馃嚦馃嚨NEPAL

Poon Hill, NepalYou’ll need to be somewhat fit to tackle the magnificent treks in Nepal, but the reward for all that effort is a front-row view of the world’s highest mountains. Back where the oxygen is less thin are fascinating cities and incredible wildlife-spotting opportunities Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Nepal itinerary:

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

Borobudur, IndonesiaThis busy 18-day itinerary gives travellers an amazing journey through the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok. Got some spare days? Spend longer at the beach in Lombok and Bali. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Indonesia itinerary:

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

馃嚢馃嚟CAMBODIA

Angkor Wat, CambodiaA lot of people visit Cambodia as part of a longer trip, but there’s so many phenomenal sights here that it justifies its own two-week holiday . Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Cambodia itinerary:

Luxury Mekong, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Knai Bang Chatt Resort (Book >) All hotels >
A looong day of travel, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Shinta Mani Angkor (Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 The Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres, so hire a car and driver to explore the site. Must-sees include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Ask your hotel to help arrange a car and driver.
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Rose Suites (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Mid-range Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Rajabori Villas (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Samanea Beach (Book >) All hotels >
A looong day of travel, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Golden Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 The Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square kilometres, so hire a car and driver to explore the site. Must-sees include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Ask your hotel to help arrange a car and driver.
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh bus (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣IRoHa Garden (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.
Budget Kep, Cambodia
1 鉁圱o Phnom Penh (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
You’ll arrive in the evening, so take some time to relax after the long flight.
3 Ease in to life in Cambodia with a gentle day of sightseeing in the capital. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are peaceful and magnificent buildings worthy of a couple of hours of your time. Next door is the National Museum of Cambodia, full of ancient Angkorian artefacts. End the day with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Get your eVisa for Cambodia online here.
4 馃殞Phnom Penh to Kratie bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 16:30 馃彣Hotel River Dolphin (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive into Kratie in plenty of time to see the sun set over the Mekong on Koh Trong Island – the perfect start to a visit of this relaxing location. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
5 Kayak or cruise along the river to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. In the afternoon admire the Kratie’s French-era architecture and tour the temples in and around town. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
6 馃殞Kratie to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Kep bus (Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:30
Arr: 18:30
馃彣Khmer Hands Bungalows (Book >) All hotels >
A looong day of travel, rewarded with ending at the spectacular beaches of gorgeous Kep. Try to book your bus in advance during busy periods.
7-8 Spend a couple of days (or more) on the beach. Take the 20-minute boat ride to tranquil Rabbit Island and, if you get bored of the sand, visit a pepper farm or the nearby Bokor Hill Station. Ensure your boatmen protect the dolphins by only using oars when near them.
9 馃殞Kep to Phnom Penh bus (Book >)
馃殞Phnom Penh to Siem Reap bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Lub d(Book >) All hotels >
Say goodbye to the beach and hello to another day of bus travel. But at the end of it you’ll be in bustling Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat. Buy your multi-day ticket after 5pm and it will only count from the next day. Miss the connection to Siem Reap? No problem, buses depart until 18:00.
10-11 Must-sees here include Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. Other places for your list are the Terrace of the Leper King, Baphuon, Srah Srang, Preah Ko (Sacred Bull), Baksei Chamkrong, Elephant Terrace, Pre Rup, East Mebon and Preah Khan. At the end of the day go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. Hire a bicycle, take your time and enjoy sedate, peaceful journeys around the site. If you want to go further then a tuk-tuk can be good value (ask the hostel for advice).
12 鉁圫iem Reap to Phnom Penh flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣Envoy Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
More time to see more temples, or any that you may have missed out on during days 10-11. Continuing to Laos? Book your bus from Siem Reap to Don Det (4000 Islands) here (bus departs at 08:00).
13-14 鉁圥hnom Penh to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening (next day) Connect this Cambodia itinerary with the Thailand or Vietnam itinerary
Take some culinary inspiration home with you on a food tour.

馃嚝馃嚪FRANCE

Paris, FranceFew countries offer as much to see as France. These itineraries capture the highlights, from must-see Paris, to ancient Carcassonne, to the vineyards of Bordeaux, to C么te d’Azur beaches to the snowy French Alps. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your France itinerary:

Luxury Carcassonne, France
1 To Paris (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Maison Souquet (Book >) All hotels >
You’re in one of the most beautiful capitals on Earth, so get started straight away on the sights. Despite the devastating fire, Notre Dame cathedral remains an impressive place to see. Just down river is the famous Louvre museum. Wander back through La Marais neighbourhood to the historic Place De La Bastille. Tonight see a show at the Op茅ra Garnier. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 Take in the views from Sacr茅-Coeur in the lovely Montmartre area, hop on the Metro to P猫re Lachaise cemetery then return to the centre for a visit to Mus茅e d’Orsay. Venture into the Paris Catacombs then end your day atop the Eiffel Tower. Consider buying a Paris Pass.
3 馃殑Paris to Versailles train (Book >)
馃殑Versailles to Chartres train (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 16:40
Arr: Morning
Arr: 17:27
馃彣Grand Monarque (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a little more time in Paris then a few hours in Versailles to see the spectacular palace. You’ll arrive into Chartres with plenty of time for an evening visit to the cathedral. Versailles Chantiers train station is about 18 minutes by foot to the Palace.
4 馃殑Chartres to Bordeaux train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:05 Arr: 11:56 馃彣Yndo Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into beautiful Bordeaux in time for lunch then depart on a full afternoon tour of the nearby vineyards. The Place de la Bourse is the perfect place to round off an evening. Hold off on buying wnie until you’ve toured the vineyards, where good deals and even better advice can be had.
5 馃殑Bordeaux to Toulouse train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:30 Arr: 12:43 馃彣La Cour des Consuls H么tel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
In the morning go to Places des Quinconces to see Chateau Trompette, then on to the Cours du Chapeau Rouge to admire the Grand Th茅atre. In Toulouse stroll along the cloisters of Couvent des Jacobins, stop for a drink in the courtyard of the Bemberg Foundation and take a tour of Basilica of Saint Sernin. The Pont Neuf is a memorable sight at night. Wait until you find yourself alone in the Couvent des Jacobins – the serenity here is wonderful.
6 馃殑Toulouse to Carcassonne train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:15 Arr: 11:25 馃彣H么tel de la Cit茅 (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived into Carcassonne and dropped off your bags, head straight for the citadel ramparts and Ch芒teau Comtal. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
7 馃殑Carcassonne to Montpellier train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:39 Arr: 11:11 馃彣Domaine de Verchant (Book >) All hotels >
Start in Montpellier’s Place de la Com茅die and the awe-inspiring Cathedrale St Pierre. Take tram #3 to the beach or just hang out in the characterful Old Town. In the evening walk along the Promenade du Peyrou to the Ch芒teau d鈥檈au. Pickpockets are a problem in many French cities (especially Paris) – remain vigilant.
8 馃殑Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence train (Book >) Dep: 10:14 Arr: 12:40 馃彣Le Mas d’Entremont (Book >) All hotels >
Today and tomorrow you get to relax in the sublime surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Peek inside the Cath茅drale Saint-Sauveur d鈥橝ix-en-Provence and be inspired by the art in Atelier C茅zanne. In the evenings stroll along Le Cours Mirabeau. “Bonjour”, “s鈥檌l vous plait”, “merci” – three basic words you should have in your vocabulary.
9 People watch in Place de l鈥橦么tel de Ville and shop at the Le Grand March茅 market (open Tue, Thu, Sat). If the weather’s good then take in the views at Le Terrain des Peintres. Take a look at these useful tips on how to spot a good bakery in France.
10 馃殑Aix-en-Provence to Nice train
馃殑Nice to Monte-Carlo train (Book >)
Dep: 08:01
Dep: 11:37
Arr: 11:10
Arr: 12:03
馃彣Hotel Hermitage (Book >) All hotels >
In Monte Carlo hang out on Larvotto Beach the visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco has many steep hills – save your energy by catching the handy buses.
11 Use Monte-Carlo as your base for visiting the beaches and villages of the C么te d’Azur. Take bus 112 to visit the cliff top village of Eve.
12 馃殑Monte-Carlo to Avignon train
馃殑Avignon to Lyon train (Book >)
Dep: 09:33
Dep: 14:28
Arr: 13:28
Arr: 15:29
馃彣H么tel Carlton (Book >) All hotels >
In Lyon the Roman Theatre of Fourvi茅re is the oldest in France, after you’ve seen that wander around the Presqu鈥檌le District which contains architectural gems such as the opera house and city hall. Don’t miss taking the tram up to Notre-Dame de Fourvi猫re basilica. Les Halles De Lyon is a great place to pick up some delicious food.
13 馃殑Lyon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine train
馃殑Bellegarde to St-Gervais-les-Bains train
馃殞St-Gervais to Chamonix bus
(Book >)
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 12:09
Dep: 14:06
Arr: 11:58
Arr: 13:56
Arr: 14:38
馃彣H么tel Mont-Blanc (Book >) All hotels >
After 4 hours of travel you’ll be up in the magnificent French Alps. Chamonix is a bustling, charming town from which to explore the area. This site has some excellent hiking suggestions.
14 A full day on which to enjoy some hikes, bicycle rides, rafting etc. in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne near the tourist office is a good place to get hiking advice.
15 馃殞Chamonix to Geneva bus
(Book >)
鉁圙eneva to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 13:05
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this France itinerary with the Southern France & Andorra, Italy, Bruges & Ghent or Germany itinerary
Buses leave at any time from 05:45 if you need to get an earlier flight.
Mid-range Code d'Azur, France
1 To Paris (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel Design Secret de Paris (Book >) All hotels >
You’re in one of the most beautiful capitals on Earth, so get started straight away on the sights. Despite the devastating fire, Notre Dame cathedral remains an impressive place to see. Just down river is the famous Louvre museum. Wander back through La Marais neighbourhood to the historic Place De La Bastille. Tonight see a show at the Op茅ra Garnier. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 Take in the views from Sacr茅-Coeur in the lovely Montmartre area, hop on the Metro to P猫re Lachaise cemetery then return to the centre for a visit to Mus茅e d’Orsay. Venture into the Paris Catacombs then end your day atop the Eiffel Tower. Consider buying a Paris Pass.
3 馃殑Paris to Versailles train (Book >)
馃殑Versailles to Chartres train (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 16:40
Arr: Morning
Arr: 17:27
馃彣Grand Monarque (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a little more time in Paris then a few hours in Versailles to see the spectacular palace. You’ll arrive into Chartres with plenty of time for an evening visit to the cathedral. Versailles Chantiers train station is about 18 minutes by foot to the Palace.
4 馃殑Chartres to Bordeaux train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:05 Arr: 11:56 馃彣L’ H么tel Particulier (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into beautiful Bordeaux in time for lunch then depart on a full afternoon tour of the nearby vineyards. The Place de la Bourse is the perfect place to round off an evening. Hold off on buying wnie until you’ve toured the vineyards, where good deals and even better advice can be had.
5 馃殑Bordeaux to Toulouse train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:30 Arr: 12:43 馃彣Mercure Toulouse Sud (Book >) All hotels >
In the morning go to Places des Quinconces to see Chateau Trompette, then on to the Cours du Chapeau Rouge to admire the Grand Th茅atre. In Toulouse stroll along the cloisters of Couvent des Jacobins, stop for a drink in the courtyard of the Bemberg Foundation and take a tour of Basilica of Saint Sernin. The Pont Neuf is a memorable sight at night. Wait until you find yourself alone in the Couvent des Jacobins – the serenity here is wonderful.
6 馃殑Toulouse to Carcassonne train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:15 Arr: 11:25 馃彣H么tel Pont Levis (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived into Carcassonne and dropped off your bags, head straight for the citadel ramparts and Ch芒teau Comtal. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
7 馃殑Carcassonne to Montpellier train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:39 Arr: 11:11 馃彣H么tel Eurociel Centre Com茅die (Book >) All hotels >
