60 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Saarbrücken Airport, Fly to Menara Airport
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Monrovia, Liberia
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 3 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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New Delhi, India
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Jaipur, India
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Cairo, Egypt
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, then contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

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Saarbrucken, Germany to Marrakech is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saarbrucken to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Saarbrucken in March, plan for much hotter days in Marrakech, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. You will leave for Monrovia on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Monrovia, Liberia

— 2 nights
The capital of Liberia and its most populous city, Monrovia lies on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Mesurado.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Centennial Pavilion.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monrovia road trip planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Monrovia in 13 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Marrakech in March, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Monrovia: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Monrovia

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, trek along Platteklip Gorge, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, and take a stroll through Bo-kaap.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town online attractions planner.

You can fly from Monrovia to Cape Town in 20.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Monrovia to Cape Town. Traveling from Monrovia in March, things will get little chillier in Cape Town: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 1 night
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and then visit Zanzibar taxi driver excursion.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip maker site.

You can fly from Cape Town to Zanzibar City in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 2 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa online day trip planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Addis Ababa in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Zanzibar City in March, plan for little chillier days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 29°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 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: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok vacation planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Bangkok by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Addis Ababa to Bangkok. Traveling from Addis Ababa in April, you will find days in Bangkok are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are much hotter (31°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Boracay, Philippines

— 3 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
On the 8th (Fri), kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, kick back and relax at Ilig Iligan Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Boracay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bugtongbato Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bulabog Beach.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Boracay trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Boracay in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Boracay. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Boracay, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Rikugien Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Tokyo takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boracay in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul vacation planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Seoul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and contemplate the long history of Temple of Heaven.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beijing online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Beijing is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

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 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in April, you will find days in Hong Kong are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hanoi day trip site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Hanoi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

New Delhi, India

— 3 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, make a trip to India Gate, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to New Delhi in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Hanoi to New Delhi. In April, daytime highs in New Delhi are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Jaipur, India

— 5 nights

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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jaipur holiday planner.

You can fly from New Delhi to Jaipur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Jaipur are 48°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). There's more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Cairo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Cairo takes 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Jaipur to Cairo is minus 3.5 hours. In May, Cairo is a bit cooler than Jaipur - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 15th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vitosha Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then stop by Boyana Village.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sofia, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): visit Old Town and then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Museum of Croatian War of Independence, then steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, and then don't miss a visit to Stonske zidine - Ulaz.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Dubrovnik takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in May since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 16°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Liberia travel guide

3.4
Museums · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
Founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves, Liberia today has a population of primarily indigenous Africans, but maintains certain links with the United States. One such link comes in the music and wider culture of the main urban areas, where hip-hop influences abound among traditional African rhythms, dress styles, and dance trends. Beaches close to the capital remain some of the main places to visit in Liberia, as exploring the inland areas away from the main towns represents a risk for foreign visitors without an accompanying local guide.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

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.

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.

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

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.

Egypt travel guide

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

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.