Experience Costa Rica in style, enjoying excursions with private guides and overnight stays in luxury hotels on this wide-ranging itinerary around the country. Start with birdwatching and snorkeling on the Osa Peninsula, then transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll take surf lessons. Go horseback riding in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, hike around Arenal Volcano, and relax in natural hot springs before heading back to San José for one last night out on the town.
Offering an appealing mix of outdoor adventures, relaxation, and cultural experiences, this 16-day itinerary around Costa Rica is a traveler's favorite. Start with volcano hikes and hot springs in Arenal, then explore Monteverde's cloud forest on a canopy tour and an excursion on horseback. Go whitewater rafting down the Río Pacuare, visit a wildlife rehabilitation center in Puerto Viejo, and enjoy a boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero National Park before heading to San José, where the trip ends.
This two-week itinerary gives you enough time to savor Brazil's major highlights without having to rush things. It begins in Rio with sightseeing, architecture tours, and a bit of the Carnival party scene, then continues south to Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. Afterward, fly far north for adventures in and around the Amazon River before heading east to the sun-kissed Bahian coast, where you'll immerse yourself in the music, food, and history of one of Brazil's richest cultures.
See the best that Brazil has to offer on this adventurous seven-day itinerary. Begin with a bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro from atop Mount Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Morro Dos Irmaos. Then, leave the city behind and travel from Manaus to Anavilhanas National Park, an archipelago in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Tour forests, igarapes, and local communities as you learn about the special animals, plants, and people who call this biodiverse region home.
If you're short on time but ready to explore New Zealand, this action-packed itinerary ticks off the best of both the North and South Islands in just six brilliant days. Witness the volcanic wonders of Rotorua, venture to the real Middle-earth, eat around Auckland, cruise the magical fjords of Milford Sound, feast with a local Maori tribe, and get your thrills in Queenstown. In between it all, every turn offers breathtaking landscapes and incredible scenery that leave you wanting more.
Experience the world-class cities, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and rich Aboriginal culture of Australia on this 12-day highlights tour. The adventure kicks off in Sydney with visits to iconic locales like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. Fly to Uluru for tours of the sacred Red Centre desert landscapes before ending the trip in tropical Cairns, where you'll explore the corals of the Great Barrier Reef and venture deep into the rainforests of Daintree National Park.
This adventure-packed 10-day itinerary features a mix of unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Sights with plenty of family-friendly excursions both inland and on the coast. Soak up the sights of Sydney, spend the day sheep shearing and boomerang throwing with an Aussie cowboy, then venture into the outback to watch the sunrise and sunset over Uluru. Snorkel among the beautiful coral and marine life in the Great Barrier Reef before experiencing the magic of the world's oldest rainforest.
In just under two weeks, this action-packed itinerary introduces you to the highlights of Australia's spectacular eastern coast. Climb the Harbour Bridge and cycle through the waterfront neighborhoods of Sydney before flying north to Port Douglas, where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests of Daintree await. Turn south again to end in the Queensland capital of Brisbane, touring the famous Australia Zoo and adventuring through the waterfalls of Springbrook National Park.
City Highlights, Nature, and Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania in 13 Days
Discover the best of Australia's city life and wildlife on this 13-day itinerary. Start in Sydney to explore its famous harbor by boat before heading to the Blue Mountains to hike through rugged valleys. Fly to Adelaide to sample the bustling culinary hotspot and surrounding Kangaroo Island, then on to Melbourne to stroll the cultural capital's hidden enclaves and alleyways—the once-in-a-lifetime Penguin Parade also awaits at nearby Phillip Island. Finish with a deep dive into Tasmania's fascinating history and diverse flora and fauna.
In just over a week, this well-rounded Aussie adventure checks off the east coast's greatest highlights. See the famous landmarks of Sydney, then head north to Cairns to dive into the tropical Great Barrier Reef and discover the Kuranda Rainforest. Along the way, you'll have free time for day trips and leisure time to explore at your own pace—from the iconic sands of Bondi Beach to the ancient jungles of Daintree National Park.
For sheer outback adventure, there's no beating this 12-day Aussie road trip, which starts at the tip of the Northern Territory. From there you'll hit the road south to visit protected wetlands, sacred Aboriginal sites, unspoiled national parks, deep gorges—even the alien abduction capital of Australia. The last stop is the vast deserts of the Red Plains and the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), where you'll immerse yourself even more in Aboriginal culture and enjoy an otherworldly dinner you won't soon forget.
This packed three-week adventure delivers the best of Australia. Discover the nation’s culture capital of Melbourne on food tours and wildlife excursions before heading down the famed Great Ocean Road to the romantic fishing villages and rugged outback of South Australia. Then, fly north and explore the Great Barrier Reef before finishing the trip in Sydney with tours of its famous sights and hiking trips to nearby mountains.