Start in Montpellier’s Place de la Com茅die and the awe-inspiring Cathedrale St Pierre. Take tram #3 to the beach or just hang out in the characterful Old Town. In the evening walk along the Promenade du Peyrou to the Ch芒teau d鈥檈au. Pickpockets are a problem in many French cities (especially Paris) – remain vigilant.
8 馃殑Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence train (Book >) Dep: 10:14 Arr: 12:40 馃彣Renaissance Aix-en-Provence (Book >) All hotels >
Today and tomorrow you get to relax in the sublime surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Peek inside the Cath茅drale Saint-Sauveur d鈥橝ix-en-Provence and be inspired by the art in Atelier C茅zanne. In the evenings stroll along Le Cours Mirabeau. “Bonjour”, “s鈥檌l vous plait”, “merci” – three basic words you should have in your vocabulary.
9 People watch in Place de l鈥橦么tel de Ville and shop at the Le Grand March茅 market (open Tue, Thu, Sat). If the weather’s good then take in the views at Le Terrain des Peintres. Take a look at these useful tips on how to spot a good bakery in France.
10 馃殑Aix-en-Provence to Nice train
馃殑Nice to Monte-Carlo train (Book >)
Dep: 08:01
Dep: 11:37
Arr: 11:10
Arr: 12:03
馃彣Hotel Colombus (Book >) All hotels >
In Monte Carlo hang out on Larvotto Beach the visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco has many steep hills – save your energy by catching the handy buses.
11 Use Monte-Carlo as your base for visiting the beaches and villages of the C么te d’Azur. Take bus 112 to visit the cliff top village of Eve.
12 馃殑Monte-Carlo to Avignon train
馃殑Avignon to Lyon train (Book >)
Dep: 09:33
Dep: 14:28
Arr: 13:28
Arr: 15:29
馃彣Parksa么ne (Book >) All hotels >
In Lyon the Roman Theatre of Fourvi茅re is the oldest in France, after you’ve seen that wander around the Presqu鈥檌le District which contains architectural gems such as the opera house and city hall. Don’t miss taking the tram up to Notre-Dame de Fourvi猫re basilica. Les Halles De Lyon is a great place to pick up some delicious food.
13 馃殑Lyon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine train
馃殑Bellegarde to St-Gervais-les-Bains train
馃殞St-Gervais to Chamonix bus
(Book >)
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 12:09
Dep: 14:06
Arr: 11:58
Arr: 13:56
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Auberge Du Manoire (Book >) All hotels >
After 4 hours of travel you’ll be up in the magnificent French Alps. Chamonix is a bustling, charming town from which to explore the area. This site has some excellent hiking suggestions.
14 A full day on which to enjoy some hikes, bicycle rides, rafting etc. in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne near the tourist office is a good place to get hiking advice.
15 馃殞Chamonix to Geneva bus
(Book >)
鉁圙eneva to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 13:05
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this France itinerary with the Southern France & Andorra, Italy, Bruges & Ghent or Germany itinerary
Buses leave at any time from 05:45 if you need to get an earlier flight.
Budget Chamonix, France
1 To Paris (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣MIJE Fourcy (Book >) All hotels >
You’re in one of the most beautiful capitals on Earth, so get started straight away on the sights. Despite the devastating fire, Notre Dame cathedral remains an impressive place to see. Just down river is the famous Louvre museum. Wander back through La Marais neighbourhood to the historic Place De La Bastille. Tonight see a show at the Op茅ra Garnier. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 Take in the views from Sacr茅-Coeur in the lovely Montmartre area, hop on the Metro to P猫re Lachaise cemetery then return to the centre for a visit to Mus茅e d’Orsay. Venture into the Paris Catacombs then end your day atop the Eiffel Tower. Consider buying a Paris Pass.
3 馃殑Paris to Versailles train (Book >)
馃殑Versailles to Chartres train (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: 16:40
Arr: Morning
Arr: 17:27
馃彣Premi猫re Classe Chartres Barjouville (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a little more time in Paris then a few hours in Versailles to see the spectacular palace. You’ll arrive into Chartres with plenty of time for an evening visit to the cathedral. Versailles Chantiers train station is about 18 minutes by foot to the Palace.
4 馃殑Chartres to Bordeaux train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:05 Arr: 11:56 馃彣Hostel 20 (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into beautiful Bordeaux in time for lunch then depart on a full afternoon tour of the nearby vineyards. The Place de la Bourse is the perfect place to round off an evening. Hold off on buying wnie until you’ve toured the vineyards, where good deals and even better advice can be had.
5 馃殑Bordeaux to Toulouse train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:30 Arr: 12:43 馃彣La Petite Auberge de Saint-Sernin (Book >) All hotels >
In the morning go to Places des Quinconces to see Chateau Trompette, then on to the Cours du Chapeau Rouge to admire the Grand Th茅atre. In Toulouse stroll along the cloisters of Couvent des Jacobins, stop for a drink in the courtyard of the Bemberg Foundation and take a tour of Basilica of Saint Sernin. The Pont Neuf is a memorable sight at night. Wait until you find yourself alone in the Couvent des Jacobins – the serenity here is wonderful.
6 馃殑Toulouse to Carcassonne train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:15 Arr: 11:25 馃彣Millett Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived into Carcassonne and dropped off your bags, head straight for the citadel ramparts and Ch芒teau Comtal. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
7 馃殑Carcassonne to Montpellier train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:39 Arr: 11:11 馃彣Coeur Urbain Bedrooms (Book >) All hotels >
Start in Montpellier’s Place de la Com茅die and the awe-inspiring Cathedrale St Pierre. Take tram #3 to the beach or just hang out in the characterful Old Town. In the evening walk along the Promenade du Peyrou to the Ch芒teau d鈥檈au. Pickpockets are a problem in many French cities (especially Paris) – remain vigilant.
8 馃殑Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence train (Book >) Dep: 10:14 Arr: 12:40 馃彣Goclands (Book >) All hotels >
Today and tomorrow you get to relax in the sublime surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Peek inside the Cath茅drale Saint-Sauveur d鈥橝ix-en-Provence and be inspired by the art in Atelier C茅zanne. In the evenings stroll along Le Cours Mirabeau. “Bonjour”, “s鈥檌l vous plait”, “merci” – three basic words you should have in your vocabulary.
9 People watch in Place de l鈥橦么tel de Ville and shop at the Le Grand March茅 market (open Tue, Thu, Sat). If the weather’s good then take in the views at Le Terrain des Peintres. Take a look at these useful tips on how to spot a good bakery in France.
10 馃殑Aix-en-Provence to Nice train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:01 Arr: 11:10 馃彣Meyerbeer Beach (Book >) All hotels >
Stroll along the beach and then visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Monaco has many steep hills – save your energy by catching the handy buses.
11 Use Nice as your base for visiting the beaches and villages of the C么te d’Azur. Take bus 112 to visit Monte Carlo and the cliff top village of Eze.
12 馃殞Nice to Lyon bus (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 19:35 馃彣Le Fl芒neur Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
In Lyon wander around the Presqu鈥檌le District which contains architectural gems such as the opera house and city hall. Les Halles De Lyon is a great place to pick up some delicious food.
13 馃殑Lyon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine train
馃殑Bellegarde to St-Gervais-les-Bains train
馃殞St-Gervais to Chamonix bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 12:09
Dep: 14:06
Arr: 11:58
Arr: 13:56
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Chamonix Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
In Lyon get up early and take the tram up to Notre-Dame de Fourvi猫re basilica for stupendous views. After 4 hours of travel you’ll be up in the magnificent French Alps. Chamonix is a bustling, charming town from which to explore the area. This site has some excellent hiking suggestions.
14 A full day on which to enjoy some hikes, bicycle rides, rafting etc. in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne near the tourist office is a good place to get hiking advice.
15 馃殞Chamonix to Geneva bus
(Book >)
鉁圙eneva to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:15
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 13:05
Arr: Afternoon
Connect this France itinerary with the Southern France & Andorra, Italy, Bruges & Ghent or Germany itinerary
Buses leave at any time from 05:45 if you need to get an earlier flight.

