59 days in South Pacific, United States & Europe Itinerary

59 days in South Pacific, United States & Europe Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 9 nights
2
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 5 nights
3
Chicago, United States
— 6 nights
4
New York City, United States
— 12 nights
5
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 5 nights
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 11 nights
7
Berlin, Germany
— 8 nights

9
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Hartley Historic Site. Do some cultural sightseeing at Darling Harbour and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Wollongong (Breakwater Battery Military Museum, Nan Tien Temple, &more) and Leura (Saint Bonaventure's Church & Sublime Point Lookout). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney planning website.

Perth to Sydney is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wollongong, Leura, Shellharbour, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 7:
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Hartley Historic Village ©
Hartley Historic Village
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step off the beaten path and head to Quake City and Cardboard Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at International Antarctic Centre and Riccarton House & Bush. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Garden of Tane, Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, &more) and Torlesse Wines (in Waipara). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaels and All Angels, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and browse the exhibits of Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu).

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip maker tool.

Getting from Sydney to Christchurch by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Christchurch, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Christchurch reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akaroa, Torlesse Wines
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral
Quake City ©
Quake City

6
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Milwaukee Art Museum and Chicago Riverwalk. Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Basilica of St. Josaphat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette), Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, and admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago itinerary maker.

You can fly from Christchurch to Chicago in 21.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in June: high temperatures in Chicago hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

South Bend, Milwaukee, Baha'i House of Worship, Cantigny Park, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 18:
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum

12
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.
The Met Cloisters and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brooklyn Heights Promenade and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park), Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and Philadelphia (Independence National Historical Park & Independence Hall). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Greenwich Village, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and explore the galleries of Ellis Island.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the New York City day trip website.

Getting from Chicago to New York City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in New York City can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Hyde Park, Philadelphia, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 30:
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The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

5
nights
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Ieper (Ypres) ©
Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Explore hidden gems such as Tyne Cot Cemetery and In Flanders Fields Museum. Get some cultural insight at Langemark Cemetery and Chester Farm Cemetery. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium, witness the site of a historic battle at Battle of Polygon Wood, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George's Memorial Church, and appreciate the history behind Saint Julien Memorial.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ieper (Ypres) itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from New York City to Ieper (Ypres). Traveling from New York City to Ieper (Ypres), you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Ieper (Ypres) is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Zonnebeke, Langemark Cemetery, German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:
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Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
In Flanders Fields Museum
Sanctuary Wood Museum ©
Sanctuary Wood Museum

11
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Citadelle (Citadel) and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Popular historic sites such as St Michael's Bridge and Cathedral of Our Lady are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Mechelen (Vismarkt & St. Rumbold's Cathedral), Antwerp (Cogels Osylei, Rubens House (Rubenshuis), &more) and Botanical Garden Kruidtuin (in Leuven). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and don't miss a visit to Atomium.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ieper (Ypres) to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Brussels sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Mons, Ghent, Mechelen, Namur
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Citadelle (Citadel) ©
Citadelle (Citadel)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

8
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as Frauenkirche Dresden and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Get some cultural insight at The Dresden Zwinger and Potsdam's Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Berlin: Potsdam (Neues Palais, Sanssouci Park, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, steep yourself in history at Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Potsdam, Dresden, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 25:
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger

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