FRANCE

Few countries offer as much to see as France. These itineraries capture the highlights, from must-see Paris, to ancient Carcassonne, to the vineyards of Bordeaux, to Côte d’Azur beaches to the snowy French Alps. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your France itinerary:

Luxury
1 To Paris (✈ Book >)
(🚄 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Maison Souquet (Book >) See all hotels >
You’re in one of the most beautiful capitals on Earth, so get started straight away on the sights. Despite the devastating fire, Notre Dame cathedral remains an impressive place to see. Just down river is the famous Louvre museum. Wander back through La Marais neighbourhood to the historic Place De La Bastille. Tonight see a show at the Opéra Garnier. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 Take in the views from Sacré-Coeur in the lovely Montmartre area, hop on the Metro to Père Lachaise cemetery then return to the centre for a visit to Musée d’Orsay. Venture into the Paris Catacombs then end your day atop the Eiffel Tower. Consider buying a Paris Pass.
3 🚄Paris to Versailles (Book >)
🚄Versailles to Chartres (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 16:40
Arr: Morning
Arr: 17:27
🏨Grand Monarque (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a little more time in Paris then a few hours in Versailles to see the spectacular palace. You’ll arrive into Chartres with plenty of time for an evening visit to the cathedral. Versailles Chantiers train station is about 18 minutes by foot to the Palace.
4 🚄Chartres to Bordeaux
(Book >)
Dep: 08:05 Arr: 11:56 🏨Yndo Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into beautiful Bordeaux in time for lunch then depart on a full afternoon tour of the nearby vineyards. The Place de la Bourse is the perfect place to round off an evening. Hold off on buying wnie until you’ve toured the vineyards, where good deals and even better advice can be had.
5 🚄Bordeaux to Toulouse
(Book >)
Dep: 10:30 Arr: 12:43 🏨La Cour des Consuls Hôtel & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
In the morning go to Places des Quinconces to see Chateau Trompette, then on to the Cours du Chapeau Rouge to admire the Grand Théatre. In Toulouse stroll along the cloisters of Couvent des Jacobins, stop for a drink in the courtyard of the Bemberg Foundation and take a tour of Basilica of Saint Sernin. The Pont Neuf is a memorable sight at night. Wait until you find yourself alone in the Couvent des Jacobins – the serenity here is wonderful.
6 🚄Toulouse to Carcassonne
(Book >)
Dep: 10:15 Arr: 11:25 🏨Hôtel de la Cité (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve arrived into Carcassonne and dropped off your bags, head straight for the citadel ramparts and Château Comtal. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
7 🚄Carcassonne to Montpellier
(Book >)
Dep: 09:39 Arr: 11:11 🏨Domaine de Verchant (Book >) See all hotels >
Start in Montpellier’s Place de la Comédie and the awe-inspiring Cathedrale St Pierre. Take tram #3 to the beach or just hang out in the characterful Old Town. In the evening walk along the Promenade du Peyrou to the Château d’eau. Pickpockets are a problem in many French cities (especially Paris) – remain vigilant.
8 🚄Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence
(Book >)
Dep: 10:14 Arr: 12:40 🏨Le Mas d’Entremont (Book >) See all hotels >
Today and tomorrow you get to relax in the sublime surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Peek inside the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence and be inspired by the art in Atelier Cézanne. In the evenings stroll along Le Cours Mirabeau. “Bonjour”, “s’il vous plait”, “merci” – three basic words you should have in your vocabulary.
9 People watch in Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and shop at the Le Grand Marché market (open Tue, Thu, Sat). If the weather’s good then take in the views at Le Terrain des Peintres. Take a look at these useful tips on how to spot a good bakery in France.
10 🚄Aix-en-Provence to Nice
🚄Nice to Monte-Carlo
(Book >)
Dep: 08:01
Dep: 11:37
Arr: 11:10
Arr: 12:03
🏨Hotel Hermitage (Book >) See all hotels >
In Monte Carlo hang out on Larvotto Beach the visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco has many steep hills – save your energy by catching the handy buses.
11 Use Monte-Carlo as your base for visiting the beaches and villages of the Côte d’Azur. Take bus 112 to visit the cliff top village of Eve.
12 🚄Monte-Carlo to Avignon
🚄Avignon to Lyon
(Book >)
Dep: 09:33
Dep: 14:28
Arr: 13:28
Arr: 15:29
🏨Hôtel Carlton (Book >) See all hotels >
In Lyon the Roman Theatre of Fourviére is the oldest in France, after you’ve seen that wander around the Presqu’ile District which contains architectural gems such as the opera house and city hall. Don’t miss taking the tram up to Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica. Les Halles De Lyon is a great place to pick up some delicious food.
13 🚄Lyon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
🚄Bellegarde to St-Gervais-les-Bains
🚌St-Gervais to Chamonix
(Book >)
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 12:09
Dep: 14:06
Arr: 11:58
Arr: 13:56
Arr: 14:38
🏨Hôtel Mont-Blanc (Book >) See all hotels >
After 4 hours of travel you’ll be up in the magnificent French Alps. Chamonix is a bustling, charming town from which to explore the area. This site has some excellent hiking suggestions.
14 A full day on which to enjoy some hikes, bicycle rides, rafting etc. in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne near the tourist office is a good place to get hiking advice.
15 🚌Chamonix to Geneva 
(Book >)
✈Geneva to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 13:05
Arr: Afternoon
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Buses leave at any time from 05:45 if you need to get an earlier flight.
Mid-range
1 To Paris (✈ Book >)
(🚄 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Design Secret de Paris (Book >) See all hotels >
You’re in one of the most beautiful capitals on Earth, so get started straight away on the sights. Despite the devastating fire, Notre Dame cathedral remains an impressive place to see. Just down river is the famous Louvre museum. Wander back through La Marais neighbourhood to the historic Place De La Bastille. Tonight see a show at the Opéra Garnier. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 Take in the views from Sacré-Coeur in the lovely Montmartre area, hop on the Metro to Père Lachaise cemetery then return to the centre for a visit to Musée d’Orsay. Venture into the Paris Catacombs then end your day atop the Eiffel Tower. Consider buying a Paris Pass.
3 🚄Paris to Versailles (Book >)
🚄Versailles to Chartres (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 16:40
Arr: Morning
Arr: 17:27
🏨Grand Monarque (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a little more time in Paris then a few hours in Versailles to see the spectacular palace. You’ll arrive into Chartres with plenty of time for an evening visit to the cathedral. Versailles Chantiers train station is about 18 minutes by foot to the Palace.
4 🚄Chartres to Bordeaux
(Book >)
Dep: 08:05 Arr: 11:56 🏨L’ Hôtel Particulier (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into beautiful Bordeaux in time for lunch then depart on a full afternoon tour of the nearby vineyards. The Place de la Bourse is the perfect place to round off an evening. Hold off on buying wnie until you’ve toured the vineyards, where good deals and even better advice can be had.
5 🚄Bordeaux to Toulouse
(Book >)
Dep: 10:30 Arr: 12:43 🏨Mercure Toulouse Sud (Book >) See all hotels >
In the morning go to Places des Quinconces to see Chateau Trompette, then on to the Cours du Chapeau Rouge to admire the Grand Théatre. In Toulouse stroll along the cloisters of Couvent des Jacobins, stop for a drink in the courtyard of the Bemberg Foundation and take a tour of Basilica of Saint Sernin. The Pont Neuf is a memorable sight at night. Wait until you find yourself alone in the Couvent des Jacobins – the serenity here is wonderful.
6 🚄Toulouse to Carcassonne
(Book >)
Dep: 10:15 Arr: 11:25 🏨Hôtel Pont Levis (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve arrived into Carcassonne and dropped off your bags, head straight for the citadel ramparts and Château Comtal. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
7 🚄Carcassonne to Montpellier
(Book >)
Dep: 09:39 Arr: 11:11 🏨Hôtel Eurociel Centre Comédie (Book >) See all hotels >
