36 days in South America, United States, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

36 days in South America, United States, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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36 days in South America, United States, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Antofagasta, Chile
Drive:  4 h
1
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  14 h 45 min
2
Orlando, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  18 h 45 min
4
New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
6
Patong, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
7
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  9 h 30 min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
9
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h
12
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Antofagasta, Chile

1
night
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio and then explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning app .

Antofagasta to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Antofagasta in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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nights
Orlando, United States

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Escape the urban bustle at St. Augustine Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Stetson Mansion. Change things up with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Crystal River (about 1h 40 min away).

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Orlando tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Orlando in 15 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Orlando is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Orlando, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Orlando

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Crystal River, Stetson Mansion, St. Augustine Beach, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ©

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nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel for their historical value. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, learn about all things military at KGB Espionage Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online itinerary maker .

Getting from Orlando to New York City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in March; daily highs in New York City reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Lodhi Garden, contemplate the long history of India Gate, and then admire the natural beauty at Akshardham. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lotus Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, then admire the striking features of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and finally steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your New Delhi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Delhi in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from New York City to New Delhi. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in New Delhi hover around 34°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Lodhi Garden ©
Lodhi Garden
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib ©
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
India Gate ©
India Gate

2
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa. On the next day, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kathmandu planner .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from New Delhi in March, expect Kathmandu to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

2
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Karon Beach and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Patong Beach. When in Patong, make a side trip to see Nai Harn Beach in Nai Harn, approximately 40 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach and identify plant and animal life at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Patong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kathmandu to Patong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kathmandu, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Patong, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon Beach, The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), Nai Harn Beach
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
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 2nd (Thu), make a trip to Wat Pho, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Bangkok are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bangkok to Kyoto in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kyoto. In April, Kyoto is colder than Bangkok - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Vaucluse House. Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. And it doesn't end there: hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney visit planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Sydney in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kyoto to Sydney, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Zipline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otago Central Rail Trail and Lake Gunn. On the 12th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Otago Central Rail Trail, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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Zipline
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and make a trip to Te Puia.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua travel route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
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Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get a sense of the local culture at Barrio Lastarria and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Templo Baha'i. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, get great views at Sky Costanera, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rotorua to Santiago in 20 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Chile Time is minus 16 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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