Combining equal parts history, culture, and gastronomy, this 9-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Portugal. Start in the captivating city of Évora before moving on to Porto and Lisbon—discovering the plentiful highlights and hidden corners in between. Marvel at the ancient ruins of Templo Romano, refine your palate with a day of wine tasting in the Douro Valley, get lost in the medieval walls of Óbidos, and save room for an unforgettable food tour through Lisbon's most authentic neighborhoods.
This 10-day itinerary is ideal for travelers seeking the splendor of Cambodian history, wildlife, and culture. Exploring by pedicab, you'll begin in Phnom Penh for the Royal Palace and National Museum before kayaking the Mekong River in search of Irrawaddy dolphins, then visiting the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat. Finish your adventure in Siem Reap as you explore the magnificent temples of Angkor by tuk-tuk, accompanied by a local expert.
This itinerary covers a wide range of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of Cambodian history and culture. Over 10 days, you'll marvel at exploring Angkor's temples before visiting Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages" and spending two nights in Phnom Penh. From here, bicycle the countryside, explore the seafood markets around Kampot, and head to the seaside resort of Kep, where you'll complete the adventure.
With 10 days to explore Cambodia, you can combine several distinct locations. For example, opt for an itinerary that combines roaming Angkor's root-riddled ruins, boating Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages," and kayaking the Mekong in search of dolphins. Or explore Angkor's temples plus the Royal Palace and National Museum of Phnom Penh, cycle the countryside around Kampot, and relax on Rabbit Island. Then, there's an itinerary that combines some of the above with time spent among Asian elephants in the cool highlands.
Experience many of the quintessential highlights of Angkor and eastern Cambodia, from the temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom to the floating villages of Tonlé Sap, the wild elephants of Mondulkiri, and the endangered freshwater dolphins of the Mekong River. Along with a mix of outdoor activities and cultural tours, you'll visit a silk farm, Cham and Phnong indigenous villages, plus pepper and coffee plantations for a well-rounded and fulfilling adventure to remember.
This 9-day itinerary combines the culture and cuisine of Portugal's two largest cities with the rural countryside and golden beaches of the Algarve. Immerse yourself in Porto's thriving gastronomy scene with a food tour and cooking class, then head into the vineyards of the Douro Valley for a day of wine tasting and river cruising. Transfer south to Lisbon to tour the capital's streets by tuk-tuk, then continue to the Algarve to hike coastal trails and explore hidden beaches by catamaran.
Seven days in Scotland gives you ample time to see its historic cities, breathtaking mountains, magnificent castles, and stunning coastlines. How you spend your week depends on just how adventurous you want to be. You can visit three to four destinations from Edinburgh into the Highlands or take an active trip to two natural areas like Cairngorms or Craignure.
Madrid is a city filled with a fascinating and varied history. To make your travels into Spain's past a bit more unique, you can stay at one of Madrid's historic hotels. We love this lodging category because you'll find several options for mid-range budgets while still getting those unique perks, like historical buildings, boutique properties, onsite eateries, and outdoor pools.
If you want to elevate your trip to Spain, Madrid is an excellent city for luxury, five-star hotels with a unique history. Many of the best historic luxury hotels in Madrid are full of stories from the past and offer perks like elegant rooftop terraces, onsite gourmet restaurants, and full-service spas. We also love our picks because they're all walkable to nearly all the main sites, with many of them either on Gran Vía or just steps away from the city's famous boulevard.
Independent adventurers will love this 9-day itinerary that takes you off the beaten path to discover Portugal's unspoiled countryside and medieval villages. After getting to know the colorful capital of Lisbon, you'll hit the road and head north—winding through the sweeping Alentejo and its whitewashed hilltop towns. Continue through the lush wine country of the Douro Valley, then end your journey in Porto, where you'll tour the city on foot and toast your travels with a tasting of its famous Port wine.
Twelve days of ancient temples, mountain tea estates, and tropical beaches await on this luxurious Sri Lankan escape. Sit back as your private driver whisks you through the island's natural wonders and historic monuments in style, from the Cultural Triangle to the Hill Country and on to the wildlife haven of Yala National Park. End your trip with a champagne toast and some blissful free time on the palm-fringed beaches of Tangalle.
Madrid is a city full of fascinating history, and many hotels maintain glimpses of its past. What makes the best historical hotels in Madrid so great is the location in the city's core, meaning you'll be within walking distance of nearly all the historical sites, like Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, and the charming Literary Quarter with its traditional taverns.
