馃嚦馃嚠馃嚟馃嚦 NICARAGUA & HONDURAS

Granada, Nicaragua - Nicaragua & Honduras itineraryPerfect beaches, awesome volcanoes, grand colonial-era cities and fascinating Mayan ruins. Travel in Nicaragua & Honduras may be an adventure, but it is absolutely worth the journey. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Ometepe, Nicaragua
1 鉁圱o Managua (Book >)
馃殣San Juan de Sur (Book >)
Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Dep: Morning Arr: Morning
Arr: 2.5hrs later
馃彣Morgan’s Rock Hacienda (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re connecting this Nicaragua & Honduras itinerary with Costa Rica then you can get a taxi for about $20 from the border, or a transfer from Liberia airport. Visitors from most countries do not require a visa to enter.
3 Spend an additional day enjoying the beautiful beaches Be cautious about walking around town at night
4 馃殨San Juan del Sur to San Jorge taxi
鉀达笍San Jorge to Ometepe ferry (Info >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 09:30
Arr: 09:15
Arr: 10:50
馃彣Totoco Eco-Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the ferry across Lake Nicaragua to San Jose del Sur. Once on Ometepe Island take a taxi to the hotel. You then have the choice of climbing Maderas (challenging) or Concepcion (even more challenging) volcanos or, for something more sedate, taking a trip to San Ramon waterfall – you may want to stay an extra day The ferry ride can be a bit choppy so you may want to take motion sickness tablets
5 鉀达笍Ometepe to San Jorge ferry (Info >)
馃殣San Jorge to Granada minibus (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 08:50
Arr: 12:00
馃彣Real La Merced (Book >) All hotels >
Take the ferry back to San Jorge (and maybe spot a freshwater shark along the way) before journeying on to the beautiful city of Granada. Climb up the bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced to get your bearings, then stroll around the central park and admire the cathedral and colonial-era houses The roads in Nicaragua can get a bit bumpy, so keep those motion sickness tablets handy
6 Today you can go on a full-day boat trip to the Isletas de Granada, where you’ll see monkeys and a volcano, as well as have an opportunity to kayak on the lake Remember to pack a good filter water bottle
7 馃殣Granada to Leon minibus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Hotel El Convento (Book >) All hotels >
One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Leon is packed with history. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed cathedral and the amazing Museum of the Revolution. If you have more time you can climb some of the nearby volcanoes Although it looks tempting, street food here should be avoided unless you have a particularly strong stomach
8 馃殣Leon to Managua minibus (Book >)
鉁圡anagua to San Pedro Sula flight (Book >)
馃殨San Pedro Sula to Copan Ruinas taxi
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:30
Arr: 14:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
馃彣Hotel Marina Cop谩n (Book >) All hotels >
After a long day of travel to Honduras, relax in your hotel and soak up the splendid town of Copan Ruinas Take a look at the Mid-range itinerary for alternative routes to Honduras
9 Start early to explore the incredible Mayan ruins, avoiding the mid-day heat. Don’t miss the Sepulturas complex, outside of the main ruins site. Guides can be hired, or you can find more info on this blog If you don’t feel like the 2km walk to the ruins there are plenty of taxis
10 馃殨Copan Ruinas to San Pedro Sula taxi
鉁圫an Pedro Sula to Roatan flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Xbalanque (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into the exquisite Bay of Islands in time for sunset Bring insect repellant and an eco-friendly sunscreen
11-12 Relax on your hotel’s private beach, or visit the marine life on a snorkelling or diving trip. You could also visit the island of Saint Helene or go kayaking along a mangrove forest If you’ve ever been tempted to learn SCUBA diving, Roatan is an exceptionally good value place to do so
13-14 鉁圧oatan to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Nicaragua & Honduras itinerary with the Costa Rica or Cuba itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Roatan, Honduras
1 鉁圱o Managua (Book >)
馃殣San Juan de Sur (Book >)
Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Dep: Morning Arr: Morning
Arr: 2.5hrs later
馃彣Revata (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re connecting this Nicaragua & Honduras itinerary with Costa Rica then you can get a taxi for about $20 from the border, or a transfer from Liberia airport. Visitors from most countries do not require a visa to enter.
3 Spend an additional day enjoying the beautiful beaches Be cautious about walking around town at night
4 馃殞San Juan del Sur to Rivas bus
馃殨Rivas to San Jorge taxi
鉀达笍San Jorge to Ometepe ferry (Info >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 09:30
Arr: 08:45
Arr: 09:15
Arr: 10:50
馃彣Totoco Eco-Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the ferry across Lake Nicaragua to San Jose del Sur. Once on Ometepe Island take a taxi to the hotel. You then have the choice of climbing Maderas (challenging) or Concepcion (even more challenging) volcanos or, for something more sedate, taking a trip to San Ramon waterfall – you may want to stay an extra day Buses frequently depart San Juan del Sur – ask for Rivas terminal and, when you arrive, don’t accept the first taxi fare you’re offered
5 鉀达笍Ometepe to San Jorge ferry (Info >)
馃殣San Jorge to Granada minibus (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 08:50
Arr: 12:00
馃彣Real La Merced (Book >) All hotels >
Take the ferry back to San Jorge (and maybe spot a freshwater shark along the way) before journeying on to the beautiful city of Granada. Climb up the bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced to get your bearings, then stroll around the central park and admire the cathedral and colonial-era houses The ferry ride can be a bit choppy so you may want to take motion sickness tablets
6 Today you can go on a full-day boat trip to the Isletas de Granada, where you’ll see monkeys and a volcano, as well as have an opportunity to kayak on the lake Remember to pack a good filter water bottle
7 馃殣Granada to Leon minibus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Posada Fuente Castalia (Book >) All hotels >
One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Leon is packed with history. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed cathedral and the amazing Museum of the Revolution. If you have more time you can climb some of the nearby volcanoes Because hotels here are good value it’s worth getting a room to leave your bags in and rest before being picked up at 2AM by your minibus
8 馃殣Leon to La Ceiba minibus (Book >)
鉀达笍La Ceiba to Roatan ferry (Info >)
Dep: 02:00
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 16:00
Arr: 17:45
馃彣Splash Inn Dive Resort & Villas (Book >) All hotels >
After such a long journey to Honduras you have earned a few days of relaxation in the beautiful Bay of Islands Bring insect repellant and an eco-friendly sunscreen
9-10 Relax on the beach of Half Moon Bay, or visit the marine life on a snorkelling or diving trip. You could also visit the island of Saint Helene or go kayaking along a mangrove forest If you’ve ever been tempted to learn SCUBA diving, Roatan is an exceptionally good value place to do
11 鉁圧oatan to San Pedro Sula flight (Book >)
馃殞San Pedro Sula to Copan Ruinas bus (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 10:45
Arr: Morning
Arr: 14:00
馃彣La Escalinata (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the town of Copan Ruinas, or pay a visit to the Sepulturas complex I strongly advise buying bus tickets in advance, where possible
12 馃殞Copan Ruinas to Guatemala City bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 20:30 馃彣Barcel贸 Guatemala City (Book >) All hotels >
Start early to explore the incredible Mayan ruins, avoiding the mid-day heat. Guides can be hired, or you can find more info on this blog If you don’t feel like the 2km walk to the ruins there are plenty of taxis
13-14 鉁圙uatemala City to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Nicaragua & Honduras itinerary with the Costa Rica or Cuba itinerary
Visit Parque Central and Palacio Nacional in the morning before the flight home
Budget Copan, Honduras
1 鉁圱o Managua (Book >)
馃殣San Juan de Sur (Book >)
Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Dep: Morning Arr: Morning
Arr: 2.5hrs later
馃彣The Beach House (Book >) All hostels >
If you’re connecting this Nicaragua & Honduras itinerary with Costa Rica then you can get a taxi for about $20 from the border, or a transfer from Liberia airport. Visitors from most countries do not require a visa to enter.
3 Spend an additional day enjoying the beautiful beaches Be cautious about walking around town at night
4 馃殞San Juan del Sur to Rivas bus (Info >)
馃殞Rivas to San Jorge bus
鉀达笍San Jorge to Ometepe ferry (Info >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 08:45
Arr: 09:45
Arr: 11:30
馃彣Hospedaje Soma (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy the ferry across Lake Nicaragua to Moyagalpa. You then have the choice of climbing Maderas (challenging) or Concepcion (even more challenging) volcanos or, for something more sedate, taking a trip to San Ramon waterfall – you may want to stay an extra day – island bus times here Buses frequently depart San Juan del Sur – ask for Rivas terminal and, when you arrive, the bus to the port departs every 30 mins from the parallel road to the north
5 鉀达笍Ometepe to San Jorge ferry (Info >)
馃殞San Jorge to Rivas bus
馃殞Rivas to Granada bus (Info >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 10:15
Dep: 11:15
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 10:30
Arr: 13:15
馃彣De Boca en Boca (Book >) All hostels >
Take the ferry back to San Jorge (and maybe spot a freshwater shark along the way) before journeying on to the beautiful city of Granada. Climb up the bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced to get your bearings, then stroll around the central park and admire the cathedral and colonial-era houses The ferry ride can be a bit choppy so you may want to take motion sickness tablets
6 Today you can go on a full-day boat trip to the Isletas de Granada, where you’ll see monkeys and a volcano, as well as have an opportunity to kayak on the lake Remember to pack a good filter water bottle
7 馃殣Granada Calle Vega to Managua UCA microbus
馃殣Managua UCA to Leon microbus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 11:30
Arr: 14:00
馃彣Poco a Poco Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Leon is packed with history. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed cathedral and the amazing Museum of the Revolution. If you have more time you can climb some of the nearby volcanoes. Spend the evening resting before being picked up at 2AM by your minibus Microbuses only depart when full and so there aren’t any timetables, but they do depart frequently throughout the day
8 馃殣Leon to La Ceiba minibus (Book >)
鉀达笍La Ceiba to Roatan ferry (Info >)
Dep: 02:00
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 16:00
Arr: 17:45
馃彣West End Dive Resort (Book >) All hostels >
After such a long journey to Honduras you have earned a few days of relaxation in the beautiful Bay of Islands Bring insect repellant and an eco-friendly sunscreen
9-10 Relax on the beach of Half Moon Bay, or visit the marine life on a snorkelling or diving trip. You could also visit the island of Saint Helene or go kayaking along a mangrove forest If you’ve ever been tempted to learn SCUBA diving, Roatan is an exceptionally good value place to do
11 鉀达笍Roatan to La Ceiba ferry (Info >)
馃殞La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula bus (Book >)
馃殞San Pedro Sula to Copan Ruinas bus (Info >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 08:15
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 17:45
馃彣Iguana Azul (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy an evening in the pretty town of Copan Ruinas I strongly advise buying bus tickets in advance, where possible
12 馃殞Copan Ruinas to Guatemala City bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 20:30 馃彣Central 10 Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Start early to explore the incredible Mayan ruins, avoiding the mid-day heat. If you have time visit the Sepulturas complex, outside of the main ruins site. Guides can be hired, or you can find more info on this blog If you don’t feel like the 2km walk to the ruins there are plenty of taxis
13-14 鉁圙uatemala City to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Nicaragua & Honduras itinerary with the Costa Rica or Cuba itinerary
Visit Parque Central and Palacio Nacional in the morning before the flight home