Start in Montpellier’s Place de la Comédie and the awe-inspiring Cathedrale St Pierre. Take tram #3 to the beach or just hang out in the characterful Old Town. In the evening walk along the Promenade du Peyrou to the Château d’eau. Pickpockets are a problem in many French cities (especially Paris) – remain vigilant.
8 🚄Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence
(Book >)
Dep: 10:14 Arr: 12:40 🏨Renaissance Aix-en-Provence (Book >) See all hotels >
Today and tomorrow you get to relax in the sublime surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Peek inside the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence and be inspired by the art in Atelier Cézanne. In the evenings stroll along Le Cours Mirabeau. “Bonjour”, “s’il vous plait”, “merci” – three basic words you should have in your vocabulary.
9 People watch in Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and shop at the Le Grand Marché market (open Tue, Thu, Sat). If the weather’s good then take in the views at Le Terrain des Peintres. Take a look at these useful tips on how to spot a good bakery in France.
10 🚄Aix-en-Provence to Nice
🚄Nice to Monte-Carlo
(Book >)
Dep: 08:01
Dep: 11:37
Arr: 11:10
Arr: 12:03
🏨Hotel Colombus (Book >) See all hotels >
In Monte Carlo hang out on Larvotto Beach the visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco has many steep hills – save your energy by catching the handy buses.
11 Use Monte-Carlo as your base for visiting the beaches and villages of the Côte d’Azur. Take bus 112 to visit the cliff top village of Eve.
12 🚄Monte-Carlo to Avignon
🚄Avignon to Lyon
(Book >)
Dep: 09:33
Dep: 14:28
Arr: 13:28
Arr: 15:29
🏨Parksaône (Book >) See all hotels >
In Lyon the Roman Theatre of Fourviére is the oldest in France, after you’ve seen that wander around the Presqu’ile District which contains architectural gems such as the opera house and city hall. Don’t miss taking the tram up to Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica. Les Halles De Lyon is a great place to pick up some delicious food.
13 🚄Lyon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
🚄Bellegarde to St-Gervais-les-Bains
🚌St-Gervais to Chamonix
(Book >)
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 12:09
Dep: 14:06
Arr: 11:58
Arr: 13:56
Arr: 14:38
🏨Auberge Du Manoire (Book >) See all hotels >
After 4 hours of travel you’ll be up in the magnificent French Alps. Chamonix is a bustling, charming town from which to explore the area. This site has some excellent hiking suggestions.
14 A full day on which to enjoy some hikes, bicycle rides, rafting etc. in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne near the tourist office is a good place to get hiking advice.
15 🚌Chamonix to Geneva 
(Book >)
✈Geneva to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 13:05
Arr: Afternoon
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Buses leave at any time from 05:45 if you need to get an earlier flight.
Budget
1 To Paris (✈ Book >)
(🚄 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨MIJE Fourcy (Book >) See all hotels >
You’re in one of the most beautiful capitals on Earth, so get started straight away on the sights. Despite the devastating fire, Notre Dame cathedral remains an impressive place to see. Just down river is the famous Louvre museum. Wander back through La Marais neighbourhood to the historic Place De La Bastille. Tonight see a show at the Opéra Garnier. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 Take in the views from Sacré-Coeur in the lovely Montmartre area, hop on the Metro to Père Lachaise cemetery then return to the centre for a visit to Musée d’Orsay. Venture into the Paris Catacombs then end your day atop the Eiffel Tower. Consider buying a Paris Pass.
3 🚄Paris to Versailles (Book >)
🚄Versailles to Chartres (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 16:40
Arr: Morning
Arr: 17:27
🏨Première Classe Chartres Barjouville (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a little more time in Paris then a few hours in Versailles to see the spectacular palace. You’ll arrive into Chartres with plenty of time for an evening visit to the cathedral. Versailles Chantiers train station is about 18 minutes by foot to the Palace.
4 🚄Chartres to Bordeaux
(Book >)
Dep: 08:05 Arr: 11:56 🏨Hostel 20 (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrive into beautiful Bordeaux in time for lunch then depart on a full afternoon tour of the nearby vineyards. The Place de la Bourse is the perfect place to round off an evening. Hold off on buying wnie until you’ve toured the vineyards, where good deals and even better advice can be had.
5 🚄Bordeaux to Toulouse
(Book >)
Dep: 10:30 Arr: 12:43 🏨La Petite Auberge de Saint-Sernin (Book >) See all hotels >
In the morning go to Places des Quinconces to see Chateau Trompette, then on to the Cours du Chapeau Rouge to admire the Grand Théatre. In Toulouse stroll along the cloisters of Couvent des Jacobins, stop for a drink in the courtyard of the Bemberg Foundation and take a tour of Basilica of Saint Sernin. The Pont Neuf is a memorable sight at night. Wait until you find yourself alone in the Couvent des Jacobins – the serenity here is wonderful.
6 🚄Toulouse to Carcassonne
(Book >)
Dep: 10:15 Arr: 11:25 🏨Millett Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve arrived into Carcassonne and dropped off your bags, head straight for the citadel ramparts and Château Comtal. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
7 🚄Carcassonne to Montpellier
(Book >)
Dep: 09:39 Arr: 11:11 🏨Coeur Urbain Bedrooms (Book >) See all hotels >
Start in Montpellier’s Place de la Comédie and the awe-inspiring Cathedrale St Pierre. Take tram #3 to the beach or just hang out in the characterful Old Town. In the evening walk along the Promenade du Peyrou to the Château d’eau. Pickpockets are a problem in many French cities (especially Paris) – remain vigilant.
8 🚄Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence
(Book >)
Dep: 10:14 Arr: 12:40 🏨Goclands (Book >) See all hotels >
Today and tomorrow you get to relax in the sublime surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Peek inside the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence and be inspired by the art in Atelier Cézanne. In the evenings stroll along Le Cours Mirabeau. “Bonjour”, “s’il vous plait”, “merci” – three basic words you should have in your vocabulary.
9 People watch in Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and shop at the Le Grand Marché market (open Tue, Thu, Sat). If the weather’s good then take in the views at Le Terrain des Peintres. Take a look at these useful tips on how to spot a good bakery in France.
10 🚄Aix-en-Provence to Nice
(Book >)
Dep: 08:01 Arr: 11:10 🏨Meyerbeer Beach (Book >) See all hotels >
Stroll along the beach and then visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco has many steep hills – save your energy by catching the handy buses.
11 Use Nice as your base for visiting the beaches and villages of the Côte d’Azur. Take bus 112 to visit Monte Carlo and the cliff top village of Eze.
12 🚌Nice to Lyon
(Book >)
Dep: 11:30 Arr: 19:35 🏨Le Flâneur Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
In Lyon wander around the Presqu’ile District which contains architectural gems such as the opera house and city hall.  Les Halles De Lyon is a great place to pick up some delicious food.
13 🚄Lyon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
🚄Bellegarde to St-Gervais-les-Bains
🚌St-Gervais to Chamonix
(Book >)
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 12:09
Dep: 14:06
Arr: 11:58
Arr: 13:56
Arr: 14:38
🏨Chamonix Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
In Lyon get up early and take the tram up to Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica for stupendous views. After 4 hours of travel you’ll be up in the magnificent French Alps. Chamonix is a bustling, charming town from which to explore the area. This site has some excellent hiking suggestions.
14 A full day on which to enjoy some hikes, bicycle rides, rafting etc. in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne near the tourist office is a good place to get hiking advice.
15 🚌Chamonix to Geneva 
(Book >)
✈Geneva to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 13:05
Arr: Afternoon
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Buses leave at any time from 05:45 if you need to get an earlier flight.
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PORTUGAL

