🇰🇪 KENYA

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

🇳🇿 NEW ZEALAND NORTH

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

🇰🇭 CAMBODIA

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

🇯🇴 JORDAN

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

🇹🇷 WESTERN TURKEY

Istanbul, Turkey - Western Turkey itineraryA 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.
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Luxury Ephesus, Turkey
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Four Seasons at Sultanahmet (Book >) 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 Eminönü docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavağı 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 🚌Istanbul to Çanakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Artur Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar İstasyonu for your bus to Çanakkale. 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. Plan your Western Turkey itinerary so that you visit Troy mid-week and avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir (Book >) 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 Çanakkale. 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 🚌Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Yacht Classic (Book >) 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 dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Lukka Exclusive (Book >) 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 🚌Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Hotel Barut Lara (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kaleiçi (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 ✈Antalya to Kayseri flight
(Book >)
🚕Kayseri to Ürgüp transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

🏨Kayakapi Premium Caves (Book >) All hotels >
Ürgüp 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 🚕Ürgüp to Kayseri transfer
✈Kayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Greece and Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Mid-range Fethiye, Turkey
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨White House Hotel (Book >) 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 Eminönü docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavağı 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 🚌Istanbul to Çanakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Artur Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar İstasyonu for your bus to Çanakkale. 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. Plan your Western Turkey itinerary so that you visit Troy mid-week and avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Renaissance Izmir (Book >) 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 Çanakkale. 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 🚌Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Jiva Beach Resort (Book >) 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 dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Hotel Sonne (Book >) 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 🚌Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Dogan Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kaleiçi (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 ✈Antalya to Kayseri flight
(Book >)
🚕Kayseri to Ürgüp transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

🏨Perimasali Cave Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Ürgüp 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 🚕Ürgüp to Kayseri transfer
✈Kayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Greece and Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Budget Cappadocia, Turkey
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Cheers Lighthouse Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 Eminönü docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavağı 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 🚌Istanbul to Çanakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Anzac House Youth Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar İstasyonu for your bus to Çanakkale. Dolmuses leave Çanakkale 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. Plan your Western Turkey itinerary so that you visit Troy mid-week and avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Shantihome Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 Çanakkale. 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 🚌Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Sakura Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Either dolmus or regular buses can take you to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Can Mocamp (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚌Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨White Garden Pansiyon (Book >) All hostels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kaleiçi (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 🚌Antalya to Göreme bus
(Book >)
Dep: 22:00 🏨Night bus
Chill out on Konyaalti Beach or visit the Düdenb waterfalls before your night bus. Take ear plugs and a sleeping mask for the bus.
13 🚌Antalya to Göreme bus Arr: 07:15 🏨Antique Terrace Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
Göreme 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 🚌Göreme to Kayseri bus (Book >)
✈Kayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 06:15
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 07:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Greece and Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
If you don’t want to get up so early you can book a transfer to Kayseri airport.

🇲🇾 MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysia & Borneo itineraryPristine jungle, perfect beaches, breathtaking wildlife, ancient temples…this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary is amazing value for money. I’ve added a trip to unmissable Borneo at the end, should you have the time to fully explore this country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Tanah Rata, Malaysia
1 ✈To Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨The Majestic (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive early evening so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 🚐Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
⛴️Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 13:30
🏨Mutiara Taman Negara (Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided trek into the jungle. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a longer guided hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 🚌Kuala Tahan to Tanah Rata bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 🚌Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
🚕Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown taxi
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