馃嚤馃嚘 LAOS

Laos itineraryLandlocked, but moving to the aquatic rhythm of mighty rivers such as the Mekong, Laos is a country full of dramatic scenery and adventure. The itineraries below differ due to budget, and range from 14 to 17 days in length. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Vang Vieng
1 鉁圱o Pakse (Book >)
馃殨Pakse to Champasak taxi
Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The River Resort (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re travelling from Cambodia then you can fly from Siem Reap, departing and arriving in the afternoon
3 Take a day trip to the Bolaven Plateau, which can be arranged by your hotel. Relax in the evening with a stroll around the resort grounds and relaxing by the infinity pools Anyone not from Japan or the ASEAN countries will need a visa for Laos
4 Journey to the beautiful 4000 Islands area (which can also be arranged by your hotel) Save the environment by using a good filter water bottle
5 馃殨Champasak to Pakse taxi
鉁圥akse to Luang Prabang flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Sofitel (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in Luang Prabang in time for sunset by the Mekong river. Dress conservatively when visiting temples
6-8 So much to see over the next couple of days! Start with the early morning alms-giving (which starts at 05:30 in summer and 06:30 in winter) on Sisavangvong Road. Visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha Phra Bang within. The top of Mount Phousi is a wonderful place from which to watch sunset. Wat Mai palace, Wat Visoun and Xieng Thong are also worth some of your time. Pick up some souvenirs from the morning market (06:30-10:00). Take a tuk tuk to Kuang Si Falls. This blog post offers guidance on how to behave respectfully at the alms-giving.
9 鉀达笍Luang Prabang to Pakbeng ferry (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Luang Say Lodge
Embark on your tour up the mighty Mekong. Today you’ll visit Pak Ou cave and a hill tribe village. Pack plenty of sunscreen – the sun is especially strong on the river
10 鉀达笍Pakbeng to Huay Xai ferry Dep: 08:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Nakaraj Princess (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll make more stops today including, after lunch, a visit to a traditional Laotian village of Ban Gon Dturn, before arriving in Huay Xai on the border with Thailand. The border closes at 18:00 and cruise staff on both sides of the border can help with travel to Chiang Rai.
11 馃殨Huay Xai to Luang Nam Tha taxi Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣The Boat Landing (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived in Luang Nam Tha take a look at the Golden Stupa and enjoy dinner at the bustling night market. Be aware of pick pockets in busy market areas.
12 Book a one-day trek in the verdant, magnificent Nam Ha National Protected Area, where you’ll taste some local food as well as visit a Khmu village. Trekking here is mildly challenging – bring insect repellant.
13 鉁圠uang Nam Tha to Vientiane flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Crowne Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in a traditional herbal sauna before flying to the capital. Luang Nam Tha is close to the Chinese border, should you wish to add to your Laos itinerary.
14-15 鉁圴ientiane to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Laos itinerary with the Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Spend the morning chilling in the roof garden infinity pool before heading to the airport.
Mid-range Luang Prabang
1 鉁圱o Pakse (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Athena Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re travelling from Cambodia then you can fly from Siem Reap, departing and arriving in the afternoon.
3 Your hotel can help arrange a taxi to tour around the Bolevan Plateau – a superb day trip from Pakse. Anyone not from Japan or the ASEAN countries will need a visa for Laos
4 Today you’ll go on a day trip to the 4000 Islands (book here), departing Pakse at 08:00 and returning at 14:00. Spend the rest of your day visiting pretty Wat Luang. Save the environment by using a good filter water bottle
5 鉁圥akse to Luang Prabang flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Mekong Riverview (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in Luang Prabang in time for sunset by the Mekong river. Dress conservatively when visiting temples
6-8 So much to see over the next couple of days! Start with the early morning alms-giving (which starts at 05:30 in summer and 06:30 in winter) on Sisavangvong Road. Visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha Phra Bang within. The top of Mount Phousi is a wonderful place from which to watch sunset. Wat Mai palace, Wat Visoun and Xieng Thong are also worth some of your time. Pick up some souvenirs from the morning market (06:30-10:00). Take a tuk tuk to Kuang Si Falls This blog post offers guidance on how to behave respectfully at the alms-giving
9 馃殣Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw minibus Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Mandala Ou Resort (Book >) All hotels >
There are many hikes around Nong Khiaw, including to the nearby Phatok Caves. If you prefer to get on the water then go on a kayaking trip along the Nam Ou, or maybe hire a bike and visit the Khmu and Hmong villages in the area. Ask your hotel for help with booking a minivan to Nong Khiaw
10 馃殞Nong Khiaw to Oudomsay bus Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Namkat Yorla Pa (Book >) All hotels >
A couple more hours to enjoy the countryside around Nong Khiaw before taking the bus to Oudomsay. When you arrive you can walk up to the stupa and admire the views from the top, or hire a motorbike and visit Nam Kad Waterfall. Oudomsay is also known as Muang Xay and Udom Xai (many places in Laos have multiple names)
11 The tourism office offers a 1-day tour to Ban Chom Ong village and the Chom Ong cave – the largest in Laos and a breathtaking sight to behold. Remember to bring insect repellant and sunscreen
12 鉁圤udomsay to Vientiane flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Crowne Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
In Vientiane you may have time to visit the That Luang stupa. In the evening head to the Mekong riverfront for a memorable sunset. From Oudomsay you can also travel by bus to China or Thailand via Luang Nam Tha, should you wish to add to your Laos itinerary.
13-14 鉁圴ientiane to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Laos itinerary with the Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Spend the morning chilling in the roof garden infinity pool before heading to the airport.
Budget Luang Nam Tha
1 鉁圱o Pakse (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Chato Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re travelling from Cambodia then you can take a bus from Siem Reap at 08:00, arriving into Pakse by 18:00
3 Your hostel can help arrange a tour around the Bolevan Plateau – a superb day trip from Pakse Anyone not from Japan or the ASEAN countries will need a visa for Laos
4 馃殞Pakse to Vientiane bus (Book >) Dep: 20:30 馃彣Bus
Today you’ll go on a day trip to the 4000 Islands (book here), departing Pakse at 08:00 and returning at 14:00. Spend the rest of your day visiting pretty Wat Luang before your night bus to Vientiane It’s also possible (and considerably faster, but more expensive) to fly to Vientiane
5 馃殞Pakse to Vientiane bus
馃殣Vientiane to Vang Vieng minibus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 06:30
Arr: 14:00
馃彣Jasmine Vang Vieng Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
While Vang Vieng is known to be a party town, it’s also an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. After you’ve arrived hire a bicycle and visit the Blue Lagoon Save the environment by using a good filter water bottle
6 Beat the crowds and go on a tubing trip earlier in the day. If you like to be more active then kayaking is also available This Wikitravel page offers some advice on unscrupulous practises in Vang Vieng.
7 馃殞Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Mad Monkey聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in time for sunset from the top of Mount Phousi Dress conservatively when visiting temples
8-9 So much to see over the next couple of days! Start with the early morning alms-giving (which starts at 05:30 in summer and 06:30 in winter) on Sisavangvong Road. Visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha Phra Bang within. Wat Mai palace, Wat Visoun and Xieng Thong are also worth some of your time. Pick up some souvenirs from the morning market (06:30-10:00). Take a tuk tuk to Kuang Si Falls This blog post offers guidance on how to behave respectfully at the alms-giving
10 馃殣Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw minibus Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Pho Sai River View (Book >) All hotels >
There are many hikes around Nong Khiaw, including to the nearby Phatok Caves. If you prefer to get on the water then go on a kayaking trip along the Nam Ou, or maybe hire a bike and visit the Khmu and Hmong villages in the area. Ask your hostel for help with booking a minivan to Nong Khiaw
11 馃殞Nong Khiaw to Oudomsay Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Amphon Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
A couple more hours to enjoy the countryside around Nong Khiaw before taking the bus to Oudomsay. When you arrive you can walk up to the stupa and admire the views from the top, or hire a motorbike and visit Nam Kad Waterfall Oudomsay is also known as Muang Xay and Udom Xai (many places in Laos have multiple names)
12 The tourism office offers a 1-day tour to Ban Chom Ong village and the Chom Ong cave – the largest in Laos and a breathtaking sight to behold Remember to bring insect repellant and sunscreen
13 馃殣Oudomsay to Luang Nam Tha minibus (Info >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Zuela Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived in Luang Nam Tha take a look at the Golden Stupa and enjoy dinner at the bustling night market Be aware of pick pockets in busy market areas
14 Book a one-day trek in the verdant, magnificent Nam Ha National Protected Area, where you’ll taste some local food as well as visit a Khmu village Trekking here is mildly challenging – bring good walking boots
15 馃殞Luang Nam Tha to Huay Xai bus (Info >)
馃殞Huay Xai to Chiang Rai bus (Info >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 16:00
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 19:00
馃彣Na-Rak-O Resort (Book >) All hostels >
Once you’ve arrived in Chiang Rai (Thailand) you’ll have time in the evening to visit the night bazaar. Luang Nam Tha is close to the Chinese border, should you wish to add to your Laos itinerary.
16-17 鉁圕hiang Rai to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Laos itinerary with the Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Take a trip to Wat Rong Khun and the Black House before heading to the airport.