馃嚚馃嚦CHINA

Shanghai, ChinaA massive country with a huge population and millennia of history – there’s a whole lot to see in fascinating and friendly China. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your China itinerary:

Luxury Great Wall Of China at Badaling
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Spend a few hours in the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City. Afterwards take in the immense Tiananmen Square which is nearby, as is the 600 year-old Temple of Heaven. You must book your Imperial Palace and Forbidden City tickets in advance on the official website (which is in Chinese – Google Translate will help).
4 馃殑Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Commune By The Great Wall (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the beautiful Summer Palace in the morning, then onwards to Badaling from where you can take the cable car up to the Great Wall and hike one of the most stunning sections. Buy and top up a Beijing Metro card for the journey to/from the Great Wall – these tickets can’t be bought in advance.
5 馃殑Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣Fairmont Peace (Book >) All hotels >
More time, if you want, to visit the Great Wall before returning to Beijing for the bullet train to Shanghai. Train tickets bought online are only available up to 60 days before departure.
6 Start your day on top of the huge World Financial Center and experience the 100 storey-high Sky Walk. Take a boat tour along the main canal of Zhujiajiao then do some shopping on Nanjing Road. Head to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden in the late afternoon then on to the Bund for a night time stroll. Learn a few basic Mandarin Chinese words – even attempting the local language is appreciated.
7 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train (Book >) Dep: 18:46 馃彣Sleeper train
See the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum before catching your sleeper train to Xi’an. You’ll need your tickets and ID to board the train.
8 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 馃彣W Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
See the Terracotta Warriors and attached museum, then enjoy a bicycle ride along the city walls and visit to the Banpo Museum – all with your personal guide. Ask your guide for restaurant recommendations – the ones around the Terracotta Warriors museum are poor quality.
9 馃殑Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Golden Summit Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi from Emeishan station to Baogou Temple and from there a bus to Leidong Ping. Here you can ride the cable car up to the Golden Summit and your hotel for the night. Take motion sickness tables for the bus, which is the only form of transport allowed on the national park roads.
10 馃殑Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 16:54 Arr: 18:15 馃彣The Ritz Carlton (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Golden Summit and hikes nearby, then return to Leidong Ping via cable car and Baogou on the bus. If you have the energy see Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street at night. Be very careful with the monkeys around the Golden Summit – they are very aggressive.
11 Take Metro line 4 to Kuanzhaixiangzi then meet the locals in the People’s Park. Admire the impressive Wenshu Temple and, if you have time, go to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At dusk see the synchronised water show at Tianfu Square. The Chengdu Metro is a good way of getting around the city, although your bags may need to go through an x-ray machine before you enter.
12 馃殑Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Niccolo (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing morning then take the fast train to Chongqing. After dinner your cruise along the Yangtze will depart at 21:00 (call to book). Take mosquito repellant for the cruise.
13-14 Your ship will carry you past mountains and farmland and through spectacular gorges. Highlights include the ornate Shibaozhai Pagoda, serene Shennv Stream and the vast Three Gorges dam. Remember to take cash for tipping porters.
15 鉁圷ichang to Guilin flight (Book >)
馃殨Guilin to Yangshuo taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Banyan Tree(Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Yanghsuo mid-afternoon and delight at the incredible scenery around town. Ask the taxi driver to take the highway and pay them the additional toll fee.
16 Explore the area by boat, bike, foot or all of the above. Don’t buy too many souvenirs in Yangshuo as they’re often overpriced (this page has a good guide).
17 馃殑Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣The Upper House (Book >) All hotels >
Drop your bags at the hotel and start ticking off the sights in Hong Kong, starting with a trip across the water with Star Ferries. Walk along the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. When the sun goes down join the throngs at Temple Street Night Market. Buy an Octopus Card for easy access to the Hong Kong transport system.
18 Start your day with a historic tram ride up to Victoria Peak. Journey out to the massive Tian Tian Buddha. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Tonight take in the spectacular Symphony of Lights. If you want to get up to Victoria Peak quickly then hop in a taxi rather than catch the tram.
19-20 鉁圚ong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Vietnam or Thailand itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing day, first visiting Man Mo Temple then in serene Hong Kong Park. The Metro is the best way to get to the airport.
Mid-range Yangshuo, China
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel East (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Spend a few hours in the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City. Afterwards take in the immense Tiananmen Square which is nearby, as is the 600 year-old Temple of Heaven. You must book your Imperial Palace and Forbidden City tickets in advance on the official website (which is in Chinese – Google Translate will help).
4 馃殑Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Delight Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Take a taxi to the beautiful Summer Palace in the morning, then onwards to Badaling from where you can take the cable car up to the Great Wall and hike one of the most stunning sections. Buy and top up a Beijing Metro card for the journey to/from the Great Wall – these tickets can’t be bought in advance.
5 馃殑Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣Le M茅ridien Minhang (Book >) All hotels >
More time, if you want, to visit the Great Wall before returning to Beijing for the bullet train to Shanghai. Train tickets bought online are only available up to 60 days before departure.
6 Start your day on top of the huge World Financial Center and experience the 100 storey-high Sky Walk. Take a boat tour along the main canal of Zhujiajiao then do some shopping on Nanjing Road. Head to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden in the late afternoon then on to the Bund for a night time stroll. Learn a few basic Mandarin Chinese words – even attempting the local language is appreciated.
7 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train (Book >) Dep: 18:46 馃彣Sleeper train
See the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum before catching your sleeper train to Xi’an. You’ll need your tickets and ID to board the train.
8 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 馃彣Hotel Tang Dynasty West Market (Book >) All hotels >
See the Terracotta Warriors and attached museum, then enjoy a bicycle ride along the city walls and visit to the Banpo Museum – all with your personal guide. Ask your guide for restaurant recommendations – the ones around the Terracotta Warriors museum are poor quality.
9 馃殑Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Baoguo Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Take bus 5A to Baogou Temple. You’ll then have the rest of the day to hike in the Emei Shan national park. Tonight you’ll stay in a working monastery which, whilst perhaps not the most comfortable experience, will certainly be memorable. Take motion sickness tables for the bus to Leidong Ping, which is the only form of transport allowed on the national park roads.
