馃嚤馃嚘 LAOS

Laos itineraryLandlocked, but moving to the aquatic rhythm of mighty rivers such as the Mekong, Laos is a country full of dramatic scenery and adventure. The itineraries below differ due to budget, and range from 14 to 17 days in length. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Vang Vieng
1 鉁圱o Pakse (Book >)
馃殨Pakse to Champasak taxi
Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣The River Resort (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re travelling from Cambodia then you can fly from Siem Reap, departing and arriving in the afternoon
3 Take a day trip to the Bolaven Plateau, which can be arranged by your hotel. Relax in the evening with a stroll around the resort grounds and relaxing by the infinity pools Anyone not from Japan or the ASEAN countries will need a visa for Laos
4 Journey to the beautiful 4000 Islands area (which can also be arranged by your hotel) Save the environment by using a good filter water bottle
5 馃殨Champasak to Pakse taxi
鉁圥akse to Luang Prabang flight (Book >)
Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Sofitel (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in Luang Prabang in time for sunset by the Mekong river. Dress conservatively when visiting temples
6-8 So much to see over the next couple of days! Start with the early morning alms-giving (which starts at 05:30 in summer and 06:30 in winter) on Sisavangvong Road. Visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha Phra Bang within. The top of Mount Phousi is a wonderful place from which to watch sunset. Wat Mai palace, Wat Visoun and Xieng Thong are also worth some of your time. Pick up some souvenirs from the morning market (06:30-10:00). Take a tuk tuk to Kuang Si Falls. This blog post offers guidance on how to behave respectfully at the alms-giving.
9 鉀达笍Luang Prabang to Pakbeng ferry (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Luang Say Lodge
Embark on your tour up the mighty Mekong. Today you’ll visit Pak Ou cave and a hill tribe village. Pack plenty of sunscreen – the sun is especially strong on the river
10 鉀达笍Pakbeng to Huay Xai ferry Dep: 08:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Nakaraj Princess (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll make more stops today including, after lunch, a visit to a traditional Laotian village of Ban Gon Dturn, before arriving in Huay Xai on the border with Thailand. The border closes at 18:00 and cruise staff on both sides of the border can help with travel to Chiang Rai.
11 馃殨Huay Xai to Luang Nam Tha taxi Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣The Boat Landing (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived in Luang Nam Tha take a look at the Golden Stupa and enjoy dinner at the bustling night market. Be aware of pick pockets in busy market areas.
12 Book a one-day trek in the verdant, magnificent Nam Ha National Protected Area, where you’ll taste some local food as well as visit a Khmu village. Trekking here is mildly challenging – bring insect repellant.
13 鉁圠uang Nam Tha to Vientiane flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Crowne Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
Relax in a traditional herbal sauna before flying to the capital. Luang Nam Tha is close to the Chinese border, should you wish to add to your Laos itinerary.
14-15 鉁圴ientiane to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Laos itinerary with the Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Spend the morning chilling in the roof garden infinity pool before heading to the airport.
Mid-range Luang Prabang
1 鉁圱o Pakse (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Athena Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re travelling from Cambodia then you can fly from Siem Reap, departing and arriving in the afternoon.
3 Your hotel can help arrange a taxi to tour around the Bolevan Plateau – a superb day trip from Pakse. Anyone not from Japan or the ASEAN countries will need a visa for Laos
4 Today you’ll go on a day trip to the 4000 Islands (book here), departing Pakse at 08:00 and returning at 14:00. Spend the rest of your day visiting pretty Wat Luang. Save the environment by using a good filter water bottle
5 鉁圥akse to Luang Prabang flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Mekong Riverview (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in Luang Prabang in time for sunset by the Mekong river. Dress conservatively when visiting temples
6-8 So much to see over the next couple of days! Start with the early morning alms-giving (which starts at 05:30 in summer and 06:30 in winter) on Sisavangvong Road. Visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha Phra Bang within. The top of Mount Phousi is a wonderful place from which to watch sunset. Wat Mai palace, Wat Visoun and Xieng Thong are also worth some of your time. Pick up some souvenirs from the morning market (06:30-10:00). Take a tuk tuk to Kuang Si Falls This blog post offers guidance on how to behave respectfully at the alms-giving
9 馃殣Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw minibus Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Mandala Ou Resort (Book >) All hotels >
There are many hikes around Nong Khiaw, including to the nearby Phatok Caves. If you prefer to get on the water then go on a kayaking trip along the Nam Ou, or maybe hire a bike and visit the Khmu and Hmong villages in the area. Ask your hotel for help with booking a minivan to Nong Khiaw
10 馃殞Nong Khiaw to Oudomsay bus Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Namkat Yorla Pa (Book >) All hotels >
