39 days in South America, South Pacific, Asia & United States Itinerary

39 days in South America, South Pacific, Asia & United States Itinerary

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39 days in South America, South Pacific, Asia & United States Itinerary

Start: Belfast, United Kingdom
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
8
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  32​h
9
Cape May, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: Belfast, United Kingdom

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Step out of the city life by going to Pao de Acucar and Parque Nacional Tijuca. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, listen to music at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro route maker tool .

Belfast, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Belfast to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belfast in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Rangitoto Island. Sculptureum and Auckland War Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana), Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island) and Piha Beach (in Piha). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Pauanesia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Otara Market, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Auckland in 21 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Auckland is 15 hours. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for colder days in Auckland, with highs around 13°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Matakana, Piha Beach, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Cheltenham Beach
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park

1
night
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, and then explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas
Queenstown Arts Centre ©
Queenstown Arts Centre

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Brett Whiteley Studio, see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape of Sydney Harbour National Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary builder app .

Fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is minus 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Federation Square. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, wander the streets of Degraves Street, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning tool .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Melbourne at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
We've included these beaches for you: Tanjong Beach and Southernmost point of Asia. Escape the urban bustle at The Southern Ridges and East Coast Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Orchard Road, identify plant and animal life at Jurong Bird Park, admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Palawan Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Singapore trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Singapore by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Singapore. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Singapore at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Orchard Road ©
Orchard Road

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotonbori. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Suma Beach (in Suma) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Singapore to Kyoto in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Kyoto is 1 hour. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori, Suma Beach
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

1
night
Taveuni Island, Fiji

Taveuni Island ©
Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Bouma National Heritage Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lavena Coastal Walk.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taveuni Island trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Taveuni Island with the Route module. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kyoto to Taveuni Island due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Taveuni Island: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bouma National Heritage Park ©
Bouma National Heritage Park
Lavena Coastal Walk ©
Lavena Coastal Walk

1
night
Cape May, United States

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Willow Creek Winery, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, and then stroll through Cape May City Beaches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Wildwood Beach, then learn about all things military at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, then stop by Cape May Olive Oil Company, and finally browse the different shops at Washington Street Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape May trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Taveuni Island to Cape May with the Route module. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Taveuni Island to Cape May due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taveuni Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cape May, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wildwood Beach
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Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Wildwood Beach ©
Wildwood Beach
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse

3
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of New York City to go to Ocean Grove and see Ocean Grove Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape May to New York City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. August in New York City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Ocean Grove Beach
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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