馃嚘馃嚭 AUSTRALIA (WA &NT)

Monkey Mia, Australia - Australia travel planBig and with a sparse population, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are full of spectacular natural sights both above and below the water. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Perth, Australia
1 鉁圱o Perth (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Como The Treasury (Book >) All hotels >
You will need a visa for this Australia travel plan. More info here.
3 Take a walk through Kings Park and Botanic Garden to admire the views of the city, Swan River and Darling Range. Cruise to Fremantle, or learn about the Australian gold rush at the Perth Mint. It’s easy enough to get around by foot in Perth, but if you’re planning to use public transport then consider investing in a Smartrider card.
4 馃殫Perth to Nambung drive (Hire car >)
馃殫Nambung to Kalbarri drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 11:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Gecko Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
The first long day of driving, broken up with a visit to the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park. You can relax when you get to beautiful Kalbarri and enjoy sunset from the beach. Plan your fuel stops carefully – it can be a long way between stations – and take plenty of water.
5 馃殫Kalbarri to Shark Bay drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Shark Bay Seafront Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
A little more time to enjoy Kalbarri before setting off to Shark Bay. When you arrive into Denham, Shark Bay, you can enjoy a cruise, a 4WD tour or a vast range of other activities. Book accommodation well in advance as it can be hard to come by during holidays.
6 馃殫Shark Bay to Carnarvon drive Dep: 14:30 Arr: 18:30 馃彣Tropical Farm Stay (Book >) All hotels >
Head over to Monkey Mia to meet the dolphins before your drive to Carnarvon. The dolphins get fed three times between 07:45 and 12:00.
7 馃殫Carnarvon to Exmouth drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort (Book >) All hotels >
If you don’t feel like rushing off then pay a visit to Carnarvon’s Space & Technology Museum. Exmouth is the gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park and so you’ll want to find yourself a tour on which you can swim with whale sharks, meet humpback whales, go snorkelling and any of a vast range of aquatic activities. The sun is incredibly strong here, fortunately sun cream is cheap in Australia.
8 A full day in which to enjoy Ningaloo. Whale Shark season is from March to June
9 馃殫Exmouth to Port Hedland drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 17:30 馃彣The Esplanade (Book >) All hotels >
A long drive with few highlights today – make the most of the open road! For an even longer journey drive to Port Hedland inland via Karijini National Park. Be especially vigilant for wildlife if driving at dawn, dusk or night.
10 馃殫Port Hedland to Broome drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Mantra Frangipani Broome (Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Broome, stopping off at Eighty Mile Beach if you need a break. Broome’s Cable Beach is a fantastic place from which to watch sunset or embark on a camel tour. This is a good point at which to return to Perth and either fly home or fly on to Darwin.
11 鉁圔roome to Kununurra flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
Spend more time on the beach before getting your flight to Kununurra. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
12 Go on a flight over the Bungle Bungle Range, or if you’re feeling more active embark on a guided day tour. After something more serene? Relax on a cruise of the Ord River. Kununurra may be remote but there are three ATMs as well as dining options.
13 鉁圞ununurra to Darwin flight (Book>) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Apartment (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the morning taking in more of the Kimberley scenery before heading to Darwin. Darwin is a cosmopolitan city and boasts excellent Asian cuisine.
14 Visit the historical landmarks along Darwin Wharf Precinct, look around the old Fannie Bay Gaol and The Old Court House and Police Station. In the evening see a performance at Browns Mart Theatre. It’s easy enough to walk between the sights in Darwin if you’re able.
15 馃殫Darwin to Katherine drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Cicada Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and take in the natural marvels here. Hire a 4wd vehicle to see as much of Kakadu National Park as possible.
16 馃殫Katherine to Jabiru drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Head into Kakadu Naitonal Park and swim in the pool at Maguk Gorge, visit the Aboriginal rock art galleries at Ubirr, check out Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls. End your day with a cruise along Yellow Water. Check road conditions in advance as flooding can occur.
17 馃殫Kakadu to Darwin drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Apartment (Book >) All hotels >
Take in any sights you missed yesterday before driving back to Darwin. If you want to extend your Australia travel plan then consider taking The Ghan to Alice Springs and Adelaide.
