60 days in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Canada & United States Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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Beijing, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Busan, South Korea
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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Shanghai, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Fly to Fort Frances Municipal Airport, Drive to Emo
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Emo, Canada
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Drive to Fort Frances Municipal Airport, Fly to Cincinnati
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Cincinnati, United States
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New York City, United States
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the local landmark of Golden Hill Cascade, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and get engrossed in the history at Yusupov Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, St. Petersburg is a bit cooler than Newcastle upon Tyne - with highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Moscow.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Moscow, Russia — 3 nights

Third Rome

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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, examine the collection at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater, and stop by Yeliseyevskiy.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Moscow, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Beijing.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Beijing, China — 3 nights

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

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Traveling by flight from Moscow to Beijing takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to China Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from Moscow in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails
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Seoul, South Korea — 5 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Seoul is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Seoul are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, then get outside with Gwangalli Beach, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and then get great views at Taejongdae.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Busan trip maker tool.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in December; daily highs in Busan reach 10°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Busan in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 4°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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 is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), stroll around Century Park, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. December in Shanghai sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 3rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in January, you will find days in Hong Kong are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are much hotter (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Te Anau (The Chasm Walk, Milford Sound, &more). On the 9th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Queenstown in 17 hours. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 4 nights

City of Sails

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.
Auckland is known for sightseeing, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, stop by Pauanesia, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and get impressive views of Mangere Mountain.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland attractions planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Emo.
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Emo, Canada — 2 nights

Emo is a small rural township, located along the Rainy River in northwestern Ontario, Canada, directly north of the state of Minnesota. On the 17th (Tue), make a trip to Norlund Chapel.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Emo trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Auckland to Emo with the Route module. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in January, things will get cooler in Emo: highs are around -11°C and lows about -24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati, United States — 5 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth), Columbus (The Museum of Catholic Art and History & Room Escape Games) and Grant Boyhood Home (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Emo to Cincinnati. The time zone difference when traveling from Emo to Cincinnati is 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Emo in January: high temperatures in Cincinnati hover around 4°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 7 nights

Big Apple

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, and get great views at Top of the Rock.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Cincinnati to New York City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
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China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Canada travel guide

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Parks · Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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