INDONESIA

This busy 18-day itinerary gives travellers an amazing journey through the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok. Got some spare days? Spend longer at the beach in Lombok and Bali. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Indonesia travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll have most of the day to relax by the pool in your hotel, if you’re feeling refreshed in the afternoon then visit some local Batik makers, the Taman Sari water castle and the opulent Kraton Palace.
3 Arrange a driver for with your hotel, because it’s all about the temples today, starting with Prambanan and ending with incredible Borobudur. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival or are exempt.
4 馃殑Yogyakarta to Surabaya (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Hotel Majapahit (Book >) See all hotels >
Built in 1910, your hotel is a part of the history of this city. But make time to get out and see the out-of-place submarine monument. Seat 61 has excellent tips for buying Indonesian train tickets (I recommend paying a little more for first class AC).
5 馃殑Surabaya to Probolinggo (Book >)
馃殨Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang
Dep: 15:27
Dep: 18:15
Arr: 18:14
Arr: 19:15
馃彣Bromo Terrace (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna before travelling to Cemoro Lawang. Keep聽small denominations of cash on you for food, taxis, drinks etc.
6 Awake before dawn to witness sunrise over the incredible Mount Bromo landscape. Then go on a guided hike over this barren terrain and get close to the volcano itself. You’ll need to pack for the cold – it’s freezing before sunrise!
7 馃殨Bromo to Probolinggo
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk (Book >)
馃殨Gilimanuk to Pemuteran
Dep: 10:00
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 16:00
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 11:00
Arr: 15:20
Arr: 16:45
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Matahari Beach (Book >) See all hotels >
Descend the Bromo area and take the train on to the end of Java. At Banyuwangi hop in a taxi to the docks at Ketapang. Be prepared for departure times to be unreliable.
8 See Bali Barat National Park, which is full of forests, mangroves and rare wild animals. The Tegal Bunder Trail is highly recommended, as is a visit to Menjangan Island if you want to see some amazing marine life. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
9 馃殣Pemuteran to Gunung Batur (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Volcano Terrace Bali (Book >) See all hotels >
After a relaxing morning in your hotel, meet your guide who will drive you through northern Bali to the rim of Gunung Batur volcano. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
10 馃殣Gunung Batur to Ubud Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start for another stunning sunrise, before driving on to the vibrant town of Ubud The Ubud Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs – bargain hard!
11-12 Meet the animals at the Ubud Monkey Forest, walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Goa Gajah temple complex, Pura Taman Saraswati temple and Puri Saren, take in the air along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Bluebird taxis are the recommended way of making short trips. Download the app on Google Play or Apple.
13 馃殣Ubud to Padangbai
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar
馃殣Lembar to Mataram (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 11:45
馃彣Hotel Oberoi Lombok (Book >) See all hotels >
This is a day on which to enjoy the journey. From the greenery and bustle of Bali, to crossing the Bali Sea, to driving along the verdant hills of Lombok. Arrive in time for sunset at the beach. You may want to get a taxi to Denpasar and fly to Lombok, which could be faster but much less enjoyable.
14-15 Snorkel with giant sea turtles, walk beside Mount Rinjani, take a horse and cart to Tanjung Village and enjoy the exquisite beach. Protect the reef and wildlife by using an eco-friendly sunscreen.
16 馃殨Mataram to airport (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar (Book >)
Dep: 13:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 15:00
Arr: Evening
馃彣The Samaya Seminyak Bali (Book >) See all hotels >
Fly back to Bali and relax on the beach when you arrive. If red flags are flown on the beach do not swim – there are dangerous undercurrents here.
17-18 鉁圖enpasar to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Indonesia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Soak up the sun before returning home.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll have most of the day to relax by the pool in your hotel, if you’re feeling refreshed in the afternoon then visit some local Batik makers, the Taman Sari water castle and the opulent Kraton Palace.
3 Arrange a driver for with your hotel, because it’s all about the temples today, starting with Prambanan and ending with incredible Borobudur. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival or are exempt.
4 馃殑Yogyakarta to Surabaya (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Hotel Majapahit (Book >) See all hotels >
Built in 1910, your hotel is a part of the history of this city. Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna. Seat 61 has excellent tips for buying Indonesian train tickets (I recommend paying a little more for first class AC).
5 馃殑Surabaya to Probolinggo (Book >)
馃殞Probolinggo bus station to Cemoro Lawang
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 10:56
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Bromo Terrace (Book >) See all hotels >
Go on a guided hike over the barren Mount Bromo terrain and get close to the volcano itself. You’ll need to take a bemo to Probolinggo bus station (Banyuangga).
7 馃殞Bromo to Probolinggo bus station
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk (Book >)
馃殨Gilimanuk to Pemuteran
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 16:00
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 10:30
Arr: 15:20
Arr: 16:45
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Amertha Bali Villas (Book >) See all hotels >
Rise early for sunset, then descend the Bromo area and take the train on to the end of Java. At Banyuwangi hop in a taxi to the docks at Ketapang. You’ll need to pack for the cold – it’s freezing before sunrise!.
