15 days in United States, Melbourne & Cook Islands Itinerary

15 days in United States, Melbourne & Cook Islands Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 night
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Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City
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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally walk around Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, then get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne travel route planning website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

— 2 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
On the 7th (Wed), head off the coast to Moturakau, step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, then head outdoors with Akaiami, and finally stop by T & S Artworx. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Aitutaki Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aitutaki online journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Aitutaki takes 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Aitutaki is minus 20 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Avarua, Cook Islands

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Tivaevae Collectables, then kick back and relax at Muri Lagoon, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Avarua trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

New York City, United States

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Avarua to New York City. The time zone changes from Cook Islands Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Las Vegas, United States

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Las Vegas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Cook Islands travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.