18 鉁圖arwin to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this West/North Australia travel plan with the Australia, Fiji & Samoa, New Zealand North or New Zealand South itinerary
Book your airport transfer here.
Mid-range Bungle Bungles, Australia
1 鉁圱o Perth (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Alex Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You will need a visa for this Australia travel plan. More info here.
3 Take a walk through Kings Park and Botanic Garden to admire the views of the city, Swan River and Darling Range. Cruise to Fremantle, or learn about the Australian gold rush at the Perth Mint. It’s easy enough to get around by foot in Perth, but if you’re planning to use public transport then consider investing in a Smartrider card.
4 馃殫Perth to Nambung drive (Hire car >)
馃殫Nambung to Kalbarri drive
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 11:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Kalbarri Sunsea Villas – Villa 5 (Book >) All hotels >
The first long day of driving, broken up with a visit to the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park. You can relax when you get to beautiful Kalbarri and enjoy sunset from the beach. Plan your fuel stops carefully – it can be a long way between stations – and take plenty of water.
5 馃殫Kalbarri to Shark Bay drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Shark Bay Seafront Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
A little more time to enjoy Kalbarri before setting off to Shark Bay. When you arrive into Denham, Shark Bay, you can enjoy a cruise, a 4WD tour or a vast range of other activities. Book accommodation well in advance as it can be hard to come by during holidays.
6 馃殫Shark Bay to Carnarvon drive Dep: 14:30 Arr: 18:30 馃彣Carnarvon Motel WA (Book >) All hotels >
Head over to Monkey Mia to meet the dolphins before your drive to Carnarvon. The dolphins get fed three times between 07:45 and 12:00.
7 馃殫Carnarvon to Exmouth drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 12:00 馃彣Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort (Book >) All hotels >
If you don’t feel like rushing off then pay a visit to Carnarvon’s Space & Technology Museum. Exmouth is the gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park and so you’ll want to find yourself a tour on which you can swim with whale sharks, meet humpback whales, go snorkelling and any of a vast range of aquatic activities. The sun is incredibly strong here, fortunately sun cream is cheap in Australia.
8 A full day in which to enjoy Ningaloo. Whale Shark season is from March to June
9 馃殫Exmouth to Port Hedland drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 17:30 馃彣The Esplanade (Book >) All hotels >
A long drive with few highlights today – make the most of the open road! For an even longer journey drive to Port Hedland inland via Karijini National Park. Be especially vigilant for wildlife if driving at dawn, dusk or night.
10 馃殫Port Hedland to Broome drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣The Billi (Book >) All hotels >
Drive on to Broome, stopping off at Eighty Mile Beach if you need a break. Broome’s Cable Beach is a fantastic place from which to watch sunset or embark on a camel tour. This is a good point at which to return to Perth and either fly home or fly on to Darwin.
11 鉁圔roome to Kununurra flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Kimberley Grande Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Spend more time on the beach before getting your flight to Kununurra. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
12 Go on a flight over the Bungle Bungle Range, or if you’re feeling more active embark on a guided day tour. After something more serene? Relax on a cruise of the Ord River. Kununurra may be remote but there are three ATMs as well as dining options.
13 鉁圞ununurra to Darwin flight (Book>) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Argus Apartments Darwin (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the morning taking in more of the Kimberley scenery before heading to Darwin. Darwin is a cosmopolitan city and boasts excellent Asian cuisine.
14 Visit the historical landmarks along Darwin Wharf Precinct, look around the old Fannie Bay Gaol and The Old Court House and Police Station. In the evening see a performance at Browns Mart Theatre. It’s easy enough to walk between the sights in Darwin if you’re able.
15 馃殫Darwin to Katherine drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Beagle Motor Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Drive to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and take in the natural marvels here. Hire a 4wd vehicle to see as much of Kakadu National Park as possible.
16 馃殫Katherine to Jabiru drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Head into Kakadu Naitonal Park and swim in the pool at Maguk Gorge, visit the Aboriginal rock art galleries at Ubirr, check out Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls. End your day with a cruise along Yellow Water. Check road conditions in advance as flooding can occur.
17 馃殫Kakadu to Darwin drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Argus Apartments Darwin (Book >) All hotels >
Take in any sights you missed yesterday before driving back to Darwin. If you want to extend your Australia travel plan then consider taking The Ghan to Alice Springs and Adelaide.
