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

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

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Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Rome, Italy
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
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Hong Kong, China
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Sydney, Australia
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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Christmas Island
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Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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New York City, United States
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Fly to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ferry to Toronto
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Toronto, Canada
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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
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Brussels, Belgium
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Pantheon and Villa Adriana will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Riserva Naturale Monte Catillo). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning site.

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands to Rome is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Apeldoorn in June; daily highs in Rome reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Appreciate the collections at The Dresden Zwinger and Pergamonmuseum. East Side Gallery and Berliner Dom will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and admire the natural beauty at Großer Tiergarten.

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You can fly from Rome to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Paro, Bhutan

A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, and then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paro trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Berlin to Paro in 15.5 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Berlin to Paro due to the time zone difference. June in Paro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Hong Kong.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums
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Hong Kong, China

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, then take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Lantau island.

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Traveling by flight from Paro to Hong Kong takes 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Paro to Hong Kong. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paro in June: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 38°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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 17th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then take a stroll through The Rocks, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Hong Kong to Sydney in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Sydney is 2 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong in June, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Te Anau is 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for Line Islands.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Line Islands trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Line Islands takes 32 hours. Traveling from Te Anau to Line Islands, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Line Islands, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at West View, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and then discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Line Islands to San Andres Island with the Route module. You'll gain 19 hours traveling from Line Islands to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New York City travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to New York City takes 11 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, expect New York City to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the striking features of Casa Loma and then see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, then visit The Distillery District, and then admire the landmark architecture of CN Tower.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Toronto route app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from New York City to Toronto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Toronto to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Stonehenge and Tower of London. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery and St. Paul's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Salisbury (Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta & Mompesson House). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Toronto to London takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to London is 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in London reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Grand Canal (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, visit Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online travel route builder.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Groeningemuseum and Grand Place are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, Friet Museum, &more) and Saint Bavo's Cathedral (in Ghent). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Brussels using our trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Nieuwe Kerk for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery), Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Dorpskerk Wassenaar (in Wassenaar). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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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.

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.

Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

China travel guide

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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.

Australia travel guide

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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.

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.

Republic of Kiribati travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Government Buildings · Churches
You'll find a surprising number of vacation ideas in Kiribati, an island nation boasting a rich cultural and natural abundance. The 33 coral islands offer world-class fishing spots, marine and terrestrial reserves, and great places to try a range of water sports. Its refreshingly noncommercial and lively culture engages visitors with its colors, vibrancy, and welcoming character. Experience the local philosophy of subsistence in the villages, where delicious cuisine and traditional ceremonies take precedence. On a different note, history buffs will appreciate sites commemorating an infamous World War II battle that took place here. Head farther inland for an adventurer's holiday--exploring the forests, discovering a wealth of impressive natural features, and identifying the diversity of plant and animal life.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.

United States travel guide

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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.

Canada travel guide

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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 Kingdom travel guide

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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.

France travel guide

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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.

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.

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.