🇨🇱 SOUTHERN CHILE

W Trek, Chile - Southern Shile itineraryThis itinerary covers vast distances and takes in some of the most dramatic scenery Nature has to offer. Pack your hiking boots for world-class trekking. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Southern Chile itinerary:

Luxury Torres Del Paine, Chile
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >)
To Puerto Natales (Book >)
Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Simple Patagonia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag and enjoying the colourful buildings and Mueso Histórico Municipal.
3-6 🚌Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Refugios (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on the stupendous W trek, staying in remote refugios along the way This website is an excellent resource for planning your trek – don’t forget to pack a filter water bottle.
7 🚌Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales bus (Book >) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 21:15 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Return to Puerto Natales to check in to your ferry. Your ferry ticket allows you to stay on board the night before departure.
8-11 ⛴Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt ferry (Book >) Dep: 06:00 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Four days of sailing through the dramatic Chilean fjords. The naturalist on board will help you to spot marine birds, sea lions, dolphins and maybe even whales. This is just a ferry – do not expect anything in the way of luxurious cruise accommodation!
12 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt ferry
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Puerto Montt to Cochamo bus (Info >)
Dep: 11:30 Arr: 08:00
Arr: 14:00
🏨Refugio Cochamó (Book >)
Once the ferry has docked in Puerto Montt, leave your excess luggage with the ‘custodia’ at the bus station before heading to the Cochamo trailhead and the two-hour walk to La Junta (view my video here) Tickets for the Cochamo bus can be bought from ticket office 42 in Puerto Montt bus station
13 You’re here to hike so head out early and find yourself amongst magnificent mountain scenery on one of the spectacular trails from the hut The trails here aren’t well-marked – bring GPS (I recommend Viewranger)
14 🚌Cochamo to Puerto Varas bus (Info >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:00 🏨Hotel AWA (Book >) All hotels >
Puerto Varas is a beautiful town from which to explore the southern lakes. Enjoy the charming Germanic architecture as well as the Museo Antonio Felmer. 08:00 is the expected arrival time for your ferry, although it can be delayed by hours.
15 Take a trip to Playa Hermosa, Isla Loreley and Volcán Osorno Extend your trip with a multi-day hike in the nearby Cochamó valley.
16 🚕Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport
✈Puerto Montt to Santiago (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

🏨The Aubrey (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums, all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background. Extend this Southern Chile itinerary with a visit to Valparaiso. See our Northern Chile plan.
17 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Southern Argentina or Brazil itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Chilean Fjords
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >)
To Puerto Natales (Book >)
Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Weskar Patagonian Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag and enjoying the colourful buildings and Mueso Histórico Municipal.
3-6 🚌Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Refugios (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on the stupendous W trek, staying in remote refugios along the way This website is an excellent resource for planning your trek – don’t forget to pack a filter water bottle.
7 🚌Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales bus (Book >) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 21:15 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Return to Puerto Natales to check in to your ferry. Your ferry ticket allows you to stay on board the night before departure.
8-11 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt ferry (Book >) Dep: 06:00 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Four days of sailing through the dramatic Chilean fjords. The naturalist on board will help you to spot marine birds, sea lions, dolphins and maybe even whales. This is just a ferry – do not expect anything in the way of luxurious cruise accommodation!
12 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt ferry
🚌
Puerto Montt to Cochamo bus (Info >)
Dep: 11:30 Arr: 08:00
Arr: 14:00
🏨Refugio Cochamó (Book >)
Once the ferry has docked in Puerto Montt, leave your excess luggage with the ‘custodia’ at the bus station before heading to the Cochamo trailhead and the two-hour walk to La Junta (view my video here) Tickets for the Cochamo bus can be bought from ticket office 42 in Puerto Montt bus station
13 You’re here to hike so head out early and find yourself amongst magnificent mountain scenery on one of the spectacular trails from the hut The trails here aren’t well-marked – bring GPS (I recommend Viewranger)
14 🚌Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas bus (Book >) Dep: Every 10 mins Arr: 08:00

Arr: 20 mins later

🏨Hotel Cabaña del Lago (Book >) All hotels >
Puerto Varas is a beautiful town from which to explore the southern lakes. Enjoy the charming Germanic architecture as well as the Museo Antonio Felmer. 08:00 is the expected arrival time for your ferry, although it can be delayed by hours.
15 Take a trip to Playa Hermosa, Isla Loreley and Volcán Osorno Extend your trip with a multi-day hike in the nearby Cochamó valley.
16 🚌Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport bus
✈Puerto Montt to Santiago flight(Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

🏨Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums, all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background. Extend this Southern Chile itinerary with a visit to Valparaiso. See our Northern Chile plan.
17 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Southern Argentina or Brazil itinerary 
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Puerto Varas, Chile
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >)
To Puerto Natales (Book >)
Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨El Patagonico (Book >) All hostels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag and enjoying the colourful buildings and Mueso Histórico Municipal.
3-6 🚌Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Refugios (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on the stupendous W trek, camping beside remote refugios along the way This website is an excellent resource for planning your trek – don’t forget to pack a filter water bottle.
7 🚌Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales bus (Book >) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 21:15 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Return to Puerto Natales to check in to your ferry. Your ferry ticket allows you to stay on board the night before departure.
8-11 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt ferry (Book >) Dep: 06:00 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Four days of sailing through the dramatic Chilean fjords. The naturalist on board will help you to spot marine birds, sea lions, dolphins and maybe even whales. This is just a ferry – do not expect anything in the way of luxurious cruise accommodation!
12 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt ferry
🚌
Puerto Montt to Cochamo bus (Info >)
Dep: 11:30 Arr: 08:00
Arr: 14:00
🏨Refugio Cochamó (Book >)
Once the ferry has docked in Puerto Montt, leave your excess luggage with the ‘custodia’ at the bus station before heading to the Cochamo trailhead and the two-hour walk to La Junta (view my video here) Tickets for the Cochamo bus can be bought from ticket office 42 in Puerto Montt bus station
13 You’re here to hike so head out early and find yourself amongst magnificent mountain scenery on one of the spectacular trails from the hut The trails here aren’t well-marked – bring GPS (I recommend Viewranger)
14 🚌Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas bus (Book >) Dep: Every 10 mins Arr: 08:00

