The shoulder seasons of late spring (April to May) and early fall (September) are the best times to visit Albania and enjoy outdoor activities, the Albanian Riviera, and archaeological sites. The weather is pleasant, and you'll avoid the summer holiday rush as well as the scorching summer heat and cold winter weather. Albania also hosts various cultural, music, and culinary events from spring through fall, making it a festive time to visit.
This road trip is the perfect introduction to some of Ireland's best-known sights and hikes, with a few off-the-beaten-path gems featured along the way. Over nine days, you'll explore the Emerald Isle's wild landscapes on breathtaking drives and fresh-air walks. Big names include the Cliffs of Moher, the Wicklow Way, and the Ring of Kerry, but there's equal joy to be found in strolling quaint towns or settling down in a traditional pub for an evening of folk music.
Perfect for newbies, this Colombia highlights tour combines sophisticated cities and exotic landscapes. Start with a walking tour through Bogotá's key monuments and museums, and then spend two nights in the Amazon rainforest while looking for pink dolphins and monkeys. Next is Medellín—a transformed city with an impressive arts scene—followed by quality time along the Caribbean coast. Speedboat to a tropical island for a relaxing beach day to end the adventure.
Discover the treasures of Ireland and Northern Ireland during this nine-day self-drive adventure. Explore crumbling castles and ancient monasteries, sail to a historic Scottish island, and follow in the legendary footsteps of giants. Set off on cliffside treks and visit beautiful waterfalls—tackle the trail to the amazing secret waterfall if you dare. There's a modern side to this trip, too, with visits to thriving cities where you can hit the shops, stroll the streets, and take your pick of cutting-edge restaurants.
Experience Ireland's legendary "craic" (good times) in and around three of the country's best-loved cities. This round-trip self-drive from Dublin takes you to arts-loving Galway and the breathtaking hills of Connemara, then on to cosmopolitan Cork and the myth-shrouded Blarney Castle. There's plenty of time to stroll character-packed streets, admire historic landmarks, and check out traditional bars; perfect for independent travelers looking for a mix of sightseeing and downtime with the locals.
Food and drink lovers will adore this culinary tour across Colombia's three biggest cities, starting in the exciting capital, Bogotá. You'll sample exotic fruits and meet chefs in one of the best neighborhoods for dining. Then head to Medellín and Cartegena to enjoy a range of food-themed excursions and tastings with local guides. It's not all about food; there will be time for bike rides and mild hikes—and even a two-day island adventure for some rest and relaxation on the Caribbean Sea.
One week in Vietnam is enough time to cover one region at a slower pace or two regions with action-packed days. Visit northern Vietnam's Hanoi and Ha Long Bay with adventures through villages in the Ba Vi countryside. For a focus on southern Vietnam, see Ho Chi Minh City and play on the beaches of Phu Quoc Island. A luxury tour takes you from north to south with premium services like a behind-the-scenes water puppet theater performance in Hanoi and on a yacht in the Mekong Delta.
Two weeks in Vietnam is a reasonable amount of time to hit the highlights. First-timers will love visiting popular spots such as Ha Long Bay and Hoi An on the "Family Explorer" trip, while those looking for a multicountry journey can combine some of the best cities and sites on a Vietnam and Thailand itinerary. Adventurous families will enjoy the outdoor activities (sandboarding, anyone?) on an off-the-beaten-track tour, and little ones will stay engaged through interactive experiences on the "Cultural Immersion" trip.
Introduce your children to the best of Vietnam on this 10-day, family-friendly itinerary. With a mix of culture and soft adventure, this trip is ideal for all ages. Meander through vibrant markets and sample street food in Hanoi, sail the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay, learn to make paper lanterns in the lively port city of Hoi An, and finish in Ho Chi Minh City for a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and a captivating evening cultural show.
Explore Thailand's natural treasures in 12 days as you travel the country from north to south, stopping to cruise Bangkok's Chao Phraya River on an antique rice barge, meet elephants at a jungle sanctuary, and laze on Phuket's white-sand beaches. Next, escape to wildlife-rich Khao Sok National Park, where you'll stay on a floating lake bungalow and visit mystical caves before ending your adventure with a kayaking trip Phang Nga Bay.
