32 days in South Pacific, Africa & Europe Itinerary

32 days in South Pacific, Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
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Atiu, Cook Islands
— 1 night
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Timbuktu
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Timbuktu, Mali
— 1 day
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Djenne, Mali
— 2 nights
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Decan, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 2 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aitutaki Lagoon and Mount Maungapu. Visiting One Foot Island and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akaiami Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aitutaki trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Aitutaki is an approximately 38-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Aitutaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Atiu.
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Atiu, Cook Islands — 1 night

Atiu, also known as Enuamanu, is an island 187 km northeast of Rarotonga, in the Southern Islands group of the Cook Islands Archipelago.GeographyAtiu is a raised volcanic island surrounded by a reef from which rise 6m cliffs of fossilized coral (makatea). On the 4th (Thu), Head underground at Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Atiu trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Atiu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Avarua.
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Avarua, Cook Islands — 3 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Adventure Cook Islands and Tikioki Marine Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Little Red Gallery and Cook Islands Cultural Village. There's much more to do: stroll through Muri Lagoon, sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Titikaveka Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Avarua trip maker website.

Getting from Atiu to Avarua by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Timbuktu.
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Timbuktu, Mali — 1 day

Timbuktu, also spelled as Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo, is an ancient city in Mali, situated 20km north of the Niger River. On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Djinguereber Mosque.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Timbuktu trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Avarua to Timbuktu. The time zone difference moving from Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Djenne.
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Djenne, Mali — 2 nights

Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Jenne-Jeno and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque Of Djenne.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Djenne trip planner.

Drive from Timbuktu to Djenne in 25 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Decan.
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Decan, Kosovo — 1 night

Deçan or Dečani is a town and municipality located in the Gjakova District of Kosovo. On the 17th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Visoki Decani Monastery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Decan trip planner.

Drive from Djenne to Decan in 96 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Djenne to Decan is 1 hour. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pristina.
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Pristina, Kosovo — 2 nights

Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): walk around Germia Park, then surround yourself with nature on BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina, and then see the interesting displays at Illusium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Sultan Murat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrale Nënë Tereza, then make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, and finally hike along Via Ferrata Ari.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pristina trip itinerary app.

Drive from Decan to Pristina in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Let the collections at Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Partnachklamm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal), Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau) and Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, and admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Pristina to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. In August, daytime highs in Munich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
The Dresden Zwinger and Berliner Dom will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Step out of Berlin to go to Dresden and see Bruehlsche Terrasse, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Neues Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Miniatur Wunderland and Holstentor. Speicherstadt and Marienkirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Hamburg, make a side trip to see Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) in Lubeck, approximately Lubeck away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg trip planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Cook Islands travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.
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Mali travel guide

3.8
National Parks · Flea Markets · Museums
Lively, cultured, and colorful Mali allows visitors to get familiar with African traditions and witness contemporary African art and lifestyles. Ancient empires built cities along the Niger River, leaving behind them knowledge, beliefs, and traditions, even as the architecture crumbled. Today, the country's world-renowned musical heritage has become central to tourism in Mali, with live performances of ngoni and kora music a highlight for many tourists exploring this west African nation.
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Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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