43 days in Asia, United States, South America & Europe Itinerary

43 days in Asia, United States, South America & Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Asia, United States, South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
3
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
4
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h
5
Key West, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4​h
7
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 1 night
+5
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
8
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
10
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
14
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Perth, Australia

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and then wander the streets of Odaiba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Ginza, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sojiji, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Sojiji
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Thu), wander the streets of Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online visit planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to San Francisco in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Kyoto to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyoto in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and New York Public Library. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

4
nights
Key West, United States

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Escape the urban bustle at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Dry Tortugas National Park. Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Key West: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada) and The Turtle Hospital (in Marathon). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Mallory Square, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Key West travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Key West in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Key West hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, The Turtle Hospital
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Step off the beaten path and head to Barra da Tijuca Beach and Parque Lage. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Praia de Grumari, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Key West to Rio de Janeiro in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Key West in January, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

1
night
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 22nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Aracatibinha Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lopes Mendes Beach, and then stroll through Lagoa Azul.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aracatibinha Beach ©
Aracatibinha Beach

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Get in touch with nature at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Sueste and Morro dois Irmaos. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, stroll through Baia dos Golfinhos, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Walls of Avila and Catedral Primada. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Madrid takes 15.5 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

The Walls of Avila, Catedral Primada
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

1
night
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Seville at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle, walk around Parc Guell, then wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Palatine Hill. Visiting Catacombe di San Callisto and Colle del Gianicolo will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Orvieto to see Duomo di Orvieto about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Sainte-Chapelle. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims (in Reims). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel planner.

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in February, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Covent Garden and National Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read London trip planner .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. February in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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