18 鉁圖arwin to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this West/North Australia travel plan with the Australia, Fiji & Samoa, New Zealand North or New Zealand South itinerary
Book your airport transfer here.
Budget australia travel plan
1 鉁圱o Perth (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Spinner’s Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
You will need a visa for this Australia travel plan. More info here.
3 Take a walk through Kings Park and Botanic Garden to admire the views of the city, Swan River and Darling Range. Cruise to Fremantle, or learn about the Australian gold rush at the Perth Mint. It’s easy enough to get around by foot in Perth, but if you’re planning to use public transport then consider investing in a Smartrider card.
4 馃殞Perth to Kalbarri bus (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 16:55 馃彣Kalbarri YHA (Book >) All hostels >
The first long day of bus travel. You can relax when you get to beautiful Kalbarri and enjoy sunset from the beach. Consider buying YHA membership which will save you money if you plan to often stay in their hostels.
5 馃殞Kalbarri to Binnu General Store shuttle (Reserve >)
馃殞Binnu to Overlander Roadhouse bus (Book >)
馃殞Overlander Roadhouse to Monkey Mia shuttle (Book >)
Dep: 04:25
Dep: 05:25
Dep: 07:30
Arr:05:25
Arr: 07:30
Arr: 09:30
馃彣RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (Book >) All hotels >
When you arrive into Monkey Mia, you can enjoy a cruise, a 4WD tour or a vast range of other activities. Integrity Coach Lines times vary by day – shuttles will meet the at the appropriate time (you’ll save money if you book the Kalbarri shuttle with the YHA there).
6 Head over to Monkey Mia to meet the dolphins and enjoy more time in and around Shark Bay. The dolphins get fed three times between 07:45 and 12:00.
7 馃殞Monkey Mia to Overlander Roadhouse shuttle (Book >)
馃殞Overlander Roadhouse to Exmouth (Book >)
Dep: 06:00
Dep: 08:00
Arr: 08:00
Arr: 15:00
馃彣RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park (Book >) All hostels >
Wake early for the journey to Exmouth, gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park. Whale Shark season is from March to June.
8 Go a tour on which you can swim with whale sharks, meet humpback whales, go snorkelling and any of a vast range of aquatic activities. Exmouth has a small population but is fairly spread out and so may take time to walk around.
9 馃殞Exmouth to Broome bus (Book >) Dep: 15:30 馃彣Bus
A long drive with few highlights today – make the most of the open road! For an even longer journey take the weekly bus via Karijini National Park. Book accommodation well in advance as it can be hard to come by during holidays.
10 馃殞Port Hedland to Broome drive Arr: 08:15 馃彣Beaches of Broome (Book >) All hostels >
Broome’s Cable Beach is a fantastic place from which to watch sunset or embark on a camel tour. This is a good point at which to return to Perth and either fly home or fly on to Darwin.
11 鉁圔roome to Kununurra flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Kununurra Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Spend more time on the beach before getting your flight to Kununurra. If you wish to continue overland then Greyhound offer a 14-hour bus to Kununurra and on to Darwin.
12 Go on a flight over the Bungle Bungle Range, or if you’re feeling more active embark on a guided day tour. After something more serene? Relax on a cruise of the Ord River. Kununurra may be remote but there are three ATMs as well as dining options.
13 鉁圞ununurra to Darwin flight (Book>) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Darwin Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Spend the morning taking in more of the Kimberley scenery before heading to Darwin. Darwin is a cosmopolitan city and boasts excellent Asian cuisine.
14 Visit the historical landmarks along Darwin Wharf Precinct, look around the old Fannie Bay Gaol and The Old Court House and Police Station. In the evening see a performance at Browns Mart Theatre. It’s easy enough to walk between the sights in Darwin if you’re able.
15 馃殫Darwin to Katherine drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Pine Tree Motel (Book >) All hotels >
Drive to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and take in the natural marvels here. Hire a 4wd vehicle to see as much of Kakadu National Park as possible.
16 馃殫Katherine to Jabiru drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Kakadu Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Head into Kakadu Naitonal Park and swim in the pool at Maguk Gorge, visit the Aboriginal rock art galleries at Ubirr, check out Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls. End your day with a cruise along Yellow Water. Save more money by bringing camping equipment.
17 馃殫Kakadu to Darwin drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Darwin Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Take in any sights you missed yesterday before driving back to Darwin. If you want to extend your Australia travel plan then consider taking a bus to Alice Springs.
18 鉁圖arwin to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this West/North Australia travel plan with the Australia, Fiji & Samoa, New Zealand North or New Zealand South itinerary
Book your bus to the airport here.

