SWEDEN

From the vast, open landscapes of Lapland, to the sunny beaches of Gotland, Sweden offers many amazing sights for visitors. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Sweden itinerary:

Luxury
1 ✈To Luleå (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Treehotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi for the 1 hr 15 mins drive to your hotel from the airport. The fastest flight times involve leaving in the afternoon and arriving into Luleå in the evening.
2 Go hiking in Lapland, get some white water rafting thrills, glide along calm waters in a canoe, go on a moose safari and, at the end of the day, relax in the tree sauna. You may want to add on some extra days… Book activities well in advance.
3 🚄Boden to Örebro (Book >) Dep: 17:49 🏨Train
You’ll have most of today to enjoy more of this beautiful part of Sweden. Arrange a transfer to the train station (which should take about 35 mins) then relax in a comfy couchette for the overnight journey to Orebro. Buying an Interrail pass (Eurail pass if you don’t live in Europe) can save you money.
4 🚄Boden to Örebro Arr: 07:31 🏨Clarion Hotel Örebro (Book >) See all hotels >
A day on which to soak in the sights of ancient Örebro, the most impressive which is the immense Örebro castle. The city park is one of the most beautiful in Sweden and the Wadköping open-air museum is also well worth a visit. Tap water is good and tasty in Sweden – remember to bring a refillable bottle.
5 🚄Örebro to Gothenburg
(Book >)
Dep: 09:12 Arr: 12:10 🏨Upper House (Book >) See all hotels >
Head up Gothenburg’s 17th century Skansen Kronan, then take a look at the picturesque wooden houses in nearby Haga. Buy a travel card for Gothenburg, which will save you hassle and money – it also includes ferry journeys.
6 Slottsskogen is a free-to-enter park and mini-zoo in the city centre. If you’re in need of some culture, the Gothenburg Museum of Art comes highly recommended. Like fish? Then a visit to the Fish Market Feskekörka is a must, or go to the trendy shopping district of Magasinsgatan instead. The well-preserved Älvsborg Fortress is a fun excursion. Got some spare time? The four-day cycle ride from Helsingborg to Båstad comes highly recommended.
7 🚄Gothenburg to Mariestad (Book >)
⛴️Mariestad to Vassbacken
(Book >)
Dep: 08:25
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:08
Arr: 22:15
🏨M/S Wilhelm Tham See all hotels >
Transfer to Mariestad where you’ll join the M/S Wilhelm Tham and cruise along the Göta Canal over Lake Vänern to the locks at Sjötorp and Hajstorp. Apart from the two honeymoon suites, most cabins on the historic M/S Wilhelm Tham  have bunk beds.
8 ⛴️Vassbacken to Ljung Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
🏨M/S Wilhelm Tham See all hotels >
Continuing along the Göta Canal you’ll reach the highest point at the obelisk, pass through the Tåtorp locks and along beautiful Lake Viken. Next comes Forsvik Lock and the historic Forsviks Bruk village. Lake Vättern is Sweden’s second largest in Sweden, beyond which is the lock staircase at Borenshul, beautiful Borensburg village and the berth at Ljung. You can also hire your own boat to cruise along the Göta Canal.
9 ⛴️Borensberg to Norsholm
(Book >)
Norsholm to Stockholm
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
🏨Grand Hôtel Stockholm (Book >) See all hotels >
Into the longest lock staircase on the canal at Berg, then Lake Roxen and ending at Norsholm Lock. In Stockholm take in the magnificent sight of an almost fully intact 17th century war ship at the Vasa Museum. Nearby is the equally…impressive ABBA Museum. The Downtown Camper hotel has great views from its rooftop bar.
9-10 Visit the royal family’s palace, head out to the open-air museum of Skansen, wander around the streets of Gamla Stan, look at the amazing photography at Fotografiska Museet, learn about the Nobel Price at the Nobelmuseet. Stockholm is quickly becoming a cash-free city and so you may not want to bring too much.
11 Stockholm to Home (✈Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Sweden itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Want to extend your trip? Take a look at the Gotland journey at the end of the Mid-range itinerary.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Kiruna (Book >)
🚄Kiruna to Abisko Östra (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 14:49
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 15:54
🏨Hotel Abisko Mountain Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Arriving late Oct to mid-March? You’ll get here after sunset and in time to hopefully see the Northern Lights. To make this journey in one day you’ll need to catch a very early flight.
2 There are a number of excellent hiking trails in Abisko National Park, you can also visit the Sámi village of Rávttas. If you’re here outside of warmer months then skiing, dog sledding, Arctic reindeer sledding and chasing the Northern Lights are all popular things to do. If you’re really into hiking then Abisko is the start of the famous 400km King’s Trail, or Kungsleden.
3 🚄Abisko Östra – Gävle C
(Book >)
Dep: 16:44 🏨Train
You’ll have most of today to enjoy more of this beautiful part of Sweden. Relax in a comfy couchette for the overnight journey to Gävle C. Buying an Interrail pass (Eurail pass if you don’t live in Europe) can save you money.
4 🚄Abisko Östra to Gävle C
🚄Gävle C to Örebro (Book >)
Dep: 08:24 Arr: 07:35
Arr: 10:55
🏨Clarion Hotel Örebro (Book >) See all hotels >
A day on which to soak in the sights of ancient Örebro, the most impressive which is the immense Örebro castle. The city park is one of the most beautiful in Sweden and the Wadköping open-air museum is also well worth a visit. Tap water is good and tasty in Sweden – remember to bring a refillable bottle.
5 🚄Örebro to  Motala (Book >)
🚄Motala to Hallsberg
🚄Hallsberg to Gothenburg
(Book >)
Dep: 08:11
Dep: 09:12
Dep: 17:43
Arr: 09:26
Arr: 17:06
Arr: 20:05
🏨Hotel Pigalle (Book >) See all hotels >
Divert your journey to Gothenburg with a stop at Motala and a boat trip along the Göta Canal, departing at 10:30 and returning at 15:30 (May to Sep only). Buy a travel card for Gothenburg, which will save you hassle and money – it also includes ferry journeys.
