The girl was smoking for long time, but one day she decided to stop smoking; but When Maria Stop Smoking?

If you still need good reasons to quit smoking, here’s the ultimate list.

Why should you stop smoking? That’s the question that kicks off every attempt at smoking cessation. Here are five overwhelming reasons to quit smoking for good.

  1. You’ll Live Longer if You Quit Smoking
    To quit smoking is to literally gain a new lease on life. “There’s no single thing you can do to your body on a regular basis that’s as negative as smoking,” says Thomas Glynn, PhD, director of cancer science and trends and international cancer control for the American Cancer Society. “The Surgeon General said it causes damage to nearly every organ in your body.”About half of all smokers who continue with their habit will die of a smoking-related disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer is the biggie, of course; smoking is linked to 15 forms of cancer. Then there’s lung disease, heart disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life due to smoking, while female smokers lose an average of 14.5 years of life.

    Don’t fall for the old dodge that it’s too late to quit smoking because “the damage is already done.” “There’s a lot of data to suggest that quitting at any age is positive for your health,” Glynn says. People who quit smoking at age 50 cut their odds of dying during the next 15 years in half.

  2. You’ll Be Protecting Family and Friends if You Quit Smoking
    Smokers aren’t just taking themselves down. They’re also harming everyone exposed to their smoke.Says Glynn, “Secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 people a year and sickens many more, particularly children.” In fact, a recent study found that pregnant women who live or work with smokers had a higher risk of stillbirth than those who weren’t in close contact with smokers, suggesting that exposure to tobacco smoke can harm even unborn babies. Experts speculate that the chemicals in cigarettes may harm the fetus by restricting blood flow and possibly damaging the placenta.Secondhand smoke contains all the same carcinogens found in the smoke that’s been inhaled into your lungs. Infants and children in smokers’ homes suffer more colds, bronchitis, ear infections, and other lung and breathing problems than kids in smoke-free homes.
  3. Your Body Can Start to Repair Itself When You Quit Smoking
    Your body starts repairing itself within hours after that last cigarette. “You start getting your strength back within a week to 10 days after you quit,” Glyn says. “You also get back your sense of smell and taste. ” Your heart rate and blood pressure drops almost immediately, and within weeks your circulation and ability to breathe improve dramatically.You’ll also look better. Smoking prematurely ages the skin, causing wrinkles. Smoking stains your teeth, fingers, and fingernails, and causes bad breath.
  4. People Will Like You More if You Quit Smoking
    Smoking is much less socially acceptable these days. Nearly all workplaces ban smoking from buildings. Some landlords don’t rent to smokers, due to higher maintenance costs and more expensive insurance rates. Most public events are now smoke-free, and more states and communities are enacting laws to ban smoking from all indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.A survey of current and former New York City smokers found that 81 percent agreed that most folks wouldn’t hire a smoker to care for their children, 72 percent thought non-smokers would be reluctant to date a smoker, and 39 percent believe most people think less of smokers.
  5. You’ll Be Saving Money
    Smoking is a very expensive habit. “The average smoker spends about $2,200 a year on tobacco use,” Glynn says. Just add up all the money you’re spending on a day’s worth of smokes, then multiply that by 365. Don’t forget to figure in higher health and life insurance rates, as well as higher health care costs down the line when your habit catches up with you.Your health, your family, your finances — what reason could you possibly have not to quit?

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What she does when she is not smoking?

At first she found this:

 5 Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs After Quitting Smoking

Then she start to follow her gym plan:

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And Eating Healthy:

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But she has a dream:

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From the Killing Fields to Kampot crab, check out the seven top attractions and must-do activities in Cambodia’s capital.

Been there, done Bangkok? Looking for a city escape with colonial charm and all the sights, sounds and smells of Southeast Asia? Consider a trip to the ‘Paris of the East’,Phnom Penh. Here are seven must-sees and dos in Cambodia’s crazy capital.

1. Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison)

An important part of Phnom Penh’s brutal and bloody history under the Khmer Rouge, S-21 Prison stands as a monument to the 14,000 men, women and children who were murdered or imprisoned here, as well as the only eight survivors. The former school, converted to house those persecuted by the bloodthirsty regime in 1975, is easily reached by tuk tuk. A driver can be hired for the day to take you to both S-21 and the Killing Fields. Be wary of touts selling fake Rolex watches inside the compound; head to the Cambodian Handicrafts Association shop across the road for more authentic souvenirs.

Combodia

2. Cruise the Mekong

Located at the point where the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers meet, Phnom Penh is a great place to take a leisurely cruise along these famous waterways. Take a boat from Sisowath Quay to view the Royal Palace and National Museum from the water, or spend a couple of hours marvelling at the floating villages and this unique way of life. Tours will set you back about £6-9 an hour.

3. Eat Kampot pepper crab

Originating in the small riverside town of Kampot in the south-east province of Cambodia, this seafood delicacy has become somewhat of a national dish and you’ll find excellent versions in the country’s capital. A whole fried or baked crab, smothered in a sweet yet spicy peppercorn sauce, it’s enough to tempt even the most budget-conscious backpacker away from street food; which is also superb in Phnom Penh, deep-fried tarantula being another delicacy must-try.

cambodia food

4. Sip a mojito at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Fancy stepping back in time to colonial Cambodia? Sip on one of the signature cocktails offered at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, a hub for intrepid explorers, aid workers and international journalists throughout the city’s colourful and chequered past. Sit and watch the sunset on the banks of the Tonle Sap River and swap tales with locals and toursits alike about the days gone by.

5. Take a tour of the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Once a Chinese cemetery, this area was turned into a mass grave by the Khmer Rouge during their four-year reign of terror in Cambodia. You cannot fail to be deeply moved by the scale of death and destruction represented by the Buddhist stupa that geets you as you enter the site, filled with over 8,000 human skulls, just a small fraction of the regime’s victims. The audio guide is also a worthwhile addition; wander through the grounds listening to first-hand accounts from survivors about life in Cambodia during this harrowing time and experience for yourself the propaganda music terrified victims were subjected to day and night here. A haunting yet powerful stop on any traveller’s tour through Phnom Penh.

cambodia

6. Bag a bargain at the Central Market

Looking for some Cambodian tat to take back to friends and loved ones? Pick up some bargains on designer fakes, video games and even the odd original handicraft at the Central Market. It’s worth it for the souvenirs and the market’s impressive 1930s Art Deco architecture, plus there’s plenty of opportunity to brush up on your haggling skills.

7. Spend a night a the movies

Phnom Penh is home to a range of cinemas, from big complexes showing the latest blockbusters to small indie film houses. Grab a bucket of popcorn and head down to the Empire Movie House, open until 11pm every night with daily screenings of the 1984 drama set in Cambodia, The Killing Fields, as well as more current films.

