34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bucharest, Romania
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Paris, France
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Oslo, Norway
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Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
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 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and then see the interesting displays at Ceausescu Mansion.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip itinerary builder website.

Bengaluru, India to Bucharest is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Bengaluru to Bucharest, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in December; daily highs in Bucharest reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Budapest.

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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market Hall, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, take in the exciting artwork at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Budapest day trip planning app.

Getting from Bucharest to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Budapest. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

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Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Let the collections at Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Historic Center of Vienna and St. Stephen's Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at The Hofburg, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip planning website.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munich holiday planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Munich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zurich itinerary maker.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take a stroll through La Croisette and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Nice reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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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 12th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence planning website.

Drive from Nice to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in December, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roman Forum and Galleria Borghese. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning site.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

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Side Trip

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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 17th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, then take a stroll through Plaka, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Rome to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in December, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Valletta.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Valletta, Malta

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at St Paul's Catacombs, get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City, browse the exhibits of Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, then make a trip to Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Rinella, admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Co-Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Rocca Piccola.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Valletta online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Athens to Valletta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Valletta is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): walk around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Valletta to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Valletta in December, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Madrid.

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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and finally wander the streets of Gran Via.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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 25th (Sat): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, then wander the streets of Le Marais, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train 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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally stop by The Jordaan.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route planning tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, then take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, and then take a stroll through Stroeget. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Christiania, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), then explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

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

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 31st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Dogsledding Iceland, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and then get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Reykjavik in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Copenhagen to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, things will get little chillier in Reykjavik: highs are around 2°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Oslo.

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Oslo, Norway

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, then get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oslo trip maker website.

Getting from Reykjavik to Oslo by flight takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik to Oslo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, you will find days in Oslo are a bit warmer (8°C), and nights are about the same (-5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

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Helsinki, Finland

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip planner.

Getting from Oslo to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oslo in January, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around -9°C, while days are little chillier, around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Romania travel guide

4.4
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.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Austria travel guide

4.5
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

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.

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.

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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · 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.

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
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
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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."