FIJI & SAMOA

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

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

An action-packed two weeks in Australia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Australia travel plan:

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

Arr: 19:30

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

Arr: 19:30

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

THAILAND

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

Luxury
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Mandarin Oriental(Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train(Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai Arr: 07:15 🏨Akyra Manor (Book >) See all hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Surin Phuket (Book >) See all hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (we recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga). 
You can find ferry times here.
If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Mandarin Oriental(Book >) See all hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Akara Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train(Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai Arr: 07:15 🏨Oriental Riverside Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Amira Phuket (Book >) See all hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (we recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Akara Hotel Book >) See all hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨The Yard Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train(Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai Arr: 07:15 🏨Villa Thai Orchid (Book >) See all hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dung National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Lub d Phuket Patong (Book >) See all hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (we recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨The Yard Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening What did you think of this Thailand itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take the rail link to the airport.

INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

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

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

Arr: Evening

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

Arr: Evening

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

Arr: Evening

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VIETNAM

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

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

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

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

Arr: 10:45

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

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

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

Arr: 11:00

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

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

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

NORTHERN CHILE

Beaches, vineyards, mountains and fascinating cities – what more could you ask for? Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Northern Chile travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨The Aubrey Book >) See 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 🚗Santiago to Cajon del Maipo (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 10:30 🏨Cascada de las Animas (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring cash – there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 🚗Cajon del Maipo to Santa Cruz Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Posada Colchagua (Book >) See 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 🚗Santa Cruz to Valparaiso Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 🏨Hotel Boutique Acontraluz
(Book >)
See 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. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 🚗Valparaiso to Zapallar Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Casa Zapallar (Book >) See 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 🚗Zapallar to La Serena Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Enjoy Coquimbo (Book >) See all hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histórico 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 🚗Zapallar to Santiago Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨The Aubrey(Book >) See all hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Northern Chile itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Plaza San Francisco Book >) See 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 🚌Santiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 🏨Lodge Andino El Ingenio (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 🚌Cajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

🏨Hotel Boutique Vendimia (Book >) See 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 🚌Santa Cruz to Santiago  (Book >)
🚌Santiago to Valparaiso (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

🏨Hotel Fauna
(Book >)
See 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. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 🚗Valparaiso  to Zapallar (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Casa Zapallar (Book >) See 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 🚗Zapallar to La Serena Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Primera Hacienda Hotel Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histórico 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 🚗Zapallar to Santiago Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hotel Plaza San Francisco(Book >) See all hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Northern Chile itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take the bus to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hostal Don Santiago (Book >) See 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 🚌Santiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 🏨Hostal Los Peñones
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 🚌Cajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

🏨Casa Suiza (Book >) See 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 🚌Santa Cruz to Santiago (Book >)
🚌Santiago to Valparaiso (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

🏨Nómada Eco Hostel
(Book >)
See 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. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 🚗Valparaiso to Maitencillo (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:10 🏨Hostal Maitencillo Norte (Book >) See 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 🚗Maitencillo to La Serena Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:20 🏨Hostal El Árbol Beach
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histórico 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 🚗Zapallar to Santiago Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hostal Don Santiago (Book >) See all hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Northern Chile itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take the bus to the airport.

JAPAN

An extensive journey through Japan which will fit into a two week holiday. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Japan travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: 🏨Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before you leave home to
4 🚄Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Okaya
🚄Okaya to Sawando (Book >)
Dep: 15:00