A couple more hours to enjoy the countryside around Nong Khiaw before taking the bus to Oudomsay. When you arrive you can walk up to the stupa and admire the views from the top, or hire a motorbike and visit Nam Kad Waterfall. Oudomsay is also known as Muang Xay and Udom Xai (many places in Laos have multiple names)
11 The tourism office offers a 1-day tour to Ban Chom Ong village and the Chom Ong cave – the largest in Laos and a breathtaking sight to behold. Remember to bring insect repellant and sunscreen
12 鉁圤udomsay to Vientiane flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Crowne Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
In Vientiane you may have time to visit the That Luang stupa. In the evening head to the Mekong riverfront for a memorable sunset. From Oudomsay you can also travel by bus to China or Thailand via Luang Nam Tha, should you wish to add to your Laos itinerary.
13-14 鉁圴ientiane to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Laos itinerary with the Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Spend the morning chilling in the roof garden infinity pool before heading to the airport.
Budget Luang Nam Tha
1 鉁圱o Pakse (Book >) Dep: Morning 馃彣 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Chato Hostel (Book >) All hotels >
If you’re travelling from Cambodia then you can take a bus from Siem Reap at 08:00, arriving into Pakse by 18:00
3 Your hostel can help arrange a tour around the Bolevan Plateau – a superb day trip from Pakse Anyone not from Japan or the ASEAN countries will need a visa for Laos
4 馃殞Pakse to Vientiane bus (Book >) Dep: 20:30 馃彣Bus
Today you’ll go on a day trip to the 4000 Islands (book here), departing Pakse at 08:00 and returning at 14:00. Spend the rest of your day visiting pretty Wat Luang before your night bus to Vientiane It’s also possible (and considerably faster, but more expensive) to fly to Vientiane
5 馃殞Pakse to Vientiane bus
馃殣Vientiane to Vang Vieng minibus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 06:30
Arr: 14:00
馃彣Jasmine Vang Vieng Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
While Vang Vieng is known to be a party town, it’s also an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. After you’ve arrived hire a bicycle and visit the Blue Lagoon Save the environment by using a good filter water bottle
6 Beat the crowds and go on a tubing trip earlier in the day. If you like to be more active then kayaking is also available This Wikitravel page offers some advice on unscrupulous practises in Vang Vieng.
7 馃殞Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Mad Monkey聽 (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in time for sunset from the top of Mount Phousi Dress conservatively when visiting temples
8-9 So much to see over the next couple of days! Start with the early morning alms-giving (which starts at 05:30 in summer and 06:30 in winter) on Sisavangvong Road. Visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha Phra Bang within. Wat Mai palace, Wat Visoun and Xieng Thong are also worth some of your time. Pick up some souvenirs from the morning market (06:30-10:00). Take a tuk tuk to Kuang Si Falls This blog post offers guidance on how to behave respectfully at the alms-giving
10 馃殣Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw minibus Dep: 09:30 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Pho Sai River View (Book >) All hotels >
There are many hikes around Nong Khiaw, including to the nearby Phatok Caves. If you prefer to get on the water then go on a kayaking trip along the Nam Ou, or maybe hire a bike and visit the Khmu and Hmong villages in the area. Ask your hostel for help with booking a minivan to Nong Khiaw
11 馃殞Nong Khiaw to Oudomsay Dep: 11:00 Arr: 15:00 馃彣Amphon Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
A couple more hours to enjoy the countryside around Nong Khiaw before taking the bus to Oudomsay. When you arrive you can walk up to the stupa and admire the views from the top, or hire a motorbike and visit Nam Kad Waterfall Oudomsay is also known as Muang Xay and Udom Xai (many places in Laos have multiple names)
12 The tourism office offers a 1-day tour to Ban Chom Ong village and the Chom Ong cave – the largest in Laos and a breathtaking sight to behold Remember to bring insect repellant and sunscreen
13 馃殣Oudomsay to Luang Nam Tha minibus (Info >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Zuela Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve arrived in Luang Nam Tha take a look at the Golden Stupa and enjoy dinner at the bustling night market Be aware of pick pockets in busy market areas
14 Book a one-day trek in the verdant, magnificent Nam Ha National Protected Area, where you’ll taste some local food as well as visit a Khmu village Trekking here is mildly challenging – bring good walking boots
15 馃殞Luang Nam Tha to Huay Xai bus (Info >)
馃殞Huay Xai to Chiang Rai bus (Info >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 16:00
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 19:00
馃彣Na-Rak-O Resort (Book >) All hostels >
Once you’ve arrived in Chiang Rai (Thailand) you’ll have time in the evening to visit the night bazaar. Luang Nam Tha is close to the Chinese border, should you wish to add to your Laos itinerary.
16-17 鉁圕hiang Rai to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Laos itinerary with the Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Take a trip to Wat Rong Khun and the Black House before heading to the airport.