馃嚞馃嚪 GREECE

Lindos, Rhodes, Greece - Greece itineraryThere’s so much ancient history here that there’s a risk you’ll get blas茅 about seeing another 3,000 year-old pot. But then you realise walk through an old agora, or stand before a famous acropolis, or follow in the footsteps of knights and you appreciate Greece all over again.聽 Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Meteora, Greece
1 鉁圱hessaloniki (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Excelsior(Book >) All hotels >
You should arrive in time to visit the 1,600 year-old Roman Rotunda Accommodation and transport can book up early in high season.
2 馃殑Thessaloniki to Palaeofarsalos train
馃殑Palaeofarsalos to Kalambaka train (Book >)
Dep: 15:15
Dep: 18:20
Arr: 16:59
Arr: 19:16
馃彣Theatro Hotel Odysseon (Book >) All hotels >
Walk along Thessaloniki’s promenade to the Byzantine-era White Tower. The Church of the Holy Apostles, Arch of Galerius and Church of Saint Demetrius are also worth seeing. Make sure you always have some cash on you – many places don’t take card.
3 Go on a walking tour of the area, including to the famous monastery of Ypapanti and Great Meteoron or Varlaam. Make sure you’re covered up appropriately for entering the monasteries.
4 馃殞Kalambaka to Delphi bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Nidimos Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
When the heat of the day has started to cool off, head for the Sanctuary of Apollo. There’s isn’t much info on site and so you’ll need to do your own research.
5 馃殞Delphi to Athens bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Hotel Grande Bretagne (Book >) All hotels >
Wander around the Athens’s Agora (central market) and the beautiful neighbourhood of Plaka. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Devote today to seeing the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum. This website provides good advice on buying tickets for the Acropolis.
7 馃殨Athens to Piraeus
鉀达笍Piraeus to Rhodes (Book >)
Dep: 17:00
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 17:30 馃彣On ferry
The Museum of Cycladic Art, Monastiraki Neighbourhood and Temple of Poseidon are worth visiting if you have time. Book a Lux cabin for tonight’s journey for supreme comfort.
8 鉀达笍Piraeus to Rhodes Arr: 08:40 馃彣In camera Art Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
A full day in which to visit the ancient sights of Rhodes Old Town. Must-see places include the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Street of the Knights, the S眉leyman Mosque and the Archaeological Museum in the Hospital of the Knights. The Archaeological Museum is worth spending a few hours in and you can save money by buying a combined ticket with the Palace of the Grand Masters.
9 Take a day trip to Lindos and explore the town’s pretty streets and fascinating acropolis. In the evening head up Rhodes Old Town’s Roloi Clock Tower. Bring a snorkel and swim in the clear waters off of St Paul’s Bay.
10 鉀达笍Rhodes to Symi (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:15 馃彣Iapetos Village (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere in a harbourside caf茅 then take the bus to Panormitis Monastery. Back in town walk up the many steps to the K谩stro. I recommend sitting on the right-hand side of the bus for the journey to Panormitis.
11 鉀达笍Symi to Santorini (Book >) Dep: 17:15 馃彣On ferry
Want more beach? Saint Nicholas Beach is either a short boat ride or long walk from town. This ferry service departs only once a week – plan your Greece itinerary accordingly.
12 鉀达笍Symi to Santorini
馃殨Port to hotel
Dep: 00:30 Arr: 00:15
Arr: 01:00
馃彣Aenaon Villas (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Akrotiri, and the picturesque town of Oia from where you can take a stunningly beautiful hike to Fira. Don’t ride the donkeys in Santorini as they are often mistreated.
12 Soak in the views from your hotel or visit the beach – Ammoudi Bay is one of the best for a swim. Check what time cruise ships will be docking so as to avoid the crowds.
13 鉀达笍Santorini to Mykonos ferry (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 15:35 馃彣Myconian Kyma Design Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Staying in the Chora you can spend time here and there drifting through the pretty whitewashed streets. Head down to Little Venice for sunset. Sea crossings can be rough – take some motion sickness tablets if necessary.
14 The Mykonos Windmills聽 are just a 15-minute walk from your hotel. Paraportiani Church is also worth visit, as are Platys Gialos, Agios Sostis and Ornos beaches. The windmills are a great place from which to watch sunset.