10 馃殑Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 馃彣Shimao Yuluxe (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to Leidong Ping then ride the cable car up to the Golden Summit Return to Baoguo to collect your bags and head to the station. If you have the energy see Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street at night. Be very careful with the monkeys around the Golden Summit – they are very aggressive.
11 Take Metro line 4 to Kuanzhaixiangzi then meet the locals in the People’s Park. Admire the impressive Wenshu Temple and, if you have time, go to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At dusk see the synchronised water show at Tianfu Square. The Chengdu Metro is a good way of getting around the city, although your bags may need to go through an x-ray machine before you enter.
12 馃殑Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Kempinski (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing morning then take the fast train to Chongqing. After dinner your cruise along the Yangtze will depart at 21:00 (call to book). Take mosquito repellant for the cruise.
13-14 Your ship will carry you past mountains and farmland and through spectacular gorges. Highlights include the ornate Shibaozhai Pagoda, serene Shennv Stream and the vast Three Gorges dam. Remember to take cash for tipping porters.
15 鉁圷ichang to Guilin flight (Book >)
馃殨Guilin to Yangshuo taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Yangshuo Mountain Nest (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Yanghsuo mid-afternoon and delight at the incredible scenery around town. Ask the taxi driver to take the highway and pay them the additional toll fee.
16 Explore the area by boat, bike, foot or all of the above. Don’t buy too many souvenirs in Yangshuo as they’re often overpriced (this page has a good guide).
17 馃殑Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣The T (Book >) All hotels >
Drop your bags at the hotel and start ticking off the sights in Hong Kong, starting with a trip across the water with Star Ferries. Walk along the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. When the sun goes down join the throngs at Temple Street Night Market. Buy an Octopus Card for easy access to the Hong Kong transport system.
18 Start your day with a historic tram ride up to Victoria Peak. Journey out to the massive Tian Tian Buddha. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Tonight take in the spectacular Symphony of Lights. If you want to get up to Victoria Peak quickly then hop in a taxi rather than catch the tram.
19-20 鉁圚ong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Vietnam or Thailand itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing day, first visiting Man Mo Temple then in serene Hong Kong Park. The Metro is the best way to get to the airport.
Budget Hong Kong
1 鉁圱o Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Beijing Downtown Travelotel (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Spend a few hours in the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City. Afterwards take in the immense Tiananmen Square which is nearby, as is the 600 year-old Temple of Heaven. You must book your Imperial Palace and Forbidden City tickets in advance on the official website (which is in Chinese – Google Translate will help).
4 馃殑Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 馃彣Great Wall Cao鈥橲 Courtyard Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Take either metro line 4 to Beigongmen station or 10 to Bagou station and visit the beautiful Summer Palace in the morning, then onwards to Badaling from where you can take the cable car up to the Great Wall and hike one of the most stunning sections. Buy and top up a Beijing Metro card for the journey to/from the Great Wall – these tickets can’t be bought in advance.
5 馃殑Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
馃殑Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
馃彣The Phoenix (Book >) All hotels >
More time, if you want, to visit the Great Wall before returning to Beijing for the bullet train to Shanghai. Train tickets bought online are only available up to 60 days before departure.
6 Start your day on top of the huge World Financial Center and experience the 100 storey-high Sky Walk. Take a boat tour along the main canal of Zhujiajiao then do some shopping on Nanjing Road. Head to the Ming Dynasty Yuyuan Garden in the late afternoon then on to the Bund for a night time stroll. Learn a few basic Mandarin Chinese words – even attempting the local language is appreciated.
7 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train  (Book >) Dep: 18:46 馃彣Sleeper train
See the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum before catching your sleeper train to Xi’an. You’ll need your tickets and ID to board the train.
8 馃殑Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 馃彣Hantang Inn (Book >) All hotels >
See the Terracotta Warriors and attached museum, then enjoy a bicycle ride along the city walls and visit to the Banpo Museum – all with your personal guide. Ask your guide for restaurant recommendations – the ones around the Terracotta Warriors museum are poor quality.
9 馃殑Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
馃殑Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
馃彣Baoguo Temple (Book >) All hotels >
Take bus 5A to Baogou Temple. You’ll then have the rest of the day to hike in the Emei Shan national park. Tonight you’ll stay in a working monastery which, whilst perhaps not the most comfortable experience, will certainly be memorable. Take motion sickness tables for the bus to Leidong Ping, which is the only form of transport allowed on the national park roads.
10 馃殑Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 馃彣Xishu Garden Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to Leidong Ping then ride the cable car up to the Golden Summit Return to Baoguo to collect your bags and head to the station. If you have the energy see Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street at night. Be very careful with the monkeys around the Golden Summit – they are very aggressive.
11 Take Metro line 4 to Kuanzhaixiangzi then meet the locals in the People’s Park. Admire the impressive Wenshu Temple and, if you have time, go to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. At dusk see the synchronised water show at Tianfu Square. The Chengdu Metro is a good way of getting around the city, although your bags may need to go through an x-ray machine before you enter.
12 馃殑Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 馃彣Only Cafe And Backpacker (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a relaxing morning then take the fast train to Chongqing. After dinner your cruise (book here) along the Yangtze will depart at 21:00. Take mosquito repellant for the cruise.
13-14 Your ship will carry you past mountains and farmland and through spectacular gorges. Highlights include the ornate Shibaozhai Pagoda, serene Shennv Stream and the vast Three Gorges dam. Remember to take cash for tipping porters.
15 鉁圷ichang to Guilin flight  (Book >)
馃殞Guilin to Yangshuo bus
Dep: Morning
Dep: 13:30/15:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 14:50/16:50
馃彣The Stone Bridge Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive into Yanghsuo mid-afternoon and delight at the incredible scenery around town. Buy shuttle bus tickets from the ticket offices near the airport bus stops.
16 Explore the area by boat, bike, foot or all of the above. Don’t buy too many souvenirs in Yangshuo as they’re often overpriced (this page has a good guide).
17 馃殑Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
馃殑Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
馃彣Wontonmeen (Book >) All hotels >
Drop your bags at the hotel and start ticking off the sights in Hong Kong, starting with a trip across the water with Star Ferries. Walk along the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. When the sun goes down join the throngs at Temple Street Night Market. Buy an Octopus Card for easy access to the Hong Kong transport system.
18 Start your day with a historic tram ride up to Victoria Peak. Journey out to the massive Tian Tian Buddha. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Tonight take in the spectacular Symphony of Lights. Many Hong Kong museums are free to enter on Wednesdays.
19-20 鉁圚ong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Vietnam or Thailand itinerary
Enjoy a relaxing day, first visiting Man Mo Temple then in serene Hong Kong Park. The Metro is the best way to get to the airport.

