Spend twenty unforgettable days driving around one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world: New Zealand's South Island. You'll begin the loop in Christchurch, then continue to scenic Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki for stargazing and outdoor adventures. Visit the Scottish-style city of Dunedin before moving on to the island of Te Anau. Enjoy urban sightseeing in adrenaline-fueled Queenstown before exploring glaciers and hot springs on the north end of the island to finish the itinerary.
For most travelers, seven to eight days are the perfect amount of time for an Argentina trip, with stops in Buenos Aires, El Calafate, and El Chaltén. It's also possible to hit the highlights in five or six if you don't mind a brisk-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Puerto Iguazú, Ushuaia, or Puerto Madryn. Get inspired with the Buenos Aires, El Calafate, and El Chaltén trip ideas below.
In a city as historic as Athens, it's not surprising to discover that many of the best luxury hotels bring the past to life. Each hotel incorporates the city's offerings in different ways that will appeal to couples, families, and groups alike. Time travel to the 19th century with a stay in an opulent neoclassical landmark building, take in Acropolis views from your room or a rooftop pool, or engage in a lively discussion in a philosophy-inspired hotel.
With 12 days in Patagonia, you can explore the highlights of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks on a highlights tour or get deeper into the landscapes and hike between W Trek "refugios" on an ultimate Patagonia trekking adventure. Those who prefer to explore with a paddle in hand should opt for a Chilean Patagonia for kayakers trip. Meanwhile, those looking for a more well-rounded itinerary will delight in an active Patagonia experience that encompasses Santiago, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, and El Chaltén.
Lose yourself in the spectacular beauty and natural wonders of the Dominican Republic. The highlights of this two-week adventure are many, beginning on the north coast with relaxing beach days, waterfall hikes, horseback rides, zipline adventures, and more. Then head south and finish the trip in the capital of Santo Domingo, a bastion of colonial history unrivaled in the Americas.
Get ready for two weeks of adventure and excitement in the Dominican Republic. It starts with tours of the colonial landmarks in Santo Domingo, followed by a trip to the highlands for horseback riding in Jarabacoa. Continue to the north coast and the tropical paradise of Samaná, where you'll laze on white-sand beaches, go snorkeling at offshore islands, and spot humpback whales.
From glaciers and natural pools to kayaking and whale watching, this epic 20-day road trip through New Zealand has something for everyone. Discover the country's best from north to south, beginning in Auckland and finishing on the island of Te Anau. Highlights along the journey include wineries, wildlife tours, a three-day mountain trek, glowworm caves, lake and fjord cruises, stargazing excursions, and so much more!
Make a dent in your family bucket list with this two-week trip that combines fun and relaxation in Ecuador with plenty of wildlife excursions and beach time in the Galápagos. Your mini conservationists will adore their voyage of discovery through treetop canopies, flamingo-filled lagoons, and sea lion-packed islands. Along the way, you'll learn the art of Ecuadorian cuisine, snorkel the archipelago's best spots, and relax in picture-perfect thermal pools.
With two weeks in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, you can hit the must-see sights of bustling capital cities on a highlights tour or let your tastebuds lead the way and opt for a culinary and cultural discovery itinerary. Those who dream of traveling back in time will delight in a two-week history tour packed full of relics dating to the Roman Empire, while beach lovers should opt for an epic coast tour complete with time on the Algarve, in Málaga, and along Morocco's west coast.
Take your family on a comprehensive tour of the Galápagos with this two-week adventure that spans three islands. Arrive on the Ecuadorian mainland and kick off your trip with a kid-friendly cooking class and a visit to the equator—then it's off to the islands! Tour Isla San Cristóbal via standup paddleboard, kayak around volcanic islets and bike along quiet backroads on Isla Isabela, and snorkel with colorful marine life and see giant tortoises and blue-footed on Isla Santa Cruz.
This 14-day Galápagos family adventure sets off from Quito, Ecuador's historic, high-altitude capital. Enjoy a guided city tour and a day trip into the mystical Mindo Cloud Forest before flying to Isla Santa Cruz and boarding your cruise ship. Take excursions to Isla Isabela and Isla Rábida, swim and snorkel at the former pirate lair of Buccaneer Cove, and visit giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Foundation— ending your tour back on the mainland with visits to Cotopaxi National Park and Laguna Quilotoa.
Partake in a week of adventure by land and sea as you get to know the remote Azorean island of São Miguel. Based in the historic capital of Ponta Delgada, you'll join guided excursions to whale watch along the coast, snorkel among underwater lava formations, and explore the geysers and hot springs of the Furnas Valley. Then it's time to strike off on your own as you lace up your walking shoes and hike into the island's interior—discovering a volcanic landscape of crater lakes, lush valleys, and steep hillsides.