🏨The Edison (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a serene walk through the forest before departing for Penang. Taxis on Penang rarely have working metres (or so they claim) so be sure to check the price before leaving.
8-9 Climb up to Kek Lok Si temple, go on an audio-guided tour of the Tropical Spice Garden. Take a walking tour of Georgetown and don’t miss Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew Jetty or the Sun Yat Sen museum. Spend a few hours at a cookery class. Ask your hotel to help arrange taxis – it may be best to stick with one operator for your whole stay.
10 ⛴️Georgetown to Langkawi ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨The Datai (Book >) All hotels >
Time to get acquainted with Langkawi’s famous beaches. The ferry crossing can be rough – take motion sickness tablets if needed.
11-13 Spend your days relaxing by or in the sea. Your hotel’s beach offers one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. If you feel like a short trip then the 7 Wells waterfall is well worth a visit. If you’re visiting in monsoon season then Pulau Payar Marine Park offers the best snorkelling visibility.
14 ✈Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur flight
✈Kuala Lumpur to Kuching flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Cove 55 (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy some morning beach time. Airport to hotel taxi ride should take 45 mins.
15-16 Explore the Sarawak River on a boat tour, see orangutans in their natural habitat, hike up Mount Santubong with a guide…there’s plenty to occupy your time here. Umbrellas are perfect for dealing with the short bursts of rain here – much better than sweaty waterproofs.
17 ✈Kuching to Kota Kinabalu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Relax at your resort and plan out the next couple of days. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first (you’ll probably need to add more time to your Malaysia & Borneo itinerary).
18-19 So many things to do here! Explore the sea – above or below water, take a guided jungle hike, go white water rafting or on a more sedate river safari, visit the orangutans at Sepilok, hike in Kinabalu Park…you may need more time. Laksa, claypot rice, beef noodle and Bak Kut The are just some of the delicious dishes to try here.
20-21 ✈Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur flight (Book >)
✈Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary with the Thailand or Indonesia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Langkawi, Malaysia
1 ✈To Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨Hotel Mov (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive early evening so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 🚐Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
⛴️Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 17:00
🏨Tebing Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a sundowner on the banks of the river. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a long hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 🚌Kuala Tahan to Tanah Rata bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 🚌Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
🚕Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown taxi
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

🏨Areca Penang (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a serene walk through the forest before departing for Penang. Taxis on Penang rarely have working metres (or so they claim) so be sure to check the price before leaving.
8-9 Climb up to Kek Lok Si temple, go on an audio-guided tour of the Tropical Spice Garden. Take a walking tour of Georgetown and don’t miss Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew Jetty or the Sun Yat Sen museum. Spend a few hours at a cookery class. Ask your hotel to help arrange taxis – it may be best to stick with one operator for your whole stay.
10 ⛴️Georgetown to Langkawi ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Berjaya Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Time to get acquainted with Langkawi’s famous beaches. The ferry crossing can be rough – take motion sickness tablets if needed.
11-13 Spend your days relaxing by or in the sea. If you feel like a short trip then the 7 Wells waterfall is well worth a visit, or Pulau Payar Marine Park offers great snorkelling. Taxis on the island are quite expensive and there is no public transport.
14 ✈Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur flight
✈Kuala Lumpur to Kuching flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Imperial Riverbank (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy some morning beach time. The Kuching hotel is a cheap 25-min taxi ride away from the airport.
15-16 Explore the Sarawak River on a boat tour, see orangutans in their natural habitat, wander around the bustling markets…there’s plenty to occupy your time here. Umbrellas are perfect for dealing with the short bursts of rain here – much better than sweaty waterproofs.
17 ✈Kuching to Kota Kinabalu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Eden54 (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the city and bag a bargain at the handicraft market. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first (you’ll probably need to add more time to your Malaysia & Borneo itinerary).
18-19 So many things to do here! Explore the sea – above or below water, take a guided jungle hike, go white water rafting or on a more sedate river safari, visit the orangutans at Sepilok, hike in Kinabalu Park…you may need more time. Laksa, claypot rice, beef noodle and Bak Kut The are just some of the delicious dishes to try here.
20-21 ✈Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur flight (Book >)
✈Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary with the Thailand or Indonesia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Orangutan, Borneo
1 ✈To Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨Revopackers (Book >) All hotels >
The shuttle bus is one of the cheapest ways to get into town, book in advance here.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 🚐Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
⛴️Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 17:00
🏨WildLodge (Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided trek into the jungle. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a longer guided hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 🚌Kuala Tahan to Kuala Terla bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Heahtitude  (Book >) All hostels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 🚌Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
🚌Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown bus
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

