馃嚥馃嚘 MOROCCO

Meknes, MoroccoMorocco is one of those countries that frequently found itself at the crossroads of history. This is evident in the many ancient and exotic towns and cities. It’s also a great place from which to dip your toes into the Sahara. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Morocco itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

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

Dep: 15:00

Arr: 09:00

Arr: 19:00

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

馃嚦馃嚳 NEW ZEALAND SOUTH

Kepler Track, New Zealand - New Zealand South itineraryNew Zealand’s South Island is one of the most naturally spectacular places on Earth. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s my New Zealand South blog post, here is highlights video, and here below is your New Zealand South itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
1 鉁圱o Christchurch (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣The George (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing day in Christchurch recovering from your long journey. Stroll in the Botanic Gardens, see the Victoria Clock Tower, admire the ingenuity of the Cardboard Cathedral and see the Antarctic artefacts in the Canterbury Museum. If you’re from a visa waiver country you don’t need to apply until you arrive in New Zealand
4 馃殫Christchurch to Kaikoura drive (Hire car >)
馃殫Kaikoura to Nelson drive
Dep: 09:30

Dep: 15:30

Arr: 12:00

Arr: 18:45

馃彣Parautane Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in Kaikoura in time to get the 12:45 whale watching boat tour. Sperm whales are resident year-round and so you’re all but guaranteed to get a sighting. Take motion sickness tablets if needed – you’ll be on the sea
5 馃殫Nelson to Kaiteriteri drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:00 馃彣Split Apple Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
A short drive to Kaiteriteri from where you can take a water taxi onto the perfect beaches of Abel Tasman. Spend the day hiking, or maybe hire a kayak for a few hours. There aren’t any shops in the national park so bring food and water.
6 馃殫Kaiteriteri to Hokitika drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Rimu Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Just over 5 hours of driving, broken up with a visit to Punakaiki where you can admire the pancake rocks and blowholes. Give yourself plenty of time to get between destinations – you’ll want to stop frequently for beautiful views all the way through this New Zealand South itinerary.
7 馃殫Hokitika to Franz Josef drive Dep: 12:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Franz Josef Oasis (Book >) All hotels >
Start your day with a 30 min drive to Hokitika Gorge where you can walk 15 mins to a spectacular swing bridge. In Franz Josef you’ll arrive in time for the 14:15 glacier valley hike (or maybe splash out on a heli hike). Wear plenty of sunscreen – not only is there less ozone above NZ, the snow makes the sun extra strong.
8 馃殫Franz Josef to Wanaka drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Lime Tree Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the first part of your day hiking up to the Fox Glacier. Then, on the drive to Wanaka, stop off at the many photogenic spots along the road. The Department of Conversation provides a wealth of info on hiking.
9 A day off from driving to enjoy the glorious hiking around Lake Wanaka. Keep an eye on the weather.
10 馃殫Wanaka to Te Anau drive Dep: 07:00 Arr: 10:15 馃彣Various trail huts (Book >)
Wake early to get to the start of the Milford or Kepler tracks. Book your place in the trek huts as far in advance as possible.
11-12 Congratulations, you’re on some of the most incredible hikes in the world! You’ll see immense snowy mountains, peaceful lakes and beautiful forests. Read more info here for the Milford Track and here for the Kepler. You can’t buy food on the treks, so think carefully about what to bring (this site gives a good idea).
13 馃殫Te Anau to Manipouri drive Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Acheron Cottages (Book >) All hotels >
See the immense Milford Sound on a fjord cruise (just under 2 hours from Te Anau, last departure is 3pm), then drive to nearby Manipori – just 20 mins from Te Anau. This is another opportunity to add a day to your trip if you want to take it easy post-trek.
14 馃殫Manipouri to Invercargill drive Dep: 15:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣The Lodges (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’ll go on an 8-hour (starting at 07:15) exploration of remote Doubtful Sound. Your tour will take you by boat over Lake Manipouri, over Wilmott Pass and then kayak along the sound itself. Invest in a dry bag in which to keep your camera (they’re inexpensive).
15 鉀达笍Invercargill to Stewart Island ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:45 Arr: 10:45 馃彣Stewart Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
From Oban on Stewart Island you have a choice of tours, including to Ulva Island. Be sure to get a ticket that includes the bus to Bluff.
16 鉀达笍Stewart Island聽 to Invercargill ferry (Book >)
馃殫Invercargill to Queenstown drive
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Queenstown Park Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
聽Queenstown is the adventure sports capital of New Zealand. There is a veritable smorgasbord of activities here. Before embarking on this New Zealand South itinerary ensure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
17 A full day to indulge in any more of the activities here, including some amazing hikes. At night take your car out of town for some breathtaking star-gazing.
18 馃殫Queenstown to Twizel drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Matuka Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve checked in head to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and walk beneath New Zealand’s highest mountain. Go to the National Park visitor’s centre for a great view from the picture window.
19-20 馃殫Twizel to Chirstchurch drive
鉁圕hristchurch to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:00
Dep: Evening
Arr: 13:45
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this New Zealand South itinerary with the New Zealand North, Australia or Fiji & Samoa itinerary
Give yourself plenty of time to return the car to Christchurch.
Mid-range Milford Sound, New Zealand
1 鉁圱o Christchurch (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Colombo In The City (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing day in Christchurch recovering from your long journey. Stroll in the Botanic Gardens, see the Victoria Clock Tower, admire the ingenuity of the Cardboard Cathedral and see the Antarctic artefacts in the Canterbury Museum. If you’re from a visa waiver country you don’t need to apply until you arrive in New Zealand
4 馃殫Christchurch to Kaikoura drive (Hire car >)
馃殫Kaikoura to Nelson drive
Dep: 09:30

