🇳🇿 NEW ZEALAND SOUTH


Kepler Track, New Zealand - New Zealand South itineraryNew Zealand’s South Island is one of the most naturally spectacular places on Earth. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s my New Zealand South blog post, here is highlights video, and here below is your New Zealand South itinerary:

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

Dep: 15:30

Arr: 12:00

Arr: 18:45

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

Dep: 15:30

Arr: 12:00

Arr: 18:45

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

Dep: 15:25

Arr: 13:10

Arr: 17:00

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

🇹🇷 WESTERN TURKEY


Istanbul, Turkey - Western Turkey itineraryA land of huge contrasts, from the minarets, markets and mosques of Istanbul, to the beaches of the Med, to the weird rock formations of Cappadocia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s my Western Turkey blog post and here below is your Western Turkey itinerary:

Luxury Ephesus, Turkey
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Four Seasons at Sultanahmet(Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from Eminönü docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavağı where you can walk up to the ruined Yoros Kalesi fortress and look out over the Black Sea. You’ll be back in the city at 16:40 – plenty of time to see the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The sights mentioned here are within easy reach if you’re on foot. Istanbul also has a good metro system, the journey planner can be found here.
4 🚌Istanbul to Çanakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Artur Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar İstasyonu for your bus to Çanakkale. Join a tour to Troy at 13:00 – marvel at the excavatations and reproduction Trojan horse, then return at 17:00. There’s another Trojan horse model in town if you fancy another snap. Plan your Western Turkey itinerary so that you visit Troy mid-week and avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir (Book >) All hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from Çanakkale. In the evening explores the streets of Izmir’s Alsancak. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Spend the day on a tour visiting the breathtaking ruins at Ephesus and St Mary’s House. Avoid the dark and narrow alleys in Alsancak at night.
7 🚌Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Yacht Classic (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Lukka Exclusive (Book >) All hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. The old amphitheatre is safe to visit at night and looks amazing under spotlights.
11 🚌Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Hotel Barat Lara (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kaleiçi (the old quarter), including the famous fluted minaret, the fortified Roman port and the ruins of Kesik Minare. Ask your hotel to call Bati Antalya on (242)-836-36-77 to book your bus ticket.
12 ✈Antalya to Kayseri flight
(Book >)
🚕Kayseri to Ürgüp transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

🏨Kayakapi Premium Caves (Book >) All hotels >
Ürgüp is the perfect base from which to explore this part of Cappadocia. This is also considered one of the best places in which to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, especially at sunset. Book your transfer to Antalya airport here.
13 A full day in which to explore the trails along the surrounding valleys. This site will help you to plan them out. Be sure to take plenty of water with you on hikes, especially in summer, and aware that lone women have in the past been attacked.
14 🚕Ürgüp to Kayseri transfer
✈Kayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Greece and Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Mid-range Fethiye, Turkey
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨White House Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from Eminönü docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavağı where you can walk up to the ruined Yoros Kalesi fortress and look out over the Black Sea. You’ll be back in the city at 16:40 – plenty of time to see the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The sights mentioned here are within easy reach if you’re on foot. Istanbul also has a good metro system, the journey planner can be found here.
4 🚌Istanbul to Çanakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Artur Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar İstasyonu for your bus to Çanakkale. Join a tour to Troy at 13:00 – marvel at the excavatations and reproduction Trojan horse, then return at 17:00. There’s another Trojan horse model in town if you fancy another snap. Plan your Western Turkey itinerary so that you visit Troy mid-week and avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Renaissance Izmir (Book >) All hotels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from Çanakkale. In the evening explores the streets of Izmir’s Alsancak. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Spend the day on a tour visiting the breathtaking ruins at Ephesus and St Mary’s House. Avoid the dark and narrow alleys in Alsancak at night.
7 🚌Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Jiva Beach Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Hotel Sonne (Book >) All hotels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. You may want to invest in your own snorkelling kit to visit Kucuk Cakil or Buyuk Cakil beach for free
11 🚌Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨Dogan Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kaleiçi (the old quarter), including the famous fluted minaret, the fortified Roman port and the ruins of Kesik Minare. Ask your hotel to call Bati Antalya on (242)-836-36-77 to book your bus ticket.
12 ✈Antalya to Kayseri flight
(Book >)
🚕Kayseri to Ürgüp transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

