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

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

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

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
ferry:  45​min
2
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
3
Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  16​h
4
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
7
Honolulu, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Kihei, United States
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  13​h
10
Sanibel Island, United States
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
11
Key West, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
12
Maspalomas, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
13
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India

3
nights
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lanta Animal Welfare and The Boss Collection. Spend the 8th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, experience rural life at Shaan and Jeevan's Eco-Farm, step off the mainland to explore Ko Jum, and putt your heart out at Lanta Parklife.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Ko Lanta is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Ko Lanta is 1 hour. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Ko Lanta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
The Boss Collection ©
The Boss Collection
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then cool off at Aquaride, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay and then head off the coast to Bamboo Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bamboo Island ©
Bamboo Island
Aquaride ©
Aquaride

4
nights
Margaret River, Australia

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Go for a jaunt from Margaret River to Cape Naturaliste to see Bunker Bay about 50 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sat) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, trek along Cape to Cape Track, learn about winemaking at Stormflower Vineyard, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Margaret River route planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ko Phi Phi Don to Margaret River. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Surfers Point, D’Entrecasteaux National Park, Cape Grace Wines, Stormflower Vineyard, Cape to Cape Track
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Food Tours
Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
D’Entrecasteaux National Park ©
D’Entrecasteaux National Park

3
nights
Airlie Beach, Australia

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Grays Bay and Queensland Yacht Charters. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Bowen (Bowen Historical Society and Museum & Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout). On the 19th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Whitsunday Boat Hire, stop by Into The Blue Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Charter Yachts Australia, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Airlie Beach takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Whitsunday Boat Hire ©
Whitsunday Boat Hire
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Queenstown Garden and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Parasailing & Paragliding in Wanaka, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ben Lomond Track, do a tasting at Bald Hills Wines, look for gifts at The Bead Shop, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Queenstown in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Wanaka
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Queenstown Garden ©
Queenstown Garden
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Taupo Gliding Club), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Otarawairere Bay (in Ohope). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Taupo, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, trek along Tarawera Trail, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Otarawairere Bay, Hobbiton Movie Set, River Rafting & Tubing, Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hawaiian Fire and Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rotorua to Honolulu in 14.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Rotorua to Honolulu is minus 22 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rotorua in December, with highs in Honolulu at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaiian Fire, Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Hawaiian Fire ©
Hawaiian Fire
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial

4
nights
Kihei, United States

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waikamoi Preserve and Kalama Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Lahaina Galleries, & more). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at No Ka Oi Protea Farm, get interesting insight from Tours, delve into the distant past at Pi'lanihale Heiau, and take in the exciting artwork at Maui's World Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kihei sightseeing planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January in Kihei, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui, Kula, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Haleakala Crater
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Lava Fields ©
Lava Fields
Tutu's Pantry ©
Tutu's Pantry

6
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Francis H. I'l Brown Golf Course and Keauhou Bay Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Captain Cook (Rooster Farms & Kealia Ranch) and The 1871 Trail (in Honaunau). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hala Tree, take in the pleasant sights at Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, stop by 2nd Wave Beach and Boat, and get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Sunshower Farms, The 1871 Trail, Francis H. I'l Brown Golf Course, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kealia Ranch ©
Kealia Ranch
Lekeleke Burial Ground ©
Lekeleke Burial Ground

2
nights
Sanibel Island, United States

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanibel Community Playground and Whitney's Bait and Tackle. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Pond Apple Park, savor the flavors at Sanibel Island Farmer's Market, stop by Adventures In Paradise Outfitters, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach Park.

Find out how to plan Sanibel Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kailua-Kona to Sanibel Island in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Sanibel Island due to the time zone difference. In January, Sanibel Island is slightly colder than Kailua-Kona - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Sanibel Community Playground ©
Sanibel Community Playground
St. Isabel Catholic Church ©
St. Isabel Catholic Church

4
nights
Key West, United States

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Schooner Wolf - Private Charters and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stop by Besame Mucho, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in January, Key West is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
St. Paul's Episcopal Church ©
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and The Secret Yacht. Change things up with a short trip to Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: choose your vessel at Coolplaysail, take in nature's colorful creations at Palmitos Park, enjoy some diversion at Club de Tenis y Padel Holycan, and take a tour by water with Isla Breeze Boat Rental.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Maspalomas day trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Key West to Maspalomas with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to Maspalomas is 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Key West in January: high temperatures in Maspalomas hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mogan, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Playa de Las Canteras, TENNIS ISLAND, Playa de Mogan
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Playa de Maspalomas ©
Playa de Maspalomas
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
TENNIS ISLAND ©
TENNIS ISLAND

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Only One Apnea Center. Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: ride a horse along Miso Horse Riding Trips, head outdoors with SOHO Tennis & Squash center, stop by Secret Of Egypt, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maspalomas to Sharm El Sheikh. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Maspalomas to Sharm El Sheikh. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Miso Horse Riding Trips ©
Miso Horse Riding Trips

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