50 days in Africa, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & United States Itinerary

50 days in Africa, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & United States Itinerary

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50 days in Africa, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & United States Itinerary

Start: Krakow, Poland
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Moscow, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
3
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
6
New York City, United States
— 11 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Krakow, Poland

6
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Egyptian Antiquities Museum and Giza Plateau. Get a sense of the local culture at Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo. Venture out of the city with trips to Ismailia Museum (in Ismailia) and Great Sphinx (in Giza). And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, step into the grandiose world of Bab al-Futuh, and contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo itinerary planning app .

Krakow, Poland to Cairo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Krakow in October, expect Cairo to be warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Ismailia Museum
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Giza Plateau ©
Giza Plateau
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza

7
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kolomna Kremlin and Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Armoury Chamber and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Kolomna (Epiphany Staro Golutvin Monastery & Cultural Center Liga). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, examine the collection at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Aptekarskiy Ogorod Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moscow road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Moscow takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in October; daily highs in Moscow reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kolomna, Church of The Holy Virgin, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Museum Dulevo Porcelain, Christmas Toys Factory Iney
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Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve

4
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and C. Y. Tung Maritime Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shanghai Tower and Huangpu River. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Humble Administrator's Garden (in Suzhou). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Guanfu Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and get to know the fascinating history of Former French Concession.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner .

Fly from Moscow to Shanghai in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Moscow to Shanghai, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wuzhen Water Town, Humble Administrator's Garden
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Huangpu River ©
Huangpu River
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden

8
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.
Darling Harbour and St. Mary's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mountains and The Rocks. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters), Gordon Falls Lookout (in Leura) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail). And it doesn't end there: trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Sydney in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Sydney is 2 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newcastle, Katoomba, Kurrajong Radio Museum, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Nan Tien Temple
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8
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boulevard Olimpico and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Morro da Urca and Rodrigo de Freitas Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Cervejaria Bohemia) and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (in Niteroi). The adventure continues: get curious at Museu do Amanha, hike along Claudio Coutinho Trail, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro takes 26 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 33°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Petropolis, Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
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Boulevard Olimpico ©
Boulevard Olimpico
Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum

11
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection. Step off the beaten path and head to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Philadelphia (Rodin Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, & more), Philipse Manor Hall (in Yonkers) and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, stroll through Central Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to New York City in 13.5 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, things will get colder in New York City: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Philipse Manor Hall
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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