🏨Page 63  (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a serene walk through the forest before departing for Penang. Buses to Georgetown depart from Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah street.
8-9 Climb up to Kek Lok Si temple, go on an audio-guided tour of the Tropical Spice Garden. Take a walking tour of Georgetown and don’t miss Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew Jetty or the Sun Yat Sen museum. Spend a few hours at a cookery class. Penang has a good network of cheap buses. See here for the route network.
10 ⛴️Georgetown to Langkawi ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Langkawi Dormitorio  (Book >) All hostels >
Time to get acquainted with Langkawi’s famous beaches. The ferry crossing can be rough – take motion sickness tablets if needed.
11-13 Spend your days relaxing by or in the sea. Your hotel’s beach offers one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. If you feel like a short trip then the 7 Wells waterfall is well worth a visit. If you’re visiting in monsoon season then Pulau Payar Marine Park offers the best snorkelling visibility.
14 ✈Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur flight
✈Kuala Lumpur to Kuching flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Check In Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy some morning beach time. Take bus 3A, 6, 8G or 9 to the city centre.
15-16 Explore the Sarawak River on a boat tour, see orangutans in their natural habitat, hike up Mount Santubong with a guide…there’s plenty to occupy your time here. Umbrellas are perfect for dealing with the short bursts of rain here – much better than sweaty waterproofs.
17 ✈Kuching to Kota Kinabalu flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Homy Seafront Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Explore the city and bag a bargain at the handicraft market. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first (you’ll probably need to add more time to your Malaysia & Borneo itinerary).
18-19 So many things to do here! Explore the sea – above or below water, take a guided jungle hike, go white water rafting or on a more sedate river safari, visit the orangutans at Sepilok, hike in Kinabalu Park…you may need more time. Laksa, claypot rice, beef noodle and Bak Kut The are just some of the delicious dishes to try here.
20-21 ✈Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur flight (Book >)
✈Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary with the Thailand or Indonesia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.

🇪🇨 ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

Reef sharks, Galapagos, Ecuador - Ecuador & Galapagos itineraryAn amazing, varied journey through this small country that packs a punch. And, of course, any Ecuador itinerary just has to include the Galapagos. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Quito, Ecuador
1 ✈To Guayaquil (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Wyndham (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, admire the old buildings of Las Peñas Guayaquil is hot and humid – pack a filter water bottle and stay hydrated!
3 🚄Guayaquil to Alausí train (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨El Molino hotel
Embark on what is perhaps the highlight of this Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary; your all-inclusive train journey, starting on a restored steam locomotive. You’ll pass fruit plantations and then board a bus into the Andes. Hotels are included in the price of your Tren Ecuador ticket.
4 🚄Alausí to Riobamba train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Andaluza hotel
New day, new train! You’ll ride the rails along the famous Devil’s Nose then return to Alausí for a colourful market. Another steam train pulls you to Colta and onwards through verdant fields where you may catch a glimpse of the immense Chimborazo volcano. Wear layers – temperatures can vary greatly, especially when travelling through different altitudes.
5 🚄Riobamba to Latacunga train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Cienega hotel
Meet the inhabitants of La Moya then experience the beautiful Paramo ecosystem before travelling by train past Cotopaxi volcano. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 🚄Latacunga to Quito train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Swissotel (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’ll take a relaxed walk in Cotopaxi National Park before boarding the train to a traditional hacienda. Take a good camera to make the most of the wildlife in the Park.
7-8 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
9 ✈Quito to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Angermeyer Waterfront Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Everywhere you go on these islands you’re reminded of how special they are. You’ll see seals, iguana and so much more. Make sure you take eco-friendly sunscreen to help protect reefs and wildlife.
10-13 Embark on a cruise around the islands. Book here > Smaller boats are better for disembarking on islands faster and seeing more wildlife.
14-15 ✈Galapagos to Mainland flight  (Book >)
Ecuador to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary with the Peru itinerary
You may wish to book an extra night in Quito or Guayaquil.
Mid-range Napo River, Ecuador
1 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotsel Casa Montero (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 🚌Quito to Tena bus🚌Tena to Misahuallí bus Dep: 10:30Dep: 14:30 Arr: 14:00Arr: 15:15 🏨Misahuallí Amazon Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 🚌Misahuallí to Tena bus
🚌Tena to Banos bus
Dep: 09:30Dep: 10:30 Arr: 10:15Arr: 14:30 🏨La Casa Verde (Book >) All hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 🚌Banos to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Alausi bus
Dep: 08:00Dep: 10:45 Arr: 10:00Arr: 12:55 🏨Noris Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30). Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 🚌Alausi to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil bus
Dep:
09:50
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 11:50Arr: 17:25 🏨Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000. Get the hotel to book your taxi and arrange a time for it to take you back.
9 ✈Guayaquil to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨Capitan Max B&B (Book >) All hotels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Casita de la Playa (Book >) All hotels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet! 
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen and buy a filter water bottle to protect reef and animals.
13 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz ferry Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B (Book >) All hotels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil before returning to Puerto Ayora. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Katarma Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16-17 ✈Galapagos to Quito flight (Book >)✈Quito to Home Dep: MorningDep: Evening Arr: AfternoonArr: Morning (next day) Connect this Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary with the Peru itinerary
Taxis to the airport cost under $2.
Budget Banos, Ecuador
1 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Friends Quito (Book >) All hostels >
Buses depart every 15 mins to Rio Coca terminal and cost $2.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 🚌Quito to Tena bus
🚌Tena to Misahuallí bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 14:30
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
🏨Hostal El Paisano (Book >) All hostels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 🚌Misahuallí to Tena bus
🚌Tena to Banos bus
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr:
10:15
Arr: 14:30
🏨Community Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 🚌Banos to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Alausi bus
Dep:
08:00
Dep: 10:45
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 12:55
🏨Community Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30). Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 🚌Alausi to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil bus
Dep:
09:50
Dep: 12:00
Arr:
11:50
Arr: 17:25
🏨Villa Maria (Book >) All hostels >
Take a taxi to the hostel. Ask the hostel to book your taxis.
9 ✈Guayaquil to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨Lonesome George Ecolodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Hostal La Gran Tortuga (Book >) All hostels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet!
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen and buy a filter water bottle to protect reef and animals.
13 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz ferry Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Lonesome George Ecolodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Hostal Gosén
(Book >)
All hostels >
Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16-17 ✈Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito flight (Book >)
✈Quito to Home
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary with the Peru itinerary
Taxis to the airport cost under $2.

🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA

Uluru, Australia - Australia itineraryAn action-packed two weeks in Australia, which offers buzzing cities, famous sights and exquisite beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Great Ocean Road, Australia
1 ✈To Melbourne (Book >) Dep: Afternoon 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨Crown Towers (Book >) All hotels >
Book your transfer from the airport.
3 One of the best things to do in cultural, characterful Melbourne is to stroll around the city centre and riverfront, which may be all you feel like doing after that long flight. St. Paul’s Cathedral, the City Circle Tram and the National Gallery of Victoria are all well worth seeing. You will need a visa for this Australia itinerary. More info here.
4 🚗Melbourne to Port Fairy drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 17:00 🏨Drift House (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’ll be driving along the famous Great Ocean Road with its scenic views, shipwrecks, rainforests, sandy beaches and cute coastal villages. Allow time to stop off and enjoy! Melbourne can experience a huge range of weather in one day – come prepared.
5 🚗Port Fairy to Adelaide drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Mayfair Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Historic Port Fairy is a wonderful place to wake up in. You can either spend a little more time on the Great Ocean Road or take a short diversion to see the Grampians National Park. There are many places to see along the way on the Great Ocean Road so be sure to take your time.
6 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train (Book >) Dep: 12:15 🏨Train All hotels >
Stroll around Victoria Square and Hahndorf before boarding the train. If you have a spare day then consider adding a trip to Kangaroo Island.
7 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train
🚗Alice Springs to Uluru drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 14:00 Arr: 13:45

