COSTA RICA

Bursting with wildlife, volcanoes and gorgeous beaches, Costa Rica’s size makes it easy to get around and full of incredible sights. As with many itineraries, so as to optimise the journey the Mid-range version borrows some of the better hotels from the Luxury version and makes savings elsewhere to bring the cost down. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Costa Rica travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Barcel贸 San Jos茅 (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa for entry.
2 The Museo del Oro Precolombino contains many fascinating Pre-Colombian gold exhibits. Stop by the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the ornate interior. You’ll find plenty of things to buy in the Mercado Centrale. ‘Sodas’ are family-run restaurants that serve local food.
3 鉁圫an Jose to Tortuguero (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Once in Tortuguero National Park enjoy a boat tours along the waterways and then, in the evening, go on a guided tour through the hotel grounds. You’ll need to pay a fee before entering the park.
4 Visit Tortuguero Village for a taste of Afro-Caribbean culture, take to the water in a kayak. A canopy tour is a must for thrill seekers and a night-time turtle hatching tour is a must for everyone. Tap water is safe in Costa Rica, but if you’re really worried about stomach problems buy a filter water bottle and top up from taps.
5 鉀达笍馃殣Tortuguero to Arenal (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel Nayara Spa & Gardens (Book >) See all hotels >
Use your last few hours in Tortuguero to see anything you may have missed out on days 3 and 4. From your beautiful hotel in La Fortuna you can often see the lava flows from Arenal volcano. Roads in Costa Rica can be unpaved – be prepared for bumpy rides
6 Go on hikes long or short in Volcano Arenal National Park. When you’ve exhausted yourself visit one of the many thermal spas in the area (I recommend Tabacon Hot Springs) Do you need a guide for hiking here? Not really – park rangers will close trails if they’re unsafe.
7 馃殨鉀达笍馃殨Arenal to Monteverde (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Hotel Belmar (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the afternoon relaxing after the journey from La Fortuna. In the evening go on a guided night walk to meet the areas many nocturnal critters. It can rain even in dry season here – bring good waterproofs. It can also get cold at night.
8 Experience the tree tops via zipline or canopy walk, visit the cloud forest, ride on a very sedate aerial tramway, or see the wildlife from the ground on a guided walk. The Certificate of Sustainable Tourism ranks businesses from 1 to 5 based on their commitment to carbon neutrality.
9 馃殣Monteverde to Playa Panama (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Hotel Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Playa Panama is one of the best beaches in the region and is perfect for swimming. Many businesses close down for the month of October.
10-12 See sea turtles at Playa Grande, visit nearby national parks, go sea kayaking, diving or snorkelling, have a surfing lesson or white water rafting experience…or just do nothing at all on the beach. Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Panama to Liberia (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 08:45
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
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Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Terrazas De Golf (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa for entry.
2 The Museo del Oro Precolombino contains many fascinating Pre-Colombian gold exhibits. Stop by the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the ornate interior. You’ll find plenty of things to buy in the Mercado Centrale. ‘Sodas’ are family-run restaurants that serve local food.
3 鉁圫an Jose to Tortuguero (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Once in Tortuguero National Park enjoy a boat tours along the waterways and then, in the evening, go on a guided tour through the hotel grounds. You’ll need to pay a fee before entering the park.
4 Visit Tortuguero Village for a taste of Afro-Caribbean culture, take to the water in a kayak. A canopy tour is a must for thrill seekers and a night-time turtle hatching tour is a must for everyone. Tap water is safe in Costa Rica, but if you’re really worried about stomach problems buy a filter water bottle and top up from taps.
5 鉀达笍馃殣Tortuguero to Arenal (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel El Silencio del Campo (Book >) See all hotels >
Use your last few hours in Tortuguero to see anything you may have missed out on days 3 and 4. From your hotel you can often see the glow of lava from Arenal volcano. Roads in Costa Rica can be unpaved – be prepared for bumpy rides
6 Go on hikes long or short in Volcano Arenal National Park. When you’ve exhausted yourself visit one of the many thermal spas in the area (I recommend Tabacon Hot Springs) Do you need a guide for hiking here? Not really – park rangers will close trails if they’re unsafe.
7 馃殨鉀达笍馃殨Arenal to Monteverde (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Casa Batsu (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the afternoon relaxing after the journey from La Fortuna. In the evening go on a guided night walk to meet the areas many nocturnal critters. It can rain even in dry season here – bring good waterproofs. It can also get cold at night.
8 Experience the tree tops via zipline or canopy walk, visit the cloud forest, ride on a very sedate aerial tramway, or see the wildlife from the ground on a guided walk. The Certificate of Sustainable Tourism ranks businesses from 1 to 5 based on their commitment to carbon neutrality.
9 馃殣Monteverde to Playa Tamarindo(Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Tamarindo Bay Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
As well as having a beautiful beach, Tamarindo is also a pretty town with excellent resaurants. Many businesses close down for the month of October.
10-12 See sea turtles at Playa Grande, visit nearby national parks, go sea kayaking, diving or snorkelling, have a surfing lesson or white water rafting experience…or just do nothing at all on the beach. Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Tamarindo to Liberia (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 09:00
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
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Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Budget
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hostel Urbano (Book >) See all hotels >
Settle in to your hotel and rest after your journey. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa for entry.
2 The Museo del Oro Precolombino contains many fascinating Pre-Colombian gold exhibits. Stop by the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the ornate interior. You’ll find plenty of things to buy in the Mercado Centrale. ‘Sodas’ are family-run restaurants that serve great value local food.
3 馃殞San Jose to Cariari
馃殞Cariari to La Pavona
鉀达笍La Pavona to Toruguero
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 16:15
Arr: 17:45
馃彣Aracari Garden Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
This bus schedule assumes that you’ll miss the 11:30 Cariara to La Pavona departure (although that bus should wait), but if not then boats to Tortuguero will be waiting at earlier times. Once in Tortuguero National Park go on a guided night tour to see the wildlife. Tap water is safe in Costa Rica, but if you’re really worried about stomach problems buy a filter water bottle and top up from taps.
4 Visit Tortuguero Village for a taste of Afro-Caribbean culture, take to the water in a kayak. A canopy tour is a must for thrill seekers and a night-time turtle hatching tour is a must for everyone. You’ll need to pay a fee before entering the park.
5 鉀达笍馃殣Tortuguero to La Fortuna (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Howler Monkey Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Use your last few hours in Tortuguero to see anything you may have missed out on days 3 and 4. At night in La Fortuna you can often see the lava glow from Arenal volcano. Roads in Costa Rica can be unpaved – be prepared for bumpy rides (especially between
6 Go on hikes long or short in Volcano Arenal National Park. Exhausted? Treat yourself to one of the many thermal spas in the area (I recommend Tabacon Hot Springs) Do you need a guide for hiking here? Not really – park rangers will close trails if they’re unsafe.
7 馃殞La Fortuna to Tilar谩n
馃殞Tilar谩n to Santa Elena (Info >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:00
Arr: 15:00
馃彣OutBox Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing after the journey from La Fortuna. In the evening go on a guided night walk to meet the areas many nocturnal critters. For several dollars more you can shave 5 hrs off your journey with a shuttle-boat-shuttle combination.
8 Experience the tree tops via zipline or canopy walk, visit the cloud forest, ride on a very sedate aerial tramway, or see the wildlife from the ground on a guided walk. It can rain even in dry season here – bring good waterproofs. It can also get cold at night.
9 馃殞Monteverde to Puntarenas (Info >)
鉀达笍Puntarenas to Paquera (Info >)
馃殞Paquera to Montezuma (Info >)
Dep: 06:00
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 16:00
馃彣Proyecto Montezuma Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Situated right on the beach and with plenty of hammocks, the hostel is the perfect place to chill out after that journey. It’s cheaper to bring snorkel equipment from home than to join a tour.
10-12 Visit the nearby waterfall, go sea kayaking, diving or snorkelling, have a surfing lesson…or just do nothing at all on the beach. Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13 馃殞Montezuma to Paquera (Info >)
鉀达笍Paquera to Puntarenas (Info >)
馃殞Puntarenas to San Jose (Info >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 14:00
Dep: 16:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Hostel Urbano (Book >) See all hotels >
Make the most of your last morning on the beach before returning to the capital. Many businesses close down for the month of October.
14-15 鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) What did you think of this Costa Rica itinerary? Leave your feedback below
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SWITZERLAND