馃嚤馃嚢 SRI LANKA

Sigiriya, Sri LankaAncient sites, tough but rewarding treks and gorgeous beaches await intrepid travellers in Sri Lanka. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Galle, Sri Lanka
1 鉁圱o Colombo (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Jetwing Beach聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Ease into Sri Lanka by starting your journey in Negombo, close to the airport yet beside beautiful, serene beaches. Book your private transfer from the airport here.
3 馃殫Negombo to Habarana drive (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Cinnamon Lodge Habarana (Book >) All hotels >
Meet your driver and guide, who will drive you to Habarana. This will be your base for a couple of days. Start your exploration of the area with a tour of the royal ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Check here to see if you need a visa for Sri Lanka and to apply.
4-5 Climb Sigiriya (or Lion Rock) and learn about its legendary and historical past. You’ll also have plenty of time for a safari in Minneriya National Park where you will spot elephants, monkeys deer and more. Sigiriya can be an extremely popular place – arrive early to avoid crowds.
6 馃殫Habarana to Kandy drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣The Secret Kandy (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Dambulla cave temples – a fascinating World Heritage Site – on the drive to Kandy. You may also want to ask your drive to stop at one of the fragrant spice gardens in Matale (the drive time has allowed for both stops). Travel times here can be a little slower than expected – I’ve built in extra time to reflect this.
7 馃殫Kandy to Ella drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Ella Master Point Luxury Suite (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a tour of Kandy, visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, the venerated Buddhist temple Sri Dalada Maligawa (or Temple of the Tooth), Kandy Lake and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue. Cover legs and shoulders when entering temples.
8 馃殫Ella to Galle drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Aditya Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
An 02:00 wake up (yep, 2AM) to start the 3 hour climb around 5,500 steps up Adam’s Peak, arriving in time for a breathtaking dawn. Admire the spectacular views from the top, see the somewhat unimpressive footprint of either Adam, Shiva or Buddha. Rest your aching legs on the drive to Galle. The climb takes between 2-4 hours up and 1-2 hours down. The latest dawn (at around 06:29) is in late Jan/early Feb, the earliest (05:57) in Oct.
9-13 You’ve earned this: endless tropical beaches and serene beachside restaurants. Take a few days to recuperate before heading home, but be sure to set aside some time to visit the old Dutch town in the Fort. Before you bid them farewell on day 8, don’t forget to tip your driver/guide (I recommend about Rs1000/day).
14 馃殨Galle to Colombo Airport transfer (Book >)
鉁圕olombo to home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:00
Arr: Evening
Connect this itinerary with the Southern India, Rajasthan – India or Nepal itinerary
Indirect flights leave in the morning, in which case stay in Colombo overnight.
Mid-range Dambulla Cave, Sri Lanka
1 鉁圱o Colombo (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Cinnamon Red (Book >) All hotels >
Dive in to the bustling streets of Colombo, focusing on the colonial buildings in the Fort area Check here to see if you need a visa for Sri Lanka and to apply.
3 馃殑Colombo to Habarana train (Book >) Dep: 15:05 Arr: 18:42 馃彣Priya Home Stay (Book >) All hotels >
Take the train to Habarana. This will be your base for a couple of days. Book your train tickets as far in advance as possible. For the Colombo to Galle journey on day 8, buy your ticket in Colombo Fort station.
4-5 Start your exploration of the area with a tour of the royal ancient city of Polonnaruwa (you can either take a taxi or train here). Climb Sigiriya (or Lion Rock) and learn about its legendary and historical past. If you’ve time go on a safari in Minneriya National Park where you will spot elephants, monkeys deer and more. Sigiriya can be an extremely popular place – take a taxi to get there early and avoid the crowds.
6 馃殞Habarana to Dambulla bus
馃殞Dambula to Kandy bus
Dep: 08:11
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 08:52
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Private Apt With Scenic View (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Dambulla cave temples – a fascinating World Heritage Site – on the way to Kandy. When you arrive into Kandy, drop off your bags then visit the New Ranweli Spice Garden. Take bus 48-16 from Habanara towards Colombo. From Dambulla buses leave for Kandy every 30 mins or so.
7 馃殨Kandy to Dalhousie taxi (Book >) Dep: 16:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Slightly Chilled Yellow House (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a tour of Kandy, visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, the venerated Buddhist temple Sri Dalada Maligawa (or Temple of the Tooth), Kandy Lake and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue. Cover legs and shoulders when entering temples.
8 馃浐Dalhousie to Hatton tuk-tuk
馃殑Hatton to Colombo train (Book >)
馃殑Colombo to Galle train
Dep: 09:15
Dep: 10:39
Dep: 15:50
Arr: 10:15
Arr: 15:27
Arr: 17:34
馃彣Aditya Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
An 02:00 wake up (yep, 2AM) to start the 3 hour climb around 5,500 steps up Adam’s Peak, arriving in time for a breathtaking dawn. Admire the spectacular views from the top, see the somewhat unimpressive footprint of either Adam, Shiva or Buddha. Rest your aching legs on the journey to Galle. The climb takes between 2-4 hours up and 1-2 hours down. The latest dawn (at around 06:29) is in late Jan/early Feb, the earliest (05:57) in Oct.
9-13 You’ve earned this: endless tropical beaches and serene beachside restaurants. Take a few days to recuperate before heading home, but be sure to set aside some time to visit the old Dutch town in the Fort. Before you bid them farewell on day 8, don’t forget to tip your driver/guide (I recommend about Rs1000/day).
14 馃殨Galle to Colombo Airport transfer (Book >)
鉁圕olombo to home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:00
Arr: Evening
Connect this itinerary with the Southern India, Rajasthan – India or Nepal itinerary
Indirect flights leave in the morning, in which case stay in Colombo overnight.
Budget Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka
1 鉁圱o Colombo (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Miracle City Inn (Book >) All hostels >
Dive in to the bustling streets of Colombo, focusing on the colonial buildings in the Fort area Check here to see if you need a visa for Sri Lanka and to apply.
3 馃殑Colombo to Habarana train (Book >) Dep: 15:05 Arr: 18:42 馃彣Green Garden Resort (Book >) All hostels >
Take the train to Habarana. This will be your base for a couple of days. Book your train tickets as far in advance as possible. For the Colombo to Galle journey on day 8, buy your ticket in Colombo Fort station.
4-5 Start your exploration of the area with a tour of the royal ancient city of Polonnaruwa (you can either take a taxi or train here). Climb Sigiriya (or Lion Rock) and learn about its legendary and historical past. If you’ve time go on a safari in Minneriya National Park where you will spot elephants, monkeys deer and more. Sigiriya can be an extremely popular place – take a taxi to get there early and avoid the crowds.
6 馃殞Habarana to Dambulla bus
馃殞Dambula to Kandy bus
Dep: 08:11
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 08:52
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Bed Station 210 (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the Dambulla cave temples – a fascinating World Heritage Site – on the way to Kandy. Enjoy a tour of Kandy, visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, the venerated Buddhist temple Sri Dalada Maligawa (or Temple of the Tooth), Kandy Lake and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue. Take bus 48-16 from Habanara towards Colombo. From Dambulla buses leave for Kandy every 30 mins or so.
7 馃殑Kandy to Hatton train (Book >)
馃殞Hatton to Dalhousie bus
Dep: 12:31
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 16:30
馃彣Mountain Villa Adams Peak (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the New Ranweli Spice Garden before setting off for Dalhousie and an early night. Cover legs and shoulders when entering temples.
8 馃浐Dalhousie to Hatton tuk-tuk
馃殑Hatton to Colombo train (Book >)
馃殑Colombo to Galle train
Dep: 09:15
Dep: 10:39
Dep: 15:50
Arr: 10:15
Arr: 15:27
Arr: 17:34
馃彣Luna Beach Home & Cabanas (Book >) All hostels >
An 02:00 wake up (yep, 2AM) to start the 3 hour climb around 5,500 steps up Adam’s Peak, arriving in time for a breathtaking dawn. Admire the spectacular views from the top, see the somewhat unimpressive footprint of either Adam, Shiva or Buddha. Rest your aching legs on the journey to Galle. The climb takes between 2-4 hours up and 1-2 hours down. The latest dawn (at around 06:29) is in late Jan/early Feb, the earliest (05:57) in Oct.
9-13 You’ve earned this: endless tropical beaches and serene beachside restaurants. Take a few days to recuperate before heading home, but be sure to set aside some time to visit the old Dutch town in the Fort. Before you bid them farewell on day 8, don’t forget to tip your driver/guide (I recommend about Rs1000/day).
14 馃殨Galle to Colombo Airport transfer (Book >)
鉁圕olombo to home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10:00
Arr: Evening
Connect this itinerary with the Southern India, Rajasthan – India or Nepal itinerary
Indirect flights leave in the morning, in which case stay in Colombo overnight.

