🇨🇳 CHINA

Shanghai, China - China itineraryA 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.
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Luxury Great Wall Of China at Badaling
1 ✈To Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Your first full day of this China itinerary. 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 🚄Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 🏨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 🚄Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
🚄Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
🏨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 🚄Shanghai to Xi’an train (Book >) Dep: 18:46 🏨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 🚄Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 🏨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 🚄Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
🚄Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
🏨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 🚄Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 16:54 Arr: 18:15 🏨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 🚄Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 🏨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 ✈Yichang to Guilin flight (Book >)
🚕Guilin to Yangshuo taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 🚄Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
🚄Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
🏨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. A filter water bottle will come in handy when visiting China and Hong Kong.
19-20 ✈Hong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Trans-Mongolian, Laos, 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 ✈To Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel East (Book >) All hotels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight.
3 Your first full day of this China itinerary. 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 🚄Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 🏨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 🚄Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
🚄Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
🏨Le Méridien 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 🚄Shanghai to Xi’an train (Book >) Dep: 18:46 🏨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 🚄Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 🏨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 🚄Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
🚄Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
🏨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 🚄Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 🏨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 🚄Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 🏨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 ✈Yichang to Guilin flight (Book >)
🚕Guilin to Yangshuo taxi
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨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 🚄Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
🚄Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
🏨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. A filter water bottle will come in handy when visiting China and Hong Kong.
19-20 ✈Hong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Laos, Trans-Mongolian, 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 ✈To Beijing (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Kellys Courtyard (Book >) All hostels >
For the rest of today relax and recover from your flight in this beautiful hostel located in a traditional Hutong.
3 Your first full day of this China itinerary. 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 🚄Beijing Huangtudian to Badaling train Dep: 12:40 Arr: 13:53 🏨Great Wall Cao’s 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 🚄Badaling to Beijing Huangtudian train
🚄Beijing South to Shanghai train(Book >)
Dep: 11:21
Dep: 13:35
Arr: 12:24
Arr: 19:17
🏨The Phoenix (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚄Shanghai to Xi’an train  (Book >) Dep: 18:46 🏨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 🚄Shanghai to Xi’an train Arr: 09:20 🏨Hantang Inn (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚄Xi’an to Chengdu train (Book >)
🚄Chengdu to Emei Shan train (Book >)
Dep: 08:07
Dep: 12:10
Arr: 11:57
Arr: 14:09
🏨Baoguo Temple (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚄Emei Shan to Chengdu train (Book >) Dep: 19:25 Arr: 20:46 🏨POSHPACKER FlipFlop Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚄Chengdu to Chongqing train (Book >) Dep: 15:52 Arr: 17:25 🏨Onboard the ship
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 ✈Yichang to Guilin flight  (Book >)
🚌Guilin to Yangshuo bus
Dep: Morning
Dep: 13:30/15:30
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 14:50/16:50
🏨Yangshuo Sudder Street Guesthouse (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚄Yangshuo to Guangzhou train (Book >)
🚄Guangzhou to Hong Kong train (Book >)
Dep: 09:51
Dep: 12:13
Arr: 11:55
Arr: 13:29
🏨Wontonmeen (Book >) All hostels >
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 ✈Hong Kong to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this China itinerary with the Laos, Trans-Mongolian, Cambodia, 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.

🇮🇹 ITALY

Venice, Italy - Italy itineraryWith thousands of years of history, this Italy itinerary is like visiting a museum for 16 days. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Florence, Italy
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨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. I recommend being at the top when the bells ring! The Orient Express is an unforgettable overnight alternative to flying and a glamorous way to start this Italy itinerary.
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 🚄Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨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 🚄Verona to Bologna train  (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨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 ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨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 bring comfortable shoes on this Italy itinerary as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨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 🚌Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨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’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Hotel La Minervetta (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed on day 12 of this Italy itinerary. 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 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨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’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples 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 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨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. I 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 🚄Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨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 🚄Verona to Bologna train (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨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 ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨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 bring comfortable shoes on this Italy itinerary as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨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 🚌Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨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’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Palazzo Marziale (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed on day 12 of this Italy itinerary. 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 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨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’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples 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 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Combo Venezia (Book >) All hostels >
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. I 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 🚄Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨The Hostello (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚄Verona to Bologna train (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Dopa  Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨Mòsì Firenze (Book >) All hostels >
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 bring comfortable shoes on this Italy itinerary you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨Casa Di Antonella (Book >) All hostels >
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 🚌Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨RomeHello Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Emily Suites (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed on day 12 of this Italy itinerary. 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 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Hostel of the Sun (Book >) All hostels >
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’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples 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.