If you like mountains, picturesque valleys, cute Alpine scenes, beautiful lakes and excellent public transport, you’re going to love Switzerland. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Switzerland itinerary:

Luxury
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Widder Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel in the lovely Lindenhof district, go for an evening stroll along Niederdorfstrasse. Buy a Swiss Travel Pass in advance as this will include the train journey from the airport.
2 Visit historic Grossm眉nster church and then the Swiss National Museum. Indulge in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and then go to the fascinating horology museum Uhrenmuseum Beyer. In the evening go for a drink at the famous Cabaret Voltaire. Public bicycles are free to use in Zurich – put down a small deposit at the Swiss National Museum and remember to bring ID.
3 馃殑Zurich to Lucerne (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 馃彣Hotel des Balances (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the Old Town then take a trip up Mount Pilatus which, between May and October, can be visited as part of the Golden Round Trip. Back in town a walk across the famous Chapel Bridge is a must, as are the city defences of Musegg Wall. Consider downloading the SBB rail app, for quick and easy reference to the rail system timetable.
4 馃殑Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald
(Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, then enjoy the beautiful train ride to Grindelwald. Here you can take the gondola up to First and enjoy hikes long or short in tremendous mountain scenery (my favourites include to Grosse Scheidegg or Bachalpsee). Pack layers – it can be warm in the valleys but cold up the mountains.
5 Today you’ll embark on one of the most incredible journeys on this planet; two steep train journeys to the mountain-top Jungfraujoch. Later in the afternoon visit the dramatic Gletscherschlucht. Go for a short walk to M枚nchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 馃殑Grindelwald to Zweil眉tschinen
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
馃殹Lauterbrunnen to Gr眉tschalp
馃殑Gr眉tschalp to M眉rren (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 10:44
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
Arr: 10:42
Arr: 10:58
馃彣Hotel Eiger (Book >) See all hotels >
A true test of the perfectly punctual Swiss transport system, this is a journey which you’ll be glued to the window throughout. When you arrive you can enjoy the peaceful alpine village of M眉rren before heading on up the remarkable Schilthorn. The Schilthorn restaurant may not have the most refined cuisine, but it does revolve and is the best place to see the views.
7 馃殑M眉rren to Gr眉tschalp
馃殹Gr眉tschalp to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez
馃殑Spiez to Visp
馃殑Visp to Zermatt
(Book >)
Dep: 09:58
Dep: 10:13
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 11:36
Dep: 12:08
Arr: 10:11
Arr: 10:17
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 11:21
Arr: 12:02
Arr: 13:14
馃彣Hotel The Omnia (Book >) See all hotels >
Another day of picturesque journeys and another day where you end up in glorious mountain scenery. Zermatt is where you come for views of the famous Matterhorn, best seen from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Miss a connection? Not a problem. Trains in Switzerland are frequent.
8 馃殑Zermatt to Visp
馃殑Visp to Montreux
(Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Hotel Victoria (Book >) See all hotels >
Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for your last mountain journey and hike, then depart for Montreux where you can stroll along the lake to Chillon Castle. You are now in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
9 馃殑Montreux to Geneva
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣Hotel D’Angleterre (Book >) See all hotels >
Time for more promenade strolling before departing to Geneva. In Geneva you can walk down to the waterfront to look at the huge fountain, go to St. Pierre Cathedral and climb the towers, see the muddy and clear rivers meet at La Pointe de la Jonction and visit the United Nations building. Get a free Geneva Transport Card from your hotel.
10 Geneva to Home (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.
Mid-range
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Plattenhof (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel in the lovely Lindenhof district, go for an evening stroll along Niederdorfstrasse. Buy a Swiss Travel Pass in advance as this will include the train journey from the airport.
2 Visit historic Grossm眉nster church and then the Swiss National Museum. Indulge in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and then go to the fascinating horology museum Uhrenmuseum Beyer. In the evening go for a drink at the famous Cabaret Voltaire. Public bicycles are free to use in Zurich – put down a small deposit at the Swiss National Museum and remember to bring ID.
3 馃殑Zurich to Lucerne (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 馃彣Keyforge City Apartments Waldst盲tter 8 (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the Old Town then take a trip up Mount Pilatus which, between May and October, can be visited as part of the Golden Round Trip. Back in town a walk across the famous Chapel Bridge is a must, as are the city defences of Musegg Wall. Consider downloading the SBB rail app, for quick and easy reference to the rail system timetable.
4 馃殑Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald
(Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Hotel Alpina (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, then enjoy the beautiful train ride to Grindelwald. Here you can take the gondola up to First and enjoy hikes long or short in tremendous mountain scenery (my favourites include to Grosse Scheidegg or Bachalpsee). Pack layers – it can be warm in the valleys but cold up the mountains.
5 Today you’ll embark on one of the most incredible journeys on this planet; two steep train journeys to the mountain-top Jungfraujoch. Later in the afternoon visit the dramatic Gletscherschlucht. Go for a short walk to M枚nchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 馃殑Grindelwald to Zweil眉tschinen