馃嚘馃嚪 SOUTHERN ARGENTINA

Bariloche, Argentina - southern Argentina itineraryFrom the cultural buzz of Buenos Aires to the mountainous view from the Seven Lakes drive, from the whales of Peninsula Valdez to the magnificent hiking in El Chalten – this vast area of Argentina is one of the most photogenic places you’ll ever see. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Buenos Aires, Argentina
1 鉁圱o Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Alvear Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. I suggest you find a cool caf茅 in Palermo and enjoy a delicious聽medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at聽Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Uruguay, a short ferry ride away.
4 鉁圔uenos Aires to Puerto Madryn flight (Book >)
馃殞Puerto Madryn to Puerto Pir谩mides bus
Dep: Morning
Dep: 17:00
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Hotel Las Restingas (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the bus station in Puerto Madryn and catch the 17:00 bus to Peninsula Valdez.聽 You’ll need to pay an entry fee to the peninsula – someone will board the bus to collect the fee.
5 Whales. So many whales. You can see them on a boat trip from聽Puerto Pir谩mides, or even from the shoreline. If you want to see orca then you’ll need to take a tour to Punta Norte. Take motion sickness tables for the whale watching trip.
6 馃殞Puerto Pir谩mides to San Antonio Oeste bus
馃殞San Antonio Oeste to Puerto Madryn bus (Book >)
馃殑San Antonio Oeste to Bariloche train (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 17:35
Dep: 22:20
12:30
Arr: 21:10
馃彣Train
Return to Puerto Madryn and pay a visit to the wonderful Museo Oceanogr谩fico. If you’ve a couple of hours to spare walk along the beach to Punta Cuevas, where Welsh pioneers first settled. Take the bus to San Antonio Oeste and wait to board the train (which only departs on Friday nights). Get your Tren Patagonico ticket as soon as possible – up to 2 months before departure – on the Plataforma 10 website. For sleeper cabins select ‘Camarote’.聽
7 馃殫Bariloche to Villa La Angostura drive (Hire car >) Dep: 14:00 Arr: 12:28
Arr: 15:50
馃彣Luma Casa de Monta帽a (Book >) All hotels >
In the morning sit back and watch the vast landscapes of Patagonia roll by. Hire a car in Bariloche and enjoy the start of the spectacular Seven Lakes road to Villa La Angostura. Once you’ve arrived drive a little way on to the shores of Lago Correntoso. You may want to allow more time to drive the Seven Lakes road as there are many scenic spots to stop at.
8 There are many incredible hikes to enjoy here, my favourite was to Cajon Negro.聽 The ViewRanger app was really useful for hiking in Argentina.
9 馃殫Villa La Angostura to San Mart铆n de los Andes drive Dep: 16:00 Arr: 18:30 馃彣R铆o Hermoso (Book >) All hotels >
For a more sedate hike drive down to Puerto Angostura and get a ferry to Bosque De Arrayanes Embarcadero for the glorious walk through the Los Arrayanes National Park back to the dock. The first ferry leaves at 11am and the journey takes about one hour.
10 San Mart铆n also has a number of enjoyable hikes in the vicinity, including the unmissable walk to Mirador Bandurrias and La Islita. Take some cash because you’ll pay a small fee to pass through Mapuche territory.
11 馃殫San Mart铆n de los Andes to Bariloche drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Hotel Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Return to Bariloche and then drive on to Villa Llao Llao for a great walk along the lake before returning the car and taking a taxi to your hotel. Not a hiker? No problem. Your hotel is in a spectacular location so why not just enjoy the views from the luxury of your own spa room.
12 Board either bus 50 or 51 to Villa Catedral. Here you can enjoy a number of hikes or even a cable car ride. My favourite hike here is to Refugio Frey. Take a filter water bottle with you so that you can top up from streams along the way.
13 鉁圔ariloche to El Calafate flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Xelena Hotel & Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Another few hours in which to enjoy your luxurious hotel before departing for El Calafate. Arrange tomorrow’s trip to the glacier in advance.
14 Take a day trip to the Perito Moreno glacier, where a boat will take you up close to the face of the glacier. There are also some excellent walkways from which to admire the glacier from various angles. It can be expensive to get cash out of ATMs in Argentina.
15 馃殞El Calafate to El Chalten bus聽(Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Destino Sur Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Welcome to one of the best places for hiking in the world. Start with a relatively easy walk to Lago Torre – about 4 hours round trip. When you arrive into El Chalten the bus will stop at the park visitor centre where you can figure out which walks you want to do.
16 Devote today to walking to Lago de los Tres. This is a truly spectacular route that ends with a steep incline (so be sure to have some spare energy!) When you arrive you’ll be surrounded by immense, photogenic mountains and lakes. The final climb on today’s hike can be very busy and you may be stuck behind slower walkers – be patient and give yourself plenty of time.
17 馃殞El Chalten to El Calafate bus (Book >)
鉁圗l Calafate to Buenos Aires flight (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:00
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Alvear Palace (Book >) All hotels >
If you happen to be in Buenos Aires on a Sunday then you can get some great souvenirs at the San Telmo Feria. If you want to extend this southern Argentina itinerary then you can fly to Ushuaia from El Calafate (and on to Antarctica). Bus tickets are usually only available to buy up to 2 months before departure.
18-19 鉁圔uenos Aires to home Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Argentina itinerary with the Northern Argentina, Brazil, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Tren Patagonico, Bariloche, Argentina
1 鉁圱o Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Carles (Book >) All hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool caf茅 in Palermo and enjoy a delicious聽medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at聽Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Uruguay, a short ferry ride away.
4 鉁圔uenos Aires to Bariloche flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Bungalows Buena Vista (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Bariloche spend some time in the many chocolate shops, or maybe take a trip up to Cerro Otto, using bus 50 or 51. Take those same buses or a taxi on to Villa Llao Llao and your hotel. It can be expensive to get cash out of ATMs in Argentina.
5 Board either bus 50 or 51 to Villa Catedral. Here you can enjoy a number of hikes or even a cable car ride. My favourite hike here is to Refugio Frey. Not a hiker? No problem. Your hotel is in a spectacular location so why not just enjoy the views from the luxury of your own spa room.
6 馃殫Bariloche to Villa La Angostura drive (Hire car >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel Alma Andina (Book >) All hotels >
On your last day here enjoy a great walk along the lake from Villa Llao Llao. Take the bus to Bariloche, hire a car and enjoy the start of the spectacular Seven Lakes’ road to Villa La Angostura. Once you’ve arrived drive a little way on to the shores of Lago Correntoso. You may want to allow more time to drive the Seven Lakes’ road as there are many scenic spots to stop at.
7 There are many incredible hikes to enjoy here, my favourite was to Cajon Negro.聽 The ViewRanger app was really useful for hiking in Argentina.
8 馃殫Villa La Angostura to San Mart铆n de los Andes drive Dep: 16:00 Arr: 18:30 馃彣Monte Verde (Book >) All hotels >
For a more sedate hike drive down to Puerto Angostura and get a ferry to Bosque De Arrayanes Embarcadero for the glorious walk through the Los Arrayanes National Park back to the dock. The first ferry leaves at 11am and the journey takes about one hour.
9 San Mart铆n also has a number of enjoyable hikes in the vicinity, including the unmissable walk to Mirador Bandurrias and La Islita. You’ll need to take some cash because you’ll pay a small fee to pass through Mapuche territory.
10 馃殫San Mart铆n de los Andes to Bariloche drive
馃殑Bariloche to San Antonio Oeste train (Book >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 15:00 馃彣Train
Return to Bariloche and then board the train for San Antonio Oeste. Once on board sit back and watch the vast landscapes of Patagonia roll by. Get your Tren Patagonico ticket as soon as possible – up to 2 months before departure – on the Plataforma 10 website. For sleeper cabins select ‘Camarote’.聽
11 馃殑Bariloche to San Antonio Oeste train
馃殞San Antonio Oeste to Puerto Madryn bus (Book >)
馃殞Puerto Madryn to Puerto Pir谩mides bus
Dep: 09:40
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 07:14
Arr: 13:05
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Hotel Las Restingas (Book >) All hotels >
Transfer to the bus to Puerto Madryn where you can grab lunch whilst waiting for the bus to Peninsula Valdez. You’ll need to pay an entry fee to the peninsula – someone will board the bus to collect the fee. Tren Patagonico only departs on Sundays. The bus to Puerto Madryn departs a few blocks north of the train station – ask for directions.
12 Whales. So many whales. You can see them on a boat trip from聽Puerto Pir谩mides, or even from the shoreline. If you want to see orca then you’ll need to take a tour to Punta Norte. Take motion sickness tables for the whale watching trip.
13 馃殞Puerto Pir谩mides to Puerto Madryn bus
馃殞Puerto Madryn to Esquel bus (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 20:15
Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bus
Pay a visit to the wonderful Museo Oceanogr谩fico in Puerto Madryn. If you’ve a couple of hours to spare walk along the beach to Punta Cuevas, where Welsh pioneers first settled. Pack ear plugs and an eye mask for the overnight bus journeys.
14 馃殞Puerto Madryn to Esquel bus
馃殞Esquel to El Chalten bus (Book >)
Dep: 16:00 Arr: 06:30