With an impressive skyline mixing old and new, a rooftop terrace in Madrid allows you to view the city's history from above. Some of the best rooftop hotels in Madrid offer those incredible views with a few other perks, such as bars, lounges, sundecks, events, and even swimming pools.
One week in Cambodia is enough time to explore Angkor or Phnom Penh, plus the highlights of one other region. Cycling enthusiasts can explore the Angkor temples, ricefields, and villages around Battambang by bicycle. Nature lovers can look for wildlife while hiking and kayaking in Botum Sakor and Cardomom national parks. Or combine Phnom Penh with Battambang, the Angkor temples, and the floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake for a more-rounded itinerary.
Perfect for active travelers who enjoy cycling, this 7-day tour of Cambodia winds at an easy pace past the most majestic temples of Angkor and through the rice fields and idyllic countryside around Battambang. You'll learn about local culture and lifestyle, savor traditional Khmer cooking, and enjoy a performance of ancient Apsara dancing.
This 13-day adventure covers the highlights of two of southern Mexico's most historic and naturally beautiful states: Chiapas & Yucatán. In the former, you'll tour natural wonders like Sumidero Canyon and the Agua Azul waterfalls. In the latter, you'll visit its most famous archeological sites, like Palenque and Uxmal, while also enjoying the white-sand beaches of Holbox Island and Playa del Carmen.
The Caribbean side of Mexico isn't known as the western Riviera for nothing—this stunning section of coast is lined with white-sand beaches home to towering hotels overlooking turquoise waters. More than that, it's filled with ancient Maya ruins, fairy-tale cenotes, and unspoiled nature reserves. You'll see all this and more as you spend 13 days on a self-drive tour around the region's natural highlights and resort towns—from Tulum to Playa del Carmen to Holbox Island.
Over 13 days, you'll visit some of Mexico's most naturally beautiful and culturally rich areas. Experience the food, culture, and history of Mexico City, hike the pyramids of Teotihuacán, then immerse yourself in indigenous culture on the Yucatán Peninsula. You'll also go off the tourist trail in Baja, California, with a boat tour of Isla Espíritu Santo, hikes through desert mountains, and snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo.
A great thing about Mexico is that its cultural highlights also make for some of the most fun activities. You'll experience many such adventures over 13 days as you tour the historic center of Mexico City, hike the pyramids of Teotihuacán, and visit colorful neighborhoods like Xochimilco. Then you're off to the famous Yucatán Peninsula to tour the ruins of ancient Maya cities, participate in indigenous cultural exchanges, and enjoy beach time on the Caribbean coast and the Holbox Island.
In 13 days, you can enjoy a packed itinerary that includes in-depth explorations of two or even three regions in Mexico. Enjoy the history, food, and Aztec ruins of Mexico City, then discover the wonders of Chiapas, like its cascading waterfalls, majestic river canyons, and highland colonial towns. Even after all that, you'll still have time to explore the length and breadth of the mythical Yucatán Peninsula, as rich in ancient Maya ruins as it is abundant in postcard Caribbean beaches.
You can cover some serious ground with two weeks in Indonesia, exploring up to three different islands, or basing yourself on one or two islands for more in-depth cultural, historical, and culinary experiences. For example, explore the wilds of Kalimantan and the Derawan Islands or pair Java and Bali for a smaller radius. From experiencing ancient village traditions and hiking the jungles of Sulawesi to honeymooning in Bali—your options are plentiful.
With 15 days in Morocco, you'll have time to see many different regions and get an authentic taste of what the country offers. Explore Morocco's four imperial cities, relax in a "hammam" (traditional bath), or ride a camel through the Sahara Desert. There's also the opportunity for trekking in the Atlas Mountains, hot air balloon rides, and visits to historic sites. Travelers who'd prefer to cool off by the beach can skip the desert and opt for an alternative route along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.
Explore the wilds of southern Cambodia on this week-long active itinerary. With boat trips, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and kayaking galore, you'll experience the best of culture and nature. Start from Phnom Penh and visit the Phnom Da temple, a pepper farm, plus wildlife-rich Botum Sakor National Park and Cardamom National Park.
Exploring by bicycle, boat, and "bamboo train" are a few of the ways you'll experience the enchantment of Cambodia on this week-long adventure focusing on history, architecture, culture, and cuisine. Start in Phnom Penh, with the markets, "killing fields," and a sunset Mekong River cruise. Then head to Tonlé Sap Lake and Battambang for insights into local life. Finish with two nights in Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the Angkor temples and watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat.