Dep: 15:30

Arr: 12:00

Arr: 18:45

馃彣The Sails Nelson (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in Kaikoura in time to get the 12:45 whale watching boat tour. Sperm whales are resident year-round and so you’re all but guaranteed to get a sighting. Take motion sickness tablets if needed – you’ll be on the sea
5 馃殫Nelson to Kaiteriteri drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:00 馃彣Kimi Ora Eco Resort(Book >) All hotels >
A short drive to Kaiteriteri from where you can take a water taxi onto the perfect beaches of Abel Tasman. Spend the day hiking, or maybe hire a kayak for a few hours. There aren’t any shops in the national park so bring food and water.
6 馃殫Kaiteriteri to Hokitika drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Stopforths Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Just over 5 hours of driving, broken up with a visit to Punakaiki where you can admire the pancake rocks and blowholes. Give yourself plenty of time to get between destinations – you’ll want to stop frequently for beautiful views.
7 馃殫Hokitika to Franz Josef drive Dep: 12:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Franz Josef Oasis (Book >) All hotels >
Start your day with a 30 min drive to Hokitika Gorge where you can walk 15 mins to a spectacular swing bridge. In Franz Josef you’ll arrive in time for the 14:15 glacier valley hike (or maybe splash out on a heli hike). Wear plenty of sunscreen – not only is there less ozone above NZ, the snow makes the sun extra strong.
8 馃殫Franz Josef to Wanaka drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣West Meadows Motel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the first part of your day hiking up to the Fox Glacier. Then, on the drive to Wanaka, stop off at the many photogenic spots along the road. The Department of Conversation provides a wealth of info on hiking.
9 A day off from driving to enjoy the glorious hiking around Lake Wanaka. Keep an eye on the weather.
10 馃殫Wanaka to Te Anau drive Dep: 07:00 Arr: 10:15 馃彣Various trail huts (Book >)
Wake early to get to the start of the Milford or Kepler tracks. Book your place in the trek huts as far in advance as possible.
11-12 Congratulations, you’re on some of the most incredible hikes in the world! You’ll see immense snowy mountains, peaceful lakes and beautiful forests. Read more info here for the Milford Track and here for the Kepler. You can’t buy food on the treks, so think carefully about what to bring (this site gives a good idea).
13 馃殫Te Anau to Manipouri drive Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Acheron Cottages (Book >) All hotels >
See the immense Milford Sound on a fjord cruise (just under 2 hours from Te Anau, last departure is 3pm), then drive to nearby Manipori – just 20 mins from Te Anau. This is another opportunity to add a day to your trip if you want to take it easy post-trek.
14 馃殫Manipouri to Invercargill drive Dep: 15:30 Arr: 17:30 馃彣Tower Lodge Motel (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’ll go on an 8-hour (starting at 07:15) exploration of remote Doubtful Sound. Your tour will take you by boat over Lake Manipouri, over Wilmott Pass and then kayak along the sound itself. Invest in a dry bag in which to keep your camera (they’re inexpensive).
15 鉀达笍Invercargill to Stewart Island ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:45 Arr: 10:45 馃彣Bay Motel (Book >) All hotels >
From Oban on Stewart Island you have a choice of tours, including to Ulva Island. Be sure to get a ticket that includes the bus to Bluff.
16 鉀达笍Stewart Island to Invercargill ferry (Book >)
馃殫Invercargill to Queenstown drive
Dep: 08:00
Dep: 10:30
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 13:00
馃彣Queenstown Park Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Queenstown is the adventure sports capital of New Zealand. There is a veritable smorgasbord of activities here. Before embarking on this New Zealand South itinerary ensure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
