By February, peak tourist season is well underway in Sri Lanka. The beaches in the southwest are pleasant and dry, and the northeast monsoon is winding down. The Cultural Triangle also has good weather at this time.
January is part of the high season in Sri Lanka, when the main tourist areas in the southwest are cool and dry. While the monsoon season is still going on in the northeast of the country, the late autumn rains in the "Cultural Triangle" will have mostly finished by now, making it a good time to visit the island’s historic sites.
This 12-day itinerary is ideal for travelers who prefer to skip the peak-season crowds. The adventure kicks off in Norway's up-and-coming capital where you'll explore Oslo's best neighborhoods on your own and with a local guide. From here, travel by train, ferry, and bus to get to Bergen with a peaceful two-night stay in Aurland along the way. After exploring Bergen's museums, Christmas markets, and nearby fjords, you'll fly above the Arctic Circle to sled with huskies and hunt for the Northern Lights.
With five days in Slovenia, you'll have just enough time to see the highlights and discover the best parts of this beautiful, diverse country. From the Julian Alps to peaceful Lake Bled, from the underground wonder of Postojna Cave to the beautiful colors of the Soča River, the following unique itinerary ideas are the perfect inspiration for any kind of traveler.
With eight days in Slovenia, you'll have ample time to explore the country's beautiful scenery. Hit the highlights with a route that includes hiking in Lake Bled, biking in Bovec, and sipping wine in Goriška Brda, or sleep in a cozy mountain hut in the Julian Alps and explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Skocjan Caves. Whether you're looking to spend time on the Adriatic Coast or the mountains—or both—the following unique itinerary ideas have something for everyone.
October is, arguably, the best month to travel to Japan (although this will depend on what you want to experience!). Temperatures in most places are still warm, but the intense humidity and increased rainfall of summer has subsided. Autumn leaves begin appearing at higher elevations and more northern latitudes. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Japan in October.
September in Japan tends to be a month of two faces: earlier in the month, temperatures remain high and a second rainy season hits, bringing typhoons to some parts of the country. Later in the month, conditions are better for getting out and about, with warm but not overly hot temperatures, and clear skies. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Japan in September.
August is the hottest month of the year in Japan, and conditions are generally quite uncomfortable, with high humidity and hot nights. But, there are exceptions to this, and having a great time in Japan in mid-summer depends on knowing the best places to go, and the right experiences to enjoy. Here's what you need to know about traveling to Japan in August.
July is mid-summer in Japan, and while temperatures aren't quite so high as in August, they are pretty hot. Add intense humidity to the mix, and conditions can be quite uncomfortable. But, conditions aren't the same across the whole country: Hokkaido is much more temperate, and the beaches of Okinawa are a good retreat at this time of year. If you find yourself in Japan's major cities in July, you can also enjoy many traditional summer festivals. Here's how to have a good time in Japan in July.
June is the start of summer in Japan, and also the rainy season. Temperatures and humidity are high in many parts of the country, but June tends to be more comfortable than late summer. If you want to experience a Japanese summer, June is a better option than July and August, and if you know where to go, you can have an enjoyable and comfortable time in Japan in June.
May is a great time to travel to Japan, as the temperatures are generally warm but not as stifling and humid as they'll become in the summer. The extremely busy Golden Week holiday earlier in the month should be avoided, but if you're coming later in the month you'll find many places busy but not uncomfortably crowded. Here's what you need to know about traveling to Japan in May.
The arrival of spring brings warmer temperatures throughout the country, as well as more visitors. Aside from the increased crowds, April is a great time to visit Japan as it avoids the cold winter and the wet, humid summer. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Japan in April.
March is on the cusp of winter and spring in Japan, with different parts of the country leaning more towards one than the other. The country's famous cherry blossom parties begin in more southern locations later in the month, when the sakura bloom. Northern parts of the country are still quite wintry, and you can still ski. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Japan in March.
February is mid-winter in Japan, and along with January, is the coldest moth. But, winter varies enormously throughout the country, with warm temperatures in the islands of Okinawa in the south, very cold temperatures and heavy snow on the western side of Honshu and Hokkaido, and moderately cold temperatures elsewhere. But, there are relatively few tourists at this time of year, and the spectacular Sapporo Snow Festival is one reason (among many) to visit Japan in February.