🏨Perimasali Cave Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Ürgüp is the perfect base from which to explore this part of Cappadocia. This is also considered one of the best places in which to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, especially at sunset. Book your transfer to Antalya airport here.
13 A full day in which to explore the trails along the surrounding valleys. This site will help you to plan them out. Be sure to take plenty of water with you on hikes, especially in summer, and aware that lone women have in the past been attacked.
14 🚕Ürgüp to Kayseri transfer
✈Kayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Greece and Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Budget Cappadocia, Turkey
1 ✈Istanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Cheers Lighthouse Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll arrive in time to hear the last couple of muezzin calls to prayer – an evocative soundtrack for your visit. Get your bearings from the top of Galata Tower. It’s recommended that you obtain an e-visa for Turkey before you arrive. Apply here.
2 An action-packed day starting with a visit to the immense Aya Sofya. Just next to the mosque is the fascinating Basilica Cistern, the scene of many movies. Nearby is the unmissable (be sure to take in the Blue Mosque on the way) Topkapi Palace where you’ll find peaceful courtyards, a rich treasury and incredible views across the Bosphorus. You will need to dress modestly in order to visit the mosques. Bear in mind that you will also have to take your shoes off before entering.
3 At 10:35 embark on a ferry tour from Eminönü docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavağı where you can walk up to the ruined Yoros Kalesi fortress and look out over the Black Sea. You’ll be back in the city at 16:40 – plenty of time to see the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The sights mentioned here are within easy reach if you’re on foot. Istanbul also has a good metro system, the journey planner can be found here.
4 🚌Istanbul to Çanakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 🏨Anzac House Youth Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar İstasyonu for your bus to Çanakkale. Dolmuses leave Çanakkale for Troy every hour on the hour, with the last one returning at 17:30. There’s another Trojan horse model in town if you fancy another snap. Plan your Western Turkey itinerary so that you visit Troy mid-week and avoid it at its busiest.
5 🚌Çanakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 🏨Shantihome Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Izmir is over 5,000 years old and you’ll want to head straight for the buzz of Konak Square. Alternatively, catch a later bus and visit the Gallipoli battlefields from Çanakkale. In the evening explores the streets of Izmir’s Alsancak. Kumru is a delicious warm sandwich made of sesame bread, Turkish sausage (veggie options also available), grilled cheese and tomatoes.
6 Take a dolmus to Selcuk bus station and then another to the breathtaking ruins at Ephesus and St Mary’s House. Avoid the dark and narrow alleys in Alsancak at night.
7 🚌Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 🏨Sakura Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Today you’re on your way to the gorgeous coastline of Lycia. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
8-9 Fethiye not only is surrounded by beautiful beaches but also boasts ancient sarcophaguses in town as well as cave tombs in the cliffs. You may also wish to go on a thoroughly enjoyable 12 Island boat cruise or take a dolmuş to the Blue Lagoon. Either dolmus or regular buses can take you to and from the beaches.
10 🚌Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 🏨Can Mocamp (Book >) All hostels >
Join a diving or snorkelling or diving trip in Kas then, in the evening, soak up the atmosphere in the cute streets and main square. You may want to invest in your own snorkelling kit to visit Kucuk Cakil or Buyuk Cakil beach for free.
11 🚌Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 🏨White Garden Pansiyon (Book >) All hostels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kaleiçi (the old quarter), including the famous fluted minaret, the fortified Roman port and the ruins of Kesik Minare. Ask your hotel to call Bati Antalya on (242)-836-36-77 to book your bus ticket.
12 🚌Antalya to Göreme bus
(Book >)
Dep: 22:00 🏨Night bus
Chill out on Konyaalti Beach or visit the Düdenb waterfalls before your night bus. Take ear plugs and a sleeping mask for the bus.
13 🚌Antalya to Göreme bus Arr: 07:15 🏨Antique Terrace Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
Göreme is the perfect base from which to explore this part of Cappadocia. This site will help you to plan out some hikes. Be sure to take plenty of water with you on hikes, especially in summer, and aware that lone women have in the past been attacked.
14 🚌Göreme to Kayseri bus (Book >)
✈Kayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
✈Istanbul to Home
Dep: 06:15
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 07:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Greece and Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
If you don’t want to get up so early you can book a transfer to Kayseri airport.