馃嚙馃嚙馃嚤馃嚚馃嚛馃嚥馃嚞馃嚨 EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Caribbean itineraryIn the Eastern Caribbean you’ll find picture-perfect beaches, but also adventure in the form of rainforest hikes, swimming beneath waterfalls, snorkelling over reefs and much more. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Barbados
1 鉁圱o Barbados (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Durants
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 40 mins later
馃彣The House by Elegant Hotels (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. Arrange your transfer in advance for a smooth arrival.
2-5 You’re staying by one of the best beaches in Barbados, a great place to swim as well as to snorkel out to reef filled with colourful fish. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Holetown there’s good shopping, a lively nightlife and the Holetown Monument which commemorates the 1625 English landing. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 鉁圔arbados to St Lucia flight (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Soufriere transfer
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr 30mins later
馃彣Jade Mountain Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The transfer to your hotel takes an hour and a half, but once you arrive you’ll quickly realise you’ve come to somewhere special. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
7-10 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
11 鉁圫t Lucia to Dominica flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 馃彣Jungle Bay Resort & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll need to make an early start for the one flight a day to Dominica. Once you arrive, collect your car and enjoy the drive over the mountains to your hotel. Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Dominica is more about adventure than beach, so take yourself on the 45-min hike to Middleham Falls where a cool pool beneath a high waterfall is your reward. Much easier to get to are the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay, or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Insect repellant is recommended when heading into the rainforest.
15 鉁圖ominica to Guadeloupe flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 馃彣La Toubana Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve landed at Pointe-a-Pitre airport collect your car for the 30-min drive to your hotel. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Grande Terre, where most of the best beaches are located. If you want to get active then drive to Basse Terre – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 鉁圙uadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
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Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to this Eastern Caribbean itinerary to break up the journey home.
Mid-range Dominica
1 鉁圱o Barbados (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Speightstown
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr later
馃彣Sugar Cane Club (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. Arrange your transfer in advance for a smooth arrival.
2-5 You’re hotel offers free transfers to one of the best beaches in Barbados, a great place to swim as well as to snorkel out to reef filled with colourful fish. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Speightstown there are some great beachside restaurants. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 鉁圔arbados to St Lucia flight (Book >)
馃殨Airport to Soufriere transfer
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 1hr 30mins later
馃彣Stonefield Estate Resort (Book >) All hotels >
The transfer to your hotel takes an hour and a half, but once you arrive you’ll quickly realise you’ve come to somewhere special. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
7-9 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
10 馃殨Soufriere to Castries taxi Dep: 20:00 Arr: 21:30 馃彣Harbour Vista Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy one last day at the beach before transferring to Castries, where you’ll stay the night before catching the early ferry tomorrow. Castries isn’t much fun at night and so I’d recommend arriving here later.
11 鉀达笍St Lucia to Roseau ferry聽 (Book >)
馃殞Roseau to Calibishie bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Wanderlust Caribbean (Book >) All hotels >
An early start for the ferry to Dominica. Once you arrive walk to River Bank road where you can catch a minibus to the other side of the island. Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Dominica is more about adventure than beach, so go on the 45-min hike to Middleham Falls where a cool pool beneath a high waterfall is your reward. Much easier to get to are the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay, or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Your hotel can help to arrange tours of the island with Nigel – a guide I can highly recommend.
15 鉀达笍Dominica to Pointe-a-Pitre ferry (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 13:45 馃彣Le Rayon Vert (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve arrived in Guadeloupe collect your car for the 1-hour drive to your hotel. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Basse Terre, where there are some great beaches as well as a plethora of inland activities – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 鉁圙uadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to this Eastern Caribbean itinerary to break up the journey home.
Budget Caribbean itinerary
1 鉁圱o Barbados (Book >)
馃殨Airport to St Lawrence taxi
Dep: Afternoon
Dep: Afteroon
Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 25 mins later
馃彣Southern Surf Beach Apartments (Book >) All apartments >
You’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening after your flight. You can find an official taxi stand in the airport, just outside the arrivals doors.
2-5 St Lawrence is a lively part of Barbados, with a good choice of rum shacks and beautiful beaches. During your time here I recommend a visit to the manor house, steam train and rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey. In nearby Bridgetown there’s good shopping and a charming boardwalk. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
6 鉁圔arbados to St Lucia flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣S茅r茅nit茅 Vigie Saint Lucia (Book >) All hotels >
Your hotel is a short walk from the airport and is a great place from which to watch the sun go down. There are plenty of minibuses running from near your hotel to the airport in Barbados.
7 馃殞Castries to Vieux Fort bus (Info >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Reef Beach Huts (Book >) All hotels >
You can take a bus direct to Vieux Fort or, if you plan to explore the island over the next few days, hire a car. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen and help protect the reefs.
8-9 Apart from spending time on those exquisite beaches and in the crystal-clear sea, pay a visit to the Sulphur Springs close to Soufriere, hike through the rainforest or embark on a sailing trip. All beaches in St Lucia are public – don’t let anyone try to kick you off!
10 馃殞Soufriere to Castries bus (Info >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 18:00 馃彣Harbour Vista Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy one last day at the beach before transferring to Castries, where you’ll stay the night before catching the early ferry tomorrow. There are only a limited number of decent restaurants in Castries.
11 鉀达笍St Lucia to Roseau ferry (Book >)
馃殞Roseau to Soufriere bus
Dep: 07:00
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:15
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Soufriere Guesthouse (Book >) All hostels >
An early start for the ferry to Dominica. Once you arrive walk to River Bank road where you can catch a minibus to Soufriere (not the one in St Lucia!) Water in Dominica can be unsafe to drink, buy a filter water bottle and avoid using plastic.
12-14 Take a minibus to Roseau and then another to the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. From Roseau you can arrange dolphin and whale watching tours. Swim in the bubbling waters of Champagne Bay (close to your guesthouse), or snorkel at spectacular Scott’s Head. Insect repellant is recommended when heading into the rainforest.
15 鉀达笍Dominica to Pointe-a-Pitre ferry (Book >) Dep: 11:30 Arr: 13:45 馃彣G卯te bois Cannelle (Book >) All hotels >
One you’ve arrived in Guadeloupe collect your car for the 1-hour drive to your g卯te. Guadeloupe is a French territory and therefore in the EU.
16-18 You’ll be staying on the island of Basse Terre, where there are some great beaches as well as a plethora of inland activities – you’ll find a good guide and maps here. Learning some French words and phrases will be appreciated by the locals.
19-20 鉁圙uadeloupe to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr:
Morning (next day)
Connect this Eastern Caribbean itinerary with the Cuba, Costa Rica or Eastern USA itinerary
Consider adding on a day or two in New York or Paris to this Eastern Caribbean itinerary break up the journey home.

