20 days in South Pacific, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

20 days in South Pacific, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Sydney Opera House and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sydney is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to Queenstown.
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Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 3 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kids will enjoy Browns Ski Shop and The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 1st (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Coronet Peak. It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Queenstown is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Auckland.
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Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Fun & Games · Museums
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Kids will enjoy Cemiterio de Recoleta and Parque 3 de Febrero. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Buenos Aires in 15 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in August, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Museu Nacional De Belas Artes, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, and finally admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planning app.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 1 night

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 9th (Fri), stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip builder tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, plan for little chillier nights in Sao Paulo, with lows around 15°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Punta Cana.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — 3 nights

In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Attractions like Zipline and Destiny Caribbean Tours make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, get in on the family fun at Manati Park Bavaro, indulge in some personalized pampering at Flavio Acuna Spa Natural Center, and look for gifts at La Perla Dominicana.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Punta Cana trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Punta Cana takes 11 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in August: highs in Punta Cana hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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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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