Arr: 20 mins later

🏨MaPatagonia Outdoor Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Puerto Varas is a beautiful town from which to explore the southern lakes. Enjoy the charming Germanic architecture on a self-guided walking tour, as well as the Museo Antonio Felmer. The Casa del Turista tourism office can help with any questions you may have
15 Take a trip to Playa Hermosa, Petrohue, Isla Loreley and Volcán Osorno The bus to Petrohue departs from Walker Martinez and San Bernardo
16 🚌Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport bus
✈Puerto Montt to Santiago flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

🏨Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the city’s many museums, all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background. Extend this Southern Chile itinerary with a visit to Valparaiso. See our Northern Chile plan.
17 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Southern Argentina or Brazil itinerary 
Book your transfer to the airport.

🇦🇷 NORTHERN ARGENTINA

Iguassu Falls, Argentina - northern Argentina itineraryTwo weeks of incredible sights, natural wonders, vineyards, beautiful cities, mountains, lakes and more. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Northern Argentina itinerary:

Luxury Buenos Aires, Argentina
1 ✈To Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Alvear Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool café in Palermo and enjoy a delicious medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 ✈Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Costa del Sol (Book >) All hotels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600,00 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails.

Watch my Iguassu Falls video >

You must get off the bus to get your Brazilian stamp and entry card. Buses are frequent and so you won’t wait long for the next.
6 ✈Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Cavas Wine Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Welcome to wine country! It’s easy to get about by bicycle, or maybe take a guided tour. Visit this site for some great vineyard visiting tips.
7-8 Another couple of days to indulge in some wine tasting (or relax in your hotels own vineyards). Tours to the mountains, including to Aconcagua, are also available. Mendoza is famous for its spas – perfect after all that cycling.
9 ✈Mendoza to Bariloche flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa(Book >) All hotels >
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the stunning scenery or indulging in one of the many chocolate shops. The hills here are very steep so bring good shoes.
10-11 Hike, bike, take to the lakes or add on a couple of days and do as much of the above as you have the energy for. Buy hiking maps at Cultura Book Shop or the cabin at the corner of Villegas & Moreno Streets.
12 ✈Bariloche to Buenos Aires flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Alvear Palace (Book >) All hotels >
More time to enjoy this superb city, the heart of which can all be explored on foot. If you want to extend your trip then the Perito Moreno glacier is a 12-hr bus journey from Bariloche.
13 Bring a filter water bottle so that you can drink tap water.
14 ✈Buenos Aires to home Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Northern Argentina itinerary with the Southern Argentina, Brazil, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Extend your trip with a visit to Peninsula Valdez.
Mid-range Near Bariloche, Argentina
1 ✈To Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Carles Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool café in Palermo and enjoy a delicious medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 ✈Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Grand Crucero (Book >) All hotels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails.

Watch my Iguassu Falls video >

You must get off the bus to get your Brazilian stamp and entry card. Buses are frequent and so you won’t wait long for the next.
6 ✈Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Cavas Wine Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Welcome to wine country! It’s easy to get about by bicycle. Visit this site for some great vineyard visiting tips.
7-8 Another couple of days to indulge in some wine tasting (or relax in your hotels own vineyards). Tours to the mountains, including to Aconcagua, are also available. Mendoza is famous for its spas – perfect after all that cycling.
9 ✈Mendoza to Bariloche flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Peninsula Petit Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the stunning scenery or indulging in one of the many chocolate shops. The hills here are very steep so bring good shoes.
10-11 Hike, bike, take to the lakes or add on a couple of days and do as much of the above as you have the energy for. Buy hiking maps at Cultura Book Shop or the cabin at the corner of Villegas & Moreno Streets.
12 ✈Bariloche to Buenos Aires flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Carles Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
More time to enjoy this superb city, the heart of which can all be explored on foot. If you want to extend your trip then the Perito Moreno glacier is a 12-hr bus journey from Bariloche.
13 Bring a filter water bottle so that you can drink tap water.
14 ✈Buenos Aires to home Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Northern Argentina itinerary with the Southern Argentina, Brazil, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Extend your trip with a visit to Peninsula Valdez.
Budget Whale
1 ✈To Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Viajero Buenos Aires (Book >) All hostels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool café in Palermo and enjoy a delicious medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 ✈Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hostel Bambu (Book >) All hostels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600,00 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails.

Watch my Iguassu Falls video >

You must get off the bus to get your Brazilian stamp and entry card. Buses are frequent and so you won’t wait long for the next.
6 ✈Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Lagares Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Welcome to wine country! It’s easy to get about by bicycle. Visit this site for some great vineyard visiting tips.
7-8 Another couple of days to indulge in some wine tasting. Ask your hostel about tours to the mountains. Mendoza is famous for its spas – perfect after all that cycling.
9 ✈Mendoza to Bariloche flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hospedaje Penthouse 1004 (Book >) All hostels >
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the stunning scenery or indulging in one of the many chocolate shops. The hills here are very steep so bring good shoes.
10-11 Hike, bike, take to the lakes or add on a couple of days and do as much of the above as you have the energy for. Buy hiking maps at Cultura Book Shop or the cabin at the corner of Villegas & Moreno Streets.
12 ✈Bariloche to Buenos Aires flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Viajero Buenos Aires (Book >) All hostels >
More time to enjoy this superb city, the heart of which can all be explored on foot. If you want to extend your trip then the Perito Moreno glacier is a 12-hr bus journey from Bariloche.
13 Extend your trip with a visit to Peninsula Valdez.
14 ✈Buenos Aires to home Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Northern Argentina itinerary with the Southern Argentina, Brazil, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Bus line 394 goes from the city centre to the airport.