Arr: 19:30

🏨Longitude 131 (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in time to transfer to Uluru where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset if travelling December-February. You can see a map of the sunset and sunrise areas here.
8 ✈Mutitjulu(Ayers Rock) to Cairns flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨The Reef Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Wake up in time to catch sunrise and stroll around (not up!) Uluru before catching your flight. You’ll arrive in Cairns in time for an evening stroll along the waterfront. Pack a good filter water bottle.
9-10 Two full days to go snorkelling above the Great Barrier Reef, visit Fitzroy Island and ride the SkyRail Rainforest Cableway. The sun is incredibly strong here, fortunately sun cream is cheap in Australia.
11 ✈Cairns to Sydney flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨The Langham (Book >) All hotels >
Relax at a café or pub in The Rocks, stroll along Darling Harbour and admire the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The Queen Victoria building is a good place to find lunch.
12 Take a ferry to Manly or hop in a taxi to Bondi. If you’ve already had enough of the city then embark on a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Book your Opera House tickets here.
13 ✈Sydney to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Australia itinerary with the Australia (WA & NT), Fiji & Samoa, New Zealand North or New Zealand South itinerary
You have another day in which to enjoy the Sydney sights. Book your airport transfer here.
Mid-range Sydney, Australia
1 ✈To Melbourne (Book >) Dep: Afternoon 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨Treasury on Collins (Book >) All hotels >
Book your transfer from the airport.
3 One of the best things to do in cultural, characterful Melbourne is to stroll around the city centre and riverfront, which may be all you feel like doing after that long flight. St. Paul’s Cathedral, the City Circle Tram and the National Gallery of Victoria are all well worth seeing. You will need a visa for this Australia itinerary. More info here.
4 🚗Melbourne to Port Fairy drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 17:00 🏨Comfort Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’ll be driving along the famous Great Ocean Road with its scenic views, shipwrecks, rainforests, sandy beaches and cute coastal villages. Allow time to stop off and enjoy! Melbourne can experience a huge range of weather in one day – come prepared.
5 🚗Port Fairy to Adelaide drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Adina Adelaide Treasury (Book >) All hotels >
Historic Port Fairy is a wonderful place to wake up in. You can either spend a little more time on the Great Ocean Road or take a short diversion to see the Grampians National Park. There are many places to see along the way on the Great Ocean Road so be sure to take your time.
6 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train (Book >) Dep: 12:15 🏨Train All hotels >
Stroll around Victoria Square and Hahndorf before boarding the train. If you have a spare day then consider adding a trip to Kangaroo Island.
7 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train
🚗Alice Springs to Uluru drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 14:00 Arr: 13:45

Arr: 19:30

🏨Longitude 131 (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in time to drive to Uluru where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset if travelling December-February. You can see a map of the sunset and sunrise areas here.
8 ✈Mutitjulu(Ayers Rock) to Cairns flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Jack & Newell Holiday Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
Wake up in time to catch sunrise and stroll around (not up!) Uluru before catching your flight. You’ll arrive in Cairns in time for an evening stroll along the waterfront. Pack a good filter water bottle.
9-10 Two full days to go snorkelling above the Great Barrier Reef, visit Fitzroy Island and ride the SkyRail Rainforest Cableway. The sun is incredibly strong here, fortunately sun cream is cheap in Australia.
11 ✈Cairns to Sydney flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
(Book >)
All hotels >
Relax at a café or pub in The Rocks, stroll along Darling Harbour and admire the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The Queen Victoria building is a good place to find lunch.
12 Take a ferry to Manly or hop in a taxi to Bondi. If you’ve already had enough of the city then embark on a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Book your Opera House tickets here.
13 ✈Sydney to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Australia itinerary with the Australia (WA & NT), Fiji & Samoa, New Zealand North or New Zealand South itinerary
You have another day in which to enjoy the Sydney sights. Book your airport transfer here.
Budget Byron Bay, Australia
1 ✈To Melbourne (Book >) Dep: Afternoon 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨The Mansion Melbourne (Book >) All hostels >
Take the Skybus from the airport.
3 One of the best things to do in cultural, characterful Melbourne is to stroll around the city centre and riverfront, which may be all you feel like doing after that long flight. St. Paul’s Cathedral, the City Circle Tram and the National Gallery of Victoria are all well worth seeing. You will need a visa for this Australia itinerary. More info here.
4 🚌Melbourne to Port Campbell bus (Book tour >) Dep: 07:40 Arr: Evening 🏨Tour hostel
Join a backpackers tour along the famous Great Ocean Road with its scenic views, shipwrecks, rainforests, sandy beaches and cute coastal villages. Your tour price includes meals, accommodation and national park entry fees.
5 🚌Port Campbell to Melbourne bus Dep: Morning Arr: 19:00 🏨The Mansion Melbourne (Book >) All hostels >
Your tour continues along the Great Ocean Road then heads inland to take in the impressive Grampians National Park The weather can change rapidly in Melbourne – come prepared.
6 ✈Melbourne to Mutitjulu (Ayers Rock) flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Outback Pioneer Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to enjoy sunset at Uluru. You can see a map of the sunset and sunrise areas here.
7 ✈Mutitjulu(Ayers Rock) to Cairns flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Travellers Oasis (Book >) All hostels >
Wake up in time to catch sunrise and stroll around (not up!) Uluru before catching your flight. You’ll arrive in Cairns in time for an evening stroll along the waterfront. The sun is incredibly strong here, fortunately sun cream is cheap in Australia.
8 Go snorkelling above the Great Barrier Reef and ride the SkyRail Rainforest Cableway. Do not touch the reef when snorkelling.
9 ✈Cairns to Brisbane flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Brisbane Quarters
(Book >)
All hostels >
Brisvegas is fun to explore by bicycle, as well as from a river cruise. See the galleries and museums of the Cultural Centre or visit the Lone Pine koala sanctuary. A Go Card can save you money if taking public transport in the city.
10 🚌Brisbane to Byron Bay bus (Book >) Dep: 09:20 Arr: 12:45 🏨Wake Up! Byron Beach
(Book >)
All hostels >
Beautiful Byron Bay has the perfect beach on which to relax, or how about signing up to a surf school? Swim between the red and yellow flags.
11 🚌Byron Bay to Sydney bus (Book >) Dep: 18:20 🏨Bus
Another day to enjoy the bay. I recommend taking a kayaking trip to see the dolphins or – if you’re lucky – a humpback whale. Grab some food for tonight’s journey. There is usually a festival or event happening in Byron. Check out this calendar.
12 🚌Byron Bay to Sydney bus Arr: 07:10 🏨Wake Up! Sydney Central
(Book >)
All hostels >
Relax at a café or pub in The Rocks, stroll along Darling Harbour and admire the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. If you prefer to stay near the beach then I can recommend Wake Up! Bondi Beach hostel.
13 Take a ferry to Manly or hop in a taxi to Bondi. If you’ve already had enough of the city then embark on a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Take a free walking tour to get to know the city.
14 ✈Sydney to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Australia itinerary with the Australia (WA & NT), Fiji & Samoa, New Zealand North or New Zealand South itinerary
You have another day in which to enjoy the Sydney sights. Take the Airport Link to the airport.