December is the start of winter across Japan, but what that means in reality varies from north to south and east to west. In the northern island of Hokkaido, expect temperatures below freezing and snow. In southern parts of Kyushu, earlier in the month, you may still see autumnal colors. Here are a few important things to know about visiting Japan in December.
By November, Japan has well and truly entered autumn mode. Towards the end of the month, the leaves on the trees turn red and gold in central and southern parts of the country, and leaf-viewing parties are second only to flower-viewing parties to the Japanese. Temperatures are mild in many places, and rainfall low, so November is a great time to travel to Japan.
January is mid-winter in Japan, but because it's such a long country with many climatic zones, mid-winter can mean everything from deep snow and sub-zero temperatures to pleasantly warm and sunny. It's not peak tourism season, but there are still many things you can enjoy, both indoors and outdoors. Here's what you need to know about traveling to Japan in January.
This less-visited Greek peninsula offers a wealth of historic treasures, so it’s worth taking an entire week to explore if you can. But with only a day or two, you can explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Ancient Sparta, taste regional culinary delights, and visit a timeline of castles from the medieval to the Byzantine eras. Rent a car to explore the region from end-to-end on your own time, and don’t worry about bad weather thwarting a tight schedule: the Peloponnese is predictably pleasant throughout the year.
Cover the highlights on this 10-day tour that perfectly combines urban exploration with outdoor excursions starting in the cultural capital of Melbourne—a great jumping-off point to explore nearby Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Venture into the "Red Center" to visit the iconic Ayers Rock before flying out to tropical Cairns to cuddle with a koala and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. End your stay with a Sydney city tour and a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park.
Tied the knot and want a customized trip to celebrate your love? Try honeymooning in Vietnam. This 10-day tour combines culture, relaxation, beautiful landscapes, and a touch of adventure: the perfect combination for an unforgettable honeymoon. Starting in Hanoi you'll spend two luxurious nights in the esteemed Topas Ecolodge amid some of the region's most remote hill tribe communities, overnight in a private cabin on Hạ Long Bay, and end your stay in postcard-perfect Hoi An.
Discover Guatemala, the last stronghold of the Mayan civilization, on this culture-forward trip starting and ending in colonial Antigua. Explore Tikal National Park, splash into nature on a tubing adventure through Alta Verapaz's cave system at B'omb'il Pek, and swim in the natural pools of Semuc Champey. Take in striking mountain scenery in Guatemala's Western Highlands, and visit Mayan villages along the shores of Lake Atitlán.
A week and a day is enough time to enjoy many of the highlights in Argentina. From Buenos Aires, you'll travel to Mendoza, ground zero for wine production, and enjoy a tasting of the famous Malbec varietal. Then you'll fly into Patagonia for a tour of Perito Moreno Glacier plus a visit to Tierra del Fuego where you'll sail the waters of the Beagle Channel.
In a mere nine days, you can experience four of the most beautiful locales in Argentina. The first is nation's chic capital of Buenos Aires, from which you'll travel to Mendoza to sample the region's famous Malbec wine. Then you'll fly to El Calafate, home to the mammoth El Perito Moreno Glacier before finishing the trip in Tierra del Fuego with a boat trip down the Beagle Channel, just like Charles Darwin.
This 10-day excursion is perfect for adventurers who want to experience Argentina's rich culture. From Buenos Aires, you'll travel to Mendoza and sample the region's world-famous wines, particularly Malbec. Then it's time to venture into Patagonia where you'll tour the massive Perito Moreno Glacier and enjoy a boat ride down the Beagle Channel, in Tierra del Fuego.
Over 11 days in Argentina you'll experience unforgettable adventures amid the country's most spectacular scenery. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Mendoza for wine tours and mountain hikes in the Andes. Then you'll head to Patagonia's Los Glaciares National Park and marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier before finishing with nature tours and canoe trips around Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
This unforgettable 13-day itinerary allows you to experience exciting activities in some of Argentina's most beautiful regions. After hiking across a glacier near El Calafate, you'll fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, for nature excursions. The journey culminates in Mendoza, Argentina's fertile wine country, where beyond tastings you'll embark on kayak trips and mountain hikes in the surrounding Andes.