17 A full day to indulge in any more of the activities here, including some amazing hikes. At night take your car out of town for some breathtaking star-gazing.
18 馃殫Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:15 馃彣Aoraki Court (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve checked in head out into Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and walk beneath New Zealand’s highest mountain. Go to the National Park visitor’s centre for a great view from the picture window.
19-20 馃殫Aoraki/Mt Cook to Chirstchurch drive
鉁圕hristchurch to home (Book >)
Dep: 09:15
Dep: Evening
Arr: 13:45
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this New Zealand South itinerary with the New Zealand North, Australia or Fiji & Samoa itinerary
Give yourself plenty of time to return the car to Christchurch.
Budget Mount Cook, New Zealand
1 鉁圱o Christchurch (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Chester Street Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a relaxing day in Christchurch recovering from your long journey. Stroll in the Botanic Gardens, see the Victoria Clock Tower, admire the ingenuity of the Cardboard Cathedral and see the Antarctic artefacts in the Canterbury Museum. If you’re from a visa waiver country you don’t need to apply until you arrive in New Zealand
4 馃殞Christchurch to Kaikoura bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Albatross Backpackers Inn (Book >) All hostels >
Arrive in Kaikoura in time to get the 10:00 or 12:45 whale watching boat tour. Sperm whales are resident year-round and so you’re all but guaranteed to get a sighting. Later in the afternoon hire a kayak or walk along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Take motion sickness tablets if needed – you’ll be on the sea
5 馃殞Kaikoura Blenheim bus (Book >)
馃殞Blenheim to Nelson bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 12:25
Arr: 15:15
馃彣Bridge Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy the quaint city of Nelson or walk to dramatic Harwoods Hole. This blog post has good advice on Nelson cheap eats.
6 Take the 07:30 bus to Marahau and enjoy several hours of hiking or聽kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. The bus returns at 16:10. There aren’t any shops in the national park so bring food and water.
7 馃殞Nelson to Franz Josef bus (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 17:04 馃彣YHA Franz Josef (Book >) All hostels >
Relax on the coach and watch the wild West Coast scenery fly by. Remember to pack some lunch and snacks – the coach may stop at expensive rest stops.
8 You have a full day in which to enjoy the hikes around Franz Josef Glacier. Wear plenty of sunscreen – not only is there less ozone above NZ, the snow makes the sun extra strong.
9 馃殞Franz Josef to Wanaka bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 14:46 馃彣Wanaka Bakpaka (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a spectacular journey then take yourself out on one of the many hikes around Lake Wanaka. The Department of Conversation provides a wealth of info on hiking.
10 馃殞Wanaka to Queenstown bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:50 馃彣Adventure Q2 Queenstown (Book >) All hostels >
Work your way through the large list of adventure sports around Queenstown, including some amazing hikes. Make sure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
11 馃殞Queenstown to Te Anau bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 09:10 馃彣Various trail huts (Book >)
Wake early to get to the start of the Milford or Kepler tracks. There are also coaches at 07:05 and 07:20. Book your place in the trek huts as far in advance as possible.
12-13 Congratulations, you’re on some of the most incredible hikes in the world! You’ll see immense snowy mountains, peaceful lakes and beautiful forests. Read more info here for the Milford Track and here for the Kepler. You can’t buy food on the treks, so think carefully about what to bring (this site gives a good idea).
14 馃毝/馃殞To Milford Sound hike/bus (Book >)
馃殞Milford Sound to Te Anau bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00

