馃嚚馃嚪 COSTA RICA

Arenal, Costa Rica - Costa Rica itineraryBursting with wildlife, volcanoes and gorgeous beaches, Costa Rica’s size makes it easy to get around and full of incredible sights. As with many itineraries, so as to optimise the journey the Mid-range version borrows some of the better hotels from the Luxury version and makes savings elsewhere to bring the cost down. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Barcel贸 San Jos茅 (Book >) All hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa for entry.
2 The Museo del Oro Precolombino contains many fascinating Pre-Colombian gold exhibits. Stop by the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the ornate interior. You’ll find plenty of things to buy in the Mercado Centrale. ‘Sodas’ are family-run restaurants that serve local food.
3 鉁圫an Jose to Tortuguero flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Tortuguero National Park enjoy a boat tours along the waterways and then, in the evening, go on a guided tour through the hotel grounds. You’ll need to pay a fee before entering the park.
4 Visit Tortuguero Village for a taste of Afro-Caribbean culture, take to the water in a kayak. A canopy tour is a must for thrill seekers and a night-time turtle hatching tour is a must for everyone. Tap water is safe in Costa Rica, but if you’re really worried about stomach problems buy a filter water bottle and top up from taps.
5 鉀达笍馃殣Tortuguero to Arenal transfer聽 (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel Nayara Spa & Gardens (Book >) All hotels >
Use your last few hours in Tortuguero to see anything you may have missed out on days 3 and 4. From your beautiful hotel in La Fortuna you can often see the lava flows from Arenal volcano. Roads in Costa Rica can be unpaved – be prepared for bumpy rides
6 Go on hikes long or short in Volcano Arenal National Park. When you’ve exhausted yourself visit one of the many thermal spas in the area (I recommend Tabacon Hot Springs) Do you need a guide for hiking here? Not really – park rangers will close trails if they’re unsafe.
7 馃殨鉀达笍馃殨Arenal to Monteverde transfer (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Hotel Belmar (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the afternoon relaxing after the journey from La Fortuna. In the evening go on a guided night walk to meet the areas many nocturnal critters. It can rain even in dry season here – bring good waterproofs. It can also get cold at night.
8 Experience the tree tops via zipline or canopy walk, visit the cloud forest, ride on a very sedate aerial tramway, or see the wildlife from the ground on a guided walk. The Certificate of Sustainable Tourism ranks businesses from 1 to 5 based on their commitment to carbon neutrality.
9 馃殣Monteverde to Playa Panama bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Hotel Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Playa Panama is one of the best beaches in the region and is perfect for swimming. Many businesses close down for the month of October.
10-12 See sea turtles at Playa Grande, visit nearby national parks, go sea kayaking, diving or snorkelling, have a surfing lesson or white water rafting experience…or just do nothing at all on the beach and extend this Costa Rica itinerary for as long as you can! Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Panama to Liberia transfer (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose flight (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 08:45
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
Connect this Costa Rica itinerary with the Nicaragua & Honduras, Ecuador & Galapagos or Cuba itinerary
Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Mid-range Monteverde, Costa Rica
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Terrazas De Golf (Book >) All hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa for entry.
2 The Museo del Oro Precolombino contains many fascinating Pre-Colombian gold exhibits. Stop by the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the ornate interior. You’ll find plenty of things to buy in the Mercado Centrale. ‘Sodas’ are family-run restaurants that serve local food.
3 鉁圫an Jose to Tortuguero flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Tortuguero National Park enjoy a boat tours along the waterways and then, in the evening, go on a guided tour through the hotel grounds. You’ll need to pay a fee before entering the park.
4 Visit Tortuguero Village for a taste of Afro-Caribbean culture, take to the water in a kayak. A canopy tour is a must for thrill seekers and a night-time turtle hatching tour is a must for everyone. Tap water is safe in Costa Rica, but if you’re really worried about stomach problems buy a filter water bottle and top up from taps.
5 鉀达笍馃殣Tortuguero to Arenal transfer (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel El Silencio del Campo (Book >) All hotels >
Use your last few hours in Tortuguero to see anything you may have missed out on days 3 and 4. From your hotel you can often see the glow of lava from Arenal volcano. Roads in Costa Rica can be unpaved – be prepared for bumpy rides
6 Go on hikes long or short in Volcano Arenal National Park. When you’ve exhausted yourself visit one of the many thermal spas in the area (I recommend Tabacon Hot Springs) Do you need a guide for hiking here? Not really – park rangers will close trails if they’re unsafe.
7 馃殨鉀达笍馃殨Arenal to Monteverde transfer (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Casa Batsu (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the afternoon relaxing after the journey from La Fortuna. In the evening go on a guided night walk to meet the areas many nocturnal critters. It can rain even in dry season here – bring good waterproofs. It can also get cold at night.
8 Experience the tree tops via zipline or canopy walk, visit the cloud forest, ride on a very sedate aerial tramway, or see the wildlife from the ground on a guided walk. The Certificate of Sustainable Tourism ranks businesses from 1 to 5 based on their commitment to carbon neutrality.
9 馃殣Monteverde to Playa Tamarindo bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Tamarindo Bay Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
As well as having a beautiful beach, Tamarindo is also a pretty town with excellent restaurants. Many businesses close down for the month of October.
10-12 See sea turtles at Playa Grande, visit nearby national parks, go sea kayaking, diving or snorkelling, have a surfing lesson or white water rafting experience…or just do nothing at all on the beach and extend this Costa Rica itinerary for as long as you can! Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Tamarindo to Liberia transfer (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose flight (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 09:00
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
Connect this Costa Rica itinerary with the Nicaragua & Honduras, Ecuador & Galapagos or Cuba itinerary
Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Budget Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Nativus Art-Hostel聽 (Book >) All hostels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa for entry.
2 The Museo del Oro Precolombino contains many fascinating Pre-Colombian gold exhibits. Stop by the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the ornate interior. You’ll find plenty of things to buy in the Mercado Centrale. ‘Sodas’ are family-run restaurants that serve great value local food.
3 馃殞San Jose to Cariari bus
馃殞Cariari to La Pavona bus
鉀达笍La Pavona to Tortuguero ferry
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 16:15
Arr: 17:45
馃彣Aracari Garden Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
This bus schedule assumes that you’ll miss the 11:30 Cariara to La Pavona departure (although that bus should wait), but if not then boats to Tortuguero will be waiting at earlier times. Once in Tortuguero National Park go on a guided night tour to see the wildlife. Tap water is safe in Costa Rica, but if you’re really worried about stomach problems buy a filter water bottle and top up from taps.
4 Visit Tortuguero Village for a taste of Afro-Caribbean culture, take to the water in a kayak. A canopy tour is a must for thrill seekers and a night-time turtle hatching tour is a must for everyone. You’ll need to pay a fee before entering the park.
5 鉀达笍馃殣Tortuguero to La Fortuna transfer (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Howler Monkey Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Use your last few hours in Tortuguero to see anything you may have missed out on days 3 and 4. At night in La Fortuna you can often see the lava glow from Arenal volcano. Roads in Costa Rica can be unpaved – be prepared for bumpy rides (especially between
6 Go on hikes long or short in Volcano Arenal National Park. Exhausted? Treat yourself to one of the many thermal spas in the area (I recommend Tabacon Hot Springs) Do you need a guide for hiking here? Not really – park rangers will close trails if they’re unsafe.
7 馃殞La Fortuna to Tilar谩n bus
馃殞Tilar谩n to Santa Elena bus (Info >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:00
Arr: 15:00
馃彣Camino Verde B&B (Book >) All hostels >
Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing after the journey from La Fortuna. In the evening go on a guided night walk to meet the areas many nocturnal critters. For several dollars more you can shave 5 hrs off your journey with a shuttle-boat-shuttle combination.
8 Experience the tree tops via zipline or canopy walk, visit the cloud forest, ride on a very sedate aerial tramway, or see the wildlife from the ground on a guided walk. It can rain even in dry season here – bring good waterproofs. It can also get cold at night.
9 馃殞Monteverde to Puntarenas bus (Info >)
鉀达笍Puntarenas to Paquera ferry (Info >)
馃殞Paquera to Montezuma bus (Info >)
Dep: 06:00
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Proyecto Montezuma Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Situated right on the beach and with plenty of hammocks, the hostel is the perfect place to chill out after that journey. It’s cheaper to bring snorkel equipment from home than to join a tour.
10-12 Visit the nearby waterfall, go sea kayaking, diving or snorkelling, have a surfing lesson…or just do nothing at all on the beach and extend this Costa Rica itinerary for as long as you can! Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13 馃殞Montezuma to Paquera bus (Info >)
鉀达笍Paquera to Puntarenas ferry聽 (Info >)
馃殞Puntarenas to San Jose bus (Info >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 14:00
Dep: 16:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Nativus Art-Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Make the most of your last morning on the beach before returning to the capital. Many businesses close down for the month of October.
14-15 鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Costa Rica itinerary with the Nicaragua & Honduras, Ecuador & Galapagos or Cuba itinerary
An exit tax is applied to many airline tickets (check the list here).