6 Head up Gothenburg’s 17th century Skansen Kronan, then take a look at the picturesque wooden houses in nearby Haga. Like fish? Then a visit to the Fish Market Feskekörka is a must, or go to the trendy shopping district of Magasinsgatan instead. The well-preserved Älvsborg Fortress is a fun excursion. Got some spare time? The four-day cycle ride from Helsingborg to Båstad comes highly recommended.
7 🚄Gothenburg to Stockholm (Book >) Dep: 16:19 Arr: 19:43 🏨Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Gothenburg’s Slottsskogen is a free-to-enter park and mini-zoo in the city centre. If you’re in need of some culture, the Gothenburg Museum of Art comes highly recommended. Stockholm’s Downtown Camper hotel has great views from its rooftop bar.
8-9 Take in the magnificent sight of an almost fully intact 17th century war ship at the Vasa Museum. Nearby is the equally…impressive ABBA Museum. Visit the royal family’s palace, head out to the open-air museum of Skansen, wander around the streets of Gamla Stan, look at the amazing photography at Fotografiska Museet, learn about the Nobel Price at the Nobelmuseet. Stockholm is quickly becoming a cash-free city and so you may not want to bring too much.
10 🚌Stockholm to Nynäshamn
⛴️Nynäshamn to Visby (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 13:15
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 16:30
🏨Clarion Hotel Visby (Book >) See all hotels >
Gaze out to sea as you glide over the Baltic Sea to the island of Gotland The ferry journey is usually smooth, but you may wish to take motion sickness tablets just in case.
11-12 Over the next couple of days be sure to take in Visby’s Burmeister House, walk along the city wall and the views from Klinten. Visby is full of church ruins – see if you can get to all 15 within the city walls. The Gotlands Museum makes for a fascinating visit. Hire a bicycle and explore the coast in either direction from Visby. Stockholm is quickly becoming a cash-free city and so you may not want to bring too much.
13 Visby to Home (✈Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon What did you think of this Sweden itinerary? Leave your feedback below
In the summer take Flygbussarna coach to the airport, at other times of year you can take bus route 61 or a short taxi ride.
Budget
1 ✈To Kiruna (Book >)
🚄Kiruna to Abisko Östra (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 14:49
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 15:59
🏨Abisko Turiststation (Book >) See all hotels >
Arriving late Oct to mid-March? You’ll get here after sunset and in time to hopefully see the Northern Lights. To make this journey in one day you’ll need to catch a very early flight.
2 There are a number of excellent hiking trails in Abisko National Park, you can also visit a Sámi camp, take the chair lift to Nuolja and go in search of the Northern Lights, If you’re really into hiking then Abisko is the start of the famous 400km King’s Trail, or Kungsleden.
3 🚄Abisko Östra – Gävle C
(Book >)
Dep: 16:38 🏨Train
You’ll have most of today to enjoy more of this beautiful part of Sweden. Settle into your seat for the overnight journey to Gävle C. Buying an Interrail pass (Eurail pass if you don’t live in Europe) can save you money.
4 🚄Abisko Östra to Gävle C
🚄Gävle C to Örebro (Book >)
🚄Örebro to Gothenburg (Book >)
Dep: 08:24
Dep: 17:19
Arr: 07:35
Arr: 10:55
Arr: 19:55
🏨Linnéplatsens Hotel & Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
A day in which to soak in the sights of ancient Örebro, the most impressive which is the immense Örebro castle. The city park is one of the most beautiful in Sweden and the Wadköping open-air museum is also well worth a visit. Örebro station has a left luggage facility.
5-6 Head up Gothenburg’s 17th century Skansen Kronan, then take a look at the picturesque wooden houses in nearby Haga. Like fish? Then a visit to the Fish Market Feskekörka is a must, or go to the trendy shopping district of Magasinsgatan instead. The well-preserved Älvsborg Fortress is a fun excursion. Buy a travel card for Gothenburg, which will save you hassle and money – it also includes ferry journeys.
7 🚄Gothenburg to Hallsberg 🚄Hallsberg to Motala (Book >)
🚄Motala to Linköping
🚄Linköping to Stockholm
(Book >)
Dep: 06:04
Dep: 08:46
Dep: 16:05
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 08:25
Arr: 09:26
Arr: 16:44
Arr: 18:41
🏨City Backpackers Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Divert your journey to Stockholm with a stop at Motala and a boat trip along the Göta Canal, departing at 10:30 and returning at 15:30 (May to Sep only). Stockholm’s Downtown Camper hotel has great views from its rooftop bar.
8-9 Take in the magnificent sight of an almost fully intact 17th century war ship at the Vasa Museum. Nearby is the equally…impressive ABBA Museum. Visit the royal family’s palace, head out to the open-air museum of Skansen, wander around the streets of Gamla Stan, look at the amazing photography at Fotografiska Museet, learn about the Nobel Price at the Nobelmuseet. Stockholm is quickly becoming a cash-free city and so you may not want to bring too much.
10 🚌Stockholm to Nynäshamn
⛴️Nynäshamn to Visby (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 13:15
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 16:30
🏨Visby home rental (Book >) See all hotels >
Gaze out to sea as you glide over the Baltic Sea to the island of Gotland The ferry journey is usually smooth, but you may wish to take motion sickness tablets just in case.
11-12 Over the next couple of days be sure to take in Visby’s Burmeister House, walk along the city wall and the views from Klinten. Visby is full of church ruins – see if you can get to all 15 within the city walls. The Gotlands Museum makes for a fascinating visit. Hire a bicycle and explore the coast in either direction from Visby. Stockholm is quickly becoming a cash-free city and so you may not want to bring too much.
13 Visby to Home (✈Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon What did you think of this Sweden itinerary? Leave your feedback below
In the summer take Flygbussarna coach to the airport, at other times of year you can take bus route 61 or a short taxi ride.
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(Too much) dust in the wind

A cool wind provided a prelude to the rising sun, which began to paint the desert landscape a vivid red. If there was one moment which reminds me of Namibia, it is this one, sat on top of the immense Dune 45. Shame that wind blew dust into my camera. Ah well, it was worth it.

