38 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

38 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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38 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Fly + Subway:  23 h
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
+5
Subway + Fly + Bus + Train + Foot + Ferry:  9 h
5
Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
11
Grasmere, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
12
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 15 min
End: Washington DC, United States

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, see a show at Sydney Opera House, pick up some local products at Danks Street Produce Merchants, and don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing site .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
On the 25th (Sat), get outside with Walpa Gorge, trek along Kuniya Walk, and then admire all the interesting features of Uluru. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Cairns, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do your shopping at Ermou Street and The Loom. You'll get in some beach time at Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Legrena Beach, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Technohoros Art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Athens by flight takes about 23 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Athens is minus 8 hours. In May, Athens is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Athens

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Legrena Beach, Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Glyfada Beach ©
Glyfada Beach
Plaka ©
Plaka
Voula Beach ©
Voula Beach

1
night
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On the 1st (Sat), view the masterpieces at Miniaci Art Gallery, then stop by Nana' Positano, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Grande. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Ravello Arte, then shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Positano trip builder app .

Do a combination of flight, train, subway, and bus from Athens to Positano in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Athens to Positano, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Positano sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia Grande ©
Spiaggia Grande
Nana' Positano ©
Nana' Positano

3
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.
Head to Via Condotti and Porta Portesefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Catacombe di San Callisto and Passeggiata di Gianicolo. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, stop by Gelaterie Panna e Liquirizia, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

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Drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trastevere ©
Trastevere
Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Shop till you drop at Mercato Centrale and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Get in touch with nature at Castello di Verrazzano and Lido Di Camaiore. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Santa Brigida to see Castello del Trebbio about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, look for gifts at Florence Shop 4 It, and examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence online tour planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Castello di Verrazzano, Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Mercato Centrale ©
Mercato Centrale

3
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.
Head to L'artista della barbaria and Atelier d'Arte La Colonnafor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Canal Grande and La Giudecca. When in Venice, make a side trip to see PDC Cartizze in Valdobbiadene, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, browse for treasures at Gioielleria Eredi Jovon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Alberoni.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

PDC Cartizze
Highlights from your plan
PDC Cartizze ©
PDC Cartizze
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Gioielleria Eredi Jovon ©
Gioielleria Eredi Jovon

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Harrods or Covent Garden. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Brent Valley Golf Course. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, take a stroll through Piccadilly Circus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the London planner .

Fly from Venice to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to London is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Venice in June, with highs in London at 68°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Cheltenham.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Covent Garden ©
Covent Garden
Harrods ©
Harrods

3
nights
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Cheltenham ©
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get outdoors at Head 4 Heights Ltd and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. Head to Alain Rouveure Galleries and Showborough House Sculpture Gardenfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). There's lots more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Gloucester Narrowboats, play a few rounds at Cleeve Hill Golf Club Ltd, view the masterpieces at Art Couture Painswick Gallery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Winchcombe Antiques Centre.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cheltenham trip planner .

Getting from London to Cheltenham by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cheltenham are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grasmere.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Cirencester, Alain Rouveure Galleries, Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Gloucester Narrowboats
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Head 4 Heights Waterpark ©
Head 4 Heights Waterpark
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery

3
nights
Grasmere, United Kingdom

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. You'll get in some beach time at Seascale Beach and Silecroft Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Buttermere and Catbells Lakeland Walk. Explore Grasmere's surroundings by going to Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite). And it doesn't end there: stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, and delve into the distant past at Castlerigg Stone Circle.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Grasmere trip website .

You can drive from Cheltenham to Grasmere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Keswick, Buttermere Lake, The Lakes Distillery, Alpacaly Ever After, Silecroft Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Seascale Beach ©
Seascale Beach
Silecroft Beach ©
Silecroft Beach

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Grafton Street and Brown Thomas. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sandymount Strand. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, take a stroll through Temple Bar, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip site .

Traveling by car from Grasmere to Dublin takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street

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