🇲🇾 MALAYSIA & BORNEO


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysia & Borneo itineraryPristine jungle, perfect beaches, breathtaking wildlife, ancient temples…this Malaysia & Borneo itinerary is amazing value for money. I’ve added a trip to unmissable Borneo at the end, should you have the time to fully explore this country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Malaysia & Borneo itinerary:

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

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

🇧🇴 BOLIVIA


La Paz, Bolivia - Bolivia itineraryExperience the high-altitude highlights of Bolivia in this two-week itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Bolivia itinerary:

Luxury Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
1 ✈To La Paz (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Stannum Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Take a day to relax in your spa hotel and begin to acclimatise to the altitude.
3 Spend the day exploring this fascinating city. Ride the cable cars and visit the Witches Market, Museu Nacional de Arte, the 16 de Julio market and elaborate cathedral. Check when the cable car shuts down for the night – you don’t want to be stuck a long way from where you started.
4 ✈La Paz to Rurrenabaque flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Chalalan Ecolodge (Book >) All hotels >
Arrange with the ecolodge to collect you from the airport. You’ll then enjoy a long and wildlife-packed boat trip to the accommodation. Whilst not particularly luxurious, this ecolodge is the best around. Take good insect repellant!
5-6 Bird watching, forest hikes, night-time canoe trips…there’s so much to do here and your expert guides will ensure you get the most from your stay. You’ll need to drink a lot of water. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Rurrenabaque to La Paz flight
✈La Paz to Uyuni flight
(Book >)
Dep: Evening
Dep: Evening
Arr: Evening
Arr: Evening
🏨Hotel Palacio de Sal (Book >) All hotels >
Soak in the spa and recover from your journey. It gets really, really cold up here – have some warm clothes to hand.
8-9 Book tours into the spectacular Salar de Uyuni and, if time, pay a visit to Potosi. Accommodation in the Salar isn’t particularly luxurious, but if you’re keen then check out the mid-range itinerary.
10 ✈Uyuni to La Paz flight (Book >)
🚕La Paz to Copacabana transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Hotel Rosario Lago Titicaca (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the view of the lake and have a relaxing evening on the shore. Buses to Copacabana are comfortable, if you prefer a cheaper journey
11 Embark on a boat trip to Isla del Sol where you can go on a short hike, see Incan ruins and look out over the lake to distant mountains. Copacabana is close to Puno, Peru, where you can visit floating reed islands.
12 🚕Copacabana to La Paz transfer (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Stannum Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Visit any sights you missed at the beginning of your trip. Genuine alpaca wool should be cold to the touch.
13-14 ✈La Paz to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Bolivia itinerary with the Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru, Argentina or Northern Chile itinerary
Ask your hotel to arrange a taxi to the airport.
Mid-range Llama, Bolivia
1 ✈To La Paz (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Rosario (Book >) All hotels >
Get your bearings by riding the cable cars.
3 Spend the day exploring this fascinating city. Take a cable car to Valle de la Luna, admire San Francisco Church, visit the Witches Market, Museu Nacional de Arte, and the 16 de Julio market Check when the cable car shuts down for the night – you don’t want to be stuck a long way from where you started.
4 ✈La Paz to Rurrenabaque flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Chalalan Ecolodge (Book >) All hotels >
Arrange with the ecolodge to collect you from the airport. You’ll then enjoy a long and wildlife-packed boat trip to the accommodation. Take long sleeves and good insect repellant!
5-6 Bird watching, forest hikes, night-time canoe trips…there’s so much to do here and your expert guides will ensure you get the most from your stay. You’ll need to drink a lot of water. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Rurrenabaque to La Paz flight
✈La Paz to Uyuni flight
(Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Morning
