47 days in Asia, Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

47 days in Asia, Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly to Kathmandu, Drive to Kathmandu
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 6 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 7 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights

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Pokhara, Nepal — 3 nights

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Peace Temple and International Mountain Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Sarangkot and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), look for gifts at Silver Oaks Handicraft, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pokhara trip itinerary maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Pokhara is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Nepal Time is minus 4.2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Pokhara reach 24°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Kathmandu.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Kathmandu, Nepal — 6 nights

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.
Patan Museum and Universal Crafts will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple. Make the 18th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Make the 17th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, wander the streets of Thamel, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Pia.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kathmandu trip maker site.

Getting from Pokhara to Kathmandu by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pokhara in December, Kathmandu is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Reykjavik.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:

Reykjavik, Iceland — 7 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Hallgrimskirkja. Let the collections at Perlan and Saga Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur), Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dogsledding Iceland, see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik, trot along with a tour on horseback, and visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse.

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You can fly from Kathmandu to Reykjavik in 20.5 hours. You'll gain 5.8 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in December, you will find days in Reykjavik are cooler (2°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 29:

Tokyo, Japan — 5 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa and Nikko Tosho-gu. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Taiyuimbyo Shrine (in Nikko). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art.

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You can fly from Reykjavik to Tokyo in 18.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Tokyo is 9 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Yamanouchi-machi, Japan — 1 night

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi road trip planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.
Parks · Wildlife · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Takayama, Japan — 1 night

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Takayama when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Ise.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Ise, Japan — 1 night

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 7th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ise route maker site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Ise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in January, Ise is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Kyoto, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Musubi Kyoto. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori District in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, don't miss a visit to Gion, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip tool.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Nagasaki, Japan — 1 night

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagasaki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Ishigaki, Japan — 2 nights

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 13th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. On your second day here, stroll around Kabira Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Nagasaki in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Iriomote-jima, Japan — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 15th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Sydney, Australia — 10 nights

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.
Let the collections at Anzac Memorial and The Rocks Discovery Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Watsons Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters & The Giant Stairway), Everglades House & Gardens (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Sydney in 17.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Iriomote-jima to Sydney is 1 hour. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in January, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 27:

Nepal travel guide

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With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.