15 鉁圡ykonos to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Greece itinerary with the Western Turkey or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Athens, Greece
1 鉁圱hessaloniki (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The Bristol Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You should arrive in time to visit the 1,600 year-old Roman Rotunda Accommodation and transport can book up early in high season.
2 馃殑Thessaloniki to Palaeofarsalos train
馃殑Palaeofarsalos to Kalambaka train (Book >)
Dep: 15:15
Dep: 18:20
Arr: 16:59
Arr: 19:16
馃彣Dellas Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Walk along Thessaloniki’s promenade to the Byzantine-era White Tower. The Church of the Holy Apostles, Arch of Galerius and Church of Saint Demetrius are also worth seeing. Make sure you always have some cash on you – many places don’t take card.
3 Go on a walking tour of the area, including to the famous monastery of Ypapanti and Great Meteoron or Varlaam. Make sure you’re covered up appropriately for entering the monasteries.
4 馃殞Kalambaka to Delphi bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Nidimos Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
When the heat of the day has started to cool off, head for the Sanctuary of Apollo. There’s isn’t much info on site and so you’ll need to do your own research.
5 馃殞Delphi to Athens bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Rastoni Athens Suites聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Wander around the Athens’s Agora (central market) and the beautiful neighbourhood of Plaka. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Devote today to seeing the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum – a highlight of this Greece itinerary This website provides good advice on buying tickets for the Acropolis.
7 馃殨Athens to Piraeus
鉀达笍Piraeus to Rhodes (Book >)
Dep: 17:00
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 17:30 馃彣On ferry
The Museum of Cycladic Art, Monastiraki Neighbourhood and Temple of Poseidon are worth visiting if you have time. Book an AA2, AS2 or AB2 cabin for tonight’s journey for supreme comfort.
8 鉀达笍Piraeus to Rhodes Arr: 08:40 馃彣Petrino (Book >) All hotels >
A full day in which to visit the ancient sights of Rhodes Old Town. Must-see places include the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Street of the Knights, the S眉leyman Mosque and the Archaeological Museum in the Hospital of the Knights. The Archaeological Museum is worth spending a few hours in and you can save money by buying a combined ticket with the Palace of the Grand Masters.
9 Take a day trip to Lindos and explore the town’s pretty streets and fascinating acropolis. In the evening head up Rhodes Old Town’s Roloi Clock Tower. Bring a snorkel and swim in the clear waters off of St Paul’s Bay.
10 鉀达笍Rhodes to Symi (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:15 馃彣Captain’s Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere in a harbourside caf茅 then take the bus to Panormitis Monastery. Back in town walk up the many steps to the K谩stro. I recommend sitting on the right-hand side of the bus for the journey to Panormitis.
11 鉀达笍Symi to Santorini (Book >) Dep: 17:15 馃彣On ferry
Want more beach? Saint Nicholas Beach is either a short boat ride or long walk from town. This ferry service departs only once a week – plan your Greece itinerary accordingly.
12 鉀达笍Symi to Santorini
馃殨Port to hotel
Dep: 00:30 Arr: 00:15
Arr: 01:00
馃彣Horizon Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Akrotiri, and the picturesque town of Oia from where you can take a stunningly beautiful hike to Fira. Don’t ride the donkeys in Santorini as they are often mistreated.
12 Soak in the views from your hotel or visit the beach – Ammoudi Bay is one of the best for a swim. Check what time cruise ships will be docking so as to avoid the crowds.
13 鉀达笍Santorini to Mykonos ferry (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 15:35 馃彣Mouselis Studios (Book >) All hotels >
Staying in the Chora you can spend time here and there drifting through the pretty whitewashed streets. Head down to Little Venice for sunset. Sea crossings can be rough – take some motion sickness tablets if necessary.
14 The Mykonos Windmills聽 are just a 15-minute walk from your hotel. Paraportiani Church is also worth visit, as are Platys Gialos, Agios Sostis and Ornos beaches. The windmills are a great place from which to watch sunset.