馃嚦馃嚘 NAMIBIA

Swakopmund, NamibiaSparsely populated, but crammed with incredible sights, Namibia offers intrepid travellers huge rewards for challenging travel. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Fish River Canyon, Namibia
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殫Windhoek to Fish River Canyon drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) 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 馃殫Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei drive Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 馃彣Le Mirage Resort & Spa (Book >) 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 a re-usable bottle 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 馃殫Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) 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 馃殫Walvis Bay to Damaraland drive Dep: 08:30 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Damaraland Camp (Book >) 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 馃殫Damaraland to Etosha drive Dep: 12:00 Arr: 19:30 馃彣Emanya@etosha聽 (Book >) 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 on a full-day tour. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
12 馃殫Etosha to Windhoek drive Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Take one last self-guided 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.
13-14 鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Namibia itinerary with the South Africa itinerary
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Mid-range Swakopmund, Namibia
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殫Windhoek to Fish River Canyon drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) All hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa (a highlight of this Namibia itinerary). 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 馃殫Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei drive Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 馃彣Desert Camp (Book >) 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 a re-usable bottle 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 馃殫Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) 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 馃殫Walvis Bay to Damaraland drive Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Grootberg Lodge (Book >) 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 馃殫Damaraland to Etosha drive Dep: 11:30 Arr: 19:30 馃彣Emanya@etosha聽 (Book >) 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 on a full-day tour. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
12 馃殫Etosha to Windhoek drive Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) 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.
13-14 鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Namibia itinerary with the South Africa itinerary
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Budget Etosha, Namibia
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣ParadiseGarden Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殞Windhoek to Walvis Bay bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:10 馃彣Loubser’s B&B Self Catering (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殫Walvis Bay to Sesriem drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 鉀篠esriem Campsite (Book >) 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 馃殫Sesriem to Hobas drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 15:00 鉀篐obas Camp (Book >) 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 – a highlight of this Namibia itinerary. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 馃殫Hobas to Windhoek drive
馃殞Windhoek to Tsumeb bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 15:30
Arr: 23:40
馃彣Tsumeb Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殞Tsumeb to Windhoek bus (Book >) Dep: 23:59 馃彣ParadiseGarden Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
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.
12-13 馃殞Tsumeb to Windhoek bus
鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 05:40
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Namibia itinerary with the South Africa itinerary
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.

馃嚝馃嚡馃嚰馃嚫 FIJI & SAMOA

Fiji & Samoa itineraryParadise? 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).
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Luxury Fiji
1 鉁圱o Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island (Book >) 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聽Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 馃殫Nadi to Natadola Bay drive (Hire car >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa (Book >) 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 馃殫Natadola Bay to Pacific Harbour drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Nanuku Resort & Spa (Book >) 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 馃殫Pacific Harbour to Nadi drive
鉁圢adi to Apia flight (Book >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Seabreeze Resort (Book >) 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 鉁圓pia to Nadi flight (Book >)
馃殎Nadi to Mamanuca Islands helicopter (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: Evening
Arr: 10 mins later
馃彣Likuliku Lagoon Resort (Book >) 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 馃殎Mamanuca Islands to Nadi helicopter聽 (Book >)
鉁圢adi to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10 mins later
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Fiji & Samoa itinerary with the New Zealand North, New Zealand South or Australia itinerary
Pay to enter the well-rated Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
Mid-range Samoa
1 鉁圱o Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach聽 (Book >) 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聽Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 馃殞Nadi to Korotogo bus (Info >) Dep: 13:00 Arr: 14:45 馃彣Hotel Bedarra Beach Inn (Book >) 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 馃殞Korotogo to Suva bus (Info >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Grand Pacific (Book >) 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 馃殞Suva to Nadi bus (Info >)
鉁圢adi to Apia flight (Book >)
Dep: 06:45
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:05
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Aga Reef Resort And Spa (Book >) 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 鉁圓pia to Nadi flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach聽 (Book >) 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 鉀达笍Nadi to Tokoriki Island ferry (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Sheraton Resort & Spa Tokoriki Island (Book >) 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 鉀达笍Tokoriki Island to Nadi ferry (Book >)
鉁圢adi to Home (Book >)
Dep: 10:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:00
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Fiji & Samoa itinerary with the New Zealand North, New Zealand South or Australia itinerary
Pay to enter the well-rated Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
Budget Fiji
1 鉁圱o Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Rendezvous surf camp (Book >) All hostels >
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聽Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 馃殞Nadi to Korolevu bus (Info >) Dep: 10:25 Arr: 13:15 馃彣The Beachhouse聽 (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殞Korolevu to Suva bus
馃殞Suva to Pacific Harbour bus (Info >)
Dep: 10:05
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 11:20
Arr: 17:50
馃彣Uprising Beach Resort (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殞Pacific Harbour to Nadi bus (Info >) Dep: 16:05 Arr: 19:15 馃彣Rendezvous surf camp (Book >) All hostels >
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 鉀达笍Nadi to Waya Island ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Octopus Resort (Book >) All hostels >
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 鉀达笍Waya Island to Nadi ferry (Book >) Dep: 15:15 Arr: 17:45 馃彣Horizon Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a your last day of this Fiji & Samoa itinerary on the beach before returning to Nadi. Take part in a traditional kava ceremony (although the taste of kava isn’t great!)
18-19 鉁圢adi to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Fiji & Samoa itinerary with the New Zealand North, New Zealand South or Australia itinerary
You can also fly low-cost to Australia.

