31 days in Europe, Canada, Mexico & South America Itinerary

31 days in Europe, Canada, Mexico & South America Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Ilulissat, Greenland
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Ottawa, Canada
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Moscow, Russia

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. State Tretyakov Gallery and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the striking features of Osobnyak Arseniya Morozova, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary planning app.

Mumbai, India to Moscow is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Moscow. In January, Moscow is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of -7°C and lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Palace Square. Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum, and look for gifts at 4DOTS.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip builder.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik driving holiday planning tool.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Reykjavik in 9.5 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in January, things will get a bit warmer in Reykjavik: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ilulissat.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Ilulissat, Greenland

— 2 nights
Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350km north of the Arctic Circle. On the 12th (Tue), shake up your sightseeing with PGI Greenland and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ilulissat Icefjord.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilulissat route website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Ilulissat in 6 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Ilulissat due to the time zone difference. In January, Ilulissat is colder than Reykjavik - with highs of -9°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Ilulissat

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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Ottawa, Canada

— 3 nights

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Shop till you drop at ByWard Market and Ottawa City hall. National Gallery of Canada and Orange Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Canadian Museum of Nature, browse the exhibits of Cube Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Parliament Hill and Buildings.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ottawa road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ilulissat to Ottawa. Traveling from Ilulissat to Ottawa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -16°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 7 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get some historical perspective at Tulum Archaeological Site and Tulum Tower. Head to La Isla Shopping Village and Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmenfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Art Gallery Miniature, Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, &more), Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man, The Ossuary, &more) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, get in on the family fun at Xcaret, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Ottawa to Playa del Carmen in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in January, with highs in Playa del Carmen at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 23:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 7 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shopping Leblon and Centro Cultural Carioca. Bring the kids along to Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, head outdoors with Leblon Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Rio de Janeiro takes 16 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Greenland travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Nature & Parks
An autonomous Danish territory, Greenland combines the power of Mother Nature with some of the most stunning scenery in the world. A trip to Greenland takes you to the planet's largest non-continental island, with the sparsest population in the world. Don't let that stop you from choosing a holiday in Greenland, the perfect chance to discover small towns and photogenic villages known for their colorful wooden cottages. The improving tourist network includes many hotels and hostels, as well as a slew of tour operators providing exiting outdoor activities.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
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.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.