Portugal remains excellent value for money and, with this 8-day trip, you’re sure to come away with some wonderful memories. Read about how this Portugal plan was put together in The Plan Workshop. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Portugal itinerary:

Luxury
1 ✈To Lisbon (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Avenida Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
What to do in Lisbon? Wander around the pretty streets, eat pasteis de nata (I think Manteigaria is the best), taking in Belem and the impressive Padrão dos Descobrimentos sculpture on the waterfront. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 🚄Lisbon to Sintra (Book >) Dep: 10:58 Arr: 11:45 🏨Sintra Marmoris Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a tram up to Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon then catch a train to Sintra and visit the spectacular palaces including Pena and the Palace Of Sintra. If you’ve time then walk up to the Castle of the Moors. You may want to stay overnight and visit the beaches of Praia da Ursa and Praia da Adraga. Bairro Alto in Lisbon is the place to hear Fado music. Tasca do Chico is a great place to go if you don’t want to eat.
3 🚄Sintra to Lisbon Sete Rios (Book >)
🚄Lisbon Sete Rios to Évora
(Book >)
Dep: 10:56
Dep: 11:45
Arr: 11:32
Arr: 13:35
🏨Convento do Espinheiro (Book >) See all hotels >
See any sights you missed in Sintra then depart for Évora. Once a Roman trading town, Évora still retains traces of this civilisation, including at the Diana Temple. The Bone Chapel makes for a spooky visit and the aqueduct is also well worth seeing. Get lost in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get to know the city and you only need to head uphill to find yourself back at the Diana Temple.
4 🚄Evora to Lisbon Entrecampos
(Book >)
🚌Lisbon Campo Grande to Obidos
(Book >)
Dep: 09:06
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 10:27