馃嚨馃嚬PORTUGAL

Sintra, PortugalPortugal remains excellent value for money and, with this 8-day trip, you’re sure to come away with some wonderful memories. Read about how this Portugal itinerary was put together in The Plan Workshop. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Portugal itinerary:

Luxury Lisbon, Portugal
1 鉁圱o Lisbon (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Avenida Palace (Book >) All hotels >
What to do in Lisbon? Wander around the pretty streets, eat pasteis de nata (I think Manteigaria is the best), taking in Belem and the impressive Padr茫o dos Descobrimentos sculpture on the waterfront. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 馃殑Lisbon to Sintra train (Book >) Dep: 10:58 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Sintra Marmoris Palace (Book >) All hotels >
Take a tram up to Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon then catch a train to Sintra and visit the spectacular palaces including Pena and the Palace Of Sintra. If you’ve time then walk up to the Castle of the Moors. You may want to stay overnight and visit the beaches of Praia da Ursa and Praia da Adraga. Bairro Alto in Lisbon is the place to hear Fado music. Tasca do Chico is a great place to go if you don’t want to eat.
3 馃殑Sintra to Lisbon Sete Rios train (Book >)
馃殑Lisbon Sete Rios to 脡vora train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:56
Dep: 11:45
Arr: 11:32
Arr: 13:35
馃彣Convento do Espinheiro (Book >) All hotels >
See any sights you missed in Sintra then depart for 脡vora. Once a Roman trading town, 脡vora still retains traces of this civilisation, including at the Diana Temple. The Bone Chapel makes for a spooky visit and the aqueduct is also well worth seeing. Get lost in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get to know the city and you only need to head uphill to find yourself back at the Diana Temple.
4 馃殑Evora to Lisbon Entrecampos train
(Book >)
馃殞Lisbon Campo Grande to Obidos bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:06
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 10:27

Arr: 12:00

馃彣Real D’脫bidos (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around Obidos’s town walls making sure not to miss the gorgeous Porta da Vila. Soak up the atmosphere on the town’s cobbled streets. The Rapida Verde bus for Obidos is on Rua Actor Antonio Silva.
5 馃殑Obidos to Coimbra train
(More info >)
Dep: 11:03 Arr: 13:12 馃彣Sapientia Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Easily explored on foot, Coimbra’s highlights include the university, Biblioteca Joanina, the old cathedral and the charming medieval downtown. Don’t miss the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Santa Cruz. Tickets between Obidos and Coimbra cannot be booked in advance.
6 馃殑Coimbra to Porto train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:31 Arr: 10:46 馃彣InterContinental Palacio das Cardosas (Book >) All hotels >
Browse the books in Porto’s Livraria Lello, take in the view from Dom Luis I Bridge, visit the Pal谩cio da Bolsa and scale the Torre dos Cl茅rigos before visiting a port wine cellar in Gaia. Porto is famous for its azulejo tiles – keep an eye out for them when exploring the city (especially in the train station’s portico).
7 Today take a cruise down the Douro River which will take in the Carrapatelo and Crestuma-Lever dams and the charming Douro Valley town of R茅gua from where you’ll return to Porto. From Porto you can also embark on multi-day cruises down the Douro all the way to Spain.
8 鉁圥orto to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Portugal itinerary with the Andalucia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Douro Valley, Portugal
1 鉁圱o Lisbon (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Britania (Book >) All hotels >
What to do in Lisbon? Wander around the pretty streets, eat pasteis de nata (I think Manteigaria is the best), taking in Belem and the impressive Padr茫o dos Descobrimentos sculpture on the waterfront. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 馃殑Lisbon to Sintra train (Book >) Dep: 10:58 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Sintra Bliss House (Book >) All hotels >
Take a tram up to Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon then catch a train to Sintra and visit the spectacular palaces including Pena and the Palace Of Sintra. If you’ve time then walk up to the Castle of the Moors. You may want to stay overnight and visit the beaches of Praia da Ursa and Praia da Adraga. Bairro Alto in Lisbon is the place to hear Fado music. Tasca do Chico is a great place to go if you don’t want to eat.
3 馃殑Sintra Sete Rios train (Book >)
馃殑Lisbon Sete Rios to 脡vora train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:56
Dep: 11:45
Arr: 11:32
Arr: 13:35
馃彣脡vora Olive Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
See any sights you missed in Sintra then depart for 脡vora. Once a Roman trading town, 脡vora still retains traces of this civilisation, including at the Diana Temple. The Bone Chapel makes for a spooky visit and the aqueduct is also well worth seeing. Get lost in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get to know the city and you only need to head uphill to find yourself back at the Diana Temple.
4 馃殑Evora to Lisbon Entrecampos train
(Book >)
馃殞Lisbon Campo Grande to Obidos bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:06
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 10:27