Dep: 15:25

Arr: 13:10

Arr: 17:00

馃彣YHA Te Anau (Book >) All hostels >
If you’re on the Milford Track you’ll walk in to Milford Sound, if you’re on the Kepler then you’ll need to take the coach from Te Anau. See the immense Milford Sound on a fjord cruise. This is another opportunity to add a day to your trip if you want to take it easy post-trek.
15 馃殞Te Anau to Queenstown bus (Book >) Dep: 17:20 Arr: 19:35 馃彣Adventure Q2 Queenstown (Book >) All hostels >
Today you’ll go on an 8-hour (starting at 07:15) exploration of remote Doubtful Sound. Your tour will take you by boat over Lake Manipouri, over Wilmott Pass and then kayak along the sound itself. Invest in a dry bag in which to keep your camera (they’re inexpensive).
16 A full day to indulge in more of the activities in Queenstown. The weather can effect which activities are running.
17 馃殞Queenstown to Mt Cook bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 12:15 馃彣YHA Mt Cook (Book >) All hostels >
Once you’ve checked in head out into Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and walk beneath New Zealand’s highest mountain. Go to the National Park visitor’s centre for a great view from the picture window.
18 馃殞Mt Cook to Christchurch bus (Book >) Dep: 14:45 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Jucy Snooze (Book >) All hostels >
Get in your last hike of this New Zealand South itinerary before journeying back to Christchurch. Make sure that your insurance covers you for the various adventures sports on offer here.
19-20 鉁圕hristchurch to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this New Zealand South itinerary with the New Zealand North, Australia or Fiji & Samoa itinerary
The bus to the airport takes 30 minutes.

馃嚥馃嚲 MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysia & Borneo itineraryPristine jungle, perfect beaches, breathtaking wildlife, ancient temples…this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary is amazing value for money. I’ve added a trip to unmissable Borneo at the end, should you have the time to fully explore this country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Malaysia & Borneo itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Tanah Rata, Malaysia
1 鉁圱o Kuala Lumpur (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣The Majestic (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive early evening so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Admire the view from the Petronas Towers, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown, take a taxi to the fascinating Batu Caves, see the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building and pick up some souvenirs at Central Market. It may be useful to know a few local words and phrases, especially in rural areas.
4 馃殣Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling transfer
鉀达笍Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan boat (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 13:30
馃彣Mutiara Taman Negara (Book >) All hotels >
Go on a guided trek into the jungle. Remember to bring insect repellent.
5 Take a longer guided hike in the jungle, making sure you incorporate the world’s longest canopy walk. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 馃殞Kuala Tahan to Tanah Rata bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Cameron Highlands Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Sip fresh tea whilst overlooking the plantations from where your leaves were grown. Temperatures drop to an average of 15C at night.
7 馃殞Tanah Rata to Sungai Nibong bus (Book >)
馃殨Sungai Nibong to
Georgetown taxi
Dep: 14:30

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

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

馃嚭馃嚫 USA (CALIFORNIA & NEVADA)

Yosemite, California - USA itineraryNothing quite beats the majesty of the national parks you’ll see on this trip, which is also a real pleaser for city slickers with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco on the itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your USA (California & Nevada) itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Grand Canyon, USA
1 鉁圱o Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Kimpton La Peer (Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. If you’re eligible you can apply for your ESTA visa waiver here.
3 馃殫Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace.聽Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 馃殫Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣The Inn (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to聽Rainbow Canyon,聽Badwater Basin and聽Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 馃殫Death Valley to聽Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Wuksachi Village & Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. Fill up on fuel before entering the national park.
7 馃殫Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
(Book >)
All hotels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail,聽Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 馃殫Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣The Landing Resort & Spa
(Book >)
All hotels >
The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
10 馃殫Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Rancho Caymus Inn
(Book >)
All hotels >
Arrive in plenty of time to sample the wine in Napa’s numerous vineyards.
11 馃殫Napa Valley to San Francisco drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:30 馃彣Fairmont Heritage Place (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped the car off head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12 Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 鉁圫an Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.
Mid-range Las Vegas, Nevada
1 鉁圱o Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Orlando Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. If you’re eligible you can apply for your ESTA visa waiver here.
3 馃殫Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Signature at MGM Grand (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 馃殫Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Stovepipe Wells Village (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 馃殫Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Comfort Inn Three Rivers (Book >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. Fill up on fuel before entering the national park.
7 馃殫Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Big Tree Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 馃殫Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Grand Residences by Marriott
(Book >)
All hotels >
The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
10 馃殫Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Mount View Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in plenty of time to sample the wine in Napa’s numerous vineyards.
11 馃殫Napa Valley to San Francisco drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:30 馃彣The Orchard Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped the car off head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12 Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 鉁圫an Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.
Budget San Francisco, USA
1 鉁圱o Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣USA Hostels Hollywood(Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Don’t forget to pack your camping gear!
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. Because it’s so cheap to drive in the USA (and because of the lack of public transport) we’ve used car hire as a means of travel, however, this tour is a good alternative.
3 馃殫Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Bally’s (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 馃殫Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Cynthia’s (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 馃殫Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Upper Peppermint campground (Details >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. 聽It isn’t possible to reserve the campground, but other options are available nearby if full.
7 馃殫Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣North Pines campground
(Book >)
All hostels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation for this USA itinerary a long way in advance.
9 馃殫Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Mellow Mountain Hostel
(Book >)
All hostels >
The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
11 馃殫Lake Tahoe to San Francisco drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Pacific Tradewinds Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Stop off in Napa Valley on the way to San Francisco (the timings above allow for roughly 4 hours in the valley). San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12-13 Explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 鉁圫an Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Western Canada or Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.

