53 days in Africa, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & United States Itinerary

53 days in Africa, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & United States Itinerary

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53 days in Africa, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America & United States Itinerary

Start: Zawiercie, Poland
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Moscow, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
3
Shanghai, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  26​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
6
New York City, United States
— 11 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
End: Zawiercie, Poland

6
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and Pyramids of Giza. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Photography Tours and Giza Plateau. Go for a jaunt from Cairo to Giza to see Great Sphinx about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, step into the grandiose world of Bab al-Futuh, and wander the streets of Coptic Cairo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner .

Krakow, Poland to Cairo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in October, expect Cairo to be warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Giza Plateau ©
Giza Plateau
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza

7
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Armoury Chamber. Get some cultural insight at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), Trinity Cathedral (in Sergiyev Posad) and Kolomna (Cathedral of the Assumption, Kolomna Kremlin, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, engage your brain at The Museum of Cosmonautics, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Moscow road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Moscow takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Moscow. Traveling from Cairo in October, things will get much colder in Moscow: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Sergiyev Posad, Church of The Holy Virgin
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin

7
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Suzhou Garden Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Former French Concession. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Suzhou (Panmen Gate, Master-of-Nets Garden, & more) and Jinghang Grand Canal Hangzhou (in Hangzhou). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanghai Confucian Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Shanghai takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Moscow to Shanghai. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Moscow in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Suzhou, Jinghang Grand Canal Hangzhou
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

9
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.
Get some cultural insight at Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Rocks and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Bald Hill Lookout (in Stanwell Tops), Mittagong (Southern Highlands Welcome Centre & The Grape Escape) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nan Tien Temple, stroll through Prince Henry Cliff Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Shanghai to Sydney in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Wollongong, Mittagong, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

6
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Morro Dois Irmaos and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema) and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (in Niteroi). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro in 26 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 33°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth
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Jerusalem Cultural Center ©
Jerusalem Cultural Center
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

11
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Independence National Historical Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Philadelphia (Eastern State Penitentiary, Rodin Museum, & more), Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (in Hyde Park) and Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Met Cloisters, see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and take a stroll through Greenwich Village.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New York City online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to New York City in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, things will get cooler in New York City: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Hyde Park, Brooklyn, Grounds For Sculpture
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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