When I visited Namibia it was on an overland tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. I wasn’t burdened, therefore, by public transport, which is scant in this sparsely populated country. Hiring a (4×4) car is, however, a great part of the experience with long drives through spectacular, untouched scenery. Even budget travellers should give it a go (fuel is expensive and so I’ve kept self-drives to a minimum for those on a budget).

As well as Dune 45 at Sossussvlei, there are many astounding sights in Namibia – the vast Fish River Canyon, the busy watering holes in Etosha National Park, the shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast. All of them so remarkable I can easily visualise them all these years later. I also vividly remember sand boarding and I’m sure I’m still finding sand, 18 years later.

Accommodation can book up early in Namibia, possibly because decent places are hard to find. Those I have found do, however, look excellent. With South Africa and Botswana just across the border, Namibia is a worthy destination as part of a longer trip. Once I find a reliable timetable and means of public transport between Namibia and Maun in Botswana I’ll be sure to link both countries and advise on how to travel between them.

NAMIBIA

Sparsely populated, but crammed with incredible sights, Namibia offers intrepid travellers huge rewards for challenging travel. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Namibia travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈Windhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 🚗Windhoek to Fish River Canyon (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 🏨Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) See all hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa. Driver the 25 minutes to the canyon viewpoint for sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
4 🚗Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 🏨Le Mirage Resort & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a morning hike with a hotel guide into Gondwana Canyon Park before the drive to Sesriem. Marvel at the desert sunset in Sossusvlei. Tap water is safe here – bring re-usable bottles and make sure you keep topped up.
5 Wake up early for a magical hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Then go on a drive to Dune 45, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting from South Africa? The Namibian Dollar is kept at parity with the South African Rand.
6 🚗Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) See all hotels >
In Walvis Bay book on to the 13:00 tour to Sandwich Harbour, on which you’ll see flamingoes, the Kuiseb River Delta and the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 Today you’ll go on an unforgettable flight over the Skeleton Coast from nearby Swakopmund. Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8 🚗Walvis Bay to Damaraland Dep: 08:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨Damaraland Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
One of Namibia’s least populated areas, Damaraland offers wild scenery, rock art and wildlife. It gets cold here when the sun goes down – pack layers.
9 Take a guided walk through the amazing scenery of Damaraland, go on guided drives during the day or at night, or visit the local Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo communities. I once wrecked a camera here due to the constant dust. Be sure to protect your technology!
10 🚗Damaraland to Etosha Dep: 12:00 Arr: 19:30 🏨Emanya@etosha  (Book >) See all hotels >
Time in the morning to take part in any activities you missed out on during days 8 and 9. In afternoon drive through Etosha National Park to your luxurious hotel. Any drive through Etosha will involve wildlife spotting, so give yourself plenty of time to take pics.
11 More time today to meet the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
10 🚗Etosha to Windhoek Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 🏨Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Take one last game drive, then return to Windhoek and drop off your car. Windhoek has a number of excellent beer houses, due to it once being a German colony.
11 ✈Windhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Namibia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Mid-range
1 ✈Windhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 🚗Windhoek to Fish River Canyon (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 🏨Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) See all hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa. Drive the 25 minutes to the canyon viewpoint for sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
4 🚗Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 🏨Desert Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a morning hike with a hotel guide into Gondwana Canyon Park before the drive to Sesriem. Marvel at the desert sunset in Sossusvlei. Tap water is safe here – bring re-usable bottles and make sure you keep topped up.
5 Wake up early and head up Dune 45 for sunrise, then visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting from South Africa? The Namibian Dollar is kept at parity with the South African Rand.
6 🚗Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) See all hotels >
In Walvis Bay book on to the 13:00 tour to Sandwich Harbour, on which you’ll see flamingoes, the Kuiseb River Delta and the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 Today take an unforgettable flight over the Skeleton Coast from nearby Swakopmund. Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8 🚗Walvis Bay to Damaraland Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:00 🏨Grootberg Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
One of Namibia’s least populated areas, Damaraland offers wild scenery, rock art and wildlife. It gets cold here when the sun goes down – pack layers.
9 Take a guided walk through the amazing scenery of Damaraland, go on guided drives during the day or at night, or visit the local Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo communities. I once wrecked a camera here due to the constant dust. Be sure to protect your technology!
10 🚗Damaraland to Etosha Dep: 11:30 Arr: 19:30 🏨Emanya@etosha  (Book >) See all hotels >
Time in the morning to take part in any activities you missed out on during days 8 and 9. In afternoon drive through Etosha National Park to your luxurious hotel. Any drive through Etosha will involve wildlife spotting, so give yourself plenty of time to take pics.
11 More time today to meet the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
10 🚗Etosha to Windhoek Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 🏨Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) See all hotels >
Take one last game drive, then return to Windhoek and drop off your car. Windhoek has a number of excellent beer houses, due to it once being a German colony.
11 ✈Windhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Namibia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Budget
1 ✈Windhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Chameleon Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 🚌Windhoek to Walvis Bay (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:10 🏨Loubser’s B&B Self Catering (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you arrive into Walvis Bay take a walk to the lagoon or head to Owambo Beach. Please note that buses do not depart daily.
4 Go dune boarding, enjoy a nature drive, or go kayaking to Pelican Point. Save money by bringing your own tent and sleeping bag.
5 🚗Walvis Bay to Sesriem (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 ⛺Sesriem Campsite (Book >) See all hotels >
Drive to Sossussvlei, visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon then marvel at the desert sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
6 🚗Sesriem to Hobas Dep: 08:00 Arr: 15:00 ⛺Hobas Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
Wake early and head up Dune 45 for sunrise. Your longest drive of the trip will take you to the spectacular Fish River Canyon Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 🚗Hobas to Windhoek
🚌Windhoek to Tsumeb (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 15:30
Arr: 23:40
🏨Tsumeb Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start to see another incredible sunrise, then drive to Windhoek to drop off the car before catching the bus to Tsumeb, next to Etosha National Park Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8-10 Contact Tsumeb Bckpackers in advance and ask them to arrange a guided tour to Damaraland and Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
11 🚌Tsumeb to Windhoek (Book >) Dep: 23:59 🏨Chameleon Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start to see another incredible sunrise, then drive to Windhoek to drop off the car before catching the bus to Tsumeb, next to Etosha National Park Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
11 🚌Tsumeb to Windhoek
✈Windhoek to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 05:40
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Namibia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.

