37 days in Canada, Mexico, South America, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

37 days in Canada, Mexico, South America, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Canada, Mexico, South America, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh, United States
Fly + Bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  13​h
2
Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  25​h
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
+6
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  37​h
4
Noosa, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  41​h
8
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh, United States

2
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
On the 26th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sulphur Mountain, trek along Hoodoos Trail, and then hike along Tunnel Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Agnes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peyto Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Bow Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Crowfoot Glacier, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Samson Native Gallery.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Banff National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Pittsburgh, USA to Banff National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in June, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel Mountain Trail ©
Tunnel Mountain Trail
Sulphur Mountain ©
Sulphur Mountain
Lake Agnes ©
Lake Agnes

5
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Xpu-ha Beach and Xcacel Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad and Tierra Huichol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Skydiving (in Playa del Carmen), Puerto Morelos (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Galeria Arte Zissimo arte contemporano, & more) and IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB (in Playa Paraiso). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Banff National Park to Cancun takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Banff National Park to Cancun, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Banff National Park in June, expect Cancun to be much warmer, temps between 87°F and 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Cenote Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB ©
IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB
Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Intipuncu and Winay Wayna. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Choquequirao Archeological Park and Sacred Valley of the Incas. When in Machu Picchu, make a side trip to see Zipline in Santa Teresa, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and stop by Mapi Art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road trip website .

Getting from Cancun to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and car takes about 25 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Zipline, Choquequirao Archeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Noosa, Australia

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, and then stroll through Peregian Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Noosa. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Noosa, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Original Eumundi Markets, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Buderim Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

4
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridge and Kirra Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Kurrawa Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & Gallery of Modern Art). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planner.

Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Visiting Trinity Beach and Birdworld Kuranda will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mission Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Helen Wiltshire Gallery (in Mission Beach), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Wrights Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Mission Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Shark Diving
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree National Park and Agincourt Reef. Get in touch with nature at Opal Reef and Photography Tours. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

6
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
You'll get in some beach time at Talisker Beach and Sound of Sleat Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to A.C.E Target Sports and Sligachan Old Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Isle of Skye: Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg) and All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop (in Ardelve). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Coruisk, explore the striking landscape at Trotternish Ridge, and take in the exciting artwork at Skye Blue Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Douglas to Isle of Skye. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Isle of Skye is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in July; daily highs in Isle of Skye reach 61°F and lows reach 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan
Highlights from your plan
A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Loch Coruisk ©
Loch Coruisk

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