59 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

59 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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Trento, Italy
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Darwin, Australia
— 4 nights
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Detroit, United States
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 6 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 7 nights
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Beaune, France
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Trento, Italy

— 2 nights

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, and then make a trip to Fontana del Nettuno. On your second day here, get curious at MUSE - Science Museum and then take an in-depth tour of South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trento day trip website.

Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland to Trento is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Chateau-d'Oex in June, you will find days in Trento are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Trento

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Venice, Italy

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more), ATN Laguna Sud (in Lova) and Lio Piccolo (in Cavallino-Treporti). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the historical opulence of Ca' d'Oro, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Venice online vacation planner.

Drive from Trento to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 (Wed) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:

Verona, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Fondazione Bisazza and Galleria Dello Scudo will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and Arena di Verona. Change things up with these side-trips from Verona: Valtenesi del Garda (in San Felice del Benaco), Parco Archeologico Naturalistico della Rocca di Manerba del Garda (in Manerba del Garda) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, make a trip to Piazza Bra, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Verona driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In June in Verona, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Palazzo Borromeo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Turin (Museo Egizio & Museo Nazionale del Cinema). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and discover the deep blue sea with 4Sub Scuola Sub PADI Milano.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Milan online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Milan sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Darwin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:

Darwin, Australia

— 4 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Let the collections at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Defence of Darwin Experience capture your imagination. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocosaurus Cove, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, don't miss a visit to Parliament House, and examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Darwin takes 21 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually an 8.5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Darwin when traveling from Milan in June, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Detroit, United States

— 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Detroit trip site.

Getting from Darwin to Detroit by flight takes about 30 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Detroit. Traveling from Darwin in June, expect Detroit to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 6 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.
Nyhavn and Kastellet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Denmark and Amalienborg. Venture out of the city with trips to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek) and Kronborg (in Helsingoer). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, ponder the world of politics at Christiansborg Slot, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen holiday builder site.

You can fly from Detroit to Copenhagen in 13 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in June: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

Krakow, Poland

— 7 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Popular historic sites such as Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wieliczka Salt Mine are in your itinerary. Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu) will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Krakow to go to Suloszowa and see Zamek Królewski, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Copenhagen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Birmingham.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 7:

Birmingham, United Kingdom

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Birmingham Back to Backs and then examine the collection at Black Country Living Museum.

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Getting from Krakow to Birmingham by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Birmingham is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Krakow in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Birmingham: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Place de la Bourse and Association Hermione-La Fayette are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St. Andre Cathedral and Domaine de Beauval are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Les Anes de la Reverie (in Saint-Cesaire) and Arcachon-Plongee (in Cazaux). There's much more to do: stroll through Maison de la Nature, make a trip to The Water Mirror, stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux travel planner.

You can fly from Birmingham to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Bordeaux. Traveling from Birmingham in July, expect Bordeaux to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 4 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Appreciate the collections at Necropolis del Puig des Molins and Museu Puig Molin. Castell de Eivissa and Platja de ses Salines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Ibiza Town side-trips: Cala Bassa (in Sant Antoni de Portmany) and Orcasub Ibiza Diving Center (in Cala Tarida). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dalt Vila, indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Beach Ibiza, get engrossed in the history at Madina Yabisa Interpretation Centre, and head outdoors with Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ibiza Town trip planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Ibiza Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Ibiza Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, examine the collection at Musee Granet, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then steep yourself in history at Chateau d'If, and then don't miss a visit to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip tool.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in Marseille sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Vieille Ville and La cité médiévale will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Le Suquet) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Place Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 24:

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, Head underground at Carrieres de Glay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lyon, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Beaune, France

— 3 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu and La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbaye de Fontenay and Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune. Explore Beaune's surroundings by going to Reculee des Planches (in Les Planches-pres-Arbois) and Dijon (Maison Milliere & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien.

