50 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

50 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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50 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Start: Sorrento, Australia
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
13
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Sorrento, Australia

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Wentworth Falls to see Wentworth Falls about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and stroll through Manly Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sydney vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

4
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to The Brisbane River (in Brisbane), Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Cape Byron Lighthouse). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Watersports Guru, The Brisbane River
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Esplanade Lagoon Pool and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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 off the beaten path and head to Jurong Bird Park and Virtual Room: Virtual Reality Singapore. Go for a jaunt from Singapore to Sentosa Island to see Universal Studios Singapore about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gardens by the Bay, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Singapore road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Singapore in 10 hours. Traveling from Cairns to Singapore, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Universal Studios Singapore
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Gardens by the Bay ©
Gardens by the Bay
Universal Studios Singapore ©
Universal Studios Singapore
Jurong Bird Park ©
Jurong Bird Park

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, spas, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Siem Reap travel planner.

You can fly from Singapore to Siem Reap in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Siem Reap is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Siem Reap, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). On the next day, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, then meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok travel route builder tool .

Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Bangkok sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter and then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bangkok to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Explore hidden gems such as Sanjusangendo Temple and Nijo Castle. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hanoi to Kyoto in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum and then discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Tokyo sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Tawharanui Regional Park. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (in Snells Beach), Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Nikau Cave (in Waikaretu). And it doesn't end there: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, make a trip to SkyTower, and stroll through Bethells Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning site .

Fly from Tokyo to Auckland in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tokyo to Auckland. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Auckland at 26°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Warkworth, Cheltenham Beach, Hauraki Rail Trail, Nikau Cave, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Climbing Tours

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nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Maunganui Main Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Blue Lake Track, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in February, plan for little chillier nights in Rotorua, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Waitomo Caves, Okere Falls Track, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Break One. Venture out of the city with trips to Te Anau (Milford Sound & The Chasm Walk) and Wanaka (Crossfire Wanaka & Parasailing & Paragliding). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hollyford Track, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Wanaka, Te Anau
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Zipline
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Lake Wendouree. Step out of Melbourne to go to Sorrento and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at ArtVo, identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Wendouree, Fishing Charters & Tours, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
ArtVo ©
ArtVo

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