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

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

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Dublin, Ireland
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Cairo, Egypt
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Seoul, South Korea
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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Nadi, Fiji
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Honolulu, United States
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Dublin, Ireland

— 7 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Portmarnock Beach and Shankill Beach. Popular historic sites such as Guinness Storehouse and St. Michan's Church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Bray Head (in Bray), Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown) and Southern County Fishing & Wildlife Park (in Milltown). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin vacation maker.

Valparaiso, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Valparaiso to Dublin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Valparaiso in January; daily highs in Dublin reach 46°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 8:

Cairo, Egypt

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ramses II, and then stop by Sondos Papyrus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Ibn Tulun, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Cairo takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Dublin in January, expect Cairo to be a bit warmer, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Bangkok, Thailand

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suthat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, then see the interesting displays at The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Bangkok takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cairo to Bangkok. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in January: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 88°F and lows are around 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Seoul.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and then visit Insadong. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Seoul takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, bus, taxi, ferry, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Seoul is 2 hours. In January, Seoul is much colder than Bangkok - with highs of 35°F and lows of 20°F. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
On the 18th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokuharamitsuji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Kyoto by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in January, with highs in Kyoto at 48°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Street Kart Shibuya and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Kanda Myojin and National Museum of Western Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Soji-ji Temple (in Yokohama) and Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denpasar.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Denpasar, Indonesia

— 7 nights
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Escape the urban bustle at Balangan Beach and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Museum PASIFIKA and Bali Trick Art will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Saraswati Temple (in Ubud), Jimbaran (Samasta Lifestyle Village & Jimbaran Beach) and Ungasan (Blue Point Beach, Melasti Beach, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Mount Kawi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taman Ayun Temple, stroll through Sangeh Monkey Forest, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Sanur.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denpasar trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Tokyo to Denpasar in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Denpasar, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Denpasar hover around 87°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Denpasar

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:

Nadi, Fiji

— 4 nights
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hot Glass Fiji and Tavuni Hill Fort. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Cave Safari and Free Fall Fiji. Go for a jaunt from Nadi to Denarau Island to see Momi Battery Historical Park about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Evolution Fiji, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Denarau Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nadi tour app.

Fly from Denpasar to Nadi in 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Denpasar to Nadi. In January, daytime highs in Nadi are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. You will leave for Honolulu on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Honolulu, United States

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
USS Arizona Memorial and Shangri La are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Lanikai Beach and Koko Crater Railway Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo), Lanikai Pillboxes (in Kailua) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Haleiwa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Sharks Cove, walk around Kapiolani Regional Park, explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ala Moana Beach Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner.

You can fly from Nadi to Honolulu in 10 hours. Traveling from Nadi to Honolulu, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nadi in February; daily highs in Honolulu reach 81°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

Santiago, Chile

— 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
La Chascona and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museo Interactivo Mirador and Villa Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Valparaiso (Palacio Baburizza, Paseo Yugoslavo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Barrio Italia, take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and visit Vitacura.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santiago online trip builder.

Fly from Honolulu to Santiago in 23.5 hours. Traveling from Honolulu to Santiago, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 13 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Elefante (in Marica) and Niteroi (Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, Camboinhas Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, and hike along Morro Dois Irmaos.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planning website.

Getting from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro. In February, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 27:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · 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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Indonesia travel guide

4.2
Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.