🇧🇷 BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Brazil itineraryThe best bits of Brazil with every detail you need. There’s jungle, lively cities, beautiful beaches and the spectacular Iguassu Falls. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Brazil itinerary:

Luxury Amazon, Brazil
1 ✈To Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Aram Yami Hotel  (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Praça and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 ✈Salvador to Manaus flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Villa Amazônia (Book >) All hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. If you can extend this Brazil itinerary then visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (fly to Florianopolis). Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 ⛴️Manaus to Amazon ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 🏨Jungle lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 ⛴️Amazon to Manaus ferry Arr: 17:00 🏨Villa Amazônia (Book >) All hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Remember to pack a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Manaus to Rio flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Belmond Copacabana Palace  (Book >) All hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in nearby neighbourhoods and, of course, experience the beach in front of your hotel. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 🚌Rio to Angra dos Reis bus
⛴️Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande ferry (Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

🏨Sagu Mini Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Vila do Abraão beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 ⛴️Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis ferry
🚌Angra dos Reis to Paraty bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Casa Turqesa (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 🚌Paraty to Sao Paulo bus (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 🏨Hotel Fasano (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 ✈Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 ✈Foz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Brazil itinerary with the Argentina, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Ilha Grande, Brazil
1 ✈To Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Mar Brasil Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Praça and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 ✈Salvador to Manaus flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Hotel Intercity (Book >) All hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. If you can extend this Brazil itinerary then visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (fly to Florianopolis). Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 ⛴️Manaus to Amazon ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 🏨Jungle lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 ⛴️Amazon to Manaus ferry Arr: 17:00 🏨Hotel Intercity (Book >) All hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Remember to pack a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Manaus to Rio flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Ipanema Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in your neighbourhood and, of course, hit the beaches. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 🚌Rio to Angra dos Reis bus
⛴️Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande ferry (Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

🏨Pousada Portal do Sol
(Book >)
All hotels >
Vila do Abraão beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 ⛴️Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis ferry
🚌Angra dos Reis to Paraty bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Pousada do Ouro (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 🚌Paraty to Sao Paulo bus (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 🏨Royal Jardins (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 ✈Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Che Lagarto Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 ✈Foz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Brazil itinerary with the Argentina, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Paraty, Brazil
1 ✈To Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Hostel Solar dos Romanos (Book >) All hostels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Praça and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 ✈Salvador to Manaus flight  (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Local Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. If you can extend this Brazil itinerary then visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (fly to Florianopolis). Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 ⛴️Manaus to Amazon ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 🏨Jungle lodge (Book >)
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 ⛴️Amazon to Manaus ferry Arr: 17:00 🏨Local Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Remember to pack a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Manaus to Rio flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Aquarela do Leme (Book >) All hostels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in your neighbourhood and, of course, hit the beaches. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 🚌Rio to Angra dos Reis bus
⛴️Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande ferry (Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

🏨Hostel Papagaio (Book >) All hostels >
Vila do Abraão beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 ⛴️Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis ferry
🚌Angra dos Reis to Paraty bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Leo´s Clan Beach Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 🚌Paraty to Sao Paulo bus (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 🏨Lobo Urban Stay (Book >) All hostels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 ✈Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Cassino Foz do Iguaçu (Book >) All hostels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. Take bus 120 into the city.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 ✈Foz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Brazil itinerary with the Argentina, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Bus to the airport takes about 30 mins.

🇪🇹 ETHIOPIA

Simien Mountains, EthiopiaA journey packed with incredible sights. A real adventure which will be hugely rewarding. Because of the limited choice of accommodation there is only one version of this itinerary.

Here’s your Ethiopia itinerary:

1 ✈To Addis Ababa (Book >)
✈Addis to Lalibela flight (Book >)
Dep: 20:15 🏨 In flight!
2 Dep: 08:10 Arr: 06:50
Arr: 09:10
🏨Harbe Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Flights to Lalibela depart on Monday and Friday only, plan your Ethiopia itinerary accordingly.
3 Your hotel is close to all the sights, including the 11 rock-hewn churches in town. Any additional time should be spent visiting Yemrehanna Kristos and/or one of the nearby monasteries. Save yourself hassle by arranging a tour ahead of your visit. At an altitude of 2,600m be prepared for cold and breathlessness, and bring a good water bottle.
4 ✈Lalibela to Axum flight (Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 11:25 🏨Sabean International Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the Ruins of Aksum and the Northern Stelae Field. Guides can be arranged at the tourist info.
5 🚌Axum to Shire bus Dep: Any time before 6pm Arr: Any time 🏨Gebar Shire Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s not much to see in Shire so spend more time soaking up Axum’s sights. Minibuses depart for Shire through the day until 6pm.
6 🚌Shire to Debark bus Dep: 05:30-06:00 Arr: c.10hrs later 🏨Limalimo Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
After a long journey enjoy the luxuries of the lodge and the incredible view. This is a rough road, take travel sickness pills if you need!
7 Every visitor to the Simien Mountains park has to pay for a park scout, make the most of them and embark on a full-day hike. Extend your trip a few days by embarking on a 4-5 day hike.
8 🚌Debark to Gondar bus Dep: Any time Arr: Any time 🏨Mayleko Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Fit another trek in before journeying to Gondar Limalimo Lodge can arange a shuttle to Gondar.
9 Spend the day exploring the Royal Enclosure (Fasil Ghebbi). Don’t-miss sights include Fasiladas’ Palace, Palace of Iyasu I and Debre Berhan Selassie Church. When ordering wat (curry) be sure to ask for the more tasty kai wat – alicha wat can be very bland!
10 🚌Gondar to Bahar Dar bus Dep: Every hr on the hr in the AM Arr: 3-4hrs later 🏨Delano Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Take a relaxing cruise on the lake to one of the island monasteries. Boats on Lake Tana have fixed rates – be wary of hustlers.
11 ✈Bahar Dar to Addis Ababa flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Caravan Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Before leaving Bahar Dar visit the nearby Blue Nile Falls and enjoy a self-guided walk, starting at the Portuguese Bridge (you’ll need to pay a boatman to cross back over the river). You can pay a guide for the falls walk, but the route is fairly easy to follow by yourself.
12 ✈Addis Ababa to home Dep: 14:25 Arr: 16:20 Connect this Ethiopia itinerary with the Kenya or Tanzania itinerary
Visit the Lucy replica in the National Museum and the excellent Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