World Low Cost: From steamy salsa lessons in South America, to booze and baked goods in the Balkans; whether you’re looking for a quick sun fix, or you want to explore somewhere a tad more exotic than your usual beach hut in Brighton (a perfectly respectable alternative) we’ve scoured the globe for the cheapest holiday choices for 2016.

There’s a lot to consider when budgeting for a holiday, and while cheap flights and accommodation are important, so are all those hidden in-resort costs – no-one wants to have to sell an organ just to finance sundowners in that swanky rooftop bar. So, while getting to these budget destinations might cost a few bob, once you’re there these countries offer great value

1. Cambodia

With beds for £1 and lip-smacking food for less than that, Cambodia is so cheap you can feel guilty for paying so little. Where once travelers often feared to tread, Cambodia is now very much on the Southeast Asia travel scene, particularly among backpackers and, increasingly, holidaymakers looking for five-star luxury without the price tag. Check out theDe La Paix hotel – their rich wood interiors, in-room iPod docks and free WiFi access for about £250 (double room) a night is about as far from a grimey hostel as it’s possible to get, and not painfully priced for the topnotch service they provide. It’s also ten minutes down the road from the world famous Angkor Wat Archaeological Park. You can’t leave Cambodia without visiting this iconic ancient site, preferrably at dawn to watch the sun rise behind Angkor Wat temple itself, a soothing and spectacular experience. Entry to this UNESCO world heritage site costs just £13 for a full day, although it’s worth paying the £26 for three days – there are just too many temples to squeeze into one day and once the midday sun hits you’ll want to take shade, or find some seriously strong air-conditioning.

Read more:

7 best things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sunrise at Angkor Wat near Siem Reap in Cambodia

2. Vietnam

Unspoiled and undeveloped, despite its rise in popularity in the last few years, Vietnam is still super cheap, as well as a beautiful country. You can easily get by on £5 a day, including a guest house, local food, transport and a bit of drinking – a pint of Vietnam’s most popular brew, Bia Hoi, costs as little as 50p. Hanoi, the former headquarters of French Indochina and then the administrative centre of communist North Vietnam, was declared the country’s official captial in 1976 after reunification of this deeply divided nation began. It retains much of it’s French flavour; you’ll find some great patisseries producing croissants that rival Paris’s finest right next door to an authentic _pho _noodle soup shack. Hanoi’s Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem Lake, is the best place to soak up some of the city’s post-colonial charm – it’s also a rare oasis of calm in this otherwise chaotic city, where locals go every morning at sunrise to practice tai chi. Experience Vietnamese rural life and see for yourself the lush, green rice terraces in and around the former French moutnain resort of Da Lat in the central highlands. The city is somewhat overrun with tourists (it’s the main departure point for a lot of ‘Easy Rider’ motorcycle tours) but the flower farms, local tofu factories, cashew nut plantations, and of course the iconic rice terraces are worth stopping by to take a look, before speeding on along the coast southwards to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon.

Read more:

7 best places to visit in Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi in Vietnam

3. India

A spending spree in Mumbai’s designer shops and a stay in an international hotel in Delhiis going to cost you as much as it would in Dubai, but away from these enclaves the cost of living is ridiculously low. Even if you travel first class on the trains (the Rajdhani or the Shatabdi Express are the most comfortable to travel on, being fully air-conditioned with meals included in the ticket price) and take taxis everywhere, you’ll be hard pressed to spend a lot of money here and it’s possible to live like a raj on just £15 (about 1,500 rupees) a day. India is the seventh largest country in the world, so unless you’re planning an incredible six month sojourn, it pays to plan which of the country’s 29 states you want to visit. Head to western India to Rajasthan for an assault of the senses in the state capital, the Pink City, Jaipur, or kick back on the white sands of Kerala in southern India. You can’t fly all that way without seeing what may well be the most famous tomb in the world, the Taj Mahal, in Agra, northern India – just don’t go on a Friday, it’s closed. And don’t worry about Delhi belly, you’ll find some of India’s best street food here in the capital, particularly in the narrow streets and bustling boulevards around Connaught Place in the centre of town. Pick your stall wisely – make sure they look clean and if they’re busy it usually means the food is fresh, but it’s still a good idea to pack the Immodium, just in case.

Read more:

5 unforgettable things to do in India

The Taj Mahal in India

4. Bolivia

Known as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is a relatively remote bolthole, being one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Paraguay). Wander along Calle Jaén, in Bolivia’s administrative capital, La Paz, for a slice of South American life under Spanish colonial control – the street is home to some of the city’s best preserved colonial buildings, whitewashed façades and ornate black grilled balconettes. It’s also where you’ll find a cluster of museums, including the former home of Pedro Domingo Murillo, who lead forces during the La Paz Revolution of 1809. See them all for the grand total of 40p and pick up your bumper bargain ticket from the Museo Costumbrista, which houses a ceramic depicting the hanging of the aforementioned revolutionary. As if that weren’t enough (there’s more to life than museums?!) Bolivia perhaps boasts the best value food and drink in all of South America. For example, a bottle of Paceña beer generally costs less than £1 and a bowl of chairo (potato soup) about the same. Pack plenty of layers for when the sun goes down; although Bolivia generally endures hot and humid tropical summers, La Paz is surrounded by the altipano mountains and so stays cool all year round. Looking to turn up the heat? Head to Oruro, a city in the heart of the altiplano famous for its Carnival, held each year in February or March to honour the Virgin of Candelaria. Three hours by bus from La Paz and you could be taking part in this UNESCO protected presentation of indigenous and religious Bolivian culture, with more than 48 folk dance performances and a traditional parade.

Read more:

10 amazing places you won’t believe exist on Earth

The rooftops of Bolivian capital city La Paz

5. Hungary

Budapest, the historic Hungarian capital on the Danube, is a definite must-see on anyone’s European tour. While it’s not quite as cheap as it was before the budget airlines got there, prices here will leave plenty of cash in your pocket. Indulge in luscious cakes, get refreshed on strong liquor and sweat it out in the famous thermal spas. Stop for a sweet treat at Gerbeaud’s for gourmet pastries too pretty to eat (almost), or visit a traditional kávéház (coffee house) for a calorific (who’s counting?!) slice of _kürtőskalács _or chocolate chimney cake. With meals for £2, train tickets for £1 and rooms for £10, Budapest is a beautiful bargain. And you can visit those beautiful bathhouses, such asGellert, for £10, with massages starting at less than a tenner. If you’re after a quiet countryside retreat, check out Lake Balaton in Transdanubia, western Hungary. The biggest lake in central Europe, it’s a popular summer retreat for local families looking to escape the big smoke during the summer heat – it’s an easy one and a half hour train ride from Budapest and the biggest resorts are found in the cities of Siófok and Balatonfüred. Take a hike in the northern hills, swim in the lake or sail out on the cool waters, before enjoying some locally produced wines from the vineyards dotted across nearby Badacsony Hill.