This two-week escape to Argentina includes visits to a number of regions so you can get the most out of the culture. You'll also enjoy some incredible activities, including a hike on the surface of a glacier in Patagonia as well as a visit to a penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego. On top of all this, you'll travel to Argentina's wine region of Mendoza where you'll discover its famous Malbec varietal on a tasting tour.
This exciting 15-day itinerary highlights Argentina's top attractions, mixing urban culture, outdoor activities, and even wine tastings. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Patagonia for glacier hikes and unique nature excursions near the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Finish the adventure in Argentina's wine region of Mendoza where you'll enjoy tastings and kayaking in the surrounding Andes.
In less than a week you can enjoy two of the highlights of Argentine Patagonia plus have a bit of fun in Buenos Aires, too. After a night in the capital, you'll fly south to El Calafate and not just see the Perito Moreno Glacier but you'll hike across its surface. To cap the trip you'll hike around the famous Mt. Fitz Roy and up to glacial lakes for incredible views.
Take a break from the daily grind and escape to a place where there isn't an office in sight: Patagonia. You'll visit the highlights of this unspoiled wilderness in Argentina, including the glaciers around El Calafate and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, where you'll embark on nature hikes. Beyond that, you'll get to have some city fun in Buenos Aires plus travel up the Río de la Plata to a beautiful river town.
Eschew the uneventful resorts for an 11-day adventure in Patagonia that will be the vacation you never forget. It begins in Argentina with city tours and a day trip to a river town. Then you'll fly to Patagonia and not only tour the most impressive glacier in the region—Perito Moreno—but go on hikes around the most famous mountain in the area: Fitz Roy.
Patagonia is famous for its many glaciers. On this 11-day adventure, you'll not only get to see them up close but you'll actually be able to walk across them on a glacier hike. Beyond that, you'll hike up to glacial lakes around the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy plus enjoy some city fun in Argentina's sleepless capital of Buenos Aires.
In a week you'll not only be able to dance the night away in one of South America's most romantic capitals, but you'll tour awe-inspiring glaciers in Patagonia too. The capital in question is Buenos Aires, and beyond the city sights you'll also travel to a nearby river town on a day trip. You'll end the journey in El Calafate with a visit to Perito Moreno, one of the most popular destinations on the continent.
A trip to the romantic metropolis of Buenos Aires is an exciting prospect. However, throw in a visit to some of the most amazing natural landmarks in Patagonia, and you have the makings of an epic vacation. Over nine days you'll tour B.A., embark on day trips to the country, and fly to El Calafate to pay a visit to Perito Moreno, the most incredible glacier in the region.
On this nine-day adventure, you'll discover two uniquely beautiful locales in Argentina. The first is Buenos Aires, and not only will you tour its historic streets but you'll also make day trips to river towns and country ranches. Then you're off to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field where you'll travel to the most incredible glacier on the continent, Perito Moreno, and marvel at its beauty.
This 5-day walking tour takes you through the scenic Dingle Peninsula—known as a “wild paradise”—filled with craggy mountains, sandy beaches, and historic pathways. Start your adventure in the colorful and lively village of Dingle Town before a day hike to sandy Ventry Beach, passing historical "beehive" huts along the way. Then walk across the peninsula over some of Ireland's most beautiful mountain scenery to Cloghane in the north and then back south to Annascaul, capturing panoramic vistas, deserted famine villages, and alpine lakes.
This eight-day adventure through Slovenia is perfect for ski aficionados who want to explore Slovenia's enchanting winter wonderland. Start with a day exploring Ljubljana's cobbled streets, then set out for a two-day ski adventure in Kranjska Gora. Ski down the eighteen available slopes, dabble in cross country skiing, climb the frozen waterfall in Gozd Martuljek, and sip on spicy mulled wine at the Alpine Village, a magical winter market. Finally, spend a day on the shores of Lake Bled and visit Bled Castle, perched on a cliff nearby.
Get ready for a wildlife adventure in Argentina that Dr. Doolittle would approve of. You'll start with a couple days enjoying Buenos Aires and then fly to an eco-habitat in Patagonia that's home to a diverse array of marine mammals and exotic birds. You'll do more than merely view them, as you go snorkeling in waters abounding with those sea lions plus take a walk alongside Magellanic penguins.