🇸🇮🇭🇷 SLOVENIA & CROATIA

Ljubljana, Slovenia - Slovenia & Croatia itineraryAction-packed Slovenia & Croatia itinerary that takes in mountains, lakes, cities, national parks and stunning Croatian beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Slovenia and Croatia itinerary:

Luxury Lake Bled, Slovenia
1 ✈To Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 🏨Hotel Cubo (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Book your transfer to the hotel.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 🚌Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz bus (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 🏨Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 🚌Ribčev Laz to Bled bus (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 🏨Vila Bled(Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 🚌Bled to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
🚌Ljubljana to Postojna bus
(Book >)
🚌Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

🏨Hotel Cubo (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 🚌Ljubljana to Poreč bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Poreč and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 🚌Poreč to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
🚌Karlovac to Plitviče bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

🏨Hotel Degenija (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 🚌Plitviče to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 🏨Esplanade Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 ✈Zagreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Porec, Croatia
1 ✈To Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 🏨Central Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 🚌Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz bus (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 🏨Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 🚌Ribčev Laz to Bled bus (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 🏨Hotel Astoria (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 🚌Bled to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
🚌Ljubljana to Postojna bus
(Book >)
🚌Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

🏨Central Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 🚌Ljubljana to Poreč bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Poreč and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 🚌Poreč to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
🚌Karlovac to Plitviče bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

🏨Villa Katja (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 🚌Plitviče to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 🏨Best Western Astoria (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 ✈Zagreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.
Budget Plitvice, Croatia
1 ✈To Ljubljana (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 🏨Turn Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 🚌Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz bus (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 🏨Vogar Hut (Book >) All hostels >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 🚌Ribčev Laz to Bled bus (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 🏨Castle Hostel 1004 (Book >) All hostels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 🚌Bled to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
🚌Ljubljana to Postojna bus
(Book >)
🚌Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

🏨Turn Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 🚌Ljubljana to Poreč bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Soba Luca (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Poreč and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 🚌Poreč to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
🚌Karlovac to Plitviče bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

🏨Guesthouse Kovačević  (Book >) All hostels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 🚌Plitviče to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 🏨Main Square Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 ✈Zagreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.

🇵🇱🇸🇰 POLAND & SLOVAKIA

Morskie Oko, Poland - Poland & Slovakia itineraryIf you like hiking then you’re going to love this Poland & Slovakia itinerary, which is bookended with visits to the beautiful cities of Krakow and Bratislava. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Poland & Slovakia itinerary:

