20 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

20 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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20 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  20​h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 15​min
3
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Upolu, Samoa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
7
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and National Gallery of Victoria. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder site .

San Francisco, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Melbourne, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Tours
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

few
hours
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Moresby visit planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Port Moresby by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get much hotter in Port Moresby: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Port Moresby

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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3
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aitutaki Lagoon and Aitutaki Secret Garden. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Moturakau, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu, get outside with Akaiami, and stroll through O'otu Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aitutaki trip maker website .

You can fly from Port Moresby to Aitutaki in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Port Moresby to Aitutaki, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Rarotonga.

Things to do in Aitutaki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
Moturakau ©
Moturakau
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island

3
nights
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga ©
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Titikaveka Beach and Muri Lagoon. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Tikioki Marine Reserve, examine the collection at Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise -Te Ara, steep yourself in history at Cook Islands Cultural Village, and savor the flavors at Cook Islands Coffee Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rarotonga trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aitutaki to Rarotonga takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Upolu.

Things to do in Rarotonga

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Bergman & Sons ©
Bergman & Sons

4
nights
Upolu, Samoa

Upolu ©
Samoa's second-largest island, Upolu contains the nation's capital city, along with the majority of its population.
Step off the beaten path and head to To Sua Ocean Trench and Tafa Tafa Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Sopoaga Falls, view the masterpieces at Plantation House Samoa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa, and look for gifts at Mailelani Samoa.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Upolu trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rarotonga to Upolu by combination of flight and car takes about 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cook Is. Time to West Samoa Standard Time is 23 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Upolu

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Sopoaga Falls ©
Sopoaga Falls
To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Lalomanu Beach ©
Lalomanu Beach

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nadi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Upolu to Nadi takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from West Samoa Standard Time (WSST) to Fiji Time (FJT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Nadi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Nadi

#Parks, #Spas

Side Trip

Port Denarau Marina
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Spas & Wellness
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Lands End. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the striking features of Coit Tower, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Fly from Nadi to San Francisco in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Fiji Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nadi in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Muir Woods National Monument
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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