Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador (Shutterstock)
List 26 November

12 of the best multi-country trips

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...

Fly through Central America

Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

Chichen Itza Tzompantli (Shutterstock)
Chichen Itza Tzompantli (Shutterstock)

Whizz through Central America without missing its best bits on Tucan Travel’s 9-day Mexico to Guatemala Flyer tour. Using efficient air links to cut down on travel time, pack in the Mayan wonders of Chichén Itzá and Tikal, snorkelling amid colourful coral in Belize and charming colonial towns such as lovely Antigua.

Visit a trio of cracking capitals

Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia (Shutterstock)
Tallinn, Estonia (Shutterstock)

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.

Trek, tour and beach bask

Nepal, India & Maldives

Jaipur, Rajasthan (Shutterstock)
Jaipur, Rajasthan (Shutterstock)

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.

See Europe, old and new

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

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia (Shutterstock)
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia (Shutterstock)

Cram in seven countries on Explore’s 16-day Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure. Walk around big Balkans cities – Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Dubrovnik… – and escape to wild beauties like Plitvice National Park and Lake Ohrid. Also, enjoy the ever-changing train carriage views.

Roam Africa’s wild west

Ghana, Togo & Benin

Ghana, Africa (Shutterstock)
Ghana, Africa (Shutterstock)

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 NP.

Gorge on glorious wildlife

Ecuador & Costa Rica

Bridge in rainforest, Costa Rica (Shutterstock)
Bridge in rainforest, Costa Rica (Shutterstock)

Witness nature at its very best on Tribes' 16-night Galápagos & Costa Rica combination. Spend the first week cruising Ecuador’s isles: spot giant tortoises, seals, boobies and bubbling volcanoes. Then switch to Costa Rica to see sloths, monkeys and agoutis in Manuel Antonio NP and get a different jungle view with a canopy trek near Arenal.

Have a mini Arctic odyssey

Sweden, Finland & Norway

Northern Lights (Shutterstock)
Northern Lights (Shutterstock)

Aurora Zone’s 8-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 Tromsø – ‘the Paris of the North’ – 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.

See lesser-visited South America

Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana & Guyana

Angel Falls, Venezuela (Shutterstock)
Angel Falls, Venezuela (Shutterstock)

Bypass the tourists by heading to the continent’s little-visited north on Journey Latin America’s 18-day Coq of the Rock: Trailblazing the Guianas trip. Kick off in Caracas before flying and canoeing through Canaima NP to reach Angel Falls. Then look for jaguars and harpy eagles on safari in Guyana, explore Dutch-influenced Paramaribo and cruise to the former penal colony of Îles du Salut.

Pedal through the Alps

Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Lake Constance (Shutterstock)
Lake Constance (Shutterstock)

Cycle through a trio of nations in the heart of Europe on Headwater’s 10-night Lake Constance Cycling trip. Circle the lake, taking in sites such as St Gallen, with its eighth century Benedictine abbey; Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall, a castle by Europe’s largest waterfall; the narrow streets of Konstanz; and Bregenz, where you can take a cable car up Pfänder mountain to see your entire route.

Traverse the Silk Road

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)
Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)

Cover a legendary thoroughfare as you join Wild Frontiers on a Great Silk Road Adventure. On this huge 47-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.

Cover Europe and Asia

UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & China

Dusk in Beijing (Shutterstock)
Dusk in Beijing (Shutterstock)

Get under the skin of 17 – yes, 17! – countries on Oasis Overland’s mammoth London to Beijing trip. Zip through Europe, visiting Romania’s UNESCO medieval town of Sighisoara, little Luxembourg and Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Swap bitesize Europe for vast Asia: visit the Turkmenistan’s ‘White City’ of Ashgabat, swelter in the Gobi Desert, hike Huanglong National Park and complete your odyssey with Beijing’s historical riches. And more. No wonder it takes 119 days. Phew!

Marvel at Mayan magic

Nicaragua, El Salvador & Honduras

Granada, Nicaragua (Shutterstock)
Granada, Nicaragua (Shutterstock)

Travel From the Pacific to the Caribbean on KE Adventure’s 14-day tour and hit the ground running in Nicaragua’s Granada – one of the oldest cities in the New World. Explore Ometepe Island and its San Ramon waterfall, kayak through El Salvador’s mangrove forests of Esteron and peer into the dormant volcano Tecapa’s crater lake. Round off by delving into the Mayan ruins of Joya de Ceren and Honduras’ Copan and spotting howler monkeys and dolphins in Jeanette Kawas National Park.


Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador (Shutterstock)