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You can drive from Lyon to Beaune in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lyon in July: high temperatures in Beaune hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beaune

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Trentino-Alto Adige travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Ski Areas
Italy's northernmost region, Trentino-Alto Adige, is among the wealthiest and most developed areas in Europe. An ideal vacation idea for winter sports enthusiasts, this area is known for its frozen waterfalls, sparkling lakes, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains. The ski slopes attract adrenaline junkies from around the world, while its deep valleys hide several small towns noted for the quality of their woodwork. Venture farther away from the Trentino-Alto Adige's resorts to discover a distinct Ladin culture, world-famous for its tradition of toy-making. The lower altitudes feature countless places to visit, from protected parks and trails to some of the country's finest hiking and biking terrains.

Veneto travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Historic Walking Areas · Bodies of Water
An independent republic until Napoleon's invasion in 1797, Veneto is among the wealthiest and most developed regions in the country. The region has a bustling tourism industry, drawing nearly 70 million visitors annually to its historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical, and culinary treasures. Though most tourists begin and end their Veneto holiday in Venice, the area has plenty more to offer. A range of attractions await beyond the capital city, including World Heritage-listed Palladian villas, seaside resorts, vineyards, lakes, beaches, thermal baths, lush parks, and imposing mountain ranges. Veneto's clubs, bars, and restaurants make for a lively nightlife in the region's thriving cities.

Lombardy travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks
A largely unpopulated, parched land of deep red desert, spectacular rock formations, and small, isolated settlements, Northern Territory has perhaps the most distinctively Australian aesthetic of all the country’s states. The region’s towns and cities are clustered around the Stuart Highway--the iconic road that serves as Northern Territory’s main artery--rather than the coastline, as is normally the case in Australia.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Zealand travel guide

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Piers & Boardwalks · Gardens · Monuments
The largest and most populated island in the nation, Zealand houses the country's metropolitan capital city juxtaposed with stretches of sandy beaches, lush woodlands, peaceful lakes, rolling hills, and a number of small fishing villages and harbor towns. With a rich history tied to its coastal position and the presence of the tallest cliffs in the nation, Zealand boasts striking white fortresses bordering the Baltic Sea, majestic castles, and other remnants from the Viking era.

Lesser Poland Province travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · History Museums
Taking its name from the larger historical region, Lesser Poland Province, or voivodeship, is often seen as the hub of all things Polish. The provincial capital Krakow offers up nearly a millennium's worth of royal and political history. Beyond Krakow, be sure to include historical cities Zakopane, Krynica, Koscielisko, and Bukowina Tatrzanska in your holiday itinerary. The mostly hilly province is full of national parks, high mountain ranges, underground waters and spas, medieval castles, and cultural museums. Dozens of World Heritage Sites are spread throughout the province, from medieval wooden churches and the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine to Wawel castle in Krakow and the monastery of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.

West Midlands travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games · Nightlife
Although it lacks access to the sea, West Midlands has no shortage of tourist attractions, including unspoiled natural wonders, modern cities, and sprawling rural areas. The region’s main urban center is Birmingham, the second-largest city in the UK, offering some of the best nightlife and culinary options in this part of the country. Although heavily populated and industrialized, this region abounds in hidden rural corners, where the charms of old England endure right alongside modern cafes, pubs, and shops. Consider venturing beyond the region’s big cities during your holiday to tour the numerous well-preserved stately houses, lush parks and gardens, and quiet villages that dot the countryside.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Castles

Balearic Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Churches
The Balearic Islands offer both varied landscapes and a temperate climate ideal for long trips to the beach. On Mallorca, the biggest member of this island family in the Mediterranean Sea, that means everything from mountain scenery attractive to hikers and cyclists to beaches featuring traditional seaside resorts. Ibiza is Europe’s favorite party island, drawing thousands of young visitors with its vibrant club scene and nighttime raves. For a quieter itinerary, Menorca is a haven of serenity, featuring secluded beaches and secret bays. Quaint Formentara highlights the simple charms of island life, like sharing a sunset meal of roasted fish with friendly locals.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Architectural Buildings
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Castles · Wineries & Vineyards