8 See Bali Barat National Park, which is full of forests, mangroves and rare wild animals. The Tegal Bunder Trail is highly recommended, as is a visit to Menjangan Island if you want to see some amazing marine life. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
9 馃殞Pemuteran to Gunung Batur (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Volcano Terrace Bali (Book >) See all hotels >
After a relaxing morning in your hotel, wait for a passing bemo to take you through northern Bali to the rim of Gunung Batur volcano. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
10 馃殞Gunung Batur to Ubud Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start for another stunning sunrise, before taking a bemo to the vibrant town of Ubud The Ubud Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs – bargain hard!
11-12 Meet the animals at the Ubud Monkey Forest, walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Goa Gajah temple complex, Pura Taman Saraswati temple and Puri Saren, take in the air along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Bluebird taxis are the recommended way of making short trips. Download the app on Google Play or Apple.
13 馃殣Ubud to Padangbai
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar
馃殣Lembar to Senggigi (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 12:00
馃彣Puri Mas Boutique(Book >) See all hotels >
This is a day on which to enjoy the journey. From the greenery and bustle of Bali, to crossing the Bali Sea, to driving along the verdant hills of Lombok. Arrive in time for sunset at the beach. You may want to get a taxi to Denpasar and fly to Lombok, which could be faster but much less enjoyable.
14-15 Snorkel with giant sea turtles, walk beside Mount Rinjani, take a horse and cart to Tanjung Village and enjoy the exquisite beach. Protect the reef and wildlife by using an eco-friendly sunscreen.
16 馃殣Sengiggi to airport (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Villa Bali Asri Batubelig (Book >) See all hotels >
Fly back to Bali and relax on the beach when you arrive. If red flags are flown on the beach do not swim – there are dangerous undercurrents here.
17-18 鉁圖enpasar to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Indonesia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Soak up the sun before returning home.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Yogyakarta (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Snooze Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll have most of the day to relax in your hostel and, if you’re feeling refreshed in the afternoon, visit some local Batik makers, the Taman Sari water castle and the opulent Kraton Palace.
3 Arrange a driver for with your hotel, because it’s all about the temples today, starting with Prambanan and ending with incredible Borobudur. Visitors from most countries can get a visa on arrival or are exempt.
4 馃殑Yogyakarta to Surabaya (Book >) Dep: 09:56 Arr: 15:27 馃彣Krowi Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Surabaya’s fascinating House of Sampoerna. Seat 61 has excellent tips for buying Indonesian train tickets (I recommend paying a little more for first class AC).
5 馃殑Surabaya to Probolinggo (Book >)
馃殞Probolinggo bus station to Cemoro Lawang
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 10:56
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Cafe Lava Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Go on a guided hike over the barren Mount Bromo terrain and get close to the volcano itself. You’ll need to take a bemo to Probolinggo bus station (Banyuangga).
7 馃殞Bromo to Probolinggo bus station
馃殑Probolinggo to Banyuwangi
(Book >)
鉀达笍Banyuwangi (Ketapang) to Gilimanuk (Book >)
馃殞Gilimanuk to Pemuteran
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 16:00
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 10:30
Arr: 15:20
Arr: 16:45
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Bananaleaf (Book >) See all hotels >
Rise early for sunset, then descend the Bromo area and take the train on to the end of Java. At Banyuwangi hop in a taxi to the docks at Ketapang. In Gilimanuk wait for a bemo going to Pemuteran. You’ll need to pack for the cold – it’s freezing before sunrise!.
8 See Bali Barat National Park, which is full of forests, mangroves and rare wild animals. The Tegal Bunder Trail is highly recommended, as is a visit to Menjangan Island if you want to see some amazing marine life. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
9 馃殞Pemuteran to Gunung Batur (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣BlackLava Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Wait for a passing bemo to take you through northern Bali to the rim of Gunung Batur volcano. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
10 馃殞Gunung Batur to Ubud Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Green Paddy Hostel Villa (Book >) See all hotels >
Another early start for another stunning sunrise, before taking a bemo to the vibrant town of Ubud The Ubud Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs – bargain hard!
11-12 Meet the animals at the Ubud Monkey Forest, walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Goa Gajah temple complex, Pura Taman Saraswati temple and Puri Saren, take in the air along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Bluebird taxis are the recommended way of making short trips. Download the app on Google Play or Apple.
13 馃殣Ubud to Padangbai (Book >)
鉀达笍Padangbai to Lembar (Book >)
馃殞Lembar to
Kuta Lombok
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 10:35
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Pipes Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
This is a day on which to enjoy the journey. From the greenery and bustle of Bali, to crossing the Bali Sea, to driving along the verdant hills of Lombok. You’ll need to wait for a bemo in Lembar port and negotiate the price to Kuta Lombok.
14-15 Snorkel with giant sea turtles, walk beside Mount Rinjani, go surfing and enjoy the exquisite nearby beaches. Protect the reef and wildlife by using an eco-friendly sunscreen.
16 馃殣Kuta Lombok to airport (Book >)
鉁圠ombok to Denpasar (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Fly back to Bali and relax on the beach when you arrive. If red flags are flown on the beach do not swim – there are dangerous undercurrents here.
17-18 鉁圖enpasar to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Indonesia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Soak up the sun before returning home.
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COSTA RICA

