55 days in Europe, Canada, United States, South America & South Pacific Itinerary

55 days in Europe, Canada, United States, South America & South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock trip builder

©
Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
5
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
6
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Toronto, Canada
— 2 nights
Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Newark
9
New York City, United States
— 6 nights
Fly
10
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
12
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Sydney
13
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
14
Apia, Samoa
— 2 nights
Fly
15
Las Vegas, United States
— 1 night
Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Victoria

S M T W T F S
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses), Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed) and Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, admire the striking features of The Scottish Parliament, and step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh day trip planning app.

Victoria, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Victoria to Edinburgh, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Victoria in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Edinburgh, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 8:

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and Grote Markt. Venture out of the city with trips to Thijsse's Hof Heemtuin (in Bloemendaal), Lentevreugd (in Wassenaar) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, stroll around Vondelpark, identify plant and animal life at Landtong Rozenburg, and explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip website.

Getting from Edinburgh to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. In June in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and then discover the deep blue sea with Peakdivers. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich sightseeing planning site.

Fly from Amsterdam to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

Fly from Zurich to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in June: high temperatures in Florence hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:

6
nights
Paris, France

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.
Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, stop by Le Marais, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip planning app.

Fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

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.
National Gallery and Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Explore London's surroundings by going to Alpaca Walking - with Spring Farm Alpacas (in Fletching) and East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Tate Modern, examine the collection at The British Museum, and learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the London attractions 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 moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

2
nights
Toronto, Canada

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Steam Whistle Brewery, then examine the collection at Hockey Hall of Fame, and finally admire the striking features of CN Tower. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Toronto trip site.

Getting from London to Toronto by flight takes about 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Toronto is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect Toronto to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

6
nights
New York City, United States

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Museum-lovers will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Sands Point Preserve (in Port Washington) and Rye Nature Center (in Rye). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Central Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Church, wander the streets of Times Square, and explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Toronto to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 12:

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Quito trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Quito takes 12.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Quito at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Buenos Aires fast, fun, and easy.

Fly from Quito to Buenos Aires in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Quito to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Quito in July, with highs in Buenos Aires at 17°C and lows at 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and then see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Te Anau takes 21.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 15 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

2
nights
Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On your second day here, take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then stop by Darling Harbour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Sydney takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Te Anau to Sydney. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Apia.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

2
nights
Apia, Samoa

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Apia side-trips: Giant Clam Sanctuary (in Savaia) and Pure Ocean Dive & Water sports (in Mulifanua). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa, look for gifts at Plantation House Samoa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Malua Turtle Feeding Pool, and take in the dramatic scenery at Papaseea Sliding Rock.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Apia trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Apia in 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Apia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Apia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

1
night
Las Vegas, United States

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Apia to Las Vegas. The time zone difference when traveling from Apia to Las Vegas is minus 21 hours. In July, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 47°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
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.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Samoa travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.