Luxury Krakow, Poland
1 ✈To Krakow(Book >) Dep: 08:40 Arr: 12:05 🏨Queen Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Old Town and massive Market Square, don’t miss the Church of the Virgin Mary and Wawel Cathedral. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Two choices today: experience the fascinating salt mines or visit Auschwitz. Back in Krakow get to know the lively streets of the Jewish District (Kazimierz). A trumpeter plays every hour on the hour from the highest tower of the Church of the Virgin Mary.
3 🚌Krakow to Zakopane bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:15 🏨Aries Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Krakow’s Royal Castle. In Zakopane soak up the buzz along Krupowki Street and the more sedate Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. The small patterned blocks of smoked sheeps cheese (oscypek) on sale at stalls in Zakopane are perfect for taking on a hike.
4 🚌Zakopane to Morskie Oko bus (Times >) Dep from: 07:40 🏨Morskie Oko Hut (Book >)
Take the bus to Łysa Polana and hike the 10km (uphill!) to Morskie Oko where you can leave your bags at the hut and explore the lakes. This map gives you an idea of walk times and effort, but buy a 1:150000 map too.
5 🚶Morskie Oko to Murowaniec hike Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hala Gąsiennicowa Hut (Book >)
A stupendous hike in the mountains today, through forests, over streams and with magnificent views throughout Accommodation in mountain huts isn’t luxurious but is popular – book ahead early.
6 🚶Murowaniec to Zakopane hike
🚌Zakopane ul. Balzera Nosal to Tatranská Lomnica bus (Times >)
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Stary Smokovec train
🚄Stary Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:12
Dep: 16:34
Dep: 17:01
Arr: 16:27
Arr: 16:48
Arr: 17:42
🏨Kempinski Grand Tatras (Book >) All hotels >
Start the day with a lovely hike back to Zakopane. Enjoy a well-earned spa in your hotel. One of the best hotel spas I’ve seen so spend plenty of time here!
7 Easy walk along a wide track to Popradske Pleso lake. You can get lunch at the hotel beside the lake.
8 🚶Štrbské Pleso to Zamkovského chata hike Hike takes about 7hrs 🏨Zamkovského chata (Book >)
Long day hike. Take the train to Vyšné Hágy and walk up to Sliezsky dom where you can pick up the trail to Zamkovského chata. Mountain huts offer good value, plentiful meals saving you the effort of carrying too much food.
9 🚶Zamkovského chata to Tatranská Lomnica hike
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Spišské Tomášovce train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:35 Arr: 15:54 🏨Kempinski Grand Tatras (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll end this morning’s walk at Stanica lanovky Štart cable car station from where you can get a ride up to Lomnický štít.
10 Embark on an adventure along the gorges, up the ladders and through the woods and meadows of Slovak Paradise National Park. It’s a 40 min drive to the national park.
11 🚄Spišské Tomášovce to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Bratislava train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 11:33
Arr: 11:26
Arr: 16:07
🏨Grand River Park (Book >) All hotels >
 Acquaint yourself with the winding streets of the Old Town where you’ll find former palaces and photogenic architecture. Book ahead to see the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Theatre.
12 Take part in a free walking tour which will take in the Blue Church, St Michael’s Tower, Hlavne Namestie, the old town hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Although free walking tours are free, don’t forget to tip at the end if you enjoyed your experience.
13 ✈Bratislava to Home (Book >) Dep: 21:10 Arr: 22:25 Connect this Poland and Slovakia itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Visit Bratislava castle for top views and pretty gardens. If time, take the bus to Hrad castle. Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Slovak Paradise National Park
1 ✈To Krakow(Book >) Dep: 08:40 Arr: 12:05 🏨Hotel Amadeus (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Old Town and massive Market Square, don’t miss the Church of the Virgin Mary and Wawel Cathedral. Trains depart every 30 mins from the airport, arriving at the city train station 20 mins later.
2 Two choices today: experience the fascinating salt mines or visit Auschwitz. Back in Krakow get to know the lively streets of the Jewish District (Kazimierz). A trumpeter plays every hour on the hour from the highest tower of the Church of the Virgin Mary.
3 🚌Krakow to Zakopane bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:15 🏨Aparthotel Bellamonte (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Krakow’s Royal Castle. In Zakopane soak up the buzz along Krupowki Street and the more sedate Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. The small patterned blocks of smoked sheeps cheese (oscypek) on sale at stalls in Zakopane are perfect for taking on a hike.
4 🚌Zakopane to Morskie Oko bus (Times >) Dep from: 07:40 🏨Morskie Oko Hut (Book >)
Take the bus to Łysa Polana and hike the 10km (uphill!) to Morskie Oko where you can leave your bags at the hut and explore the lakes. This map gives you an idea of walk times and effort, but buy a 1:150000 map too.
5 🚶Morskie Oko to Murowaniec hike Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hala Gąsiennicowa Hut (Book >)
A stupendous hike in the mountains today, through forests, over streams and with magnificent views throughout. Accommodation in mountain huts isn’t luxurious but is popular – book ahead early.
6 🚶Murowaniec to Zakopane hike
🚌Zakopane ul. Balzera Nosal to Tatranská Lomnica bus (Times >)
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Stary Smokovec train
🚄Stary Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:12
Dep: 16:34
Dep: 17:01
Arr: 16:27
Arr: 16:48
Arr: 17:42
🏨Hotel Solisko (Book >) All hotels >
Start the day with a lovely hike back to Zakopane. Enjoy a well-earned spa in your hotel. The hotel is a short walk from the train station.
7 🚶Štrbské Pleso to Popradske Pleso hike Hike takes about 1hr 30 🏨Hotel Horsky (Book >)