馃嚚馃嚟 SWITZERLAND

Lauterbrunnen Valley, SwitzerlandIf you like mountains, picturesque valleys, cute Alpine scenes, beautiful lakes and excellent public transport, you’re going to love this Switzerland itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Lucerne, Switzerland
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Widder Hotel (Book >) 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 of your Switzerland itinerary as this will include the train journey from the airport.
2 Visit historic Grossm眉nster 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 馃殑Zurich to Lucerne train (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 馃彣Hotel des Balances (Book >) 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 馃殑Lucerne to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald train (Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald (Book >) 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 M枚nchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 馃殑Grindelwald to Zweil眉tschinen train
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >) train
馃殹Lauterbrunnen to Gr眉tschalp cablecar
馃殑Gr眉tschalp to M眉rren train (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
馃彣Hotel Eiger (Book >) 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 M眉rren 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 馃殑M眉rren to Gr眉tschalp train
馃殹Gr眉tschalp to Lauterbrunnen cablecar (Book >)
馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez train
馃殑Spiez to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Zermatt train (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
馃彣Hotel The Omnia (Book >) 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 馃殑Zermatt to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Montreux train (Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Hotel Victoria (Book >) 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 馃殑Montreux to Geneva train (Book >) Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣Hotel D’Angleterre (Book >) 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 (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 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 Matterhorn, Switzerland
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Plattenhof (Book >) 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 of your Switzerland itinerary as this will include the train journey from the airport.
2 Visit historic Grossm眉nster 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 馃殑Zurich to Lucerne train (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 馃彣Keyforge City Apartments Waldst盲tter 8 (Book >) 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 馃殑Lucerne to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald train (Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Hotel Alpina (Book >) 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 M枚nchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 馃殑Grindelwald to Zweil眉tschinen train
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen train (Book >)
馃殹Lauterbrunnen to Gr眉tschalp cablecar
馃殑Gr眉tschalp to M眉rren train (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
馃彣Eiger Guesthouse (Book >) 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 M眉rren 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 馃殑M眉rren to Gr眉tschalp train
馃殹Gr眉tschalp to Lauterbrunnen cablecar (Book >)
馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez train
馃殑Spiez to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Zermatt train (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
馃彣Hotel Bella Vista (Book >) 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 馃殑Zermatt to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Montreux train (Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Golf Hotel Ren茅 Capt (Book >) 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 馃殑Montreux to Geneva train (Book >) Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣Starling Residence Gen猫ve (Book >) 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 (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this Switzerland itinerary with the France, Italy, Germany or Austria & Munich itinerary
Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.
Budget Chillon Castle, Switzerland
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Youthhostel Zurich (Book >) All hostels >
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 Switzerland itinerary 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 Grossm眉nster 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 馃殞Zurich to Lucerne bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 10:40 馃彣Barabas Luzern (Book >) All hostels >
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. 脛ss-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 馃殑Lucerne to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald train (Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Mountain Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 M枚nchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 馃殑Grindelwald to Zweil眉tschinen train
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen train (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
馃彣Valley Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
After a beautiful journey hike to Tr眉mmelbach Falls. If you can afford the fare, take the cable car to the lovely village of M眉rren and on to the remarkable Schilthorn. Your hostel has a kitchen – save money by buying food in the Coop supermarket in town.
7 馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez train
馃殑Spiez to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Zermatt train (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
馃彣Youthhostel Zermatt (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殑Zermatt to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Montreux train (Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Youthhostel Montreux (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殑Montreux to Geneva train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣City Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this Switzerland itinerary with the France, Italy, Germany or Austria & Munich itinerary
Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.

馃嚢馃嚜 KENYA

Amboseli National Park, KenyaKenya is a classic safari destination. This Kenya 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.
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Luxury Lake Nakuru, Kenya
1 鉁圱o Nairobi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Villa Rosa Kempinski (Book >) 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 馃殎Nairobi to Masai Mara helicopter (Book >) Dep: 08:00
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 13:45
馃彣Mara Explorer Tented Camp (Book >) 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 bottles are banned in Kenyan parks 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 馃殎Masai Mara to Nairobi helicopter (Book >)
鉁圢airobi to Amboseli flight (Book >)
Dep: 10:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Ol Tukai Lodge (Book >) 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 鉁圓mboseli to Mombasa flight (Book >)
馃殨Mombasa to Diani Beach taxi (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: 17:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 19:00
馃彣The Maji Beach Boutique (Book >) 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 馃殨Diani Beach to Mombasa taxi (Book >)
鉁圡ombasa to Nairobi flight (Book >)
鉁圢airobi to home (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: 13:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Kenya itinerary with the Tanzania or Ethiopia itinerary
You can also fly low cost, direct to Zanzibar from Mombasa.
Mid-range Masai Mara, Kenya
1 鉁圱o Nairobi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Acacia Tree Lodge (Book >) 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 馃殣Nairobi to Lake Nakuru safari (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 10:30 馃彣Ziwa Bush Lodge (Book >) 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 馃殣Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara safari Dep: 08:30 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Keekorok Lodge (Book >) 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 bottles are banned in Kenyan parks 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 馃殣Masai Mara to聽 Amboseli safari Dep: 07:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Kibo Safari Camp (Book >) 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 鉁圓mboseli to Mombasa flight (Book >)
馃殨Mombasa to Diani Beach taxi聽 (Info >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: 17:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 19:00
馃彣Hotel The Sands at Chale Island (Book >) 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 馃殨Diani Beach to Mombasa taxi (Book >)
鉁圡ombasa to Nairobi flight (Book >)
鉁圢airobi to home (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: 13:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Kenya itinerary with the Tanzania or Ethiopia itinerary
You can also fly low cost, direct to Zanzibar from Mombasa.
Budget Diani Beach, Kenya
1 鉁圱o Nairobi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Decasa Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from most countries can apply for an eVisa.
2 馃殣Nairobi to Masai Mara safari (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣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 bottles are banned in Kenyan parks 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 馃殣Masai Mara to聽 Nairobi safari Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Decasa Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殣Nairobi to聽 Amboseli safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Amboseli Eco Camp (Book >) 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 馃殣Amboseli to Emali safari
馃殑Emali to Mombasa train (Book >)
馃殨Mombasa to Diani Beach transfer (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 14:30
Arr: 09:45
Arr: 14:18
Arr: 15:50
馃彣Diani Backpackers (Book >) 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 馃殨Diani Beach to Mombasa transfer (Book >)
馃殑Mombasa to Nairobi train (Book >)
Dep: 06:15
Dep: 08:00
Arr: 07:35
Arr: 13:42
馃彣Decasa Hotel (Book >) 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 鉁圢airobi to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Kenya itinerary with the Tanzania or Ethiopia itinerary
You can also travel on to Kampala in Uganda, book the bus here.