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
馃殹Lauterbrunnen to Gr眉tschalp
馃殑Gr眉tschalp to M眉rren (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Dep: 10:38
Dep: 10:44
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
Arr: 10:42
Arr: 10:58
馃彣Eiger Guesthouse(Book >) See all hotels >
A true test of the perfectly punctual Swiss transport system, this is a journey which you’ll be glued to the window throughout. When you arrive you can enjoy the peaceful alpine village of M眉rren before heading on up the remarkable Schilthorn. The Schilthorn restaurant may not have the most refined cuisine, but it does revolve and is the best place to see the views.
7 馃殑M眉rren to Gr眉tschalp
馃殹Gr眉tschalp to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez
馃殑Spiez to Visp
馃殑Visp to Zermatt
(Book >)
Dep: 09:58
Dep: 10:13
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 11:36
Dep: 12:08
Arr: 10:11
Arr: 10:17
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 11:21
Arr: 12:02
Arr: 13:14
馃彣Hotel Bella Vista (Book >) See all hotels >
Another day of picturesque journeys and another day where you end up in glorious mountain scenery. Zermatt is where you come for views of the famous Matterhorn, best seen from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Miss a connection? Not a problem. Trains in Switzerland are frequent.
8 馃殑Zermatt to Visp
馃殑Visp to Montreux
(Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Golf Hotel Ren茅 Capt (Book >) See all hotels >
Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for your last mountain journey and hike, then depart for Montreux where you can stroll along the lake to Chillon Castle. You are now in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
9 馃殑Montreux to Geneva
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣Starling Residence Gen猫ve (Book >) See all hotels >
Time for more promenade strolling before departing to Geneva. In Geneva you can walk down to the waterfront to look at the huge fountain, go to St. Pierre Cathedral and climb the towers, see the muddy and clear rivers meet at La Pointe de la Jonction and visit the United Nations building. Get a free Geneva Transport Card from your hotel.
10 Geneva to Home (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.
Budget
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Youthhostel Zurich (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel in the lovely Lindenhof district, go for an evening stroll along Niederdorfstrasse. Using buses for some of your journeys means you can get a Swiss Travel Pass for 4 days of train travel and then a single additional train ticket to Geneva on day 9.
2 Visit historic Grossm眉nster church and then the Swiss National Museum. Indulge in some shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and then go to the fascinating horology museum Uhrenmuseum Beyer. In the evening go for a drink at the famous Cabaret Voltaire. Public bicycles are free to use in Zurich – put down a small deposit at the Swiss National Museum and remember to bring ID.
3 馃殞Zurich to Lucerne (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 10:40 馃彣Barabas Luzern (Book >) See all hotels >
Explore the Old Town then take a trip up Mount Pilatus which, between May and October, can be visited as part of the Golden Round Trip. Back in town a walk across the famous Chapel Bridge is a must, as are the city defences of Musegg Wall. 脛ss-Bar is a new concept in Switzerland and is a chain of stores that collects bread and pastries just at the end of their sell-buy dates and sells on at low prices.
4 馃殑Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald
(Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Youthhostel Grindelwald (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, then enjoy the beautiful train ride to Grindelwald. Here you can take the gondola up to First and enjoy hikes long or short in tremendous mountain scenery (my favourites include to Grosse Scheidegg or Bachalpsee). Pack layers – it can be warm in the valleys but cold up the mountains.
5 Today you’ll embark on one of the most incredible journeys on this planet; two steep train journeys to the mountain-top Jungfraujoch. Later in the take the 122 bus to the dramatic Gletscherschlucht. Go for a short walk to M枚nchsjoch Hut when you reach Jungfraujoch
6 馃殑Grindelwald to Zweil眉tschinen
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
馃彣Valley Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
After a beautiful journey hike to Tr眉mmelbach Falls. If you can afford the fare, take the cable car to the lovely village of M眉rren and on to the remarkable Schilthorn. Your hostel has a kitchen – save money by buying food in the Coop supermarket in town.
7 馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez
馃殑Spiez to Visp
馃殑Visp to Zermatt
(Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 11:00
Dep: 11:36
Dep: 12:08
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 11:21
Arr: 12:02
Arr: 13:14
馃彣Youthhostel Zermatt (Book >) See all hotels >
Another day of picturesque journeys and another day where you end up in glorious mountain scenery. Zermatt is where you come for views of the famous Matterhorn, best seen from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. If you’re staying a few nights with Swiss Youth Hostels then consider membership which can save you money.
8 馃殑Zermatt to Visp
馃殑Visp to Montreux
(Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Youthhostel Montreux (Book >) See all hotels >
Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for your last mountain journey and hike, then depart for Montreux where you can stroll along the lake to Chillon Castle. You are now in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
9 馃殑Montreux to Geneva
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣City Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Time for more promenade strolling before departing to Geneva. In Geneva you can walk down to the waterfront to look at the huge fountain, go to St. Pierre Cathedral and climb the towers, see the muddy and clear rivers meet at La Pointe de la Jonction and visit the United Nations building. Get a free Geneva Transport Card from your hotel.
10 Geneva to Home (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.