Experience Thailand's contrasting landscapes on this 13-day city and beach break. Start in Bangkok, where you'll tour golden temples and the Grand Palace, then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Thailand's ancient capital, Ayutthaya. Head north to participate in a sacred alms-giving ceremony in temple-studded Chiang Mai and meet elephants at a jungle sanctuary before escaping to Phuket's white-sand beaches. End with a trip to the Phi Phi Islands, where "The Beach" was famously filmed.
Marvel at western Canada's beauty on this adventurous 10-day journey through British Columbia and Alberta. Set off from Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy stunning landscapes on your way to Whistler. Go hiking and wildlife-spotting in Jasper National Park and cruise across the turquoise waters of Lake Maligne. Soak in hot springs, climb summits, and walk across glacial ice, then head to the charming town of Banff for gondola rides and two-stepping at the local saloon.
With nine days in Thailand, you can explore Bangkok's temples and relax on Phuket's beaches on a highlights tour, or add a trip to Chiang Mai to discover northern Thailand's villages on a well-rounded itinerary. For those looking to soak up the sun, opt for a trip to Phuket, Railay, and Krabi to spend your days between sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Lastly, a temple and culture-packed tour of Thailand and Cambodia highlights these countries' food, architecture, and markets.
This is the ultimate tour for first-time visitors in Japan and includes a mix of classic activities and lesser-known surprises. Kick off the adventure with several days in Tokyo, and then make your way south by bullet train—using your Japan Rail Pass. You'll stay a night with a small-town family in Izumo, explore UNESCO-listed temples in Kyoto, and ferry to remote islands known for caves and beautiful beaches. Fly back to Tokyo for one more night in the exciting capital to end the tour.
Hit the road for a spectacularly scenic 10-day road trip that starts and finishes in Vancouver. Wind through the Okanagan Valley, stopping for wine tasting and hot springs, then enjoy the quaint town of Banff before taking a gondola ride to Sulphur Mountain. See the Athabasca Glacier, witness the alpine lakes of Jasper National Park, and spot wildlife on the way to Whistler. Head into the mountains for bear-watching and hiking, then take the famed Sea-to-Sky Highway back to Vancouver.
This 13-day adventure checks off several Buddhist temples along a famous pilgrimage trail on Japan's remote Shikoku Island. Starting in Osaka, you'll transfer to Tokushima for a dose of urban culture. Then set off toward some of the trail's 88 temples as you pass through lush greenery and towering mountains peppered with hot springs. This self-guided tour offers accommodations and side trips for an utterly customizable trip.
Immerse yourself in Southeast Asia's culture on this multicountry heritage tour. Start in Thailand, where you'll visit the Grand Palace and Ayutthaya ruins, then head north to spend a day with elephants in the jungle. Next, fly to Cambodia for UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat before crossing into northern Vietnam. Here, you'll sample Hanoi street food, marvel at Ninh Binh's caves and palaces, and end the adventure with an overnight cruise on the famed Ha Long Bay.
Discover modern and traditional aspects of Japan in 13 days, touching down in skyscraper-studded Tokyo, where ancient temples meet neon shopping districts, and then explore the country by futuristic bullet train. You'll visit sacred shrines in Osaka and grand castles in Kyoto and ride a gondola to the top of Kobe's Mount Rokko. The trip ends with a sailing adventure to Miyajima in Hiroshima Bay, known as the "Island of the Gods" for its mystical forests and shrines.
Get a taste of British Colombia during this week-long road trip chock full of summits and lakes. Start in Vancouver, where you'll explore Granville Island and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Visit the chalet village of Whistler and see its towering twin peaks by gondola. Discover Okanagan Valley's sumptuous views as you visit nearby markets and go wine tasting. Finish your trip exploring the shores of Shuswap Lake and the pristine wilderness of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park,
A Southeast Asia adventure calls on this 15-day trip, packed with physical activities and a lot more in between. The itinerary provides a taste of local life, as you immerse yourself in the diverse northern landscapes of Thailand and Vietnam. In Thailand, kayak Bangkok's waterways, hike on jungle-lined trails, and bike through a verdant National Park. Then, jet over to Vietnam to cycle among rice paddies, venture into a cave complex, and plunge into the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay.