🇿🇦 SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town, South AfricaA two-week South Africa itinerary that takes in the best of this stunningly beautiful country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Addo, South Africa
1 ✈To Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨In flight!
Fuel stations in South Africa are not self-service. Remember to tip the attendant.
2 ✈To Port Elizabeth
🚗Port Elizabeth to Knysna drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Collect your car and drive straight to Knysna. Speed limits are strictly adhered to in South Africa.
3 Kayak in the bay, go whale watching, relax on nearby Plettenberg’s beaches, drive back along the road to Tsitsikamma or simply use your first full day chill out in this beautiful town. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
4 🚗Knysna to Hermanus drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Auberge Provence (Book >) All hotels >
You have all day to make this 4.5 hour drive, so use it to make a stop at the old-fashioned seaside resort of Mossel Bay before arriving into Hermanus to get down to some serious whale watching. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 🚗Hermanus to Stellenbosch drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Boschendal Cottages (Book >) All hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. Consider taking a tour so that you can try the wines without having to worry about driving. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 🚗Stellenbosch to Cape Town drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cape Grace Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a morning amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery before returning the car in Cape Town. You will arrive in the city in time to get the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It is safe to see sunset from Table Mountain.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8-9 🚄Cape Town to Pretoria train (Book >) Dep: 14:30 🏨Train (Book >)
You have the morning of day 8 to see any Cape Town sights you may have missed before boarding the train to Pretoria. You will need to dress smartly on the train.
10 🚄Cape Town to Pretoria train
🚗Pretoria to Kruger drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 11:00 Arr: 10:00