Bursting 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. Here’s your Costa Rica travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Barcel贸 San Jos茅 (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel Nayara Spa & Gardens (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Hotel Belmar (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Hotel Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Book >) See 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. Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Panama to Liberia (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 08:45
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
What did you think of this Costa Rica itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Terrazas De Golf (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel El Silencio del Campo (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Casa Batsu (Book >) See 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(Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Tamarindo Bay Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
As well as having a beautiful beach, Tamarindo is also a pretty town with excellent resaurants. 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. Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Tamarindo to Liberia (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 09:00
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
What did you think of this Costa Rica itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Budget
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hostel Urbano (Book >) See 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 great value local food.
3 馃殞San Jose to Cariari
馃殞Cariari to La Pavona
鉀达笍La Pavona to Toruguero
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 16:15
Arr: 17:45
馃彣Aracari Garden Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Howler Monkey Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
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
馃殞Tilar谩n to Santa Elena (Info >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:00
Arr: 15:00
馃彣OutBox Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Info >)
鉀达笍Puntarenas to Paquera (Info >)
馃殞Paquera to Montezuma (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 >) See all hotels >
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. Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13 馃殞Montezuma to Paquera (Info >)
鉀达笍Paquera to Puntarenas (Info >)
馃殞Puntarenas to San Jose (Info >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 14:00
Dep: 16:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Hostel Urbano (Book >) See all hotels >
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) What did you think of this Costa Rica itinerary? Leave your feedback below
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SWEDEN