Read more:

6 best baths in Budapest

Top 7 things to do in Budapest on a budget

One of Budapest's many bathhouses

6. Honduras

There’s Belize. There’s Costa Rica. There’s even Guatemala. But for real bargain-basement Central American value, plump for Honduras. The country isn’t up there on the most-visited lists, but if you do decide to give it a go you’ll discover white sand beaches reminiscent of the Maldives, diving to rival the Red Sea, and mega cheap food and drink – all while spending less than £20 a day. For the Caribbean at a fraction of the cost, check out the swathes of pristine beaches along Honduras’s northern coast. One of the busiest centres along this idyllic stretch is Puerto Cortes, a bustling port famous for its trade in bananas with strong Spanish heritage, signs of which survive to this day – get out to Omoa, a picture-postcard seaside town with a colonial fortress to explore. If you’re really serious about sniffing out the prettiest post-colonial towns, look no further than the quaint Spanish houses, ornate cathedral and packed plazas in Comayagua’s historic town centre. A small city two hours drive northwest from Honduras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, Comayagua was once the country’s religious and political centre, but today its main draws are the colonial buildings and cute plaza cafés – bag a traditional Honduran baguette or bistek(steak) sandwich from café La Casa de Sandwich for about £1.50 and picnic in the nearby Parque Central.

The cathedral in Comayagua, Honduras

7. Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s Black Sea resorts have undergone a bit of a boom with British visitors in recent years, probably because they offer a total bargain compared with traditional summer sun destinations like the south of Spain. If you prefer city breaking to beaches, capital Sofiaoffers hearty food, warm company, ‘robust’ drink and a comfy bed, all yours for £20 a day. Just a 20-minute subway ride from the airport terminal (30-40 minutes if you’re travelling in by bus) you can satisfy your inner culture vulture in Sofia – the second oldest city in Europe is stuffed with museums and galleries, including the Musuem of Socialist Art and the National Literature Musuem. Soak up some summer sun and do a few laps down at Liulin Beach, with its three outdoor swimming pools, a sand area and a footie field – there’s even a canteen to grab a slice of pizza post-exercise. Despite becoming a burgeoning holiday destination, many places outside of Sofia remain relatively untouched by bargain-hungry holidaymakers and the further east you go, the cheaper it gets. Want sun, sea and to save a few pennies? Head for Nesebar, a UNESCO World Heritage site a few hours south of Varna and a great spot to start your budget tour of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Although much of Nesebar’s ancient city of Messembria has collapsed into the ocean, there are still plenty of old churches to admire and cobbled lanes to stroll along – buy locally produced lace to take back as a souvenir, just watch out for cheap tourist tat versions.

Read more:

8 great places to visit in the Balkans

Nesebur on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria

8. Sri Lanka

‘With gossamer-fine sands, cloud-wrapped mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations and palm trees wafting in the breeze, Sri Lanka is the picture perfect paradise’… Ok, thanks tourist brochure. We’ll concentrate on feasting on fish curry, trekking in the jungle and staying in hotels on the beach for tuppence. Well, not quite two pence, but you can live like royalty for under £25 a day. Modern tourism began to boom on this idyllic south Indian Ocean island in the 1960s, but it’s somehow managed to stay on the sidelines of many a Southeast Asian itinerary, so it’s still possible to pick up a low-cost luxury bargain. Stay at the five-star Cinnamon Lodge, located in Habarana, the epicentre of a cultural triangle encompassing Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. The swish suites here boast fantastic views over the tropical Habarana Lake – take it all in from your own private jacuzzi, while being served champagne by your on-call butler – or you can bag a single room, with all the same spa, swimming pool and dining facilities, from as little as £42 a night. If you can bear to drag yourself away from air-conditioned luxury, the temples, monasteries and stupa speckled throughout the surrounding countryside offer a window into Sri Lanka’s Buddhist culture – 70% of Sri Lankans are Buddhist. If you don’t fancy days on end temple traipsing, stick to the highlights: the Sri Maha Bodhiya (Bodhi Tree Temple) in Anuradhapura and the Sri Dhalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kandy, arguably the most sacred places on the entire island. Be warned, foreigners tend to pay higher entrance fees, although some tuk-tuk drivers might offer to sneak you in for free!

Read more:

7 best things to do in Southwest Sri Lanka

An elephant on the waterfront in Sri Lanka

9. Argentina

From the jungles of the central plains in La Pampa, to the rugged Andes mountains on the western border with Chile, there’s plenty to see and do in Argentina, the world’s eighth largest country. City lights don’t get much brighter in this part of the world than in Buenos Aires, which has rightly earned its reputation as one of the most exciting cities on the planet, thanks partly to its totally up-for-it nightlife. Experience the colourful, flamboyant life of the Argentinian capital by staying away from its most exclusive hotspots and you can easily get by on £25 a day. Tour the bright and bold murals that adorn many of Buenos Aires’s buildings, and come sundown slink along the streets of San Telmo and enjoy the cool bohemian vibe in the restaurants and bars in this part of town – much more fun (and kinder on the wallet) than a night out in the tourist traps of the city’s Recoleta district. If you want to get away from it all and see some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, then it doesn’t get much more impressive than a trip to Patagonia in southern Argentina, home to Tierra del Fuego, the most southerly city in the world and a popular departure point for excursions to the Antartic. Get there by bus from Buenos Aires – a journey which takes anywhere from 24 to 36 hours – or hop on a cheap internal flight to save time, although this is usually a more expensive way to travel. Prepare yourself for plenty of cute penguins, dolphins and whales in the UNESCO protected nature reserve, Península Valdés; the entrance fee for non-residents is about a tenner.

Read more:

Top 9 things to do in Buenos Aires

Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina

10. Greece

Due to the country’s ongoing economic difficulties, the cost of holidaying in Greece is lower than it used to be. While it’s still pretty pricey to stay on famous Greek islands like Santorini or Mykonos, pick a quieter Greek getaway like Paros or Skiathos and you can still while away the days in 28 degree heat, sipping ice-cold Mythos (between about £1.50 and £4 a pint depending on where you stay) for half the price. If you’re all about pool parties and super-cheap shots, then Ios is the island for you, famous for its all-night raves and young backpacker crowd. Not got time for a full-on island-hop? Settle for a day trip to the Sardonic Gulf island of Hydra, just one and a half hours by catamaran from Athens and the spot for some of the best souvlaki (kebabs) you’ll find anywhere else in the Aegean Sea – Pirofani restaurant has been dishing up this delicious drunk food for over 20 years and takes some beating when it comes to flavour and value for money. Not enough meat to satisfy your inner caveman? Sail across to Kefalonia (which you might recognise from the big screen adaption of the famous book, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) for a slab of traditional pie, filled with oozing meats and gravy, wrapped in a blanket of filo pastry. Ferries run regularly between the islands, but if departing from Athens head to the port of Piraeus to check the boards for updated prices and schedules – most of the Aegean Islands take about four or five hours to reach by high-speed ferry, six to eight on a regular one.

