31 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

31 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Hurghada, Egypt
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Athens, Greece
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Krakow, Poland
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Berlin, Germany
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
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Brussels, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Florence, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Seville, Spain
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Hurghada, Egypt — 1 night

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
On the 2nd (Sun), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hurghada is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: high temperatures in Hurghada hover around 45°C and lows are around 33°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tel Aviv.
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Tel Aviv, Israel — 1 night

White City

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ramat Gan Safari and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Tel Aviv takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in July, things will get slightly colder in Tel Aviv: highs are around 35°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and finally delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, visit Plaka, then make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Tel Aviv to Athens in 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Krakow by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect Krakow to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin, then admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip planning app.

You can fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to The Little Mermaid and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tivoli Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, then contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Berlin to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 1 night

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Copenhagen to Edinburgh by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Copenhagen in July: highs in Edinburgh hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Guinness Storehouse and St Stephens Green. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Dublin are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 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.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Big Ben, walk around St. James's Park, then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our London trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in London sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris online journey maker.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels route app.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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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 21st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, then steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and finally steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam attractions planner.

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then explore the activities along Limmat.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zurich online trip maker.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Zurich in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July in Zurich, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Florence tour planning app.

Getting from Zurich to Florence by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Florence: highs are around 35°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome day trip site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 1 night

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seville day trip planning website.

Fly from Rome to Seville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seville in July, things will get slightly colder in Lisbon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Egypt travel guide

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Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.
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Israel travel guide

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Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.
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Greece travel guide

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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.
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Poland travel guide

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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.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
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.
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Denmark travel guide

4.2
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.
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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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Ireland travel guide

4.3
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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England travel guide

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A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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