馃彣Bus
With your almost 12 hours in Esquel take a ride on La Trochita – the old Patagonian Express. Walk to Laguna La Zeta or in Parque Nacional Los Alerces. Bus tickets are usually only available to buy up to 2 months before departure.
15 馃殞Esquel to El Chalten bus Arr: 10:00 馃彣Latitud 49潞 (Book >) All hotels >
Welcome to one of the best places for hiking in the world. Start with a relatively easy walk to Lago Torre – about 4 hours round trip. When you arrive into El Chalten the bus will stop at the park visitor centre where you can figure out which walks you want to do.
16 Devote today to walking to Lago de los Tres. This is a truly spectacular route that ends with a steep incline (so be sure to have some spare energy!) When you arrive you’ll be surrounded by immense, photogenic mountains and lakes. The final climb on today’s hike can be very busy and you may be stuck behind slower walkers – be patient and give yourself plenty of time.
17 馃殞El Chalten to El Calafate bus (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣MadreTierra Patagonia (Book >) All hotels >
Several more hours during which you can hike to Chorrillo del Salto and/or to Los Condores. Take a filter water bottle with you so that you can top up from streams along the way.
18 Take a day trip to the Perito Moreno glacier, where a boat will take you up close to the face of the glacier. There are also some excellent walkways from which to admire the glacier from various angles. Arrange your trip to the glacier in advance.
19 鉁圗l Calafate to Buenos Aires flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Carles (Book >) All hotels >
Relax before the flight to Buenos Aires. Enjoy one last evening in the Argentine capital. If you want to extend this southern Argentina itinerary then you can fly to Ushuaia from El Calafate (and on to Antarctica). If you happen to be in Buenos Aires on a Sunday then you can get some great souvenirs at the San Telmo Feria.
20-21 鉁圔uenos Aires to home Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Argentina itinerary with the Northern Argentina, Brazil, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Whale
1 鉁圱o Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Viajero Buenos Aires (Book >) All hostels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool caf茅 in Palermo and enjoy a delicious聽medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at聽Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Uruguay, a short ferry ride away.
4 鉁圔uenos Aires to Bariloche flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hospedaje Penthouse 1004 (Book >) All hostels >
Once in Bariloche spend some time in the many chocolate shops, or maybe take a trip up to Cerro Otto, using bus 50 or 51. It can be expensive to get cash out of ATMs in Argentina.
5 Board either bus 50 or 51 to Villa Catedral. Here you can enjoy a number of hikes or even a cable car ride. My favourite hike here is to Refugio Frey. After all that hiking enjoy the incredible views across lake and mountains from the hostel.
6 馃殞Bariloche to Villa La Angostura bus (Book >) Dep: 14:30 Arr: 15:45 馃彣Hostel La Angostura (Book >) All hostels >
On your last day in Bariloche take the bus to Villa Llao Llao for a great walk along the lake. Take the bus along the spectacular Seven Lakes road to Villa La Angostura. Once you’ve arrived walk a little way on to the shores of Lago Correntoso. Bus routes along the Seven Lakes road are weather dependent.
7 There are many incredible hikes to enjoy here, my favourite was to Cajon Negro.聽 The ViewRanger app was really useful for hiking in Argentina.
8 馃殞Villa La Angostura to San Mart铆n de los Andes bus (Book >) Dep: 14:45 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Alhue Patagonia Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
For a more sedate hike walk down to Puerto Angostura and get a ferry to Bosque De Arrayanes Embarcadero for the glorious walk through the Los Arrayanes National Park back to the dock. The first ferry leaves at 11am and the journey takes about one hour.
9 San Mart铆n also has a number of enjoyable hikes in the vicinity, including the unmissable walk to Mirador Bandurrias and La Islita. You’ll need to take some cash because you’ll pay a small fee to pass through Mapuche territory.
10 馃殞San Mart铆n de los Andes to Bariloche bus (Book >)
馃殑Bariloche to San Antonio Oeste train (Book >)
Dep: 09:45
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 13:15 馃彣Train
Return to Bariloche and then board the train for San Antonio Oeste. Once on board sit back and watch the vast landscapes of Patagonia roll by. Get your Tren Patagonico ticket as soon as possible – up to 2 months before departure – on the Plataforma 10 website. For sleeper cabins select ‘Camarote’.聽
11 馃殑Bariloche to San Antonio Oeste train
馃殞San Antonio Oeste to Puerto Madryn bus (Book >)
馃殞Puerto Madryn to Puerto Pir谩mides bus
Dep: 09:40
Dep: 17:00
Arr: 07:14
Arr: 13:05
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Casa de Tehuelche (Book >) All hostels >
Transfer to the bus to Puerto Madryn where you can grab lunch whilst waiting for the bus to Peninsula Valdez. You’ll need to pay an entry fee to the peninsula – someone will board the bus to collect the fee. Tren Patagonico only departs on Sundays. The bus to Puerto Madryn departs a few blocks north of the train station – ask for directions.
12 Whales. So many whales. You can see them on a boat trip from聽Puerto Pir谩mides, or even from the shoreline. If you want to see orca then you’ll need to take a tour to Punta Norte. Take motion sickness tables for the whale watching trip.
13 馃殞Puerto Pir谩mides to Puerto Madryn bus
馃殞Puerto Madryn to Esquel bus (Book >)
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 20:15
Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bus
Pay a visit to the wonderful Museo Oceanogr谩fico in Puerto Madryn. If you’ve a couple of hours to spare walk along the beach to Punta Cuevas, where Welsh pioneers first settled. Pack ear plugs and an eye mask for the overnight bus journeys.
14 馃殞Puerto Madryn to Esquel bus
馃殞Esquel to El Chalten bus (Book >)
Dep: 16:00 馃彣Bus
With your almost 12 hours in Esquel take a ride on La Trochita – the old Patagonian Express. Walk to Laguna La Zeta or in Parque Nacional Los Alerces. Bus tickets are usually only available to buy up to 2 months before departure.
15 馃殞Esquel to El Chalten bus Arr: 10:00 馃彣Hospedaje Mi Rincon (Book >) All hostels >
Welcome to one of the best places for hiking in the world. Start with a relatively easy walk to Lago Torre – about 4 hours round trip. When you arrive into El Chalten the bus will stop at the park visitor centre where you can figure out which walks you want to do.
16 Devote today to walking to Lago de los Tres. This is a truly spectacular route that ends with a steep incline (so be sure to have some spare energy!) When you arrive you’ll be surrounded by immense, photogenic mountains and lakes. The final climb on today’s hike can be very busy and you may be stuck behind slower walkers – be patient and give yourself plenty of time.
17 馃殞El Chalten to El Calafate bus (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Folk Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Several more hours during which you can hike to Chorrillo del Salto and/or to Los Condores. Take a filter water bottle with you so that you can top up from streams along the way.
18 Take a day trip to the Perito Moreno glacier, where a boat will take you up close to the face of the glacier. There are also some excellent walkways from which to admire the glacier from various angles. Arrange your trip to the glacier in advance (your hostel can help).
19 鉁圗l Calafate to Buenos Aires flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Viajero Buenos Aires (Book >) All hostels >
Relax before the flight to Buenos Aires. Enjoy one last evening in the Argentine capital. If you want to extend this southern Argentina itinerary then you can fly to Ushuaia from El Calafate (and on to Antarctica). If you happen to be in Buenos Aires on a Sunday then you can get some great souvenirs at the San Telmo Feria.
20-21 鉁圔uenos Aires to home Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Argentina itinerary with the Northern Argentina, Brazil, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.

