56 days in Europe, Asia, Canada & South America Itinerary

56 days in Europe, Asia, Canada & South America Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gdansk, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kursk, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gori, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Takamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Victoria, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Train
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Weimar, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dresden, Germany
— 5 nights
Train to Berlin Schoenefeld, Fly to Paris

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and De Duif. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), stroll around Vondelpark, see the interesting displays at Joods Historisch Museum, and have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip maker.

Paris, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In November in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Brugse Vrije will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, and don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bruges driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November in Bruges, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guy's Cliffe and Charlecote Mill. Popular historic sites such as Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Battle of Edgehill Exhibition, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and brush up on your military savvy at The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Stratford-upon-Avon travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bruges to Stratford-upon-Avon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bruges to Stratford-upon-Avon. November in Stratford-upon-Avon sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Gdansk.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

Gdansk, Poland

— 4 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and Court of the Fraternity of St. George. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Mary's Church and Dlugi Targ Square. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Westerplatte, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church (Kosciol sw. Jana), and examine the collection at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gdansk road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Stratford-upon-Avon to Gdansk takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stratford-upon-Avon to Gdansk due to the time zone difference. In November, Gdansk is slightly colder than Stratford-upon-Avon - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Kursk.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Kursk, Russia

— 2 nights
Kursk is a city and the administrative center of Kursk Oblast, Russia, located at the confluence of the Kur, Tuskar, and Seym Rivers. On the 16th (Mon), learn about all things military at Young Defenders of The Homeland, Military and Historical Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sergiyev Kazanskiy Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs, and finally see the interesting displays at The Auto Transport Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kursk day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Gdansk to Kursk with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. Traveling from Gdansk in November, things will get little chillier in Kursk: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gori.

Things to do in Kursk

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Gori, Georgia

— 1 night
Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Stalin Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum, then explore the ancient world of Uplistsiche Cave Town, and finally delve into the distant past at Gori Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gori trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kursk to Gori takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kursk to Gori is 1 hour. In November, Gori is somewhat warmer than Kursk - with highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Gori

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

Tbilisi, Georgia

— 3 nights
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble and Tsminda Sameba Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Tbilisi: Mtskheta (The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta & Samtavro Church). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Narikala Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sioni Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jvaris Mama, and have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tbilisi trip planner.

Getting from Gori to Tbilisi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tbilisi are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima planner.

Getting from Tbilisi to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 20 hours. The time zone changes from Georgia Standard Time (GET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Tbilisi in November, things will get a bit warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Takamatsu, Japan

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then visit a coastal fixture at Takamatsu's Red Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuriji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takamatsu day trip planning site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Victoria.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

Victoria, Canada

— 3 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Craigdarroch Castle and Hatley Park National Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Royal BC Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Kerry Park Recreation Centre (in Mill Bay), Stoney Hill Regional Park (in Genoa Bay) and Sooke (Aylard Farm & East Sooke Regional Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Takamatsu to Victoria takes 16.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Takamatsu to Victoria. When traveling from Takamatsu in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Victoria: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Vancouver, Canada

— 4 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.
Museum of Anthropology and Granville Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Vancouver: Delta (George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta Nature Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Bloedel Conservatory, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Park, snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and admire the natural beauty at Queen Elizabeth Park.

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You can fly from Victoria to Vancouver in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Afro Brazil Museum and Latin America Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque das Cerejeiras, and see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Sao Paulo takes 19 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is 5 hours. In December, Sao Paulo is much hotter than Vancouver - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

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.
Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and take an unorthodox tour of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip app.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rome by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 4 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in December; daily highs in Rome reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Visit Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco for their historical value. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Parco Valentino (in Piani Resinelli), Como (Chiesa di Sant’Orsola, Oasi WWF del Bassone, &more) and Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante).

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Milan online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Milan is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Milan

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek. Your inner history buff will appreciate Frauenkirche and St. Peter's Church. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Heidehaus.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munich trip planner.

You can fly from Milan to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Munich is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Toy Museum. Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Hangman's Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Nuremberg, make a side trip to see Schwarzachschlucht in Schwarzenbruck, approximately Schwarzenbruck away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rochusfriedhof, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nuremberg road trip website.

Drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Weimar.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Weimar, Germany

— 2 nights

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
On the 20th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Schillers Wohnhaus, admire the natural beauty at Goethes Gartenhaus, and then take an in-depth tour of Goethe National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Egapark Erfurt and then see the interesting displays at Liszt Haus.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Weimar online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Nuremberg to Weimar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Weimar

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Dresden, Germany

— 5 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Royal Palace (Residenzschloss). Pergamonmuseum and Kunsthofpassage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dresden: Berlin (Denkmal Albrecht Thaer, Walking tours, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, see the interesting displays at The Royal Porcelain Collection, contemplate the long history of Sachsisches Standehaus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden.