To make the most of a five-day trip to Cambodia, it's best to focus on one city or region—you'll save time and avoid spreading yourself too thin. On these three unique itineraries focused on Siem Reap and the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how diverse the sights and activities can be as you cycle past ancient temples, plant rice with local farmers, and kayak among the floating villages of Tonlé Sap lake.
This 5-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Siem Reap—the gateway to the world-famous Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lively city will be your base for excursions to Angkor by "remork" and bicycle, and into the countryside to live like a local for a day. Plus, you'll get to meet Cambodia's landmine-sniffing HeroRATS and witness an exciting Cambodian circus.
This relaxed yet active 5-day itinerary explores the area around Angkor and Siem Reap. Basing yourself in Siem Reap for four nights, you'll experience the many fascinating Hindu and Buddhist temples of Angkor Wat and neighboring temple complexes by "remork" and bicycle. Then take to the waters of Tonlé Sap lake and kayak the wetlands to visit the floating villages and spot some of this biosphere reserve's many colorful bird species.
Panama is a great destination at any time of year, not least because it's so close to the Equator that temperatures don't change by season. However, its tropical maritime climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons, differs by region and elevation. Plus, there's a year-round calendar of festivals and events to consider when planning the best time to visit, such as the immensely popular Carnaval in Las Tablas preceding the Catholic season of Lent.
You can have a great getaway in Panama in as short as a long weekend if you stick to Panama City and its immediate environs. However, spending at least a week to discover a more meaningful section of this small yet diverse Central American nation is recommended. With up to 17 days, you can comfortably explore several of the country's diverse regions, experiencing the best colonial cities, island retreats, cultural highlights, and plenty of exciting activities.
Outdoor adventure, wildlife viewing, and relaxing beach time await families on these exciting 11-day itineraries around Costa Rica! Travelers with younger children might opt for a trip featuring sunset sailing, farm tours, and easy walks through the rainforest, while those with older kids may prefer an itinerary with zip-lining and snorkeling around a coral reef. Whether you spend your time around Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest or venture further to the beaches of Sámara and Palo Verde National Park, these trips offer fun for the whole family.
Featuring outdoor adventures and abundant opportunities to spot monkeys, sloths, and toucans in the wild, this family-friendly 11-day trip around Costa Rica is fun for all ages. Start by hiking to waterfalls and soaking in hot springs in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, then continue to the Gulf of Papagayo to snorkel around a coral reef and tour a coffee farm. Visit a scarlet macaw refuge before wrapping up the trip with a day of hiking and wildlife viewing in the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.
See the best of Costa Rica on this family-oriented itinerary featuring a mix of outdoor adventures, wildlife viewing, and hands-on experiences. After a hike through a sloth habitat, kids can try whitewater rafting and learn how to milk a cow while visiting a local farm. Continue to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for jungle hikes, zip-lining, and horseback riding. The trip ends in Tamarindo with surf lessons, a snorkeling excursion, a lively cruise down a jungle river, and the chance to witness sea turtles nesting.
Learn to surf, go whitewater rafting, and spot sloths in the wild on this action-packed 11-day trip around Costa Rica. Created for families, the itinerary is full of outdoor adventures. Start with zip-lining and a dip in hot springs in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, then brave the river rapids in Arenal before moving on to coastal Tamarindo for surf lessons and beach time. Wrap up the itinerary on the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo, where you'll enjoy a sunset cruise and a mangrove boat tour.
Look for monkeys in the trees, go whitewater rafting, and swim in waterfall pools on this exciting 11-day adventure perfect for families. You'll start the trip in colorful San José, then explore the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and the volcanoes, hot springs, and rushing rivers of Arenal. Along the way, you'll go on a safari-style boat ride, visit a jaguar rescue center, and learn how chocolate is made at a cocoa bean farm.
See the best of Spain and Portugal with a harmonious mix of the "must-sees" and the off-the-beaten-track. Start in Barcelona before continuing to the country's capital, Madrid. From here, catch a short flight up to enchanting Porto for a few nights before making your way down through Lisbon, Évora, and the Alentejo region. Transfer back across the border to Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain, which is known for its flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, and cultural traditions.
This 15-day itinerary takes you on a journey back in time to discover Morocco's history and its unique Jewish heritage. Visit Casablanca's Museum of Moroccan Judaism and the Bayt Dakira cultural center in Essaouira, the only Jewish museums in the Arab world. Explore Morocco's culture and history as you wander through medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, see the country's best-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis, and take a trip to the historically-Jewish city of Sefrou.