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

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

FIJI & SAMOA

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

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

KENYA

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

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

WESTERN CANADA

In a country as big as this driving distances can be huge, luckily in Western Canada there is plenty to see and so you’ll only be on the road (or rails) for a few hours before you arrive at yet another breathtaking destination. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Western Canada travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Book >) See all hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 馃殫Vancouver to Whistler (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Four Seasons (Book >) See all hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 馃殫Whistler to Clearwater Dep: 13:30 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Meadows Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Make the most of the clear mountains air before the drive to Clearwater. You may want to plan in frequent stops to take in the view along the road.
5 馃殫Clearwater to Jasper Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Village Jasper (Book >) See all hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Fill up on fuel before leaving town – distances between gas stations can be large.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just driving through then you don’t need to pay.
7 馃殫Jasper to Banff Dep: 08:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Hotel Fairmont Banff Springs
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Another wonderful drive (one of the top drives in the world by Cond茅 Nast Traveller) and another fantastic destination. On the way stop off at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for a tour of the ice sheet and skywalk. Banff is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Had enough of driving? Banff has a good local bus system which can take you to many trailheads and sights.
8 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
9 馃殫Banff to Lake Louise Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:40 馃彣Post Hotel & Spa
(Book聽>)
See all hotels >
Plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You may want to set off earlier and arrive before 9 if you want to avoid coach trippers at Lake Louise.
10 馃殫Lake Louise to Field Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:30 馃彣Cathedral Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Just down the road from Lake Louise, Field is in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse valley (which you’d have already visited if you went rafting from Banff. Points of interest include Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls and Lake O’Hara Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here.
11 馃殫Field to Kamloops Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Campbell Hills Guest Ranch (Book >) See all hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. Here you can enjoy horseriding, mountain biking or, at certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Accommodation tonight is in a working ranch. Check the weather the night before – you may need more time if it starts snowing. HERE
12 Today you can ride horses, take a kayak out onto the lake, drive ATVs or hike in and around the ranch. Your stay at the ranch includes all meals.
13 馃殫Kamloops to Victoria Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Abigail’s Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Have a relaxed afternoon enjoying the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
14 Drive the two hours over to Port Renfrew and enjoy the incredible scenery in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you want to extend your trip then a visit to the Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an experience you won’t forget.
15 馃殫Victoria to Vancouver
鉁圴ancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣O Canada House (Book >) See all hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 馃殫Vancouver to Whistler (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣First Tracks Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 馃殫Whistler to Clearwater Dep: 13:30 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Meadows Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Make the most of the clear mountains air before the drive to Clearwater. You may want to plan in frequent stops to take in the view along the road.
5 馃殫Clearwater to Jasper Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Village Jasper (Book >) See all hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Fill up on fuel before leaving town – distances between gas stations can be large.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just driving through then you don’t need to pay.
7 馃殫Jasper to Banff Dep: 08:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 14:30
馃彣The Rimrock Resort
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Another wonderful drive (one of the top drives in the world by Cond茅 Nast Traveller) and another fantastic destination. On the way stop off at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for a tour of the ice sheet and skywalk. Banff is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Had enough of driving? Banff has a good local bus system which can take you to many trailheads and sights.
8 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
9 馃殫Banff to Lake Louise Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:40 馃彣Baker Creek Mountain Resort
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You may want to set off earlier and arrive before 9 if you want to avoid coach trippers at Lake Louise.
10 馃殫Lake Louise to Field Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:30 馃彣Emerald Lake Lodge
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Just down the road from Lake Louise, Field is in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse valley (which you’d have already visited if you went rafting from Banff. Points of interest include Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls and Lake O’Hara Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here.
11 馃殫Field to Kamloops Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Wingate By Wyndham Kamloops (Book >) See all hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. Here you can enjoy horseriding, mountain biking or, at certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Check the weather the night before – you may need more time if it starts snowing.
12 馃殫Kamloops to Victoria Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣The Oswego Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Have a relaxed afternoon enjoying the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
13 Drive the two hours over to Port Renfrew and enjoy the incredible scenery in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you go on a whale watching trip then you may want to take motion sickness tablets as the sea can be rough.
14 馃殫Victoria to Vancouver
鉁圴ancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣YWCA Vancouver (Book >) See all hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Take the Canada Line from the airport to Yaletown-Roundhouse station.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 馃殞Vancouver to Whistler (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Fireside Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 馃殞Whistler to Vancouver (Book >)
馃殑Vancouver to Jasper (Book >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:00 馃彣Train
A couple more hours this morning to enjoy Whistler before departing for Vancouver and your train to Jasper. You are in for a treat; the views on your train journey are spectacular! This bus departure time is only available Fri-Sun, if travelling on other days then take the 10:00.
5 馃殑Vancouver to Jasper (Book >) Arr: 11:00 馃彣HI Athabasca Falls (Book >) See all hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Jasper is one hour ahead of Vancouver.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just passing through then you don’t need to pay.
7 馃殞Jasper to Lake Louise (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 10:45 馃彣HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Journey along the famous Icefield Parkway. There is plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You can also travel to Lake Louise via the Athabasca Glacier on a tour (which is much more expensive!)
8 Another day for hiking in the Lake Louise area. Consider a Hostelling International membership if you plan to stay in their hostels (it also gets you a discount on the bus from Jasper).
9 馃殞Lake Louise to Banff (Info >) Dep: 09:35 Arr: 10:20 馃彣HI Banff Alpine Centre
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Take the bus to the transport hub in Banff, which is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here. HERE
10 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
11 馃殞Banff to Kamloops (Book >) Dep: 10:05 Arr: 16:15 馃彣Pacific Inn & Suites (Book >) See all hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. At certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Consider adding another day here if you enjoy horse riding – Kamloops has excellent ranches.
12 馃殞Kamloops to Vancouver (Book >)
馃殞Vancouver to Victoria (Book >)
Dep: 08:15
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 12:45
Arr: 17:20
馃彣HI Victoria(Book >) See all hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Enjoy the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
13 Get up early for the 06:45 bus to Port Renfrew and visit Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (returning at 17:45). Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you go on a whale watching trip then you may want to take motion sickness tablets as the sea can be rough.
14 馃殞Victoria to Vancouver Airport (Book >)
鉁圴ancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 07:45
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:25
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.