15 鉁圡ykonos to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Greece itinerary with the Western Turkey or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Budget Santorini, Greece
1 鉁圱hessaloniki (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Crossroads (Book >) All hostels >
You should arrive in time to visit the 1,600 year-old Roman Rotunda. Accommodation and transport can book up early in high season.
2 馃殑Thessaloniki to Palaeofarsalos train
馃殑Palaeofarsalos to Kalambaka train (Book >)
Dep: 15:15
Dep: 18:20
Arr: 16:59
Arr: 19:16
馃彣Meteora Central Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Walk along Thessaloniki’s promenade to the Byzantine-era White Tower. The Church of the Holy Apostles, Arch of Galerius and Church of Saint Demetrius are also worth seeing. Make sure you always have some cash on you – many places don’t take card.
3 Go on a walking tour of the area, including to the famous monastery of Ypapanti and Great Meteoron or Varlaam. Ensure you’re covered up appropriately for entering the monasteries.
4 馃殞Kalambaka to Delphi bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Sibylla Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
When the heat of the day has started to cool off, head for the Sanctuary of Apollo. There’s isn’t much info on site and so you’ll need to do your own research.
5 馃殞Delphi to Athens bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣City Circus Athens (Book >) All hostels >
Wander around the Athens’s Agora (central market) and the beautiful neighbourhood of Plaka. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Devote today to seeing the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum – a highlight of this Greece itinerary This website provides good advice on buying tickets for the Acropolis.
7 馃殨Athens to Piraeus
鉀达笍Piraeus to Rhodes (Book >)
Dep: 17:00
Dep: 18:00
Arr: 17:30 馃彣On ferry
The Museum of Cycladic Art, Monastiraki Neighbourhood and Temple of Poseidon are worth visiting if you have time. Book a DOR (dormitory) cabin for tonight’s journey for supreme comfort.
8 鉀达笍Piraeus to Rhodes Arr: 08:40 馃彣Stay Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
A full day in which to visit the ancient sights of Rhodes Old Town. Must-see places include the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Street of the Knights, the S眉leyman Mosque and the Archaeological Museum in the Hospital of the Knights. The Archaeological Museum is worth spending a few hours in and you can save money by buying a combined ticket with the Palace of the Grand Masters.
9 Take a day trip to Lindos and explore the town’s pretty streets and fascinating acropolis. In the evening head up Rhodes Old Town’s Roloi Clock Tower. Bring a snorkel and swim in the clear waters off of St Paul’s Bay.
10 鉀达笍Rhodes to Symi (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:15 馃彣Captain’s Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere in a harbourside caf茅 then take the bus to Panormitis Monastery. Back in town walk up the many steps to the K谩stro. I recommend sitting on the right-hand side of the bus for the journey to Panormitis.
11 鉀达笍Symi to Santorini (Book >) Dep: 17:15 馃彣On ferry
Want more beach? Saint Nicholas Beach is either a short boat ride or long walk from town. This ferry service departs only once a week – plan your Greece itinerary accordingly.
12 鉀达笍Symi to Santorini
馃殞Port to Fira (Info >)
Dep: 00:30 Arr: 00:15
Arr: 01:00
馃彣Villa Manos (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Akrotiri, and the picturesque town of Oia from where you can take a stunningly beautiful hike to Fira. The bus meets every large Blue Star ferry arrival and stops outside the villa.
12 Soak in the views from your hotel or visit the beach – Ammoudi Bay is one of the best for a swim. Check what time cruise ships will be docking so as to avoid the crowds.
13 鉀达笍Santorini to Mykonos ferry (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 15:35 馃彣Morfoulas Studios (Book >) All hotels >
Staying in the Chora you can spend time here and there drifting through the pretty whitewashed streets. Head down to Little Venice for sunset. Sea crossings can be rough – take some motion sickness tablets if necessary.
14 The Mykonos Windmills聽 are just a 15-minute walk from your hotel. Paraportiani Church is also worth visit, as are Platys Gialos, Agios Sostis and Ornos beaches. The windmills are a great place from which to watch sunset.
15 鉁圡ykonos to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Greece itinerary with the Western Turkey or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.

