50 days in Africa, Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

50 days in Africa, Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cairo, Egypt
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Warsaw, Poland
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Krakow, Poland
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Oswiecim, Poland
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Drive to Kraków John Paul II International Airport, Fly to Beijing
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Beijing, China
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Agra, India
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Jaipur, India
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Hobart, Australia
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 3 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Mall of Rosebank, Melrose House and Safaris. Appreciate the collections at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House. Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Montecasino.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online route planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Johannesburg, you'll gain 7.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Adelaide, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Cairo.

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Cairo, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Coptic Cairo has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Islamic Cairo and Pyramids of Giza. Popular historic sites such as Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Mosque of Muhammad Ali are in your itinerary. Step out of Cairo to go to Giza and see Great Sphinx, which is approximately 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cairo in 11 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairo, with lows around 24°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Pub Medieval Casa do Fauno has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Colares to see Cabo da Roca about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Belém Tower and choose your vessel at Nosso Tejo.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon online road trip planner.

Getting from Cairo to Lisbon by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Lisbon is minus 2 hours. In November, Lisbon is slightly colder than Cairo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks · Tours

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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 6th (Sun), visit Casco Historico de Toledo, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, then stroll around Parque del Retiro, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, take a stroll through Gran Via, then take a stroll through La Latina, and finally explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. In November, Madrid is slightly colder than Lisbon - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 8th (Tue).

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Concertgebouw, Hotspot Bar and Anne Frank, Her Diary On Stage. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Escape the urban bustle at Flagship Amsterdam and Flying Dutch Boats. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and wander the streets of Red Light District.

Before you visit Amsterdam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Amsterdam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in November: highs in Amsterdam hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 5°C. You'll set off for Warsaw on the 13th (Sun).

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Warsaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Treblinka Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Nowy Swiat, stroll through Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then get curious at Copernicus Science Centre, then stroll through Gorka Szczesliwicka, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Warsaw takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in November: highs in Warsaw hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 2°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ulica Florianska, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, then steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and finally examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Krakow trip planner.

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Krakow are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Oswiecim, Poland

— 2 nights
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
On the 19th (Sat), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tychy Brewery Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Trollandia Rope Park Gora Zar, then hit the slopes at Zar Mountain, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum and Synagogue.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oswiecim trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Krakow to Oswiecim by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Oswiecim can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks

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Beijing, China

— 3 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Get some cultural insight at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and The Palace Museum. Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Beijing online tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Oswiecim to Beijing. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Oswiecim to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oswiecim in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Beijing, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Agra.

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Agra, India

— 1 night

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 25th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Agra Art Gallery, then take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and then explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Akbar the Great, then see the interesting displays at Taj Museum, then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and finally stop by Taj Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Agra trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Beijing to Agra takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Beijing to Agra, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in November, expect Agra to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Jaipur.

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Jaipur, India

— 2 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Jitesh Arts. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pratap Celebrity Wax Museum Jaipur, look for gifts at Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre, step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, then admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur travel route planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Childrens Museums
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at P. Ramlee Memorial, Head underground at Batu Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at KL Bird Park, and then explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur holiday builder app.

You can fly from Jaipur to Kuala Lumpur in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Jaipur to Kuala Lumpur. Traveling from Jaipur in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kuala Lumpur, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland takes 14.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 20°C, while days are much colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hobart.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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Hobart, Australia

— 7 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Get a sense of the local culture at Drink Tasmania Premium Tours and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Port Arthur Historic Site and Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Cockle Creek (in Southport), Okines Beach (in Dodges Ferry) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at South Cape Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nutgrove Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Spiky Beach Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Auckland to Hobart in 9 hours. Traveling from Auckland to Hobart, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in December, you will find days in Hobart are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Walkatjara Art Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kuniya Walk and Walpa Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, go for a walk through Field of Light, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Hobart to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hobart to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Hobart in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Poland travel guide

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A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

China travel guide

4.4
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

India travel guide

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It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks
A largely unpopulated, parched land of deep red desert, spectacular rock formations, and small, isolated settlements, Northern Territory has perhaps the most distinctively Australian aesthetic of all the country’s states. The region’s towns and cities are clustered around the Stuart Highway--the iconic road that serves as Northern Territory’s main artery--rather than the coastline, as is normally the case in Australia.