Combine hands-on cooking classes, tapas tours, and street food safaris during this two-week culinary journey through Spain and Morocco. Your gastronomic adventure starts in Barcelona, where you'll squeeze in pintxos in Bilbao and flamenco in Seville before ferrying to Morocco. From Tangier, make your way to exotic medinas and souks in cities like Fes, Rabat, Marrakesh, and Essaouira for a tasty trip of a lifetime.
For many, Athens is synonymous with the Acropolis, an epic point of reference to orient yourself in Europe's second oldest city. While many hotels are focused on the famous landmark, a select few have the best and most unforgettable views of this 2,500-year-old Temple of Athena. These include rooftop terraces with panoramic vistas, lush gardens that add a respite from the bustling city life, and rooms with direct views of the Parthenon.
With 11 days in Patagonia, you can focus your time getting deep into Patagonia's dramatic landscapes during adventures in Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, and Los Glaciares national parks on an outdoor adventures trip or minimize the travel time and explore Los Glaciares National Park from all angles. For those looking for a more relaxing trip, opt for an itinerary that includes the Lake District, while those keen to get well off the beaten path will love spending time at the "End of the World."
This exciting two-week itinerary through Spain and Morocco is filled with unique cultural experiences and outdoor adventures. Begin in Barcelona, exploring the city and the gorgeous Costa Brava coastline, then travel to Madrid to see the Spanish capital and its nearby wine region. From here, cross the border to Morocco, where you'll visit Marrakesh, Merzouga, and Fes, enjoying historic medinas, a camel ride in the desert, an evening under the stars in a traditional Berber camp, and so much more.
This transcontinental Australia itinerary packs a great adventure into one epic week. Discover Sydney's iconic sights, climb the Harbour Bridge at sunset, and traverse the breathtaking Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Then board the Indian Pacific Railway from Sydney to Perth, witnessing the changing landscapes of Australia along the way.
Leave the tourist trail behind on this nine-day exploration of the diverse southern Indian state of Kerala. Touch down in Cochin to explore its historic sights, then wind through the verdant tea plantations of the Western Ghats to reach Munnar. Spot exotic wildlife on a sunrise hike through Periyar National Park, hop on a houseboat to spend a night floating down the waterways of Alappuzha, and soak up the sun on the sands of Marari Beach.
Follow the trail of Buddhism as you explore the northeastern part of India, not far from Nepal. Land in Delhi before visiting Varanasi to witness the evening prayer ceremony. Float along the Ganges at sunrise as you observe Hindu pilgrims offer prayers on the ghats (stairs leading to the river) before purifying themselves in the river. Head to Bodhgaya to walk in the steps of Lord Buddha as you discover a circuit of holy bodhi trees and crucial sites linked to Buddhism in India.
Explore the rich culture of the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on this epic 12-day tour. Start in Chennai, then wander the charming streets of Pondicherry's French Quarter. Hop between ancient temples on the drive south to Tanjore, and savor Madurai's famous street food before strolling through the spice gardens of Periyar. After an overnight houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Alappuzha, relax on the beaches of Marari and end your adventure with a traditional dance show in Cochin.
You can pack in plenty of culture and outdoor adventure with a week on São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago. From your base in the historic capital of Ponta Delgada, join a delicious culinary tour, go horseback riding, and take an off-road excursion to the volcanic lakes of Sete Cidades. After rappeling down waterfalls and visiting geothermal calderas in the Furnas Valley, you'll still have plenty of downtime to discover the island's black-sand beaches and stroll the charming town at your leisure.
Experience the rich culture of Portugal's "second city" and the incredible beauty of the Azores on this 10-day tour. Start with a vintage car tour of Porto before heading into the lush Douro Valley for wine tasting and a riverboat cruise. Continue to São Miguel in the Azores, where you'll hike and ride horses through geothermal landscapes, laze on volcanic beaches, soak in thermal pools, and take a show-stopping sunset cruise.
Travel to South America for nine days of outdoor adventures in the best place for it: Patagonia. Specifically, you'll explore Chilean Patagonia, starting with a bit of fun in the capital of Santiago before jetting off to Punta Arenas to visit a penguin colony and go horseback riding. The apex of this journey includes unforgettable hikes at Torres del Paine followed by glacier tours in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.
This 10-day tour combines cultural activities in Lisbon and gorgeous landscapes in the Azores for a trip of a lifetime. Land on São Miguel Island, where you'll hike to sparkling crater lakes, laze on volcanic beaches, soak in thermal pools, and join a range of diving excursions and whale watching trips. Continue the adventure in Portugal's vibrant capital, Lisbon, to sample food with a local expert, explore hip neighborhoods, and take a day trip through the rural Alentejo region.