馃嚬馃嚳 TANZANIA

Serengeti Lion, TanzaniaQuintessential Africa. Spot the Big Five, scale the largest mountain on the continent then chill out on a perfect Indian Ocean beach. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Tanzania itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Zebra, Tanzania
1 鉁圱o Kilimanjaro (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Book your transfer to Arusha
3 馃殭Arusha to Lake Manyara safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 馃彣Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
You start your journey with a visit to Lake Manyara where you will get your first taste of an African game drive. We recommend contacting the tour operator to build your own tailor-made safari.
4 馃殭Lake Manyara to Serengeti safari Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Serengeti Tortilis Camp
Early start to get into the Serengeti with a game drive en-route to camp. Routes can be bumpy so take travel sickness pills if necessary.
5 馃殭Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater safari Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 馃彣andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Enjoy another long Serengeti game drive before heading to the crater. Enjoy a sundowner overlooking the spectacular scene below. Late June to October is the best time to see wildlife in the Serengeti.
5 馃殭Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha safari Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Today you’ll drop in to the immense crater and tick off more wildlife sightings. Tip your guide up to $50/day.
6-11 馃殭Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣Various camps (Book >)
The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is considered to be the most beautiful. You’ll need to be fit to reach the top, but the trek itself is immensely enjoyable. This Tanzania itinerary is 18 days long, but you may need extra days for climbing Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. The final summit hike takes up to 14 hours.
12 馃殭Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha transfer
鉁圓rusha to Zanzibar flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Morning
馃彣Park Hyatt (Book >) All hotels >
Stone Town drips in crumbling heritage and has the perfect beachside setting. The Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary are worth seeing. Enjoy a drink on the roof of Emerson Spice. Forodhani Gardens is the place to be in the evening – try out traditional Swahili and Zanzibari cuisines.
13 馃殨Stone Town to Dongwe taxi Dep: Any time Arr: 1hr 30 mins later 馃彣Zawadi Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to those famous beaches. Taxis don’t have meters so agree a price before getting in.
14-16 Relax – you’ve earned it! But don’t forget that Zanzibar has some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving options in the world. If you’re really lucky you may just see a whale shark. Away from the beach and resort be sure to dress conservatively.
17-18 鉁圸anzibar to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Tanzania itinerary with the Kenya itinerary
Book your taxi to the airport.
Mid-range Stone Town, Zanzibar
1 鉁圱o Kilimanjaro(Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Venus Premier Hotel
(Book >)
All hotels >
Book your transfer to Arusha
3 馃殭Arusha to Lake Manyara safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 馃彣Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
You start your journey with a visit to Lake Manyara where you will get your first taste of an African game drive. We recommend contacting the tour operator to build your own tailor-made safari.
4 馃殭Lake Manyara to Serengeti safari Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Serengeti Tortilis Camp
Early start to get into the Serengeti with a game drive en-route to camp. Routes can be bumpy so take travel sickness pills if necessary.
5 馃殭Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater safari Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 馃彣Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Enjoy another long Serengeti game drive before heading to the crater. Enjoy a sundowner overlooking the spectacular scene below. Late June to October is the best time to see wildlife in the Serengeti.
5 馃殭Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha safari Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Venus Premier Hotel
(Book >)
All hotels >
Today you’ll drop in to the immense crater and tick off more wildlife sightings. Tip your guide up to $50/day.
6-11 馃殭Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣Various camps (Book >)
The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is considered to be the most beautiful. You’ll need to be fit to reach the top, but the trek itself is immensely enjoyable. This Tanzania itinerary is 18 days long, but you may need extra days for climbing Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. The final summit hike takes up to 14 hours.
12 馃殭Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha transfer
鉁圓rusha to Zanzibar flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Morning
馃彣Zanzibar Coffee House (Book >) All hotels >
Stone Town drips in crumbling heritage and has the perfect beachside setting. The Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary are worth seeing. Enjoy a drink on the roof of your hotel. Forodhani Gardens is the place to be in the evening – try out traditional Swahili and Zanzibari cuisines.
13 馃殨Stone Town to Pongwe taxi Dep: Any time Arr: 1hr 15mins later 馃彣Pongwe Beach Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to those famous beaches. Taxis don’t have meters so agree a price before getting in.