Arr: 12:00

🏨Real D’Óbidos (Book >) See all hotels >
Walk around Obidos’s town walls making sure not to miss the gorgeous Porta da Vila. Soak up the atmosphere on the town’s cobbled streets. The Rapida Verde bus for Obidos is on Rua Actor Antonio Silva.
5 🚄Obidos to Coimbra
(More info >)
Dep: 11:03 Arr: 13:12 🏨Sapientia Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Easily explored on foot, Coimbra’s highlights include the university, Biblioteca Joanina, the old cathedral and the charming medieval downtown. Don’t miss the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Santa Cruz. Tickets between Obidos and Coimbra cannot be booked in advance.
6 🚄Coimbra to Porto
(Book >)
Dep: 09:31 Arr: 10:46 🏨InterContinental Palacio das Cardosas (Book >) See all hotels >
Browse the books in Porto’s Livraria Lello, take in the view from Dom Luis I Bridge, visit the Palácio da Bolsa and scale the Torre dos Clérigos before visiting a port wine cellar in Gaia. Porto is famous for its azulejo tiles – keep an eye out for them when exploring the city (especially in the train station’s portico).
7 Today take a cruise down the Douro River which will take in the Carrapatelo and Crestuma-Lever dams and the charming Douro Valley town of Régua from where you’ll return to Porto. From Porto you can also embark on multi-day cruises down the Douro all the way to Spain.
8 ✈Porto to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon What did you think of this Portugal itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Lisbon (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Britania (Book >) See all hotels >
What to do in Lisbon? Wander around the pretty streets, eat pasteis de nata (I think Manteigaria is the best), taking in Belem and the impressive Padrão dos Descobrimentos sculpture on the waterfront. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 🚄Lisbon to Sintra (Book >) Dep: 10:58 Arr: 11:45 🏨Sintra Bliss House (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a tram up to Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon then catch a train to Sintra and visit the spectacular palaces including Pena and the Palace Of Sintra. If you’ve time then walk up to the Castle of the Moors. You may want to stay overnight and visit the beaches of Praia da Ursa and Praia da Adraga. Bairro Alto in Lisbon is the place to hear Fado music. Tasca do Chico is a great place to go if you don’t want to eat.
3 🚄Sintra Sete Rios (Book >)
🚄Lisbon Sete Rios to Évora
(Book >)
Dep: 10:56
Dep: 11:45
Arr: 11:32
Arr: 13:35
🏨Évora Olive Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
See any sights you missed in Sintra then depart for Évora. Once a Roman trading town, Évora still retains traces of this civilisation, including at the Diana Temple. The Bone Chapel makes for a spooky visit and the aqueduct is also well worth seeing. Get lost in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get to know the city and you only need to head uphill to find yourself back at the Diana Temple.
4 🚄Evora to Lisbon Entrecampos
(Book >)
🚌Lisbon Campo Grande to Obidos
(Book >)
Dep: 09:06
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 10:27

Arr: 12:00

🏨Real D’Óbidos (Book >) See all hotels >
Walk around Obidos’s town walls making sure not to miss the gorgeous Porta da Vila. Soak up the atmosphere on the town’s cobbled streets. The Rapida Verde bus for Obidos is on Rua Actor Antonio Silva.
5 🚄Obidos to Coimbra
(More info >)
Dep: 11:03 Arr: 13:12 🏨Sapientia Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Easily explored on foot, Coimbra’s highlights include the university, Biblioteca Joanina, the old cathedral and the charming medieval downtown. Don’t miss the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Santa Cruz. Tickets between Obidos and Coimbra cannot be booked in advance.
6 🚄Coimbra to Porto
(Book >)
Dep: 09:31 Arr: 10:46 🏨Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Browse the books in Porto’s Livraria Lello, take in the view from Dom Luis I Bridge, visit the Palácio da Bolsa and scale the Torre dos Clérigos before visiting a port wine cellar in Gaia. Porto is famous for its azulejo tiles – keep an eye out for them when exploring the city (especially in the train station’s portico).
7 Today take a cruise down the Douro River which will take in the Carrapatelo and Crestuma-Lever dams and the charming Douro Valley town of Régua from where you’ll return to Porto. From Porto you can also embark on multi-day cruises down the Douro all the way to Spain.
8 ✈Porto to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon What did you think of this Portugal itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book a transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Lisbon (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Lisboa Central Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
What to do in Lisbon? Wander around the pretty streets, eat pasteis de nata (I think Manteigaria is the best), taking in Belem and the impressive Padrão dos Descobrimentos sculpture on the waterfront. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 🚄Lisbon to Sintra (Book >) Dep: 10:58 Arr: 11:45 🏨Hostel Nice Way (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a tram up to Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon then catch a train to Sintra and visit the spectacular palaces including Pena and the Palace Of Sintra. If you’ve time then walk up to the Castle of the Moors. You may want to stay overnight and visit the beaches of Praia da Ursa and Praia da Adraga. Lisbon’s Bairro Alto is the place to hear Fado music. Tasca do Chico is a great place to go if you don’t want to eat.
3 🚄Sintra Sete Rios (Book >)
🚄Lisbon Sete Rios to Évora
(Book >)
Dep: 10:56
Dep: 11:45
Arr: 11:32
Arr: 13:35
🏨Hostel Raymundo (Book >) See all hotels >
See any sights you missed in Lisbon then depart for Évora. Once a Roman trading town, Évora still retains traces of this civilisation, including at the Diana Temple. The Bone Chapel makes for a spooky visit and the aqueduct is also well worth seeing. Get lost in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get to know the city and you only need to head uphill to find yourself back at the Diana Temple.
4 🚄Evora to Lisbon Entrecampos
(Book >)
🚌Lisbon Campo Grande to Obidos
(Book >)
Dep: 09:06
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 10:27

