56 days in Caribbean, Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

56 days in Caribbean, Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Holguin, Train to Santiago de Cuba
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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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Drive
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Baracoa, Cuba
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Fly to Havana, Bus to Vinales
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Vinales, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive to José Martí International Airport, Fly to Mohammed V International Airport
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 5 nights
Fly
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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 4 nights
Drive to Roland Garros Airport, Fly to Samarkand Airport
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly to Zvartnots International Airport, Drive to Alaverdi
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Alaverdi, Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive to Zvartnots International Airport, Fly to Kurumoch International Airport
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Samara, Russia
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Tolyatti, Russia
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Drive to Kurumoch International Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki, Finland
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Varna, Bulgaria
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
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Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
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Baile Herculane, Romania
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Sinaia, Romania
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Warsaw, Poland
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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa de Diego Velazquez and Museo de la Lucha Clandestina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia and Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, cruise along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba itinerary planning site.

Berlin, Germany to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

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Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Parque Independencia, then get outside with El Yunque, and then examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Baracoa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vinales.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

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Vinales, Cuba

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, then explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and finally Head underground at Cueva del Palmarito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa, and then brush up on your military savvy at Cueva de los Portales.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vinales road trip planner.

Getting from Baracoa to Vinales by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Vinales are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

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Casablanca, Morocco

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hassan II Mosque and Temple Beth-El. You'll explore and learn at La Villa des Arts and Museum of Moroccan Judaism. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Casablanca: Rabat (Hassan Tower, Kasbah des Oudaias, &more) and Bab Lamrissa (in Sale). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sea views from El Hank Lighthouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ettedgui Synagogue.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Casablanca visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Vinales to Casablanca with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Vinales to Casablanca. Traveling from Vinales in November, things will get a bit cooler in Casablanca: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:

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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Piton de Fournaise will get you outdoors. Maison Bedier and La Maison de la Broderie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Saint-Leu's surroundings by going to Pas de Bellecombe (in Sainte-Rose), Saint-Joseph (Aquasens & Cascade de Grand Galet) and Sentier des Trous Blancs (in La Plaine des Cafres). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piton des Neiges, head outdoors with Azurtech Parapente, stroll through Plage de l'Ermitage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Boucan Canot.

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Getting from Casablanca to Saint-Leu by flight takes about 20.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Casablanca to Saint-Leu. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Casablanca in November; daily highs in Saint-Leu reach 33°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Visit Shah-i-Zinda and Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Registan and Afrasiyab Museum. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, see the interesting displays at Regional Studies Museum, and stroll around Alisher Navoi Central Recreation Park.

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Explore your travel options from Saint-Leu to Samarkand with the Route module. Traveling from Saint-Leu to Samarkand, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Samarkand is much colder than Saint-Leu - with highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Alaverdi.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

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Alaverdi, Armenia

Alaverdi, is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Horomayri Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Odzun Church, and then explore the ancient world of Hnevank Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Kayan Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Akhtala Monastery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Sanahin.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alaverdi holiday builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Samarkand to Alaverdi with the Route module. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Samarkand to Alaverdi due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Samarkand in November; daily highs in Alaverdi reach 9°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Samara.

Things to do in Alaverdi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

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Samara, Russia

A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
Visit Roman Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Church of the Holy Martyrs Faith for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Motorworld by V. Sheyanov and Children's Art Gallery. Step out of Samara to go to Zhigulevsk and see A. Shiryayevets's House Museum, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Eldar Ryazanov, glide through natural beauty at Chaika Ski Lodge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church in Honor of St. John of Kronstadt.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Samara online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alaverdi to Samara. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Samara Standard Time (SAMT) is 1 hour. While traveling from Alaverdi, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Samara, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tolyatti.

Things to do in Samara

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Tolyatti, Russia

Get outdoors at Zhiguli State Natural Biosphere Reserve and Samarskaya Luka National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Saint Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and The Church of St. Ioann of Kronstadt. Venture out of the city with trips to Molodetskiy Kurgan (in Zhiguli) and Church in Honor of Our Lady of Vladimir (in Zhigulevsk).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tolyatti trip planner.

