60 days in Asia, Mexico, South America & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia, Mexico, South America & Europe Itinerary

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Miyakojima, Japan
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 11 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly to Osorno, Bus to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Funchal, Portugal
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Valencia, Spain
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Lyon, France
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Brussels, Belgium
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Schwangau, Germany
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Florence, Italy
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Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
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Helsinki, Finland
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Kiruna, Sweden
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Miyakojima, Japan

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Miyakojima, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Miyakojima at 69°F and lows at 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mexico City.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 11 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Appreciate the collections at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan and Museo de la Ciudad de México. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and Coyoacan. Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), view the masterpieces at Casa del Obispo " Galeria de Arte Popular Mexicano", get a taste of the local shopping with Sala de Arte Publico Proyecto Siqueiros, and see the interesting displays at Museo Trick Eye.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City travel planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Mexico City in 20 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, plan for little chillier nights in Mexico City, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Mexico City

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 24:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 3 nights
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama online day trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to San Pedro de Atacama in 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Mexico City in January, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). You'll set off for San Carlos de Bariloche on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 nights
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isla Victoria and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: walk around Parque Nahuelito, get impressive views of Ventisquero Negro, take in the exciting artwork at Bosque Neon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche by combination of flight and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche. In January, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You'll set off for Gramado on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:

Gramado, Brazil

— 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Get some cultural insight at Casa Valduga Winery and Caminhos de Pedra. Casa do Colono and Aurora Winery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Gramado to go to Bento Goncalves and see Miolo Wine Group, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Parque da Ferradura, don't miss a visit to Fonte do Amor Eterno, find something for the whole family at Parque Terra Magica Florybal, and admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gramado route website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to Gramado in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Funchal.

Things to do in Gramado

Historic Sites · Wineries · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:

Funchal, Portugal

— 3 nights
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Visiting Off-Road Tours and Pico do Arieiro will get you outdoors. Take a break from Funchal with a short trip to Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools in Porto Moniz, about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao and admire the natural beauty at Monte Palace Madeira.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Gramado to Funchal with the Route module. Traveling from Gramado to Funchal, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. February in Funchal sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Valencia.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Valencia, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Get in touch with nature at Platja de Ponent and Playa de Levante. Plaza de la Virgen and Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Valencia: El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm (in Benidorm) and Castillo de Santa Barbara (in Alicante). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Platja La Malvarrosa, admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardi del Turia.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Funchal to Valencia by flight takes about 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Funchal to Valencia is 1 hour. Traveling from Funchal in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Valencia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 15th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planning tool.

You can fly from Valencia to Lyon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Valencia in February, with highs in Lyon at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Brussels.

Things to do in Lyon

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Gravensteen and Salvador Dali Exhibition capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Ghent City Center and In Flanders Fields Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerpen-Centraal (in Antwerp), Ostende City Center (in Ostend) and Bruges (Chocolatier Dumon Walplein, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Brussels trip builder.

Getting from Lyon to Brussels by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lyon in February, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Brussels

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rosslyn Chapel and The Necropolis. Venture out of the city with trips to Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Buchanan Street, &more). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, walk around Princes Street Gardens, and explore the galleries of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh travel route planner.

Fly from Brussels to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. In February in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Schwangau.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

Schwangau, Germany

— 2 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
On the 25th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof and then stroll through Zugspitze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Schloss Hohenschwangau and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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You can fly from Edinburgh to Schwangau in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Schwangau is 1 hour. In February, Schwangau is little chillier than Edinburgh - with highs of 39°F and lows of 25°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Schwangau

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Florence, Italy

— 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Battistero di San Giovanni. Get a sense of the local culture at Torre del Mangia and Basilica di San Petronio. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Lucca (St Martin Cathedral & Le mura di Lucca), Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena) and Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano). There's much more to do: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Schwangau to Florence in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Florence is somewhat warmer than Schwangau - with highs of 54°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Florence

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 4:

Lindos, Greece

— 2 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindos Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lindos day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florence to Lindos takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Florence in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lindos, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

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 7th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Helsinki in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Lindos in March, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kiruna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Kiruna, Sweden

— 1 night
Sweden's northernmost city, Kiruna remains best known for its proximity to the world's first hotel-museum built entirely of snow and ice.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Esrange Space Center, get a dose of the wild on Nutti Sami Siida, and then hike along Midnattssolstigen.

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

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kiruna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helsinki in March, expect Kiruna to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°F and 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tromso.

Things to do in Kiruna

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

Tromso, Norway

— 2 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and then examine the collection at The Polar Museum.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Tromso sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Kiruna to Tromso in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kiruna in March: high temperatures in Tromso hover around 34°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.

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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

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.

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.

Finland travel guide

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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."

Sweden travel guide

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Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Norway travel guide

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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.