Arr: 12:00

🏨Hostels Argonauta (Book >) See all hotels >
Walk around Obidos’s town walls making sure not to miss the gorgeous Porta da Vila. Soak up the atmosphere on the town’s cobbled streets. The Rapida Verde bus for Obidos is on Rua Actor Antonio Silva.
5 🚄Obidos to Coimbra
(More info >)
Dep: 11:03 Arr: 13:12 🏨The Luggage Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Easily explored on foot, Coimbra’s highlights include the university, Biblioteca Joanina, the old cathedral and the charming medieval downtown. Don’t miss the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Santa Cruz. Tickets between Obidos and Coimbra cannot be booked in advance.
6 🚄Coimbra to Porto
(Book >)
Dep: 09:31 Arr: 10:46 🏨Porto Spot Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Browse the books in Porto’s Livraria Lello, take in the view from Dom Luis I Bridge, visit the Palácio da Bolsa and scale the Torre dos Clérigos before visiting a port wine cellar in Gaia. Porto is famous for its azulejo tiles – keep an eye out for them when exploring the city (especially in the train station’s portico).
7 Today take a cruise down the Douro River which will take in the Carrapatelo and Crestuma-Lever dams and the charming Douro Valley town of Régua from where you’ll return to Porto. Café Majestic is a bit of a tourist trap, instead wander the side streets and stop in whichever takes your fancy.
8 ✈Porto to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon What did you think of this Portugal itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Purple Metro Line E runs to the airport.

MOROCCO

Morocco is one of those countries that frequently found itself at the crossroads of history. This is evident in the many ancient and exotic towns and cities. It’s also a great place from which to dip your toes into the Sahara. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Morocco travel plan:

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

Dep: 15:00

Arr: 09:00

Arr: 19:00

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

WESTERN TURKEY

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

Luxury
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Four Seasons at Sultanahmet(Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Artur Hotel (Book >) See 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. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir (Book >) See all hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from 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(Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Yacht Classic (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas
(Book >)
Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Lukka Exclusive (Book >) See all hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. The old amphitheatre is safe to visit at night and looks amazing under spotlights.
11 🚌Kas to Antalya Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Hotel Barat Lara (Book >) See 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
(Book >)
🚕Kayseri to Ürgüp (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

🏨Kayakapi Premium Caves (Book >) See 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
✈Kayseri to Istanbul (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
What did you think of this Western Turkey itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨White House Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Artur Hotel (Book >) See 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. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Renaissance Izmir (Book >) See all hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from 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(Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Jiva Beach Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas
(Book >)
Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Hotel Sonne (Book >) See all hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. You may want to invest in your own snorkelling kit to visit Kucuk Cakil or Buyuk Cakil beach for free
11 🚌Kas to Antalya Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Dogan Hotel (Book >) See 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
(Book >)
🚕Kayseri to Ürgüp (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

🏨Perimasali Cave Hotel (Book >) See 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
✈Kayseri to Istanbul (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
What did you think of this Western Turkey itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Budget
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Second Home Hostel(Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from 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 (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Güven otel (Book >) See all hotels >
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. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Piano Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from 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(Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Sakura Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Either dolmus or regular buses can take you to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas
(Book >)
Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Meltem Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. You may want to invest in your own snorkelling kit to visit Kucuk Cakil or Buyuk Cakil beach for free.
11 🚌Kas to Antalya Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Role Street Hostel (Book >) See 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 Göreme
(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 Arr: 07:15 🏨Sato Cave Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >)
✈Kayseri to Istanbul (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 06:15
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 07:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
What did you think of this Western Turkey itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.