This week-long trip epitomizes the island lifestyle, where you're never too far from white sandy beaches and a magnificent blue ocean. You'll spend the entire time in and around Krabi, located on the west coast of southern Thailand, discovering the many idyllic islands just off the coast. Kayak in a mangrove forest near Ao Thalane, snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Koh Poda, and trek through the rainforest by elephant. Finally, cruise around the islands and follow the coast for unforgettable views.
Sweden is divided into three large regions: Norrland in the north, Svealand in the center, and Gotaland in the south. You can cover one of the three regions in five days, but taking 10 days or more to cover two regions at an unrushed pace is ideal. And in two weeks, you can see what these three regions have to offer on a grand tour of the Nordic country.
Fifteen days in Portugal offers travelers a range of options for adventure and leisure. Visit the highlights on a cross-country sightseeing trip, or opt to see more of the Iberian Peninsula by splitting your time between Portugal and Spain. Adventure travelers love to explore the natural landscape of the Azores on an island-hopping tour, including a hike up Portugal's tallest mountain. Or eat and drink your way through Portugal on a foodie tour that introduces you to the best of Portuguese cuisine.
For those that like a trip to include thrills, food, and natural wonders, this eight-day itinerary should check off all the boxes. New Zealand is known for its hospitality, and you'll experience the very best of it at a mountaintop farm, a lakeside spa, and a multi-course Maori feast. Along the way, you'll get to see a fjord from a plane, glowworms from a boat, and Wellington's cityscape from a century-old funicular railway.
Spanning 700 miles north to south, three distinct countries, and 12,000 years of history, the United Kingdom would take months to explore fully. Still, with even as little as four days you can explore London's most famous sights, plus perhaps one nearby region, while two weeks lets you roam widely. With an entire month at your disposal, you can cover much of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland with a breadth of active adventures and cultural excursions.
Discover the Brazilian Amazon on this short five-day itinerary that hits all the highlights. Begin with a tour of Manaus, the capital of the Amazon region, and then spend three nights in the Anavilhanas National Park. Learn Waimiri-Atroari archery, fish for piranhas, and meet nocturnal animals. The world's most diverse ecosystem of the Amazon offers infinite possibilities and experiences, so see which will be yours on this trip.
Uncover the diverse highlights of Thailand, from its cities to mountains and beaches, on this immersive 10-day itinerary. Starting in Bangkok, you'll see the top sights with a guide and explore famed temples on a bike tour. In Chiang Mai, visit an elephant sanctuary and learn how to prepare Thai food in a home cooking class. Conclude your journey with beach time and island excursions in the tropical paradise of Phuket.
This seven-day guided tour showcases some of Thailand's top attractions, starting with a visit to the canals of Bangkok's Chao Praya River. You'll see Wat Khun Chan Temple and the Artist Village and have a chance to feed holy catfish! Then it's on to Phuket, where you'll explore the island's endless beaches and kayak into the sea caves and hongs of Phang Nga Bay. Your tour ends with a free day in Phuket, where you can visit the Big Buddha or spend an afternoon in the colorful Old Town.
This five-day guided tour takes you into the heart of Bangkok, where you'll explore the city's amazing history and culture. Your journey begins with a visit to the Museum of Floral Culture, shopping at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, and the entertaining Siam Niramit Show. From there, you'll explore Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at Ayutthaya, see the Reclining Buddha, and close your trip with a boat tour of Bangkok's historic canals.
This best-of-both-worlds itinerary takes you from Thailand's tropical beaches and limestone cliffs to its vibrant capital, Bangkok. Start in the white sands of Phuket—you'll also visit spectacular Phi Phi Island and Maya Bay while there—then head to Krabi in mainland Thailand for more beaches and snorkeling. End your journey with tours of Bangkok's landmark temples and fascinating waterways.
On this three-week trip of a lifetime, you'll experience the highlights of Australia's eastern and southern coasts. It will take you from Sydney's iconic Opera House up to the famous Great Barrier Reef and down to Melbourne for wildlife excursions and even a hot-air balloon ride over wine country. As if that isn't enough, you'll jet off to New Zealand for adventures in its unspoiled wilderness that include visiting glowworm caves, volcanic valleys, glacial fjords, and much more.
Travelers should plan to spend at least one week in Fiji to fully experience island life. Those seeking a beach vacation on the main island could visit for a quick five days. With 10 days, more active holidaymakers can take in additional cultural experiences in the villages, set out on walking trails, venture inland to explore the rainforest, and visit more islands and places ideal for water activities.
