Samarkand, Uzbekistan on the Silk Road (Shutterstock)
List Words : Team Wanderlust | 20 May 2019

12 of the best multi-country trips to book now

Picking one single country to visit can be a challenge – so why not cross a few borders while you’re away? These trips pack in a glut of different cultures, food and experiences...

1. Fly through Central America

Chichen Itza Tzompantli (Shutterstock)

Chichen Itza Tzompantli (Shutterstock)

Mexico, Belize & Guatemala 

Whizz through Central America without missing its best bits on Intrepid’s 13-day Guatemala to Mexico adventure. You’ll travel from the cobblestone streets of Antigua, through blissed-out Belize and along the Yucatan Peninsula to the beachside delights of Playa del Carmen.

Highlights include climbing stone temples amongst the jungle canopy in Tikal, chilling out island-style in Caye Caulker and sinking your feet into white sands and clear waters in Tulum.

From volcano studded Antigua to the chilled out charm of Mexico's coast – this tour delivers a slice of action, a dose of history and culture, and some well-deserved relaxation.

Trip: Guatemala to Mexico

Who: Intrepid

When: Regular departures throughout the year

How long: 13 days

How much: From £977 (exc. flights)

2. Overland from Europe to Asia

Dusk in Beijing (Shutterstock)

Dusk in Beijing (Shutterstock)

Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & China

Join Oasis Overland on this ultimate expedition following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo across Europe and Central Asia.

This challenging expedition follows ancient trading routes through some of the oldest cities in the world. You’ll travel through lands steeped in history and legend, experiencing vast and varied landscapes and unique cultures on an unforgettable journey following the Silk Road.

Trip: Istanbul To Beijing

Who: Oasis Overland

When: Departures Apr

How long: 15 weeks

How much: From £4,950 (exc. flights)

3. Visit a trio of cracking capitals

Tallinn, Estonia (Shutterstock)

Tallinn, Estonia (Shutterstock)

Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

Be enchanted by Eastern Europe on Regent Holidays’ 10-day Baltic Capital Cities tour. Visit the baroque buildings and soaring spires of Vilnius’s UNESCO-listed Old Town – the largest in Europe.

Head to Riga to explore its medieval and art nouveau architecture and Soviet-style central market, and finish off your trip in Tallinn, a charming maze of cobbled streets, 14th century churches and a bustling town hall square. 

Trip: Classic Baltics Group Tour

Who: Regent Holidays

When: Departures May to Sep

How long: Eight days

How much: From £995 (exc. flights)

4. Trek, tour and beach bask

Jaipur, Rajasthan (Shutterstock)

Jaipur, Rajasthan (Shutterstock)

Nepal, India & Maldives

Spend an epic month cutting through Asia on World Expeditions’ 29-day Summit to Sea trip. Marvel at Kathmandu’s Durbar Square before trekking amid villages below the Annapurnas.

Then change tempo: fly to India to explore Delhi, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and Agra’s Taj Mahal. Finally, zip to the Maldives to board a dhoni sailboat and cruise between paradise isles! Bliss. 

Trip: Summit to Sea

Who: World Expeditions

When: Departures Mar to Apr & Oct to Dec

How long: 29 days

How much: From £3,260 (exc. flights)

5. See Europe, old and new

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia (Shutterstock)

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia (Shutterstock)

Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia & Kosovo

Cram in seven countries on Explore’s 16-day Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure.

Walk around big Balkans cities including Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Dubrovnik, then escape to wild beauties like Plitvice National Park and Lake Ohrid. Also, enjoy the ever-changing train carriage views. 

Trip: Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure

Who: Explore

When: Departures May to Jul & Sep

How long: 16 days

How much: £2,060 (exc. flights)

6. Roam Africa’s wild west

Ghana, Africa (Shutterstock)

Ghana, Africa (Shutterstock)

Ghana, Togo & Benin 

Join Dragoman for a loop linking three little-known nations on its 21-day West Africa between Accra and Accra overland trip.

In Ghana, sleep out at Lake Volta and visit the slave trade ruin of Fort Prinzenstein. In Togo, hike in the Mont Klouto region and peer into Togoville’s Vodun culture. In Benin, visit Tata Somba villages, the stilt town of Ganvie and the lions of Pendjari National Park.

