24 days in Europe, South America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

24 days in Europe, South America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

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24 days in Europe, South America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  6​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
2
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  22​h
4
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  25​h
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Helsinki, Finland

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Dublin Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do your shopping at Grafton Street and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin travel itinerary planner .

Helsinki, Finland to Dublin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Helsinki to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Bring the kids along to Praia do Sueste and Conceicao Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Baia do Sancho and Boldro Beacch. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fernando de Noronha, take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha online itinerary maker .

Fly from Dublin to Fernando de Noronha in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in May, things will get much hotter in Fernando de Noronha: highs are around 34°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, stop by Shopping Leblon, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in May: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Akumal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Xel-Ha.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tulum holiday planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Tulum by combination of flight and bus takes about 22 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, Tulum is a bit warmer than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
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Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Sydney takes 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Tulum to Sydney. Traveling from Tulum in June, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Silivri Sahili and Selimpasa Sahili. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kapali Carsi and Sultanahmet District. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Istanbul in 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Istanbul at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Bentler Tabiat Parki ©
Bentler Tabiat Parki
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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