkawi travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Unawatuna to Langkawi. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Malaysia Time is 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You will leave for Pulau Redang on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Pulau Redang, Malaysia

— 1 night
Pulau Redang represents a picturesque island paradise with clear turquoise waters, white beaches, and coral reefs teeming with exotic fish.
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pulau Redang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Langkawi to Pulau Redang takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pulau Redang can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Pulau Redang

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

El Nido, Philippines

— 4 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Get outdoors at Duli Beach and Simizu Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Matinloc Island and Star Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Marimegmeg Beach, admire the sheer force of Nagkalit-Kalit Falls, don't miss a visit to Lio Tourism Estate, and stroll through Nacpan Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the El Nido road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Pulau Redang to El Nido with the Route module. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nosy Be.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 3 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Menabe Plongee as well as Nosy Be Original. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nosy Fanihy and Nosy Sakatia. Step out of the city life by going to Mont Passot and Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. There's more to do: stroll through Ambaro Ranch and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lemuria Land.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nosy Be using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Nido to Nosy Be. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. August in Nosy Be sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Maputo, Mozambique

— 2 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Art Museum, learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa do Sol, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Mozambique Scuba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita da Baixa, get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, buy something for everyone on your list at Maputo Shopping Center, take an in-depth tour of National Money Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, and finally examine the collection at Museu dos CFM.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Maputo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Nosy Be to Maputo takes 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nosy Be in August; daily highs in Maputo reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Vilanculos.

Things to do in Maputo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 1 night
Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
On the 27th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vilanculos travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Vilanculos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
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.

San Marino travel guide

3.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Castles
San Marino is a country characterized by its architecture--namely, the three towers that adorn the country's flag and coat of arms. As a result, most of the tourist attractions here center around the structures protruding from the hill of the country. The third-smallest nation in Europe, it is surprising that San Marino managed to gain independence from robust Italy. This status has created great pride among the Sanmarinese, although Italian culture is still quite influential as the country is completely surrounded by Italy. And while its size has obvious disadvantages, the advantages for tourism strongly outweigh them. Visitors don't need to travel to get a sense of the country (there isn't far to go!), and this generates an intimacy and friendliness among locals that is lost in most larger countries.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Churches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.

Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Kazakhstan travel guide

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Parks · Lookouts · Churches
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.

Bhutan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

Terengganu travel guide

3.7
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.

Palawan Island travel guide

4
Beaches · Bodies of Water · National Parks
Philippines’ Last Frontier; Tha (Spaniards’) Land of Promise

Madagascar travel guide

4
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.