ITALY

With thousands of years of history, this trip to Italy is like visiting a museum for 16 days. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Andalucia travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Moresco (Book >) See all hotels >
Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. We recommend being at the top when the bells ring! The Orient Express is an unforgettable overnight alternative to flying.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a peaceful ride in a gondola, visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 🚄Venice to Verona (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨Altana Relais Verona Boutique Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena.
5 🚄Verona to Bologna (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Grand Hotel Majestic (Book >) See all hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in. Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence(Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨Ville sull’Arno (Book >) See all hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so wear comfortable shoes as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨Relais degli Angeli (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 🚌Siena to Rome (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨The Inn At The Roman Forum (Book >) See all hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can stroll around the Forum, just outside your hotel. Catch a taxi in Rome from a taxi stand – you won’t have to wait long. This site provides a handy guide to fares.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. If time, go to the Galleria Borghese. On day 12 take a taxi to the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Hotel La Minervetta (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, hire a car and cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Ride the funicolare up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can walk to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Grand Hotel Vesuvio  (Book >) See all hotels >
Once in Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the afternoon go on a half day tour of Pompeii. Book a seat in advance for the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Italy itinerary? Leave your feedback below.
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Ca’ Bonvicini (Book >) See all hotels >
Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. We recommend being at the top when the bells ring! Gondola ride a bit too expensive? Take a short traghetto ride across the Grand Canal instead.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a peaceful ride in a gondola, visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Vaporetto no.1 offers amazing views of Venice from a distance as well as along the Grand Canal. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 🚄Venice to Verona (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨Relais Empire (Book >) See all hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena.
5 🚄Verona to Bologna (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Aemilia Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in. Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence(Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨c-hotels Joy (Book >) See all hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so wear comfortable shoes as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨I Tetti di Siena (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 🚌Siena to Rome (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨Palm Gallery Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can make a quick visit Galleria Borghese and surrounding gardens. Catch a taxi in Rome from a taxi stand – you won’t have to wait long. This site provides a handy guide to fares.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Afterwards admire the grand Forum. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. On day 12 take a taxi to the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Palazzo Marziale (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, hire a car and cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Ride the funicolare up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can walk to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Week-End A Napoli (Book >) See all hotels >
Once in Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the afternoon go on a half day tour of Pompeii. Book a seat in advance for the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Italy itinerary? Leave your feedback below.
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
Budget
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Anda Venice (Book >) See all hotels >
Your hostel is in Mestre and buses run from just outside to Venice every 10 mins. Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. We recommend being at the top when the bells ring! Gondola ride a bit too expensive? Take a short traghetto ride across the Grand Canal instead.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection,  visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Vaporetto no.1 offers amazing views of Venice from a distance as well as along the Grand Canal. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 🚄Venice to Verona (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨The Hostello (Book >) See all hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena – the cheapest tickets are on the stone steps but on a first-come-first-served basis. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena. Take something to sit on too – the stone steps aren’t comfortable!
5 🚄Verona to Bologna (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Il Nosadillo (Book >) See all hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in (you may want to buy a Bologna Welcome card). Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence(Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨Hostel Gallo d’Oro (Book >) See all hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so wear comfortable shoes as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨Hostel Guidoriccio (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 🚌Siena to Rome (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨Meininger Roma Termini (Book >) See all hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can stroll around the Forum, just outside your hotel. The Rome Metro is cheap and easy to use. You may want to get a Roma Pass which could save you money on entry tickets and travel.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. If time, go to the Galleria Borghese. On day 12 take the Metro to Cipro station and visit the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Ulisse Deluxe Hostel  (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, take a bus along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Walk up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can continue on to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Naples Experience Hostel  (Book >) See all hotels >
Take the train to Pompei Scavi to visit the ruined city. In Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the late afternoon go on a guided tour of Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Italy itinerary? Leave your feedback below.
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.

MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Pristine jungle, perfect beaches, breathtaking wildlife, ancient temples…Malaysia is amazing value for money. We’ve also 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. Here’s your Thailand travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Kuala Lumpur(Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨The Majestic (Book >) See 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
⛴️Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 13:30
🏨Mutiara Taman Negara (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
🚕Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

🏨The Edison (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨The Datai (Book >) See 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
✈Kuala Lumpur to Kuching (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Cove 55 (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax at your resort and plan out the next couple of days Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first.
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 (Book >)
✈]Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Kuala Lumpur(Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨Hotel Mov (Book >) See 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
⛴️Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 17:00
🏨Tebing Guesthouse (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
🚕Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

🏨Areca Penang (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Berjaya Resort (Book >) See 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
✈Kuala Lumpur to Kuching (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Imperial Riverbank (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Eden54 (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the city and bag a bargain at the handicraft market. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first.
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 (Book >)
✈]Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Kuala Lumpur(Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨Revopackers (Book >) See 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
⛴️Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 17:00
🏨WildLodge(Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Sleepbox Hotel (Book >) See 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 (Book >)
🚌Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

🏨Ryokan Muntri Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Bed Attitude (Book >) See 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
✈Kuala Lumpur to Kuching (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Borneo Seahare Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨SKYPOD Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the city and bag a bargain at the handicraft market. Planning to climb Mt Kinabalu? Read these tips first.
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 (Book >)
✈]Kuala Lumpur to Home
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Morning (next day)
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Book your transfer to the airport.

SOUTH AFRICA

A two-week holiday that takes in the best of this stunningly beautiful country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your South Africa travel plan:

Luxury
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 (Hire car >>)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Auberge Provence (Book >) See 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 Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Boschendal Cottages (Book >) See all hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 🚗Stellenbosch to Cape Town Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cape Grace Hotel (Book >) See 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 (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
🚗Pretoria to Kruger (Hire car >)
Dep: 11:00 Arr: 10:00

Arr: 16:00

🏨Kapama River Lodge (Book >) See 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 🚗Kruger to Johannesburg
✈Johannesburg to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:00

Dep: Evening

Arr: 15:00

Arr: Morning (next day)

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Leave plenty of time for your drive back to the airport.
Mid-range
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 (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse (Book >) See 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 Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House (Book >) See all hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 🚗Stellenbosch to Cape Town Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cape Heritage Hotel (Book >) See 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(Book >)
🚗Nelspruit to Grietjie (Hire car >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 13:30

Arr: Afternoon

Arr: 16:30

🏨Casart Game Lodge (Book >) See 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 Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cotswold Gardens (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy as museum or two when you arrive into Jo’burg. The fastest route is a toll road.
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More time to see Jo’burgs museums and galleries.
Budget
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 🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 12:45 🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
An early start but it’s worth it for having the afternoon in beautiful Knysna. Knysna has a mild climate throughout the year.
4 🚌Knysna to Hermanus Dep: 12:45 Arr: 19:30 🏨138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse (Book >) See all hotels >
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 Dep: 19:30 Arr: 20:15 🏨Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House (Book >) See all hotels >
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 Dep: 20:15 Arr: 21:30 🏨Cape Heritage Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Outlook Lodge O.R. Tambo (Book >) See all hotels >
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 (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 13:00 🏨Masodini Game Lodge (Book >) See 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 (Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 17:00 🏨CurioCity Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
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 ✈Johannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this South Africa itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Time to see some of Jo’burgs museums and galleries.