GERMANY

This is the sort of journey where you will sometimes feel as though you’re in a fairytale, with cute towns, waterfall-strewn mountains and beautiful castles everywhere. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Germany itinerary:

Luxury
1 To Berlin (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel am Steinplatz (Book >) See all hotels >
Home of the German national parliament, the Reichstag building and its glass dome is a great way to start your visit to this country. Just next to this is the iconic Brandenburg Gate, thought-provoking Holocaust memorial and leafy Tiergarten. A free walking tour is an excellent way in which to get to know Berlin (don’t forget to tip!)
2 A full day in which to finish seeing the sights of Berlin, starting with the buzzing Gendarmenmarkt. Nearby is the Nazi book burning memorial at Bebelplatz and, just along from there, Museum Island. Alexanderplatz is a short walk from there – here you can take a ride to the top of the Television Tower. A 30 min walk or 15 min taxi ride away is the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Stra脽e. A public transport day pass is a good value way of getting about if you don’t wish to walk. The WelcomeCard may also save you money if you plan to visit several sights.
3 馃殑Berlin to Hamburg (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 11:24 馃彣Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Book >) See all hotels >
Oncde you arrive into Hamburg head straight for Miniatur Wanderland and be awed by the world’s largest miniature railway. Pick up a bargain in bustling Flohschanze market or visit the institutions along Museum Mile, including the Kunsthalle and Deichtorhallen. The Speicherstadt area is fun to wonder around in the evening Planning to visit all of the Museum Mile museums? The Kunstmeile Card is great value for money.
4 馃殑Hamburg to Cologne
(Book >)
Dep: 08:49 Arr: 13:16 馃彣Excelsior Hotel Ernst (Book >) See all hotels >
In the mood for more museums? Museum Ludwig is one of the best in Cologne. If you’re feeling energetic then scale the 500 steps up the tower of magnificent Cologne Cathedral. The Belgian District is a great place to find dinner. Missed the view on the way in? The Hohenzollern Bridge is an excellent place from which to look over Cologne.
5 馃殑Cologne Koblenz
馃殑Koblenz to Boppard
(Book >)
鉀达笍Boppard to Mainz (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:16
Arr: 12:44
Arr: 20:30
馃彣Hyatt Regency (Book >) See all hotels >
Wander around Cologne’s Old Town in the morning then take the train to Boppard from where you will embark on a wonderful cruise down the Rhine to Mainz. You can start your cruise from Cologne, but this would add an extra day to your trip.
6 馃殑Mainz to Mannheim
馃殑Mannheim to Baden-Baden
(Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
馃彣Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa (Book >) See all hotels >
Mainz’s Marktplatz is the place to go for history lovers, lovely cafes and views of the cathedral. Baden-Baden is famous for its spas, so spend the rest of today indulging in its healing waters. Buying an InterRail pass could be a good way to reduce the price of train travel.
7 Hire a car and spend the day exploring the Black Forest, starting out along the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse road to Triberg Friedrichsbad is the most famous spa in town – but be prepared to get naked.
8 馃殑Baden-Baden to Augsburg
馃殑Augsburg to F眉ssen
(Book >)
Dep: 07:48
Dep: 11:03
Arr: 10:39
Arr: 12:55
馃彣Hotel Sonne (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you arrive in F眉ssen ditch your bags then walk or take a taxi to the spectacular Neuschwanstein castle. Book your tickets to the castle in advance.
9 馃殑F眉ssen to Kaufbeuren
馃殑Kaufbeuren to Munich
(Book >)
Dep: 09:05
Dep: 10:08
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 11:06
馃彣The Charles Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Marienplatz is the heart of Munich – be here at 11am, midday or 5pm to see the Glockenspiel clock and carousel of dancing figures. Nearby is St Peter鈥檚 Church from where you can get great views of the city from the tower. Gran some lunch at Viktualienmarkt then visit the ornate Baroque interior of Asam Church. Walk to the historic Hofbr盲uhaus and sample some local nectar, then take a look inside Frauenkirche. Let a guide take you to the sights and tell you some fascinating tales of the city on a free walking tour.
10 Visit some must-see Munich museums, including Glyptothek,聽Museum Brandhorst, the popular Deutsches Museum, the fascinating and emotive NS-Dokumentationszentrum and the huge collection of art in Pinakothek. In need of some air? The Englischer Garten is a lovely park and features the Eisbachwelle – a wave on a swift river that attracts surfers. Many of Munich’s museums are free or just 鈧1 on Sundays.
11 馃殑Munich to Freilassing
馃殑Freilassing to Berchtesgaden
(Book >)
Dep: 09:55
Dep: 11:40
Arr: 11:33
Arr: 12:28
馃彣Kempinski (Book >) See all hotels >
Berchtesgaden is a scenic town in the mountains, from where you can hike, take bus #839, 841 or 843 to nearby Lake K枚nigssee, or get to the top of the Eagle’s Nest. As a visitor to Berchtesgaden you pay visitor tax, but this also gets you a free ‘Kurkarte’ touist card which can be used on most local buses.
12 馃殑Berchtesgaden to Freilassing
馃殑Freilassing to Munich
(Book >)
Dep: 15:32
Dep: 16:24
Arr: 16:20
Arr: 18:06
馃彣The Charles Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
More time today to see the Berchtesgaden sights you missed out on yesterday. Try a delicious local Kn枚del (dumpling).
13 Munich to Home (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Evening
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Cheapest return trains go via Frankfurt and Brussels.
Mid-range
1 To Berlin (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Boutique Hotel i31 (Book >) See all hotels >
Home of the German national parliament, the Reichstag building and its glass dome is a great way to start your visit to this country. Just next to this is the iconic Brandenburg Gate, thought-provoking Holocaust memorial and leafy Tiergarten. A free walking tour is an excellent way in which to get to know Berlin (don’t forget to tip!)
2 A full day in which to finish seeing the sights of Berlin, starting with the buzzing Gendarmenmarkt. Nearby is the Nazi book burning memorial at Bebelplatz and, just along from there, Museum Island. Alexanderplatz is a short walk from there – here you can take a ride to the top of the Television Tower. A 30 min walk or 15 min taxi ride away is the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Stra脽e. A public transport day pass is a good value way of getting about if you don’t wish to walk. The WelcomeCard may also save you money if you plan to visit several sights.
3 馃殑Berlin to Hamburg (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 11:24 馃彣Hotel Volksschule (Book >) See all hotels >
Oncde you arrive into Hamburg head straight for Miniatur Wanderland and be awed by the world’s largest miniature railway. Pick up a bargain in bustling Flohschanze market or visit the institutions along Museum Mile, including the Kunsthalle and Deichtorhallen. The Speicherstadt area is fun to wonder around in the evening Planning to visit all of the Museum Mile museums? The Kunstmeile Card is great value for money.
4 馃殑Hamburg to Cologne
(Book >)
Dep: 08:49 Arr: 13:16 馃彣Stern am Rathaus (Book >) See all hotels >
In the mood for more museums? Museum Ludwig is one of the best in Cologne. If you’re feeling energetic then scale the 500 steps up the tower of magnificent Cologne Cathedral. The Belgian District is a great place to find dinner. Missed the view on the way in? The Hohenzollern Bridge is an excellent place from which to look over Cologne.
5 馃殑Cologne Koblenz
馃殑Koblenz to Boppard
(Book >)
鉀达笍Boppard to Mainz (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:16
Arr: 12:44
Arr: 20:30
馃彣Hotel Hammer (Book >) See all hotels >
Wander around Cologne’s Old Town in the morning then take the train to Boppard from where you will embark on a wonderful cruise down the Rhine to Mainz. You can start your cruise from Cologne, but this would add an extra day to your trip.
6 馃殑Mainz to Mannheim
馃殑Mannheim to Baden-Baden
(Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
馃彣Hotel Rebstock (Book >) See all hotels >
