36 days in South Pacific, Middle East & Europe Itinerary

36 days in South Pacific, Middle East & Europe Itinerary

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36 days in South Pacific, Middle East & Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  5​h
1
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Pozieres, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
11
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
14
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

5
nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila ©
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pandanus Vanuatu Ltd and Hideaway Island Marine Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Suzanne Bastien and Ekasup Village. The adventure continues: stop by Gallery Blong Vanuatu, enjoy the sand and surf at Havannah Beach and Boat Club, take in the dramatic scenery at Mele Cascades, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eton Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Vila road trip app .

Brisbane, Australia to Port Vila is an approximately 5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Port Vila is 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Port Vila to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Port Vila

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Efate, The Secret Garden, Cascades Waterfalls
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Hideaway Island Marine Reserve ©
Hideaway Island Marine Reserve
The Vanuatu Cultural Centre ©
The Vanuatu Cultural Centre
Pandanus Vanuatu Ltd ©
Pandanus Vanuatu Ltd

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa, admire the landmark architecture of Burj Al Arab, then take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, then take a leisurely stroll along Dubai Creek, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubai tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Vila to Dubai takes 20.5 hours. Traveling from Port Vila to Dubai, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Port Vila in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dubai: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Dubai

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Safaris
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 17th (Tue), stop by Elena Kihlman Designer Shop and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi di Macchiagrande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ente Parco Naturale Regionale dei Monti Lucretili, then explore the activities along Lagustelli di Percile, and then delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Dubai to Rome by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rome is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect Rome to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Lyon.

Things to do in Rome

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lagustelli di Percile, St. Peter's Basilica, Ente Parco Naturale Regionale dei Monti Lucretili
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Elena Kihlman Designer Shop ©
Elena Kihlman Designer Shop

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais and then wander the streets of Place Bellecour.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rome to Lyon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Labyland, La Fromagerie d'Oullins
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Institut & Musee Lumiere ©
Institut & Musee Lumiere
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
La Fromagerie d'Oullins ©
La Fromagerie d'Oullins

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a stroll through Le Marais, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de Chevreloup, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. April in Paris sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pozieres.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arboretum de Chevreloup
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
Pozieres, France

Pozieres ©
Pozières is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.GeographyThe commune is situated on the D929 road, 34km northeast of Amiens between Albert and Bapaume, on the Pozières ridge.HistoryThe village was completely destroyed in World War I during what became the Battle of Pozières (23 July–7 August 1916), which was part of the Battle of the Somme. On the 23rd (Mon), get advice or help at Noyon Cathedrale et Bibliotheque, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Vaucelles, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale, and finally take in the exciting artwork at La Brasserie. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Tank Corps Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Delville Wood War Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pozieres Memorial, then stroll the grounds of Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres, and finally contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pozieres day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paris to Pozieres takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Pozieres can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Pozieres

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Albert, La Brasserie, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale, Thiepval Memorial
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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Abbaye de Vaucelles ©
Abbaye de Vaucelles
Noyon Cathedrale et Bibliotheque ©
Noyon Cathedrale et Bibliotheque

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 25th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond - Musee des Antiques de Toulouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, then get to know the fascinating history of Place Nationale, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at ZouZou Parc. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Daurade, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, see the interesting displays at Musee Georges Labit, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hotel d'Assezat, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ailes Anciennes Toulouse.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Toulouse online driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pozieres to Toulouse. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Toulouse

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Place Nationale, ZouZou Parc, Ailes Anciennes Toulouse, Nailloux Outlet Village
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Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins

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day
Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella ©
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S. Santa Coloma, then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de l'Automobil, then identify plant and animal life at Valle de Incles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Joan de Caselles.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Andorra la Vella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Andorra la Vella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

C.S. Santa Coloma, Sant Joan de Caselles, Valle de Incles, Museu Nacional de l'Automobil
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Valle de Incles ©
Valle de Incles
C.S. Santa Coloma ©
C.S. Santa Coloma
Sant Joan de Caselles ©
Sant Joan de Caselles

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 27th (Fri), look for gifts at Cellarer.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona journey builder app .

Drive from Andorra la Vella to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Delta del Llobregat
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Delta del Llobregat ©
Delta del Llobregat
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza mayor de Chinchon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chorrera de los Litueros and Mercado San Miguel. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and steep yourself in history at Templo de Debod.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Madrid online visit planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Ronda.

Things to do in Madrid

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toledo, Plaza mayor de Chinchon, Chorrera de los Litueros
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

2
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Leather Museum of Ubrique, then delve into the distant past at Ciudad Romana de Ocuri, then explore the historical opulence of Arab Castle, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sierra De Las Nieves. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Casares Castle, look for gifts at Lanas del Rio, savor the flavors at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto, contemplate the long history of Puerta de Almocabar, then delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, and finally view the masterpieces at Geoff Scott Simpson.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda tour planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Ronda in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ubrique, Lanas del Rio, Casares Castle, Arab Castle, Sierra De Las Nieves
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Casares Castle ©
Casares Castle
Ciudad Romana de Ocuri ©
Ciudad Romana de Ocuri
Sierra De Las Nieves ©
Sierra De Las Nieves

2
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lobo Park, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Alcazaba, see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou Malaga, then admire the masterpieces at CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida del Mar.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Malaga vacation maker website .

You can drive from Ronda to Malaga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Malaga

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Avenida del Mar, Lobo Park
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Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Museo Picasso Malaga ©
Museo Picasso Malaga

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a stroll through Belém Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, then stroll through Cabo da Roca, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Iberian Wolf Recovery Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, savor the flavors at Time Out Market Lisboa, then take a stroll through Chiado, then stop by A Outra Face da Lua, and finally make a trip to Rossio Square.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip app .

Fly from Malaga to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Iberian Wolf Recovery Centre, Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seal Rescue Ireland and DesignYard. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kilmainham Gaol and Grafton Street. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Castlecomer Discovery Park (in Castlecomer) and Glendalough Monastic Settlement (in Vale of Glendalough). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, wander the streets of O'Connell Street, and step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dublin holiday builder app .

Fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Seal Rescue Ireland, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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