39 days in Canada, Mexico, United States & South Pacific Itinerary

39 days in Canada, Mexico, United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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39 days in Canada, Mexico, United States & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  16​h
1
Calgary, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Banff National Park, Canada
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h
3
Toronto, Canada
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h
5
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 45​min
7
Vancouver, Canada
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
8
Victoria, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
9
Honolulu, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
10
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
11
Honolulu, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
night
Calgary, Canada

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Calgary tour planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Calgary is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Calgary to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 11°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Stephen Avenue Walk ©
Stephen Avenue Walk
Calgary Tower ©
Calgary Tower

5
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Johnston Canyon as well as Chinook Rafting. Escape the urban bustle at Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Banff National Park: Glacier Skywalk (in Jasper National Park) and Columbia Ice Field (in Jasper). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Peyto Lake, take some stellar pictures from Fairview Lookout, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bow Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Calgary to Banff National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Calgary in August, things will get little chillier in Banff National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 5°C. You will leave for Toronto on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Banff National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Glacier Skywalk, Columbia Ice Field
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Bow Valley Parkway ©
Bow Valley Parkway
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway
Chinook Rafting ©
Chinook Rafting

1
night
Toronto, Canada

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Toronto trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Toronto in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Banff National Park to Toronto, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Banff National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Toronto, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Cancun on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Toronto

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nightlife
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3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Tortugas. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Delfines and Swim with Dolphins. Spend the 12th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun itinerary tool .

Fly from Toronto to Cancun in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, ferry, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Cancun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Water Activities
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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

2
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Punta Sur and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres holiday maker .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cenotes Dos Ojos, Xcaret Eco Theme Park, Grand Cenote, and other attractions. Step out of Playa del Carmen to go to Akumal and see Akumal Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

5
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Get in touch with nature at Granville Island and Grouse Mountain. Explore Vancouver's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Whistler) and George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (in Delta). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stanley Park, snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge, gain insight at Vancouver Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vancouver trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Vancouver takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Vancouver, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Vancouver is a bit cooler than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Victoria.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

North Vancouver, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Zipline
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Zipline
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

3
nights
Victoria, Canada

Victoria ©
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Step out of the city life by going to Inner Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Butchart Gardens, stop by Russell Books, step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, and examine the collection at Royal BC Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Victoria trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Victoria takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vancouver in August: highs in Victoria hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Victoria

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

The Butchart Gardens
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The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Beacon Hill Park ©
Beacon Hill Park

1
night
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Victoria to Honolulu. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Victoria in August: highs in Honolulu hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

6
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Take a break from the city and head to Fautaua and Taharuu Beach. Change things up with a short trip to The Water Gardens of Vaipahi in Taravao (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Venus, admire the sheer force of Faarumai Waterfalls, stop by Papeete Roulottes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Punaauia Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Papeete visit planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Papeete in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. While traveling from Honolulu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Papeete, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Papeete

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tahiti, Punaauia, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Taharuu Beach, Faarumai Waterfalls
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Faarumai Waterfalls ©
Faarumai Waterfalls
Taharuu Beach ©
Taharuu Beach

6
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
Get in touch with nature at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). See some other sides of Honolulu: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, stroll through Makapu'u Point, appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial, and steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planning tool .

Fly from Papeete to Honolulu in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Kailua, Haleiwa
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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