Experience the best of Australia with this week-long family-friendly itinerary that spans Sydney's top sights, an unforgettable trip to Uluru, and the magic of Melbourne. Learn how to surf at Bondi Beach and journey to the African Savannah at Taronga Zoo. Head to Uluru to watch the sunrise and create your own artwork, guided by a local Anangu artist. Finally, it's off to the culture capital of Melbourne to explore the city's labyrinthine laneways and funky street art.
Abundant wildlife, breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and delicious food—Sri Lanka has them all, making this tropical island nation a welcoming destination for families. Spend a week with your family discovering Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, looking for elephants, monkeys, and elusive Asian leopards, and visiting iconic sites such as Sigiriya Rock, once carved into the shape of a lion, and Kandy's Royal Palace and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Combine the best of Portugal and northern Spain for 15 days of fun on the Iberian Peninsula. Zip through Lisbon by tuk-tuk and see the fantastical hilltop palaces of Sintra, then head north to riverside Porto and the Douro Valley wine country. Hop over to Spain to marvel at Barcelona's modernist landmarks and hike between the clifftop villages of the Costa Brava. Your adventure wraps up on the Bay of Biscay, enjoying the crescent beaches and renowned gastronomy of San Sebastián.
Discover Australia's top highlights on this massive 21-day tour that takes you on a loop around the continent. Get your fill of city life in Sydney before heading toward the ocean to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Discover rainforests, national parks, and their wildlife near Byron Bay. Learn about Aboriginal culture at Uluru and Cave Hill, then mingle with kangaroos and koalas on Kangaroo Island. Go winetasting near Melbourne before getting to know Tasmania's remote beauty and relaxed vibe.
Travel from city to sea, rainforest, and outback on this well-rounded tour of Australia. Start in Sydney and visit its most iconic sites. Head to Port Douglas, where you'll discover marine life near the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Kuranda and its rainforest to mingle with butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Watch the sunset behind Uluru, then dine under the desert stars. Finish up your journey in eclectic Melbourne and take a hot air balloon ride over nearby wine country.
Wine lovers and adventure-seekers can get all bases covered on New Zealand's South Island with this six-day itinerary. Space out your wine tasting with activities including gondola rides, ziplining, and canyon river rafting. You'll also have time for leisurely walks through Mt. Cook National Park. A scenic road trip portion offers opportunities to get out and see the glaciers and mountain ranges that make this region a must-visit spot for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Whitewater rafting, hiking, cycling, and kayaking await on this action-packed six-day adventure around Costa Rica. The start of the trip features a two-day rafting excursion down the Río Pacuare on Class III-IV whitewater. You'll explore Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on a bicycle, then see Cahuita National Park on a guided hike. Kayak around the lush jungle waterways around Punta Uva before the journey ends.
Enjoy Costa Rica in style on this high-end six-day trip around the wildlife habitats of the Osa Peninsula and Arenal. After a day exploring the capital city of San José, you'll travel to Drake Bay for a colorful birdwatching tour and hiking in Corcovado National Park. Continue to La Fortuna—and check into a luxury hotel—where you'll soak in hot springs, spot nocturnal mammals on a private jungle tour, and get up close with animals at a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Explore Costa Rica's great outdoors on this lively six-day tour around the country's natural highlights, from volcanoes and hot springs to forests and beaches. Start in Arenal with a visit to the Hanging Bridges, a hike around Arenal Volcano, and a dip in the Tabacón Hot Springs. Then transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park for snorkeling, hiking, a sunset catamaran cruise, and a boating excursion in the Damas Island Estuary.
From visiting an indigenous village to riding horses in a national park to snorkeling with tropical fish, this six-day itinerary around Costa Rica offers a mix of cultural and outdoor activities. Start at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where you'll soak in natural hot springs, then move on to the Gulf of Papagayo for a sunset sail, a jungle cruise, and a visit to an indigenous village. End your trip with a snorkeling adventure offshore the Catalina Islands.
An excellent way to cover a lot of ground and see South Africa's top highlights is to hire a car and go on a road trip. The best time to hop in a vehicle is during the shoulder season (spring and fall) when the prices are low and fewer travelers are on the road. Yet each season offers fine weather and excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting and outdoor excursions—it all depends on where in the country you plan to be. Read on to find out what season suits you best.
This 15-day itinerary celebrates Australia's most famous city, its mystical outback deserts, and the unspoiled beauty of its tropical northeast. It begins in Sydney, where you'll tour the highlights by foot and bicycle, plus take a trip to the rugged Blue Mountains. After immersing yourself in the Aboriginal culture of the northern red deserts, finish the trip in tropical Queensland, where you'll enjoy island living, sail to the Great Barrier Reef, and go trekking in ancient rainforests.