Dep:
17:50

Arr: 17:29

Dep:
18:48

🏨Keiryuso Shiorie (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Sawando to Tatsuno (Nagano)
🚄Tatsuno to Shiojiri🚄
Shiojiri to Nagiso(Book >)
Dep: 17:36
Dep: 18:23
Dep: 18:50
Arr: 18:19
Arr: 18:44
Arr: 20:28
🏨Hotel Fukinomori (Book >) See all hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Your JR Pass does not cover ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ bullet trains.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. The hotel onsen will sooth your limbs after your walk.
7 🚄Nagiso to Hiroshima (Book >) Dep: 08:01 Arr: 09:43 🏨The Ritz Carlton (Book >) See all hotels >
Head straight for the Hiroshima Peace Museum then stroll around the Peace Memorial Park. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Kyoto (Book >) Dep: 08:51
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 11:13
Arr: 09:10
Arr: 10:57
Arr: 13:26
🏨Sheraton Grand (Book >) See all hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawara (Book >) Dep: 09:08 Arr: 12:06 🏨Hyatt Regency (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your hotel provides a free shuttle from the station (book in advance).
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Odawara to Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 12:36 Arr: 13:10 🏨Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) See all hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home Dep: Arr: What did you think of this Japan itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: 🏨Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) See all hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before you leave home to
4 🚄Tokyo to Nagano
🚄Nagano to Matsumoto (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

🏨Matsumoto Backpackers (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Matsumoto to Nagiso(Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 🏨Hotel Fukinomori (Book >) See all hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 🚄Nagiso to Nakatsugawa
🚄Nakatsugawa to Nagoya
🚄Nagoya to Shin-Osaka
🚄Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
🏨Washington Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka
🚄Shin-Osaka to Kyoto (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
🏨Royal Park Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawra
🚄Odawara to Hakone Yumoto
🚄Hakone Yumoto to Gora (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Dep: 13:12
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
Arr: 13:49
🏨Mount View Hakone (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Gora is famous for its hot springs.
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Hakone to Odawara
🚄Odawara to Tokyo (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
🏨Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) See all hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home Dep: Arr: What did you think of this Japan itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Budget
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: 🏨Book and Bed Asakusa (Book >) See all hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before you leave home to
4 🚄Tokyo to Nagano
🚄Nagano to Matsumoto (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

🏨Marumo Ryokan (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Matsumoto to Nagiso(Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 🏨Hostel & Cafe Yui-an (Book >) See all hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 🚄Nagiso to Nakatsugawa
🚄Nakatsugawa to Nagoya
🚄Nagoya to Shin-Osaka
🚄Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
🏨Hostel En (Book >) See all hotels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka
🚄Shin-Osaka to Kyoto (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
🏨Piece Hostel Sanjo (Book >) See all hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawara
🚄Odawara to Hakone Yumoto (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
🏨Hakone Tent (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your guest house has a natural hot spring.
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Hakone to Odawara
🚄Odawara to Tokyo (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
🏨Book and Bed Asakusa (Book >) See all hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home Dep: Arr: What did you think of this Japan itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.

MALTA

Enjoy a short break to the islands of Malta and Gozo. Experience Malta’s fascinating history, perfect beaches and pretty towns and cities. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Malta travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: 16:50 Arr: 21:05 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo (San Lawrenz) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Kempinski(Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the excellent hotel spa facilities. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Hike from the hotel up Ta’ Dbieġi and then down to the Ta’ Pinu church. Continue on through Gharb, past the salt pans and return by bus from Marsalforn. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) See all hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus Bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: 11:45 Arr: 14:15 What did you think of this Malta itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer back to the airport
Mid-range
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: 16:50 Arr: 21:05 🏨Paulos Boutique Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo (San Lawrenz) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Kempinski(Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the excellent hotel spa facilities. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Hike from the hotel up Ta’ Dbieġi and then down to the Ta’ Pinu church. Continue on through Gharb, past the salt pans and return by bus from Marsalforn. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Paulos Boutique Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus Bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: 11:45 Arr: 14:15 What did you think of this Malta itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer back to the airport
Budget
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: 16:50 Arr: 21:05 🏨Palazzo Sant Ursula (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo (Xlendi) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨San Andrea Hotel(Book >) See all hotels >
Xlendi is pronounced SHLEN-dee. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Take a bus to Victoria then another to Marsalforn for a walk past salt pans to Gharb and the Ta’ Pinu church. Bus back from San Lawrenz. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) See all hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus Bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: 11:45 Arr: 14:15 What did you think of this Malta itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Express buses X1, X2, X3 and X4 run to the airport.