馃嚨馃嚜 PERU

Winay Wayna, Peru - Peru itineraryYes, Machu Picchu is incredible. Yes, Lake Titicaca is breathtaking. Yes, you absolutely should visit Peru. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Lake Titicaca, Peru
1 鉁圱o Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Swiss么tel Lima (Book >) All hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 鉁圠ima to Cusco flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Garden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno,聽San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 馃殑Cusco to Aguas Calientes train (Book >) Dep: 08:25 Arr: 12:11 馃彣Hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu (Book >) All hotels >
The train journey to Aguas Calientes is spectacular – you’ll travel along the Sacred Valley, besides the mighty Urubamba river. Arrive in time for a first visit to the famous Machu Picchu. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 馃殑Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo train
馃殣Ollantaytambo聽 to Cusco bus (Book >)
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 馃彣Garden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
More time today to see Machu Picchu, making sure you walk beyond the site to the Sun Gate and, in the other direction, to the Inca Bridge. Try to get a seat on the left-hand side of the train from Cusco (and on the right back to Cusco).
7 馃殑Cusco to Puno train (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 23:30 馃彣On train (Book >)
Your luxury Peru Rail train (which only departs on Thursdays) will whisk you to ruins and high passes on the way to Puno. The train package includes meals and drinks.
8 馃殑Puno to Sarachocha train Dep: 06:00 Arr: 19:30 馃彣On train (Book >)
Today you’ll visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands. The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
9 馃殑Sarachocha to KM93 train
馃殨KM93 to Colca Canyon transfer
Dep: 06:45
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:30
Arr:
馃彣Hotel Belmond Las Casitas (Book >) All hotels >
On the way south you’ll stop off at the prehistoric Sumbay Caves. Your hotel can help arrange a transfer to Colca Canyon where you can take a trip to see the condor soaring over this impressive landscape. Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
10 馃殨Colca Canyon to Arequipa (Book >) taxi
鉁圓requipa to Lima flight (Book >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 19:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 21:30
馃彣Swiss么tel Lima (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy an afternoon in the lovely city of Arequipa. The Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
11-12 鉁圠ima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
Connect this Peru itinerary with the Northern Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary
Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 of this Peru itinerary (consider adding an extra day)
Mid-range Colca Canyon, Peru
1 鉁圱o Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Tierra Viva Miraflores Mendiburu (Book >) All hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 鉁圠ima to Cusco flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Garden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno,聽San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 馃殣Cusco to KM 82 bus Dep: 05:30 Arr: 08:30 馃彣Camping
Book your Inca Trail hike a long time in advance (I recommend Inca Trail Reservations). An early start to commence your walk on which, before long, you’ll be passing breathtaking views of incredible Incan ruins. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6-7 Day two of the hike begins with the arduous climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The campsite on the other side is both remote and spectacular. Day three starts with another short climb, but then passes ruins and has incredible views across to mountains and forested valleys. The highlight of today is the Wi帽ay Wayna ruin. Altitude sickness is a real risk here (day two of the Inca Trail is particularly challenging) – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
8 馃殑Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train
馃殣Ollantaytambo to Cusco bus
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 馃彣Garden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
Awake before sunrise and finish the Inca Trail hike at the Sun Gate. Summon a but more energy to continue on to the Inca Bridge and then enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. The train journey to Ollantaytambo is a highlight and will be included in your tour. Try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the train from Cusco for the best views.
9 馃殑Cusco to Puno train (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 17:50 馃彣Hotel Tierra Vivo Puno Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
Your luxury Peru Rail train (which only departs on three times a week) will whisk you through captivating landscapes on the way to Puno. The train price includes meals and drinks.
10 Today visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands (arrange your tour in advance). The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
11 馃殞Puno to Chivay bus (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 12:15 馃彣Casa Andina Standard Colca (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey stops at the lakes of Lagunillas, the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and the 4,900 metre-high Andes Viewpoint. Chivay is in Colca Canyon and when you arrive you can go and look for condor or relax in the La Calera hot springs Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
12 馃殞Chivay to Arequipa bus (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel Katari At Plaza De Armas (Book >) All hotels >
More time to spot condor, go horse riding or enjoy a hike in Colca Canyon before driving on to Arequipa. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
13 馃殞Arequipa to Nazca bus (Book >) Dep: 15:30 Arr: 23:30 馃彣Casa Hacienda Nasca Oasis (Book >) All hotels >
Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
14 馃殞Nazca to Lima bus (Book >) Dep: 15:40 Arr: 22:21 馃彣Tierra Viva Miraflores Mendiburu (Book >) All hotels >
There’s one main reason you’re here: to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Reserve your flight here. The flights can cause upset stomachs – take motion sickness tablets if you need.
15-16 鉁圠ima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
Connect this Peru itinerary with the Northern Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary
Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 of this Peru itinerary (consider adding an extra day)
Budget Lima, Peru
1 鉁圱o Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣1900 Backpackers Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 鉁圠ima to Cusco flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Kokopelli Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno,聽San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 馃殣Cusco to KM 82 bus Dep: 05:30 Arr: 08:30 馃彣Camping
Book your Inca Trail hike a long time in advance (I recommend Inca Trail Reservations). An early start to commence your walk on which, before long, you’ll be passing breathtaking views of incredible Incan ruins. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6-7 Day two of the hike begins with the arduous climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The campsite on the other side is both remote and spectacular. Day three starts with another short climb, but then passes ruins and has incredible views across to mountains and forested valleys. The highlight of today is the Wi帽ay Wayna ruin. Altitude sickness is a real risk here (day two of the Inca Trail is particularly challenging) – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
8 馃殑Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train
馃殣Ollantaytambo to Cusco bus
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 馃彣Kokopelli Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Awake before sunrise and finish the Inca Trail hike at the Sun Gate. Summon a but more energy to continue on to the Inca Bridge and then enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. The train journey to Ollantaytambo is a highlight and will be included in your tour. Try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the train from Cusco for the best views.
9 馃殞Cusco to Puno bus (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Iguana Hostel Puno (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy the captivating landscapes on the way to Puno. If you want to experience something different then you can stay on a floating island. Take a look at these useful Peru bus travel tips.
10 Today visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands (arrange your tour in advance). The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
11 馃殞Puno to Chivay bus (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 12:15 馃彣Colca Andina Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey stops at the lakes of Lagunillas, the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and the 4,900 metre-high Andes Viewpoint. Chivay is in Colca Canyon and when you arrive you can go and look for condor or relax in the La Calera hot springs Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
12 馃殞Chivay to Arequipa bus (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Way Kap Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
More time to spot condor, go horse riding or enjoy a hike in Colca Canyon before driving on to Arequipa. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
13 馃殞Arequipa to Nazca bus (Book >) Dep: 15:30 Arr: 23:30 馃彣Nasca Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
14 馃殞Nazca to Lima bus (Book >) Dep: 15:40 Arr: 22:21 馃彣Pariwana Hostel Lima (Book >) All hostels >
There’s one main reason you’re here: to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Reserve your flight here. The flights can cause upset stomachs – take motion sickness tablets if you need.
15-16 鉁圠ima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
Connect this Peru itinerary with the Northern Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary
Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 of this Peru itinerary (your hostel is located in a different area to day 1).