馃嚚馃嚪 COSTA RICA

Arenal, Costa Rica - Costa Rica itineraryBursting 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.
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Luxury Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Barcel贸 San Jos茅 (Book >) 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 flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) 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 transfer聽 (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel Nayara Spa & Gardens (Book >) 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 transfer (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Hotel Belmar (Book >) 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 13:30 馃彣Hotel Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Book >) 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 and extend this Costa Rica itinerary for as long as you can! Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Panama to Liberia transfer (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose flight (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 08:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 08:45
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
Connect this Costa Rica itinerary with the Nicaragua & Honduras, Ecuador & Galapagos or Cuba itinerary
Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Mid-range Monteverde, Costa Rica
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Terrazas De Golf (Book >) 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 flight (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Manatus Lodge (Book >) 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 transfer (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel El Silencio del Campo (Book >) 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 transfer (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 馃彣Casa Batsu (Book >) 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 馃彣Tamarindo Bay Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
As well as having a beautiful beach, Tamarindo is also a pretty town with excellent restaurants. 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 and extend this Costa Rica itinerary for as long as you can! Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13-14 馃殨Playa Tamarindo to Liberia transfer (Book >)
鉁圠iberia to San Jose flight (Book >)
鉁圫an Jose to Home (Book >)
Dep: 07:00
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 09:00
Morning
Arr: Afternoon (next day)
Connect this Costa Rica itinerary with the Nicaragua & Honduras, Ecuador & Galapagos or Cuba itinerary
Ensure you leave a few hours between the time your flight from Libera lands and your flight home departs.
Budget Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica
1 鉁圱o San Jose (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Nativus Art-Hostel聽 (Book >) All hostels >
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 bus
馃殞Cariari to La Pavona bus
鉀达笍La Pavona to Tortuguero ferry
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 16:30
Arr: 12:00
Arr: 16:15
Arr: 17:45
馃彣Aracari Garden Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 transfer (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 17:00 馃彣Howler Monkey Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 bus
馃殞Tilar谩n to Santa Elena bus (Info >)
Dep: 07:30
Dep: 12:30
Arr: 11:00
Arr: 15:00
馃彣Camino Verde B&B (Book >) All hostels >
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 bus (Info >)
鉀达笍Puntarenas to Paquera ferry (Info >)
馃殞Paquera to Montezuma bus (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 >) All hostels >
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 and extend this Costa Rica itinerary for as long as you can! Protect the environment and buy an eco-friendly sunscreen.
13 馃殞Montezuma to Paquera bus (Info >)
鉀达笍Paquera to Puntarenas ferry聽 (Info >)
馃殞Puntarenas to San Jose bus (Info >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 14:00
Dep: 16:00
Arr: 14:00
Arr: 15:15
Arr: 17:30
馃彣Nativus Art-Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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) Connect this Costa Rica itinerary with the Nicaragua & Honduras, Ecuador & Galapagos or Cuba itinerary
An exit tax is applied to many airline tickets (check the list here).

