59 days in Europe, Asia, Central America & South America Itinerary

59 days in Europe, Asia, Central America & South America Itinerary

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59 days in Europe, Asia, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  6​h
3
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  28​h
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
9
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
11
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
12
York, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Almaty, Kazakhstan

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You'll explore and learn at Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace. Get some historical perspective at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Stadtmuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schwabisches Bauernhofmuseum Illerbeuren (in Kronburg), Museum of the Bavarian Kings (in Hohenschwangau) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Partnachklamm, Richard-Strauss-Institut, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Chocolate Factory Barbara Kronner, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter und Paul, and explore the world behind art at Buchheim Museum der Phantasie.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Munich route planner .

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Munich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Almaty to Munich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Almaty in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Munich, with lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Murnau, Mittenwald, Schloss Linderhof
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

6
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Topography of Terror and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. East Side Gallery and Potsdamer Platz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Radduscher Naturhafen (in Vetschau), Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben) and Sanssouci Palace (in Potsdam). There's still lots to do: gain insight at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, explore the world behind art at Kunstgewerbemuseum, examine the collection at Urban Nation, and don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Berlin online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Sanssouci Palace, Radduscher Naturhafen
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Topographie des Terrors ©
Topographie des Terrors
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra and St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. Appreciate the collections at Saint Sophia Cathedral and Great Patriotic War Museum. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, and appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kiev vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Berlin to Kiev takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Pirogovo Open-Air Museum ©
Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat. Get some cultural insight at The Grand Palace and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple (in Chachoengsao) and Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya Ruins, Historic City of Ayutthaya, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House, wander the streets of Khao San Road, and walk around Lumpini Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bangkok trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Kiev to Bangkok in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kiev to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Kiev in January, with highs in Bangkok at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple
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Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

4
nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
You'll explore and learn at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra Singh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Chiang Mai side-trips: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai vacation planning tool .

Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bangkok in January since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon
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Maerim Elephant Sanctuary ©
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

1
day
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandantegchenling Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Zaisan Memorial.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar online day trip planner .

Getting from Chiang Mai to Ulaanbaatar by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chiang Mai to Ulaanbaatar is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in January; daily highs in Ulaanbaatar reach -17°C and lows reach -36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums Historic Sites
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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Visit Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and Proyecto Asis for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ulaanbaatar to La Fortuna de San Carlos. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): shop like a local with Alas y Raices, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online tour planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canaima National Park using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monteverde to Canaima National Park. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature Parks
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Angel Falls ©
Angel Falls

6
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Parque 3 de Febrero and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Mayo and Puerto Madero. Venture out of the city with trips to Temaiken Biopark (in Belen de Escobar), ZOO Lujan (in Lujan) and Tigre (Museo de arte Tigre & Delta El Tigre). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, steep yourself in history at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, wander the streets of San Telmo, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Canaima National Park to Buenos Aires with the Route module. Traveling from Canaima National Park to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tigre, Villa Ocampo, Temaiken Biopark, ZOO Lujan
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore and learn at Westminster Abbey and The British Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate National Gallery and Buckingham Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Chastleton House and Garden (in Moreton-in-Marsh). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to London by flight takes about 17 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to London. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, things will get cooler in London: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cotswolds Distillery, Chastleton House and Garden
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

5
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chatsworth House and York Castle Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Railway Museum and York Minster. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Doncaster (Ashworth Barracks & The Vulcan Experience), Lincoln (Steep Hill, Lincoln Castle, & more) and Room Escape Games (in Leeds). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Durham Cathedral, see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and wander the streets of York Shambles.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our York trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lincoln, Whitby, Doncaster, Durham, Chatsworth House
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The Vulcan Experience ©
The Vulcan Experience
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House

4
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Do some cultural sightseeing at Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr. Your inner history buff will appreciate Caernarfon Castle and Snowdon. Venture out of the city with trips to Llandudno Promenade (in Llandudno), Criccieth Castle (in Criccieth) and Portmeirion Village (in Portmeirion). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Harlech Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Bodnant Garden, get engrossed in the history at National Slate Museum, and identify plant and animal life at South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Caernarfon tour planner .

Getting from York to Caernarfon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Caernarfon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Conwy, Harlech Castle, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Llandudno Promenade, South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
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Snowdon ©
Snowdon
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr

3
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Battlefield Falconry Centre and Moreton Corbet Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Church of St Peter and Saint Chad's Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Liverpool: Shrewsbury (The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, & more).

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Liverpool online road trip planner .

Getting from Caernarfon to Liverpool by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. February in Liverpool sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shrewsbury, Moreton Corbet Castle, Church of St Peter
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Battlefield Falconry Centre ©
Battlefield Falconry Centre
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter
Moreton Corbet Castle ©
Moreton Corbet Castle

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