馃嚦馃嚳 NEW ZEALAND NORTH

Mount Taranaki, New Zealand - New Zealand North itineraryPicture-perfect volcanoes, boiling geysers, pristine beaches, magical caves and much more awaits you on this awesome New Zealand North itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Here is a highlights video, and here’s your New Zealand North itinerary:
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Luxury Rotorua, New Zealand
1 鉁圱o Auckland (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel DeBrett (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve left your luggage at the hotel, head to the docks and take the ferry to Waiheke Island for a vineyard visit, or Rangitoto island for some excellent hiking or sea kayaking. When you get back head up the Sky Tower. If you’re from a visa waiver country you don’t need to apply until you arrive in New Zealand
4 馃殫Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Driving Creek Villas (Book >) All hotels >
Set off after rush hour and, once you arrive in Coromandel, continue on to Hot Water Beach where you can dig a pool in the sand and luxuriate in the hot water. Nearby is the picturesque Cathedral Cove. Back at the villa, leave the car and walk up the road to embark on the Driving Creek Railway. You must park in the direction of the traffic flow in New Zealand, otherwise you’ll get a fine.
5 馃殫Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua drive
馃殫Rotorua to Taupo drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 19:30
馃彣Tauhara Sunrise Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Head south to steaming, sulphurous Rotorua. Here you can see geysers and hot mud pools, as well as start getting to know M膩ori culture. On the drive down to Taupo, stop off at Kerosene Creek where you can bathe in a naturally-heated stream. Get changed into swimming things in one of the Rotorua bathrooms – there aren’t any facilities at Kerosene Creek (which is free to enter).
6 馃殫Taupo to Napier drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:15 馃彣Mangapapa (Book >) All hotels >
In the morning visit dramatic Huka Falls, then journey to the wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. You’ll arrive in time to enjoy a tour of the vineyards. Give yourself plenty of time to get between destinations – you’ll want to stop frequently for beautiful views.
7 馃殫Napier to Wellington drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Edgewater Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Te Papa is worth the drive to Wellington alone. Once you’ve enjoyed a couple of hours at this museum, you have plenty more to see, including a walk along the charming waterfront to Oriental Bay, a Weta Studios tour, a ride on the cable from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Cuba Street comes alive at night and is a good place to hunt down a restaurant. Fuel stations are few between towns and cities – fill up before setting off.
8 馃殫Wellington to New Plymouth drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Ahu Ahu Beach Villas (Book >) All hotels >
No doubt you ran out of time to see the sights yesterday, so there’s more time to see more of Wellington today before the long drive to the Ahu Ahu Beach Villas near New Plymouth. The Department of Conversation provides a wealth of info on hiking.
9 馃殫New Plymouth to Tongariro drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Chateau Tongariro (Book >) All hotels >
Get up early and head for the hiking trails around the breathtaking Mt Taranaki volcano. In the afternoon take Highway 3 to Midhirst, then the Highway 43 through the gorgeous scenery to Tongariro. The Tongariro Visitor Centre can store your luggage for a small fee.
10 Book your shuttle bus from Whakapapa Village to and from the Tongariro Crossing in advance. Considered one of the best hikes in the world, the Tongariro Crossing requires a full day and a decent level of fitness. Keep an eye on the weather before setting out and time your walk accordingly.
11 馃殫Tongariro to Waitomo drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Waitomo Boutique Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
You are in for a real treat today. Black Water Rafting isn’t as scary as it sounds, in fact it involves a sedate float on tubes through caves adorned with constellations of glow worms. Invest in a dry bag or waterproof camera to try and capture images of the incredible glow worm caves.
12 馃殫Waitomo to Piha drive
馃殫Piha to Paihia drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Chalet Romantica (Book >) All hotels >
Break up the long drive to Kerikeri with a stop at amazing Piha Beach, setting of the film The Piano and a favourite for surfers. You’re likely to encounter some M膩ori language. Learn a few basic words here.
13 Take to the water in the magnificent Bay of Islands on a kayak tour (where you also have the option of staying overnight, camping by the beach). Make sure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
14 馃殫Paihia to Cape Reinga drive
馃殫Cape Reinga to Waipoua Lodge drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Waipoua Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua is at the northernmost tip of New Zealand and is where Maori spirits begin their final journey. It offers incredible views of the crashing sea from the lighthouse. On your way to/from here you may want to have a go at sandboarding at the Te Paki dunes. You can hire boards at the Te Paki dunes, but be sure to shop around for the best price and best condition equipment.
15 馃殫Waipoua Lodge to Auckland drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Hotel DeBrett (Book >) All hotels >
Back to where your adventure began and plenty of time today to see anything you missed on days 2-3 of this New Zealand North itinerary. The red city circuit bus offers a free hop on hop off service around Auckland city centre every 10 minutes.
16-17 鉁圓uckland to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this New Zealand North itinerary with the New Zealand South, Australia or Fiji & Samoa itinerary
Book your shuttle to the airport.
Mid-range Auckland, New Zealand
1 鉁圱o Auckland (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Haka Hotel Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve left your luggage at the hotel, head to the docks and take the ferry to Waiheke Island for a vineyard visit, or Rangitoto island for some excellent hiking or sea kayaking. When you get back head up the Sky Tower. If you’re from a visa waiver country you don’t need to apply until you arrive in New Zealand
4 馃殫Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Andrea’s (Book >) All hotels >
Set off after rush hour and, once you arrive in Coromandel, continue on to Hot Water Beach where you can dig a pool in the sand and luxuriate in the hot water. Nearby is the picturesque Cathedral Cove. Drive on to Driving Creek for the Driving Creek Railway. You must park in the direction of the traffic flow in New Zealand, otherwise you’ll get a fine.
5 馃殫Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua drive
馃殫Rotorua to Taupo drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 19:30
馃彣The Reef Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Head south to steaming, sulphurous Rotorua. Here you can see geysers and hot mud pools, as well as start getting to know M膩ori culture. On the drive down to Taupo, stop off at Kerosene Creek where you can bathe in a naturally-heated stream. Get changed into swimming things in one of the Rotorua bathrooms – there aren’t any facilities at Kerosene Creek (which is free to enter).
6 馃殫Taupo to Napier drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:15 馃彣The Crown Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In the morning visit dramatic Huka Falls, then journey to the wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. You’ll arrive in time to enjoy a tour of the vineyards. Give yourself plenty of time to get between destinations – you’ll want to stop frequently for beautiful views.
7 馃殫Napier to Wellington drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣U Residence Hotel Wellington (Book >) All hotels >
Te Papa is worth the drive to Wellington alone. Once you’ve enjoyed a couple of hours at this museum, you have plenty more to see, including a walk along the charming waterfront to Oriental Bay, a Weta Studios tour, a ride on the cable from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Cuba Street comes alive at night and is a good place to hunt down a restaurant. Fuel stations are few between towns and cities – fill up before setting off.
8 馃殫Wellington to New Plymouth drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣One Burgess Hill聽 (Book >) All hotels >
No doubt you ran out of time to see the sights yesterday, so there’s more time to see more of Wellington today before the long drive to the Ahu Ahu Beach Villas near New Plymouth. The Department of Conversation provides a wealth of info on hiking.
9 馃殫New Plymouth to Tongariro drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 18:30 馃彣Chateau Tongariro (Book >) All hotels >
Get up early and head for the hiking trails around the breathtaking Mt Taranaki volcano. In the afternoon take Highway 3 to Midhirst, then the Highway 43 through the gorgeous scenery to Tongariro. The Tongariro Visitor Centre can store your luggage for a small fee.
10 Book your shuttle bus from Whakapapa Village to and from the Tongariro Crossing in advance. Considered one of the best hikes in the world, the Tongariro Crossing requires a full day and a decent level of fitness. Keep an eye on the weather before setting out and time your walk accordingly.
11 馃殫Tongariro to Waitomo drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
You are in for a real treat today. Black Water Rafting isn’t as scary as it sounds, in fact it involves a sedate float on tubes through caves adorned with constellations of glow worms. Invest in a dry bag or waterproof camera to try and capture images of the incredible glow worm caves.
12 馃殫Waitomo to Piha drive
馃殫Piha to Paihia drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Abri Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
Break up the long drive to Kerikeri with a stop at amazing Piha Beach, setting of the film The Piano and a favourite for surfers. You’re likely to encounter some M膩ori language. Learn a few basic words here.
13 Take to the water in the magnificent Bay of Islands on a kayak tour (where you also have the option of staying overnight, camping by the beach). Before embarking on this New Zealand North itinerary make sure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
14 馃殫Paihia to Cape Reinga drive
馃殫Cape Reinga to Whangarei drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Lupton Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua is at the northernmost tip of New Zealand and is where Maori spirits begin their final journey. It offers incredible views of the crashing sea from the lighthouse. On your way to/from here you may want to have a go at sandboarding at the Te Paki dunes. You can hire boards at the Te Paki dunes, but be sure to shop around for the best price and best condition equipment.
15 馃殫Waipoua Lodge to Auckland drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Haka Hotel Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Back to where your adventure began and plenty of time today to see anything you missed on days 2-3 of this New Zealand North itinerary. The red city circuit bus offers a free hop on hop off service around Auckland city centre every 10 minutes.
16-17 鉁圓uckland to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this New Zealand North itinerary with the New Zealand South, Australia or Fiji & Samoa itinerary
Book your shuttle to the airport.
Budget Waitomo caves, New Zealand
1 鉁圱o Auckland (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Haka Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Once you’ve left your luggage at the lodge, head to the docks and take the ferry to Waiheke Island for a vineyard visit, or Rangitoto island for some excellent hiking or sea kayaking. When you get back head up the Sky Tower. If you’re from a visa waiver country you don’t need to apply until you arrive in New Zealand
4 馃殞Auckland to Thames bus
馃殞Thames to Whitianga bus (Book >)
Dep: 07:50
Dep: 09:55
Arr: 09:40
Arr: 12:10
馃彣Turtle Cove (Book >) All hostels >
Once you arrive in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula, take the shuttle to Hot Water Beach where you can dig a pool in the sand and luxuriate in the hot water. Continue on to the picturesque Cathedral Cove. The shuttle service is a small company, so be sure to book in advance (it’s also cheaper when you travel with more people).
5 馃殞Whitianga to Thames bus
馃殞Thames to Tauranga bus (Book >)
Dep: 12:25
Dep: 14:20
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 16:10
馃彣ArtHouse Accommodation (Book >) All hostels >
Journey to the lovely seaside town of Tauranga. There is a bus to Rotorua today at 17:10 if you don’t fancy an early start tomorrow.
6 馃殞Tauranga to Rotorua bus (Book >)
馃殞Rotorua to Taupo bus (Book >)
Dep: 07:10
Dep: 13:00
Arr: 08:35
Arr: 14:00
馃彣Finlay Jacks Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Head south to steaming, sulphurous Rotorua. Here you can see geysers and hot mud pools, as well as start getting to know M膩ori culture. In the afternoon visit dramatic Huka Falls near Taupo. If you don’t want to pay to see the Te Puia hot springs and geysers, there are plenty to see around town for free.
7 馃殞Taupo to Napier bus (Book >) Dep: 13:05 Arr: 15:10 馃彣Toad Hall Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
On arrival into Napier hire a bicycle and visit some Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Church Road and Mission Estate wineries are just 16km away.
8 馃殞Napier to Wellington bus (Book >) Dep: 07:45 Arr: 13:30 馃彣The Marion (Book >) All hostels >
Te Papa is worth the journey to Wellington alone. Once you’ve enjoyed a couple of hours at this museum, you have plenty more to see, including a walk along the charming waterfront to Oriental Bay, a Weta Studios tour, a ride on the cable from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Cuba Street comes alive at night and is a good place to hunt down a restaurant. If you’re in Wellington at the weekend then the food market off of Cuba Street offers great food on a budget.
9 馃殞Wellington to National Park聽 bus (Book >)
馃殣National Park to Whakapapa Village transfer聽 (Book >)
Dep: 07:45
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 13:19
Arr: 14:15
馃彣Mangatepopo Hut (Book >)
Once you arrive into National Park leave the bulk of your luggage with your hostel for night 11, then take the shuttle to Whakapapa Village and begin the Tongrariro Crossing, starting with a walk to Mangatepopo. The Tongariro Visitor Centre can store your luggage for a small fee.
11 馃殣Ketetahi to National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: 14:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Plateau Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Today you’ll continue on the famous Tongariro Crossing. Book your return shuttle in advance. Wear plenty of sunscreen 鈥 the sun is strong in NZ.
12 馃殞National Park to Waitomo Township bus (Book >) Dep: 13:20 Arr: 15:50 馃彣YHA Waitomo Juno Hall (Book >) All hostels >
You are in for a real treat today. Black Water Rafting isn’t as scary as it sounds, in fact it involves a sedate float on tubes through caves adorned with constellations of glow worms. The last tour leaves at 16:00. Consider becoming a YHA member to save 10% on each YHA stay.
13 馃殞Waitomo to Auckland bus (Book >)
馃殞Auckland to Paihia bus (Book >)
Dep: 11:47
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 21:29
馃彣The Pickled Parrot (Book >) All hostels >
Leave your luggage at the bus station and take in more of Auckland’s sights before continuing on to Paihia. You’re likely to encounter some M膩ori language. Learn a few basic words here.
14 Take to the water in the magnificent Bay of Islands on a kayak tour (where you also have the option of staying overnight, camping by the beach). Before embarking on this New Zealand North itinerary sure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
15 Book a day trip to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua at the northernmost tip of New Zealand and where Maori spirits begin their final journey. On the way you’ll stop off at Ninety Mile Beach. You can hire boards at the Te Paki dunes, but be sure to shop around for the best price and best condition equipment.
16-17 馃殞Paihia to Auckland bus (Book >)
鉁圓uckland to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:15
Dep: Evening
Arr: 14:40
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this New Zealand North itinerary with the New Zealand South, Australia or Fiji & Samoa itinerary
Book your shuttle to the airport.