This 10-day, family-friendly Croatia tour starts in the city of Trogir, where you'll stroll through the Old Town and take in sea views from the promenade. Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park and hike among the park's terraced lakes and massive waterfalls, then head to the island of Hvar and the town of Stari Grad for swimming, snorkeling, and beach time. Explore the mystical green and blue caves of Vis, learn to cook an authentic Croatian meal, and see history come alive in the ancient city of Dubrovnik,
This short but sweet romantic honeymoon escape combines the buzz of Bangkok with the relaxation of an island resort. Start exploring culture and Thai cuisine in the capital before flying south to laze on the tropical Ko Lanta islands. At the resort, you can snorkel with colorful fish, drink cocktails at the beach, take a cooking class, or simply relax and basque in the glow of having just tied the knot.
With eight days in Thailand, you can cover two to three destinations depending on your preferred pace. Start in Bangkok, and pair it with a trip to Chiang Mai and its villages in northern Thailand or with the beaches of Phuket to the south. Another option is to start in Chiang Mai and travel off-the-beaten track to the countryside and mountains by tuk-tuk. Consider an active adventure with hiking in Bua Tong National Park or more beach time with a few days in the Phi Phi Islands.
This 10-day family adventure starts in the city of Split, where you'll walk cobblestone streets, see historic landmarks, and swim and snorkel on pebbled beaches. Then, take a private boat tour to the unusually-shaped beach of Zlatni Rat, disembarking on the island of Hvar for bike rides through lavender fields and olive groves. Ride a cable car to the top of Dubrovnik's Srd Mountain, sea kayak to Lokrum Island, and walk the soaring heights of ancient fortress walls.
See some of Croatia's top destinations on this seven-day family tour. Start in the city of Zagreb, where you can enjoy green space, playgrounds, and a zoo at Maksimir Park. Then, head to Rovinj for truffle hunting, and take a safari tour via train on nearby Veli Brijun Island. Get up close and personal with nature and wildlife in Plitvice Lakes National Park, hike Marjan Hill for panoramic views of the coastal town of Split, and learn to cook like a Croatian with a hands-on cooking class!
Thanks to efficient public transportation, you can fit a lot into 11 days in Japan. First-timers and families can take a Japan highlight tour that comprises Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka or opt for the faster-paced itinerary that includes a Hiroshima visit. History enthusiasts and cherry blossom chasers will enjoy scenic heritage sites, such as Takayama, on a history-focused trip, while foodies can sample local flavors in several cities, including Osaka, the "nation's kitchen," on the "Culinary Heritage" tour.
Perfect for older kids and teens, this 10-day family tour along Croatia's sun-soaked Dalmatian Coast is brimming with boating adventures, Adriatic swimming, and plenty of beach time. Sunbathe on the wave-like formation known as the Zlatni Rat, then explore lakes, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife at Krka National Park. Hop a motorboat to Hvar and enter the famous Blue and Green Caves, kayak around Korcula's coastline, and end your tour with a laidback sailing trip aboard a private vessel from Dubrovnik.
Can't decide whether to explore the beaches and islands of the Caribbean coast, get into the groove of cities like Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartegena, or take in the wonder of the Andes mountains? Over 15 days, you can do it all on this far-reaching tour. You'll get a whirlwind overview of one of South America's most diverse and alluring countries, with plenty of awe-inspiring daily activities along the way. Private guides and easy transfers by car and plane will help make your adventure hassle-free.
With one week in Finland, you can experience two to three destinations at a comfortable pace, like Helsinki and Rovaniemi, on a combined city and outdoor itinerary, ideal for first-timers. Travelers set on seeing the northern lights should choose the "Aurora Adventure," and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the "Lapland Winter Adventure," which includes skiing and snowshoeing in Pyhä. Families will love the wildlife safaris on the Summer Adventure, while foodies can sample Finnish flavors on a culinary tour.