Traveling by car from Samara to Tolyatti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in November, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tolyatti

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto and Haagan Alppiruusupuisto. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tolyatti to Helsinki. Traveling from Tolyatti to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tolyatti in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Varna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

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Varna, Bulgaria

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church. Get some cultural insight at INHOM Art Glass Gallery and The Retro Museum In Varna. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of National Revival, contemplate the long history of St Athanasius Orthodox Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and explore the ancient world of Stone Forest.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Varna tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Varna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Varna, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Nessebar, Bulgaria

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Get some historical perspective at Church of St. John the Baptist and Church of Saint Sophia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine tasting Messembria and Archaeological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Poda Protected Site (in Burgas), Sozopol (Saint Nicholas Chapel, Church of Saint Zosima, &more) and Cape Emine (in Obzor). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church Dormition of Theotokos, admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Afanasiy the Great, and view the masterpieces at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Varna to Nessebar takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pazardzhik.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

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Pazardzhik, Bulgaria

On the 12th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at History Museum and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Ethnography.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pazardzhik trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Pazardzhik takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Baile Herculane.

Things to do in Pazardzhik

Museums
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Baile Herculane, Romania

Băile Herculane is a town in Romanian Banat, in Caraș-Severin County, situated in the valley of the Cerna River, between the Mehedinți Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, elevation 168 meters. On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of National Park Domogled. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Historical Center and then explore the striking landscape at Cerna Valley.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Baile Herculane road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Pazardzhik to Baile Herculane in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Pazardzhik in December, you will find days in Baile Herculane are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sinaia.

Things to do in Baile Herculane

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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Sinaia, Romania

Pearl Of The Carpathians

Named after the monastery around which it was built, Sinaia is a mountain resort and popular holiday destination for Romanians and foreigners alike.
Visiting Cabana Babele and Stancile Franz Joseph will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peles Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sinaia: Ploiesti (Marea Sinagoga & The Clock Museum), Bellu Manor (in Urlati) and Crucea Caraiman (in Busteni). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Pelisor Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sinaia trip itinerary app.

Drive from Baile Herculane to Sinaia in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kielce.

Things to do in Sinaia

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

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Kielce, Poland

Kielce is a city in south central Poland with 199,475 inhabitants. Appreciate the collections at Muzeum Techniki and Chmielnik Synagogue. Get some cultural insight at Cistercian Abbey and Muzeum Wnetrz Dworskich. Get out of town with these interesting Kielce side-trips: Smilow Manor Museum (in Ozarow), Medieval Settlement (in Bieliny) and Swietokrzyski National Park (in Bodzentyn). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum of Nature and Technology.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kielce vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sinaia to Kielce. Traveling from Sinaia to Kielce, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Warsaw.

Things to do in Kielce

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

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Warsaw, Poland

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Appreciate the collections at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego and POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich. Old Town and The National Museum in Warsaw are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, take an in-depth tour of Katyn Museum, contemplate the long history of Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), and get your game on at Horror House - Interactive Fear Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Warsaw day trip site.

Traveling by car from Kielce to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Santiago de Cuba Province travel guide

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Castles · Cemeteries · Landmarks
Santiago de Cuba Province is the second most populated province in the island of Cuba. The largest city Santiago de Cuba is the main administrative center. Other large cities include Palma Soriano, Contramaestre, San Luis and Songo-la Maya.HistorySantiago de Cuba province has been the site of many battles, both during the war for independence and the 1959 Cuban Revolution, where much of the guerrilla fighting took place in the mountainous province.Prior to 1976, Cuba was divided into six historical provinces. One of these was Oriente province, which was, prior to 1905, known as Santiago de Cuba province. The present day province comprises the south-central region of Oriente.EconomyThe province is rich in material resources such as iron and nickel. The economy, however, relies mostly on agriculture, with large plantations growing bananas, cacao, and coffee dotting the landscape. Industry is growing around the capital, as is tourism. The natural beauty of the area is attracting many tourists from both the rest of Cuba and from overseas.