馃嚢馃嚟 CAMBODIA

Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Cambodia itineraryA lot of people visit Cambodia as part of a longer trip, but there’s so many phenomenal sights here that it justifies its own two-week holiday . Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Mekong, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殣Phnom Penh to Kratie minibus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殣Kratie to Phnom Penh minibus (Book >)
馃殣Phnom Penh to Kep minibus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Knai Bang Chatt Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The longest day of travel on this Cambodia itinerary, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殣Kep to Phnom Penh minibus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Shinta Mani Angkor (Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 The Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres, so hire a car and driver to explore the site. Must-sees include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Ask your hotel to help arrange a car and driver.
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Laos, Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Mid-range Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Samanea Beach (Book >) All hotels >
The longest day of travel on this Cambodia itinerary, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Golden Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 The Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres, so hire a car and driver to explore the site. Must-sees include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Ask your hotel to help arrange a car and driver.
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh bus (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Laos, Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Budget Kep, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) See all hostels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel River Dolphin (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Khmer Hands Bungalows (Book >) All hotels >
The longest day of travel on this Cambodia itinerary, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Lub d (Book >) All hostels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 Must-sees here include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Hire a bicycle, take your time and enjoy sedate, peaceful journeys around the site. If you want to go further then a tuk-tuk can be good value (ask the hostel for advice).
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Laos, Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.

馃嚡馃嚧 JORDAN

Petra, JordanA Middle Eastern marvel, Jordan offers many rewards for the intrepid traveller, all of which can be enjoyed in just 10 or 11 days. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Wadi Rum, Jordan
1 鉁圱o Amman (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Fairmont(Book >) All hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest before starting this Luxury Jordan itinerary. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival.
2 Wander around the cultured streets of Jabal Amman, then see Paris Square, Darat Al Funun and the Khalid Shoman Foundation in Jabal Al Weibdeh. Head to downtown and take a look at the Grand Husseini Mosque and impressive Amman Citadel. Here you’ll also find the famous Roman amphitheatre. You’ll be visiting a lot of tourist sites – save money by buying a Jordan Pass.
3 馃殫Amman to Jerash drive
馃殫Jerash to Wadi Musa (Petra)聽 drive (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 13:45
馃彣Hotel M枚venpick Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Meet your driver and head north to the see the impressive Roman ruins of Jerash, then begin the journey to Wadi Musa. Relax until the mid-day sun eases off then start to explore the incredible ruins of Petra. Save the environment (and money) by using a filter water bottle and topping up from taps.
4 You’ll need a full day to see the rest of Petra’s sights. What not to miss: the water channels of Al-Siq, the Obelisk Tomb and Bab Al-Siq Triclinium, the famous Treasury, the High Palace of Sacrifice, the Urn Tomb and the Al-Deir monastery, at the top of 800 steps. Avoid riding donkeys in Petra – there are lots of scams and the animal welfare here is questionable.
5 馃殫Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp (Book >) All hotels >
Arriving after the heat of the day has died down gives you both the opportunity to see more of Petra in the morning as well as to explore the stupendous Wadi Rum in the comfortable heat of late afternoon. Camping in Wadi Rum can be cold between Nov and Mar – you may want to bring your own sleeping bag.
6 馃殫Wadi Rum to Aqaba drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) All hotels >
Chill out on Aqaba’s glorious Red Sea beaches. If taking a taxi make sure the drivers uses the meter.
7-8 Spend a couple more days on the beach, or use this opportunity to visit the magnificent marine wildlife on a diving or snorkelling trip. The Aqaba souk is a good place to get souvenirs, including tea, coffee and spices.
9 馃殫Aqaba to Dana Biosphere Reserve drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Feynan Ecolodge (Book >) All hotels >
Dana Biosphere is the perfect place in which to hike amidst breathtaking landscapes. You will need a guide to do the White Dome Trail.
10 馃殫Dana Biosphere Reserve to Sweimeh (Dead Sea) drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) All hotels >
Float, cover yourself in mud, spend time in the spa…basically, enjoy an indulgent afternoon by the Dead Sea. Bring something to wear on your feet to and from the water.
11 馃殫Sweimeh to Amman airport drive
鉁圓mman airport to home
Dep: 07:00
Morning
Arr: 08:00
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this Jordan itinerary with the Egypt and Western Turkey itinerary
Flights depart from 10:00.
Mid-range Aqaba, Jordan
1 鉁圱o Amman (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Amman International (Book >) All hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest before starting this action-packed Jordan itinerary. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival.
2 Wander around the cultured streets of Jabal Amman, then see Paris Square, Darat Al Funun and the Khalid Shoman Foundation in Jabal Al Weibdeh. Head to downtown and take a look at the Grand Husseini Mosque and impressive Amman Citadel. Take the bus from North Terminal to Jerash to see the impressive Roman ruins. You’ll be visiting a lot of tourist sites – save money by buying a Jordan Pass.
3 馃殞Amman to Wadi Musa (Petra) bus (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 10:30 馃彣B&b Petra Fig Tree Villa (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need a full day to see the rest of Petra’s sights. What not to miss: the water channels of Al-Siq, the Obelisk Tomb and Bab Al-Siq Triclinium, the famous Treasury, the High Palace of Sacrifice, the Urn Tomb and the Al-Deir monastery, at the top of 800 steps. Save the environment (and money) by using a filter water bottle and topping up from taps.
4 馃殨Wadi Musa (Petra) to Wadi Rum bus Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Wadi Rum Beduland (Book >) All hotels >
Arriving after the heat of the day has died down gives you both the opportunity to see more of Petra in the morning as well as to then take a taxi to聽 explore the stupendous Wadi Rum in the comfortable heat of late afternoon. Camping in Wadi Rum can be cold between Nov and Mar – you may want to bring your own sleeping bag.
5 馃殨Wadi Rum to Aqaba taxi Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:15 馃彣M枚venpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay(Book >) All hotels >
Chill out on Aqaba’s glorious Red Sea beaches. If taking a taxi make sure the drivers uses the meter.
6-7 Spend a couple more days on the beach, or use this opportunity to visit the magnificent marine wildlife on a diving or snorkelling trip. The Aqaba souk is a good place to get souvenirs, including tea, coffee and spices.
8 馃殞Aqaba to Qurayqura bus
馃殨Qurayqura to Dana Biosphere Reserve transfer
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Feynan Ecolodge (Book >) All hotels >
Dana Biosphere is the perfect place in which to hike amidst breathtaking landscapes. Minibuses to Qurayqura leave from same station as buses to Amman/Petra. Check departure times at the station on the night of day 8. Contact the ecolodge to arrange transport from Qurayqura.
9 馃殨Dana Biospehere Reserve to Sweimeh (Dead Sea) transfer Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Holiday Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Float, cover yourself in mud, spend time in the spa…basically, enjoy an indulgent afternoon by the Dead Sea. Arrange a transfer to the Dead Sea with the Feynan Ecolodge.
10 馃殨Sweimeh to Amman airport taxi
鉁圓mman airport to home
Dep: 07:00
Morning
Arr: 08:00
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this Jordan itinerary with the Egypt and Western Turkey itinerary
Flights depart from 10:00.
Budget Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan
1 鉁圱o Amman (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Nomads Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest before starting this action-packed Jordan itinerary. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival.
2 Wander around the cultured streets of Jabal Amman, then see Paris Square, Darat Al Funun and the Khalid Shoman Foundation in Jabal Al Weibdeh. Take the bus from North Terminal to Jerash to see the impressive Roman ruins. You’ll be visiting a lot of tourist sites – save money by buying a Jordan Pass.
3 Take a day trip to the Dead Sea by catching a bus from Mujaharin bus station to Rame and then a cheap taxi to Amman Beach. Bring something to wear on your feet to and from the water.
4 馃殞Amman to Wadi Musa (Petra) bus (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 10:30 馃彣Petra Gate Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll need a full day to see the rest of Petra’s sights. What not to miss: the water channels of Al-Siq, the Obelisk Tomb and Bab Al-Siq Triclinium, the famous Treasury, the High Palace of Sacrifice, the Urn Tomb and the Al-Deir monastery, at the top of 800 steps. As soon as you arrive in Petra, ask your hotel to help book the bus tomorrow to Wadi Rum – it’s important to book in advance.
5 馃殞Wadi Musa (Petra) to Wadi Rum bus Dep: 06:30 Arr: 08:30 馃彣Wadi Rum Fire Camp (Book >) All hostels >
Shelter from the heat at Wadi Rum with a mint teat, then explore the stupendous Wadi Rum in the comfortable heat of late afternoon. Contact Wadi Rum Beduland in advance for advice on where to meet. Camping in Wadi Rum can be cold between Nov and Mar – you may want to bring your own sleeping bag.
6 馃殞Wadi Rum to highway junction bus
馃殞Highway to Aqaba bus
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 11:00
馃彣Hakaia Home (Book >) All hostels >
Buses to the highway leave between 08:30 and 09:00 and take 30 mins. At the highway you can wait for any bus or minibus to Aqaba, no more than 1 hour away. Chill out on Aqaba’s glorious Red Sea beaches in the afternoon. Save the environment (and money) by using a filter water bottle and topping up from taps.
7-8 Spend a couple more days on the beach, or use this opportunity to visit the magnificent marine wildlife on a diving or snorkelling trip. The Aqaba souk is a good place to get souvenirs, including tea, coffee and spices.
9 馃殞Aqaba to Al-Qadisiya bus
馃殨Al-Qadisiya to Dana Biosphere Reserve taxi
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 12:10
馃彣Dana Moon (Book >) All hotels >
Take a minibus in the direction of Al-Tafilah and ask to get off at Al-Qadisiya, from where it’s a cheap taxi to Dana. Dana Biosphere is the perfect place in which to hike amidst breathtaking landscapes. Minibuses to Al-Tafileh leave from same station as buses to Amman/Petra. Check departure times at the station on the night of day 8.
10 馃殨Dana Biospehere Reserve Al-Qadisiya taxi
馃殞Al-Qadisiya to Amman bus
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 11:40
Arr: 15:00
馃彣Nomads Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a short walk in the reserve before journeying to Amman. Once in the city, head to downtown and take a look at the Grand Husseini Mosque and impressive Amman Citadel. Take whichever form of transport – bus or minibus – comes first otherwise you may wait a long time!
10 鉁圓mman airport to home Dep:
Morning
Arr: Afternoon Connect this Jordan itinerary with the Egypt and Western Turkey itinerary
Airport buses leave from various locations in Amman. More info here.