This itinerary is ideal for those who want to discover the wonders of Buenos Aires and Patagonia. Begin in the cosmopolitan capital for city tours, after which you'll head south to Puerto Madryn, famous for its diverse ecosystem featuring exotic marine mammals. Here, you'll enjoy whale watching and walking with penguins before heading back to Buenos Aires where you'll learn all about gaucho (cowboy) culture on an Argentine estancia
Explore the highlights of Argentine Patagonia on this 10-day adventure. First, you'll enjoy the culture and cuisine of Buenos Aires then head south to El Calafate, in Patagonia. From here, you'll travel to Los Glaciares National Park to get an up-close look at the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier before visiting a working Patagonian ranch with stunning views of the Upsala Glacier and Lake Guillermo.
If you want to experience the heart of Argentine Patagonia, come to Los Glaciers National Park. It's not only home to dozens of glaciers but the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, too. This eight-day itinerary begins with your arrival in Buenos Aires before jetting off to Los Glaciers for trekking around Fitz Roy and even a hike across the surface of the region's most famous glacier: Perito Moreno.
This 12-day road trip starts from Tromsø, Norway's 'Gateway to the Arctic', where—in May, June, and July—the sun never sets on these gorgeous views. From here, you'll steer yourself through the rugged landscapes of Senja island and partake in active outings before ferrying across to another less-populated island (Andøya) where spotting whales is practically a guarantee. Hike a coastal trail before heading back to the lively city of Tromsø for a few more nights of Scandinavian fun.
Turn the ordinary two-week vacation into something extraordinary on this Argentine adventure. You'll enjoy excursions in two of this nation's most beautiful regions, starting with Patagonia and a hike over the surface of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Afterward, you'll head to the far north and tour both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the biggest waterfalls in the Americas, Iguazú.
Come to Argentina and over 15 days explore its ruggedly beautiful Patagonia region and northern Iguazú Falls. In Patagonia, you'll embark on whale-watching and penguin-spotting excursions plus hike over the surface of a massive glacier. Then, after spending some time in the Lake District, you'll fly to the Brazilian border and experience the majesty of the world's second-largest waterfalls.
Argentina is an ecologically diverse natural playground that boasts some of the most incredible natural wonders in the world. You'll experience a few of them on a 17-day adventure that begins in Patagonia with an ice hike of the Perito Moreno Glacier. You'll then get up close and personal with marine life like whales and penguins before jetting to northern Argentina where you'll experience the majesty that is Iguazú Falls.
Buckle up for 18 days of unforgettable excursions from the far south of Argentina to the far north. The adventure begins in Patagonia with whale watching, a glacier hike, and even a trip to Tierra del Fuego for nature hikes and a visit to an island home to vast penguin colonies. Then you'll fly to the north and Iguazú to marvel at the awe-inspiring waterfalls that are the largest in the Americas.
This unforgettable 19-day adventure mixes extreme outdoor activities in Argentina with nature tours and wildlife excursions. The journey begins with your arrival in Patagonia, where you'll embark on a hike across the surface of a glacier plus have the opportunity to go whale watching and visit islands home to thousands of Magellanic penguins. You'll cap the journey with a visit to one more natural wonder in the form of the thundering Iguazú Falls.
Experience Argentina's highlights on this 20-day itinerary. The adventure begins in Buenos Aires, from which you'll head south to the untamed wilds of Patagonia. You'll visit remote ranches and walk on glaciers, spot southern right whales and Magellanic penguins, travel the same waterways as Charles Darwin, and cap the journey with a visit to one of the largest waterfall systems in the world, Iguazú Falls.
This brief holiday gives you an unforgettable day in Buenos Aires plus a few more in one of the most unspoiled regions on earth: Patagonia. From Argentina's capital, you'll fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, for excursions in Tierra del Fuego National Park. This includes hiking through virgin forest as well as taking a boat tour up the Beagle Channel.
In a single week, you can enjoy two of the best locales in Argentina: the capital of Buenos Aires and Patagonia. Specifically, you'll discover B.A. on city tours before flying to the far south of Patagonia and a region called Tierra del Fuego. You'll arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and from here embark on nature hikes and even walk with Magellanic penguins.