61 days in Europe, Mexico, South America, South Pacific, Asia & Africa Itinerary

61 days in Europe, Mexico, South America, South Pacific, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive to Paro Airport, Fly to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi & Lake Lucerne). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take a stroll through Niederdorf.

Before you visit Zurich, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Zurich is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to London.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

London, United Kingdom — 5 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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the London online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zurich to London in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to London is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.
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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh visit app.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cancun.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Cancun, Mexico — 3 nights

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun driving holiday app.

Fly from Edinburgh to Cancun in 12 hours. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in April: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 85°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:

San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Manglares de Old Point National Park and then kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, then discover the deep blue sea with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, and then kick back and relax at Dream Island Spa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Cancun to San Andres Island in 11 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in April, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to La Paz.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

La Paz, Bolivia — 1 night

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 19th (Wed), take a memorable drive along WMDR Yungas Road.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Paz day trip planning app.

You can fly from San Andres Island to La Paz in 10.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Andres Island in April, things will get much colder in La Paz: highs are around 59°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cusco.
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Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Cusco, Peru — 2 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then stop by Hilo. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then trek along exploor, and finally admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cusco tour website.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in April, with highs in Cusco at 68°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Queenstown.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). On the 26th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown day trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Queenstown by flight takes about 28.5 hours. Traveling from Cusco to Queenstown, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:

Tokyo, Japan — 3 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tokyo takes 17 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Kyoto, Japan — 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Taipei.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Taipei, Taiwan — 2 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with MyTaiwanTour Travel Services, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, and finally gain insight at National Taiwan University of Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

Planning Taipei trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kyoto to Taipei in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Taipei. In May, Taipei is a bit warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Thimphu.
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Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Thimphu, Bhutan — 2 nights

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pangri Zampa Monastery. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, then don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip planner.

Fly from Taipei to Thimphu in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Taipei to Thimphu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Taipei in May, with highs in Thimphu at 72°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, then stroll through Siduli Hide, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Thimphu to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Thimphu to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Thimphu in May, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cairo.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Cairo, Egypt — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip planning website.

Fly from Victoria Falls to Cairo in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in May, expect Cairo to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Jerusalem.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Jerusalem, Israel — 3 nights

Holy City

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
On the 17th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, take in panoramic vistas at Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, examine the collection at Shrine Of The Book, and delve into the distant past at Western Wall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem visit app.

Fly from Cairo to Jerusalem in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in May; daily highs in Jerusalem reach 84°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Moscow.
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Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Moscow, Russia — 2 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, then see the interesting displays at State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and then explore the world behind art at New Tretyakov Gallery.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Moscow takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in May, things will get slightly colder in Moscow: highs are around 66°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to St. Petersburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

St. Petersburg, Russia — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, ponder the design of Bowl Fountains, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online trip maker.

You can fly from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Helsinki.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Helsinki, Finland — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary tool.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Berlin, Germany — 4 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.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Berlin online day trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Berlin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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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.
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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.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.
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Bhutan travel guide

4.2
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.
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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.
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Israel travel guide

4.7
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.
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Russia travel guide

4.7
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
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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."
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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