馃嚥馃嚘 MOROCCO

Meknes, MoroccoMorocco is one of those countries that frequently found itself at the crossroads of history. This is evident in the many ancient and exotic towns and cities. It’s also a great place from which to dip your toes into the Sahara. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Marrakech, Morocco
1 鉁圱o Casablanca (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Le Doge (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll get to your hotel late in the evening, time to relax after your journey. You can connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary by taking the ferry to Tangiers then train to Casablanca. Many countries have visa-free access to Morocco.
2 Begin with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world. Stroll along La Corniche then try not to get lost in the Old Medina. Close to the New Medina is the grand King’s Palace (which you can only admire from the outside!) Dress conservatively, especially if you’re a woman and especially when visiting religious buildings.
3 馃殫Casablanca to Rabat drive (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:00 馃彣Villa Mandarine (Book >) All hotels >
Meet with your personal driver who will guide you for the rest of your visit. In Rabat the must-see sights include the medieval city-within-a-city Chellah, the incomplete but intricately beautiful Hassan Tower, the verdant Andalusian gardens, the Old Medina and the amazing views from Kasbah des Oudaias. Haggling is expected. If you’re willing to dedicate time, you may be able to get up to 50% off asking price but try to go in with a price in mind.
4 馃殫Rabat to Meknes drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Ch脗teau Roslane Boutique & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Take a couple more hours in Rabat to see anything you couldn’t get to yesterday. Your driver will then take you to the old imperial city of Meknes where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. Wander around Heri es-Souani and the Borj Belkari Tower, taking in the city walls and monumental gates of the old city. Many shops in the souks and medinas will only accept cash.
5 馃殫Meknes to Fes drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:00 馃彣Riad Fes Maya Suite & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the library in Fes’s Al Quaraouiyine聽 which, having been built in 859 AD, was considered the oldest university in the world before its conversion to a mosque. Take a look at the oldest tannery in the world at Chouara. Founded in AD 1351-56, the Medersa Bou Inania is an architectural work of art. Pick up some spices in Al-Attarine Madrasa then head up to the Merenid Tombs for sunset. Take something to cover your nose at the tannery – it’s a very smelly place.
6 馃殫Fes to Merzouga drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Riad Azawad (Book >) All hotels >
Today your driver will take you to the desert village of Merzouga. Here you can visit the gargantuan dunes of Erg Chebbi which are best explored on a camel safari. Don’t use an ATV to see the dunes – they ruin the tranquility for yourself and others.
7 馃殫Merzouga to Tinerhir drive Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Riad Timadrouine (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the afternoon hiking in the dramatic Todra Gorge and visit the beautiful Todra Oasis. Lost? Just follow the donkey droppings!
8 馃殫Tinerhir to Ouarzazate drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Le Temple Des Arts (Book >) All hotels >
Ouarzazate is a spectacular desert town and has featured in many movies. It’s best explored on foot and the main square is a buzzing place to be at sunset. Taourirt Kasbah is best viewed from the outside – no need to pay the entry fee.
9 馃殫Ouarzazate to Ait Ben Haddou drive
馃殫Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech drive
Dep: 08:30