Easy walk along a wide track to this basic but well-located lakeside hotel. Shop for food and drink for the hike in Strbske Pleso.
8 🚶Popradske Pleso to Zamkovského chata hike Hike takes about 7hrs 🏨Zamkovského chata (Book >)
Long hike. The direct route is fairly precipitous and so you may wish to take the train to Vyšné Hágy and walk up to Sliezsky dom where you can pick up the trail again to Zamkovského chata. Mountain huts offer good value, plentiful meals saving you the effort of carrying too much food.
9 🚶Zamkovského chata to Tatranská Lomnica hike
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Spišské Tomášovce train (Book >)
Dep: 15:35 Arr:
15:54
🏨Soludus-Spišský ľudový dom (Book >)
You’ll end this morning’s walk at Stanica lanovky Štart cable car station from where you can get a ride up to Lomnický štít. It’s a 30 min walk along quiet roads to Čingov.
10 Embark on an adventure along the gorges, up the ladders and through the woods and meadows of Slovak Paradise National Park. Get a map of the park from the Ĉingov tourist office before you depart.
11 🚄Spišské Tomášovce to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Bratislava train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 11:33
Arr: 11:26
Arr: 16:07
🏨Marrol’s Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Acquaint yourself with the winding streets of the Old Town where you’ll find former palaces and photogenic architecture. Before leaving on this Poland & Slovakia itinerary book ahead to see the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Theatre.
12 Take part in a free walking tour which will take in the Blue Church, St Michael’s Tower, Hlavne Namestie, the old town hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Although free walking tours are free, don’t forget to tip at the end if you enjoyed your experience.
13 ✈Bratislava to Home (Book >) Dep: 21:10 Arr: 22:25 Connect this Poland and Slovakia itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Visit Bratislava castle for top views and pretty gardens. If time, take the bus to Hrad castle.
Budget Bratislava, Slovakia
1 ✈To Krakow (Book >) Dep: 08:40 Arr: 12:05 🏨Secret Garden Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Explore the Old Town and massive Market Square, don’t miss the Church of the Virgin Mary and Wawel Cathedral. Trains depart every 30 mins from the airport, arriving at the city train station 20 mins later.
2 Two choices today: experience the fascinating salt mines or visit Auschwitz. Back in Krakow get to know the lively streets of the Jewish District (Kazimierz). A trumpeter plays every hour on the hour from the highest tower of the Church of the Virgin Mary.
3 🚌Krakow to Zakopane bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:15 🏨Good Bye Lenin Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Spend a couple of hours in Krakow’s Royal Castle. In Zakopane soak up the buzz along Krupowki Street and the more sedate Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. The small patterned blocks of smoked sheeps cheese (oscypek) on sale at stalls in Zakopane are perfect for taking on a hike.
4 🚌Zakopane to Morskie Oko bus (Times >) Dep from: 07:40 🏨Morskie Oko Hut (Book >)
Take the bus to Łysa Polana and hike the 10km (uphill!) to Morskie Oko where you can leave your bags at the hut and explore the lakes. This map gives you an idea of walk times and effort, but buy a 1:150000 map too.
5 🚶Morskie Oko to Murowaniec hike Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hala Gąsiennicowa Hut (Book >)
A stupendous hike in the mountains today, through forests, over streams and with magnificent views throughout Accommodation in mountain huts isn’t luxurious but is popular – book ahead early.
6 🚶Murowaniec to Zakopane hike
🚌Zakopane ul. Balzera Nosal to Tatranská Lomnica bus (Times >)
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Stary Smokovec train
🚄Stary Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:12
Dep: 16:34
Dep: 17:01
Arr: 16:27
Arr: 16:48
Arr: 17:42
🏨Štrbské Pleso rental (Book >) All properties >
Start the day with a lovely hike back to Zakopane. Enjoy a well-earned spa in your hotel. The hotel is a short walk from the train station.
7 🚶Štrbské Pleso to Popradske Pleso hike Hike takes about 1hr 30 🏨Hotel Horsky (Book >)
Easy walk along a wide track to this basic but well-located lakeside hotel. Shop for food and drink for the hike in Strbske Pleso.
8 🚶Popradske Pleso to Zamkovského chata hike Hike takes about 7hrs 🏨Zamkovského chata (Book >)
Long hike. The direct route is fairly precipitous and so you may wish to take the train to Vyšné Hágy and walk up to Sliezsky dom where you can pick up the trail again to Zamkovského chata. Mountain huts offer good value, plentiful meals saving you the effort of carrying too much food.
9 🚶Zamkovského chata to Tatranská Lomnica hike
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Spišské Tomášovce train (Book>)
Dep: 15:35 Arr:
15:54
🏨Soludus-Spišský ľudový dom (Book >)
You’ll end this morning’s walk at Stanica lanovky Štart cable car station from where you can get a ride up to Lomnický štít. It’s a 30 min walk along quiet roads to Čingov.
10 Embark on an adventure along the gorges, up the ladders and through the woods and meadows of Slovak Paradise National Park. Get a map of the park from the Ĉingov tourist office before you depart.
11 🚄Spišské Tomášovce to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Bratislava train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 11:33
Arr: 11:26
Arr: 16:07
🏨CHORS Like a hotel (Book >) All hostels >
Acquaint yourself with the winding streets of the Old Town where you’ll find former palaces and photogenic architecture. Book ahead to see the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Theatre.
12 Take part in a free walking tour which will take in the Blue Church, St Michael’s Tower, Hlavne Namestie, the old town hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Although free walking tours are free, don’t forget to tip at the end if you enjoyed your experience.
13 ✈Bratislava to Home (Book >) Dep: 21:10 Arr: 22:25 Connect this Poland and Slovakia itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Visit Bratislava castle for top views and pretty gardens. If time, take the bus to Hrad castle.

