49 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

49 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 1 night
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur, then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally Head underground at Batu Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, then stroll around KLCC Park, and then walk around KL Bird Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur trip builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangkok driving holiday planner.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. In May in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 1 night

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of the Dead, explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, and then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Elephants, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, then explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Siem Reap sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 9th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and take in the exciting artwork at A Dong Art Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Hong Kong, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong holiday maker website.

Fly from Hanoi to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Hong Kong is 1 hour. May in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Beijing, China

— 4 nights
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Beijing in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, plan for cooler nights in Beijing, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, Ulaanbaatar is cooler than Beijing - with highs of 19°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
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Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, then examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with GUM.

To find out how to plan a trip to Moscow, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Moscow, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit planning website.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Drottningholm Palace, stroll around Kungstradgarden Park, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Stockholm holiday app.

Fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Stockholm are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, stop by Nyhavn, find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen road trip site.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Stockholm to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip planning tool.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Berlin in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Berlin to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning website.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in June, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid online holiday planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in June: highs in Madrid hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Malaysia travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

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.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.