Dep: 15:00

Arr: 09:00

Arr: 19:00

馃彣Riad Kheirredine (Book >) All hotels >
Your drive to Marrakech will be broken up with a small diversion to the mud brick town of Ait Ben Haddou. Climb up to the Granary for the best views. You’ll then continue on through the High Atlas and arrive in Marrakech in time for dinner. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
10-11 The souks adjacent to Djemaa El-Fna square are an excellent place to get lost and pick up some souvenirs. Admire the magnificent minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and admire the wonderful art and architecture in Ben Youssef Madrassa. Relax in a hammam and escape the bustle in the Majorelle Gardens.聽Djemaa El-Fna square is the place to be at sunset. It can get cold here at night, particularly in winter – remember to pack layers.
12 馃殫Marrakech to Essaouira drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 馃彣L’Heure Bleue Palais (Book >) All hotels >
Essaouira is a relaxed seaside city which has impressive ramparts along which you can walk. The strong winds here mean that you can often see kitesurfers and windsurfers. The Medina is free from most traffic but watch out for mopeds.
13 鉁圗ssaouira to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport. Full-service flights depart from Marrakech and so you may want to return there today.
Mid-range Ouarzazate, Morocco
1 鉁圱o Casablanca (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Odyssee Center (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll get to your hotel late in the evening, time to relax after your journey. You can connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary by taking the ferry to Tangiers then train to Casablanca. Many countries have visa-free access to Morocco.
2 Begin with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world. Stroll along La Corniche then try not to get lost in the Old Medina. Close to the New Medina is the grand King’s Palace (which you can only admire from the outside!) Dress conservatively, especially if you’re a woman and especially when visiting religious buildings.
3 馃殞Casablanca to Rabat bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:15 馃彣Riad Kalaa (Book >) All hotels >
In Rabat the must-see sights include the medieval city-within-a-city Chellah, the incomplete but intricately beautiful Hassan Tower, the verdant Andalusian gardens, the Old Medina and the amazing views from Kasbah des Oudaias. Haggling is expected. If you’re willing to dedicate time, you may be able to get up to 50% off asking price but try to go in with a price in mind.
4 馃殑Rabat to Meknes train (Book >) Dep: 11:37 Arr: 13:50 馃彣Riad Lahboul (Book >) All hotels >
Take a couple more hours in Rabat to see anything you couldn’t get to yesterday, then take the train to the old imperial city of Meknes. Wander around Heri es-Souani and the Borj Belkari Tower, taking in the city walls and monumental gates of the old city. Many shops in the souks and medinas will only accept cash.
5 馃殑Meknes to Fes train (Book >) Dep: 09:54 Arr: 10:35 馃彣Riad El Yacout (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the library in Fes’s Al Quaraouiyine which, having been built in 859 AD, was considered the oldest university in the world before its conversion to a mosque. Pick up some spices in Al-Attarine Madrasa then head up to the Merenid Tombs for sunset. Take something to cover your nose at the tannery – it’s a very smelly place.
6 馃殞Fes to Marrakech bus (Book >) Dep: 22:45 馃彣On bus All hotels >
Take a look at the oldest tannery in the world at Chouara. Founded in AD 1351-56, the Medersa Bou Inania is an architectural work of art. Take earplugs and eye shades for the overnight bus.
7 馃殞Fes to Marrakech bus Arr: 06:00 馃彣Riad le Clos des Arts (Book >) All hotels >
The souks adjacent to Djemaa El-Fna square are an excellent place to get lost and pick up some souvenirs. Take a couple of hours to relax in a hammam. It can get cold here at night, particularly in winter – remember to pack layers.
8 馃殞Marrakech to聽 Zagora bus
馃惈Zagora to desert (Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr: Late afternoon 馃彣Desert camp (Book >) All hotels >
Your private tour will go via Ouarzazate – a spectacular desert town which has featured in many movies and is best explored on foot. The tour then goes to Zagora where you’ll ride a camel to your desert camp. Taourirt Kasbah is best viewed from the outside – no need to pay the entry fee.
9 馃惈Desert to Zagora
馃殞Zagora to Marrakech bus (Book >)
Dep: Sunrise Arr: Late afternoon 馃彣Riad le Clos des Arts (Book >) All hotels >
The return to Marrakech will be broken up with another visit to Ouazarzate. You’ll then continue on through the High Atlas and arrive in Marrakech in time for dinner. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
10 Admire the magnificent minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and then take in the wonderful art and architecture in Ben Youssef Madrassa. Relax in a hammam and escape the bustle in the Majorelle Gardens. Djemaa El-Fna square is the place to be at sunset. The Maison de la Photographie has amazing views from its rooftop caf茅.
11 馃殞Marrakech to Essaouira bus (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Villa Quieta (Book >) All hotels >
Essaouira is a relaxed seaside city which has impressive ramparts along which you can walk. The strong winds here mean that you can often see kitesurfers and windsurfers. The Medina is free from most traffic but watch out for mopeds.
12 鉁圗ssaouira to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Essaouira, Moroccos
1 鉁圱o Casablanca (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Central (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll get to your hostel late in the evening, time to relax after your journey. You can connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary by taking the ferry to Tangiers then train to Casablanca. Many countries have visa-free access to Morocco.
2 Begin with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world. Stroll along La Corniche then try not to get lost in the Old Medina. Close to the New Medina is the grand King’s Palace (which you can only admire from the outside!) Dress conservatively, especially if you’re a woman and especially when visiting religious buildings.
3 馃殞Casablanca to Rabat bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:15 馃彣Kayezer聽 (Book >) All hostels >
In Rabat the must-see sights include the medieval city-within-a-city Chellah, the incomplete but intricately beautiful Hassan Tower, the verdant Andalusian gardens, the Old Medina and the amazing views from Kasbah des Oudaias. Haggling is expected. If you’re willing to dedicate time, you may be able to get up to 50% off asking price but try to go in with a price in mind.
4 馃殑Rabat to Meknes train (Book >) Dep: 11:37 Arr: 13:50 馃彣Dar Meknes Tresor (Book >) All hostels >
Take a couple more hours in Rabat to see anything you couldn’t get to yesterday, then take the train to the old imperial city of Meknes. Wander around Heri es-Souani and the Borj Belkari Tower, taking in the city walls and monumental gates of the old city. Many shops in the souks and medinas will only accept cash.
5 馃殑Meknes to Fes train (Book >) Dep: 09:54 Arr: 10:35 馃彣Hostel Dar Jannat (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the library in Fes’s Al Quaraouiyine which, having been built in 859 AD, was considered the oldest university in the world before its conversion to a mosque. Pick up some spices in Al-Attarine Madrasa then head up to the Merenid Tombs for sunset. Take something to cover your nose at the tannery – it’s a very smelly place.
6 馃殞Fes to Marrakech bus (Book >) Dep: 22:45 馃彣On bus
Take a look at the oldest tannery in the world at Chouara. Founded in AD 1351-56, the Medersa Bou Inania is an architectural work of art. Take earplugs and eye shades for the overnight bus.
7 馃殞Fes to Marrakech bus Arr: 06:00 馃彣Riad Bianca (Book >) All hostels >
The souks adjacent to Djemaa El-Fna square are an excellent place to get lost and pick up some souvenirs. Take a couple of hours to relax in a hammam. It can get cold here at night, particularly in winter – remember to pack layers.
8 馃殞Marrakech to Zagora bus
馃惈Zagora to desert (Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr: Late afternoon 馃彣Desert camp (Book >) All hostels >
Your private tour will go via Ouarzazate – a spectacular desert town which has featured in many movies and is best explored on foot. The tour then goes to Zagora where you’ll ride a camel to your desert camp. Taourirt Kasbah is best viewed from the outside – no need to pay the entry fee.
9 馃惈Desert to Zagora
馃殞Zagora to Marrakech bus (Book >)
Dep: Sunrise Arr: Late afternoon 馃彣Riad Bianca (Book >) All hotels >
The return to Marrakech will be broken up with another visit to Ouazarzate. You’ll then continue on through the High Atlas and arrive in Marrakech in time for dinner. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
10 Admire the magnificent minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and then take in the wonderful art and architecture in Ben Youssef Madrassa. Relax in a hammam and escape the bustle in the Majorelle Gardens. Djemaa El-Fna square is the place to be at sunset. The Maison de la Photographie has amazing views from its rooftop caf茅.
11 馃殞Marrakech to Essaouira bus (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Riad Sidi Magdoul聽 (Book >) All hostels >
Essaouira is a relaxed seaside city which has impressive ramparts along which you can walk. The strong winds here mean that you can often see kitesurfers and windsurfers. The Medina is free from most traffic but watch out for mopeds.
12 鉁圗ssaouira to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary
Lima Bus line 2 runs to the airport every 2 hours. You may find it cheaper to return to Marrakech for the flight home.