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Cristales Joyas de Sal (Book >) All hotels >
Spend an hour in the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum or take a taxi to the old mining town of Pulacayo. It gets really, really cold up here – have some warm clothes to hand.
8-9 Take a two-night tour into the spectacular Salar de Uyuni. Accommodation in the Salar isn’t particularly luxurious.
10 🚄Uyuni to Oruro train (Book >) Dep: 00:05 🏨On board the train
You’ll arrive back into Uyuni in the evening with plenty of time to catch the train. Be sure to buy your train tickets in advance.
11 🚄Uyuni to Oruro train
🚌Oruro to La Paz bus
🚌La Paz to Copacabana bus
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr:07:10
Arr: 12:46
Arr: 17:30
🏨 La Cúpula (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the views of the lake from your room. I advise arranging bus travel from Oruro in the La Paz bus station on day 2 or 3.
12 Embark on a boat trip to Isla del Sol where you can go on a short hike, see Incan ruins and look out over the lake to distant mountains. Copacabana is close to Puno, Peru, where you can visit floating reed islands.
13 🚌Copacabana to La Paz bus (Book >) Dep: 13:30 Arr: 17:30 🏨Hotel Rosario (Book >) All hotels >
Earlier buses are available if there are any sights you missed at the beginning of your trip. Genuine alpaca wool should be cold to the touch.
14-15 ✈La Paz to Home flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Bolivia itinerary with the Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru, Argentina or Northern Chile itinerary
Ask your hotel to arrange a taxi to the airport.
Budget Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
1 ✈To La Paz (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Loki Boutique (Book >) All hostels >
Get your bearings by riding the cable cars.
3 Spend the day exploring this fascinating city. Take a cable car to Valle de la Luna, admire San Francisco Church, visit the Witches Market, Museu Nacional de Arte, and the 16 de Julio market Check when the cable car shuts down for the night – you don’t want to be stuck a long way from where you started.
4 ✈La Paz to Rurrenabaque flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hostal Jayden (Book >) All hostels >
Arrange day tours, or if your budget will allow then we recommend overnight tours in the pampas or jungle. Take long sleeves and good insect repellant!
5 You’ll have a whole day to see the huge variety of wildlife here, but consider adding an extra day to go further into the forest. You’ll need to drink a lot of water. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 ✈Rurrenabaque to La Paz flight
✈La Paz to Uyuni flight
(Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Morning
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Hotel Piedra Blanca (Book >) All hostels >
Spend an hour in the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum or take a taxi to the old mining town of Pulacayo. It gets really, really cold up here – have some warm clothes to hand.
7-8 Take a two-night tour into the spectacular Salar de Uyuni. Accommodation in the Salar isn’t particularly luxurious.
9 🚌Uyuni to La Paz bus (Book >) Dep: 20:30 🏨On board the bus
You’ll arrive back into Uyuni in the evening with plenty of time to catch the train. Be sure to buy your bus tickets in advance.
10 🚌Uyuni to La Paz bus
🚌La Paz to Copacabana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr:06:30
Arr: 11:30
🏨 La Cúpula (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy the views of the lake from your room. Take ear plugs and a sleep mask for the overnight coach.
11 Embark on a boat trip to Isla del Sol where you can go on a short hike, see Incan ruins and look out over the lake to distant mountains. Copacabana is close to Puno, Peru, where you can visit floating reed islands.
12 🚌Copacabana to La Paz bus
(Book >)
Dep: 13:30 Arr: 17:30 🏨Loki Boutique (Book >) All hostels >
Earlier buses are available if there are any sights you missed at the beginning of this Bolivia itinerary. Genuine alpaca wool should be cold to the touch.
13-14 ✈La Paz to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Bolivia itinerary with the Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru, Northern Argentina, Southern Argentina or Northern Chile itinerary
Whilst you can take a minibus from Prado to the airport, taxis are not too expensive – ask your hostel to book.

