57 days in United States, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

57 days in United States, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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57 days in United States, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
1
Philadelphia, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles, United States
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
3
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Luganville, Vanuatu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
9
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  18​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

5
nights
Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Hagley Museum and Library (in Wilmington), Baltimore (Sagamore Spirit Distillery & Horseshoe Casino) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hersheypark. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Philadelphia International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Baltimore, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Hersheypark, Chanticleer
Highlights from your plan
Jersey Shore Alpacas ©
Jersey Shore Alpacas
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

7
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (The Lego Store, Disneyland Park, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River), Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get your game on at Velocity Karts, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Christchurch. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Christchurch to be cooler, temps between 57°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, Ohinetahi Garden, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery, Charles Upham VC Statue
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Connells Bay Sculpture Park) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Auckland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Cheltenham Beach, Hamilton Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

4
nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila ©
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Port Vila is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Hideaway Island Marine Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, and find something for the whole family at Wet N Wild Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Vila trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Auckland to Port Vila in 4.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Auckland to Port Vila due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Port Vila: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luganville.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Efate, Cascades Waterfalls, The Secret Garden
Highlights from your plan
Evergreen Cascades Waterfall ©
Evergreen Cascades Waterfall
Iririki Island ©
Iririki Island
The Secret Garden ©
The Secret Garden

4
nights
Luganville, Vanuatu

Luganville ©
Luganville is the second largest city in Vanuatu. Luganville is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Millennium Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Champagne Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Santo's Blue Hole Hangout, and head outdoors with Cruising Safaris.

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

Getting from Port Vila to Luganville by flight takes about an hour. In October in Luganville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tanna Island.

Things to do in Luganville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Espiritu Santo
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Cave ©
Millennium Cave
Champagne Beach ©
Champagne Beach
Nanda Blue Hole ©
Nanda Blue Hole

1
night
Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Tanna Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Lenuanatuaiu Waterfall, stroll through Louniel Beach, and then get impressive views of Mount Yasur.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tanna Island attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Luganville to Tanna Island takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tanna Island when traveling from Luganville in October, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Tanna Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Mount Yasur ©
Mount Yasur

4
nights
Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noumea: Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue (in Yate) and Sentier de la petite cascade (in Farino). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Amedee Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Vata Beach, see the interesting displays at Tjibaou Cultural Center, and meet the residents at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Noumea online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Tanna Island to Noumea in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue, Sentier de la petite cascade
Highlights from your plan
Ilot Maitre ©
Ilot Maitre
Tjibaou Cultural Center ©
Tjibaou Cultural Center

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nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Koya-cho (Ryusen-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, walk around Nara Park, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday planner.

You can fly from Noumea to Osaka in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Noumea to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Airport Ceramic Mural, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple, Hiroshima Airport Ceramic Mural, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Jishu Shrine, Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Odaiba, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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