60 days in Asia, United States, South America & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia, United States, South America & Europe Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
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San Francisco, United States
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New York City, United States
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Barcelona, Spain
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Athens, Greece
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Rome, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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London, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Helsinki, Finland
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Riga, Latvia
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple and then make a trip to Nijo Castle. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Kyoto, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in September, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

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San Francisco, United States

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to San Francisco takes 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to San Francisco is minus 17 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. You will leave for New York City on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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New York City, United States

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and then take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City tour planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to New York City in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in New York City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and then explore and take pictures at Pedra Bonita.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Rio de Janeiro takes 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. September in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vila Vella (Old Town) and Cala del Senyor Ramon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Playas de Calella (in Calella de Palafrugell), Cala Futadera (in Tossa de Mar) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja Port Bo, walk around Parc Guell, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Seahorse Dive Center (in Vari) and Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Glyfada Beach, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and visit Plaka.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens trip maker site.

Getting from Barcelona to Athens by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Pantheon. St. Peter's Basilica and Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and delve into the mystery of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

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Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Piazza del Duomo and Campanile di Giotto are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza della Signoria and Duomo di Siena. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana & Piazza del Campo). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 28th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg and then shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Florence to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in September, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Paris, France

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Montmartre are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Musee Rodin. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to London.

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London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Natural History Museum and The British Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buckingham Palace and Churchill War Rooms. Explore London's surroundings by going to Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and Avebury Manor (in Avebury). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Tower of London.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read London trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. October in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Arthur's Seat and Strathblane Falconry. Appreciate the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder website.

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in October, expect Edinburgh to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Dublin, Ireland

— 4 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.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and Ferns Castle for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Irish Whiskey Museum and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dublin Castle, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin journey builder tool.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Reykjavik takes 5.5 hours. In October, Reykjavik is little chillier than Dublin - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife · Tours

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Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace. Get some cultural insight at Vasa Museum and Skansen. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, and get a sense of history and politics at Stockholm City Hall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Stockholm trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Stockholm by flight takes about 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reykjavik to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Tallinn.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 nights
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Appreciate the collections at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Tallinn Old Town and Toompea Hill. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall, explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Town Hall Pharmacy.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn online route planner.

Fly from Stockholm to Tallinn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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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 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Riga.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Riga, Latvia

— 2 nights

Paris of the North

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then see the interesting displays at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Riga

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sophia's Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

Before you visit Kyiv (Kiev), use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Riga to Kyiv (Kiev) by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyiv (Kiev), expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

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Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

United States travel guide

4.5
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Brazil travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
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.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.

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."

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Ukraine travel guide

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