60 days in Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada & Asia Itinerary

60 days in Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada & Asia Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Cusco, Peru
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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San Pedro, Belize
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, wander the streets of Trastevere, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

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Alexandria, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Rome is slightly colder than Alexandria - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Siena and Campanile di Giotto. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to Lucerne.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Harderkulm (in Interlaken), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Lake Zurich (in Zurich). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Titlis, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Florence to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in November: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Evasion Canine. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Lucerne in November, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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 14th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and finally make a trip to Jemaa el-Fna.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech online travel route planner.

You can fly from Paris to Marrakech in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in November, plan for much warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 27°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Arusha.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

Arusha, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Kandoo Adventures.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arusha travel route app.

Getting from Marrakech to Arusha by flight takes about 18.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to East Africa Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arusha, with lows of 19°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Hout Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Town tour itinerary planning site.

Fly from Arusha to Cape Town in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Cape Town is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Arusha in November, Cape Town is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cemiterio de Recoleta and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Buenos Aires takes 20.5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Historico De Cusco and Cusco Cathedral. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Cusco. You will leave for San Andres Island on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, see some colorful creatures with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, and then make a trip to Cayo Rocoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and then head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Andres Island online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to San Andres Island takes 13.5 hours. When traveling from Cusco in November, plan for a bit warmer days in San Andres Island, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): shop like a local with Caye Coffee Roasting Co. and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by 4 You Golf Cart Rentals.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from San Andres Island to San Pedro in 22 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Andres Island to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Andres Island in December, San Pedro is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Akumal Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel (in Cozumel) and Two Eyes Cenote (in Tulum). Spend the 9th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Rio Secreto and get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

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Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen. In December, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Toronto, Canada

— 2 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stop by The Distillery District, then engage your brain at Ontario Science Centre, then meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Kensington Market, then admire the striking features of Casa Loma, and then see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Playa del Carmen to Toronto in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, with highs in Toronto at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Vancouver.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Vancouver, Canada

— 3 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and VanDusen Botanical Garden. On the 13th (Mon), spend a day ambling around Stanley Park. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Granville Island, take in the views from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, kick back and relax at English Bay Beach, and stroll through Kitsilano Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vancouver online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Toronto to Vancouver takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to Vancouver, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get a bit warmer in Vancouver: highs are around 7°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ninomaru Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Vancouver to Tokyo in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Boracay, Philippines

— 2 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 20th (Mon), explore the gorgeous colors at Boracay Eclipse Dive Center and then kick back and relax at White Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), then head outdoors with Scotty's Action Sports Network, Inc. Boracay, and then kick back and relax at Balinghai Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kyoto to Boracay in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Boracay is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kyoto in December, things will get warmer in Boracay: highs are around 32°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 4 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Abu Dhabi (Marina Mall, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Jumeirah Public Beach, browse the different shops at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, and make a splash at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dubai sightseeing site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Boracay to Dubai takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Boracay to Dubai, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dubai when traveling from Boracay in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Morocco travel guide

4.1
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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

South Africa travel guide

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

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

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.

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.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.2
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.