馃嚙馃嚙馃嚤馃嚚馃嚛馃嚥馃嚞馃嚨 EASTERN CARIBBEAN

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

馃嚝馃嚡馃嚰馃嚫 FIJI & SAMOA

Fiji & Samoa itineraryParadise? 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).
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Luxury Fiji
1 鉁圱o Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island (Book >) 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聽Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 馃殫Nadi to Natadola Bay drive (Hire car >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa (Book >) 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 馃殫Natadola Bay to Pacific Harbour drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Nanuku Resort & Spa (Book >) 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 馃殫Pacific Harbour to Nadi drive
鉁圢adi to Apia flight (Book >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Seabreeze Resort (Book >) 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 鉁圓pia to Nadi flight (Book >)
馃殎Nadi to Mamanuca Islands helicopter (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Evening
Arr: Evening
Arr: 10 mins later
馃彣Likuliku Lagoon Resort (Book >) 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 馃殎Mamanuca Islands to Nadi helicopter聽 (Book >)
鉁圢adi to Home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 10 mins later
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Fiji & Samoa itinerary with the New Zealand North, New Zealand South or Australia itinerary
Pay to enter the well-rated Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
Mid-range Samoa
1 鉁圱o Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach聽 (Book >) 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聽Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 馃殞Nadi to Korotogo bus (Info >) Dep: 13:00 Arr: 14:45 馃彣Hotel Bedarra Beach Inn (Book >) 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 馃殞Korotogo to Suva bus (Info >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Grand Pacific (Book >) 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 馃殞Suva to Nadi bus (Info >)
鉁圢adi to Apia flight (Book >)
Dep: 06:45
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:05
Arr: Afternoon
馃彣Aga Reef Resort And Spa (Book >) 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 鉁圓pia to Nadi flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach聽 (Book >) 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 鉀达笍Nadi to Tokoriki Island ferry (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Sheraton Resort & Spa Tokoriki Island (Book >) 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 鉀达笍Tokoriki Island to Nadi ferry (Book >)
鉁圢adi to Home (Book >)
Dep: 10:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:00
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Fiji & Samoa itinerary with the New Zealand North, New Zealand South or Australia itinerary
Pay to enter the well-rated Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
Budget Fiji
1 鉁圱o Nadi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2-3 Arr: Morning 馃彣Rendezvous surf camp (Book >) All hostels >
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聽Viseisei Village. Visitors from most countries won’t need a visa, but will need to meet a few simple conditions.
5 馃殞Nadi to Korolevu bus (Info >) Dep: 10:25 Arr: 13:15 馃彣The Beachhouse聽 (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殞Korolevu to Suva bus
馃殞Suva to Pacific Harbour bus (Info >)
Dep: 10:05
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 11:20
Arr: 17:50
馃彣Uprising Beach Resort (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殞Pacific Harbour to Nadi bus (Info >) Dep: 16:05 Arr: 19:15 馃彣Rendezvous surf camp (Book >) All hostels >
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 鉀达笍Nadi to Waya Island ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Octopus Resort (Book >) All hostels >
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 鉀达笍Waya Island to Nadi ferry (Book >) Dep: 15:15 Arr: 17:45 馃彣Horizon Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a your last day of this Fiji & Samoa itinerary on the beach before returning to Nadi. Take part in a traditional kava ceremony (although the taste of kava isn’t great!)
18-19 鉁圢adi to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Fiji & Samoa itinerary with the New Zealand North, New Zealand South or Australia itinerary
You can also fly low-cost to Australia.

馃嚜馃嚚 ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

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

馃嚘馃嚭 AUSTRALIA

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

Arr: 19:30

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

Arr: 19:30

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

馃嚬馃嚟 THAILAND

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

馃嚠馃嚦 INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

Taj Mahal, India - India (Rajasthan) itineraryA two-week holiday which takes in the incredible sights of Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Jaipur, Rajasthan
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Leela Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Hit the ground running and immerse yourself in聽Khari Baoli spice market and labyrinthine聽Janpath Market. Escape the bustle in the Red Fort. The聽Delhi Metro Airport Express Line is a fast and easy way of getting into the city.
3 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt train (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Crystal Sarovar Premiere (Book >) 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 馃殑Agra Cantt to Jaipur train (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Jai Mahal Palace (Book >) 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 馃殨Jaipur to Pushkar drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣The Westin
(Book >)
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 馃殨Pushkar to Jodhpur drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) All hotels >
A little time in the morning to see more Pushkar sights (such as Rangji temple). In Jodhpur stroll around intricate聽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聽Mehrangarh Fort. If you’ve spare time then a cookery class can be huge fun. The聽Mehrangarh Fort audio tour really brings the place to life.
8 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer train (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Marriott Resort & Spa
(Book >)
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 – this India (Rajasthan) itinerary is constantly kept updated.
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 馃殨Jaisalmer to Udaipur drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Taj Lake Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Long drive, broken up with a visit to聽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聽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 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train (Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣Train (Book >)
The聽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 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

Connect this India (Rajasthan) itinerary with the Southern India or Nepal itinerary
Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Mid-range Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Park Plaza (Book >) 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 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt train (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Four Points by Sheraton (Book >) 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 馃殑Agra Cantt to Jaipur train (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Shahpura House (Book >) 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 馃殨Jaipur to Pushkar drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Hotel Brahma Horizon (Book >) 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 馃殨Pushkar to Jodhpur driver Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Book >) 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 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer train (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Lalgarh Fort and Palace (Book >) 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 – this India (Rajasthan) itinerary is constantly kept updated.
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 馃殨Jaisalmer to Udaipur drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 20:00 馃彣Madri Haveli (Book >) 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 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train (Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣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 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