🇧🇴 BOLIVIA

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

🇪🇨 ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

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

🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA

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

Arr: 19:30

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

Arr: 19:30

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

🇿🇦 SOUTH AFRICA

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

Arr: 16:00

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

Dep: 13:30

Arr: Afternoon

Arr: 16:30

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

🇹🇭 THAILAND

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

🇮🇳 INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

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

Arr: Evening

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

Arr: Evening

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

Arr: Evening

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

🇺🇸 EASTERN USA

New York, USA - eastern USA itineraryFour incredible cities in 11 days. You’ll see historic sights, fascinating museums and places familiar from the silver screen. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Boston, USA
1 ✈To Boston (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Inter-Continental Boston (Book >) All hotels >
Best way to beat jetlag? Have a quick stroll in the city centre – the Theatre District is always buzzing. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, browse Quincy Market, see the daily re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Into beer? The Sam Adams brewery tour is a must, just as Fenway Park is for sports fans. If you’re eligible for an ESTA visa waiver you can apply for one here.
3 See the New England coast on a day trip that takes in seaside villages, historic Kennebunkport and Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Newbury Street is where the locals hang out in Boston and is home to boutique shops and great restaurants.
4 🚄Boston South to New York (Grand Central) train (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨The Pierre (Book >) All hotels >
What a way to arrive! Grand Central Station is a sight to behold, once you’ve taken it in leave your bags at the hotel and start your sightseeing. Book theatre tickets in advance.
5 My top 6 things to do in NYC are:
1. Stroll through Central Park (no need to go north of the reservoir)
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
3. Take a return trip on the free Staten Island ferry
4. Visit MOMA
5. Go up the One World Observatory
6. Walk the length of the High Line (one of my favourite parts of this Eastern USA itinerary!)
Chelsea Market is towards the start/end of the High Line and is a superb place to get lunch.
6 What else to do? Take a boat trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, walk through the Financial District to South Street Seaport, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you’ve time then Brooklyn and Williamsburg are also exciting neighbourhoods.
7 🚄New York (Penn) to Philadelphia train (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 15:55 🏨The Rittenhouse (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to soak up the NYC sights. In Philadelphia plan day 8 with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center. The Philly PHLASH is a good (and cheap) way to get between the sights.
8 Spend most of today looking at the many historic sights in Independence National Historical Park. Find lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market. If you’ve time journey out to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
9 🚄Philadelphia to Washington DC  train (Book >) Dep: 10:12 Arr: 12:01 🏨Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
The United States Capitol and Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum…there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Washington.
10 The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s best art museums and the National Museum of American History is also well worth a visit. Have a relaxing stroll around the Jefferson Memorial. Georgetown Historic District dates back to the early 1700s and is easy to get to. Decide what you want to see before setting out – you could spend months exploring the various attractions that DC has to offer.
11 ✈Washington DC to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Eastern USA itinerary with the USA (California and Nevada) itinerary 
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 9 and 10.
Mid-range Philadelphia, USA
1 ✈To Boston (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨The Lenox (Book >) All hotels >
Best way to beat jetlag? Have a quick stroll in the city centre – the Theatre District is always buzzing. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, browse Quincy Market, see the daily re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Into beer? The Sam Adams brewery tour is a must, just as Fenway Park is for sports fans. If you’re eligible for an ESTA visa waiver you can apply for one here.
3 See the New England coast on a day trip that takes in seaside villages, historic Kennebunkport and Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Newbury Street is where the locals hang out in Boston and is home to boutique shops and great restaurants.
4 🚄Boston South to New York (Grand Central) train (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨Hotel 50 Bowery (Book >) All hotels >
What a way to arrive! Grand Central Station is a sight to behold, once you’ve taken it in leave your bags at the hotel and start your sightseeing. Book theatre tickets in advance.
5 My top 6 things to do in NYC are:
1. Stroll through Central Park (no need to go north of the reservoir)
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
3. Take a return trip on the free Staten Island ferry
4. Visit MOMA
5. Go up the One World Observatory
6. Walk the length of the High Line (one of my favourite parts of this Eastern USA itinerary!)
Chelsea Market is towards the start/end of the High Line and is a superb place to get lunch.
6 What else to do? Take a boat trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, walk through the Financial District to South Street Seaport, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you’ve time then Brooklyn and Williamsburg are also exciting neighbourhoods.
7 🚄New York (Penn) to Philadelphia train (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 15:55 🏨Morris House (Book >) All hotels >
More time this morning to soak up the NYC sights. In Philadelphia plan day 8 with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center. The Philly PHLASH is a good (and cheap) way to get between the sights.
8 Spend most of today looking at the many historic sights in Independence National Historical Park. Find lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market. If you’ve time journey out to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
9 🚄Philadelphia to Washington DC train (Book >) Dep: 10:12 Arr: 12:01 🏨Hotel Hive (Book >) All hotels >
The United States Capitol and Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum…there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Washington.
10 The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s best art museums and the National Museum of American History is also well worth a visit. Have a relaxing stroll around the Jefferson Memorial. Georgetown Historic District dates back to the early 1700s and is easy to get to. Decide what you want to see before setting out – you could spend months exploring the various attractions that DC has to offer.
11 ✈Washington DC to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Eastern USA itinerary with the USA (California and Nevada) itinerary 
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 9 and 10.
Budget Washington DC, USA
1 ✈To Boston (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨HI Boston (Book >) All hostels >
Best way to beat jetlag? Have a quick stroll in the city centre – the Theatre District is always buzzing. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, browse Quincy Market, see the daily re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Into beer? The Sam Adams brewery tour is a must, just as Fenway Park is for sports fans. If you’re eligible for an ESTA visa waiver you can apply for one here.
3 See the New England coast on a day trip that takes in seaside villages, historic Kennebunkport and Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Newbury Street is where the locals hang out in Boston and is home to boutique shops and great restaurants.
4 🚄Boston South to New York (Grand Central) train (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:30 🏨Freehand New York (Book >) All hostels >
What a way to arrive! Grand Central Station is a sight to behold, once you’ve taken it in leave your bags at the hotel and start your sightseeing. Book theatre tickets in advance.
5 My top 6 things to do in NYC are:
1. Stroll through Central Park (no need to go north of the reservoir)
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
3. Take a return trip on the free Staten Island ferry
4. Visit MOMA
5. Go up the One World Observatory
6. Walk the length of the High Line (on of my favourite parts of this Eastern USA itinerary!)
Chelsea Market is towards the start/end of the High Line and is a superb place to get lunch.
6 What else to do? Take a boat trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, walk through the Financial District to South Street Seaport, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you’ve time then Brooklyn and Williamsburg are also exciting neighbourhoods.
7 🚄New York (Penn) to Philadelphia train (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 15:55 🏨Apple Hostels (Book >) All hostels >
More time this morning to soak up the NYC sights. In Philadelphia plan day 8 with a visit to the Independence Visitor Center. The Philly PHLASH is a good (and cheap) way to get between the sights.
8 Spend most of today looking at the many historic sights in Independence National Historical Park. Find lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market. If you’ve time journey out to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
9 🚄Philadelphia to Washington DC train (Book >) Dep: 10:12 Arr: 12:01 🏨Generator Washington DC (Book >) All hostels >
The United States Capitol and Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum…there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Washington.
10 The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s best art museums and the National Museum of American History is also well worth a visit. Have a relaxing stroll around the Jefferson Memorial. Georgetown Historic District dates back to the early 1700s and is easy to get to. Decide what you want to see before setting out – you could spend months exploring the various attractions that DC has to offer.
11 ✈Washington DC to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Eastern USA itinerary with the USA (California and Nevada) itinerary 
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 9 and 10.

🇻🇳 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

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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
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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
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