🇪🇨 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.

Here’s your Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary:

Luxury Quito, Ecuador
1 ✈To Guayaquil (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Wyndham (Book >) All hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, admire the old buildings of Las Peñas Guayaquil is hot and humid – pack a filter water bottle and stay hydrated!
3 🚄Guayaquil to Alausí train (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 🚄Alausí to Riobamba train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Andaluza hotel
New day, new train! You’ll ride the rails along the famous Devil’s Nose then return to Alausí 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 🚄Riobamba to Latacunga train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨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 🚄Latacunga to Quito train Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨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 ✈Quito to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 ✈Galapagos to Mainland flight  (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 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 🚌Quito to Tena bus🚌Tena to Misahuallí bus Dep: 10:30Dep: 14:30 Arr: 14:00Arr: 15:15 🏨Misahuallí Amazon Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’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 🚌Misahuallí to Tena bus
🚌Tena to Banos bus
Dep: 09:30Dep: 10:30 Arr: 10:15Arr: 14:30 🏨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 🚌Banos to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Alausi bus
Dep: 08:00Dep: 10:45 Arr: 10:00Arr: 12:55 🏨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 🚌Alausi to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil bus
Dep:
09:50
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 11:50Arr: 17:25 🏨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 ✈Guayaquil to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨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 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨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 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz ferry Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨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 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨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 ✈Galapagos to Quito flight (Book >)✈Quito 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 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 🚌Quito to Tena bus
🚌Tena to Misahuallí bus
Dep: 10:30
Dep: 14:30
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
🏨Hostal El Paisano (Book >) All hostels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’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 🚌Misahuallí to Tena bus
🚌Tena to Banos bus
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 10:30
Arr:
10:15
Arr: 14:30
🏨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 🚌Banos to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Alausi bus
Dep:
08:00
Dep: 10:45
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 12:55
🏨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 🚌Alausi to Riobamba bus
🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil bus
Dep:
09:50
Dep: 12:00
Arr:
11:50
Arr: 17:25
🏨Villa Maria (Book >) All hostels >
Take a taxi to the hostel. Ask the hostel to book your taxis.
9 ✈Guayaquil to Galapagos flight (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨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 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨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 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz ferry Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨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 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ferry Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Hostal Gosén
(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 ✈Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito flight (Book >)
✈Quito 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.

🇦🇺 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.

Here’s your Australia itinerary:

Luxury Great Ocean Road, Australia
1 ✈To Melbourne (Book >) Dep: Afternoon 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨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. 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 🚗Melbourne to Port Fairy drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 17:00 🏨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 🚗Port Fairy to Adelaide drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨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 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train (Book >) Dep: 12:15 🏨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 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train
🚗Alice Springs to Uluru drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 14:00 Arr: 13:45

Arr: 19:30

🏨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 ✈Mutitjulu(Ayers Rock) to Cairns flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 ✈Cairns to Sydney flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨The Langham (Book >) All hotels >
Relax at a café or pub in The Rocks, stroll along Darling Harbour and admire the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The Queen Victoria building is a good place to find lunch.
12 Take a ferry to Manly or hop in a taxi to Bondi. If you’ve already had enough of the city then embark on a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Book your Opera House tickets here.
13 ✈Sydney to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Australia itinerary with the 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 ✈To Melbourne (Book >) Dep: Afternoon 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨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 🚗Melbourne to Port Fairy drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 17:00 🏨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 🚗Port Fairy to Adelaide drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨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 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train (Book >) Dep: 12:15 🏨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 🚄Adelaide to Alice Springs train
🚗Alice Springs to Uluru drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 14:00 Arr: 13:45