Food is a language of the heart in Thailand, with family and friends uniting through meals. Get to know its cuisine and connect with the culture of Southeast Asia's most-visited country on this 13-day guided tour. Explore the jungles, cities, and temples of the north, tasting a variety of delicacies as you go—from street food to home cooking and memorable restaurants. You'll learn how to make it, too, at cooking classes in Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Chiang Mai.
With two weeks in Mexico, you and your family can explore ancient Maya ruins in Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula or dive into the sparkling waters of Costa Maya, where sailing and snorkeling await. Alternatively, experience the "magic" of Mexico's cities on a wide-ranging tour that takes you from the nation's capital to the Pacific Coast. Nature-loving families will discover Mexico's stunning biodiversity on an excursion of Baja California Sur, showcasing the country's beaches, waterfalls, and deserts.
Eight days is enough time to focus on the northern or southern part of Vietnam. Consider northern Vietnam's highlights with Hanoi and Ha Long Bay or see Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta region's floating markets, and Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam. Active travelers might enjoy a multiday trek through northern rural villages and homestays with local families; meanwhile, foodies might opt for a culinary adventure with cooking classes in Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Eat and drink your way through northern Spain on this 11-day gastronomic adventure. Begin in Barcelona, exploring the city and its surroundings on a tapas tour, a local organic winery tasting, and a sunset sailing experience. While digesting, experience Gaudí's world-famous architectural delights and sunbathe on city beaches. Take a train to San Sebastián and visit the world's first underwater winery, then wind your way to Bilbao to sample the Basque Country's famous pintxos and Txakoli wine.
See the wonders of Colombia's Caribbean coast on this 15-day tour. Start in Cartagena, where you'll take in the city sights via bike and practice your Caribbean rhythms at a Colombian dance class. Then, it's off to Isla Múcura for white-sand beaches, snorkeling, and swimming. See the Carnival city of Barranquilla, hike the beaches and forests of Tayrona National Park, and surround yourself with thousands of species of birds as you canoe through a protected flamingo sanctuary.
Discover the natural wonders of Colombia firsthand on this 15-day tour. Start with a hike or tram ride to the peak of Bogotá's Monserrate Hill, which towers at more than 10,000 feet (3,048 m). Enjoy day hikes in Chingaza National Park and Chicaque Natural Reserve, then explore the Corcora Valley and see working coffee farms. Visit an active volcano, take on high-altitude hiking, and fly through the jungle on a thrilling zipline adventure. End with a climb of El Peñol and Colombian street foods in Envigado.
Spend eleven glorious days traveling through the fascinating cities of Colombia. Start in Bogotá by exploring the major historic sites in the city. Visit lagoons, waterfalls, and salt mines before making your way to Medellín, where you'll discover cobblestone lanes and a distinctive coffee culture. Then head north to the coast, where you'll go salsa dancing, rum tasting, and island-hopping in Cartagena.
This insightful adventure through Colombia will give you an in-depth look at the country's fascinating culture, flavor-packed food, and diverse landscapes. Go stargazing in the Tatacoa Desert, taste your way around historic Popayán, dance the salsa in Cali, and take a horseback ride around archaeological treasures in San Agustín. See how once-gritty Medellín has undergone a super-cool transformation and explore the pretty heritage towns and lush mountains of the Coffee Triangle.
With 15-days in Vietnam, you can explore from top to bottom on a classic tour, ticking off the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, or spend time in the breathtaking landscapes of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Ha Long Bay, and Mekong Delta on an ultimate Vietnam trip. Opt for a north-to-south tour if you prefer to travel by train and soak up Vietnam's rich history. Or, if you're looking to spend time in remote villages and roaming impressive ruins, a Northern Vietnam and Cambodia trip will do just the trick.
Bring your best sense of adventure for this 15-day itinerary, which centers on an immersive four-day Colombian Amazon experience—including a night in a jungle treehouse—and a four-day trek to the remarkable Lost City. Travel from the far south to the far north of the country via historical cities, sleepy mountain towns, and secluded sandy beaches, spotting rare dolphins and brightly colored birdlife along the way.
Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination for good reason: it enchants its visitors with spectacular Buddhist temples, sizzling street food, wildlife-rich jungles, and islands wrapped in powder-soft beaches. This 13-day trip showcases Thailand’s highlights in comfort and style, with private transfers for all pre-arranged tours. After exploring the cultural and natural delights of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Bangkok, you’ll fly down to Phuket to complete the trip with a slice of island life.
