60 days in Europe, South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

60 days in Europe, South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Hanga Roa, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Zanzibar
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Nungwi, Tanzania
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Isfahan, Iran
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Paro, Bhutan
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Langkawi, Malaysia
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Ubud, Indonesia
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Kyoto, Japan
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Hallgrimskirkja and Grotta Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Thingvellir National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Reykholt (Fridheimar & Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring), The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes) and Selfoss (Kerið & Horseback Riding Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar, wander the streets of Laugavegur, appreciate the extensive heritage of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Iceland, the closest major aiport is Keflavik International Airport. In October in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Torre del Reloj and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Get a sense of the local culture at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Plaza Santo Domingo. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Cartagena takes 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Cartagena. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in October: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and San Blas. Visit Sacred Valley of the Incas and Q'enqo for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tipon, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Cusco in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in October; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 14th (Mon), take a stroll through Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, visit Barranco, walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lima holiday app.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Lima

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

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Hanga Roa, Chile

The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rano Raraku and Orongo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Tahai. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Anakena, examine the collection at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, get impressive views of Rano Kau, and don't miss a visit to Ahu Akivi.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Hanga Roa takes 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lima to Hanga Roa. In October, daily temperatures in Hanga Roa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Catedral de la Plata and Cemiterio de Recoleta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation app.

Getting from Hanga Roa to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Buenos Aires. In October in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park. There's more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls road trip site.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Victoria Falls in 29 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Victoria Falls, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, you will find days in Victoria Falls are warmer (39°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

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Nungwi, Tanzania

Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nungwi Beach and Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kendwa Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nungwi tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Nungwi takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Victoria Falls to Nungwi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Victoria Falls in October: highs in Nungwi hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You will leave for Isfahan on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Nungwi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

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Isfahan, Iran

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and then admire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chehel Sotoun, step into the grandiose world of Ali Qapu Palace, explore the galleries of Vank Cathedral, then snap pictures at Khaju Bridge, and finally snap pictures at SioSe Pol Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Isfahan tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nungwi to Isfahan takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Nungwi to Isfahan is 0.5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Nungwi in November; daily highs in Isfahan reach 19°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

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Paro, Bhutan

A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paro online journey planner.

You can fly from Isfahan to Paro in 17 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Isfahan to Paro is 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Isfahan in November; daily highs in Paro reach 23°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then take a stroll through Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), then steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip planning tool.

Getting from Paro to Hanoi by flight takes about 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paro to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks
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Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Get a sense of the local culture at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Take a break from the city and head to My Khe Beach and The Marble Mountains. Venture out of the city with trips to Lady Buddha (in Da Nang) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Hoi An road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hoi An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Hoi An sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Kayaking & Canoeing. Angkor Wat and Preah Khan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Terrace of the Elephants, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ta Prohm, see the interesting displays at Angkor National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hoi An to Siem Reap in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

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Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Tanjung Rhu Beach. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Art In Paradise, pause for some photo ops at Eagle Square, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the sheer force of Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Langkawi itinerary planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Langkawi in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. November in Langkawi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Langkawi

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

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Ubud, Indonesia

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tanah Lot Temple and Taman Tirtagangga. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pandawa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubud: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (in Tabanan). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirta Empul Temple, make a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terrace, explore the fascinating underground world of Elephant Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ubud sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Ubud takes 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ubud

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanjusangendo Temple and Arashiyama. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto route maker.

Traveling by flight from Ubud to Kyoto takes 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Ubud in November, things will get colder in Kyoto: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Cairo, Egypt

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.
Visit Pyramids of Giza and Giza Plateau for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Change things up with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairo journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Cairo takes 20 hours. Traveling from Kyoto to Cairo, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyoto in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairo: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Colombia travel guide

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

Peru travel guide

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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.

Easter Island travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Volcanos
Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

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National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

Tanzania travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
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.

Iran travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

Vietnam travel guide

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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.

Cambodia travel guide

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

Malaysia travel guide

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

Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Japan travel guide

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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.

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.