59 days in South America, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

59 days in South America, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Fly to Jose Maria Córdova International Airport
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
Drive to Cairns International Airport, Fly to Riga International Airport
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Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 4 nights
Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Rock Hill

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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the architecture and history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip planner.

Rock Hill, USA to Medellin is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. September in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Canberra, Australia

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 5th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Medellin to Canberra with the Route module. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Medellin to Canberra due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Medellin in September, expect nights in Canberra to be colder, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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Cairns, Australia

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Bones and Jones. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Cairns takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Canberra in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 33°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Entomological museum and Daintree Discovery Centre. Let the collections at Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City Riga (Vecriga) and Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs. Get some historical perspective at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum and St. Peter's Church. Take a break from Riga with a short trip to Salaspils Memorial Ensemble in Salaspils, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, identify plant and animal life at Shooting Range Trapitava, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Riga trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Douglas to Riga. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Riga. When traveling from Port Douglas in September, plan for much colder days in Riga, with highs around 20°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Singel and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Grote Markt in Haarlem (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and contemplate the long history of Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam holiday tool.

You can fly from Riga to Amsterdam in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riga to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Strathblane Falconry and Dalhousie Castle Falconry. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and experience rural life at BobCat Alpacas.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh online vacation planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Edinburgh by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. In September, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Buckingham Palace and National Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at One Tree Hill and Platinum Training. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London journey maker tool.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Rietberg and ARTBOX.GALLERY. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Alpineum in Lucerne, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Haus zum Rech, and see the interesting displays at Focus Terra.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zurich vacation planner.

You can fly from London to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Nice, France

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.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Croisette. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de la Mariniere. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musée d'Archéologie) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Zurich to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in October; daily highs in Nice reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Marseille, France

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye Saint Victor. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Arts Africains, Oceaniens et Amerindiens (MAAOA), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Biarritz, France

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Asiatica and Musee Bellevue. Get a sense of the local culture at Phare de Biarritz and Chapelle Imperiale. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, stroll through Plage de la Milady, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, and head outdoors with La Grande Plage.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Marseille to Biarritz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Biarritz, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Antioquia Department travel guide

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Landmarks · Aquariums · Historic Sites

Australian Capital Territory travel guide

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History Museums · Government Buildings · Art Museums
Australian Capital Territory houses the seat of Australia’s government. Entirely surrounded by the state of New South Wales, it consists mainly of tracts of agricultural land and the mountainous Namadgi National Park, in addition to the country’s modern capital, Canberra. The region has a population of approximately 360,000 people, the vast majority of whom live within metropolitan Canberra.

Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Theme Parks