Read more:

A guide to 20 beautiful Greek islands

10 pound-stretching reasons to visit Greece

8 top things to do in Athens

The Greek island of Kefalonia

11. Dominican Republic

The Caribbean is pricey, right? Not if you fly to the Dominican Republic, where £30 a day will cover accommodation, travel and food if you’re thrifty. Eat where the locals do and you’ll find dishes – and beers – for under £1, while taking the local bus into town can be done for less than 50p. Check in to the Bavaro Hostel and for just £13 you’ll get a bed within a three-minute walk of the white sands and swaying palms of Bavaro beach. Plus free wifi and free coffee. If free coffee isn’t enough and you want all-day dining and activities, the Dominican Republic offers some incredible deals for all-inclusive holidays. The VH Gran Ventana on the appropriately named Playa Dorada (Golden Beach) has four different restaurants, from gourmet Caribbean to casual beachfront grill, three swimming pools and watersports from water skiing and parasailing to banana boats and scuba diving – all included. With rates starting at just £90 per room per night you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth!

Read more:

10 best things to do in the Dominican Republic

A white sand beach in the Dominican Republic

12. Ireland

Flight prices to Ireland have tumbled over the past few years, meaning you can get to Dublin for less than you might think. Once in the Irish capital, stay at the central Generator Hostel and you could pay just £6 for your bed. Free things to do in the Irish capital include visiting the Chester Beatty Library, to check out its world-famous and dazzlingly expansive collection of rare books and manuscripts, and talking a walk with the deer herd in Phoenix Park – this is the largest enclosed recreational space in any European capital so there’s plenty to explore. Do some budget shopping at the weekend Blackrock Market, Dublin’s oldest, and sup on the central city’s (rumoured) cheapest pint, just £2.30 in the Pavilion Bar at the cricket pitch in Trinity College. If you’d rather get out into rural Ireland, head to Galway, where prices are lower than the capital across the board and a weekend break could cost you about 20% less. You could spend some of those savings on the city’s vibrant nightlife (thanks student population!) with a trawl through the city’s pubs – where Guinness is around 15% cheaper than in Dublin – and the live music sessions at trad music pub An Pucan are free.

Read more:

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The River Liffey in the Irish capital Dublin

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Day 1

Arrival in Tehran meets and greet and transfer to the hotel.

  • The city tour will be added if the time allows.
  • One more night will be booked from the previous night if you have early check in.

Overnight: Tehran

Day 2
Full day city tour to Jewelry Museum, National Museum, in the evening you will see Tehran great bazaar, communicate the local people and also do shopping if you want.  Evening flight to Shiraz.

Overnight: Shiraz

Day 3

Shiraz full city tour starts with walking tour to Zandiyeh Complex, the traditional bazaar, Zinatol Molk House, Narenjestan Palace, Nasirol Molk Mosque, and the great tombs of poets Hafez and Sa’adi.

Overnight: Shiraz

Day 4

Drive to Yazd in the morning, en route you will see the great Persepolis (UNESCO world heritage), Naghshe Rostam, rest in Yazd.

Overnight: Yazd

Day 5

Yazd excursion to the Tower of Silence, Fire Temple, Badgirs, Dowlat Abad Garden, and Water Museum. Drive to Isfahan in the evening.

Overnight: Isfahan

Day 6

Today you will visit the great Naqshe Jahan Square (UNESCO World heritage) including the Imam Complex, A’ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh lotfollah Mosque, and the great bazaar and Chehel Sotoun palace.

Overnight: Isfahan

Day 7
Visit Jame Mosque and Vank Cathedral and drive toward Tehran directly, en route visit the city of Kashan.

Visit Tabatabaee and Borujerdi Houses in Kashan and continue to Tehran.

  • Based on your flight time you can drive directly to IKA airport or stop in Qom as well.

 

Overnight: Tehran

Day 8

Transfer to the international airport for flight back based on your flight time.

Malaysia offers two very distinct experiences: the peninsula and Borneo (an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei). The peninsula is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavors with an efficient and modern capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Borneo features some of the most interesting places in Malaysia with a wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes. Combined with some beautiful islands, luxury resorts and colonials towns, Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix.

Almost 2 million foreign tourists traveled to Malaysia in 2010. Most of them were citizens from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia but a growing number of other foreign tourists are discovering this country as well.

The top 10 Malaysia tourist attractions:

10Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations, first developed by the British in the 1920s. It has a population of more than 34,000 people consisting of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups. The Cameron Highlands is renowned for its trails. They lead visitors through the forest to waterfalls and other tranquil spots. Apart from its jungle walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations and visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.

See Also: Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands

9Georgetown Inner City

Named after Britain’s King George III, Georgetown is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. Most of George Town’s population is of Chinese origin. Due to strict controls, George Town retains many of its colonial-era shophouses to this day. It is officially recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in Southeast Asia. The town truly springs to life in the evenings, when most of the locals head to the nearby street hawkers to have their meals and drinks.

See Also: Where to Stay in Georgetown Inner City

8Taman Negara
Taman Negaraflickr/wazari

Taman Negara, which literally means “national park” in Malay, is one of the oldest tropical rain forest in the world. It features massive trees, waterfalls, jungle treks of various duration and the world’s longest canopy walkways. Several trails enable the visitor to explore the forest without a guide. Taman Negara is a haven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and rhinos, but numbers are low and sightings are very rare. It’s unlikely that you will see anything more than birds, small deer, lizards, snakes and perhaps a tapir.

See Also: Where to Stay in Taman Negara

7Pulau Tioman

Tioman is a small island located off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. In the 1970s, Time Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Tourists have surged to the island ever since, seeking a taste of paradises. The island is surrounded by numerous white coral reefs, making it a haven for scuba divers while the interior is densely forested. Visitors outnumber villagers outside the monsoon (November to February), but Tioman can be virtually deserted at other times.

See Also: Where to Stay in Pulau Tioman

6Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabaluflickr/Eric in SF

With a summit height at 4,095 meters (13,435 ft), Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo. The mountain is known worldwide for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity. Over 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species have been identified at Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding. The main peak of the mountain can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical condition, and requires no mountaineering equipment although climbers must be accompanied by guides at all times.

5Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings before being surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. The Petronas Twin Towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.

See Also: Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

4Langkawi
Langkawiflickr/trekker308

Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 65,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Fringed with long, white beaches and with an interior of jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why this is Malaysia’s most heavily promoted tourist destination. The most popular beaches can be found on the west coast with a wide choice of restaurants and eateries and some of the best resorts in Langkawi.

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3Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islandsflickr/Adamina

Located off the coast of northeastern Malaysia not far from the Thai border. The Perhentian Islands are the must-go place in Malaysia for budget travelers. They have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap accommodation. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Both the islands have palm-fringed white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea.

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2Sepilok Rehabilition Centre
Sepilok Rehabilition Centre

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation opened in 1964 for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. The Orang Utan sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, much of which is virgin rainforest. About 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It is one of Sabah’s top tourist attractions and a great stopover on any Malaysia itinerary.