Arr: 19:30

🏨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 ✈Mutitjulu(Ayers Rock) to Cairns flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 ✈Cairns to Sydney flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
(Book >)
All hotels >
Relax at a café or pub in The Rocks, stroll along Darling Harbour and admire the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The Queen Victoria building is a good place to find lunch.
12 Take a ferry to Manly or hop in a taxi to Bondi. If you’ve already had enough of the city then embark on a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Book your Opera House tickets here.
13 ✈Sydney to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Australia itinerary with the 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 ✈To Melbourne (Book >) Dep: Afternoon 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 🏨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 🚌Melbourne to Port Campbell bus (Book tour >) Dep: 07:40 Arr: Evening 🏨Tour hostel
Join a backpackers tour along the famous Great Ocean Road with its scenic views, shipwrecks, rainforests, sandy beaches and cute coastal villages. Your tour price includes meals, accommodation and national park entry fees.
5 🚌Port Campbell to Melbourne bus Dep: Morning Arr: 19:00 🏨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 ✈Melbourne to Mutitjulu (Ayers Rock) flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨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 ✈Mutitjulu(Ayers Rock) to Cairns flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 ✈Cairns to Brisbane flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 🚌Brisbane to Byron Bay bus (Book >) Dep: 09:20 Arr: 12:45 🏨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 🚌Byron Bay to Sydney bus (Book >) Dep: 18:20 🏨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 🚌Byron Bay to Sydney bus Arr: 07:10 🏨Wake Up! Sydney Central
(Book >)
All hostels >
Relax at a café 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 ✈Sydney to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this Australia itinerary with the 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.

🇿🇦 SOUTH AFRICA


Cape Town, South AfricaA two-week holiday that takes in the best of this stunningly beautiful country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your South Africa itinerary:

Luxury Addo, South Africa
1 ✈To Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨In flight!
Fuel stations in South Africa are not self-service. Remember to tip the attendant.
2 ✈To Port Elizabeth
🚗Port Elizabeth to Knysna drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Collect your car and drive straight to Knysna. Speed limits are strictly adhered to in South Africa.
3 Kayak in the bay, go whale watching, relax on nearby Plettenberg’s beaches, drive back along the road to Tsitsikamma or simply use your first full day chill out in this beautiful town. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
4 🚗Knysna to Hermanus drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨Auberge Provence (Book >) All hotels >
You have all day to make this 4.5 hour drive, so use it to make a stop at the old-fashioned seaside resort of Mossel Bay before arriving into Hermanus to get down to some serious whale watching. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 🚗Hermanus to Stellenbosch drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Boschendal Cottages (Book >) All hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. Consider taking a tour so that you can try the wines without having to worry about driving. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 🚗Stellenbosch to Cape Town drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cape Grace Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a morning amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery before returning the car in Cape Town. You will arrive in the city in time to get the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It is safe to see sunset from Table Mountain.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8-9 🚄Cape Town to Pretoria train (Book >) Dep: 14:30 🏨Train (Book >)
You have the morning of day 8 to see any Cape Town sights you may have missed before boarding the train to Pretoria. You will need to dress smartly on the train.
10 🚄Cape Town to Pretoria train
🚗Pretoria to Kruger drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 11:00 Arr: 10:00

Arr: 16:00

🏨Kapama River Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Long drive into the depths of Kruger National Park, spotting wildlife along the way. Malaria is present in Kruger – make sure you have adequate protection.
11-12 Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
13-14 🚗Kruger to Johannesburg drive
✈Johannesburg to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:00Dep: Evening Arr: 15:00Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
Leave plenty of time for your drive back to the airport.
Mid-range Garden Route, South Africa
1 ✈To Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨In flight!
Fuel stations in South Africa are not self-service. Remember to tip the attendant.
2 ✈To Port Elizabeth flight
🚗Port Elizabeth to Knysna drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
🏨Amanzi Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Collect your car and drive straight to Knysna. Speed limits are strictly adhered to in South Africa.
3 Kayak in the bay, go whale watching, relax on nearby Plettenberg’s beaches, drive back along the road to Tsitsikamma or simply use your first full day chill out in this beautiful town. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
4 🚗Knysna to Hermanus drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 🏨138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
You have all day to make this 4.5 hour drive, so use it to make a stop at the old-fashioned seaside resort of Mossel Bay before arriving into Hermanus to get down to some serious whale watching. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 🚗Hermanus to Stellenbosch drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 🏨Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House (Book >) All hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. Consider taking a tour so that you can try the wines without having to worry about driving. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 🚗Stellenbosch to Cape Town drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cape Heritage Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a morning amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery before returning the car in Cape Town. You will arrive in the city in time to get the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It is safe to see sunset from Table Mountain.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8 ✈Cape Town to Nelspruit flight (Book >)
🚗Nelspruit to Grietjie drive (Hire car >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 13:30