NEW ZEALAND NORTH

Picture-perfect volcanoes, boiling geysers, pristine beaches, magical caves and much more awaits you in New Zealand’s awesome North Island. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your New Zealand North travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Auckland (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel DeBrett (Book >) See 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 (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Driving Creek Villas (Book >) See 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
馃殫Rotorua to Taupo
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 19:30
馃彣Tauhara Sunrise Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:15 馃彣Mangapapa (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Edgewater Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 14:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Ahu Ahu Beach Villas (Book >) See 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 Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Chateau Tongariro (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Waitomo Boutique Lodge (Book >) See 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
馃殫Piha to Paihia
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Chalet Romantica (Book >) See 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
馃殫Cape Reinga to Waipoua Lodge
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Waipoua Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Hotel DeBrett (Book >) See all hotels >
Back to where your adventure began and plenty of time today to see anything you missed on days 2-3. 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) What did you think of this New Zealand North itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your shuttle to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Auckland (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Haka Hotel Suites (Book >) See 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 (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Andrea’s (Book >) See 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
馃殫Rotorua to Taupo
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 19:30
馃彣The Reef Resort (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:15 馃彣The Crown Hotel (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣U Residence Hotel Wellington (Book >) See 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 Dep: 14:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣One Burgess Hill聽 (Book >) See 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 Dep: 15:00 Arr: 18:30 馃彣Chateau Tongariro (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge (Book >) See 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
馃殫Piha to Paihia
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Abri Apartments (Book >) See 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
馃殫Cape Reinga to Whangarei
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 18:00
馃彣Lupton Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Haka Hotel Suites (Book >) See all hotels >
Back to where your adventure began and plenty of time today to see anything you missed on days 2-3. 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) What did you think of this New Zealand North itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your shuttle to the airport.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Auckland (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Haka Lodge (Book >) See 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 馃殞Auckland to Thames
馃殞Thames to Whitianga (Book >)
Dep: 07:50
Dep: 09:55
Arr: 09:40
Arr: 12:10
馃彣Turtle Cove (Book >) See all hotels >
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
馃殞Thames to Tauranga (Book >)
Dep: 12:25
Dep: 14:20
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 16:10
馃彣ArtHouse Accommodation(Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >)
馃殞Rotorua to Taupo (Book >)
Dep: 07:10
Dep: 13:00
Arr: 08:35
Arr: 14:00
馃彣Finlay Jacks Backpackers (Book >) See 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. 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 (Book >) Dep: 13:05 Arr: 15:10 馃彣Toad Hall Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: 07:45 Arr: 13:30 馃彣YHA Wellington City (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >)
馃殣National Park to Whakapapa Village (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 (Book >) Dep: 14:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Plateau Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: 13:20 Arr: 15:50 馃彣YHA Waitomo Juno Hall (Book >) See 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. 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 (Book >)
馃殞Auckland to Paihia (Book >)
Dep: 11:47
Dep: 17:30
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 21:29
馃彣Haka Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Leave your luggage at the bus station and take in another of Auckland’s sights. 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). Make 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 (Book >)
鉁圓uckland to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:15
Dep: Evening
Arr: 14:40
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Book your shuttle to the airport.

CAMBODIA

A 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. Here’s your Cambodia travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Knai Bang Chatt Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
A looong day of travel, 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30Dep: 11:30 Arr: 11:15Arr: 17:30 馃彣Shinta Mani Angkor (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Cambodia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Samanea Beach (Book >) See all hotels >
A looong day of travel, 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30Dep: 11:30 Arr: 11:15Arr: 17:30 馃彣Golden Temple (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Cambodia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel River Dolphin (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Khmer Hands Bungalows (Book >) See all hotels >
A looong day of travel, 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 (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30Dep: 11:30 Arr: 11:15Arr: 17:30 馃彣Lub d(Book >) See 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 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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) See 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) What did you think of this Cambodia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.