1Mulu Caves
#1 of Tourist Attractions In Malaysiaflickr/robdu91

The Mulu Caves are located in the Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo. The park encompasses incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. The Sarawak chamber found in one of the underground caves is the largest cave chamber in the world. It has been said that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40 Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. The enormous colony of Wrinkle-lipped bats in the nearby Deer Cave exit almost every evening in search of food in a spectacular exodus.

Perhaps the ultimate luxury destination, the Maldives has become a synonym for paradise whether it is for honeymooners, sun worshipers or scuba divers. Aside from the capital Male, there are no hotels in the Maldives, only resorts. Most resorts take up their own island, so the ratio of beach to guests must be one of the best in the world.

This list presents the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, as rated by visitors. Resorts in the Maldives are not cheap even at the bottom end, and these luxury resorts definitely come at a price, but they do offer the best the Maldives has to offer.

10Soneva Gili Resort
Soneva Gili Resortflickr/juzblurbs

The Soneva Gili Resort offers 45 luxurious over-water villas, including several villas that can only be reached by boat. Every villa has been designed and built with the utmost attention to detail. Each has its own private water garden and sun decks. The bathrooms have a separate shower accessed along an open-air walkway. Guests have the option to dine on the villa deck under moonlight and enjoy the sunset.

9Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Lily Beach Resort & Spa

The Lily Beach Resort & Spa offers piece, serenity and beautiful natural surroundings combined with excellent resort facilities. After an extensive renovation the resort was reopened in 2009 as an all-inclusive 5 star luxury resort.

8Naladhu Resort
Naladhu Resort

Naladhu is a small Maldives Resort with just 19 villas. The villas feature lavish floor to ceiling glass sliding doors and a large living and bedroom area. Rooms are equipped with bathrooms that have their own outdoor area with both a rainshower and infinity edge terrazzo bathtub.

7Veligandu Island Resort
Veligandu Island Resortflickr/oder345nn

The Veligandu Island Resort is the only 4-star hotel on this list of luxury resorts in the Maldives. The designs of the resort’s architecture, right down to the final touches, are authentically Maldivian. The resort offers 76 rooms, including 54 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 10 Water Villas and 12 Jacuzzi Beach Villas.

6Mirihi Island Resort
Mirihi Island Resortflickr/KAZ2.0

Perhaps the most affordable on the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, The Mirihi Island Resort offers 36 villas that are equipped with the standard amenities of a 5 star-hotel. Blessed with white beaches, turquoise blue waters and one of the most amazing house-reefs, this is truly a great resort.

5Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa contains several thatch-roofed bungalows stretching over a pristine beach. The resort offers several swimming pools, water sports, restaurants, lounges, a library, and spa facilities. Many of the guest bungalows at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa offer glass floors for observation of the sea below. Each guest room boasts a balcony or terrace with views of the Indian Ocean.

4Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru offers 44 acres of unspoiled wilderness in the heart of the Baa Atoll, the only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Snorkel with turtles, manta rays and whale sharks in one of the Maldives’s largest natural lagoons. Guest accommodation is in thatched beach villas and over-water villas. Resort facilities include 3 dining options, an infinity pool and a serene spa located on its own island.

3Taj Exotica Resort And Spa
Taj Exotica Resort And Spaflickr/pyjama

Most of the Taj Exotica Resort And Spa’s luxurious villas are perched over the lagoon with nothing but blue ocean waters and glorious sunsets to block the view. All the villas are palm-thatched, and the interiors are designed in classic Maldivian style. The villas offer sun-decks, and some offer private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and verandas with day beds and private spa rooms.

2Baros Maldives
Baros Maldivesflickr/nattu

There are 75 wooden villas at the Baros Maldives Resort which are comfortably styled and all offer a variety of amenities. Guests of the hotel will have many amenities offered to them, including an on-site spa that offers Swedish massage, body wraps and tropical fruit facials, waterfall plunge pools, in-house restaurants and bars and scuba diving lessons.

1Cocoa Island Resort
#1 of Luxury Resorts In Maldives

Rated as the best luxury resort in the Maldives, Cocoa Island Resort is ideally located along crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and breath-taking sunsets. Most of the rooms are uniquely inspired by dhoni boats, the style of vessel used by local fishermen in the Maldives. They are adjoined by simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon. The view from the wide platform bed is directly out to the ocean. The bathrooms share the horizon views.

Famous for being home to one of the world’s top football teams, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and the remarkable Iguazu Falls, Brazil is an exciting world travel destination. As South America’s largest country, Brazil covers a majority of the continent’s northeastern region and borders all of its countries except for Chile and Ecuador. From the Amazon rainforest in the North to the tropical beaches along the Atlantic, to the Pantanal wetlands and the vibrant metropolises of the Southeast there are plenty of interesting places to visit in Brazil.

10Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo Climate

Not only is Sao Paulo the largest city in Brazil, but it is also one of the largest in the world according to population. Located in southeastern Brazil, Sao Paulo is known for its skyscrapers, gastronomy and robust culture scene. It is home to many ethnic groups from all over the globe including the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. Although Sao Paulo is known for its concrete jungle, it is also contains a large number of public parks and even portions of the Atlantic rainforest.

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9Brasilia
Brasiliawikipedia/ Agencia Brasil
Brasilia Climate

Located in the Brazilian Highlands, Brasilia was installed in 1960 as Brazil’s capital. Brazil’s former President Juscelino Kubitschek ordered the city to be planned and developed into what some refer to as a utopia. Brasilia’s modern day infrastructure is designed in the shape of an airplane in which each of its sections serve as different districts such as government, commercial, residential and cultural. The city’s new and creative designed buildings attracts many architecture aficionados. Most significant is the Three Powers Square, which houses the Presidential Palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court. Other important buildings include the Brasilia Cathedral with its glass roof that resembles hands reaching up to heaven.

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8Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Fortaleza Climate

Nice beaches, dynamic shopping and lively culture all make Fortaleza one of Brazil’s popular places to visit. The capital of the Ceará state on the country’s northeastern coast, Fortaleza is Brazil’s fifth largest city. The most popular beach is Praia do Futuro, but other favorites are Iracema, Mucuripe and Meireles. Not only are the beaches great for swimming, sunbathing and surfing, but they also offer hotels and restaurants. Fortaleza also serves as the jumping-off point for many visitors to truly spectacular beaches, rolling dunes and idyllic fishing villages up and down the Ceará coast.

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7Parati

A paradise of tropical forests, waterfalls, emerald sea and coastal mountains, Parati is a popular tourist attraction located along Brazil’s Green Coast in the Rio de Janeiro state. Also spelled Paraty, this beautiful city is a former Portuguese colony established on the shores of the Bay of Ilha Grande. The heart of Parati is its historic center with cobbled streets and multicolored colonial houses, many of which now serve as bed-and-breakfast accommodations called pousadas. One of the most popular attractions are the colonial defense forts that still boast original walls and cannons.