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Guantanamo Province travel guide

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Beaches · Outdoor Activities · Specialty Museums
Guantánamo is the easternmost province of Cuba. Its capital is also called Guantánamo. Other towns include Baracoa. The province has the only land border of the important U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay.OverviewGuantánamo's architecture and culture is unlike the rest of Cuba. The province is only 80 km away from Haiti its closest point, across the Windward Passage and close enough to see lights on Haiti on a clear night. Guantánamo also has a high number of immigrants from Jamaica, meaning that many buildings are comparable to those of the French Quarter of New Orleans in the U.S. state of Louisiana.The Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa mountains dominate the province, dividing both climate and landscape. The northern coast, battered by prevailing winds, is the wettest part of the country, while the south, sheltered and dry, is the hottest. The north is characterized by rainforests, while the south is arid and has many cacti.MunicipalitiesBaracoaCaimaneraEl SalvadorGuantánamoImíasMaisí

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Pinar del Rio Province travel guide

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Valleys · Caves · Landmarks
Pinar del Río is one of the provinces of Cuba. It is at the western end of the island of Cuba.GeographyThe Pinar del Río province is Cuba's westernmost province and contains one of Cuba's three main mountain ranges, the Cordillera de Guaniguanico, divided into the easterly Sierra del Rosario and the westerly Sierra de los Órganos. These form a landscape characterised by steep sided limestone hills (called mogotes) and flat, fertile valleys. One such topographic feature, the Viñales Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The northern coast opens to the great Gulf of Mexico, and is lined by the Colorados Archipelago, a string of cays and isles developed on a reef barrier. The westernmost point of Cuba, Cabo San Antonio, is located on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, which is a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve.HistoryThe city and province was founded by the Spanish as Nueva Filipinas (New Philippines) due to the huge influx of Filipinos who arrived from the Manila Galleons. They brought with them tamarind (also known as sampaloc), camisa de chinos, and arroz caldo (also known as arroz caldoso)

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Reunion Island travel guide

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Parasailing & Paragliding · Gardens · Aquariums
Known for its volcanic forested interior, Reunion Island also features beaches and coral reefs. The island's most famous landmark is a climbable volcano (active), standing over 2,600 m (8,600 ft) above sea level. Other climbing destinations include an extinct volcano and three calderas, a type of naturally formed amphitheaters created by collapsed volcanoes. Plan your next holiday on Reunion Island if you're looking for great views and majestic landscapes.

Lori Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Churches · Ruins
Lori, is a province of Armenia. It is located in the north of the country, bordering Georgia. Vanadzor is the capital and largest city of the province. Other important towns include Stepanavan, Alaverdi, and Spitak. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries and the well-preserved Akhtala monastery, where Armenians, Georgians, and Greeks make an annual pilgrimage on September 20–21.The province was heavily damaged during the 1988 Armenian earthquake.The province is served by the Stepanavan Airport.EtymologyThe name Lori first appeared in the 11th century when King David I Anhoghin founded the fortified city of Lori . The fortress-city became the capital of the Kingdom of Tashir-Dzoraget in 1065. The name Lori later spread through the region and replaced the original name of Tashir.

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Samara Oblast travel guide

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Monuments · Lookouts · Specialty Museums
Samara Oblast encompasses the southeastern part of Russia's European territory and includes the heavily industrialized region along the Volga River. Covered with coniferous and broadleaved forests, the region rose to prominence during World War II, when plentiful oil deposits made it attractive for the development of a new industrial area far from the war front. Although the region as a whole offers little in the way of tourist attractions, a growing number of visitors add the city of Samara to their itinerary because of its lively cultural scene and pleasant riverfront areas.

Uusimaa travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Uusimaa or Nyland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions Southwest Finland, Tavastia Proper, Päijänne Tavastia and Kymenlaakso. Helsinki, Finland’s capital and largest city, along with Finland's second largest city Espoo and its fourth largest city Vantaa are all located centrally in Uusimaa, making it by far the most populous region.HistoryIn ancient times coastal Uusimaa had been populated by Sami people. The place name of Nuuksio derives from Sami word njukča which means Swan. Later Finns proper and Tavastians inhabitet the area. Some place names have traces of Tavastian village names, like Konala which likely derives from older Tavastian village name Konhola. Also estonians were inhabiting the region in a smaller extent and using it in seasonal fishing.Swedish colonisation of coastal Uusimaa started together with the second crusade to Finland in 13th century. The colonisation was part of converting pagan areas to catholic faith. Eastern Uusimaa had its first christian Swedish colonists earlier than the western Uusimaa which got its colonists in one mass transfer of people to Porvoo area probably in the 14th century. The colonisation was supported by the kingdom of Sweden and the immigrants where provided with grain seeds and cattle. They also got four year tax exemption from the crown. All the Swedish placenames of Uusimaa date back to this period.

