59 days in Europe, Africa, Asia, South Pacific, South America & Mexico Itinerary

59 days in Europe, Africa, Asia, South Pacific, South America & Mexico Itinerary

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Nice, France
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Paris, France
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Patong, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Nice, France

— 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more) and Casino Barriere Le Croisette (in Cannes). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, deepen your understanding at Institut de Francais, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in January, with highs in Nice at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Casinos

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in January: high temperatures in Paris hover around 45°F and lows are around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Cape Town takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 3 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Patong.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step out of Patong to go to Ao Phang Nga National Park and see Phang Nga Bay., which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bangla Road, get a taste of the local shopping with Suit Fitter, let the kids burn off some steam at Kidzoona, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Patong holiday planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Patong by flight takes about 16.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Patong is 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in January, with highs in Patong at 89°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 2 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai travel route planner.

You can fly from Patong to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Patong in January since evenings lows in Chiang Mai dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Bangkok, Thailand

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bangkok, with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, &more). On the 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, hike along Lake Gunn, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Bangkok to Queenstown in 17 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Taupo Museum, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Auckland, New Zealand

— 3 nights

City of Sails

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, see the interesting displays at Museum of Transport and Technology, stop by Pauanesia, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 17th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

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Traveling by flight from Auckland to Cusco takes 23 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Cusco. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Cusco, with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and then wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lima online holiday builder.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lima, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Spas, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen day trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Playa del Carmen in 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in February since evenings lows in Playa del Carmen dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in February, with highs in Mexico City at 75°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.