Arr: Afternoon

Arr: 16:30

🏨Casart Game Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive the Panorama Route to Grietjie Nature Reserve on the edge of Kruger. Look out for potholes when driving here.
9-11 Over the next few days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
12 🚗Grietjie to Johannesburg drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Cotswold Gardens (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy as museum or two when you arrive into Jo’burg. The fastest route is a toll road.
13 ✈Johannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
More time to see Jo’burgs museums and galleries.
Budget Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 ✈To Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨In flight!
Port Elizabeth airport is close to downtown and so taxis will be cheap.
2 ✈To Port Elizabeth Arr: Afternoon 🏨Riverfront Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Walk the Donkin Heritage Trail and relax on the city’s stunning beaches. Public buses are a good way to get about the city. Schedules can be found here.
3 🚌Port Elizabeth to Knysna bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 12:45 🏨Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers  (Book >) All hostels >
An early start but it’s worth it for having the afternoon in beautiful Knysna. This South Africa itinerary is 14 days long, but you may wish to extend it with more time here. Knysna has a mild climate throughout the year.
4 🚌Knysna to Hermanus bus (Book >) Dep: 12:45 Arr: 19:30 🏨Zzzone (Book >) All hostels >
After a relaxing morning in Knysna enjoy the stunning drive to Hermanus. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 🚌Hermanus to Stellenbosch bus (Book >) Dep: 19:30 Arr: 20:15 🏨Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Get up close to the whales with a walk along the cliffs or a cruise. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
6 🚌Stellenbosch to Cape Town bus (Book >) Dep: 20:15 Arr: 21:30 🏨CURIOCITY Cape Town (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a day amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery taking the bus to Cape Town. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most Stellenbosch cellars.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8 ✈Cape Town to Johannesburg flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Backpackers Connection (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy more Cape Town sights including the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It’s safe to take the cableway up Table Mountain at any time of day.
9 🚌Johannesburg to Masodini bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 13:00 🏨Masodini Game Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Take the transfer bus from Jo’burg airport to Masodini where you can commence your safari. The Kruger area is malarial so please take precautions.
10-11 Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
12 🚌Masodini to Johannesburg bus (Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 17:00 🏨CurioCity Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Your hostel offers tours, as well as activities such as yoga on the roof. You’re staying in a lively and safe part of the city.
13-14 ✈Johannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
Time to see some of Jo’burgs museums and galleries.

🇹🇭 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.

Here’s your Thailand itinerary:

Luxury Golden Palace, Bangkok
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Mandarin Oriental (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 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Akyra Manor (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 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Surin 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 Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga).
You can find ferry times here.
If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨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 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Chiang Mai, Thailand
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨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 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨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 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨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 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨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 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Bangkok, Thailand
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨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 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨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 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨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 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨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 ✈Bangkok 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.

🇺🇸 USA (CALIFORNIA & NEVADA)


Yosemite, California - USA itineraryNothing quite beats the majesty of the national parks you’ll see on this trip, which is also a real pleaser for city slickers with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco on the itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your USA (California & Nevada) itinerary:

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

🇹🇿 TANZANIA


Serengeti Lion, TanzaniaQuintessential Africa. Spot the Big Five, scale the largest mountain on the continent then chill out on a perfect Indian Ocean beach. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Tanzania itinerary:

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