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

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

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

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
5
New York City, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h
6
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  29​h
7
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
9
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Ubud, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and have some family-friendly fun at VR1 -Thonglor Virtual Reality cafe Bangkok.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Bangkok planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Bangkok is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Vancouver to Bangkok. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get warmer in Bangkok: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

4
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, look for gifts at Penny Winter Boutique, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and grab your bike and head to Karura Forest.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nairobi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bangkok to Nairobi takes 12 hours. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Bangkok to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in November, expect Nairobi to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum

5
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and stroll around Al-Azhar Park.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nairobi to Cairo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nairobi to Cairo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul route planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

6
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to New York City takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Istanbul to New York City, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in New York City, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

5
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lima online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Lima takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

2
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

Sigatoka ©
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Natadola Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sigatoka online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lima to Sigatoka. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Lima to Sigatoka. Traveling from Lima in December, expect Sigatoka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Suva.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Robinson Crusoe Island
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Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Baravi Handcrafts ©
Baravi Handcrafts

1
night
Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Fiji Museum, hike along Talanoa Treks, and then view the masterpieces at 21K Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Suva day trip planner .

You can drive from Sigatoka to Suva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in Suva, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Suva

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Talanoa Treks ©
Talanoa Treks
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
21K Gallery ©
21K Gallery

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina, then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nadi road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Suva to Nadi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nadi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Port Denarau Marina
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Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Nadi to Sydney in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Fiji Time (FJT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Nadi in December, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Denpasar.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar ©
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Denpasar side-trips: Seminyak Beach (in Seminyak), Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). There's much more to do: make a splash at Waterbom Bali, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalem Kahyangan Temple, stop by Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Sanur.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denpasar vacation planner.

Fly from Sydney to Denpasar in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Denpasar is minus 2 hours. In December, Denpasar is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Ubud.

Things to do in Denpasar

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Seminyak, Kuta, Dalem Kahyangan Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple
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Pantai Sanur ©
Pantai Sanur
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Waterbom Bali ©
Waterbom Bali

4
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Explore Ubud's surroundings by going to Tirta Empul Temple (in Tampaksiring) and Elephant Safari Park (in Tegalalang). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, take in the pleasant sights at Campuhan Ridge Walk, relax in the rural setting at Tegalalang Rice Terrace, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ubud journey maker app .

You can drive from Denpasar to Ubud in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ubud can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Safari Park, Tirta Empul Temple
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple
Spas

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