馃嚙馃嚙馃嚤馃嚚馃嚛馃嚥馃嚞馃嚨 EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Caribbean itineraryIn the Eastern Caribbean you’ll find picture-perfect beaches, but also adventure in the form of rainforest hikes, swimming beneath waterfalls, snorkelling over reefs and much more. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Barbados
1 鉁圱o Barbados (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Durants
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 40 mins later
馃彣The House by Elegant Hotels (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. Arrange your transfer in advance for a smooth arrival.
2-5 You’re staying by one of the best beaches in Barbados, a great place to swim as well as to snorkel out to reef filled with colourful fish. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Holetown there’s good shopping, a lively nightlife and the Holetown Monument which commemorates the 1625 English landing. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 鉁圔arbados to St Lucia flight (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Soufriere transfer
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr 30mins later
馃彣Jade Mountain Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The transfer to your hotel takes an hour and a half, but once you arrive you’ll quickly realise you’ve come to somewhere special. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
7-10 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
11 鉁圫t Lucia to Dominica flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Jungle Bay Resort & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need to make an early start for the one flight a day to Dominica. Once you arrive, collect your car and enjoy the drive over the mountains to your hotel. Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Dominica is more about adventure than beach, so take yourself on the 45-min hike to Middleham Falls where a cool pool beneath a high waterfall is your reward. Much easier to get to are the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay, or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Insect repellant is recommended when heading into the rainforest.
15 鉁圖ominica to Guadeloupe flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Toubana Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve landed at Pointe-a-Pitre airport collect your car for the 30-min drive to your hotel. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Grande Terre, where most of the best beaches are located. If you want to get active then drive to Basse Terre – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 鉁圙uadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
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Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to this Eastern Caribbean itinerary to break up the journey home.
Mid-range Dominica
1 鉁圱o Barbados (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Speightstown
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr later
馃彣Sugar Cane Club (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. Arrange your transfer in advance for a smooth arrival.
2-5 You’re hotel offers free transfers to one of the best beaches in Barbados, a great place to swim as well as to snorkel out to reef filled with colourful fish. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Speightstown there are some great beachside restaurants. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 鉁圔arbados to St Lucia flight (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Soufriere transfer
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr 30mins later
馃彣Stonefield Estate Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The transfer to your hotel takes an hour and a half, but once you arrive you’ll quickly realise you’ve come to somewhere special. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
7-9 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
10 馃殨Soufriere to Castries taxi Dep: 20:00 Arr: 21:30 馃彣Harbour Vista Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy one last day at the beach before transferring to Castries, where you’ll stay the night before catching the early ferry tomorrow. Castries isn’t much fun at night and so I’d recommend arriving here later.
11 鉀达笍St Lucia to Roseau ferry聽 (Book >)
馃殞Roseau to Calibishie bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Wanderlust Caribbean (Book >) All hotels >
An early start for the ferry to Dominica. Once you arrive walk to River Bank road where you can catch a minibus to the other side of the island. Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Dominica is more about adventure than beach, so go on the 45-min hike to Middleham Falls where a cool pool beneath a high waterfall is your reward. Much easier to get to are the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay, or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Your hotel can help to arrange tours of the island with Nigel – a guide I can highly recommend.
15 鉀达笍Dominica to Pointe-a-Pitre ferry (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 13:45 馃彣Le Rayon Vert (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve arrived in Guadeloupe collect your car for the 1-hour drive to your hotel. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Basse Terre, where there are some great beaches as well as a plethora of inland activities – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 鉁圙uadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to this Eastern Caribbean itinerary to break up the journey home.
Budget Caribbean itinerary
1 鉁圱o Barbados (Book >)
馃殨Airport to St Lawrence taxi
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 25 mins later
馃彣Southern Surf Beach Apartments (Book >) All apartments >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. You can find an official taxi stand in the airport, just outside the arrivals doors.
2-5 St Lawrence is a lively part of Barbados, with a good choice of rum shacks and beautiful beaches. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Bridgetown there’s good shopping and a charming boardwalk. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 鉁圔arbados to St Lucia flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣S茅r茅nit茅 Vigie Saint Lucia (Book >) All hotels >
Your hotel is a short walk from the airport and is a great place from which to watch the sun go down. There are plenty of minibuses running from near your hotel to the airport in Barbados.
7 馃殞Castries to Vieux Fort bus (Info >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Reef Beach Huts (Book >) All hotels >
You can take a bus direct to Vieux Fort or, if you plan to explore the island over the next few days, hire a car. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
8-9 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
10 馃殞Soufriere to Castries bus (Info >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Harbour Vista Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy one last day at the beach before transferring to Castries, where you’ll stay the night before catching the early ferry tomorrow. There are only a limited number of decent restaurants in Castries.
11 鉀达笍St Lucia to Roseau ferry (Book >)
馃殞Roseau to Soufriere bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Soufriere Guesthouse (Book >) All hostels >
An early start for the ferry to Dominica. Once you arrive walk to River Bank road where you can catch a minibus to Soufriere (not the one in St Lucia!) Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Take a minibus to Roseau and then another to the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay (close to your guesthouse), or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Insect repellant is recommended when heading into the rainforest.
15 鉀达笍Dominica to Pointe-a-Pitre ferry (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 13:45 馃彣G卯te bois Cannelle (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve arrived in Guadeloupe collect your car for the 1-hour drive to your g卯te. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Basse Terre, where there are some great beaches as well as a plethora of inland activities – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 鉁圙uadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to this Eastern Caribbean itinerary break up the journey home.

