48 days in Asia & Australia Itinerary

48 days in Asia & Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Asia & Australia Itinerary

Start: Dothan, United States
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hobart, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
6
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
7
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
12
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Dothan, United States

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ise Grand Shrine and Gion. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

Dothan, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dothan to Kyoto. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dothan in December: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 52°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Osaka Castle, Ise Grand Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Appreciate the collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Albion Park Rail--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Sydney takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Sydney is 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©

3
nights
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Visit Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Cascade Brewery for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Hobart by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Port Arthur Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sovereign Hill and Parliament House of Victoria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bendigo Art Gallery and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Daylesford (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, pick up some new knowledge with The Johnston Collection, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

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

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Hobart, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Spas, Sovereign Hill, Bendigo Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary site .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 97°F and lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic City of Ayutthaya and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). Get some historical perspective at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Wat Maha That (in Ayutthaya) and Big Buddha Temple (in Pattaya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, and explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok day trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Bangkok in 17 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Indochina Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Bangkok are little chillier (87°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ayutthaya, Big Buddha Temple
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

4
nights
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Kayaking & Canoeing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Phuket Trickeye Museum and Big Buddha Phuket. Explore Patong's surroundings by going to Promthep Cape (in Rawai) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Patong Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Patong trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bangkok to Patong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Patong are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon, Rawai
Highlights from your plan
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) ©
Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum

5
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
You'll explore and learn at Cambodia Landmine Museum and Angkor National Museum. Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Bayon Temple, steep yourself in history at Phimeanakas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Siem Reap trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Siem Reap in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
Highlights from your plan
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xi'an Bell Tower and Guangren Temple. Popular historic sites such as Tianshuijing Catholic Church and Chateau de Coiffe Nivolle are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Han Yang Ling Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daxuexixiang Mosque, stroll around Daxingshan Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to China Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Siem Reap in January: high temperatures in Xi'an hover around 42°F and lows are around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
Highlights from your plan
Guangren Temple ©
Guangren Temple
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower
Hanyangling Museum ©
Hanyangling Museum

2
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
On the 9th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanghai Confucian Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Developemt Exhibition Hall, and then wander the streets of Former French Concession.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip website .

Getting from Xi'an to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Xi'an in January; daily highs in Shanghai reach 49°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

2
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), then take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Beijing sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in January, plan for slightly colder days in Beijing, with highs around 38°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone

4
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Visit Mt of Olives and Herod's Western Palace for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Arad (Masada Fortress & Fine Art & Doll Museum). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Western Wall, contemplate the long history of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, make a trip to Hurva Synagogue, and take an in-depth tour of The Menachem Begin Heritage Center Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Jerusalem takes 12.5 hours. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Beijing to Jerusalem due to the time zone difference. In January, Jerusalem is much hotter than Beijing - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arad, Herod's Western Palace
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives

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