馃嚚馃嚟 SWITZERLAND

Lauterbrunnen Valley, SwitzerlandIf you like mountains, picturesque valleys, cute Alpine scenes, beautiful lakes and excellent public transport, you’re going to love this Switzerland itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Lucerne, Switzerland
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Widder Hotel (Book >) 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 of your Switzerland itinerary 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 train (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 馃彣Hotel des Balances (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald train (Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen (Book >) train
馃殹Lauterbrunnen to Gr眉tschalp cablecar
馃殑Gr眉tschalp to M眉rren train (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 >) 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 train
馃殹Gr眉tschalp to Lauterbrunnen cablecar (Book >)
馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez train
馃殑Spiez to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Zermatt train (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 >) 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 train
馃殑Visp to Montreux train (Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Hotel Victoria (Book >) 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 train (Book >) Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣Hotel D’Angleterre (Book >) 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 Matterhorn, Switzerland
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Plattenhof (Book >) 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 of your Switzerland itinerary 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 train (Book >) Dep: 10:04 Arr: 10:49 馃彣Keyforge City Apartments Waldst盲tter 8 (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald train (Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Hotel Alpina (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen train (Book >)
馃殹Lauterbrunnen to Gr眉tschalp cablecar
馃殑Gr眉tschalp to M眉rren train (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 >) 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 train
馃殹Gr眉tschalp to Lauterbrunnen cablecar (Book >)
馃殑Lauterbrunnen聽 to Interlaken Ost train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez train
馃殑Spiez to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Zermatt train (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 >) 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 train
馃殑Visp to Montreux train (Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Golf Hotel Ren茅 Capt (Book >) 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 train (Book >) Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣Starling Residence Gen猫ve (Book >) 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
Connect this Switzerland itinerary with the France, Italy, Germany or Austria & Munich itinerary
Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.
Budget Chillon Castle, Switzerland
1 To Zurich (鉁 Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Youthhostel Zurich (Book >) All hostels >
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 Switzerland itinerary 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 10:40 馃彣Barabas Luzern (Book >) All hostels >
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 train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald train (Book >)
Dep: 12:06
Dep: 14:05
Arr: 13:55
Arr: 14:38
馃彣Mountain Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 train
馃殑Zweil眉tschinen to Lauterbrunnen train (Book >)
Dep: 09:49
Dep: 10:16
Arr: 10:09
Arr: 10:25
馃彣Valley Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 train
馃殑Interlaken Ost to Spiez train
馃殑Spiez to Visp train
馃殑Visp to Zermatt train (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 >) All hostels >
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 train
馃殑Visp to Montreux train (Book >)
Dep: 14:13
Dep: 15:35
Arr: 15:22
Arr: 16:46
馃彣Youthhostel Montreux (Book >) All hostels >
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 train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:47 Arr: 12:48 馃彣City Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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
Connect this Switzerland itinerary with the France, Italy, Germany or Austria & Munich itinerary
Enjoy any sights you missed yesterday before heading to the airport.