6Recife
Recife Climate

Nicknamed the “Venice of Brazil” because of its numerous waterways and bridges, Recife is the capital of the Pernambuco state and one of the largest and most important cities on Brazil’s northeastern coast. Situated amid tropical forests with many islands and rivers, Recife is a popular tourist destination because of its historic old town, beaches and vibrant culture. Recife was a Dutch colony during the 17th century, and nowhere is this more evident than the historic district where many colonial buildings still remain. The beaches here are considered some of the best in Brazil. Lined with hotels, restaurants and bars, Boa Viagem is the most popular beach with its pristine white sands, clear water and coral reef.

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5Olinda

One of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial cities, Olinda is located on Atlantic Coast in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Perched on a picturesque hilltop surrounded by trees, Olinda’s historic downtown is a treasure trove of colonial churches, colorful old houses, restaurants, museums and numerous artisan studios. Every year, Olinda hosts its lively Carnival celebration that differs somewhat from those of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador in that Olinda’s festival is best attended at daytime and features the music, dances and traditions of African culture.

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4Manaus
Manaus
Manaus Climate

The capital of the Amazonas state in northwestern Brazil, Manaus is an important tourist destination because it serves as a gateway to the Amazon rainforest. As a result of the region’s flourishing rubber industry during the early 20th century, Manaus today is one of Brazil’s largest cities, featuring distinguished landmarks like the Amazonas Opera House, and the Rio Negro Palace. Another significant sight is the Meeting of the Waters, which is a natural phenomenon where the two rivers of Negro and Solimões run side by side for more than three miles without fully mixing.

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3Salvador
Salvador
Salvador Climate

A historic Old City, beautiful beaches, lively culture and one of the world’s biggest Carnival celebrations all fashionSalvador into one of the best places to visit in Brazil. One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Salvador is Brazil’s third largest city and the capital of the Bahia state. Situated on the coast of the Bay of All Saints, Salvador offers fantastic beaches that are ideal for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. Some of the most popular include Porto de Barra, Flamengo and Stella Maris.

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2Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacuflickr/markg6
Foz do Iguacu Climate

One of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, Iguazu Falls is a series of magnificent waterfalls located on the Iguazu River, straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina. The falls in and of themselves are a breathtaking spectacle, but their beauty is all the more enhanced by the surrounding lush forest teeming in exotic wildlife. The gateway to the falls on the Brazilian side is Foz do Iguaçu, a big and reasonably safe city by Brazilian standards.

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1Rio de Janeiro
#1 of Best Places To Visit In Brazilflickr/markg6
Rio de Janeiro Climate

There is no destination on earth more animated and exciting than Rio de Janeiro. Located in southeastern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city of South America due to its famous mountains, landmarks, beaches and Carnival festival. Rio de Janeiro is situated on one of the world’s largest harbors surrounded by natural attractions that include the Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains and famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. The city’s iconic landmark is the enormous Christ the Redeemer statue sitting atop Corcovado mountain. Carnival celebrations here are among the largest in the world, with vibrant parades, costumes, dancing, music, fireworks and street parties.

Located in Southern Europe, this boot-shaped country is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for a number of reasons that include art treasures, trendy fashion, stunning landscapes, passionate people and top-class cuisine. Italy offers so much to see and do that it would take a lifetime to explore. An overview of the best places to visit in Italy:

10Naples
Naples
Naples Climate

One of the busiest metropolitan cities in the country, Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Southern Italy. The city of Naples offers a treasure trove of art works and historic sites as well as a vibrant atmosphere of shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. Many favorite Italian foods originated from here such as pizza, spaghetti and parmigiana. These dishes are taken seriously in Naples and usually feature fresh, locally grown ingredients. As it is nearby famous sites like the Bay of Naples and Pompeii, Naples presents an ideal base to stay while exploring the area.

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9Italian Lake District
Italian Lake District

The Italian Lake District stretches across Northern Italy. The southern ends of most of the lakes are relatively flat but the northern ends are mountainous as the lakes reach deep into the Alps. Popular with tourists for over 100 years, the Italian Lakes combine good weather with attractive scenery. Garda is the largest lake, and offers stunning scenery, especially in its mountainous northern stretches. Como is equally stunning, with forested slopes rising directly from the water’s edge. Further west, Maggiore is less popular yet just as beautiful, with several popular family resorts.

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8Sicily
Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy that also includes several smaller isles. It is separated from the mainland region of Calabria by the 5 km (2 miles) Straits of Messina. Home to every great Mediterranean civilization, Sicily is rich in art and history; from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples to Palermo’s Baroque churches. The island’s most striking geological feature is Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano.

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7Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

Meaning “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre comprises the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso and Corniglia. Located in Italy’s northwestern coastal region of Liguria, the villages of Cinque Terre feature some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes that include steep cliff sides and wine terraces dating back to hundreds of years. Among its many gems, Cinque Terre boasts a centuries-old complex of hiking paths that offer some of Italy’s most stunning coastal views. The Blue Trail is a paved trail connecting all five of the villages and is suitable for all ages.

6Milan
Milan
Milan Climate

Nearly destroyed from heavy bombing during WWII, Milan has since reconstructed and now shines as one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Widely regarded as a mega fashion center teeming in designer shops, Milan also attracts many to its surviving world famous treasures like Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper, the La Scala Opera House, the Castello Sforzesco and one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Nonetheless, Milan sometimes appears less Italian compared to the country’s predominantly historic cities and more of a glamorous city with modern architecture.

5Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast

Situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania, the Amalfi Coast is known for its extraordinary beauty that makes it one of Italy’s top tourist destinations. Stretching 30 miles along the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is prized for its picturesque coastline that features shimmering bays, craggy cliffs, lemon tree gardens, multicolored villas and ritzy resorts. One of the most romantic and posh towns along the Amalfi Coast is Positano with its beautiful pebbled beaches, pastel houses and scenic mountains. One of the larger towns, Amalfi, features lovely plazas lined with restaurants while the town of Ravello is favored for its beautiful villas of gardens and art works.

4Pompeii

One of Italy’s most visited tourist destinations, Pompeii is a famous Roman city which was buried under several feet of volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 years after the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Excavation of Pompeii began in 1748, and the site is yet to be totally unearthed. The site is located near the modern city of Naples. A tour of Pompeii offers a fascinating insight into the everyday life of the ancient Roman world. Visitors can walk along the ancient streets to see the remains of bakeries, brothels and baths.

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3Venice
Venice
Venice Climate

One of the best places to visit in Italy, Venice is a unique city in that is built upon a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Located in northeastern Italy, Venice is an archipelago of 118 islands all connected by hundreds of beautiful bridges and scenic canals. Of the canals, the Grand Canal is most famous and divides the city into two sections. Picturesque waterways and historic architecture make Venice one of the most romantic cities in the world. Venice is often crowded but well worth visiting to see its magnificent landmarks like Saint Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. One of the most popular things to do is to take a gondola ride along one of its many canals.

