60 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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60 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
5
Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Broome, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Darwin, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Ubud, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
10
Leh, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
12
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  25​h
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

5
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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.
Australian Surf Tours has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, & more), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and don't miss a visit to Macquarie Lighthouse.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Sydney is cooler than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

3
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Gallery of Modern Art. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: City Botanic Gardens (in Brisbane) and Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast travel route planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Byron Bay
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

6
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Paronella Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru Hiking Path. There's lots more to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

4
nights
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Visiting Lake Cave and Caves Road will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse), Busselton (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Busselton Jetty) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, explore the striking landscape at Canal Rocks, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach, Busselton Jetty
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Broome, Australia

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point and then stroll through Cable Beach. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Broome trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Broome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Darwin, Australia

Darwin ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mindil Beach and Litchfield National Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Aviation Museum. When in Darwin, make a side trip to see Magnetic Termite Mounds in Litchfield National Park, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Darwin road trip planning site .

Getting from Broome to Darwin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Broome to Darwin is 1 hour. Traveling from Broome in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Darwin, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Magnetic Termite Mounds
Highlights from your plan
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

5
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple and Scuba & Snorkeling. Tirta Empul Temple and Saraswati Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubud: Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple (in Sebatu), USS Liberty Shipwreck (in Tulamben) and Elephant Safari Park (in Tegalalang). The adventure continues: stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Sekumpul Waterfalls, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ubud holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Darwin to Ubud takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Darwin in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ubud: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denpasar.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tegalalang, Tirta Empul Temple, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, USS Liberty Shipwreck
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple ©
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

4
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar ©
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pandawa Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Denpasar with a short trip to Blue Point Beach in Ungasan, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire all the interesting features of Taman Tirtagangga, and stroll through Turtle Conservation and Education Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denpasar trip planner.

You can drive from Ubud to Denpasar in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. September in Denpasar sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Denpasar

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Spas, Tanah Lot Temple, Museum PASIFIKA, Uluwatu Temple, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pandawa Beach ©
Pandawa Beach

4
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Thiksey Monastery and Alchi Choskor Monastery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hall of Fame and Shanti Stupa. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sand Dunes Leisure Park, make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Likir Gompa, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Leh road trip planner .

Getting from Denpasar to Leh by flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Denpasar to Leh is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulu Cami and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Leh to Istanbul in 9 hours. Traveling from Leh to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ulu Cami
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Oludeniz, Turkey

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Visit Iztuzu Beach 2 and Patara Plajı for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saklikent Milli Parki and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz day trip planning site .

Getting from Istanbul to Oludeniz by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Oludeniz, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Patara Plajı, Iztuzu Beach 2, Saklikent Milli Parki
Highlights from your plan
Babadag ©
Babadag
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı

3
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ancient Theater and Perge Ancient City. Museum-lovers will get to explore Antalya Muzesi and Side Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Cirali Beach (in Cirali), Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik) and Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) (in Side). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Antalya trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Manavgat, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Cirali Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach

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