31 days in Europe, South America, United States & Asia Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
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Honolulu, United States
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and see the interesting displays at The British Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary builder.

Newcastle upon Tyne to London is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip planner.

Take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Leblon Beach, then stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally see the interesting displays at Folclore Edison Carneiro Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, then make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rio de Janeiro takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to New York City in 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to New York City. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, United States — 2 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace and then stroll through Waikiki Beach.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Honolulu by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Traveling from New York City to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Honolulu is much hotter than New York City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 2 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanasato Shrine, then walk around Rikugien Garden, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Ninomaru Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Tokyo takes 10 hours. You'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Honolulu in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 2 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Beijing.
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Beijing, China — 2 nights

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see Mutianyu Great Wall and then enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Palace Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and then try out the rides at Olympic Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Beijing online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for slightly colder days in Beijing, with highs around 5°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 25th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and then take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planning tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in December, with highs in Hong Kong at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 3 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, and then admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Bangkok in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Bangkok. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in December; daily highs in Bangkok reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh journey site.

Getting from Bangkok to Edinburgh by flight takes about 17.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 7 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in December: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Hawaii travel guide

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The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.
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