Mainz’s Marktplatz is the place to go for history lovers, lovely cafes and views of the cathedral. Baden-Baden is famous for its spas, so spend the rest of today indulging in its healing waters. Buying an InterRail pass could be a good way to reduce the price of train travel.
7 Hire a car and spend the day exploring the Black Forest, starting out along the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse road to Triberg Friedrichsbad is the most famous spa in town – but be prepared to get naked.
8 馃殑Baden-Baden to Augsburg
馃殑Augsburg to F眉ssen
(Book >)
Dep: 07:48
Dep: 11:03
Arr: 10:39
Arr: 12:55
馃彣Hotel Sonne (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you arrive in F眉ssen ditch your bags then walk or take a taxi to the spectacular Neuschwanstein castle. Book your tickets to the castle in advance.
9 馃殑F眉ssen to Kaufbeuren
馃殑Kaufbeuren to Munich
(Book >)
Dep: 09:05
Dep: 10:08
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 11:06
馃彣Aloft (Book >) See all hotels >
Marienplatz is the heart of Munich – be here at 11am, midday or 5pm to see the Glockenspiel clock and carousel of dancing figures. Nearby is St Peter鈥檚 Church from where you can get great views of the city from the tower. Gran some lunch at Viktualienmarkt then visit the ornate Baroque interior of Asam Church. Walk to the historic Hofbr盲uhaus and sample some local nectar, then take a look inside Frauenkirche. Let a guide take you to the sights and tell you some fascinating tales of the city on a free walking tour.
10 Visit some must-see Munich museums, including Glyptothek,聽Museum Brandhorst, the popular Deutsches Museum, the fascinating and emotive NS-Dokumentationszentrum and the huge collection of art in Pinakothek. In need of some air? The Englischer Garten is a lovely park and features the Eisbachwelle – a wave on a swift river that attracts surfers. Many of Munich’s museums are free or just 鈧1 on Sundays.
11 馃殑Munich to Freilassing
馃殑Freilassing to Berchtesgaden
(Book >)
Dep: 09:55
Dep: 11:40
Arr: 11:33
Arr: 12:28
馃彣Alpinhotel Berchtesgaden (Book >) See all hotels >
Berchtesgaden is a scenic town in the mountains, from where you can hike, take bus #839, 841 or 843 to nearby Lake K枚nigssee, or get to the top of the Eagle’s Nest. As a visitor to Berchtesgaden you pay visitor tax, but this also gets you a free ‘Kurkarte’ touist card which can be used on most local buses.
12 馃殑Berchtesgaden to Freilassing
馃殑Freilassing to Munich
(Book >)
Dep: 15:32
Dep: 16:24
Arr: 16:20
Arr: 18:06
馃彣Aloft (Book >) See all hotels >
More time today to see the Berchtesgaden sights you missed out on yesterday. Try a delicious local Kn枚del (dumpling).
13 Munich to Home (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Evening
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Cheapest return trains go via Frankfurt and Brussels.
Budget
1 To Berlin (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Grand Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Home of the German national parliament, the Reichstag building and its glass dome is a great way to start your visit to this country. Just next to this is the iconic Brandenburg Gate, thought-provoking Holocaust memorial and leafy Tiergarten. A free walking tour is an excellent way in which to get to know Berlin (don’t forget to tip!)
2 A full day in which to finish seeing the sights of Berlin, starting with the buzzing Gendarmenmarkt. Nearby is the Nazi book burning memorial at Bebelplatz and, just along from there, Museum Island. Alexanderplatz is a short walk from there – here you can take a ride to the top of the Television Tower. A 30 min walk or 15 min taxi ride away is the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Stra脽e. A public transport day pass is a good value way of getting about if you don’t wish to walk. The WelcomeCard may also save you money if you plan to visit several sights.
3 馃殞Berlin to Hamburg (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel (Book >) See all hotels >
Oncde you arrive into Hamburg head straight for Miniatur Wanderland and be awed by the world’s largest miniature railway. Pick up a bargain in bustling Flohschanze market or visit the institutions along Museum Mile, including the Kunsthalle and Deichtorhallen. The Speicherstadt area is fun to wonder around in the evening Planning to visit all of the Museum Mile museums? The Kunstmeile Card is great value for money.
4 馃殑Hamburg to Cologne
(Book >)
Dep: 08:49 Arr: 13:16 馃彣K枚ln – Riehl City Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
In the mood for more museums? Museum Ludwig is one of the best in Cologne. If you’re feeling energetic then scale the 500 steps up the tower of magnificent Cologne Cathedral. The Belgian District is a great place to find dinner. Missed the view on the way in? The Hohenzollern Bridge is an excellent place from which to look over Cologne.
5 馃殑Cologne to Koblenz
馃殑Koblenz to Boppard
(Book >)
鉀达笍Boppard to Mainz (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:16
Arr: 12:44
Arr: 20:30
馃彣Hotel Garni am Hechenberg (Book >) See all hotels >
Wander around Cologne’s Old Town in the morning then take the bus to Mainz You can start your cruise from Cologne, but this would add an extra day to your trip.
6 馃殑Mainz to Mannheim
馃殑Mannheim to Baden-Baden
(Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
馃彣Guesthouse Nathalie Leser (Book >) See all hotels >
Mainz’s Marktplatz is the place to go for history lovers, lovely cafes and views of the cathedral. Baden-Baden is famous for its spas, so spend the rest of today indulging in its healing waters. Buying an InterRail pass could be a good way to reduce the price of train travel.
7 馃殑Baden-Baden to Triberg
(Book >)
Dep: 13:56 Arr: 15:02 馃彣Hotel Adler(Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy more time in Baden-Baden before travelling to Triberg where you can hike up to a spectacular waterfall and see the world’s largest cuckoo clock. Friedrichsbad is the most famous spa in town – but be prepared to get naked.
8 馃殑Triberg to Ulm
馃殑Ulm to Augsberg
馃殑Augsburg to F眉ssen
(Book >)
Dep: 06:40
Dep: 10:12
Dep: 11:03
Arr: 09:41
Arr: 10:53
Arr: 12:55
馃彣Old Kings Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Once you arrive in F眉ssen ditch your bags then walk or take a taxi to the spectacular Neuschwanstein castle. Book your tickets to the castle in advance.
9 馃殑F眉ssen to Kaufbeuren
馃殑Kaufbeuren to Munich
(Book >)
Dep: 09:05
Dep: 10:08
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 11:06
馃彣Wombats City Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Marienplatz is the heart of Munich – be here at 11am, midday or 5pm to see the Glockenspiel clock and carousel of dancing figures. Nearby is St Peter鈥檚 Church from where you can get great views of the city from the tower. Gran some lunch at Viktualienmarkt then visit the ornate Baroque interior of Asam Church. Walk to the historic Hofbr盲uhaus and sample some local nectar, then take a look inside Frauenkirche. Let a guide take you to the sights and tell you some fascinating tales of the city on a free walking tour.
10 Visit some must-see Munich museums, including Glyptothek,聽Museum Brandhorst, the popular Deutsches Museum, the fascinating and emotive NS-Dokumentationszentrum and the huge collection of art in Pinakothek. In need of some air? The Englischer Garten is a lovely park and features the Eisbachwelle – a wave on a swift river that attracts surfers. Many of Munich’s museums are free or just 鈧1 on Sundays.
11 馃殞Munich to Berchtesgaden
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr: 10:20 馃彣Hotel Rottl-sepp (Book >) See all hotels >
Berchtesgaden is a scenic town in the mountains, from where you can hike, take bus #839, 841 or 843 to nearby Lake K枚nigssee, or get to the top of the Eagle’s Nest. As a visitor to Berchtesgaden you pay visitor tax, but this also gets you a free ‘Kurkarte’ touist card which can be used on most local buses.
12 馃殞Berchtesgaden to Munich
(Book >)
Dep: 17:25 Arr: 20:25 馃彣Wombats City Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
More time today to see the Berchtesgaden sights you missed out on yesterday. Try a delicious local Kn枚del (dumpling).
13 Munich to Home (鉁Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Evening
Dep: Morning
Arr: Evening
Arr: Afternoon
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Cheapest return trains go via Frankfurt and Brussels.