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Varna Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens · Aquariums
Spanning Bulgaria's northeastern Black Sea coastline, Varna Province offers much more than just a string of sandy beaches. Although most visitors concentrate only on the well-developed seafront area, the underrated Varna countryside features rolling hills, lush river valleys, and fertile plains, tailor-made for sightseeing on foot or by bicycle. The region's eponymous capital serves as a naval base and seaside resort, attracting big crowds with its outstanding museum of archaeology and a lively restaurant scene. The city also provides a convenient base for day trips to the region's wineries, monasteries, botanical gardens, and hot springs.

Burgas Province travel guide

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Ruins · Water Parks · Landmarks
Located in southeastern Bulgaria, Burgas Province hugs the Black Sea and ranks as one of the country's most popular vacation destinations. The region's eponymous capital tops the itineraries of most visitors to the area, serving as a convenient transit point to the nearby resorts. The city rewards visitors with its relaxed seaside atmosphere, uncrowded beaches, and a pedestrianized center with fine museums and restaurants. Although you can spend your entire holiday exploring the city and its immediate surroundings, venturing a bit inland opens up a world of smaller settlements and pristine natural areas. The less-trodden parts of the province include three freshwater lakes, protected sanctuaries of many endangered species of fish and birds.

Pazardzhik Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Bars & Clubs · Caves
Pazardzhik Province is a province in Southern Bulgaria, named after its administrative and industrial centre - the city of Pazardzhik. The territory is 4,456.9 km that is divided into 12 municipalities with a total population of 275,548 inhabitants, as of February 2011.HistoryThe territory of the Pazardzhik Province has been inhabited since very early times. There are more than 50 discovered Stone Age and Bronze Age settlements. The earliest civilization to inhabit the region were the Thracians. The remains of the Thracian town Besapara are located in the hills near the provincial capital Pazardzhik. The Panagyurishte Treasure unearthed near the northern town of the same name is known as one of the finest examples of Thracian art. The 6.164 kg of 23-karat gold treasure which consists of nine vessels has been dated back to the 4th and 3rd century BC. In the 1st century BC the region became a Roman province and remained in the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome.Most of the region became part of the Bulgarian Empire in the beginning of the 9th century and remained in Bulgarian hands until the fall of the First Empire. With the rise of the Second Bulgarian Empire the region once again became part of the country until it was overran by the Ottomans in the late 14th century. Some of medieval fortresses are Tsepina near the village of Dorkovo and Krasen in the vicinities of Bata.

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Caras-Severin County travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
Caraș-Severin is a county of Romania on the border with Serbia. The majority of its territory lies within the historical region of Banat, with a few northeastern villages considered part of Transylvania. The county seat is Reșița. The Caraș-Severin county is part of the Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisza Euroregion.NameIn Serbian and Croatian, it is known as Karaš Severin/Караш Северин or Karaš-Severinska županija, in Hungarian as Krassó-Szörény megye, in German as Kreis Karasch-Severin, and in Bulgarian as Караш-Северин (translit. Karash-Severin).DemographicsThe county is part of the Danube-Kris-Mureș-Tisza euroregion.In 2011, it had a population of 274,277 and a population density of 33.63/km2.The majority of the population (89.23%) are Romanians. There are also Roma (2.74%), Croats (1.88%), Germans (1.11%), Serbs (1.82%), Hungarians (1.19%) and Ukrainians (0.94%).

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Prahova County travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Mountains
Romanian Capital of Red Wine
Prahova County thrives on the tourism generated by resorts scattered throughout its mountains and valleys. While there are still several castles, museums, and monasteries, typical for Romanian tourism, the majority of travelers are here to enjoy the natural setting. Many choose to vacation in this area for the picturesque backdrops, serene surroundings, and outdoor activities.

Swietokrzyskie Province travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums

Mazovia Province travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Military Museums · Gardens
Mazovia Province forms the east-central part of Poland, with the main cities of Warsaw, Plock, Siedlce, and Ostroleka. The province's name comes from the historical region Mazovia, which maintained similar borders as the present-day province. The area is home to plentiful green spaces such as forests, national parks, and deep valleys. Several rivers, including the Vistula, Bug, and Bzura, cut through the province, providing picturesque backdrops to riverside towns. The small town of Grojec gives the province a big name as an important fruit-growing area. The distinctive apples here feed the entire country.