 

THAILAND

Thailand will never disappoint. This itinerary takes in ancient sites, lush forests, hill tribes and sublime beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Thailand travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Mandarin Oriental(Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 07:15 🏨Akyra Manor (Book >) See 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 Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Surin Phuket (Book >) See 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 (we 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 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Mandarin Oriental(Book >) See 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 What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Akara Hotel (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 07:15 🏨Oriental Riverside Resort (Book >) See 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 Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Amira Phuket (Book >) See 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 (we 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Akara Hotel Book >) See 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.
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Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨The Yard Hostel (Book >) See 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 (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 Arr: 07:15 🏨Villa Thai Orchid (Book >) See 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 Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Lub d Phuket Patong (Book >) See 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 (we 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 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨The Yard Hostel (Book >) See 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.
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Take the rail link to the airport.

INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

A two-week holiday which takes in the incredible sights of Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Rajasthan – India travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨The Leela Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 🚄New Delhi to Agra Cantt (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 🏨Crystal Sarovar Premiere (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll need a full day to enjoy the grandeur of the magnificent Taj Mahal (see here for ticket info). You will need to register with IRCTC before buying a ticket on their site.
4 🚄Agra Cantt to Jaipur (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 🏨Jai Mahal Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 🚕Jaipur to Pushkar Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 🏨The Westin
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Join the crowds in Brahma Temple and walk around Pushkar Lake. When the heat of the day eases walk up to Savitri Temple and admire the view. Arrange the private car and driver to Pushkar with your Jaipur hotel.
6 🚕Pushkar to Jodhpur Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 🏨Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) See all hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate Jaswant Thada then join the throngs in the Old City markets and peer into the Step Well. Tip your driver up to 400 rupees/day.
7 Dedicate a few hours to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 🚄Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 🏨Marriott Resort & Spa
(Book >)
See all hotels >
You’re now on the edge of the Thar desert. Arrange your desert trip then explore Jaisalmer Fort (the highlight of which is the Jain temples) and Patwon-Ki-Haveli If someone tells you that your hotel is closed and to follow you to another, don’t believe them.
9-10 Two days in the Thar desert. Before long the noise of the city will be replaced with blissful silence. Your camel will carry you past Bada Bagh into the dunes where your guides will treat you like royalty. Bring something comfortable and padded to sit on…hours on camel back can be uncomfortable!
11 🚕Jaisalmer to Udaipur Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 🏨Taj Lake Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Long drive, broken up with a visit to Ranakpur’s impressive Jain temple. Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 Enjoy a relaxing day around Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Stroll to Gangaur Ghat then wander around Bagore Ki Haveli. Take a late afternoon boat ride to Jag Mandir. Ambrai Ghat is perhaps the best spot for sunset. When visiting temples you should always dress modestly.
13 🚄Udaipur to New Delhi (Book >) Dep: 18:15 🏨Train (Book >)
The City Palace Complex is bursting with heritage and stunning architecture, as well as the occasional beautiful lake view. Jagdish Temple is well worth a visit. First Class (AC1) should provide you with plenty of comfort for your night train journey.
14 🚄Udaipur to New Delhi
✈New Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

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Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Park Plaza (Book >) See all hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 🚄New Delhi to Agra Cantt (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 🏨Four Points by Sheraton (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll need a full day to enjoy the grandeur of the magnificent Taj Mahal (see here for ticket info). Your hotel has been picked for the wonderful view of the Taj Mahal. You will need to register with IRCTC before buying a ticket on their site.
4 🚄Agra Cantt to Jaipur (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 🏨Shahpura House (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 🚕Jaipur to Pushkar Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 🏨Hotel Brahma Horizon (Book >) See all hotels >
Join the crowds in Brahma Temple and walk around Pushkar Lake. When the heat of the day eases walk up to Savitri Temple and admire the view. Arrange the private car and driver to Pushkar with your Jaipur hotel.
6 🚕Pushkar to Jodhpur Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 🏨Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) See all hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate Jaswant Thada then join the throngs in the Old City markets and peer into the Step Well. Tip your driver up to 400 rupees/day.
7 Dedicate a few hours to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 🚄Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 🏨Lalgarh Fort and Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
You’re now on the edge of the Thar desert. Arrange your desert trip then explore Jaisalmer Fort (the highlight of which is the Jain temples) and Patwon-Ki-Haveli If someone tells you that your hotel is closed and to follow you to another, don’t believe them.
9-10 Two days in the Thar desert. Before long the noise of the city will be replaced with blissful silence. Your camel will carry you past Bada Bagh into the dunes where your guides will treat you like royalty. Bring something comfortable and padded to sit on…hours on camel back can be uncomfortable!
11 🚕Jaisalmer to Udaipur Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 🏨Madri Haveli (Book >) See all hotels >
Long drive, broken up with a visit to Ranakpur’s impressive Jain temple. Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 Enjoy a relaxing day around Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Stroll to Gangaur Ghat then wander around Bagore Ki Haveli. Take a late afternoon boat ride to Jag Mandir. Ambrai Ghat is perhaps the best spot for sunset. When visiting temples you should always dress modestly.
13 🚄Udaipur to New Delhi (Book >) Dep: 18:15 🏨Train (Book >)
The City Palace Complex is bursting with heritage and stunning architecture, as well as the occasional beautiful lake view. Jagdish Temple is well worth a visit. Second Class (AC2) should provide you with plenty of comfort for your night train journey.
14 🚄Udaipur to New Delhi
✈New Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

