🇻🇳 VIETNAM

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

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

🏨La Residence Hotel & Spa
(Book >)
All hotels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 ✈Hue to Hanoi flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel La Siesta (Book >) All hotels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake  at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚕Hanoi to Ha Long City transfer
⛴Ha Long City to Ha Long Bay boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:00 🏨Swan Cruises (Book >) All hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. Your cruise includes excursions such as kayaking
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 ⛴Ha Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
🚕Ha Long City to Hanoi transfer
Arr: 16:30 🏨Hotel La Siesta (Book >) All hotels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to add to this Vietnam itinerary.
14 ✈Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
✈Ho Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the Laos, China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Nha Trang, Vietnam
1 ✈To Ho Chi Minh City (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel L’Odeon (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the War Remnants Museum, bustling Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
3 🚄Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang train (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 16:23 🏨Novotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the view from the window as you glide past tall hills and lush fields on train SE6. Seat 61 recommends buying tickets at least a few days in advance.
4 🚄Nha Trang to Da Nang train (Book >) Dep: 23:51 🏨Train (Book >)
Buzzing Nha Trang is that perfect combination of excellent nightlife, sublime beaches and top notch snorkelling and diving. Take a taxi to the 8th Century Cham Towers on the edge of town.
5 🚄Nha Trang to Da Nang train
🚕Da Nang to Hoi An taxi
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 09:48
Arr: 10:45
🏨Lantana Rivderside (Book >) All hotels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. The views from An Hoi island across the water to town are best viewed from a café or bar at night – spectacular.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 🚕Hoi An to Da Nang taxi
🚄Da Nang to Hue train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

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

Arr: 11:00

🏨Blue Clouds Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
Hoi An packs in a lot to see and do. Hop on a bicycle and explore the countryside, take a cooking class, wander through the old town and visit the Quan Kong Temple, March Gallery, Cau Chua Pagoda and Xu Dang Trong Arts Centre. Buses leave Da Nang for Hoi An every 15 mins from Le Duan street.
6 Not only does Hoi An have temples, pagodas, galleries, cooking schools etc., it also has a stunning beach. Perfect for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The beach is a short cycle ride from town.
7 🚌Hoi An to Da Nang shuttle
🚄Da Nang to Hue train (Book >)
Dep: 11:15

Dep: 12:45

Arr: 12:15

Arr: 15:26

🏨Sweethouse 2 Homestay
(Book >)
All hostels >
Hue is an ancient capital of Vietnam, with evidence of this heritage all around. The Citadel is in the middle of town and comprises four separate cities within. Entrance fee information can be found here.
8 🚄Hue to Hanoi train (Book >) Dep: 16:26 🏨Train
(Book >)
Take a tour along the Perfume River to Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang mausoleum. Don’t miss Truong Tien bridge, built by Gustav Eiffel. When crossing a road in Vietnam walk slowly in a straight line and without stopping – the motorbikes will simply flow around you.
9 🚄Hue to Hanoi train Arr: 05:30 🏨Little Charm Hanoi Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Pack in visits to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda and Temple of Literature. See Hoan Kiem Lake at sunset Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚌Hanoi to Ha Long City shuttle
⛴Ha Long City to Ha Long Bay boat(Book >)
Dep: 08:00 🏨Sunlight Cruise (Book >) All hotels and cruises >
It won’t be long until you’re floating along the serene waters of Halong Bay towards Cap La Island. It is definitely worth spending a little more to get a good quality Halong Bay cruise.
11 Visit Thay cave and Vung Vieng village. You may want to bring your own drinks on board.
12 ⛴Ha Long Bay to Ha Long City boat
🚌Ha Long City to Hanoi shuttle
Arr: 16:30 🏨Little Charm Hanoi Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay to Thien Canh Son Cave. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
13 Take a day tour to meet the hill tribe people in Hoa Binh and Giang Mo villages. It’s possible to journey on to Laos from Hanoi if you wish to add to this Vietnam itinerary
14 ✈Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh flight
✈Ho Chi Minh to home (Book >)
Dep: Night Arr: Morning Connect this Vietnam itinerary with the Laos, China, Cambodia or Thailand itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.

🇨🇱 NORTHERN CHILE

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

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

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

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

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

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

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

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

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

🇯🇵 JAPAN

Mount Fuji, Japan - Japan itineraryAn extensive 16-day Japan itinerary. You’ll see quintessentially Japanese sights and come away with unforgettable memories. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Tokyo, Japan
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before embarking on this Japan itinerary.
4 🚄Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Okaya train
🚄Okaya to Sawando train (Book >)
Dep: 15:00