14-16 Relax – you’ve earned it! But don’t forget that Zanzibar has some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities in the world. If you’re really lucky you may just see a whale shark. Away from the beach and resort be sure to dress conservatively.
17-18 鉁圸anzibar to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Tanzania itinerary with the Kenya itinerary
Book your taxi to the airport.
Budget Zanzibar
1 鉁圱o Kilimanjaro (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Runako Lodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
Book your transfer to Arusha
3 馃殭Arusha to Tarangire safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 馃彣Lake Burunge Tented Camp
You start your journey with a visit to Tarangire National Park where you will get your first taste of an African game drive. Take your own drinks!
4-5 馃殭Rift Valley to Serengeti safari Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Kati Kati Camp
Early start to get into the Serengeti with a game drive en-route to camp. The next day you’ll have many hours to see the animals. Routes can be bumpy so take travel sickness pills if necessary.
6 馃殭Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater safari Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 馃彣 Ngorongoro Farm House
Drive bach through the Serengeti towards the crater. Enjoy a sundowner overlooking the spectacular scene below. Late June to October is the best time to see wildlife in the Serengeti.
7 馃殭Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha safari Dep: Morning Arr: Midday 馃彣Runako Lodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
Get up early to experience sunrise over the crater. Tip your guide up to $50/day.
8-12 馃殭Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣Various camps (Book >)
The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is considered to be the most beautiful. You’ll need to be fit to reach the top, but the trek itself is immensely enjoyable. This Tanzania itinerary is 19 days long, but you may need extra days for climbing Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. The final summit hike takes up to 14 hours.
13 馃殭Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha transfer
鉁圓rusha to Zanzibar flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Morning
馃彣Lost & Found Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Stone Town drips in crumbling heritage and has the perfect beachside setting. The Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary are worth seeing. Enjoy a drink on the roof of your hotel. Forodhani Gardens is the place to be in the evening – try out traditional Swahili and Zanzibari cuisines.
14 馃殨Stone Town to Paje taxi Dep: Any time Arr: 1hr 30mins later 馃彣Your Zanzibar Place (Book >) All hostels >
Time to head to those famous beaches. Taxis don’t have meters so agree a price before getting in.
15-17 Relax – you’ve earned it! But don’t forget that Zanzibar has some of the best snorkelling and diving options in the world. If you’re really lucky you may just see a whale shark. Away from the beach and resort be sure to dress conservatively.
18-19 鉁圸anzibar to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Tanzania itinerary with the Kenya itinerary
Take a聽Dala-Dala back to the airport.

馃嚚馃嚤 NORTHERN CHILE

Valparaiso, Chile - Northern Chile itineraryBeaches, vineyards, mountains and fascinating cities – what more could you ask for? Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Northern Chile itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Vineyard, Chile
1 鉁圱o Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Aubrey (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the聽Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit聽Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 馃殫Santiago to Cajon del Maipo drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 10:30 馃彣Cascada de las Animas (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring a filter water bottle and cash – there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 馃殫Cajon del Maipo to Santa Cruz drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Posada Colchagua (Book >) All hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 馃殫Santa Cruz to Valparaiso drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Hotel Boutique Acontraluz
(Book >)
All hotels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. I can also highly recommend the free (tips encouraged!) street art tour. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 馃殫Valparaiso to Zapallar drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Casa Zapallar (Book >) All hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殫Zapallar to La Serena drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Enjoy Coquimbo (Book >) All hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Hist贸rico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 馃殫Zapallar to Santiago drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣The Aubrey(Book >) All hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3 of this Northern Chile itinerary. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 鉁圫antiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Southern Argentina, Bolivia or Peru itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Near La Serena, Chile
1 鉁圱o Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 馃殞Santiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo bus (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 馃彣Lodge Andino El Ingenio (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring a filter water bottle and cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 馃殞Cajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