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Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Budget
1 ✈To Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Check In Room Sangatrashan
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 🚄New Delhi to Agra Cantt (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 🏨Agra – Regal Vista (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll need a full day to enjoy the grandeur of the magnificent Taj Mahal (see here for ticket info). You will need to register with IRCTC before buying a ticket on their site.
4 🚄Agra Cantt to Jaipur (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 🏨Pearl Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 🚌Jaipur to Pushkar (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:00 🏨The Countryside Resort
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Join the crowds in Brahma Temple and walk around Pushkar Lake. When the heat of the day eases walk up to Savitri Temple and admire the view. Take travel sickness pills if needed – bus journeys in India can be uncomfortable.
6 🚌Pushkar to Jodhpur (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 🏨Hotel Govind (Book >) See all hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate Jaswant Thada then join the throngs in the Old City markets and peer into the Step Well. Plan your visits in India carefully to avoid burnout.
7 Dedicate a few hours to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 🚄Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 🏨Royal Haveli
(Book >)
See all hotels >
You’re now on the edge of the Thar desert. Arrange your desert trip then explore Jaisalmer Fort (the highlight of which is the Jain temples) and Patwon-Ki-Haveli If someone tells you that your hotel is closed and to follow you to another, don’t believe them.
9-10 Two days in the Thar desert. Before long the noise of the city will be replaced with blissful silence. Your camel will carry you past Bada Bagh into the dunes where your guides will treat you like royalty. Bring something comfortable and padded to sit on…hours on camel back can be uncomfortable!
11 🚌Jaisalmer to Udaipur (Book >) Dep: 17:30 🏨Aashiya Haveli (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing day in Jaisalmer before the overnight bus journey Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 🚌Jaisalmer to Udaipur Arr: 06:00 🏨Aashiya Haveli (Book >) See all hotels >
Stroll to Gangaur Ghat then wander around Bagore Ki Haveli. Take a late afternoon boat ride to Jag Mandir. Ambrai Ghat is perhaps the best spot for sunset. When visiting temples you should always dress modestly.
13 🚄Udaipur to New Delhi (Book >) Dep: 18:15 🏨Train (Book >)
The City Palace Complex is bursting with heritage and stunning architecture, as well as the occasional beautiful lake view. Jagdish Temple is well worth a visit. Second Class (AC2) should provide you with plenty of comfort for your night train journey.
14 🚄Udaipur to New Delhi
✈New Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

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Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.

VIETNAM

An action-packed two week Vietnam holiday that combines all the best that this magnificent country has to offer? Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Vietnam travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨The Reverie (Book >) See all hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 🚄Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 🏨Vinpearl Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 Nha Trang to Da Nang (Book >)
🚕Da Nang to Hoi An
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨La Siesta(Book >) See all hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. The views from An Hoi island across the water to town are best viewed from a café or bar at night – spectacular.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 🚕Hoi An to Da Nang
🚄Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

🏨La Residence Hotel & Spa
(Book >)
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Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 ✈Hue to Hanoi (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel La Siesta (Book >) See all hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake  at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚕Hanoi to Ha Long City
⛴Ha Long City to Ha Long Bay (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 🏨Swan Cruises (Book >) See all hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. Your cruise includes excursions such as kayaking
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 ⛴Ha Long Bay to Ha Long City
🚕Ha Long City to Hanoi
Arr: 16:30 🏨Hotel La Siesta (Book >) See all hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to extend your trip.
14 ✈Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
✈Ho Chi Minh to home (Book >)
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Mid-range
1 ✈To Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel L’Odeon (Book >) See all hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 🚄Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 🏨Novotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 🚄Nha Trang to Da Nang (Book >) Dep: 23:51 🏨Train (Book >)
Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 🚄Nha Trang to Da Nang
🚕Da Nang to Hoi An
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:45

🏨Lantana Rivderside (Book >) See all hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. The views from An Hoi island across the water to town are best viewed from a café or bar at night – spectacular.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 🚕Hoi An to Da Nang
🚄Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

🏨The Scarlett
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 🚄Hue to Hanoi (Book >) Dep: 16:26 🏨Train
(Book >)
Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 🚄Hue to Hanoi Arr: 05:30 🏨Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚕Hanoi to Ha Long City
⛴Ha Long City to Ha Long Bay (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 🏨Swan Cruises (Book >) See all hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. Your cruise includes excursions such as kayaking
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 ⛴Ha Long Bay to Ha Long City
🚕Ha Long City to Hanoi
Arr: 16:30 🏨Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to extend your trip.
14 ✈Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
✈Ho Chi Minh to home (Book >)
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Budget
1 ✈To Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨New Saigon Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 🚄Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 🏨Mojzo Dorm (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 🚄Nha Trang to Da Nang (Book >) Dep: 23:51 🏨Train (Book >)
Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 🚄Nha Trang to Da Nang
🚌Da Nang to Hoi An
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48

Arr: 11:00

🏨SacLo Homestay and Hostel(Book >) See all hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. Contact your hostel to arrange a shuttle from the train station.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 🚌Hoi An to Da Nang
🚄Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:15

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

🏨Happy Homestay
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 🚄Hue to Hanoi (Book >) Dep: 16:26 🏨Train
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 🚄Hue to Hanoi Arr: 05:30 🏨Old Quarter View Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚌Hanoi to Ha Long City
⛴Ha Long City to Ha Long Bay (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 🏨Bhaya Cruises (Book >) See all hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. It is definitely worth spending a little more to get a good quality Halong Bay cruise.
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 ⛴Ha Long Bay to Ha Long City
🚌Ha Long City to Hanoi
Arr: 16:30 🏨Old Quarter View Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to extend your trip.
14 ✈Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
✈Ho Chi Minh to home (Book >)
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