WESTERN TURKEY

A land of huge contrasts, from the minarets, markets and mosques of Istanbul, to the beaches of the Med, to the weird rock formations of Cappadocia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s my Western Turkey blog post and here below is your travel plan:

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

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

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

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

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

MALAYSIA & BORNEO

Pristine jungle, perfect beaches, breathtaking wildlife, ancient temples…Malaysia is amazing value for money. We’ve also added a trip to unmissable Borneo at the end, should you have the time to fully explore this country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Thailand travel plan:

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

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

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

An amazing, varied journey through this small country that packs a punch. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Ecuador & Galapagos travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Guayaquil (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Wyndham (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, admire the old buildings of Las Pe帽as Guayaquil is hot and humid – stay hydrated!
3 馃殑Guayaquil to Alaus铆 (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣El Molino hotel
Embark on your all-inclusive train journey, starting on a restored steam locomotive. You’ll pass fruit plantations and then board a bus into the Andes. Hotels are included in the price of your Tren Ecuador ticket.
4 馃殑Alaus铆 to Riobamba Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Andaluza hotel
New day, new train! You’ll ride the rails along the famous Devil’s Nose then return to Alaus铆 for a colourful market. Another steam train pulls you to Colta and onwards through verdab=nt fields where you may catch a glimpse of the immense Chimborazo volcano. Wear layers – temperatures can vary greatly, especially when travelling through different altitudes.
5 馃殑Riobamba to Latacunga Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Cienega hotel
Meet the inhabitants of La Moya then experience the beautiful Paramo ecosystem before travelling by train past Cotopaxi volcano. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 馃殑Latacunga to Quito Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Swissotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’ll take a relaxed walk in Cotopaxi National Park before boarding the train to a traditional hacienda. Take a good camera to make the most of the wildlife in the Park.
7-8 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
9 鉁圦uito to Galapagos (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Angermeyer Waterfront Inn (Book >) See 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 鉁圙alapagos to Mainland (Book >)
Ecuador to Home
Dep: Morning
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Morning (next day)
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You may wish to book an extra night in Quito or Guayaquil.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotsel Casa Montero (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 馃殞Quito to Tena

