33 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanchanaburi, Thailand
— 1 night
Train to Bang Sue Junction, Fly to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly
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Pisa, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chania Town, Greece
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia — 2 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 2 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.
On the 26th (Thu), shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and then stop by Lucky Armani Suits. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, then steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

Discover how to plan a Bangkok trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Bangkok takes 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bangkok, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanchanaburi.
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Kanchanaburi, Thailand — 1 night

The capital city of an eponymous province, Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with lively markets and a good selection of restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Guan Im Sutham Temple, then stroll the grounds of Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Bridge Over the River Kwai.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanchanaburi online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kanchanaburi are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel route tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanchanaburi to Amsterdam takes 18.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Kanchanaburi in September, things will get colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 5 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pisa: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano), Florence (The Boboli Gardens, Ponte Vecchio, &more) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Tower of Pisa, make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, and get up close to creatures of the deep with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pisa day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Pisa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: high temperatures in Pisa hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pisa to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Rome sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 1 night

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 12th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Chania Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chania Town, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then stop by Nerium Oleander, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get curious at Kotsanas Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion journey maker website.

Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, get interesting insight from Tours, and surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fira trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. October in Fira sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naxos Town: Agios Stefanos Church (in Agios Stefanos) and Mykonos Town (Aegean Maritime Museum, Little Venice, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Temple of Apollo – Portara, see the interesting displays at Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis, contemplate the long history of Old Town, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tereza's Greek Concept Store.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Naxos Town trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Naxos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October in Naxos Town, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Corinth Canal (in Isthmia), Archea Korinthos (in Corinth) and TASTE3 (in Nafplio). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Lion Gate, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Naxos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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