55 days in South America, Central America, United States, Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

55 days in South America, Central America, United States, Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Antigua, Guatemala
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New York City, United States
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Brussels, Belgium
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Paris, France
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Nice, France
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo de los Ninos. Get some historical perspective at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and contemplate the long history of Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires visit planner.

Cordoba to Buenos Aires is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. Popular historic sites such as Ilha Fiscal and Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Paz are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Antigua, Guatemala

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Popular historic sites such as Convento de las Capuchinas and Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande are in your itinerary. Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, surround yourself with nature on Antigua Canopy Tours, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Antigua by flight takes about 16 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Antigua when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, with lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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New York City, United States

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ellis Island and Sands Point Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Closter Nature Center (in Closter) and Demarest Nature Center (in Demarest). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, examine the collection at New York Public Library, get great views at Top of the Rock, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary app.

Getting from Antigua to New York City by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Antigua to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh holiday planner.

You can fly from New York City to Edinburgh in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In June, Edinburgh is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Visit Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Alpaca Walking - with Spring Farm Alpacas (in Fletching), Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and UK Wolf Conservation Trust (in Beenham). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at East Sussex Falconry, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and make a trip to Tower of London.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our London online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in London, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Bruges, Belgium

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Ghent City Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gravensteen and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & St Michael's Bridge). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bruges tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and train from London to Bruges in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Atomium. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Belgian Comic Strip Center will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks

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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Place de la Bastille.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville. Get a sense of the local culture at Saint-Paul de Vence and Musee Picasso. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, identify plant and animal life at KL Bird Park, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batu Caves, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur holiday app.

You can fly from Nice to Kuala Lumpur in 20.5 hours. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Nice to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Kuala Lumpur, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne planner.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne is 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

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.
On the 24th (Sat), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Guatemala travel guide

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Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

United Kingdom travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.