馃嚚馃嚘 WESTERN CANADA

Lake Louise, Canada - Western Canada itineraryIn a country as big as this driving distances can be huge. Luckily in Western Canada there is plenty to see and so you’ll only be on the road (or rails) for a few hours before you arrive at yet another breathtaking destination. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Whistler, Canada
1 鉁圱o Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Book >) All hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 馃殫Vancouver to Whistler drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Four Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 馃殫Whistler to Clearwater drive Dep: 13:30 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Meadows Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Make the most of the clear mountains air before the drive to Clearwater. You may want to plan in frequent stops to take in the view along the road.
5 馃殫Clearwater to Jasper drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Village Jasper (Book >) All hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Fill up on fuel before leaving town – distances between gas stations can be large.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just driving through then you don’t need to pay.
7 馃殫Jasper to Banff drive Dep: 08:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 14:30
馃彣Hotel Fairmont Banff Springs
(Book >)
All hotels >
Another wonderful drive (one of the top drives in the world by Cond茅 Nast Traveller) and another fantastic destination. On the way stop off at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for a tour of the ice sheet and skywalk. Banff is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Had enough of driving? Banff has a good local bus system which can take you to many trailheads and sights.
8 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
9 馃殫Banff to Lake Louise drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:40 馃彣Post Hotel & Spa
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All hotels >
Plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You may want to set off earlier and arrive before 9 if you want to avoid coach trippers at Lake Louise.
10 馃殫Lake Louise to Field drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:30 馃彣Cathedral Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Just down the road from Lake Louise, Field is in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse valley (which you’d have already visited if you went rafting from Banff. Points of interest include Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls and Lake O’Hara Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here.
11 馃殫Field to Kamloops drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:30 馃彣Campbell Hills Guest Ranch (Book >) All hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. Here you can enjoy horseriding, mountain biking or, at certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Accommodation tonight is in a working ranch. Check the weather the night before – you may need more time if it starts snowing. HERE
12 Today you can ride horses, take a kayak out onto the lake, drive ATVs or hike in and around the ranch. Your stay at the ranch includes all meals.
13 馃殫Kamloops to Victoria drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣Abigail’s Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Have a relaxed afternoon enjoying the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
14 Drive the two hours over to Port Renfrew and enjoy the incredible scenery in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you want to extend your trip then a visit to the Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an experience you won’t forget.
15 馃殫Victoria to Vancouver drive
鉁圴ancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Western Canada itinerary with the USA (California & Nevada) itinerary
Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.
Mid-range Vancouver Island, Canada
1 鉁圱o Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣O Canada House (Book >) All hotels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 馃殫Vancouver to Whistler drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 馃彣First Tracks Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 馃殫Whistler to Clearwater drive Dep: 13:30 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Meadows Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Make the most of the clear mountains air before the drive to Clearwater. You may want to plan in frequent stops to take in the view along the road.
5 馃殫Clearwater to Jasper drive Dep: 15:00 Arr: 19:00 馃彣Alpine Village Jasper (Book >) All hotels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Fill up on fuel before leaving town – distances between gas stations can be large.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just driving through then you don’t need to pay.
7 馃殫Jasper to Banff drive Dep: 08:00
Dep: 12:00
Arr: 09:30
Arr: 14:30
馃彣The Rimrock Resort
(Book >)
All hotels >
Another wonderful drive (one of the top drives in the world by Cond茅 Nast Traveller) and another fantastic destination. On the way stop off at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for a tour of the ice sheet and skywalk. Banff is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Had enough of driving? Banff has a good local bus system which can take you to many trailheads and sights.
8 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
9 馃殫Banff to Lake Louise drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:40 馃彣Baker Creek Mountain Resort
(Book >)
All hotels >
Plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You may want to set off earlier and arrive before 9 if you want to avoid coach trippers at Lake Louise.
10 馃殫Lake Louise to Field drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 09:30 馃彣Emerald Lake Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Just down the road from Lake Louise, Field is in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse valley (which you’d have already visited if you went rafting from Banff. Points of interest include Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls and Lake O’Hara Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here.
11 馃殫Field to Kamloops drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 14:00 馃彣Wingate By Wyndham Kamloops (Book >) All hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. Here you can enjoy horseriding, mountain biking or, at certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Check the weather the night before – you may need more time if it starts snowing.
12 馃殫Kamloops to Victoria drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 馃彣The Oswego Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Have a relaxed afternoon enjoying the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
13 Drive the two hours over to Port Renfrew and enjoy the incredible scenery in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you go on a whale watching trip then you may want to take motion sickness tablets as the sea can be rough.
14 馃殫Victoria to Vancouver drive
鉁圴ancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 08:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:30
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Western Canada itinerary with the USA (California & Nevada) itinerary
Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.
Budget Vancouver, Canada
1 鉁圱o Vancouver (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣SameSun Vancouver (Book >) All hostels >
The only thing to do today is enjoy your first meal in Canada and stay awake as long as you can to beat jetlag. Take the Canada Line from the airport to Yaletown-Roundhouse station.
2 For one of the best views of the city head up Vancouver Lookout, for perhaps the best view catch the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden makes for a very serene visit, as does the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a taxi over to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, or to Lynn Canyon for almost the same experience but for free. Gastown, Main Street, or Alexandra Road are good places in which to find somewhere to eat.
3 馃殞Vancouver to Whistler bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:00 馃彣Pangea Pod Hotel (Book >) All hostels >
Not far from Vancouver is the mountain resort of Whistler. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run all year except October to early November and are great for views and for starting your mountain adventure, be it on snow or track. Like snowsports? visit Whistler between December and March. Into hiking or biking? June to August is the time to come.
4 馃殞Whistler to Vancouver bus (Book >)
馃殑Vancouver to Jasper train (Book >)
Dep: 12:00
Dep: 15:00
Arr: 14:00 馃彣Train
A couple more hours this morning to enjoy Whistler before departing for Vancouver and your train to Jasper. You are in for a treat; the views on your train journey are spectacular! This bus departure time is only available Fri-Sun, if travelling on other days then take the 10:00.
5 馃殑Vancouver to Jasper train (Book >) Arr: 11:00 馃彣HI Jasper (Book >) All hostels >
Wells Gray Provincial Park, adjacent to Clearwater, is a wonderful place to hike or canoe. If, like me, you’re a fan of white water rafting then this is a great place to do it. Jasper is one hour ahead of Vancouver.
6 Enjoy the famously picturesque cruise on Maligne Lake, which can also be experienced by kayak. The Jasper SkyTram is an easy way to get those unforgettable mountain-top views. After a long and active day, relax in Miette Hot Springs. You’ll need to pay a national park entry fee if you stop off and hike/bike/etc, but if you’re just passing through then you don’t need to pay.
7 馃殞Jasper to Lake Louise bus (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 10:45 馃彣HI Lake Louise (Book >) All hostels >
Journey along the famous Icefield Parkway. There is plenty of choice for hikes in Lake Louise, whatever your ability. I recommend, if you can, heading up as high as you can for spectacular panoramic views. You can also travel to Lake Louise via the Athabasca Glacier on a tour (which is much more expensive!)
8 Another day for hiking in the Lake Louise area. Consider a Hostelling International membership if you plan to frequently stay in their hostels (it also gets you a discount on the bus from Jasper).
9 馃殞Lake Louise to Banff bus (Info >) Dep: 09:35 Arr: 10:20 馃彣Samesun Banff (Book >) All hostels >
Take the bus to the transport hub in Banff, which is another place where you come in winter for the snowsports or in summer for every other activity. Again, there are some lovely hot springs in which to luxuriate. Although unlikely to happen, it’s good to know what to do if you encounter a bear. Read the advice here. HERE
10 A full day to choose to explore the trails, the ski runs, the rivers or the lakes. Add another day here if you can’t get enough of the outdoor lifestyle. You can also travel to and from Banff on a Rocky Mountaineer package.
11 馃殞Banff to Kamloops bus (Book >) Dep: 10:05 Arr: 16:15 馃彣Pacific Inn & Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Kamloops is a great stopping off point on your way back west. At certain times of year a ride on the fantastic Kamloops Heritage Railway. Consider adding another day here if you enjoy horse riding – Kamloops has excellent ranches.
12 馃殞Kamloops to Vancouver bus (Book >)
馃殞Vancouver to Victoria bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:15
Dep: 13:30
Arr: 12:45
Arr: 17:20
馃彣Ocean Island Inn (Book >) All hostels >
Continue the drive out the mountains, around Vancouver, across the ferry and on to Vancouver Island. Enjoy the sights of Victoria, including the famous Butchart Gardens. Buy the car ferry ticket from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (and back) in advance here.
13 Get up early for the 06:45 bus to Port Renfrew and visit Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (returning at 17:45). Or head out to sea from Victoria on a whale watching trip. If you go on a whale watching trip then you may want to take motion sickness tablets as the sea can be rough.
14 馃殞Victoria to Vancouver Airport bus (Book >)
鉁圴ancouver to home (Book >)
Dep: 07:45
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 11:25
Arr: Morning (next day)
Connect this Western Canada itinerary with the USA (California & Nevada) itinerary
Check the ferry times before driving back to Vancouver.