Beaches, buses and budgets

The Fiji & Samoa itinerary is only the second I’ve created for a destination I’ve never been to. Fortunately Fiji has a simple bus system with an online timetable. Planning for travellers who can afford to hire a car is, thanks to Google Maps, a breeze.

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Cook Islands, but what appealed about Fiji and Samoa was their relative proximity to one another. Like the Cook Islands they seem to burst with culture, beautiful interiors and, of course, some of the most perfect beaches you’ll ever see.

This is the only itinerary where the budget traveller visits very different places to the luxury and mid-range travellers. Why? Because it’s so expensive to fly to and from Samoa. I took a look at freighter routes between the two countries, but these aren’t cheap, they seem uncomfortable and they take a long time. For the sake of visiting a new country it didn’t seem worth it, and so the budget travellers get to visit Fiji’s Yasawas Islands instead.

One last note about this itinerary; the Octopus Resort which features on the budget itinerary is a luxury beach resort on a remote (but easily reachable) island. They do, however, have a building with comfortable and cheap dorm accommodation. Their reason for this is so that there are a mix of guests on the resort, not just older, wealthy folk. This seems like a brilliant idea and I hope that other establishments follow suit.

FIJI & SAMOA

Paradise? Oh yes. Here are those too-good-to-be-true beaches, but here also is a fascinating, welcoming culture and lush island interiors. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget (due to the cost of flights to Samoa the Budget version doesn’t include this option). Here’s your Fiji & Samoa travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 🏨Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island (Book >) See all hotels >
After a verrrrry long journey take it easy in your luxurious hotel.
4 Another day on which to chill out by the pool or on the beach. Feeling energetic? Take an excursion to Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 🚗Nadi to Natadola Bay (Hire car >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Collect your car then take a short drive to idyllic Natadola Bay. Make sure your insurance covers you for driving on dirt roads
6-7 Located on Fiji’s Coral Coast, your resort is well-placed for diving and snorkelling, as well as kayaking or, of course, doing nothing on the beach. For something a bit different go rafting on the Upper Navua River. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
8 🚗Natadola Bay to Pacific Harbour Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:00 🏨Nanuku Resort & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Pacific Harbour has both gorgeous beaches and close proximity to the Pacific Harbour Arts Village and Suva, where you can wander around downtown and visit the Fiji Museum. Fiji is a very relaxed country where punctuality isn’t particularly important.
9 🚗Pacific Harbour to Nadi
✈Nadi to Apia (Book >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Seabreeze Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Leave the car at the airport and take the two-hour flight to Samoa, where you’ll arrive in plenty of time for sunset at the beach. Fiji is GMT +12 and Samoa is GMT +13.
10-14 Over the next few days you can choose to relax on picture-perfect beaches, or hire a car to see Robert Louis Stephenson’s former home at Villa Vailima, the historic Bahai Temple, Upola’s northern coast. You could drive to Mulifanua and take the ferry to Savai’i for the day to enjoy the island’s waterfalls. Ask permission before taking photos in a village.
15 ✈Apia to Nadi (Book >)
🚁Nadi to Mamanuca Islands (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: Evening
Arr: 10 mins later
🏨Likuliku Lagoon Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy another couple of hours in Samoa before the journey to your Fiji island resort. It’s also possible to get to the resort by catamaran, private speedboat or seaplane.
16-18 Time to truly relax on some of the best beaches in the world, set in the volcanic Mamanuca Islands. Buy an eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the delicate reefs.
19-20 🚁Mamanuca Islands to Nadi (Book >)
✈Nadi to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10 mins later
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Pay to enter the well-rated Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 🏨Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach  (Book >) See all hotels >
After a verrrrry long journey take it easy in your conveniently-located hotel.
4 Another day on which to chill out by the pool or on the beach. Feeling energetic? Take an excursion to Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 🚌Nadi to Korotogo  (Info >) Dep: 13:00 Arr: 14:45 🏨Hotel Bedarra Beach Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Take the bus and then a taxi to the beautiful Coral Coast. Ask the driver to drop you off at Korotogo roundabout (after Sigatoka)
6-7 Go snorkelling, as well as kayaking or, of course, doing nothing on the beach. For something a bit different take a tour and go rafting on the Upper Navua River. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
8 🚌Korotogo to Suva (Info >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 13:00 🏨Grand Pacific (Book >) See all hotels >
Suva, the capital of Fiji, is a lovely place to wander around. Visit the Fiji Museum and the Municipal Market and Municipal Handicraft Centre. Fiji is a very relaxed country where punctuality isn’t particularly important.
9 🚌Suva to Nadi (Info >)
✈Nadi to Apia (Book >)
Dep: 06:45
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:05
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Aga Reef Resort And Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Take the early bus to get catch the two-hour flight to Samoa, where you’ll arrive in plenty of time for sunset at the beach. Taxi fares to your beach resort are listed here (the journey from the airport should be around 1.5 hrs).
10-14 Over the next few days you can choose to relax on picture-perfect beaches, or hire a car to see Robert Louis Stephenson’s former home at Villa Vailima, the historic Bahai Temple, Upola’s northern coast. You could drive to Mulifanua and take the ferry to Savai’i for the day to enjoy the island’s waterfalls. Fiji is GMT +12 and Samoa is GMT +13.
15 ✈Apia to Nadi (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach  (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy another couple of hours in Samoa before the journey back to Fiji. Contact your hotel and take advantage of their airport shuttle.
16 ⛴️Nadi to Tokoriki Island (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Sheraton Resort & Spa Tokoriki Island (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy another couple of hours in Samoa before the journey to your Fiji island resort. It’s also possible to get to the resort by catamaran, private speedboat or seaplane.
17-19 Time to truly relax on some of the best beaches in the world, set in the volcanic Mamanuca Islands. Buy an eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the delicate reefs.
20-21 ⛴️Tokoriki Island to Nadi (Book >)
✈Nadi to Home (Book >)
Dep: 10:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:00
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Pay to enter the well-rated Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
Budget (Fiji only)
1 ✈To Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 🏨Travellers Beach Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
After a verrrrry long journey take a short taxi ride to the hostel.
4 Another day on which to chill out by the pool or on the beach. Feeling energetic? Take an excursion to Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 🚌Nadi to Korolevu (Info >) Dep: 10:25 Arr: 13:15 🏨The Beachhouse  (Book >) See all hotels >
Take the bus from Nadi to the beautiful Coral Coast. Pay for your bus journey with cash on board.
6-7 Go diving, snorkelling, kayaking, or just do nothing on the beach. For something a bit different go rafting on the Upper Navua River. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
8 🚌Korolevu to Suva
🚌Suva to Pacific Harbour (Info >)
Dep: 10:05
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 11:20
Arr: 17:50
🏨Uprising Beach Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Pacific Harbour has both gorgeous beaches and close proximity to Suva, where you can spend a few hours wandering around downtown and visit the Fiji Museum. Fancy an adventure? Goundar Shipping offers overnight passage to Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu from Suva on Mon, Wed and Fri, returning Tue, Thu and Sun. Email goundarshipping@kidanet.net.fj for details.
9 🚌Pacific Harbour to Nadi (Info >) Dep: 16:05 Arr: 19:15 🏨Travellers Beach Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
See any sights you missed out on yesterday before returning to Nadi. Learn a few basic Fijian words and phrases, (especially Bula – pronounced Boo-lah)
10 ⛴️Nadi to Waya Island (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:00 🏨Octopus Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Check in for the ferry to the Yasawas Islands and arrive in plenty of time for an afternoon at the beach. You may want to take motion sickness tablets for the ferry journey.
11-16 Over the next few days you can choose to explore the island on a guided hike, go snorkelling or diving, visit a local village or just do nothing. Ask permission before taking photos in a village.
17 ⛴️Waya Island to Nadi (Book >) Dep: 15:15 Arr: 17:45 🏨Travellers Beach Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy a your last day on the beach before returning to Nadi. Take part in a traditional kava ceremony (although the taste of kava isn’t great!)
18-19 ✈Nadi to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Fiji itinerary? Leave your feedback below
You can also fly low-cost to Australia.