Discover the stunning beauty of two islands in the Azores during this weeklong tour. First, touch down on the largest island in the archipelago, São Miguel. With a rental car, you'll hike and kayak among shimmering crater lakes, soak in hot springs, and explore the Furnas Valley's geothermal landscapes. Finish on Terceira Island, where you'll stay in the UNESCO-listed city of Angra do Heroísmo, check out colorful temples, and bathe in pristine rock pools.
This incredible 12-day tour takes you to the most famous sights of India's "Golden Triangle" as well as the Rajasthan region. Begin in Delhi, where you'll explore the bustling capital on a sightseeing tour. Then head to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and visit Kachhpura village for a heritage walk and high tea. Move on to Jaipur, stopping on the way to see the historic Fatehpur Sikri. Tour the city's forts and palaces, then soak in the scenic atmosphere of Jodhpur and Udaipur to finish the adventure.
This 12-day outdoor adventure will take you past stunning peaks and villages in India's Ladakh region. Start in Delhi, the country's bustling capital, then fly north to the city of Leh, where you'll visit palaces and monasteries around the area. From here, begin a guided trek from village to village in the Markha Valley, stopping to take in views of the surrounding mountains along the way. Reward yourself with a free day in Leh and some shopping in Delhi before heading home.
Explore the extraordinary ecosystems of three different islands on this 10-day, family-oriented Galápagos adventure. Start in mainland Quito to kick off your trip with a visit to the equator and a fun family cooking class. Then, it's off to Isla San Cristóbal for standup paddleboarding to the island's best beaches. Explore Isla Isabela by bike and kayak alongside its friendly seals, then hop over to Isla Santa Cruz to meet giant tortoises and snorkel with seahorses and schools of colorful fish.
Experience the best of family-friendly Ecuador and the Galápagos with this 10-day trip that delivers an exhilarating few days in the historic capital city of Quito before some much-needed downtime on the island of San Cristóbal. You'll zipline through a cloud forest and zoom up a volcano by cable car before flying to the Galápagos to make friends with the sea lions and tortoises. End your trip back on the mainland with a relaxing night at the hot springs of Papallacta.
The small South American country of Ecuador is rich in wildlife, biodiversity, and natural beauty. Active kids, whatever their ages, will love this two-week tour of the country, which takes you from the high-altitude capital of Quito to the Andean plains, the jungles of the Amazon, and the cloud forests of Mindo. Horseback ride across the highlands, take night and day-time tours of the rainforest, admire dramatic waterfalls, zipline through a cloud forest, and much more.
For adventure and nature lovers, this 11-day ski and scenery tour across New Zealand is a dream. Kicking off in vibrant Auckland, you'll explore the rainforest and coastlines of the Waitakere Ranges before heading to Rotorua. From here, fly to the South Island to visit Christchurch and spend two days skiing or snowboarding in Queenstown. End your trip with a boat ride across the peaceful Milford Sound / Piopiotahi and a helicopter tour above glaciers.
Want to take your school-aged kids on a family vacation that combines history, culture, wildlife, and a world-famous nature reserve? This two-week trip to Ecuador ticks all those boxes. Spend the first week in Quito, exploring its thermal pools, historic monuments, and local cuisine, then head to Santa Cruz, the central island of the Galápagos. Sail, snorkel, and swim your way through pristine waters and untouched islands as you and the kids discover this inspiring region and its wildlife for yourselves.
Explore the wonders of New Zealand's South Island with this action-packed 18-day road trip. Journey at your own pace through breathtaking landscapes such as Milford Sound / Piopiotahi and Hokitika Gorge. Try adrenaline-pumping activities in Queenstown—like bungee jumping—and join a heli-hike to the Franz Josef / Waiau Glacier. You'll also bike on the West Coast Wilderness Trail and catch a scenic train to Christchurch to finish the adventure.
Active types will love this 16-day road trip, where you'll discover the diversity, cultural heritage, and thrilling adventures that make New Zealand a truly remarkable destination. First, bounce from the vibrant city of Auckland to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Then hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing before flying to the South Island to experience the glow worms of Te Anau. Finish with a fjord cruise, followed by two nights in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
This adventurous eight-day road trip across New Zealand's South Island combines a number of unforgettable nature experiences. Pick up a rental car in Christchurch, then venture south to the therapeutic hot pools at Lake Tekapo. Capture views over Aoraki / Mount Cook and Westland National Park with a scenic flight, then leap from a plane above beautiful Wanaka. Finally, discover enchanting glowworm caves in Te Anau, and embark on a mesmerizing fjord cruise across Milford Sound / Piopiotahi.