馃嚛馃嚜 GERMANY

Neuschwanstein castle, Germany - Germany itineraryThis 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.
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Luxury Cologne, Germany
1 To Berlin (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel am Steinplatz (Book >) All hotels >
Home of the German national parliament, the Reichstag building and its glass dome is a great way to start your Germany itinerary. 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 train (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 11:24 馃彣Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Book >) 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 train (Book >) Dep: 08:49 Arr: 13:16 馃彣Excelsior Hotel Ernst (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Koblenz to Boppard train
(Book >)
鉀达笍Boppard to Mainz ferry (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:16
Arr: 12:44
Arr: 20:30
馃彣Hyatt Regency (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Mannheim to Baden-Baden train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
馃彣Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Augsburg to F眉ssen train
(Book >)
Dep: 07:48
Dep: 11:03
Arr: 10:39
Arr: 12:55
馃彣Hotel Sonne (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Kaufbeuren to Munich train (Book >)
Dep: 09:05
Dep: 10:08
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 11:06
馃彣The Charles Hotel (Book >) 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. Grab 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 train
馃殑Freilassing to Berchtesgaden train (Book >)
Dep: 09:55
Dep: 11:40
Arr: 11:33
Arr: 12:28
馃彣Kempinski (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Freilassing to Munich train (Book >)
Dep: 15:32
Dep: 16:24
Arr: 16:20
Arr: 18:06
馃彣The Charles Hotel (Book >) 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
Connect this Germany itinerary with the France, Belgium, Austria & Munich or Poland & Slovakia itinerary
Cheapest return trains go via Frankfurt and Brussels.
Mid-range Munich, Germany
1 To Berlin (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Boutique Hotel i31 (Book >) All hotels >
Home of the German national parliament, the Reichstag building and its glass dome is a great way to start your Germany itinerary. 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 train (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 11:24 馃彣Hotel Volksschule (Book >) 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 train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:49 Arr: 13:16 馃彣Stern am Rathaus (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Koblenz to Boppard train
(Book >)
鉀达笍Boppard to Mainz ferry (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:16
Arr: 12:44
Arr: 20:30
馃彣Hotel Hammer (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Mannheim to Baden-Baden train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
馃彣Hotel Rebstock (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Augsburg to F眉ssen train
(Book >)
Dep: 07:48
Dep: 11:03
Arr: 10:39
Arr: 12:55
馃彣Hotel Sonne (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Kaufbeuren to Munich train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:05
Dep: 10:08
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 11:06
馃彣Aloft (Book >) 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. Grab 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 train
馃殑Freilassing to Berchtesgaden train (Book >)
Dep: 09:55
Dep: 11:40
Arr: 11:33
Arr: 12:28
馃彣Alpinhotel Berchtesgaden (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Freilassing to Munich train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:32
Dep: 16:24
Arr: 16:20
Arr: 18:06
馃彣Aloft (Book >) 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
Connect this Germany itinerary with the France, Belgium, Austria & Munich or Poland & Slovakia itinerary
Cheapest return trains go via Frankfurt and Brussels.
Budget Berchtesgaden, Germany
1 To Berlin (鉁 Book >)
(馃殑 Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 馃彣EastSeven Berlin Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Home of the German national parliament, the Reichstag building and its glass dome is a great way to start your Germany itinerary. 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:45 馃彣Jugendherberge Hamburg-Auf Dem Stintfang (Book >) All hostels >
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 train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:49 Arr: 13:16 馃彣Die Wohngemeinschaft (Book >) All hostels >
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 train
馃殑Koblenz to Boppard train
(Book >)
鉀达笍Boppard to Mainz ferry (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:30
Dep: 14:00
Arr: 12:16
Arr: 12:44
Arr: 20:30
馃彣Moguntia Hotel (Book >) 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 train
馃殑Mannheim to Baden-Baden train (Book >)
Dep: 11:17
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:07
Arr: 13:25
馃彣Senyu Studio (Book >) All hostels >
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 (buy before you start this Germany itinerary).
7 馃殑Baden-Baden to Triberg train (Book >) Dep: 13:56 Arr: 15:02 馃彣Hotel Garni Central (Book >) 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. If you plan to stay here more than one night then an apartment will be better value.
8 馃殑Triberg to Ulm train
馃殑Ulm to Augsberg train
馃殑Augsburg to F眉ssen train
(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 >) All hostels >
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 train
馃殑Kaufbeuren to Munich train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:05
Dep: 10:08
Arr: 10:00
Arr: 11:06
馃彣Wombats City Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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. Grab 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 10:20 馃彣Jugendherberge Berchtesgaden (Book >) 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 bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:25 Arr: 20:25 馃彣Wombats City Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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
Connect this Germany itinerary with the France, Belgium, Austria & Munich or Poland & Slovakia itinerary
Cheapest return trains go via Frankfurt and Brussels.