Perfection isn’t cheap

Of all the 83 countries I’ve been to, none has yet to knock Switzerland off the top of my favourites list. Why? Because it has breathtaking mountain scenery, cute Alpine villages, an excellent public transport system which takes you to the top of mountains, clean cities and an admirable appreciation of cheese and chocolate.

What’s the biggest obstacle for enjoying this country? Cost. If budget isn’t a problem you’ll have a wonderful time. If budget is a problem you’ll still have a wonderful time, but will have to be much more careful about how you spend your money.

The Switzerland itinerary I’ve created will be one of the most expensive journeys you take, regardless if you’re a luxury, mid-range or budget traveller. I tried to find alternatives to the railway system for budget travellers, but bus travel here is scant and so I’ve found the best way to use the railways without spending a fortune.

Thankfully Switzerland has an excellent youth hostel organisation which even mid-range travellers may want to consider. I also love the concept of the chain which sells products at the end of their sell-by date. But what to do with all those saved Swiss Francs? Take advantage of Swiss engineering, of course, by riding cable cars and cog railways up to the very tops of those picture-perfect mountains.

SWITZERLAND

If you like mountains, picturesque valleys, cute Alpine scenes, beautiful lakes and excellent public transport, you’re going to love Switzerland. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Switzerland itinerary:

Luxury
1 To Zurich (✈ Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Widder Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel in the lovely Lindenhof district, go for an evening stroll along Niederdorfstrasse. Buy a Swiss Travel Pass in advance as this will include the train journey from the airport.
2 Visit historic Grossmünster church and then the Swiss National Museum. Indulge in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and then go to the fascinating horology museum Uhrenmuseum Beyer. In the evening go for a drink at the famous Cabaret Voltaire. Public bicycles are free to use in Zurich – put down a small deposit at the Swiss National Museum and remember to bring ID.
3 🚄Zurich to Lucerne (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 🏨Hotel des Balances (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the Old Town then take a trip up Mount Pilatus which, between May and October, can be visited as part of the Golden Round Trip. Back in town a walk across the famous Chapel Bridge is a must, as are the city defences of Musegg Wall. Consider downloading the SBB rail app, for quick and easy reference to the rail system timetable.
4 🚄Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
🚄Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald
(Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
🏨Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, then enjoy the beautiful train ride to Grindelwald. Here you can take the gondola up to First and enjoy hikes long or short in tremendous mountain scenery (my favourites include to Grosse Scheidegg or Bachalpsee). Pack layers – it can be warm in the valleys but cold up the mountains.
5 Today you’ll embark on one of the most incredible journeys on this planet; two steep train journeys to the mountain-top Jungfraujoch. Later in the afternoon visit the dramatic Gletscherschlucht. Go for a short walk to Mönchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 🚄Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen
🚄Zweilütschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
🚡Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
🚄Grütschalp to Mürren (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 10:44
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
Arr: 10:42
Arr: 10:58
🏨Hotel Eiger (Book >) See all hotels >
A true test of the perfectly punctual Swiss transport system, this is a journey which you’ll be glued to the window throughout. When you arrive you can enjoy the peaceful alpine village of Mürren before heading on up the remarkable Schilthorn. The Schilthorn restaurant may not have the most refined cuisine, but it does revolve and is the best place to see the views.
7 🚄Mürren to Grütschalp
🚡Grütschalp to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
🚄Lauterbrunnen  to Interlaken Ost
🚄Interlaken Ost to Spiez
🚄Spiez to Visp
🚄Visp to Zermatt
(Book >)
Dep: 09:58
Dep: 10:13
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 11:36
Dep: 12:08
Arr: 10:11
Arr: 10:17
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 11:21
Arr: 12:02
Arr: 13:14
🏨Hotel The Omnia (Book >) See all hotels >
Another day of picturesque journeys and another day where you end up in glorious mountain scenery. Zermatt is where you come for views of the famous Matterhorn, best seen from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Miss a connection? Not a problem. Trains in Switzerland are frequent.
8 🚄Zermatt to Visp
🚄Visp to Montreux
(Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
🏨Hotel Victoria (Book >) See all hotels >
Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for your last mountain journey and hike, then depart for Montreux where you can stroll along the lake to Chillon Castle. You are now in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
9 🚄Montreux to Geneva
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 🏨Hotel D’Angleterre (Book >) See all hotels >
Time for more promenade strolling before departing to Geneva. In Geneva you can walk down to the waterfront to look at the huge fountain, go to St. Pierre Cathedral and climb the towers, see the muddy and clear rivers meet at La Pointe de la Jonction and visit the United Nations building. Get a free Geneva Transport Card from your hotel.
10 Geneva to Home (✈Book >)
(🚄 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.
Mid-range
1 To Zurich (✈ Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Plattenhof (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel in the lovely Lindenhof district, go for an evening stroll along Niederdorfstrasse. Buy a Swiss Travel Pass in advance as this will include the train journey from the airport.
2 Visit historic Grossmünster church and then the Swiss National Museum. Indulge in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and then go to the fascinating horology museum Uhrenmuseum Beyer. In the evening go for a drink at the famous Cabaret Voltaire. Public bicycles are free to use in Zurich – put down a small deposit at the Swiss National Museum and remember to bring ID.
3 🚄Zurich to Lucerne (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 🏨Keyforge City Apartments Waldstätter 8 (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the Old Town then take a trip up Mount Pilatus which, between May and October, can be visited as part of the Golden Round Trip. Back in town a walk across the famous Chapel Bridge is a must, as are the city defences of Musegg Wall. Consider downloading the SBB rail app, for quick and easy reference to the rail system timetable.
4 🚄Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
🚄Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald
(Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
🏨Hotel Alpina (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, then enjoy the beautiful train ride to Grindelwald. Here you can take the gondola up to First and enjoy hikes long or short in tremendous mountain scenery (my favourites include to Grosse Scheidegg or Bachalpsee). Pack layers – it can be warm in the valleys but cold up the mountains.
5 Today you’ll embark on one of the most incredible journeys on this planet; two steep train journeys to the mountain-top Jungfraujoch. Later in the afternoon visit the dramatic Gletscherschlucht. Go for a short walk to Mönchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 🚄Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen
🚄Zweilütschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
🚡Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