馃嚦馃嚨 NEPAL

Poon Hill, Nepal - Nepal itineraryYou’ll need to be somewhat fit to tackle the magnificent treks in this Nepal itinerary, but the reward for all that effort is a front-row view of the world’s highest mountains. Back where the oxygen is less thin are fascinating cities and incredible wildlife-spotting opportunities. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Chitwan National Park, Nepal
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel The Dwarika’s (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in your beautiful hotel and go for a stroll around the old city.
3 Explore the Thamel District, visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous Boudhanath Stupa, beautiful Taleju Temple, the Patan Museum and, if time, climb up to up to the ancient Swayambhu temple for breathtaking views. Mid-afternoon head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
4 鉁圞athmandu to Pokhara flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Pavilions Himalayas (Book >) All hotels >
You have a little more time this morning to see any sights you missed out on yesterday before the breathtaking flight to Pokhara. Once you’ve arrived, dropped off your bags and got your trekking permit, head to the lake for a serene paddle over the water. You will need to get a trekking permit (details here) – head straight to the Nepal Tourism Board office when you arrive in Pokhara or ask your hotel for help.
5 馃殨Pokhara to Nayapul taxi
馃毝Nayapul聽to Ulleri hike
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:00
Arr: 08:45
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Super View Guest House
From Nayapul walk to the Birethani checkpoint and get your permit checked. Then onwards and upwards, through valleys and past rivers. Along the way you’ll pass tea houses where you can stop off for food and drink. It isn’t necessary to book guest houses in advance – if those I’ve recommended aren’t available then be assured that standards don’t vary much.
6 馃毝Ulleri to Ghorepani hike Dep: 07:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Super View Lodge
3,767 stairs to Ghorepani, stopping at beautiful Ulleri village. About halfway through the walk you’ll start getting glimpses of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once in Ghorepani leave your bags at the teahouse and take a couple of hours to rest, before ascending Poon Hill (about 45 mins away). From the top is one of the best views you’re ever likely to see. These trekking times allow for a slow pace and many rest stops!
7 馃毝Ghorepani to Tadapani hike Dep: 08:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Fishtail Lodge
Awake at 04:00 and trek back up Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise. Return for breakfast then enjoy today’s walk through forests, over rivers, up to the highest point on the trek (about 10,000 ft) and yes, more steps. Tadapani has amazing views – including of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre – which you can admire over a recuperating drink. Plastic water bottles can’t be bought on the trek – buy a filter water bottle. You’ll also need to bring your own sleeping bag, liner and towel.
8 馃毝Tadapani to Birethanti hike
馃殨Birethanti to Pokhara taxi
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 17:00
馃彣The Pavilions Himalayas (Book >) All hotels >
A relatively easy walk, descending to Birethanti and stopping off at Ghandrung village. Back in Pokhara treat yourself to a well-earned massage. Do you need a guide for your trek? I don’t think so, at least not for this one which is a pretty obvious route.
9 馃殫Pokhara to Bandipur drive (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Depche Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Meet your guide and enjoy the drive to Bandipur. This well-preserved medieval town boasts old temples and shrines, as well as superb views of the Himalaya from Tudikhel hill. Be wary of the signs of altitude sickness.
10 馃殫Bandipur to Andrauli drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Barahi Jungle Lodge(Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Take a power bank with you on treks and safaris.
11 More time to see wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars and many species of birds. Do not ride elephants! They are often mistreated.
12 馃殫Andrauli to Kathmandu drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Hotel The Dwarika’s (Book >) All hotels >
Back in Kathmandu you’ll have plenty of time to see any sights you missed on days 2-4 of this Nepal itinerary. In need of souvenirs? Pick them up at Mangal Bazaar. You can’t take Nepalese rupees out of the country; exchange before you leave.
13 Today you’re going on a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight starts early and has you back on the ground in an hour, during which time you’ll see the world’s highest peak from your guaranteed window seat. If you want to extend your trip then consider travelling to Lukla on day 13 for a ground view of Everest.
14 鉁圞athmandu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Nepal itinerary with the China or India (Rajasthan) itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Kathmandu, Nepal
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Tibet International (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in your beautiful hotel and go for a stroll around the old city.
3 Explore the Thamel District, visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous Boudhanath Stupa, beautiful Taleju Temple, the Patan Museum and, if time, climb up to up to the ancient Swayambhu temple for breathtaking views. Mid-afternoon head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
4 鉁圞athmandu to Pokhara flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
You have a little more time this morning to see any sights you missed out on yesterday before the breathtaking flight to Pokhara. Once you’ve arrived, dropped off your bags and got your trekking permit, head to the lake for a serene paddle over the water. You will need to get a trekking permit (details here) – head straight to the Nepal Tourism Board office when you arrive in Pokhara or ask your hotel for help.
5 馃殨Pokhara to Nayapul taxi
馃毝Nayapul聽to Ulleri hike
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:00
Arr: 08:45
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Super View Guest House
From Nayapul walk to the Birethani checkpoint and get your permit checked. Then onwards and upwards, through valleys and past rivers. Along the way you’ll pass tea houses where you can stop off for food and drink. It isn’t necessary to book guest houses in advance – if those I’ve recommended aren’t available then be assured that standards don’t vary much.
6 馃毝Ulleri to Ghorepani hike Dep: 07:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Super View Lodge
3,767 stairs to Ghorepani, stopping at beautiful Ulleri village. About halfway through the walk you’ll start getting glimpses of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once in Ghorepani leave your bags at the teahouse and take a couple of hours to rest, before ascending Poon Hill (about 45 mins away). From the top is one of the best views you’re ever likely to see. These trekking times allow for a slow pace and many rest stops!
7 馃毝Ghorepani to Tadapani hike Dep: 08:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Fishtail Lodge
Awake at 04:00 and trek back up Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise. Return for breakfast then enjoy today’s walk through forests, over rivers, up to the highest point on the trek (about 10,000 ft) and yes, more steps. Tadapani has amazing views – including of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre – which you can admire over a recuperating drink. Plastic water bottles can’t be bought on the trek – buy a filter water bottle. You’ll also need to bring your own sleeping bag, liner and towel.
8 馃毝Tadapani to Naya Pul hike
馃殞Naya Pul to Pokhara bus
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:15
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 17:15
馃彣Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
A relatively easy walk, descending to Naya Pul and stopping off at Ghandrung village. At the end of the trek you’ll need to wait for a passing bus back to Pokhara. Back in the city treat yourself to a well-earned massage. Do you need a guide for your trek? I don’t think so, at least not for this one which is a pretty obvious route.
9 馃殞Pokhara to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar to Bandipur bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Gaun Ghar (Book >) All hotels >
The well-preserved medieval town of Bandipur boasts old temples and shrines, as well as superb views of the Himalaya from Tudikhel hill. Ask your hotel about transport from Dumre and to book your bus ticket to Sauraha.
10 馃殞Bandipur to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar聽 to Sauraha bus
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Green Park Chitwan (Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Ask your Chitwan hotel to collect you from the bus stop.
11 More time to see wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars and many species of birds. Do not ride elephants! They are often mistreated.
12 馃殞Sauraha to Kathmandu bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Tibet International (Book >) All hotels >
Back in Kathmandu you’ll have plenty of time to see any sights you missed on days 2-4 of this Nepal itinerary. In need of souvenirs? Pick them up at Mangal Bazaar. You can’t take Nepalese rupees out of the country; exchange before you leave.
13 Today you’re going on a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight starts early and has you back on the ground in an hour, during which time you’ll see the world’s highest peak from your guaranteed window seat. If you want to extend your trip then consider travelling to Lukla on day 13 for a ground view of Everest.
14 鉁圞athmandu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Nepal itinerary with the China or India (Rajasthan) itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Mount Everest
1 鉁圱o Kathmandu (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Flock Kathmandu Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Relax in your beautiful hotel and go for a stroll around the old city.
3 Explore the Thamel District, visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous Boudhanath Stupa, beautiful Taleju Temple, the Patan Museum and, if time, climb up to up to the ancient Swayambhu temple for breathtaking views. Mid-afternoon head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
4 馃殞Kathmandu to Pokhara bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣The Mountain House (Book >) All hostels >
Once you’ve arrived in Pokhara, dropped off your bags and got your trekking permit, head to the lake for a serene paddle over the water. You will need to get a trekking permit (details here) – head straight to the Nepal Tourism Board office when you arrive in Pokhara or ask your hostel for help.
5 馃殞Pokhara to Nayapul bus
馃毝Nayapul聽to Ulleri hike
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 09:00
Arr: 09:00
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Super View Guest House
From Nayapul walk to the Birethani checkpoint and get your permit checked. Then onwards and upwards, through valleys and past rivers. Along the way you’ll pass tea houses where you can stop off for food and drink. It isn’t necessary to book guest houses in advance – if those I’ve recommended in this Nepal itinerary aren’t available then be assured that standards don’t vary much.
6 馃毝Ulleri to Ghorepani hike Dep: 07:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Super View Lodge
3,767 stairs to Ghorepani, stopping at beautiful Ulleri village. About halfway through the walk you’ll start getting glimpses of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once in Ghorepani leave your bags at the teahouse and take a couple of hours to rest, before ascending Poon Hill (about 45 mins away). From the top is one of the best views you’re ever likely to see. The trekking times in this Nepal itinerary allow for a slow pace and many rest stops!
7 馃毝Ghorepani to Tadapani hike Dep: 08:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Fishtail Lodge
Awake at 04:00 and trek back up Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise. Return for breakfast then enjoy today’s walk through forests, over rivers, up to the highest point on the trek (about 10,000 ft) and yes, more steps. Tadapani has amazing views – including of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre – which you can admire over a recuperating drink. Plastic water bottles can’t be bought on the trek – buy a filter water bottle. You’ll also need to bring your own sleeping bag, liner and towel.
8 馃毝Tadapani to Naya Pul hike
馃殞Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara bus
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 15:15
Arr: 14:45
Arr: 17:15
馃彣The Mountain House (Book >) All hostels >
A relatively easy walk, descending to Naya Pul and stopping off at Ghandrung village. At the end of the trek you’ll need to wait for a passing bus back to Pokhara. Back in Pokhara treat yourself to a well-earned massage. Do you need a guide for your trek? I don’t think so, at least not for this one which is a pretty obvious route.
9 馃殞Pokhara to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar to Bandipur bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Hotel The North Face (Book >) All hotels >
Meet your guide and enjoy the drive to Bandipur. This well-preserved medieval town boasts old temples and shrines, as well as superb views of the Himalaya from Tudikhel hill. Ask your hotel about transport from Dumre and to book your bus ticket to Sauraha.
10 馃殞Bandipur to Dumre Bazaar bus
馃殞Dumre Bazaar聽 to Sauraha bus
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Hotel Rhino Land (Book >) All hostels >
Drive on to Chitwan National Park where you will spend today and tomorrow seeking out tigers, rhinos and wild elephants. Ask your hostel to collect you from the bus stop (free service).
11 More time to see wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild boars and many species of birds. Do not ride elephants! They are often mistreated.
12 馃殞Sauraha to Kathmandu bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Flock Kathmandu Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Back in Kathmandu you’ll have plenty of time to see any sights you missed on days 2-4 of this Nepal itinerary. In need of souvenirs? Pick them up at Mangal Bazaar. You can’t take Nepalese rupees out of the country; exchange before you leave.
13 Today you’re going on a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight starts early and has you back on the ground in an hour, during which time you’ll see the world’s highest peak from your guaranteed window seat. If you want to extend your trip then consider travelling to Lukla on day 13 for a ground view of Everest.
14 鉁圞athmandu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening Connect this Nepal itinerary with the China or India (Rajasthan) itinerary
Ask your hostel for help flagging a meter taxi to the airport.

