55 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe, Canada & Africa Itinerary

55 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe, Canada & Africa Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Beijing, China
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Jaipur, India
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Doha, Qatar
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Brussels, Belgium
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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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Toronto, Canada
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Cape Town, South Africa
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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 2nd (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

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Honiara, Solomon Islands

The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, appreciate the history behind Guadalcanal American Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at Solomon Islands National Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with Tulagi Dive, and finally pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Honiara Central Market, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II, and finally learn about all things military at Vilu War Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Honiara trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Honiara by flight takes about 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Honiara is 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in June, you will find days in Honiara are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (32°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Honiara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

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Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and then get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang) and then explore the galleries of The Palace Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Beijing tour builder site.

Explore your travel options from Honiara to Beijing with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Honiara to Beijing. When traveling from Honiara in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

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Jaipur, India

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Get some historical perspective at Amber Palace and Nahargarh Fort. Appreciate the collections at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and City Palace of Jaipur. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihaspati Dham Mandir, and see the interesting displays at Jaipur Wax Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Jaipur by flight takes about 17 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Beijing to Jaipur. Traveling from Beijing in June, things will get a bit warmer in Jaipur: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Doha.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

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Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Doha online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Jaipur to Doha by flight takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Jaipur to Doha, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Doha can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Doha

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

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Moscow, Russia

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.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and finally steep yourself in history at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin and then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Doha to Moscow by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Doha in June: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Visit Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square for their historical value. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, step into the grandiose world of Catherine's Body, and explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg road trip website.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

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Berlin, Germany

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Topography of Terror. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamonmuseum and Berliner Dom. Go for a jaunt from Berlin to Dresden to see Bruehlsche Terrasse about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Bonifatius, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Berlin itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Berlin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

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Munich, Germany

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at BMW Museum, then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Munich trip planning tool.

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June in Munich, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

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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.
Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (Cathedral of Saint Bavo & Grote Markt). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, walk around Vondelpark, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Groeningemuseum and Grand Place. Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, Historic Centre of Brugge, &more) and Gravensteen (in Ghent). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Atomium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Brussels road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Brussels in July, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The British Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Westminster Abbey and All Hallows By The Tower. When in London, make a side trip to see The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, approximately Smarden away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Strathblane Falconry (in Strathblane) and Glasgow Cathedral (in Glasgow). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, look for all kinds of wild species at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh tour planner.

Fly from London to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

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Dublin, Ireland

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.
Guinness Storehouse and Jerpoint Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Kilkenny Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Black Abbey (in Kilkenny), BargeTrip (in Sallins) and Jerpoint Abbey (in Thomastown). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, take a stroll through Temple Bar, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Dublin are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

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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 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, then walk around Toronto Island Park, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower, see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Distillery District.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Toronto road trip planning site.

Getting from Dublin to Toronto by flight takes about 10 hours. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Toronto due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Toronto at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

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Cape Town, South Africa

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at District Six Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope, and then step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Toronto to Cape Town takes 20.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Cape Town. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Cape Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

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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.
On the 24th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and then see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Te Anau in 31 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cape Town to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

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.

Solomon Islands travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Qatar travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums · Landmarks
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
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.

Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

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.

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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

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.

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

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.