JORDAN

A 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. Here’s your Jordan travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Amman (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Fairmont(Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. 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
馃殫Jerash to Wadi Musa (Petra) (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 13:45
馃彣Hotel M枚venpick Resort (Book >) See 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 Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Feynan Ecolodge (Book >) See 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) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) See 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
鉁圓mman airport to home
Dep: 07:00
Morning
Arr: 08:00
Arr: Afternoon
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Flights depart from 10:00.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Amman (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Amman International (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. 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) (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 10:30 馃彣B&b Petra Fig Tree Villa (Book >) See 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 Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Wadi Rum Beduland (Book >) See 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 Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:15 馃彣M枚venpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay(Book >) See 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
馃殨Qurayqura to Dana Biosphere Reserve
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Feynan Ecolodge (Book >) See 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) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Holiday Inn (Book >) See 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
鉁圓mman airport to home
Dep: 07:00
Morning
Arr: 08:00
Arr: Afternoon
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Flights depart from 10:00.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Amman (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Nomads Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. 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) (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 10:30 馃彣Rocky Mountain Hotel (Book >) See 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. 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 Dep: 06:30 Arr: 08:30 馃彣Wadi Rum Beduland (Book >) See all hotels >
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
馃殞Highway to Aqaba
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 11:00
馃彣Cedar Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
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
馃殨Al-Qadisiya to Dana Biosphere Reserve
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 12:10
馃彣Dana Moon (Book >) See 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
馃殞Al-Qadisiya to Amman
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 11:40
Arr: 15:00
馃彣Nomads Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
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
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Airport buses leave from various locations in Amman. More info here.

WESTERN TURKEY

A land of huge contrasts, from the minarets, markets and mosques of Istanbul, to the beaches of the Med, to the weird rock formations of Cappadocia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s my Western Turkey blog post and here below is your travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圛stanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Four Seasons at Sultanahmet(Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from Emin枚n眉 docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kava臒谋 where you can walk up to the ruined Yoros Kalesi fortress and look out over the Black Sea. You’ll be back in the city at 16:40 – plenty of time to see the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The sights mentioned here are within easy reach if you’re on foot. Istanbul also has a good metro system, the journey planner can be found here.
4 馃殞Istanbul to 脟anakkale (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Artur Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar 陌stasyonu for your bus to 脟anakkale. Join a tour to Troy at 13:00 – marvel at the excavatations and reproduction Trojan horse, then return at 17:00. There’s another Trojan horse model in town if you fancy another snap. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 馃殞脟anakkale to Izmir (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 馃彣Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir (Book >) See all hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from 脟anakkale. In the evening explores the streets of Izmir’s Alsancak. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Spend the day on a tour visiting the breathtaking ruins at Ephesus and St Mary’s House. Avoid the dark and narrow alleys in Alsancak at night.
7 馃殞Izmir to Fethiye(Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Yacht Classic (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmu艧 to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 馃殞Fethiye to Kas
(Book >)
Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Lukka Exclusive (Book >) See all hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. The old amphitheatre is safe to visit at night and looks amazing under spotlights.
11 馃殞Kas to Antalya Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 馃彣Hotel Barat Lara (Book >) See all hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kalei莽i (the old quarter), including the famous fluted minaret, the fortified Roman port and the ruins of Kesik Minare. Ask your hotel to call Bati Antalya on (242)-836-36-77 to book your bus ticket.
12 鉁圓ntalya to Kayseri
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馃殨Kayseri to 脺rg眉p (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