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2Tuscany
Tuscanyflickr/imagea.org

Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany conjures images of beautiful rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. The many pleasures of Tuscany include tasting wine in Chianti, simply relaxing in hill towns such as San Gimignano or exploring Renaissance art in Florence. The medieval city of Siena also holds excellent works of art while its historic center is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy. Elba, the largest of several Tuscan islands, offers great beaches while Pisa is world-famous for its Leaning Tower.

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1Rome
#1 of Best Places To Visit In Italy
Rome Climate

Formerly the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome today is the government seat and capital city of Italy. Located in the country’s central region of Lazio, Rome is a vast and complex city that is both historic and modern at the same time. Best known for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City, Rome has endured for more than 2,500 years as an important center for culture, power and religion. From ancient romantic plazas to stunning cathedrals and Renaissance architecture, there is so much to see and do in Rome, that it could take months or even years to see it all.

History comes alive in Germany in a way that it never will in textbooks. History, from the Holy Roman Empire to the Third Reich, can be found in every corner of Germany. It’s a land of castles that seem romantic now but probably weren’t that way to their original occupants. Listen to music by some of the world’s finest classical composers from Wagner to Beethoven. Two weeks in Germany gives you ample time to sample lusty beers, fine wines and the sausage this county is so famous for.

Berlin (3 nights); Start in Germany

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin has been around since the 13th century, giving it an historic aura. Berlin was heavily bombed during World War II, but has bounced back, becoming once again the capital of a unified Germany and home to outstanding cultural events, including concerts (try to get tickets to the Berlin Philharmonic). The Reichstag is perhaps the most important building you’ll see in Berlin; it’s where Germany’s parliament meets. Another must-see is the imposing 18th century Brandenburg Gate that is symbolic of Berlin. An important modern monument is the Berlin Wall that surrounded West Berlin during the Cold War Years. Most of the wall came tumbling down in 1989, but a memorial still contains a portion of it.

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Dresden (1 night)

Dresden

Dresden, the former home of Saxon kings, is perhaps the newest “old” city you’ll ever visit. This centuries-old beautiful city was heavily bombed during World War II. Located on the Elbe River, many of the historic buildings in Dresden have been rebuilt. Today, it’s one of the greenest cities in Europe, with 63 percent of the land in parks and greenways. It has resumed its status as a cultural center, home to very fine art collections, with 12 museums making up the Dresden State Art Collections. If you’d rather walk around the city, Dresden has 13,000 monuments just waiting to be photographed.

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Nuremberg (1 night)

Nuremberg

Nuremburg got its start as an imperial castle in the 11th century, but today is better known for its spectacular Christmas market and the trials of Nazi war criminals following World War II. Located in Bavaria, the old city was important to the science of astronomy. One of the city’s attractions includes the house of Albrecht Durer, who made one of the first maps of the stars. With a strong grounding in culture, Nuremberg is home to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, with its 1.2 million objects making it the largest cultural history museum in Germany. If medieval fortifications are your bag, then a visit to Nuremberg Castle is a must; it’s one of the most formidable fortresses in Europe.

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Wurzburg (stopover)

Wurzburg

Situated in northern Bavaria, Wurzburg makes a good stopover when traveling between Nuremberg and Rothenburg. If you have only enough time to see one thing, make it the Wurzburger Residenz, an imposing 18th century complex that is a local landmark. The former royal palace contains a church that is filled with art, including a noteworthy fresco, said to be the world’s largest, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The centerpiece of the palace, however, is the Emperor’s Hall that stresses the town’s links with the Holy Roman Empire.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (2 nights)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Take a step back into time as you visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber, part of the Romantic Road in southern Germany. Located in Bavaria, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is famous for its extremely well preserved old town. The name of the city, which dates back to the 10th century, translates as “fortress on the Tauber River.” The wall still surrounds the city; the western gate is very picturesque. Be sure to visit the Rathaus, the seat of city government since medieval times. Climb the steps of the hall’s tower for stunning views of the city. The city also is known for its Criminal Museum detailing punishments over the last thousand years.

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Munich (3 nights)

Munich

Munich is famous for a number of things, including its beer and its Glockenspiel. It’s possible to take in both with a visit to Marienplatz, the city’s main square. Munich’s No. 1 tourist attraction, the Glockenspiel goes off daily at 11 a.m. (more often in the summer) from the new city hall tower. Following this performance, wander around the square for awhile then find a beer hall for a glass of Munich’s finest. Other top attractions in Munich include the Deutches Museum for science, the Englisher Garden, Olympic Park and the Pinakothek art museums. Take time to remember the past with a solemn visit to Dachau, Germany’s first concentration camp that is located in a quiet Munich suburb.

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Füssen (day trip from Munich)

The popular day trip from Munich, Füssen is castle country, with one of the most famous being Neuschwanstein. Considered the mother of all German castles, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Bavarian King Ludwig II built the Romanesque revival castle on the ruins of two older castles to be his private retreat. Views of southwestern Bavaria are stunning, so be sure to go on a sunny day. Visitors should be prepared to walk to get to the castle. It takes about a half hour to walk there from the village (get your tickets before you make the climb). Horse-and-carriage and shuttle buses also are options, but do not go all the way up to the castle.

Heidelberg (1 night)

Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a picturesque town, part of Germany’s Romantic Road, on the River Neckar. World-famous for Heidelberg University, the town has much to offer tourists. There’s Heidelberg Castle, with its Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, and a long, narrow old town with a pedestrian street lined with Baroque buildings. A good place to view the castle and old town is from Philosophers’ Walk on the north side of the river. The Church of the Holy Spirit is a building in Heidelberg that survived many wars over the centuries, and has been used by both Protestants and Catholics.

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Frankfurt (2 nights)

Old buildings in Frankfurt

The largest financial centers in continental Europe, Frankfurt is home to lots of trade fairs and is one of the most important transportation hubs in the country. It’s therefore one of the best places to enter or leave Germany. All major airlines fly frequently to Frankfurt and connect it to every continent and major city in the world. It also boasts several things for tourists to see and do. It is home to Kaiserdom, the historic building where German kings and emperors were crowned from the 14th century on. The Imperial Cathedral, known formally as St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, was built in the 14th century. The Romerberg, or heart of the city, is a must-see; it was considered one of the most beautiful squares in the Holy Roman Empire. The Romer, a Frankfurt landmark, has been home to the city government for more than six centuries.

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Rhine Valley Cruise (day trip from Frankfurt)

Rhine Valley

A cruise on the Rhine River is the perfect way to end your 2 weeks in Germany. It’s time to rest feet that have grown weary after walking on cobblestone streets and through museums. Relax as your cruise boat glides past castles that sit on hills above the river. Sample some fine German wines as the steamer passes by vineyards and quaint villages. Fill your eyes with stunning scenery as you reminisce about this awesome country.