Connect this India (Rajasthan) itinerary with the Southern India or Nepal itinerary
Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.
Budget Udaipur, Rajasthan
1 鉁圱o Delhi (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Jugaad
(Book >)
All hostels >
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 馃殑New Delhi to Agra Cantt train (Book >) Dep: 08:10 Arr: 09:50 馃彣Madpackers (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殑Agra Cantt to Jaipur train (Book >) Dep: 07:15 Arr: 12:50 馃彣Hostel Karwaan Jaipur (Book >) All hostels >
Visit Amer Fort. Back in town admire the pink Wind Palace. We highly recommend buying train tickets as far in advance as possible.
5 馃殞Jaipur to Pushkar bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Madpackers
(Book >)
All hostels >
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 馃殞Pushkar to Jodhpur bus (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣HosteLaVie聽 (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殑Jodhpur JN to Jaisalmer train (Book >) Dep: 05:20 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Hotel Fotiya
(Book >)
All hostels >
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 – this India (Rajasthan) itinerary is constantly kept updated.
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 馃殞Jaisalmer to Udaipur bus (Book >) Dep: 17:30 馃彣Aashiya Haveli (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing day in Jaisalmer before the overnight bus journey Learn a few local words before you travel to India
12 馃殞Jaisalmer to Udaipur bus Arr: 06:00 馃彣Hostel Mantra (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train (Book >) Dep: 18:15 馃彣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 馃殑Udaipur to New Delhi train
鉁圢ew Delhi to home (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: 06:35

Arr: Evening

Connect this India (Rajasthan) itinerary with the Southern India or Nepal itinerary
Refresh and relax at the airport day use hotel before your flight.

馃嚮馃嚦 VIETNAM

Halong Bay, Vietnam - Vietnam itineraryAn 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.
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Luxury Hoi An, Vietnam
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣The Reverie (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 馃殑Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Vinpearl Resort (Book >) 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 flight (Book >)
馃殨Da Nang to Hoi An taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣La Siesta(Book >) 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 caf茅 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 馃殨Hoi An to Da Nang taxi
馃殑Da Nang to Hue (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣La Residence Hotel & Spa
(Book >)
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聽Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss聽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 鉁圚ue to Hanoi flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel La Siesta (Book >) All hotels >
Pack in visits to the聽Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See聽Hoan Kiem Lake聽 at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 馃殨Hanoi to Ha Long City transfer
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Swan Cruises (Book >) 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聽Thay cave and聽Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
馃殨Ha Long City to Hanoi transfer
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel La Siesta (Book >) All hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in聽Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to add to this Vietnam itinerary.
14 鉁圚anoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the Laos, China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Nha Trang, Vietnam
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel L’Odeon (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 馃殑Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Novotel (Book >) 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 馃殑Nha Trang聽to Da Nang train (Book >) Dep: 23:51 馃彣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 馃殑Nha Trang聽to Da Nang train
馃殨Da Nang to Hoi An taxi
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48
Arr: 10:45
馃彣Lantana Rivderside (Book >) 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 caf茅 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 馃殨Hoi An to Da Nang taxi
馃殑Da Nang to Hue train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣The Scarlett
(Book >)
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 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train (Book >) Dep: 16:26 馃彣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 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train Arr: 05:30 馃彣Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) 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 馃殨Hanoi to Ha Long City transfer
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay boat (Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Swan Cruises (Book >) 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 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
馃殨Ha Long City to Hanoi transfer
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Trendy Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
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 add to this Vietnam itinerary.
14 鉁圚anoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the Laos, China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Hue, Vietnam
1 鉁圱o Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 馃彣Tam Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 馃殑Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 馃彣Livin’ Hub (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殑Nha Trang to Da Nang train (Book >) Dep: 23:51 馃彣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 馃殑Nha Trang to Da Nang train
馃殞Da Nang to Hoi An bus
.
.
Dep: 10:00
Arr: 09:48

Arr: 11:00

馃彣Blue Clouds Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
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. Buses leave Da Nang for Hoi An every 15 mins from Le Duan street.
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 馃殞Hoi An to Da Nang shuttle
馃殑Da Nang to Hue train (Book >)
Dep: 11:15

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

馃彣Sweethouse 2 Homestay
(Book >)
All hostels >
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 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train (Book >) Dep: 16:26 馃彣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 馃殑Hue to Hanoi train Arr: 05:30 馃彣Little Charm Hanoi Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 馃殞Hanoi to Ha Long City shuttle
鉀碒a Long City to Ha Long Bay boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:00 馃彣Sunlight Cruise (Book >) 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 鉀碒a Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
馃殞Ha Long City to Hanoi shuttle
Arr: 16:30 馃彣Little Charm Hanoi Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
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 add to this Vietnam itinerary
14 鉁圚anoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
鉁圚o Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the Laos, China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer 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.
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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
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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.