馃彣Kayakapi Premium Caves (Book >) See all hotels >
脺rg眉p is the perfect base from which to explore this part of Cappadocia. This is also considered one of the best places in which to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, especially at sunset. Book your transfer to Antalya airport here.
13 A full day in which to explore the trails along the surrounding valleys. This site will help you to plan them out. Be sure to take plenty of water with you on hikes, especially in summer, and aware that lone women have in the past been attacked.
14 馃殨脺rg眉p to Kayseri
鉁圞ayseri to Istanbul (Book >)
鉁圛stanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
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Mid-range
1 鉁圛stanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣White House Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from Emin枚n眉 docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kava臒谋 where you can walk up to the ruined Yoros Kalesi fortress and look out over the Black Sea. You’ll be back in the city at 16:40 – plenty of time to see the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The sights mentioned here are within easy reach if you’re on foot. Istanbul also has a good metro system, the journey planner can be found here.
4 馃殞Istanbul to 脟anakkale (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Artur Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar 陌stasyonu for your bus to 脟anakkale. Join a tour to Troy at 13:00 – marvel at the excavatations and reproduction Trojan horse, then return at 17:00. There’s another Trojan horse model in town if you fancy another snap. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 馃殞脟anakkale to Izmir (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 馃彣Renaissance Izmir (Book >) See all hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from 脟anakkale. In the evening explores the streets of Izmir’s Alsancak. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Spend the day on a tour visiting the breathtaking ruins at Ephesus and St Mary’s House. Avoid the dark and narrow alleys in Alsancak at night.
7 馃殞Izmir to Fethiye(Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Jiva Beach Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmu艧 to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 馃殞Fethiye to Kas
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Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Hotel Sonne (Book >) See all hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. You may want to invest in your own snorkelling kit to visit Kucuk Cakil or Buyuk Cakil beach for free
11 馃殞Kas to Antalya Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 馃彣Dogan Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kalei莽i (the old quarter), including the famous fluted minaret, the fortified Roman port and the ruins of Kesik Minare. Ask your hotel to call Bati Antalya on (242)-836-36-77 to book your bus ticket.
12 鉁圓ntalya to Kayseri
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馃殨Kayseri to 脺rg眉p (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

馃彣Perimasali Cave Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
脺rg眉p is the perfect base from which to explore this part of Cappadocia. This is also considered one of the best places in which to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, especially at sunset. Book your transfer to Antalya airport here.
13 A full day in which to explore the trails along the surrounding valleys. This site will help you to plan them out. Be sure to take plenty of water with you on hikes, especially in summer, and aware that lone women have in the past been attacked.
14 馃殨脺rg眉p to Kayseri
鉁圞ayseri to Istanbul (Book >)
鉁圛stanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
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Budget
1 鉁圛stanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Second Home Hostel(Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from Emin枚n眉 docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kava臒谋 where you can walk up to the ruined Yoros Kalesi fortress and look out over the Black Sea. You’ll be back in the city at 16:40 – plenty of time to see the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The sights mentioned here are within easy reach if you’re on foot. Istanbul also has a good metro system, the journey planner can be found here.
4 馃殞Istanbul to 脟anakkale (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 馃彣G眉ven otel (Book >) See all hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar 陌stasyonu for your bus to 脟anakkale. Dolmuses leave 脟anakkale for Troy every hour on the hour, with the last one returning at 17:30. There’s another Trojan horse model in town if you fancy another snap. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 馃殞脟anakkale to Izmir (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 馃彣Piano Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from 脟anakkale. In the evening explores the streets of Izmir’s Alsancak. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Take a dolmus to Selcuk bus station and then another to the breathtaking ruins at Ephesus and St Mary’s House. Avoid the dark and narrow alleys in Alsancak at night.
7 馃殞Izmir to Fethiye(Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Sakura Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmu艧 to the Blue Lagoon. Either dolmus or regular buses can take you to and from the beaches.
10 馃殞Fethiye to Kas
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Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Meltem Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. You may want to invest in your own snorkelling kit to visit Kucuk Cakil or Buyuk Cakil beach for free.
11 馃殞Kas to Antalya Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 馃彣Role Street Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kalei莽i (the old quarter), including the famous fluted minaret, the fortified Roman port and the ruins of Kesik Minare. Ask your hotel to call Bati Antalya on (242)-836-36-77 to book your bus ticket.
12 馃殞Antalya to G枚reme
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Dep: 22:00 馃彣Night bus
Chill out on Konyaalti Beach or visit the D眉denb waterfalls before your night bus. Take ear plugs and a sleeping mask for the bus.
13 馃殞Antalya to G枚reme Arr: 07:15 馃彣Sato Cave Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
G枚reme聽is the perfect base from which to explore this part of Cappadocia. This site will help you to plan out some hikes. Be sure to take plenty of water with you on hikes, especially in summer, and aware that lone women have in the past been attacked.
14 馃殞G枚reme to Kayseri (Book >)
鉁圞ayseri to Istanbul (Book >)
鉁圛stanbul to Home
Dep: 06:15
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 07:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
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