馃嚬馃嚪 WESTERN TURKEY

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

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

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

Dep: 12:30

Arr: Morning

Arr: 14:20

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

馃嚥馃嚲 MALAYSIA & BORNEO

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:40

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:03

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

Dep: 19:45

Arr: 19:36

Arr: 20:15

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

馃嚜馃嚚 ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

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

馃嚙馃嚪 BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Brazil itineraryThe best bits of Brazil with every detail you need. There’s jungle, lively cities, beautiful beaches and the spectacular Iguassu Falls. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Amazon, Brazil
1 鉁圱o Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Aram Yami Hotel聽 (Book >) 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 flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Villa Amaz么nia (Book >) All hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. If you can extend this Brazil itinerary then visit Len莽贸is Maranhenses National Park (fly to Florianopolis). Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 鉀达笍Manaus to Amazon ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 馃彣Jungle lodge (Book >) 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 ferry Arr: 17:00 馃彣Villa Amaz么nia (Book >) All hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Remember to pack a filter water bottle.
7 鉁圡anaus to Rio flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Belmond Copacabana Palace聽 (Book >) 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 bus
鉀达笍Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande ferry (Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

馃彣Sagu Mini Resort (Book >) 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 ferry
馃殞Angra dos Reis to Paraty bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Casa Turqesa (Book >) 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Hotel Fasano (Book >) 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 flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (Book >) 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 Connect this Brazil itinerary with the Northern Argentina, Ecuador & Galapagos, Bolivia,聽 Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Ilha Grande, Brazil
1 鉁圱o Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Mar Brasil Hotel (Book >) 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 flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Hotel Intercity (Book >) All hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. If you can extend this Brazil itinerary then visit Len莽贸is Maranhenses National Park (fly to Florianopolis). Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 鉀达笍Manaus to Amazon ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 馃彣Jungle lodge (Book >) 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 ferry Arr: 17:00 馃彣Hotel Intercity (Book >) All hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Remember to pack a filter water bottle.
7 鉁圡anaus to Rio flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Ipanema Inn (Book >) 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 bus
鉀达笍Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande ferry (Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

馃彣Pousada Portal do Sol
(Book >)
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 ferry
馃殞Angra dos Reis to Paraty bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Pousada do Ouro (Book >) 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 bus (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Royal Jardins (Book >) 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 flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Che Lagarto Hostel (Book >) 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 Connect this Brazil itinerary with the Northern Argentina, Ecuador & Galapagos, Bolivia, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Paraty, Brazil
1 鉁圱o Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 馃彣Hostel Solar dos Romanos (Book >) All hostels >
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 flight聽 (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Local Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. If you can extend this Brazil itinerary then visit Len莽贸is Maranhenses National Park (fly to Florianopolis). Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 鉀达笍Manaus to Amazon ferry (Book >) Dep: 08:30 馃彣Jungle lodge (Book >)
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 ferry Arr: 17:00 馃彣Local Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Remember to pack a filter water bottle.
7 鉁圡anaus to Rio flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 馃彣Aquarela do Leme (Book >) All hostels >
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 bus
鉀达笍Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande ferry (Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

馃彣Hostel Papagaio (Book >) All hostels >
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 ferry
馃殞Angra dos Reis to Paraty bus (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 馃彣Leo麓s Clan Beach Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 bus (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 馃彣Lobo Urban Stay (Book >) All hostels >
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 flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 馃彣Hotel Cassino Foz do Igua莽u (Book >) All hostels >
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 Connect this Brazil itinerary with the Northern Argentina, Ecuador & Galapagos, Bolivia, Northern Chile or Southern Chile itinerary
Bus to the airport takes about 30 mins.