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Drive from Weimar to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Dresden, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

North Holland Province travel guide

4.1
Art Museums · History Museums · Nightlife

West Flanders Province travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
West Flanders province contains Belgium's entire North Sea coastline, a major tourist destination in this part of Europe. In addition to a string of commercialized beaches, the province boasts several medieval cities soaked in history and rich in architectural heritage. Bruges, the provincial capital, serves as one of the country's major hubs of commerce, education, culture, and entertainment. Away from its heavily urbanized areas, West Flanders features a largely flat countryside crisscrossed by well-maintained roads and cycling paths. The province draws a growing number of foreign visitors with its lesser-known towns like Veurne and Ostend, which boast photogenic public squares, traditional breweries, and spired cathedrals.

Warwickshire travel guide

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Castles · Architectural Buildings · Parks
If it hadn’t been the birthplace of a world-famous playwright, Warwickshire could have been just another picture-perfect English county with verdant rolling hills and scenic market towns. William Shakespeare was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the region’s prosperous centers of culture, art, and commerce. The county abounds in sites linked to the renowned artist’s life, hosting a multitude of special events and art festivals that draw visitors from around the world. Tourist numbers diminish away from these bustling cultural attractions, offering travelers numerous opportunities to step off the beaten path and have a relaxing sightseeing experience on quiet country roads and walking trails.

Pomerania Province travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · History Museums · Military Museums
In north-central Poland, Pomerania Province hugs the coast of the Baltic Sea. The provincial capital Gdansk sits on the water with a charming seafront. Popular tourist attractions in the area include beautiful sandy beach resorts, wild national parks, and historic medieval cities. In addition to the waterfront, the province has several significant rivers, as well as the Hel Peninsula. It's no wonder the province's name comes from Slavic words meaning "Land at the Sea."

Kursk Oblast travel guide

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Landmarks · Churches · Specialty Museums
Kursk Oblast is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Kursk. Population: 1,127,081 (2010 Census).GeographyThe oblast occupies the southern slopes of the middle-Russian plateau, and its average elevation is from 177 to 225 meters . The surface is hilly, and intersected by ravines. The central part of Kursk oblast is more elevated than the Seym Valley to the west. The Timsko-Shchigrinsky ridge contains the highest point in the oblast at 288m above the sea level. The low relief, gentler slopes, and mild winter make the area suitable for farming, and much of the forest has been cleared.The chernozem soils cover around 70% of the oblast's territory; podsol soils cover 26%. Borders:internal: Bryansk Oblast , Oryol Oblast, Lipetsk Oblast, Voronezh Oblast, Belgorod Oblast international: Sumy Oblast of Ukraine

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Shida Kartli Region travel guide

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Ruins · Specialty Museums · Natural History Museums

Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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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.

State of Sao Paulo travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops
A trip to State of Sao Paulo reveals one of Brazil's wealthiest regions, considered one of South America's economic powerhouses and known for its high standard of living. The eponymous state capital remains one of the country's most cosmopolitan urban centers, housing almost 20 million residents in its metropolitan region. Beyond this hub of frantic nightlife and thriving commerce, a tour of State of Sao Paulo showcases lively beaches scattered across 600 km (370 mi) of coastline. Farther inland, visitors take advantage of the area's pleasant climate and explore numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, spas, parks, and historical buildings dating back to early colonial times.

Lazio travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Fountains · Churches
Often overshadowed by the country's magnificent capital city, Lazio is a densely populated region in the middle of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. Though this prosperous area is home to Rome, Lazio offers many other cities, lakes, and white-sand coastal areas as beautiful additions to your itinerary. The region's landscapes are as varied as the people who live here. In the north, Lazio is lush and hilly. The southern section features rugged areas tailor-made for adventurous hikers and cyclists. Venture deeper into Lazio's countryside to find more places to visit, like restaurants and museums, as well as remnants of the ancient civilizations that once flourished in this area.

Lombardy travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

Bavaria travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.

Thuringia travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Thuringia is a predominantly mountainous and forested region of Germany. Ancient towns and castles that stubbornly refuse to succumb to the ravages of time dot the countryside. Though it remains one of the lesser-known vacation spots among German provinces, Thuringia enjoys a good reputation among domestic visitors. The area attracts travelers with a wide selection of national parks, ski resorts, and an extensive network of hiking trails. Thuringia boasts a proud heritage of athletic achievement; its athletes have won more than half of Germany's Winter Olympic gold medals in the last 20 years. The land is more than just a holiday haven for sports enthusiasts. The region has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for artists such as Bach, Goethe, and Schiller.

Saxony travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.