With 13 days in Vietnam, you can see the highlights of the country's main cities: Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh, as well as Ha Long Bay and a trip to a rural village for a cultural encounter. Consider two days in the mountains in Sapa, at the beach in Mui Ne, or in Hue to focus on history and culture.
Travel along Japan's "Golden Route," starting in Tokyo. Soak up the city as you enjoy food tours, art exhibits, a calligraphy workshop, and watching a sumo wrestling practice. Then head to Kyoto to visit shrines and castles, meet geisha, and savor a traditional multicourse meal. Spot deer in Nara, then move on to Osaka for a food tour and river cruise and explore Hiroshima and Miyajima. Back in Tokyo, learn about Japanese sword-making, see the city's high-tech attractions, and visit Kamakura.
Twelve days in Vietnam is enough time to see the entire country, with stops in at least three cities and the countryside. Active itineraries are fast-paced and bring you more time in nature, like kayaking and biking, while cultural trips focus on villages and local encounters, requiring more time. Consider whether you want to delve deeper into cities like Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh or take a trip to nearby Siem Reap, Cambodia, to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor.
See the best of Morocco on this compact voyage that takes you off-the-beaten-path from south to north. Feel the energy emulating from Marrakesh as you discover its souks. Head inland to the Atlas mountains for peace and serenity. Descend from the mountains to the coast of Essaouira to discover its laid-back vibe. Follow the coast up to Tangier, the gateway between Europe and Africa. Be amazed by the stunning blue city of Chefchaouen before finishing your trip in Rabat, the country's capital.
In nine days, you'll cover some ground from the imperial city of Marrakesh to the sand sea of Erg Chebbi just beyond Merzouga. In between, drive over the High Atlas to visit an Argan Oil Cooperative and break bread with a Berber family in the foothills of the Dadès Valley before riding a camel to your desert camp in Erg Chebbi. Smell roses in Kelâat M'Gouna, listen to music at the Gnawa house in Khamleya, tour movie sets and see filming location in Ouarzazate, and discover souks, palaces, and gardens in Marrakesh.
Enjoy Morocco's backroads on a loop that takes you from Marrakesh to the Sahara Desert and back again. Travel from Marrakesh to Aït Bouguemez, the gateway of the High Atlas mountains. Gain an understanding of Berber culture as you volunteer in a local village in the region. Move through the Sahara by camel before teaching little kids English. Listen to Gnawa, a traditional healing music, as you watch the sunset over the desert. Finish your trip in the vibrant city of Marrakesh.
This 13-day culture-and-beach adventure takes you beyond the tourist hotspots in two of Southeast Asia's most captivating countries. In Vietnam, you'll discover the rich traditions of city and rural life during action-packed tours, local boat trips, and home-hosted experiences. Then you're off to Thailand, where you'll get hands-on with cooking classes, explore temple ruins at UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, and round things off with time to chill on the quiet island beaches of Koh Samet.
Colombia's island landscapes and vibrant cities are on the itinerary for this 13-day tour traveling by air, car, boat, and bicycle. Start in Bogotá to learn about history in museums and taste dozens of Caribbean fruits in markets. Sip the best Colombian coffee in Salento and explore Medellín's revitalized neighborhoods. Relax on Tayrona National Park's beaches and on islands off Cartagena's coast, returning to the port city to learn dance moves to take home.
Travel the length of Colombia, from the Caribbean Sea to the Amazon River, on an epic adventure spanning 13 days. You'll arrive in the capital and visit Bogotá's colonial center, then fly south to embark on excursions deep into the Amazon jungle. Finish the trip with a greatest hits tour of the northern coast that includes Tayrona National Park and yacht trips around the bay of Cartagena.
Strap on your hiking boots for a whirlwind adventure around Colombia. Near Bogotá, you'll go horseback riding in colonial towns, hike the Andes mountains, and go river rafting in national parks. Then hit the coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains for the cherry on this grand Colombian cake: a multi-day trek to Ciudad Perdida, one of the most incredible archeological sites in Latin America.