🇭🇷🇲🇪 CROATIA & MONTENEGRO

Kotor, Montenegro - Croatia & Montenegro itineraryA packed 15 days of ancient cities, mountainous national parks, sunny islands and stunning, secluded beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Croatia & Montenegro itinerary:

Luxury Durmitor, Montenegro
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Hilton Imperial  (Book >) All hotels >
Private transfers from the airport take 35 mins .
2 Lose yourself in the Old Town streets then take a 2km walk along the city walls. Walk or take a cable car up the hill overlooking the city The tourist crowds tend to dissipate in the early evening.
3 🚌Dubrovnik to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Hotel Vardar (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the winding streets but save energy for walking the incredible ramparts to the Castle Of San Giovanni. Take plenty to drink with you on your climb to the castle, although there are a few people selling drinks from coolers.
4 🚌Kotor to Žabljak bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 13:30 🏨Hotel Soa (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to and around the beautiful Crno Jezero. Entry to Durmitor National Park is €3.
5 Full day for hiking in Durmitor National Park. This is a good map for working out which route to take.
6 🚌Žabljak to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 17:55 Arr: 21:45 🏨Hotel Vardar (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your guide.
7 Relax in the ancient streets of Kotor, take a boat trip out to Our Lady of the Rock island. See the streets in early morning or evening to avoid cruise crowds.
8 🚌Kotor to Dubrovnik bus (Book >) Dep: 10:10 Arr: 12:30 🏨Hilton Imperial (Book >) All hotels >
War Photo Limited has an excellent collection of images from the War of Independence. Find peace in the Franciscan Monastery. Arrive at Buza Bar early to get a prime seat for sunset.
9 🚌Dubrovnik to Mostar bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:40 🏨Villa Anri (Book >) All hotels >
Stari Most is the main attraction of Mostar, but the old city and Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are worth spending time in too. Pay a (pro!) bridge diver to plunge into the Neretva River.
10 🚌Mostar to Split bus (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 17:00 🏨Piazza Heritage Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In Mostar seek out Neretva Hotel and reflect on the ravages of war. Spend this evening and tomorrow morning exporing Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Luka Ice Cream & Cakes in Split offers the most delicious ice cream you’re ever likely to taste (probably the highlight of this Croatia & Montenegro itinerary).
11 ⛴️Split to Hvar ferry (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hotel Amfora (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll be based on the main island of Hvar where you have the benefit of enjoying the old town, being in walking distance of lovely beaches and short boats rides to exquisite islands. Hvar town comes alive at night when it’s much cooler.
12-14 Small boats for nearby islands leave from the harbour.
15 ⛴️Hvar to Split ferry (Book >)
✈Split to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:05
Arr: Evening
Connect this Croatia and Montenegro itinerary with the Slovenia and Croatia itinerary
Time for one more ice cream at Luka’s?
Mid-range Dubrovnik, Croatia
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Apartments Martecchini (Book >) All hotels >
Private transfers from the airport take 35 mins .
2 Lose yourself in the Old Town streets then take a 2km walk along the city walls. Walk or take a cable car up the hill overlooking the city The tourist crowds tend to dissipate in the early evening.
3 🚌Dubrovnik to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Hotel Cattaro (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the winding streets but save energy for walking the incredible ramparts to the Castle Of San Giovanni. Take plenty to drink with you on your climb to the castle, although there are a few people selling drinks from coolers.
4 🚌Kotor to Žabljak bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 13:30 🏨Hotel Soa (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to and around the beautiful Crno Jezero. Entry to Durmitor National Park is €3.
5 Full day for hiking in Durmitor National Park. This is a good map for working out which route to take.
6 🚌Žabljak to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 17:55 Arr: 21:45 🏨Hotel Cattaro (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your guide.
7 Relax in the ancient streets of Kotor, take a boat trip out to Our Lady of the Rock island. See the streets in early morning or evening to avoid cruise crowds.
8 🚌Kotor to Dubrovnik bus (Book >) Dep: 10:10 Arr: 12:30 🏨Apartments Martecchini (Book >) All hotels >
War Photo Limited has an excellent collection of images from the War of Independence. Find peace in the Franciscan Monastery. Arrive at Buza Bar early to get a prime seat for sunset.
9 🚌Dubrovnik to Mostar bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:40 🏨Pension Cardak (Book >) All hotels >
Stari Most is the main attraction of Mostar, but the old city and Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are worth spending time in too. Pay a (pro!) bridge diver to plunge into the Neretva River.
10 🚌Mostar to Split bus (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 17:00 🏨Hotel Vestibul Palace (Book >) All hotels >
In Mostar seek out Neretva Hotel and reflect on the ravages of war. Spend this evening and tomorrow morning exporing Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Luka Ice Cream & Cakes in Split offers the most delicious ice cream you’re ever likely to taste (probably the highlight of this Croatia & Montenegro itinerary).
11 ⛴️Split to Hvar ferry (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hotel Amfora (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll be based on the main island of Hvar where you have the benefit of enjoying the old town, being in walking distance of lovely beaches and short boats rides to exquisite islands. Hvar town comes alive at night when it’s much cooler.
12-14 Small boats for nearby islands leave from the harbour.
15 ⛴️Hvar to Split ferry (Book >)
✈Split to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:05
Arr: Evening
Connect this Croatia and Montenegro itinerary with the Slovenia and Croatia itinerary
Time for one more ice cream at Luka’s?
Budget Hvar, Croatia
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Dubrovnik Old Town Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Private transfers from the airport take 35 mins.
2 Lose yourself in the Old Town streets then take a 2km walk along the city walls. Walk or take a cable car up the hill overlooking the city The tourist crowds tend to dissipate in the early evening.
3 🚌Dubrovnik to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Pupa Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Explore the winding streets but save energy for walking the incredible ramparts to the Castle Of San Giovanni. Take plenty to drink with you on your climb to the castle, although there are a few people selling drinks from coolers.
4 🚌Kotor to Žabljak bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 13:30 🏨Hostel Hikers Den (Book >) All hostels >
Walk to and around the beautiful Crno Jezero. Entry to Durmitor National Park is €3.
5 Full day for hiking in Durmitor National Park. This is a good map for working out which route to take.
6 🚌Žabljak to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 17:55 Arr: 21:45 🏨Pupa Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your rafting guide.
7 Relax in the ancient streets of Kotor, take a boat trip out to Our Lady of the Rock island. See the streets in early morning or evening to avoid cruise crowds.
8 🚌Kotor to Dubrovnik bus (Book >) Dep: 10:10 Arr: 12:30 🏨Dubrovnik Old Town Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
War Photo Limited has an excellent collection of images from the War of Independence. Find peace in the Franciscan Monastery. Arrive at Buza Bar early to get a prime seat for sunset.
9 🚌Dubrovnik to Mostar bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:40 🏨Hostel Balkaneros (Book >) All hostels >
Stari Most is the main attraction of Mostar, but the old city and Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are worth spending time in too. Pay a (pro!) bridge diver to plunge into the Neretva River.
10 🚌Mostar to Split bus (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 17:00 🏨Exclusive Centre (Book >) All hostels >
In Mostar seek out Neretva Hotel and reflect on the ravages of war. Spend this evening and tomorrow morning exporing Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Luka Ice Cream & Cakes in Split offers the most delicious ice cream you’re ever likely to taste.
11 ⛴️Split to Hvar ferry (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Dink’s Place (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll be based on the main island of Hvar where you have the benefit of enjoying the old town, being in walking distance of lovely beaches and short boats rides to exquisite islands. Hvar town comes alive at night when it’s much cooler.
12-14 Small boats for nearby islands leave from the harbour.
15 ⛴️Hvar to Split ferry (Book >)
✈Split to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:05
Arr: Evening
Connect this Croatia and Montenegro itinerary with the Slovenia and Croatia itinerary
Time for one more ice cream at Luka’s?