You can pack a lot of adventure into a week in Ecuador, and this family-friendly itinerary does just that as it takes you from high-altitude Quito to the Amazon rainforest. Active kids and parents will love hiking the Andean highlands in Cotopaxi National Park, chasing waterfalls around Baños, riding a boat to your remote ecolodge in the Amazon, meeting the local wildlife at a jungle sanctuary, and much more.
If rushing around with small kids in tow doesn't sound like your idea of fun, you're in luck―this weeklong family vacation bases you in Quito so you can see the best of Ecuador's capital and its surroundings at a gentler pace. Little ones can sample tasty snacks on a street food tour, ride a cable car up volcanic slopes, and get their hands dirty with a family cooking class. When you feel like escaping the city, fun-filled day trips to the Mindo Cloud Forest, Cotopaxi, and the Papallacta hot springs await.
Visiting two to four destinations is ideal for 10 days in the Dominican Republic. For a nature and culture-focused itinerary, you'll want to see the white-sand beaches around Samaná and the highlands of Jarabacoa. Adventurers should head north to the coast to Haitises National Park to do some caving and kayaking, while travelers wanting to beach hop should hit Punta Cana and Bayahibe. To get off the beaten path, opt for hiking excursions from Barahona to the nearby national parks and Lago Enriquillo.
Young explorers and aspiring adventurers will love this family-friendly itinerary that takes you from the high-altitude capital of Quito to the biodiverse rainforests of Yasuní National Park. Head deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon for three nights in a jungle lodge, where kids can spot remarkable wildlife like monkeys, otters, and parrots. Broaden their horizons with visits to the local Indigenous community, then fly back to Quito for kid-friendly museums and a scenic cable car ride over the capital.
Get ready for an epic odyssey through the culture, flavors, history, and music of three neighboring countries. This three-week itinerary begins in Portugal with food/wine tours of Lisbon and Porto, plus riverboat rides and coastal hikes. Then you're off to Spain to discover the highlights of Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville before hopping the Strait of Gibraltar and finishing in style at the souks and medinas of Morocco.
Most travelers will find that 11 to 14 days is perfect for a well-paced Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and Évora. It's also possible to hit the highlights in 9 or 10 days, if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Algarve, Douro Valley, or Lagos. Keep reading for more inspiring Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and Évora itineraries.
Eight to 12 days is an excellent length for a Portugal trip, with stops in Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and the Douro Valley. If you don't mind a fast-paced adventure, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as a week. Alternatively, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Lagos, Tomar, or Coimbra. Get inspired with the Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and Douro Valley trip ideas below.
Eleven to two weeks is the most popular trip length for travelers interested in visiting Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley, and Algarve, especially when including the Alentejo region. If you're only headed to Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley, and Algarve, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 10 to 13 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible for travelers with a limited time of a week to nine days. For the best itineraries, including Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley, and the Algarve, keep reading below.
Seven to eight days is a great length for a Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five or six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop, or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Lagos, Évora, or Nazaré. Get inspired with our Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra trip ideas below.
Most people visiting Lisbon, Porto, and Évora spend about 10 to 13 days in Portugal, which usually includes some time in the Algarve. If you're only headed to Lisbon, Porto, and Évora, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 9 to 11 days. With less time, however, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as six to eight days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Lisbon, Porto, and Évora.
For most travelers, 10 to 13 days is the perfect time for a Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve. It's possible to hit the highlights in eight or nine days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Cascais, Coimbra, or the Douro Valley. See below for more itinerary ideas for Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve.
For most travelers, 8 to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for a Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as seven days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like the Alentejo or Algarve. Keep reading for more inspiring Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto itineraries.
Eight to nine days is a great length for a Portugal trip, with stops in Lisbon, Porto, and the Douro Valley. It's also possible to hit the highlights in six or seven days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Though with more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like the Algarve or Alentejo. Keep reading for more inspiring Lisbon, Porto, and Douro Valley itineraries.
With 18 days, you can visit at least three regions in Australia. Those keen on culture will appreciate the Indigenous-led experiences of the east and west coasts, while those interested in road-tripping can opt for an east coast adventure. Enjoy a mix of urban and outdoor activities from Melbourne to Uluru and Port Douglas and Sydney. Outdoorsy folks can hike in New South Wales and Tasmania, while those seeking both adrenaline and rejuvenation can bungee jump and soak in hot springs on a two-country itinerary.
Check off two of Ecuador's most iconic locales on this unforgettable seven-day family adventure. Learn about Quito's colonial past on a kid-friendly private walking experience around the city center, and straddle two hemispheres at the interactive site of Mitad del Mundo. Then it's off to the Galápagos for four glorious days of nature, wildlife, and beaches—as you make family memories with kayaking, snorkeling, and boating trips around Isla San Cristóbal and Isla Santa Cruz.