Arr: 16:00

🏨Kapama River Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Long drive into the depths of Kruger National Park, spotting wildlife along the way. Malaria is present in Kruger – make sure you have adequate protection.
11-12 Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
13-14 🚗Kruger to Johannesburg drive
✈Johannesburg to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:00Dep: Evening Arr: 15:00Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
Leave plenty of time for your drive back to the airport.
Mid-range Garden Route, South Africa
1 ✈To Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨In flight!
Fuel stations in South Africa are not self-service. Remember to tip the attendant.
2 ✈To Port Elizabeth flight
🚗Port Elizabeth to Knysna drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Collect your car and drive straight to Knysna. Speed limits are strictly adhered to in South Africa.
3 Kayak in the bay, go whale watching, relax on nearby Plettenberg’s beaches, drive back along the road to Tsitsikamma or simply use your first full day chill out in this beautiful town. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
4 🚗Knysna to Hermanus drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
You have all day to make this 4.5 hour drive, so use it to make a stop at the old-fashioned seaside resort of Mossel Bay before arriving into Hermanus to get down to some serious whale watching. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 🚗Hermanus to Stellenbosch drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 🏨Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House (Book >) All hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. Consider taking a tour so that you can try the wines without having to worry about driving. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 🚗Stellenbosch to Cape Town drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cape Heritage Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a morning amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery before returning the car in Cape Town. You will arrive in the city in time to get the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It is safe to see sunset from Table Mountain.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8 ✈Cape Town to Nelspruit flight (Book >)
🚗Nelspruit to Grietjie drive (Hire car >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 13:30

Arr: Afternoon

Arr: 16:30

🏨Casart Game Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive the Panorama Route to Grietjie Nature Reserve on the edge of Kruger. Look out for potholes when driving here.
9-11 Over the next few days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
12 🚗Grietjie to Johannesburg drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cotswold Gardens (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy as museum or two when you arrive into Jo’burg. The fastest route is a toll road.
13 ✈Johannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
More time to see Jo’burgs museums and galleries.
Budget Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 ✈To Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨In flight!
Port Elizabeth airport is close to downtown and so taxis will be cheap.
2 ✈To Port Elizabeth Arr: Afternoon 🏨Riverfront Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Walk the Donkin Heritage Trail and relax on the city’s stunning beaches. Public buses are a good way to get about the city. Schedules can be found here.
3 🚌Port Elizabeth to Knysna bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 12:45 🏨Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers  (Book >) All hostels >
An early start but it’s worth it for having the afternoon in beautiful Knysna. This South Africa itinerary is 14 days long, but you may wish to extend it with more time here. Knysna has a mild climate throughout the year.
4 🚌Knysna to Hermanus bus (Book >) Dep: 12:45 Arr: 19:30 🏨Zzzone (Book >) All hostels >
After a relaxing morning in Knysna enjoy the stunning drive to Hermanus. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 🚌Hermanus to Stellenbosch bus (Book >) Dep: 19:30 Arr: 20:15 🏨Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Get up close to the whales with a walk along the cliffs or a cruise. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
6 🚌Stellenbosch to Cape Town bus (Book >) Dep: 20:15 Arr: 21:30 🏨CURIOCITY Cape Town (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a day amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery taking the bus to Cape Town. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most Stellenbosch cellars.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8 ✈Cape Town to Johannesburg flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Backpackers Connection (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy more Cape Town sights including the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It’s safe to take the cableway up Table Mountain at any time of day.
9 🚌Johannesburg to Masodini bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 13:00 🏨Masodini Game Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Take the transfer bus from Jo’burg airport to Masodini where you can commence your safari. The Kruger area is malarial so please take precautions.
10-11 Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
12 🚌Masodini to Johannesburg bus (Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 17:00 🏨CurioCity Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Your hostel offers tours, as well as activities such as yoga on the roof. You’re staying in a lively and safe part of the city.
13-14 ✈Johannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
Time to see some of Jo’burgs museums and galleries.

🇹🇭 THAILAND

Thailand itineraryThailand will never disappoint. This Thailand itinerary takes in ancient sites, lush forests, hill tribes and sublime beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Golden Palace, Bangkok
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Mandarin Oriental (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Akyra Manor (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam DAng National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Surin Phuket (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga).
You can find ferry times here.
If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Mandarin Oriental (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Laos, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Chiang Mai, Thailand
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Akara Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Oriental Siam Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dang National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Amira Phuket (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Ban Sainai hotel on Krabi). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Akara Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Laos, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Bangkok, Thailand
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Buddy Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Villa Thai Orchid (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dang National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Lub d Phuket Patong (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Bananas Bungalows on Phang Nga). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Buddy Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Laos, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Take the rail link to the airport.