Arr: 12:00

馃彣Real D’脫bidos (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around Obidos’s town walls making sure not to miss the gorgeous Porta da Vila. Soak up the atmosphere on the town’s cobbled streets. The Rapida Verde bus for Obidos is on Rua Actor Antonio Silva.
5 馃殑Obidos to Coimbra train
(More info >)
Dep: 11:03 Arr: 13:12 馃彣Sapientia Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Easily explored on foot, Coimbra’s highlights include the university, Biblioteca Joanina, the old cathedral and the charming medieval downtown. Don’t miss the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Santa Cruz. Tickets between Obidos and Coimbra cannot be booked in advance.
6 馃殑Coimbra to Porto train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:31 Arr: 10:46 馃彣Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Browse the books in Porto’s Livraria Lello, take in the view from Dom Luis I Bridge, visit the Pal谩cio da Bolsa and scale the Torre dos Cl茅rigos before visiting a port wine cellar in Gaia. Porto is famous for its azulejo tiles – keep an eye out for them when exploring the city (especially in the train station’s portico).
7 Today take a cruise down the Douro River which will take in the Carrapatelo and Crestuma-Lever dams and the charming Douro Valley town of R茅gua from where you’ll return to Porto. From Porto you can also embark on multi-day cruises down the Douro all the way to Spain.
8 鉁圥orto to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Portugal itinerary with the Andalucia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Budget Porto, Portugal
1 鉁圱o Lisbon (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Lisboa Central Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
What to do in Lisbon? Wander around the pretty streets, eat pasteis de nata (I think Manteigaria is the best), taking in Belem and the impressive Padr茫o dos Descobrimentos sculpture on the waterfront. The Metro is the quickest and cheapest way of getting to the centre from the airport.
2 馃殑Lisbon to Sintra train (Book >) Dep: 10:58 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Hostel Nice Way (Book >) All hotels >
Take a tram up to Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon then catch a train to Sintra and visit the spectacular palaces including Pena and the Palace Of Sintra. If you’ve time then walk up to the Castle of the Moors. You may want to stay overnight and visit the beaches of Praia da Ursa and Praia da Adraga. Lisbon’s Bairro Alto is the place to hear Fado music. Tasca do Chico is a great place to go if you don’t want to eat.
3 馃殑Sintra Sete Rios train (Book >)
馃殑Lisbon Sete Rios to 脡vora train
(Book >)
Dep: 10:56
Dep: 11:45
Arr: 11:32
Arr: 13:35
馃彣Hostel Raymundo (Book >) All hotels >
See any sights you missed in Lisbon then depart for 脡vora. Once a Roman trading town, 脡vora still retains traces of this civilisation, including at the Diana Temple. The Bone Chapel makes for a spooky visit and the aqueduct is also well worth seeing. Get lost in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get to know the city and you only need to head uphill to find yourself back at the Diana Temple.
4 馃殑Evora to Lisbon Entrecampos train
(Book >)
馃殞Lisbon Campo Grande to Obidos bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:06
Dep: 11:00
Arr: 10:27

Arr: 12:00

馃彣Hostels Argonauta (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around Obidos’s town walls making sure not to miss the gorgeous Porta da Vila. Soak up the atmosphere on the town’s cobbled streets. The Rapida Verde bus for Obidos is on Rua Actor Antonio Silva.
5 馃殑Obidos to Coimbra train
(More info >)
Dep: 11:03 Arr: 13:12 馃彣The Luggage Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Easily explored on foot, Coimbra’s highlights include the university, Biblioteca Joanina, the old cathedral and the charming medieval downtown. Don’t miss the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Santa Cruz. Tickets between Obidos and Coimbra cannot be booked in advance.
6 馃殑Coimbra to Porto train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:31 Arr: 10:46 馃彣Porto Spot Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
Browse the books in Porto’s Livraria Lello, take in the view from Dom Luis I Bridge, visit the Pal谩cio da Bolsa and scale the Torre dos Cl茅rigos before visiting a port wine cellar in Gaia. Porto is famous for its azulejo tiles – keep an eye out for them when exploring the city (especially in the train station’s portico).
7 Today take a cruise down the Douro River which will take in the Carrapatelo and Crestuma-Lever dams and the charming Douro Valley town of R茅gua from where you’ll return to Porto. Caf茅 Majestic is a bit of a tourist trap, instead wander the side streets and stop in whichever takes your fancy.
8 鉁圥orto to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Portugal itinerary with the Andalucia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
Purple Metro Line E runs to the airport.

馃嚥馃嚘MOROCCO

Meknes, MoroccoMorocco is one of those countries that frequently found itself at the crossroads of history. This is evident in the many ancient and exotic towns and cities. It’s also a great place from which to dip your toes into the Sahara. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Morocco itinerary:

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

Dep: 15:00

Arr: 09:00

Arr: 19:00

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

馃嚬馃嚪WESTERN TURKEY

Istanbul, TurkeyA 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 鉁圛stanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣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 Emin枚n眉 docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kava臒谋 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 馃殞Istanbul to 脟anakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Artur Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar 陌stasyonu for your bus to 脟anakkale. 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. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 馃殞脟anakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 馃彣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 脟anakkale. 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 馃殞Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 馃彣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 dolmu艧 to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 馃殞Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 馃彣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 馃殞Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 馃彣Hotel Barat Lara (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kalei莽i (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 鉁圓ntalya to Kayseri flight
(Book >)
馃殨Kayseri to 脺rg眉p transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

馃彣Kayakapi Premium Caves (Book >) All hotels >
脺rg眉p 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 馃殨脺rg眉p to Kayseri transfer
鉁圞ayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
鉁圛stanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Mid-range Fethiye, Turkey
1 鉁圛stanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣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 Emin枚n眉 docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kava臒谋 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 馃殞Istanbul to 脟anakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Artur Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar 陌stasyonu for your bus to 脟anakkale. 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. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 馃殞脟anakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 馃彣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 脟anakkale. 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 馃殞Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 馃彣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 dolmu艧 to the Blue Lagoon. Consider renting a car in Fethiye for easy travel to and from the beaches.
10 馃殞Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 馃彣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 馃殞Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 馃彣Dogan Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kalei莽i (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 鉁圓ntalya to Kayseri flight
(Book >)
馃殨Kayseri to 脺rg眉p transfer (Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

