60 days in United States, Canada, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Train to Edinburgh, Fly to New York City
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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Chicago, United States
— 5 nights
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Calgary, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Drive to Palma De Mallorca Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Ashton-under-Lyne
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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Blyth, United Kingdom
— 12 nights
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New York City, United States — 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and Empire State Building will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to New York City is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago, United States — 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to Museum of Science and Industry and The Art Institute of Chicago. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Chicago Children's Museum, and examine the collection at Oriental Institute Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago online holiday builder.

Fly from New York City to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Banff National Park.
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Banff National Park, Canada — 6 nights

Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sunshine Village and Johnston Canyon. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Kingmik Dog Sled Tours, explore the activities along Lake Louise, hike along Stanley Glacier Hike, and stroll through Mount Fairview.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park day trip tool.

Fly from Chicago to Banff National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Banff National Park hover around -10°C and lows are around -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 4 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Tower. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ninomaru Garden, stroll around Rikugien Garden, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Getting from Banff National Park to Tokyo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Banff National Park to Tokyo is 16 hours. Traveling from Banff National Park in December, expect Tokyo to be warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 5 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Namsan Park and Everland. Pack the 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, take a stroll through Insadong, and enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Seoul sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Seoul to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -5°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Istanbul takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Seoul to Istanbul, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 7°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Brandenburg Gate and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Reichstag Building, stop by Potsdamer Platz, admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Berlin tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Berlin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Marienplatz and Alte Pinakothek make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Deutsches Museum, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munich holiday planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Munich, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kids will enjoy Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Kaiserburg Nurnberg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Rothenburg (Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., Reichsstadtmuseum, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, steep yourself in history at St. Sebaldus Church, and don't miss a visit to Altstadt.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 17th (Tue), stop by Sea Yogi Palma, then take in the awesome beauty at Serra de Tramuntana, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Seu, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castell de Bellver. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, see Off Road E-scooter Tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, and finally make a trip to Passeig des Born.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip planner.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Palma de Mallorca in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Nuremberg in January: highs in Palma de Mallorca hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Ashton-under-Lyne.
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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom — 1 night

Ashton-under-Lyne is a market town in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Portland Basin Museum, then don't miss a visit to Fairfield Moravian Settlement, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Browton's Bottle Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ashton-under-Lyne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Palma de Mallorca to Ashton-under-Lyne with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in January, you will find days in Ashton-under-Lyne are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Blyth.
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Blyth, United Kingdom — 12 nights

Blyth is a town and civil parish in southeast Northumberland, England. Bring the kids along to The Fifth Point Diving Centre and Beach Blyth. Explore Blyth's surroundings by going to Matfen Hall Aqua Vitae Spa (in Matfen), Wylam (Wylam Railway Museum, George Stephenson's Birthplace, &more) and Heddon-on-the-Wall (Heddon on the Wall (Hedrian's Wall), Halls of Heddon, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Cresswell Beach, play a few rounds at Backworth Golf Club - Backworth Miners' Welfare, step into the grandiose world of Pele Tower, and take in the exciting artwork at Plessey Woods Art Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Blyth sightseeing planner.

Drive from Ashton-under-Lyne to Blyth in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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Illinois travel guide

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Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.
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Canada travel guide

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Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.
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South Korea travel guide

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Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Germany travel guide

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Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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