60 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Male, Maldives
— 6 nights
Fly to Malta International Airport, Drive to Senglea
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Senglea, Malta
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Drive to Malta International Airport, Fly to Brindisi – Salento Airport, Drive to Ostuni
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Ostuni, Italy
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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Zurich, Switzerland
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Kitty Miller Bay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Mordialloc Beach (in Mordialloc), Chelsea Beach (in Chelsea) and Aspendale Beach (in Aspendale). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at Wine Compass, kick back and relax at Edithvale Beach, and stroll through Cowes Beach.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne visit planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Male, Maldives

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum and Grand Friday Mosque. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Artificial Beach and Rasfannu. Step out of Male with an excursion to Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives in Vihamanafushi--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hulhumale Beach, stroll around Sultan Park, admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and make a trip to Tsunami Monument.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Melbourne to Male. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Male, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Senglea.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Senglea, Malta

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Rinella and Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Malta at War Museum and Inquisitor's Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Senglea trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Male to Senglea. Traveling from Male to Senglea, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Male in January, with highs in Senglea at 18°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Ostuni.

Things to do in Senglea

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ostuni, Italy

Ostuni is a city and comune, located about 8 km from the coast, in the province of Brindisi, region of Apulia, Italy). Appreciate the collections at Masseria Brancati and L'Ulivo che Canta. Get some cultural insight at L'Acropoli di Puglia and Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ostuni: Taranto (Museo Nazionale Archeologico & Castello Aragonese), Porto Selvaggio (in Nardo) and Alberobello (I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site & Trullo Sovrano). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano di Ostuni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco, and look for gifts at Il Botteghino.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ostuni road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Senglea to Ostuni. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Senglea in January: high temperatures in Ostuni hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Ostuni

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
You'll explore and learn at War Photo Limited and Museum of Croatian War of Independence. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Cavtat Old Town. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, browse the exhibits of Art by Stjepko, admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sveti Jakov Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik day trip site.

Traveling by car from Ostuni to Dubrovnik takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia and Ortakoy. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Istanbul takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dubrovnik to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in January since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Baku, Azerbaijan

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Heydar Aliyev Center and Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. Dedicate the 4th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers, and delve into the distant past at Ateshgah Fire Temple.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Baku road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Baku takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Azerbaijan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in February, Baku is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Baku

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Mozarts Geburtshaus and Red Bull Hangar-7 capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Bad Hofgastein (Gasteiner Edelbrennerei Durzbauer, Alpentherme Gastein, &more), Swarovski Kristallwelten (in Wattens) and Kufstein Fortress (in Kufstein). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Badestrand Hallstatt, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilika St. Michael.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Baku to Salzburg in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In February, Salzburg is a bit cooler than Baku - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Vienna, Austria

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien will appeal to museum buffs. Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Leopold Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. February in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Seebad Eich and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi), Altstadt Luzern (in Lucerne) and Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, take a stroll through Niederdorf, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Zurich in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Zurich are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Riga, Latvia

Paris of the North

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), examine the collection at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, then steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. On the next day, head outdoors with Jurmala Beach, steep yourself in history at House of the Black Heads, and then pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Riga trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Riga takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Riga. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in February: highs in Riga hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Azerbaijan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.

Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Latvia travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.