48 days in Europe, Africa & South Pacific Itinerary

48 days in Europe, Africa & South Pacific Itinerary

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48 days in Europe, Africa & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  15​min
2
Versailles, France
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  18​h
3
Franschhoek, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
4
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
7
Manly, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Glenorchy, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Mataura Island, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
11
Bombay, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Milford, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  11​h 45​min
14
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Fly + bus:  21​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Luxembourg Gardens, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Retro Tour Paris. Get in touch with nature at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trocadero and Wine Tours & Tastings. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planning tool .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Trocadero ©
Trocadero
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter

2
nights
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Palace of Versailles has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Piece d'Eau des Suisses and then stop by L'adresse gourmande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, then don't miss a visit to Palace of Versailles, and then make a trip to Quartier Saint-Louis.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Versailles online itinerary planner .

Versailles is very close to Paris. December in Versailles sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
L'adresse gourmande ©
L'adresse gourmande
Spas

2
nights
Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Boschendal Wine Estate as well as Franschhoek Motor Museum. Head to Grand Provence Estate and Masquerade Antiques And Thingsfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Franschhoek Pass and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Noble Hill Wine Estate and stop by Huguenot Fine Chocolates.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Franschhoek travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Versailles to Franschhoek. Traveling from Versailles to Franschhoek, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Versailles in December: high temperatures in Franschhoek hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

3
nights
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Hluhluwe Game Reserve ©
Escape the urban bustle at Mkhuze Game Reserve and Emdoneni Cheetah project. When in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, make a side trip to see Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve in Mkuze, approximately 1h 10 min away.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hluhluwe Game Reserve online trip builder .

Drive from Franschhoek to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in 18 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Franschhoek in December: highs in Hluhluwe Game Reserve hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mkuze
Highlights from your plan
Mkhuze Game Reserve ©
Mkhuze Game Reserve

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seal Island, Vergelegen Estate, Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Helderberg Nature Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Cape Point and Platteklip Gorge. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stop by Watershed, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, and cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town journey planner .

You can drive from Hluhluwe Game Reserve to Cape Town in 18.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hluhluwe Game Reserve in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Hike Table Mountain ©
Hike Table Mountain

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours, Sydney Outback and AEA Luxury Tours. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and King Edward VII. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip site .

Getting from Cape Town to Sydney by flight takes about 18 hours. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 8 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manly.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Manly, Australia

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
North Head Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at 4 Pines Brewery Tours. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, then stroll through Shelly Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Collins Flat Beach.

Plan a trip to Manly easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Manly is just a stone's throw from Sydney. January in Manly sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary ©
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Milford Sound, Moke Lake, Milford Sound Scenic Flights, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Chasm Walk and Spas. Get outdoors at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zipline. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Oxbow The Adventure Co. & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Queenstown in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manly to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Te Anau, Lake Gunn, Milford sound Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

2
nights
Glenorchy, New Zealand

Glenorchy ©
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heli Glenorchy. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Lake Marian Track, then explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and then see the winter wonderland with Heli Glenorchy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Humboldt Falls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenorchy tour planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mataura Island.

Things to do in Glenorchy

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Humboldt Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

3
nights
Mataura Island, New Zealand

Mataura Island ©
On the 14th (Thu), make a trip to Slope Point and then get outside with Curio Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): hike along McLean Falls Walk, admire the sheer force of McLean Falls, and then get engrossed in the history at Waikawa Museum and Information Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mataura Island tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Glenorchy to Mataura Island in 3.5 hours. You will leave for Bombay on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Mataura Island

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Waikawa, McLean Falls, Waikawa Museum and Information Centre, McLean Falls Walk
Highlights from your plan
Curio Bay ©
Curio Bay
McLean Falls ©
McLean Falls
Slope Point ©
Slope Point

1
night
Bombay, New Zealand

Bombay ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes GoSkydive New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Hunua Falls and then cross one thing off your bucket list with GoSkydive New Zealand.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bombay travel planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mataura Island to Bombay. January in Bombay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Bombay

Tours Adventure Nature

Side Trips

GoSkydive New Zealand, Hunua Falls
Highlights from your plan
GoSkydive New Zealand ©
GoSkydive New Zealand
Hunua Falls ©
Hunua Falls

4
nights
Milford, New Zealand

Milford ©
Mokoroa Falls has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Smiths Bush Reserve and Red Beach. For shopping fun, head to Takapuna Markets or TOI Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Milford side-trips: Kerr Farm Wine (in Kumeu), Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant (in Waimauku).

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milford driving holiday planner .

Drive from Bombay to Milford in an hour. When traveling from Bombay in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Milford: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Milford

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Takapuna, Kerr Farm Wine, Red Beach, Orewa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant ©

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
You've now added Sky Tower to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Island, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Sweet Red Strawberries, then stroll through Bethells Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland online tour planner .

Auckland is very close to Milford. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tohora Bora Bora, Mount Pahia and Shark Diving. For shopping fun, head to Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora or Art du Pacific. Get in touch with nature at Mount Otemanu and White Valley. It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Auckland to Bora Bora in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 22 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Pahia ©
Mount Pahia
Tohora Bora Bora ©
Tohora Bora Bora
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu

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