Trip: Voodoo & Vibes Of West Africa

Who: Dragoman

When: Departures Jan & Dec

How long: 21 days

How much: From £1,088 (exc. flights and €580 kitty)

7. Gorge on glorious wildlife

Macaws gather at a clay lick in the Peruvian Amazon (Shutterstock)

Macaws gather at a clay lick in the Peruvian Amazon (Shutterstock)

Galapagos & Peru

Witness nature at its very best on Journey Latin America’s Peru and Galapagos wildlife tour.

After arriving in Cusco, you’ll head into the Peruvian Amazon, where you’ll spending a week viewing wildlife and exploring the jungle. You'll stay in Refugio Amazonas, a popular and well respected lodge in the Tambopata region.

Then switch to a week cruising Ecuador’s isles: spot giant tortoises, seals, boobies and bubbling volcanoes.

Trip: Wildlife Peru and Galapagos

Who: Journey Latin America

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 14 days

How much: From £4,851 (inc. flights) 

8. Have a mini Arctic odyssey

Northern Lights (Shutterstock)

Northern Lights (Shutterstock)

Sweden, Finland & Norway 

Aurora Zone’s eight day Three Countries – The Grand Aurora Tour offers an abundance of winter wonderland.

Stay at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL before racing through Finnish Lapland in a husky sled to look for the northern lights.

Be trendy in Norway's Tromsø – ‘the Paris of the North’ – and learn the ways of the Sámi people, meet reindeer, rev a snowmobile through the Norwegian wilds and warm up in a sauna. Round off your adventure with one final hunt for the aurora. 

Trip: The Grand Aurora Tour

Who: Aurora Zone

When: Departures Jan to Mar

How long: Nine days

How much: From £3,550 (inc. flights)

9. See lesser-visited South America

The Devil's Island in Îles du Salu, French Guiana (Shutterstock)

The Devil's Island in Îles du Salu, French Guiana (Shutterstock)

Northern Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana & Guyana 

Bypass the tourists by heading to the continent’s little-visited north on Journey Latin America’s 18-day Trailblazing the Guianas trip.

Kicking off in the northern Brazilian town of Boa Vista, you'll cross the Takutu River into Guyana. Here you'll  look for jaguars and harpy eagles on safari, before exploring Dutch-influenced Paramaribo and cruising to the former penal colony of Îles du Salut (Salvation Islands).

Trip: Trailblazing the Guianas

Who: Journey Latin America

When: Departures Oct

How long: 18 days

How much: From £4,402 (exc. flights)

10. Pedal through the Alps

Lake Constance (Shutterstock)

Lake Constance (Shutterstock)

Germany, Austria & Switzerland 

Hop on an e-bike to glide past postcard-pretty villages, fairy tale castles, cherry orchards and gothic cathedrals with ease.

B’Spoke Tours’ self-guided Lake Constance Cycling tour ticks off three countries – Austria, Switzerland, Germany. It also ticks off some of Europe’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, observed from traffic-free, low-stress, lakeside cycle paths.

Trip: Constance: Three countries on three wheels

Who: B’Spoke Tours

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Seven days

How much: From £715 (exc. flights)

11. Traverse the Silk Road

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey

Cover a legendary thoroughfare as you join Wild Frontiers on a Great Silk Road Adventure.

On this huge 48-day trip you'll tick off no fewer than 15 UNESCO sites, including China’s Tiananmen Square and Terracotta Army, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Turkmenistan’s ancient city of Merv.

Gawp at Tehran’s Golestan Palace before a trip to Samarkand in Uzbekistan captures your whole trip in one city: a melting pot of Asian culture.

Trip: The Great Silk Road Adventure

Who: Wild Frontiers

When: Departures May & Sep

How long: 48 days

How much: From £10,595

12. Marvel at Mayan magic

Caye Caulker in Belize (Shutterstock)

Caye Caulker in Belize (Shutterstock)

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America on this 32-day trip through the region with G Adventures.

You’ll visit six countries, experiencing mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way.

Expect Indigenous Mayan villages, hot springs and ruins and immersive adventures that few travellers get to experience. 

Trip: Central American Journey

Who: G Adventures

When: Regular departures throughout the year

How long: 32 days

How much: From £1,387 (exc. flights)

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