29 days in Peru, Austria & Vietnam Itinerary

29 days in Peru, Austria & Vietnam Itinerary

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29 days in Peru, Austria & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  15​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
11
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima driving holiday planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Lima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in October: high temperatures in Lima hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, plan for little chillier nights in Arequipa, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu travel route planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Cusco is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

5
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Albertina, steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Vienna in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cusco in October: highs in Vienna hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

3
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Innsbruck: Spruce Tree Castle (in Zell im Zillertal), Hintertux Schleierwasserfall (in Hintertux) and Maria Rast am Hainzenberg (in Hainzenberg). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilde Wasser Weg, see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, and contemplate the waterfront views at Achensee.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Vienna to Innsbruck in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilde Wasser Weg, Spruce Tree Castle, Hintertux Schleierwasserfall, Achensee, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Highlights from your plan
Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
Swarovski Kristallwelten ©
Swarovski Kristallwelten

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Hallstatter See in Hallstatt--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary site .

Getting from Innsbruck to Salzburg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hallstatter See
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 26th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, pause for some serene contemplation at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Ho Chi Minh City takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Indochina Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Salzburg in October, things will get warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum

2
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Yaly Couture - Nguyen Thai Hoc branch, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the striking landscape at The Marble Mountains.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

The Marble Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Halong Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Halong Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view the masterpieces at TiredCity Hang Bong, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Hanoi holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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