馃嚠馃嚛 INDONESIA

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

馃嚚馃嚪 COSTA RICA

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

馃嚫馃嚜 SWEDEN

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

馃嚦馃嚘 NAMIBIA

Swakopmund, NamibiaSparsely populated, but crammed with incredible sights, Namibia offers intrepid travellers huge rewards for challenging travel. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Fish River Canyon, Namibia
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殫Windhoek to Fish River Canyon drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) All hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa. Driver the 25 minutes to the canyon viewpoint for sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
4 馃殫Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei drive Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 馃彣Le Mirage Resort & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Take a morning hike with a hotel guide into Gondwana Canyon Park before the drive to Sesriem. Marvel at the desert sunset in Sossusvlei. Tap water is safe here – bring a re-usable bottle and make sure you keep topped up.
5 Wake up early for a magical hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Then go on a drive to Dune 45, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting from South Africa? The Namibian Dollar is kept at parity with the South African Rand.
6 馃殫Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) All hotels >
In Walvis Bay book on to the 13:00 tour to Sandwich Harbour, on which you’ll see flamingoes, the Kuiseb River Delta and the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 Today you’ll go on an unforgettable flight over the Skeleton Coast from nearby Swakopmund. Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8 馃殫Walvis Bay to Damaraland drive Dep: 08:30 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Damaraland Camp (Book >) All hotels >
One of Namibia’s least populated areas, Damaraland offers wild scenery, rock art and wildlife. It gets cold here when the sun goes down – pack layers.
9 Take a guided walk through the amazing scenery of Damaraland, go on guided drives during the day or at night, or visit the local Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo communities. I once wrecked a camera here due to the constant dust. Be sure to protect your technology!
10 馃殫Damaraland to Etosha drive Dep: 12:00 Arr: 19:30 馃彣Emanya@etosha聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Time in the morning to take part in any activities you missed out on during days 8 and 9. In afternoon drive through Etosha National Park to your luxurious hotel. Any drive through Etosha will involve wildlife spotting, so give yourself plenty of time to take pics.
11 More time today to meet the wildlife of Etosha National Park on a full-day tour. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
12 馃殫Etosha to Windhoek drive Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Take one last self-guided game drive, then return to Windhoek and drop off your car. Windhoek has a number of excellent beer houses, due to it once being a German colony.
13-14 鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Namibia itinerary with the South Africa itinerary
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Mid-range Swakopmund, Namibia
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殫Windhoek to Fish River Canyon drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Canyon Roadhouse (Book >) All hotels >
This is your longest drive, but you’ll end it at one of the most spectacular, under-rated places in Africa (a highlight of this Namibia itinerary). Drive the 25 minutes to the canyon viewpoint for sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
4 馃殫Fish River Canyon to Sossusvlei drive Dep: 12:30 Arr: 18:45 馃彣Desert Camp (Book >) All hotels >
Take a morning hike with a hotel guide into Gondwana Canyon Park before the drive to Sesriem. Marvel at the desert sunset in Sossusvlei. Tap water is safe here – bring a re-usable bottle and make sure you keep topped up.
5 Wake up early and head up Dune 45 for sunrise, then visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Visiting from South Africa? The Namibian Dollar is kept at parity with the South African Rand.
6 馃殫Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Bay View Resort Namibia (Book >) All hotels >
In Walvis Bay book on to the 13:00 tour to Sandwich Harbour, on which you’ll see flamingoes, the Kuiseb River Delta and the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 Today take an unforgettable flight over the Skeleton Coast from nearby Swakopmund. Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8 馃殫Walvis Bay to Damaraland drive Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Grootberg Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
One of Namibia’s least populated areas, Damaraland offers wild scenery, rock art and wildlife. It gets cold here when the sun goes down – pack layers.
9 Take a guided walk through the amazing scenery of Damaraland, go on guided drives during the day or at night, or visit the local Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo communities. I once wrecked a camera here due to the constant dust. Be sure to protect your technology!
10 馃殫Damaraland to Etosha drive Dep: 11:30 Arr: 19:30 馃彣Emanya@etosha聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Time in the morning to take part in any activities you missed out on during days 8 and 9. In afternoon drive through Etosha National Park to your luxurious hotel. Any drive through Etosha will involve wildlife spotting, so give yourself plenty of time to take pics.
11 More time today to meet the wildlife of Etosha National Park on a full-day tour. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
12 馃殫Etosha to Windhoek drive Dep: 13:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Hotel Hilton Windhoek (Book >) All hotels >
Take one last game drive, then return to Windhoek and drop off your car. Windhoek has a number of excellent beer houses, due to it once being a German colony.
13-14 鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Namibia itinerary with the South Africa itinerary
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.
Budget Etosha, Namibia
1 鉁圵indhoek (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣ParadiseGarden Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Arrive into Windhoek with time to visit the Namibia Craft Centre.
3 馃殞Windhoek to Walvis Bay bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:10 馃彣Loubser’s B&B Self Catering (Book >) All hostels >
Once you arrive into Walvis Bay take a walk to the lagoon or head to Owambo Beach. Please note that buses do not depart daily.
4 Go dune boarding, enjoy a nature drive, or go kayaking to Pelican Point. Save money by bringing your own tent and sleeping bag.
5 馃殫Walvis Bay to Sesriem drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 鉀篠esriem Campsite (Book >) All hotels >
Drive to Sossussvlei, visit Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon then marvel at the desert sunset. You will need to hire a 4×4 vehicle as parts of this journey are on rough tracks.
6 馃殫Sesriem to Hobas drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 15:00 鉀篐obas Camp (Book >) All hotels >
Wake early and head up Dune 45 for sunrise. Your longest drive of the trip will take you to the spectacular Fish River Canyon – a highlight of this Namibia itinerary. Be prepared for expensive fuel prices and remember to fill up before setting out into remote areas.
7 馃殫Hobas to Windhoek drive
馃殞Windhoek to Tsumeb bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 15:30
Arr: 23:40
馃彣Tsumeb Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Another early start to see another incredible sunrise, then drive to Windhoek to drop off the car before catching the bus to Tsumeb, next to Etosha National Park Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
8-10 Contact Tsumeb Bckpackers in advance and ask them to arrange a guided tour to Damaraland and Etosha National Park. Accommodation is limited, book as far in advance as you can.
11 馃殞Tsumeb to Windhoek bus (Book >) Dep: 23:59 馃彣ParadiseGarden Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Another early start to see another incredible sunrise, then drive to Windhoek to drop off the car before catching the bus to Tsumeb, next to Etosha National Park Vegetarians may struggle here, but the excellent Happy Cow site lists good vegan restaurants.
12-13 馃殞Tsumeb to Windhoek bus
鉁圵indhoek to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 05:40
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Namibia itinerary with the South Africa itinerary
Botswana is just across the border if you wish to continue your adventure.