Dep:
17:50

Arr: 17:29

Dep:
18:48

🏨Keiryu So Shiorie (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Sawando to Tatsuno (Nagano) train
🚄Tatsuno to Shiojiri train
🚄Shiojiri to Nagiso train (Book >)
Dep: 17:36
Dep: 18:23
Dep: 18:50
Arr: 18:19
Arr: 18:44
Arr: 20:28
🏨Hotel Fuki No Mori (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Your JR Pass does not cover ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ bullet trains.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. The hotel onsen will sooth your limbs after your walk.
7 🚄Nagiso to Hiroshima train (Book >) Dep: 08:01 Arr: 09:43 🏨Sheraton Grand (Book >) All hotels >
Head straight for the Hiroshima Peace Museum then stroll around the Peace Memorial Park. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Kyoto train (Book >) Dep: 08:51
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 11:13
Arr: 09:10
Arr: 10:57
Arr: 13:26
🏨Aoi Hotel Kyoto (Book >) All hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle. Sample the delicious food and pick up some souvenirs in Nishiki Market. Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawara train (Book >) Dep: 09:08 Arr: 12:06 🏨Hyatt Regency (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your hotel provides a free shuttle from the station (book in advance).
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >) Dep: 12:36 Arr: 13:10 🏨Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Mid-range Miyajima island, Japan
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before embarking on this Japan itinerary.
4 🚄Tokyo to Nagano train
🚄Nagano to Matsumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

🏨Hotel Dormy Inn Matsumoto  (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Matsumoto to Nagiso train (Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 🏨Hotel Fuki No Mori (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 🚄Nagiso to Nakatsugawa train
🚄Nakatsugawa to Nagoya train
🚄Nagoya to Shin-Osaka train
🚄Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima train (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
🏨Washington Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka train
🚄Shin-Osaka to Kyoto train (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

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

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

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

Dep: 09:52

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

🇪🇸 ANDALUCIA

Andalucia itinerary9 days, 4 unique and fascinating cities. This trip gives you the best of Andalucia and includes palaces, hiking, mosques, cathedrals and lots of tapas! Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Cordoba, Andalucia
1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. Taxis cost €21.90 during the day, €24.41 after 22:00 and on weekends and holidays.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨Balcon de Cordoba (Book >) All hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street.
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨Eurostars Washington Irving (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20.
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 Hire a guide and be shown around the Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Gran Hotel Miramar (Book >) All hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda.
9 ✈Malaga to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.
Mid-range Granada, Andalucia
1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Becquer Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs €4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop).
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨Eurostars Conquistador (Book >) All hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨NH Collection Granada Victoria (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Picasso Suites Málaga (Book >) All hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda
9 ✈Malaga to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.
Budget Malaga, Spain
1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Hostel One Catedral (Book >) All hostels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs €4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop).
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨Hostal La Fuente (Book >) All hostels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street.
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨rooms VITA & BAR (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20.
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨The Urban Jungle Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda.
9 ✈Malaga to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.

🇫🇷🇦🇩 SOUTHERN FRANCE & ANDORRA

Carcassonne - France & Andorra itineraryI’ve packed a lot in to this France & Andorra itinerary, which takes in the best of Aude, Occitanie, the Pyrénées-Orientales, Andorra and even a slice of Catalonia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Toulouse, France
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Pullman Toulouse Center (Book >) All hotels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨Andorra Park Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu bus (Bus L3) Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Your hotel has one of the best spas we’ve seen – perfect for resting weary legs.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus(Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Villa Paulita (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus (Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Mas Latour Lavail (Book >) All hotels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Hotel de la Cite (Book >) All hotels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.
Mid-range Andorra
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Novotel Airport (Book >) All hotels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨NH Hesperia (Book >) All hotels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu (Bus L3) bus Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Sport Hotel Village (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Your hotel gives you access to the spa across the road – perfect for resting weary legs.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus (Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Villa Paulita (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus(Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan train (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Campanile Perpignan Centre (Book >) All hotels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Hotel des Trois Couronnes (Book >) All hotels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. We’ve picked this hotel for its view of the Citadel, if you want to stay in the action then Hotel de la Cite is a luxury option, or Hotel Le Donjon for a smaller budget.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.
Budget Narbonne, France
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨La Petite Auberge de Saint-Sernin  (Book >) All hostels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨Hôtel Font del Marge (Book >) All hostels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu bus (Bus L3) Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Hotel Galanthus & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Bikes can be hired from the gondola lift building.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus (Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Hotel Parada (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus (Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan train (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Myperpignan (Book >) All hostels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Millett Guesthouse (Book >) All hostels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. If you’d like to pay a little more to stay in the citadel then we can recommend Hotel Le Donjon.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.

🇧🇪BRUGES & GHENT

Bruges Markt SquareA long weekend break visiting two of Belgium’s best cities? We have all you need to know below. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Bruges and Ghent travel plan:
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Luxury Bruges
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Hotel de Orangerier (Book >) All hotels >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Pillows Hotel Grand Reylof (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk Taxi to the hotel should cost around €27.
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

Connect this Bruges and Ghent itinerary with the France or Germany itinerary >
Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.
Mid-range Bruges at night
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Hotel Navarra (Book >) All hotels >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Bus 4 or 8 to the centre.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Pillows Hotel Grand Reylof (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk In Ghent take tram 1 from Perron 2, alight at Burgstraat.
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

Connect this Bruges and Ghent itinerary with the France or Germany itinerary >
Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.
Budget Ghent
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Snuffel Hostel (Book >) All rentals >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Hostel Uppelink (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk In Ghent take tram 1 from Perron 2, alight at Burgstraat
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

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Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.

Andalusia

 

1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨 Becquer Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs €4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop)
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order  one or two tapas per person  at a time
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨 Eurostars Conquistador (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨 Collection Granada Victoria (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Picasso Suites Málaga (Book >) See all hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda
9 ✈Malaga to home Dep: 14:25 Arr: 16:20 What did you think of this Andalusia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.