Everyone should go to France at least once in their lives. Once you get there, deciding what to see and do could be an enjoyable challenge. France is noted for its food (and wines), fashion and fun. The country offers incredible beauty, from the ocean to the mountains, not to mention the rolling hills covered with vineyards, If that’s not enough, there are great art museums, World War I and II battlefields now serenely at peace and famous chateaux. This sample itinerary for 2 weeks in France makes a great introduction to this amazing country.

Paris (3 nights)

Notre Dame de Paris

Paris, aka the City of Light, is an excellent place to begin your immersion in French culture. The top sights you’ll want to see are the iconic Eiffel Tower; the Louvre, home to some of the world’s greatest art, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Follow this with soaking up the atmosphere in Montmartre, and strolling along the Seine River and the Champs-Elysees, the world’s most famous boulevard. Rest your tired feet over some wine or café at an outdoor café while planning more sightseeing, such as a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’ most famous monuments.

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Versailles (day trip from Paris)

Versailles

Escape the hubbub of Paris with a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. Once a small village, Versailles today is a suburb where wealthy Parisians live. Prior to the French Revolution in 1789, it was the political power base of French royalty. The palace as we know it today started out as a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. The palace fell into disrepair after the revolution but has since been restored to its former grandeur. Now you’ll see rich furnishings in the former royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors that is probably the palace’s most famous room, and lush gardens that beg to be strolled in.

Mont St-Michel (1 night)

Mont St-Michel

The castle/abbey/monastery on Mont St-Michel is one of France most famous landmarks. It is an island about a quarter-mile from land on the coast of Normandy and served as a defensive site as far back as the sixth century. It’s reachable by foot when the tide is low, but anyone out there when the high tide starts rolling in could very well be swept out to sea. You don’t have to worry about this, however, as it is reachable today by a raised causeway. The Gothic abbey, built in the 11th century, is dedicated to the archangel St. Michael. Over the centuries, a small village was established on the island.

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Bayeux (2 nights)

d-day beaches

Bayeux is famous for at least two things: the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day beaches of World War II. The incredible Bayeux Tapestry, possibly made in England, commemorates the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066. Today, it hangs in the Bayeux Cathedral. Bayeux is a starting point for a tour of the beaches where Allied forces landed in Normandy to begin pushing back the Nazis on land. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 soldiers landed on an 80-km (50-mile) stretch of Normandy coastline. Fighting was bloody, with some 9,000 soldiers dying on the beaches now known as Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold, and Sword.

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Amboise (2 nights)

Amboise

Amboise was once home to the French royals, but today is a small market town, with the market’s location marked by a fountain that depicts a teddy bear atop a turtle. Located in central France on the Loire River, it is the town where Leonardo da Vinci died in the manor house of Clos Luce. Chateau d’Amboise, the home of King Francois I, who invited da Vinci here, dominates the town. Amboise is the last place you’d expect to find a Chinese pagoda, but the Pagode de Chanteloup, built in 1775, towers over the area at more than 44 meters (144 feet) high.

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Loire Châteaux (trip from Amboise)

Chenonceaux

Your tour of the Loire Renaissance chateaux starts in Amboise, one of several Loire Valley towns. Be prepared for some awesome sights of castles and chateaux along the Loire River. Even after King Francois I moved the French capital from Amboise back to Paris, other French royalty and nobility preferred to stay here. Their homes are picturesque, considering that some were destroyed during the French Revolution, and World Wars I and II. Chateaux, which resembles fortresses and castles more than private homes, you’ll want to see include chateaux de Blois, de Saumur, de Chaumont, de Cheverny and de Chambord.

Bordeaux (1 night)

Bordeaux

By now, the wine lover in you is ready for some relaxation. You’ll find this in the charming city of Bordeaux, famous for red wines. The hills around the city are dotted with vineyards. The French have been making wine here since the 8th century, and also, host the world’s premier wine fair, Vinexpo. Be sure to tour some of the wineries, but don’t forget to tour the city itself, which has more historical buildings than any place in France after Paris. Top sights include the Esplanade de s Quinconces, Europe’s largest square; the churches of St. Pierre and the Holy Cross, and the Bourse, with its statue of Louis XV.

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Carcassonne (1 night)

Beautiful hilltop fortress of Carcassonne

Carcassonne is such an appealing place, a board game, in which tiles are placed to form a French landscape, was named after it. In reality, Carcassonne is a fortified medieval city in southwestern France that is known for its city walls. Carcassonne has been a fortress since Roman times. To get a better feel for this outstanding fortification, you’ll want to wander through the streets inside the wall, taking in the castle and cathedral. Today, a modern city surrounds the restored old town. This picturesque city also is known for its wines and boat cruises on the Canal du Midi.

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Avignon (2 nights)

Palais des Papes in Avignon

No time to visit the Vatican in Rome? Not to worry; you can still see how popes lived at the Palais des Papas in Avignon. Seven popes ruled from the southeastern French city during the Middle Ages. Many churches and chapels can be found as you wander through the Old Town. Avignon is a fortified town on the Rhone River, with its ramparts still standing after 800 years. Old buildings built right up to the water make for a very scenic landscape. Avignon is another French city famous not only for its wines but also for its performing arts festival that draws upwards of 100,000 people here every July.

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Provence & Pont du Gard (day trip from Avignon)

Pont du Gard

In recent years, British author Peter Mayle detailed the many charms of the Provence in his books. Believe his delightful descriptions! The Provence region encompasses about 90 villages moving inland from the French Riviera. You’ll probably have a have a hard time finding those famous lavender fields but there are plenty of other things to see and do on a day trip from Avignon. One attraction that is a Provence must-see is the Pont du Gard. It’s an aqueduct built by the ancient Romans. Spanning the Gardon River, this massive structure is part of a 50-km (30-mile) watering system. Near the village of Vers-Pont du Gard, it is the highest of all the old Roman aqueducts.

Cannes (stopover)

Cannes, French Riviera

The French Riviera town of Cannes makes a good stopover between Avignon and Nice. Once a fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea, Cannes is now a playground for the rich and famous. Celebrities flock here every May for the Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most famous. While you may see celebrities at other times, Cannes offers other things to see. You might want to stroll the Promenade de la Croisette on the waterfront, walk through the Old Town, take in a history museum or simply gaze at the villas in the Quartier des Anglais, the city’s oldest residential area.

Nice (2 nights)

Nice

Nice is the perfect place to end your two-week tour of France. It has a colorful Old Town with a small market. You’ll definitely want to make time for a walk along the Promenade des Anglais with its views of Mediterranean Sea. The Cathedrale Sante-Reparte is a top attraction as is the Marc Chagall museum. You can people watch at the Place Massena, the city’s main square that leads to nice shopping areas for last-minute souvenirs. If you can find a few free hours, it’s only a short bus ride to Eze Village, a medieval village with a cactus garden on top, or to the glitz and glamour of Monaco.