馃彣Hotel Boutique Vendimia (Book >) All hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 馃殞Santa Cruz to Santiago bus (Book >)
馃殞Santiago to Valparaiso bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

馃彣Hotel Fauna
(Book >)
All hotels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. I can also highly recommend the free (tips encouraged!) street art tour. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 馃殫Valparaiso聽 to Zapallar drive (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Casa Zapallar (Book >) All hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殫Zapallar to La Serena drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Primera Hacienda Hotel Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Hist贸rico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 馃殫Zapallar to Santiago drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Book >) All hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 鉁圫antiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Southern Argentina, Bolivia or Peru itinerary
Take the bus to the airport.
Budget View of the moon froman Atacama observatory
1 鉁圱o Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 馃殞Santiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 馃彣Hostal Los Pe帽ones
(Book >)
All hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring a filter water bottle and cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 馃殞Cajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

馃彣Casa Suiza (Book >) All hostels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 馃殞Santa Cruz to Santiago bus (Book >)
馃殞Santiago to Valparaiso bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

馃彣La Galer铆a B&B (Book >) All hostels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. I can also highly recommend the free (tips encouraged!) street art tour. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 馃殫Valparaiso to Maitencillo drive (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:10 馃彣Hostal Maitencillo Norte (Book >) All hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in nearby Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殫Maitencillo to La Serena drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:20 馃彣Hostal El 脕rbol (Book >) All hostels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Hist贸rico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 馃殫Zapallar to Santiago drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde (Book >) All hostels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 鉁圫antiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Southern Argentina, Bolivia or Peru itinerary
Take the bus to the airport.

馃嚚馃嚤 SOUTHERN CHILE

W Trek, Chile - Southern Shile itineraryThis itinerary covers vast distances and takes in some of the most dramatic scenery Nature has to offer. Pack your hiking boots for world-class trekking. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Southern Chile itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

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

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

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

Arr: 20 mins later

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

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

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

Arr: 20 mins later

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

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

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

馃嚘馃嚪 NORTHERN ARGENTINA

Iguassu Falls, Argentina - northern Argentina itineraryTwo weeks of incredible sights, natural wonders, vineyards, beautiful cities, mountains, lakes and more. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Northern Argentina itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

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. 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 Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 鉁圔uenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Costa del Sol (Book >) All hotels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600,00 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails.

Watch my Iguassu Falls video >

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

Watch my Iguassu Falls video >

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

Watch my Iguassu Falls video >

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

馃嚜馃嚫 ANDALUCIA

Andalucia itinerary9 days, 4 unique and fascinating cities. This trip gives you the best of Andalucia and includes palaces, hiking, mosques, cathedrals and lots of tapas! Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Andalucia itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Cordoba, Andalucia
1 鉁圱o Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. Taxis cost 鈧21.90 during the day, 鈧24.41 after 22:00 and on weekends and holidays.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de Espa帽a. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 馃殑Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 馃彣Balcon de Cordoba (Book >) All hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba鈥檚 Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street.
5 馃殑Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Eurostars Washington Irving (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20.
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike 鈥 no shops along the route!
7 Hire a guide and be shown around the Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 馃殞Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 馃彣Gran Hotel Miramar (Book >) All hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda.
9 鉁圡alaga to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.
Mid-range Granada, Andalucia
1 鉁圱o Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Becquer Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs 鈧4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop).
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de Espa帽a. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 馃殑Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 馃彣Eurostars Conquistador (Book >) All hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba鈥檚 Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street
5 馃殑Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 馃彣NH Collection Granada Victoria (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike 鈥 no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 馃殞Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 馃彣Picasso Suites M谩laga (Book >) All hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda
9 鉁圡alaga to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.
Budget Malaga, Spain
1 鉁圱o Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Hostel One Catedral (Book >) All hostels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs 鈧4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop).
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de Espa帽a. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 馃殑Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 馃彣Hostal La Fuente (Book >) All hostels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba鈥檚 Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street.
5 馃殑Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 馃彣rooms VITA & BAR (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20.
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike 鈥 no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 馃殞Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 馃彣The Urban Jungle Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda.
9 鉁圡alaga to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.