馃殞Tena to Misahuall铆

Dep: 10:30

14:30

Arr: 14:00

15:15

馃彣Misahuall铆 Amazon Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuall铆’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 馃殞Misahuall铆 to Tena
馃殞Tena to Banos
Dep: 09:30

10:30

Arr:

10:15

14:30

馃彣La Casa Verde (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 馃殞Banos to Riobamba

馃殞Riobamba to Alausi

Dep:

08:00

10:45

Arr: 10:00

12:55

馃彣Noris Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30) Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 馃殞Alausi to Riobamba

馃殞Riobamba to Guayaquil

Dep:

09:50

12:00

Arr:

11:50

17:25

馃彣Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000 Get the hotel to book your taxi and arrange a time for it to take you back.
9 鉁圙uayaquil to Galapagos(Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 馃彣Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

See all hotels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 馃洢锔廝uerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 馃彣Casita de la Playa (Book >) See 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 to protect reef and animals.
13 馃洢锔廝uerto Villamil to Santa Cruz Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

See all hotels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 馃洢锔廠anta Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno  Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 馃彣Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

See 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 鉁圙alapagos to Quito (Book >)

鉁圦uito to Home

Dep: Morning

Evening

Arr: Afternoon

Morning (next day)

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Taxis to the airport cost under $2.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Masaya Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Buses depart every 15 mins to Rio Coca terminal and cost $2.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 馃殞Quito to Tena
馃殞Tena to Misahuall铆
Dep: 10:30
14:30
Arr: 14:00
15:15
馃彣Hostal El Paisano (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuall铆’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 馃殞Misahuall铆 to Tena
馃殞Tena to Banos
Dep: 09:30
10:30
Arr:
10:15
14:30
馃彣Balcon Del Cielo (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 馃殞Banos to Riobamba
馃殞Riobamba to Alausi
Dep:
08:00
10:45
Arr: 10:00
12:55
馃彣Community Hostal (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30) Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 馃殞Alausi to Riobamba
馃殞Riobamba to Guayaquil
Dep:
09:50
12:00
Arr:
11:50
17:25
馃彣DreamKapture Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000 Ask the hostel to book your taxis.
9 Guayaquil to Galapagos (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 馃彣La Mirada Del Solitario George
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 馃洢锔廝uerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 馃彣Hostal Villamil (Book >) See 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 to protect reef and animals.
13 馃洢锔廝uerto Villamil to Santa Cruz Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 馃彣Capitan Max B&B
(Book >)
See all hotels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 馃洢锔廠anta Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 馃彣Casa De Jeimy
(Book >)
See 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 鉁圥uerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito (Book >)
鉁圦uito to Home
Dep: Morning
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Morning (next day)
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Taxis to the airport cost under $2.

BRAZIL

The best bits of Brazil with every details you need. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Brazil travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Aram Yami Hotel聽 (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take聽the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Pra莽a and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 鉁圫alvador to Manaus(Book >) Dep: 16:45 Arr: 21:30 馃彣Villa Amaz么nia (Book >) See all hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 鉀达笍Manaus to Amazon (Book >) Dep: 08:30 馃彣Jungle lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 鉀达笍Amazon to Manaus Arr: 17:00 馃彣Villa Amaz么nia (Book >) See all hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Book a taxi to the airport with your hostel.
7 鉁圡anaus to Rio (Book >) Dep: 15:25 Arr: 20:25 馃彣Belmond Copacabana Palace聽 (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in nearby neighbourhoods and, of course, experience the beach in front of your hotel. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 馃殞Rio to Angra dos Reis
鉀达笍Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande(Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

馃彣Sagu Mini Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Vila do Abra茫o beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 鉀达笍Ilha Grande to聽Angra dos Reis
馃殞Angra dos Reis to Paraty (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Casa Turqesa (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 馃殞Paraty to Sao Paulo (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Hotel Fasano(Book >) See all hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 鉁圫ao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu (Book >) Dep: 16:10 Arr: 17:40 馃彣Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 鉁團oz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening What did you think of this Brazil itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Mar Brasil Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Pra莽a and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 鉁圫alvador to Manaus (Book >) Dep: 16:45 Arr: 21:30 馃彣Hotel Intercity (Book >) See all hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 鉀达笍Manaus to Amazon (Book >) Dep: 08:30 馃彣Jungle lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 鉀达笍Amazon to Manaus Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel Intercity (Book >) See all hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Book a taxi to the airport with your hostel.
7 鉁圡anaus to Rio (Book >) Dep: 15:25 Arr: 20:25 馃彣Ipanema Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in your neighbourhood and, of course, hit the beaches. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 馃殞Rio to Angra dos Reis
鉀达笍Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande(Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

馃彣Pousada Portal do Sol
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Vila do Abra茫o beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 鉀达笍Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis
馃殞Angra dos Reis to Paraty (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Pousada do Ouro (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 馃殞Paraty to Sao Paulo (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Royal Jardins (Book >) See all hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 鉁圫ao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu (Book >) Dep: 16:10 Arr: 17:40 馃彣Che Lagarto Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 鉁團oz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening What did you think of this Brazil itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Bahiacafe (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Pra莽a and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 鉁圫alvador to Manaus (Book >) Dep: 16:45 Arr: 21:30 馃彣Local Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 鉀达笍Manaus to Amazon (Book >) Dep: 08:30 馃彣Jungle lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 鉀达笍Amazon to Manaus Arr: 17:00 馃彣Local Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Book a taxi to the airport with your hostel.
7 鉁圡anaus to Rio (Book >) Dep: 15:25 Arr: 20:25 馃彣Villa 25 (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in your neighbourhood and, of course, hit the beaches. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 馃殞Rio to Angra dos Reis
鉀达笍Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande(Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

馃彣Biergarten Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Vila do Abra茫o beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 鉀达笍Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis
馃殞Angra dos Reis to Paraty (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Pousada Casa do Rio (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 馃殞Paraty to Sao Paulo (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Sao Paulo Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 鉁圫ao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu (Book >) Dep: 16:10 Arr: 17:40 馃彣Che Lagarto Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. Take bus 120 into the city.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 鉁團oz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening What did you think of this Brazil itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Bus to the airport takes about 30 mins.

