60 days in Asia, South Pacific & Africa Itinerary

60 days in Asia, South Pacific & Africa Itinerary

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60 days in Asia, South Pacific & Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  17​h
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Coron, Philippines
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
4
Hamilton, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Taupo, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
7
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
— 1 night
8
Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  26​h
12
Flic En Flac, Mauritius
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
14
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Paris, France

5
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Preah Khan. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ta Prohm, contemplate the long history of Baphuon Temple, see the interesting displays at Cambodia Landmine Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap route planner .

Paris, France to Siem Reap is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Siem Reap is 6 hours. Traveling from Paris in October, expect Siem Reap to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
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Photography Tours
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat

3
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Parks Trails
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Food Tours
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

5
nights
Coron, Philippines

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayangan Lake and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Malcapuya Island, don't miss a visit to Lusong Gunboat Wreck, contemplate the waterfront views at Barracuda Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coron sightseeing planning website .

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Coron in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Philippines Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Malcapuya Island ©
Malcapuya Island
Mt Tapyas ©
Mt Tapyas

3
nights
Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Explore hidden gems such as Hamilton Gardens and Kuirau Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamilton: Bridal Veil Falls (in Raglan), Rotorua (Bibleworld Musuem & Discovery Centre, Government Gardens, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera).

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coron to Hamilton. Traveling from Coron to Hamilton, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set, Bridal Veil Falls
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Lake Rotorua ©
Lake Rotorua

2
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 27th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

7
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 hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi), Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, & more) and Napier (Marine Parade & Wine Tours & Tastings). On the 2nd (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taupo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Napier, Tongariro National Park, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 4:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
On the 5th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Hanmer Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Conical Hill, and then relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Hanmer Springs takes 7 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 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature Parks Spas
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest

4
nights
Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hooker Valley Track and Hokitika Gorge Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Franz Josef side-trips: Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Minnehaha Walk, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Franz Josef vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hooker Valley Track, Hokitika Gorge Walk
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Mount John University Observatory, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo attractions planner.

Drive from Franz Josef to Lake Tekapo in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Tours
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

6
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

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 Lake Wanaka and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Wanaka, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wanaka
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Zipline
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Queenstown Garden ©
Queenstown Garden

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kepler Track and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. On the 19th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 20th (Wed), hike the day away at Dusky Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planning website .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Flic En Flac.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 22:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

5
nights
Flic En Flac, Mauritius

Flic En Flac ©
An unusual commodity in the lesser-touristed western part of Mauritius, the developed seaside village Flic En Flac boasts a vast white sandy beach that generates a large amount of tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Le Morne Brabant and Le Morne Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Flic En Flac side-trips: Chamarel (Curious Corner of Chamarel & Ebony Forest Reserve), La Vanille Nature Park (in Riviere des Anguilles) and Blue Penny Museum (in Port Louis). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Black River Gorges National Park, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Flic En Flac trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Flic En Flac with the Route module. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Te Anau to Flic En Flac due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Flic En Flac can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Flic En Flac

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mauritius, Chamarel, Port Louis, La Vanille Nature Park, Le Morne Brabant
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:
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Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve
Le Morne Brabant ©
Le Morne Brabant
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

5
nights
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Leu: La Roche Merveilleuse (in Cilaos), Pas de Bellecombe (in Saint-Denis) and Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Leu road trip planning app .

You can fly from Flic En Flac to Saint-Leu in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Leu are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Pierre, La Roche Merveilleuse, Scuba & Snorkeling, Pas de Bellecombe, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise

4
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Curieuse Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Georgette, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Passerose, appreciate the views at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse Lazio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Praslin Island trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saint-Leu to Praslin Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or fly. In December in Praslin Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island
Anse Georgette ©
Anse Georgette
Scuba & Snorkeling

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