27 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

27 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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27 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Palermo, Italy
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
9
Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Palermo, Italy

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and then take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, take a memorable drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, and then cool off at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dubai trip planner .

Palermo, Italy to Dubai is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Palermo to Dubai due to the time zone difference. December in Dubai sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark ©
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 24th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Dubai to Melbourne in 16 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Lake Wanaka in Wanaka--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey builder .

Getting from Sydney to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Queenstown is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Lake Wanaka
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Break One Clay Target Shooting ©
Break One Clay Target Shooting
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): hike along The Chasm Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and then explore the activities along Lake Te Anau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau travel route planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

4
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves), Tongariro Alpine Crossing (in Tongariro National Park) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and have fun at Clay Break Taupo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Te Anau to Taupo by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 8th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Taupo to Cairns in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Taupo to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at With Sugar, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally get outside with Horses in Port. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route website .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

2
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Step out of Singapore with an excursion to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, wander the streets of Chinatown, pause for some photo ops at Merlion Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Singapore online holiday planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Singapore by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 12 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Universal Studios Singapore ©
Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens

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