🚄Grütschalp to Mürren (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 10:44
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
Arr: 10:42
Arr: 10:58
🏨Eiger Guesthouse(Book >) See all hotels >
A true test of the perfectly punctual Swiss transport system, this is a journey which you’ll be glued to the window throughout. When you arrive you can enjoy the peaceful alpine village of Mürren before heading on up the remarkable Schilthorn. The Schilthorn restaurant may not have the most refined cuisine, but it does revolve and is the best place to see the views.
7 🚄Mürren to Grütschalp
🚡Grütschalp to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
🚄Lauterbrunnen  to Interlaken Ost
🚄Interlaken Ost to Spiez
🚄Spiez to Visp
🚄Visp to Zermatt
(Book >)
Dep: 09:58
Dep: 10:13
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 11:36
Dep: 12:08
Arr: 10:11
Arr: 10:17
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 11:21
Arr: 12:02
Arr: 13:14
🏨Hotel Bella Vista (Book >) See all hotels >
Another day of picturesque journeys and another day where you end up in glorious mountain scenery. Zermatt is where you come for views of the famous Matterhorn, best seen from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Miss a connection? Not a problem. Trains in Switzerland are frequent.
8 🚄Zermatt to Visp
🚄Visp to Montreux
(Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
🏨Golf Hotel René Capt (Book >) See all hotels >
Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for your last mountain journey and hike, then depart for Montreux where you can stroll along the lake to Chillon Castle. You are now in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
9 🚄Montreux to Geneva
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 🏨Starling Residence Genève (Book >) See all hotels >
Time for more promenade strolling before departing to Geneva. In Geneva you can walk down to the waterfront to look at the huge fountain, go to St. Pierre Cathedral and climb the towers, see the muddy and clear rivers meet at La Pointe de la Jonction and visit the United Nations building. Get a free Geneva Transport Card from your hotel.
10 Geneva to Home (✈Book >)
(🚄 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
What did you think of this Switzerland itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.
Budget
1 To Zurich (✈ Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Youthhostel Zurich (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel in the lovely Lindenhof district, go for an evening stroll along Niederdorfstrasse. Using buses for some of your journeys means you can get a Swiss Travel Pass for 4 days of train travel and then a single additional train ticket to Geneva on day 9.
2 Visit historic Grossmünster church and then the Swiss National Museum. Indulge in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and then go to the fascinating horology museum Uhrenmuseum Beyer. In the evening go for a drink at the famous Cabaret Voltaire. Public bicycles are free to use in Zurich – put down a small deposit at the Swiss National Museum and remember to bring ID.
3 🚌Zurich to Lucerne (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 10:40 🏨Barabas Luzern (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the Old Town then take a trip up Mount Pilatus which, between May and October, can be visited as part of the Golden Round Trip. Back in town a walk across the famous Chapel Bridge is a must, as are the city defences of Musegg Wall. Äss-Bar is a new concept in Switzerland and is a chain of stores that collects bread and pastries just at the end of their sell-buy dates and sells on at low prices.
4 🚄Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
🚄Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald
(Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
🏨Youthhostel Grindelwald (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, then enjoy the beautiful train ride to Grindelwald. Here you can take the gondola up to First and enjoy hikes long or short in tremendous mountain scenery (my favourites include to Grosse Scheidegg or Bachalpsee). Pack layers – it can be warm in the valleys but cold up the mountains.
5 Today you’ll embark on one of the most incredible journeys on this planet; two steep train journeys to the mountain-top Jungfraujoch. Later in the take the 122 bus to the dramatic Gletscherschlucht. Go for a short walk to Mönchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 🚄Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen
🚄Zweilütschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
🏨Valley Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
After a beautiful journey hike to Trümmelbach Falls. If you can afford the fare, take the cable car to the lovely village of Mürren and on to the remarkable Schilthorn. Your hostel has a kitchen – save money by buying food in the Coop supermarket in town.
7 🚄Lauterbrunnen  to Interlaken Ost
🚄Interlaken Ost to Spiez
🚄Spiez to Visp
🚄Visp to Zermatt
(Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 11:36
Dep: 12:08
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 11:21
Arr: 12:02
Arr: 13:14
🏨Youthhostel Zermatt (Book >) See all hotels >
Another day of picturesque journeys and another day where you end up in glorious mountain scenery. Zermatt is where you come for views of the famous Matterhorn, best seen from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. If you’re staying a few nights with Swiss Youth Hostels then consider membership which can save you money.
8 🚄Zermatt to Visp
🚄Visp to Montreux
(Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
🏨Youthhostel Montreux (Book >) See all hotels >
Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for your last mountain journey and hike, then depart for Montreux where you can stroll along the lake to Chillon Castle. You are now in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
9 🚄Montreux to Geneva
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 🏨City Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Time for more promenade strolling before departing to Geneva. In Geneva you can walk down to the waterfront to look at the huge fountain, go to St. Pierre Cathedral and climb the towers, see the muddy and clear rivers meet at La Pointe de la Jonction and visit the United Nations building. Get a free Geneva Transport Card from your hotel.
10 Geneva to Home (✈Book >)
(🚄 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
What did you think of this Switzerland itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.