To really experience the best of Australia requires at least a couple weeks, which is fine, because on this Aussie adventure you'll get those 14 days—plus one for good measure. During that time, you'll sample the cuisine and see the sights in Melbourne and Sydney, plus take day trips to hike rugged mountains and visit penguin colonies. Then jet off to the northern outback for tours in and around iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) followed by a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and some time exploring ancient rainforests.
While there's no wrong time for waffles, beer, chocolate, and castles, Belgium's four distinct seasons offer four very different experiences. Fall and spring are the best times to visit, with pleasant weather, fewer people, and more affordable rates. Summer is warm and welcoming, with festivals and crowds. And if it's cold enough, winter can bring ice skating over frozen lakes and canals and cross-country skiing.
This week-long Australia itinerary is perfect for families who want to experience a mix of Melbourne and Sydney's top sights, with two classic Aussie day trips. Practice your surf skills in Melbourne before getting up close and personal with the penguins, kangaroos, and koalas of Phillip Island. Pan for gold and cry eureka as you go back in time at Sovereign Hill. Hang ten at Bondi Beach in Sydney before an adrenaline-filled day at Luna Park, followed by a lunch cruise around Sydney's iconic harbor.
Adventure awaits on this self-driving tour of some of New Zealand's most sought-after natural wonders and attractions. Your six-day exploration starts in Queenstown, where you can view the city via gondola, or take a jet boat through nearby Shotover River Canyons. From there, you'll cruise scenic Milford Sound, then hit the road toward Lake Tekapo. The tour wraps up with a visit to Christchurch City, where you'll stroll through botanical gardens, take a tram ride, or go punting on the Avon River.
With just over two weeks to spare, you can combine the best of mainland Portugal with the lush valleys and volcanic beaches of "the Island of Eternal Spring." Start with cycling and culinary tours of Lisbon, wine tasting in the Douro Valley, and a deep dive into the history of colorful Porto. Then it's time to jet off into the North Atlantic for four days on Madeira, before returning to the mainland for some downtime at the chic coastal resort of Cascais.
This packed 15-day itinerary includes the best of Australia's stunning coastline. It takes you from hallmark cities like Melbourne and Sydney to the epic surf of the Gold Coast and up to Queensland for an adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll make time for hikes in the rainforest, watching penguins on parade, day trips to rugged mountains, and an unforgettable road trip down the scenic Great Ocean Road.
As the cold, dark weather of December sets in, Swedes do not let it dampen their spirits. The lively events of this month's Christmas build-up, like bustling markets through brilliant light shows, are worth braving the bad weather. Winter sports and seeing the northern lights are other major reasons to visit this month. As a result of all this action, be ready to expect crowds in key cities and ski resorts.
As the weather gets colder and drearier and visitor numbers plummet, there are still plenty of reasons to come to Sweden in November. The big attraction is that it will be mostly just you and the locals in the destinations you visit. Christmas markets enliven big cities, winter sports are possible again in the newly-fallen snow, and northern lights illuminate the Arctic.
Sweden is at its autumnal best in October as fall blazes across much of the south and center of the country. This transition between the shoulder and low season is a month for crowd-free activities in the big cities, for a final wild swim before the water gets too cold, and for quiet hiking or biking through forests full of fall colors.
Fall colors start working their magic across forests and Arctic tundra in September, while pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds make this an inviting month to visit, particularly in the countryside. There are excellent hiking, biking, and water sports opportunities before the weather worsens in October.
It's still the height of summer in Sweden, with warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine, festivals everywhere, and lots of visitors. This is an excellent month for outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming, cycling, and hiking, though finding solitude is more difficult than in other months. If you choose to stay in the cities, you will find them at their liveliest and full of diverse festivities.
The year's loveliest weather, full of sunshine and warm temperatures, coincides with the height of the high season in July. Every part of Sweden is ready for exploring, from cities resonating with lively festivals to countryside full of hiking, biking, kayaking, and wild swimming possibilities. You will find crowds and high prices in key destinations, but the reward is seeing Sweden at its best.
Sweden is the land of the midnight sun in June, with the sun never setting in the north. This is a perfect month to see Sweden's Great Outdoors: it is the first time this year the entire nation's hiking terrain has been snow-free. If you want to visit the cities, you'll find plenty of vibrant festivals. With all this going on, it's no wonder that June announces the start of the summer high season.
Travelers make the most of the sunnier weather and longer daylight hours in May to explore Sweden's natural beauty: kayaking through archipelagos, swimming in lakes, and hiking in beech forests. Almost everywhere in Sweden is green and pleasant. And because May is still a quiet shoulder-season month, there are few crowds.