With this itinerary, you'll relax in luxury accommodations and dine at some of Morocco's finest restaurants. Wander through the photogenic "blue city" of Chefchaouen, explore fascinating historic sites, and tour a Moroccan winery before heading on an adventure through the Sahara. Then, travel to Marrakech to enjoy a medina tour, hot air balloon ride, and trip to a traditional hammam (bath) before wrapping up your journey back in Casablanca.
From intricate lacquerware to carved masks and exquisite weaving, Sri Lanka's traditional arts and crafts hold a special place in its cultural heritage. On this fascinating 9-day itinerary, you'll take a deep dive into the island's historic and contemporary artistry—visiting the famed weavers of Divulapitiya, admiring the ancient treasures of Dambulla, learning the basics of ceremonial mask-making in Galle, and sitting down with some of the island's pre-eminent artists in Colombo and Kandy.
With one week in England, you can take a trip to up to four different destinations, split time between two or three, or even dedicate all of your travels to an adventure in one area, like the stunning Lake District. Or, travel to a mix of famed cities, including London and Manchester, and countryside destinations to explore Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds, and Bath. There's plenty to discover, from literary itineraries to foodie and beer tours.
You can explore far and wide in three weeks, returning home with memories of many of the top Italy destinations you visited. Maybe you want an experiential tour focused on one destination, such as Northern Italy. Or spend time soaking in the classics, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. And if you love to drive, then combine an exploration of Sicily with the sister Italian isle of Sardinia.
From a Gondola ride through the Venetian canals to a skip-the-line admission to Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" fresco, this 21-day itinerary takes in all the high points of northern Italy. In-between, you'll hike the alpine foothills around Merano, drive the thrilling Stelvio Pass, and spend nine days exploring Lakes Giardia, Como, Maggiore, and Orta. End with four days of coastal hiking plus culinary experiences in Cinque Terre before a final day taking in the best of Milan.
Delight your senses and broaden your palate with this 9-day exploration of Sri Lankan culture and cuisine. Beginning and ending in Colombo, you'll circle the island's south, checking off must-see highlights as you sample local dishes. Bike to a rural village for an unforgettable curry lunch, explore Kandy's colorful street food scene, see how world-class tea is made in the Hill Country, and taste the freshest seafood of your life on the tropical beaches of Ahangama.
Raft, hike, abseil, and snorkel your way around Sri Lanka on this 9-day outdoor adventure. Winding through the island's central and southern regions, you'll start off with a week of adrenaline-fueled fun—paddling through whitewater rapids, rappelling down waterfalls, and hiking to dramatic mountain peaks. After heading into the wild to search for leopards and elephants on safari, wind down with snorkeling and swimming in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
December is shoulder season for travel in Tanzania, with a busier peak around the Christmas and New Year period. Although there's some rain about, it's still a lovely time to enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar, to go on safari in the glorious national parks, or even to have a go at scaling Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
November is the start of Tanzania's "short rains" season and a shoulder season for travel. It tends to only rain for a short time each day, and it's still a great time to go birdwatching or see the start of the Great Migration of wildebeest in the north. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in November.
October is the end of the peak season in Tanzania. Earlier in the month, the weather will be dry, but by late October, the rains of the short rainy season begin, and trade winds blow. It's still a good time to spot a variety of animals and birds around the country, as long as you're prepared for more changeable weather. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in October.
September is peak season for travel to Tanzania. Drier, cooler conditions make it a great time to go on safari, while clear skies and waters make Zanzibar an appealing destination for beach lovers and divers. Active travelers may want to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru. Find out more about traveling to Tanzania in September below.
August is peak season for travel to Tanzania. Drier, cooler conditions make it a great time to go on safari in many regions of the country. Active travelers can also attempt Mount Kilimanjaro, while those seeking a more chilled-out vacation will love Zanzibar's beaches. Read on for more information about travel to Tanzania in August.
July is peak season for travel to Tanzania because the conditions are perfect for spotting wildlife on a safari. The Great Migration occurs across the plains and up toward Kenya, so you can see the Big Five (and many other species) on the move. July is also an excellent time for a beach vacation in Zanzibar. Find out more about travel to Tanzania in July.
The wet weather of the long rainy season draws to a close in early June when Tanzania's peak season for travel begins. Drier conditions are excellent for a range of outdoor activities, from wildlife-spotting safaris to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Read on to learn more about traveling to Tanzania in June.