Persistance pays off

I nearly gave up on creating an itinerary for Kenya. It was hard to find info online and the various conversations I had with operators in the country rarely led to anything useful. Scheduled public transport doesn’t go to the Masai Mara or Amboseli. Although it’s probably possible to get matatus (colourful minibuses), they don’t operate to a timetable and so don’t help with planning, plus it could take a couple of days to do just a few hundred kilometres.

Frustrated, I decided to put together the Peru itinerary instead. Whilst doing this some of the safari and helicopter operators replied to me and so I was eventually able to put something together. What was (for me) an exciting discovery was that Kenya has a decent railway system which is being extended to other countries – now I’d love to one day travel from Nairobi to Kigali by train.

Kenya has spectacular beaches, but safety in this country is an important consideration. Diani Beach is picture-perfect, is far away enough from trouble, is fairly easy to get to and offers a large range of accomodation – a good place, therefore, in which to end a journey in must-see Kenya.

KENYA

Kenya is a classic safari destination. This itinerary takes in two of the best national parks, and ends in idyllic Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Kenya travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Nairobi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Villa Rosa Kempinski (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from most countries can apply for an eVisa.
2 Enjoy a relaxing day in Nairobi, visiting the Nairobi National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa), the nearby the Kazuri Beads Factory and the collections in the National Archives. Don’t haggle too much when buying souvenirs – it can be seen as rude if you’re too persistent.
3 Take a day trip to Lake Nakuru, located in Africa’s immense Rift Valley. Check out which immunisations you may need.
4 🚁Nairobi to Masai Mara (Book >) Dep: 08:00
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 13:45
🏨Mara Explorer Tented Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
Transfer to Nairobi airport from where you’ll be flown by helicopter over the savannah to the luxurious Mara Explorer camp. This is your base camp for safaris in the Masai Mara. Single-use plastic are banned in Kenya from 2020 – save the environment (and money) by using a filter water bottle and topping up from taps.
5-6 Two more days in which to go on safari and see the incredible wildlife of Kenya. Your accommodation includes three free guided drives a day. Take a look at these wildlife photography tips.
7 🚁Masai Mara to Nairobi (Book >)
✈Nairobi to Amboseli (Book >)
Dep: 10:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Ol Tukai Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy another helicopter safari back to Nairobi, then fly on to Amboseli National Park where you’ll arrive in plenty of time for sunset. Helicopter safaris can be bumpy – you may want to take motion sickness tablets.
8 Today you’ll embark on a safari with the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Avoid rainy season (Mar-May) as clouds can obscure the view of Kilimanjaro.
9 ✈Amboseli to Mombasa (Book >)
🚕Mombasa to Diani Beach (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: 17:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 19:00
🏨The Maji Beach Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Chill out in your beautiful hotel and on the stunning Diani Beach. Learn some basic Swahili.
10-13 Spend a couple more days on the beach, or use this opportunity to visit the magnificent marine wildlife on a diving or snorkelling trip. Homosexuality is, sadly, against the law in Kenya – be safe and be discreet.
14-15 🚕Diani Beach to Mombasa (Book >)
✈Mombasa to Nairobi (Book >)
✈Nairobi to home (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: 13:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Kenya itinerary? Leave your feedback below
You can also fly low cost, direct to Zanzibar from Mombasa.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Nairobi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Acacia Tree Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from most countries can apply for an eVisa.
2 Enjoy a relaxing day in Nairobi, visiting the Nairobi National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa), the nearby the Kazuri Beads Factory and the collections in the National Archives. Check out which immunisations you may need.
3 🚐Nairobi to Lake Nakuru (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 10:30 🏨Ziwa Bush Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Meet your guide and start your safari with a trip to Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley. Ask your safari operator to provide transport and guide only – it’s cheaper to book your own accommodation.
4 🚐Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara Dep: 08:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨Keekorok Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
A long drive (with some wildlife spotting along the way) to Keekorok Lodge. This is your base camp for safaris in the Masai Mara Single-use plastic are banned in Kenya from 2020 – save the environment (and money) by using a filter water bottle and topping up from taps.
5 Another day on which to go on safari and see the incredible wildlife of Kenya. Take a look at these wildlife photography tips.
6 🚐Masai Mara to  Amboseli Dep: 07:30 Arr: 17:30 🏨Kibo Safari Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
A long drive (and some safari time) back to Nairobi and on to Amboseli National Park where you’ll arrive in plenty of time for sunset. Roads here can be bumpy – you may want to take motion sickness tablets.
7 Today you’ll embark on a safari with the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Avoid rainy season (Mar-May) as clouds can obscure the view of Kilimanjaro.
8 ✈Amboseli to Mombasa (Book >)
🚕Mombasa to Diani Beach (Info >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: 17:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 19:00
🏨Hotel The Sands at Chale Island (Book >) See all hotels >
Chill out in your beautiful hotel and on the stunning Diani Beach. Learn some basic Swahili.
9-12 Spend a couple more days on the beach, or use this opportunity to visit the magnificent marine wildlife on a diving or snorkelling trip. Homosexuality is, sadly, against the law in Kenya – be safe and be discreet.
13-14 🚕Diani Beach to Mombasa (Book >)
✈Mombasa to Nairobi (Book >)
✈Nairobi to home (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: 13:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Kenya itinerary? Leave your feedback below
You can also fly low cost, direct to Zanzibar from Mombasa.
Budget
1 ✈To Nairobi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Wildebeest Eco Camp(Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from most countries can apply for an eVisa.
2 🚐Nairobi to Masai Mara (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 13:30 🏨Mara Explorers Camp
Meet your guide and drive to the camp. This is your base camp for safaris in the Masai Mara (this safari company has scheduled departures and can arrange cheap accommodation for you – request Mara Explorers Camp). Single-use plastic are banned in Kenya from 2020 – save the environment (and money) by using a filter water bottle and topping up from taps.
3-4 Two more days in which to go on safari and see the incredible wildlife of Kenya. Check out which immunisations you may need.
5 🚐Masai Mara to  Nairobi Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:30 🏨Wildebeest Eco Camp(Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy your last safari in Masai Mara on the way back to Nairobi. You can take a mutatu to and from Nairobi city centre – take a look at the route map here.
6 🚐Nairobi to  Amboseli (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Amboseli Eco Camp (Book >) See all hotels >
Meet your guide and relax on the drive through the Athi Plains to Amboseli National Park where you’ll arrive in plenty of time for sunset. When booking your safari, ask to be dropped off at Emali train station at the end.
7 Today you’ll embark on a safari with the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Avoid rainy season (Mar-May) as clouds can obscure the view of Kilimanjaro.
8 🚐Amboseli to Emali
🚄Emali to Mombasa (Book >)
🚕Mombasa to Diani Beach (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 14:30
Arr: 09:45
Arr: 14:18
Arr: 15:50
🏨Diani Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Chill out on the stunning Diani Beach. Book your transfer to and from Diani Beach directly with the hostel.
9-12 Spend a couple more days on the beach, or use this opportunity to visit the magnificent marine wildlife on a diving or snorkelling trip. Homosexuality is, sadly, against the law in Kenya – be safe and be discreet.
13 🚕Mombasa to Diani Beach (Book >)
🚄Mombasa to Nairobi (Book >)
Dep: 06:15
Dep: 08:00
Arr: 07:35
Arr: 13:42
🏨Wildebeest Eco Camp(Book >) See all hotels >
In the afternoon visit the Nairobi National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa), the nearby the Kazuri Beads Factory and the collections in the National Archives. Tempted by Tanzania? Catch the bus from Mombasa to Dar-es-Salaam.
14-15 ✈Nairobi to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Kenya itinerary? Leave your feedback below
You can also travel on to Kampala in Uganda, book the bus here.

Abandoned in the dead of night

Lima festival
Lima festival

Our porters slipped away from camp before sunrise. We were left to wait in the dark before we could commence the final day of the Inca Trail. Why were we in this situation? Because the train operator had changed their schedules, and the porters needed to get to the nearest station earlier than they used to do.

When I did the Inca Trail in 2000 I didn’t have to endure this final-day early start, but it wasn’t ever an easy hike. The reward, though, was just as worth it almost 20 years later.

Machu Picchu – the reason most people come to Peru. There are two ways to get here; hiking various trails (the Inca Trail being the most popular), or taking the train from Ollantaytambo. All itineraries make use of the hugely expensive train from Machu Picchu. I’ve given Mid-range travellers a day-time ride to Puno (following the rave review from friends we travelled with) and Luxury travellers get to enjoy the additional journey towards Arequipa. Budget travellers? Well, they just get a bargain.

I was tear-gassed in Arequipa, but that’s because I managed to get between protestors and supporters during a presidential visit. It’s well-worth the detour though, and I’m sure you won’t have the same tear-inducing as I. Lima was also a much more enjoyable experience this time around, partly because this time we explored the old part of the city rather than just hang out in the bars of Miraflores, and partly because we were there at the same time as a ridiculously colourful festival.

With online bus and train schedules, this itinerary was easy to plan. Peru has also become much easier to travel around – although the Nazca Lines require long bus journeys to and from. There’s a certain hop-on hop-off bus operator that I haven’t recommended because, in my experience, they’re exploitative, and because the local bus operators do a great job.