ETHIOPIA

An itinerary packed with incredible sights. A real adventure which will be hugely rewarding. Because of the limited choice of accommodation there is only one version of this itineray. Here’s your Ethiopia travel plan:

1 鉁圱o Addis Ababa (Book >)
鉁圓ddis to Lalibela (Book >)
Dep: 20:15 馃彣 In flight!
2 Dep: 08:10 Arr: 06:50
Arr: 09:10
馃彣Harbe Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Flights to Lalibela depart on Monday and Friday only
3 Your hotel is close to all the sights, including the 11 rock-hewn churches in town. Any additional time should be spent visiting Yemrehanna Kristos and/or one of the nearby monasteries. At an altitude of 2,600m be prepared for cold and breathlessness.
4 鉁圠alibela to Axum(Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 11:25 馃彣Sabean International Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Must-sees include the Ruins of Aksum and the Northern Stelae Field. Guides can be arranged at the tourist info.
5 馃殞Axum to Shire Dep: Any time before 6pm Arr: Any time 馃彣Gebar Shire Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
There’s not much to see in Shire so spend more time soaking up Axum’s sights. Minibuses depart for Shire through the day until 6pm.
6 馃殞Shire to Debark Dep: 05:30-06:00 Arr: c.10hrs later 馃彣Limalimo Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
After a long journey enjoy the luxuries of the lodge and the incredible view. This is a rough road, take travel sickness pills if you need!
7 Every visitor to the Simien Mountains park has to pay for a park scout, make the most of them and embark on a full-day hike. Extend your trip a few days by embarking on a 4-5 day hike.
8 馃殞Debark to Gondar Dep: Any time Arr: Any time 馃彣Mayleko Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Fit another trek in before journeying to Gondar Limalimo Lodge can arange a shuttle to Gondar
9 Spend the day exploring the Royal Enclosure (Fasil Ghebbi). Don’t-miss sights include Fasiladas鈥 Palace, Palace of Iyasu I and Debre Berhan Selassie Church. When ordering wat (curry) be sure to ask for the more tasty kai wat – alicha wat can be very bland!
10 馃殞Gondar to Bahar Dar Dep: Every hr on the hr in the AM Arr: 3-4hrs later 馃彣Delano Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a relaxing cruise on the lake to one of the island monasteries. Boats on Lake Tana have fixed rates – be wary of hustlers.
11 鉁圔ahar Dar to Addis Ababa (Book >)< Dep: Every hr on the hr in the AM Arr: 3-4hrs later 馃彣Caravan Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a relaxing cruise on the lake to one of the island monasteries. Boats on Lake Tana have fixed rates – be wary of hustlers.
12 鉁圓ddis Ababa to home Dep: 14:25 Arr: 16:20 What did you think of this Ethiopia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Visitthe Lucy replica in the National Museum and the excellent聽Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

SLOVENIA & CROATIA

Action-packed itinerary that takes in mountains, lakes, cities, national parks and stunning Croatian beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Slovenia and Croatia travel plan:

Luxury
1 鉁圱o Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 馃彣Hotel Cubo (Book >) See all hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Book your transfer to the hotel.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 馃殞Ljubljana to Rib膷ev Laz (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 馃彣Vogar Hut (Book >) See all rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 馃殞Rib膷ev Laz to Bled (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 馃彣Vila Bled(Book >) See all hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 馃殞Bled to Ljubljana
(Book >)
馃殞Ljubljana to Postojna
(Book >)
馃殞Postojna to Ljubljana
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

馃彣Hotel Cubo (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 馃殞Ljubljana to Pore膷
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) See all hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Pore膷 and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 馃殞Pore膷 to Karlovac
(Book >)
馃殞Karlovac to Plitvi膷e
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

馃彣Hotel Degenija (Book >) See all hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 馃殞Plitvi膷e to Zagreb
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Esplanade Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 鉁圸agreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 What did you think of this Slovenia & Croatia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 鉁圱o Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 馃彣Central Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 馃殞Ljubljana to Rib膷ev Laz (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 馃彣Vogar Hut (Book >) See all rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 馃殞Rib膷ev Laz to Bled (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 馃彣Hotel Jelovica(Book >) See all hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 馃殞Bled to Ljubljana
(Book >)
馃殞Ljubljana to Postojna
(Book >)
馃殞Postojna to Ljubljana
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

馃彣Central Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 馃殞Ljubljana to Pore膷
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) See all hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Pore膷 and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 馃殞Pore膷 to Karlovac
(Book >)
馃殞Karlovac to Plitvi膷e
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

馃彣Villa Katja (Book >) See all hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 馃殞Plitvi膷e to Zagreb
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Best Western Astoria(Book >) See all hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 鉁圸agreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 What did you think of this Slovenia & Croatia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.
Budget
1 鉁圱o Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 馃彣Hostel Vrba (Book >) See all hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 馃殞Ljubljana to Rib膷ev Laz (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 馃彣Vogar Hut (Book >) See all rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 馃殞Rib膷ev Laz to Bled (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 馃彣Hotel Jelovica(Book >) See all hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 馃殞Bled to Ljubljana
(Book >)
馃殞Ljubljana to Postojna
(Book >)
馃殞Postojna to Ljubljana
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

馃彣Hostel Vrba (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 馃殞Ljubljana to Pore膷
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Castello Gulici (Book >) See all hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Pore膷 and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 馃殞Pore膷 to Karlovac
(Book >)
馃殞Karlovac to Plitvi膷e
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

馃彣Villa Katja (Book >) See all hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 馃殞Plitvi膷e to Zagreb
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Hostel Bureau(Book >) See all hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 鉁圸agreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 What did you think of this Slovenia & Croatia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.