59 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

59 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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59 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Fly:  13​h
1
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  10​h
4
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
8
Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Algiers, Algeria
— 1 day
Fly:  22​h 30​min
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
12
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
13
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
14
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Almaty, Kazakhstan

5
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Let the collections at Riserva Naturale Ca' Roman and Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parco delle Mura e dei Forti and National Museum of Carousel and the Popular Tradition. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Pomposa Abbey (in Codigoro), Chiesa di San Domenico (in Chioggia) and Ferrara (Castello Estense, Via delle Volte, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Campo de le Gatte, admire the masterpieces at Castello del Catajo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Trepponti.

To find out how to plan a trip to Venice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Venice is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Venice is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Almaty in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ferrara, Monselice, Oasi Ca' di Mezzo, Parco delle Mura e dei Forti, Trepponti
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Parco delle Mura e dei Forti ©
Parco delle Mura e dei Forti
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Nature & Wildlife Tours and Siena Cathedral will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico and Battistero di San Giovanni. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Archivio di Stato, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, & more), Crete Senesi (in Asciano) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online tour planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Castello di Monteriggioni, Crete Senesi, Abbazia di San Galgano
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:
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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana

7
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Piazza Navona and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Monastero Di S.Benedetto (in Subiaco), Rieti's Underground (in Rieti) and Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take a stroll through Trastevere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Rieti's Underground
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 19:
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
night
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Maiden Tower, steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Shirvanshahs, then go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, and finally see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Ateshgah - Fire Temple, see the interesting displays at Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, don't miss a visit to Fountain Square, then see the interesting displays at Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Baku online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Baku takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rome to Baku. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Baku, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
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Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape ©

1
day
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, then stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Almaty visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Almaty takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Baku to Almaty. When traveling from Baku in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Almaty: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Fun & Games Nature
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
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Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

1
day
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 23rd (Thu), make a trip to Registan, then pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, and then admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Samarkand road trip planner .

You can fly from Almaty to Samarkand in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Samarkand is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Almaty in January, with highs in Samarkand at 10°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Registan ©
Registan

6
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Appreciate the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Catherine Palace and Park, explore the world behind art at The General Staff Building, and learn about all things military at Military Historical Artillery Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg holiday planner .

Getting from Samarkand to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Samarkand, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of -5°C to lows of -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) and Lenin's Mausoleum. Museum-lovers will get to explore State Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml). Change things up with a short trip to Kolomna Kremlin in Kolomna (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kolomna Kremlin
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

1
day
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Algiers travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Moscow to Algiers. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. In February, Algiers is warmer than Moscow - with highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
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Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique

5
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.
Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer and Maracanã. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to MAC Niteroi - Museum of Contemporary Art (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and explore and take pictures at Leblon Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Algiers to Rio de Janeiro. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Algiers to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. In February, Rio de Janeiro is warmer than Algiers - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Petropolis, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Ibirapuera Park, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro De Sao Bento, and examine the collection at Latin America Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Las Terrazas Complex and Old Havana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Malecon and Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Havana trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Havana takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Havana due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in February since evenings lows in Havana dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Galway.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Las Terrazas Complex
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana ©
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
The Cong Heritage Trail and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Galway Arts Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Atlantic Air Adventures (in Shannon) and The Museum of Irish Rural Life (in Kilrush). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Galway Crafts and Collectables.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galway online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Havana to Galway with the Route module. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Havana to Galway due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Havana in February; daily highs in Galway reach 7°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Atlantic Air Adventures, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, The Museum of Irish Rural Life, The Cong Heritage Trail
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Cong Heritage Trail ©
The Cong Heritage Trail

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll explore and learn at Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Castlecomer Discovery Park (in Castlecomer), Kilkenny Castle (in Kilkenny) and Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip maker app .

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. February in Dublin sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Seal Rescue Ireland
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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