馃嚫馃嚠馃嚟馃嚪 SLOVENIA & CROATIA

Ljubljana, Slovenia - Slovenia & Croatia itineraryAction-packed Slovenia & Croatia itinerary that takes in mountains, lakes, cities, national parks and stunning Croatian beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
https://ko-fi.com/widgets/widget_2.jskofiwidget2.init(‘Help support this blog’, ‘#ab3801’, ‘A0A11OSAU’);kofiwidget2.draw();

Here’s your Slovenia and Croatia itinerary:
[bws_pdfprint display=’print’]

Luxury Lake Bled, Slovenia
1 鉁圱o Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Cubo (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Book your transfer to the hotel.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 馃殞Ljubljana to Rib膷ev Laz bus (Info >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 馃彣Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 馃殞Rib膷ev Laz to Bled bus (Info >) Dep: 13:47 Arr: 14:24 馃彣Vila Bled(Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 馃殞Bled to Ljubljana Tivoli bus
(Info >)
馃殞Ljubljana to Postojna AP bus
(Info >)
馃殞Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Info >)
Dep: 10:00

Dep:
11:30

Dep: 16:10

Arr: 11:02

Arr: 12:42

Arr: 17:21

馃彣Hotel Cubo (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing. Ljubljana Tivoli station is a 20-minute walk to Ljubljana AP.
7 馃殣Ljubljana to Pore膷 transfer
(Book >)
Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to the Croatian coast. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
8-9 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Pore膷 and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
10 馃殞Pore膷 to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
馃殞Karlovac to Plitvi膷e bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 15:10

Arr: 11:45

Arr: 16:20

馃彣Hotel Degenija (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
11 馃殞Plitvi膷e to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:15 Arr: 19:05 馃彣Esplanade Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
12 鉁圸agreb to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Porec, Croatia
1 鉁圱o Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Central Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 馃殞Ljubljana to Rib膷ev Laz bus (Info >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 馃彣Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 馃殞Rib膷ev Laz to Bled bus (Info >) Dep: 13:47 Arr: 14:24 馃彣Hotel Astoria (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 馃殞Bled to Ljubljana Tivoli bus
(Info >)
馃殞Ljubljana AP to Postojna bus
(Info >)
馃殞Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Info >)
Dep: 10:00

Dep:
11:30

Dep: 16:10

Arr: 11:02

Arr: 12:42

Arr: 17:21

馃彣Central Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing. Ljubljana Tivoli station is a 20-minute walk to Ljubljana AP.
7 馃殞Ljubljana to Pore膷 bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:40 Arr: 12:25 馃彣Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to the Croatian coast. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
8-9 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Pore膷 and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
10 馃殞Pore膷 to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
馃殞Karlovac to Plitvi膷e bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 15:10

Arr: 11:45

Arr: 16:20

馃彣Villa Katja (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
11 馃殞Plitvi膷e to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:15 Arr: 19:05 馃彣Best Western Astoria (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
12 鉁圸agreb to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.
Budget Plitvice, Croatia
1 鉁圱o Ljubljana (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Turn Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 馃殞Ljubljana to Rib膷ev Laz bus (Info >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 馃彣Vogar Hut (Book >) All hostels >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 馃殞Rib膷ev Laz to Bled bus (Info >) Dep: 13:47 Arr: 14:24 馃彣Castle Hostel 1004 (Book >) All hostels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 馃殞Bled to Ljubljana Tivoli bus
(Info >)
馃殞Ljubljana AP to Postojna bus
(Info >)
馃殞Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Info >)
Dep: 10:00

Dep:
11:30

Dep: 16:10

Arr: 11:02

Arr: 12:42

Arr: 17:21

馃彣Turn Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing. Ljubljana Tivoli station is a 20-minute walk to Ljubljana AP.
7 馃殞Ljubljana to Pore膷 bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:40 Arr: 12:25 馃彣Soba Luca (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to the Croatian coast. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
8-9 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Pore膷 and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
10 馃殞Pore膷 to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
馃殞Karlovac to Plitvi膷e bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 15:10

Arr: 11:45

Arr: 16:20

馃彣Guesthouse Kova膷evi膰聽 (Book >) All hostels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
11 馃殞Plitvi膷e to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:15 Arr: 19:05 馃彣Main Square Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
12 鉁圸agreb to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.