馃彣Perimasali Cave Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
脺rg眉p 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 馃殨脺rg眉p to Kayseri transfer
鉁圞ayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
鉁圛stanbul to Home
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 08:50
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to Kayseri airport.
Budget Cappadocia, Turkey
1 鉁圛stanbul (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Second Home Hostel(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 Emin枚n眉 docks up the beautiful Bosphorus to Anadolu Kava臒谋 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 馃殞Istanbul to 脟anakkale bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 11:55 馃彣G眉ven Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Hop on the Metro to Otogar 陌stasyonu for your bus to 脟anakkale. Dolmuses leave 脟anakkale 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. Try to visit Troy mid-week to avoid it at its busiest.
5 馃殞脟anakkale to Izmir bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:32 馃彣Piano Hotel (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 脟anakkale. 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 馃殞Izmir to Fethiye bus (Book >) Dep: 10:01 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Sakura Hostel (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 dolmu艧 to the Blue Lagoon. Either dolmus or regular buses can take you to and from the beaches.
10 馃殞Fethiye to Kas bus (Book >) Dep: 09:45 Arr: 11:55 馃彣Meltem Guesthouse (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 馃殞Kas to Antalya bus Dep: Every 1.15 hours Arr: About 4hrs later 馃彣Role Street Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
In Antalya visit the many sights of Kalei莽i (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 馃殞Antalya to G枚reme bus
(Book >)
Dep: 22:00 馃彣Night bus
Chill out on Konyaalti Beach or visit the D眉denb waterfalls before your night bus. Take ear plugs and a sleeping mask for the bus.
13 馃殞Antalya to G枚reme bus Arr: 07:15 馃彣Sato Cave Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
G枚reme 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 馃殞G枚reme to Kayseri bus (Book >)
鉁圞ayseri to Istanbul flight (Book >)
鉁圛stanbul to Home
Dep: 06:15
Dep: Morning
Dep: Evening
Arr: 07:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: Evening
Connect this Western Turkey itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
If you don’t want to get up so early you can book a transfer to Kayseri airport.

馃嚠馃嚬ITALY

Venice, ItalyWith thousands of years of history, this trip to Italy is like visiting a museum for 16 days. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s Italy itinerary:

Luxury Florence, Italy
1 鉁圱o Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Hotel Moresco (Book >) All hotels >
Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. We recommend being at the top when the bells ring! The Orient Express is an unforgettable overnight alternative to flying.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a peaceful ride in a gondola, visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 馃殑Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Altana Relais Verona Boutique Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena.
5 馃殑Verona to Bologna train  (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 馃彣Grand Hotel Majestic (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in. Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al rag霉) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 馃殑Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Ville sull’Arno (Book >) All hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so wear comfortable shoes as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 馃殑Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 馃彣Relais degli Angeli (Book >) All hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 馃殞Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 馃彣The Inn At The Roman Forum (Book >) All hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can stroll around the Forum, just outside your hotel. Catch a taxi in Rome from a taxi stand – you won’t have to wait long. This site provides a handy guide to fares.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. If time, go to the Galleria Borghese. On day 12 take a taxi to the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter鈥檚 Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant鈥橝ngelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 馃殑Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
馃殑Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

馃彣Hotel La Minervetta (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, hire a car and cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Ride the funicolare up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can walk to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 馃殑Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 馃彣Grand Hotel Vesuvio  (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the afternoon go on a half day tour of Pompeii. Book a seat in advance for the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L鈥橝ntica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 鉁圢aples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Italy itinerary with the France, Slovenia & Croatia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
Mid-range Rome, Italy
1 鉁圱o Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Ca’ Bonvicini (Book >) All hotels >
Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. We recommend being at the top when the bells ring! Gondola ride a bit too expensive? Take a short traghetto ride across the Grand Canal instead.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a peaceful ride in a gondola, visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Vaporetto no.1 offers amazing views of Venice from a distance as well as along the Grand Canal. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 馃殑Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Relais Empire (Book >) All hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena.
5 馃殑Verona to Bologna train (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 馃彣Aemilia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in. Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al rag霉) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 馃殑Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 馃彣c-hotels Joy (Book >) All hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so wear comfortable shoes as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 馃殑Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 馃彣I Tetti di Siena (Book >) All hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 馃殞Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 馃彣Palm Gallery Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can make a quick visit Galleria Borghese and surrounding gardens. Catch a taxi in Rome from a taxi stand – you won’t have to wait long. This site provides a handy guide to fares.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Afterwards admire the grand Forum. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. On day 12 take a taxi to the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter鈥檚 Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant鈥橝ngelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 馃殑Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
馃殑Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

馃彣Palazzo Marziale (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, hire a car and cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Ride the funicolare up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can walk to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 馃殑Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 馃彣Week-End A Napoli (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the afternoon go on a half day tour of Pompeii. Book a seat in advance for the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L鈥橝ntica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 鉁圢aples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Italy itinerary with the France, Slovenia & Croatia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
Budget Amalfi Coast, Italy
1 鉁圱o Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Anda Venice (Book >) All hotels >
Your hostel is in Mestre and buses run from just outside to Venice every 10 mins. Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. We recommend being at the top when the bells ring! Gondola ride a bit too expensive? Take a short traghetto ride across the Grand Canal instead.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection,  visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Vaporetto no.1 offers amazing views of Venice from a distance as well as along the Grand Canal. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 馃殑Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 馃彣The Hostello (Book >) All hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena – the cheapest tickets are on the stone steps but on a first-come-first-served basis. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena. Take something to sit on too – the stone steps aren’t comfortable!
5 馃殑Verona to Bologna train (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 馃彣Il Nosadillo (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in (you may want to buy a Bologna Welcome card). Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al rag霉) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 馃殑Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Hostel Gallo d’Oro (Book >) All hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so wear comfortable shoes as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 馃殑Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 馃彣Hostel Guidoriccio (Book >) All hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 馃殞Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 馃彣Meininger Roma Termini (Book >) All hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can stroll around the Forum, just outside your hotel. The Rome Metro is cheap and easy to use. You may want to get a Roma Pass which could save you money on entry tickets and travel.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. If time, go to the Galleria Borghese. On day 12 take the Metro to Cipro station and visit the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter鈥檚 Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant鈥橝ngelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 馃殑Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
馃殑Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

馃彣Ulisse Deluxe Hostel  (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, take a bus along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Walk up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can continue on to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 馃殑Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 馃彣Naples Experience Hostel  (Book >) All hotels >
Take the train to Pompei Scavi to visit the ruined city. In Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the late afternoon go on a guided tour of Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L鈥橝ntica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 鉁圢aples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Italy itinerary with the France, Slovenia & Croatia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.

馃嚥馃嚲MALAYSIA & BORNEO

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

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