60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Garston, New Zealand
— 1 day
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Adelaide, Australia
— 2 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
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Mackay, Australia
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Karumba, Australia
— 1 night
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Borroloola, Australia
— 1 night
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 2 nights
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Darwin, Australia
— 1 night
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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Fuji, Japan
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill, browse the exhibits of Howick Historical Village, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, get impressive views of Mount Eden, then wander the streets of Devonport, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Parnell.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland vacation tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Auckland is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Auckland is 15 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip maker.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 11°C. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Taupo, New Zealand

— 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, then browse the exhibits of Lava Glass, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo route builder app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 1 night
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, and then trek along Taranaki Falls.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip website.

Take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Wellington are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Kaikoura, New Zealand

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 25th (Wed), hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Art & Design Gallery, and finally stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

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Getting from Wellington to Kaikoura by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You will leave for Christchurch on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Mona Vale, and then learn about winemaking at Marlborough Vineyards.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip builder website.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Christchurch to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Garston.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Garston, New Zealand

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Craft Keepers, take in the exciting artwork at Athol Art Gallery, and then experience rural life at Real Country.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Garston trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Garston. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Garston

Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 2 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.
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You can drive from Garston to Queenstown in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hobart.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Hobart, Australia

— 2 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Treasury Building, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then gain some tasty knowledge on Drink Tasmania Premium Tours, then contemplate the long history of Constitution Dock, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery.

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Getting from Queenstown to Hobart by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Hobart. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

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.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Melbourne Gaol. The adventure continues: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder website.

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Adelaide, Australia

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Dog Ridge Winery and then awaken your taste buds at Wine Diva Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take a stroll through Rundle Mall, and finally hike along River Torrens Linear Park Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Adelaide are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Canberra, Australia

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Canberra visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Canberra due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in June, expect Canberra to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Lennox Bridge. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Jason Ree will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Faulconbridge Cemetery (in Faulconbridge) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning site.

You can fly from Canberra to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in June; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at South Brisbane Memorial Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and finally get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder site.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Mackay, Australia

— 1 night
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Mackay Museum and then stroll through Bucasia Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mackay planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Mackay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Mackay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Mackay

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Cairns, Australia

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 15th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Mackay to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Mackay - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Karumba.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Karumba, Australia

— 1 night
Karumba is a town and locality in the Shire of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, cool off at Karumba swimming pool, and then look for gifts at Midnight Emporium.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Karumba trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Karumba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in June, expect nights in Karumba to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Borroloola.

Things to do in Karumba

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Shopping

Borroloola, Australia

— 1 night
Borroloola is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): walk around Limmen National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Borroloola route maker tool.

Drive from Karumba to Borroloola in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. You'll set off for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Borroloola

Parks

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

— 2 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 20th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kakadu National park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Borroloola to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Darwin, Australia

— 1 night

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Burnett House, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Star Village. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 3 hours. In June in Darwin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Singapore.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Singapore, Singapore

— 2 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Popular historic sites such as Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Battlebox are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Tanjong Beach and East Coast Park. There's still lots to do: visit Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at National Museum of Singapore, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Mosque.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Singapore tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Singapore takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Singapore. Traveling from Darwin in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Singapore, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hong Kong, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Escape the urban bustle at Lantau island and Repulse Bay Beach. Hong Kong Museum of History and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak) and savor the flavors at Secret Food Tours Hong Kong.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Hong Kong takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. Get a sense of the local culture at Insadong and Cheonggyecheon Stream. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate the long history of Namsangol Hanok Village, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and make a trip to Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun).

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Seoul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Seoul. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in June; daily highs in Seoul reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, then explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Bokcheon Museum, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Fukuoka, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 4th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then get outside with Nijino Matsubara, and finally take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Nakasu District, indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center, see the interesting displays at Kyushu National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, walk around Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker website.

Fly from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Fuji, Japan

— 2 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to Yakisoba Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, then see the interesting displays at Mount Fuji Museum, then get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fuji road trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Fuji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Fuji hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Relax by the water at Moroiso Shores and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hayama-machi (Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi & Morito Beach). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and stop by Akihabara.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fuji in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Caves
Place of Greenstone
As the heart of World Heritage-listed Wahipounamu, Fiordland National Park makes a great base for those wanting an adventure holiday packed full of wildlife-spotting expeditions, alpine climbs, and chances to enjoy New Zealand's national pastime--hiking. Over 500 km (310 mi) of hiking trails lead you through the native forest, up to the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, and along verdant valleys. Sea kayaking also ranks among the top things to do in Fiordland National Park, letting you explore the waters and get close to some of the protected animals here, including penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and seals. Formed over a period of 100,000 years, the fiords offer fantastic viewpoints and photo opportunities.

Kakadu National Park travel guide

4.3
World heritage site · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Geologic Formations
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. Experience Kakadu's magic in six dramatically different seasons. International flights arrive directly into Darwin from many global hubs. From the airport it's about a three hour drive by car to Kakadu National Park. Follow the Nature's Way route from Darwin for a longer adventure through the Top End.

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