🇦🇹🇩🇪 AUSTRIA & MUNICH

Tyrol - Austria & Munich itineraryIdyllic Tyrolean scenery and picture-perfect cities, all packed into 9 days. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Austria and Munich itinerary:

Luxury Austria mountains
1 ✈To Innsbruck
(Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Best Western Plus Hotel Goldener Adler (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to the Aldstadt and admire the sparkling Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) before visiting the Hofkirche then Dom zu St. Jakob. Look out for the information boards dotted around the Old Town, which provide useful snippets of history.
2 Take bus J or tram 6 to Igls then either hike (it’ll take a few hours) or cable car up to Patscherkofel where a number of easy trails await (our favourite is the Zirbenweg Trail). There is a good value restaurant at Patscherkofel – no need to carry up your own food.
3-5 🚄Innsbruck Hbf to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄Jenbach to Mayrhofen train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:14

Dep: 09:34

Arr: 09:29

Arr: 10:27

🏨Elisabeth Hotel Premium Private Retreat (Book >) All hotels >
Two and a half days to hike the many spectacular trails around Mayrhofen. Favourites include the trail up to Rastkogel from the Penkenbahn and the unmissable trek up to Berliner Hut (and beyond). Buses run from Mayrhofen to Ginzling from 06:40 Mon-Sat. From Ginzling you can start your hike to Berliner Hut.
6 🚄Mayrhofen to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄 Jenbach to Salzburg train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 09:31

Arr: 09:06

Arr: 11:00

🏨Hotel Sacher (Book >) All hotels >
Get to know the Baroque streets of Salzburg. Ask your concierge to book tickets tonight or tomorrow night for the Schlosskonzerte Mirabell.
7 🚌Salzburg to Munich bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:30 Arr: 19:45 🏨The Charles Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress and the DomQuartier in Salzburg. If you have time, extend your trip with a visit to Vienna.
8 Look out for the guides wearing white and blue in Marienplatz and join them for a free walking tour of the city. Climb St Peter’s Bell Tower for excellent views. Many of Munich’s museums are free (or heavily discounted) to visit on Sundays.
9 ✈Munich to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Austria and Munich itinerary with the France, Italy, Poland & Slovakia, Switzerland or Germany itinerary >
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Austria cows
1 ✈To Innsbruck
(Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Best Western Plus Hotel Goldener Adler (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to the Aldstadt and admire the sparkling Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) before visiting the Hofkirche then Dom zu St. Jakob. Look out for the information boards dotted around the Old Town, which provide useful snippets of history.
2 Take bus J or tram 6 to Igls then either hike (it’ll take a few hours) or cable car up to Patscherkofel where a number of easy trails await (our favourite is the Zirbenweg Trail). There is a good value restaurant at Patscherkofel – no need to carry up your own food.
3-5 🚄Innsbruck Hbf to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄Jenbach to Mayrhofen train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:14

Dep: 09:34

Arr: 09:29

Arr: 10:27

🏨Elisabeth Hotel Premium Private Retreat (Book >) All hotels >
Two and a half days to hike the many spectacular trails around Mayrhofen. Favourites include the trail up to Rastkogel from the Penkenbahn and the unmissable trek up to Berliner Hut (and beyond). Buses run from Mayrhofen to Ginzling from 06:40 Mon-Sat. From Ginzling you can start your hike to Berliner Hut.
6 🚄Mayrhofen to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄 Jenbach to Salzburg train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 09:31

Arr: 09:06

Arr: 11:00

🏨Villa Carlton (Book >) All hotels >
Get to know the Baroque streets of Salzburg. One of the best views of the city is from Kapuzinerberg Park.
7 🚌Salzburg to Munich bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:30 Arr: 19:45 🏨Aloft (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress and the DomQuartier in Salzburg. Billa supermarkets sell decent – and cheaper – alternatives to the Mozart chocolates (Mozartkugeln).
8 Look out for the guides wearing white and blue in Marienplatz and join them for a free walking tour of the city. Climb St Peter’s Bell Tower for excellent views. Many of Munich’s museums are free (or heavily discounted) to visit on Sundays.
9 ✈Munich to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Austria and Munich itinerary with the France, Italy, Poland & Slovakia, Switzerland or Germany itinerary >
Stroll around the English Garden and watch the surfers at the Eisbach Wave.
Budget Munich
1 ✈To Innsbruck
(Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Montagu Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Walk to the Aldstadt and admire the sparkling Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) before stepping in t the Hofkirche then Dom zu St. Jakob. Look out for the information boards dotted around the Old Town, which provide useful snippets of history.
2 Take bus J or tram 6 to Igls then either hike (it’ll take a few hours) or cable car up to Patscherkofel where a number of easy trails await (our favourite is the Zirbenweg Trail). There is a good value restaurant at Patscherkofel – no need to carry up your own food.
3-5 🚄Innsbruck Hbf to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄Jenbach to Mayrhofen train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:14

Dep: 09:34

Arr: 09:29

Arr: 10:27

🏨Mayrhofen chalet (Book >) All rentals >
Two and a half days to hike the many spectacular trails around Mayrhofen. Favourites include the trail up to Rastkogel from the Penkenbahn and the unmissable trek up to Berliner Hut (and beyond). Buses run from Mayrhofen to Ginzling from 06:40 Mon-Sat. From Ginzling you can start your hike to Berliner Hut.
6 🚄Mayrhofen to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄 Jenbach to Salzburg train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 09:31

Arr: 09:06

Arr: 11:00

🏨YoHo – International Youth Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Get to know the Baroque streets of Salzburg. Ask your concierge to book tickets tonight or tomorrow night for the Schlosskonzerte Mirabell.
7 🚌Salzburg to Munich bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:30 Arr: 19:45 🏨Wombats City Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress and the DomQuartier in Salzburg. If you have time, extend your trip with a visit to Vienna.
8 Look out for the guides wearing white and blue in Marienplatz and join them for a free walking tour of the city. Climb St Peter’s Bell Tower for excellent views. Many of Munich’s museums are free (or heavily discounted) to visit on Sundays.
9 ✈Munich to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Austria and Munich itinerary with the France, Italy, Poland & Slovakia, Switzerland or Germany itinerary >
Stroll around the English Garden and watch the surfers at the Eisbach Wave.