55 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

55 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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55 days in South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  16​h
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Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  9​h
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
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Nimes, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
14
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
15
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
16
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
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Singapore, Singapore
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and then appreciate the history behind The Bund City Sculptures.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai holiday planner .

You can fly from Auckland to Shanghai in 16 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Shanghai is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Shanghai, with lows of 15°C. On the 29th (Wed), you're off toParis.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Bund City Sculptures ©
The Bund City Sculptures

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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) and Monument aux Girondins. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc de Majolan, make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Eloi.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Bordeaux hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will leave for Porto on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Historic Sites
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Jardin Public ©
Jardin Public
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Parc de Majolan ©
Parc de Majolan

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Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, get to know the fascinating history of Latin Quarter, meet the residents at Jardin des Plantes, and explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris journey tool .

You can fly from Shanghai to Paris in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Fondation Louis Vuitton ©
Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Praetorium, make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, and then stroll the grounds of Melaten-Friedhof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol, examine the collection at Kolumba, then stroll around Stadtwald Park Koln, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lindenthaler Tierpark.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cologne attractions planner.

Take a train from Paris to Cologne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Cologne are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Praetorium ©
Praetorium
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Lindenthaler Tierpark ©
Lindenthaler Tierpark

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore hidden gems such as Lammerklamm and Residenzbrunnen. Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Gollinger Wasserfall in Golling an der Salzach--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, steep yourself in history at Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will leave for Vienna on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gollinger Wasserfall
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Venice to Vienna by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Venice in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Vienna, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Cannaregio. There's more to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice online route planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Venice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. You'll set off for Naples on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona

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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Naples is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and make a trip to Miglio Sacro.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples itinerary website .

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Museums
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Miglio Sacro ©
Miglio Sacro

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Cappella Brancacci. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Naples to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Naples in May, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Walking tours
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Saint-Paul de Vence has been added to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Nimes to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will leave for Rome on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

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Nimes, France

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jardins de la Fontaine and Bois de Espeisses. Step out of Nimes with an excursion to La Bambouseraie en Cevennes in Generargues--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, wander the streets of Place de l'Horloge, contemplate the long history of La Tour de l’Horloge, and examine the collection at Musee de la Romanite.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nimes online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nice to Nimes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nimes, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nimes

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

La Tour de l’Horloge, La Bambouseraie en Cevennes
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Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
Bois de Espeisses ©
Bois de Espeisses
Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle ©
Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Placa d'Espanya as well as Las Ramblas. Explore hidden gems such as El Born and Walking tours. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip tool .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nimes.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Born ©
El Born

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with a short trip to San Martin Bridge in Toledo (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, take a stroll through Barrio de Las Letras, admire the striking features of Palacio De Cristal, and walk around Parque Madrid Rio.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

San Martin Bridge
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San Martin Bridge ©
San Martin Bridge
Parque Madrid Rio ©
Parque Madrid Rio

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Belém Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Rossio Train Station. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Cabo da Roca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in June: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte ©
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Ribeira Square, stroll through Cais da Ribeira, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get great views at Porto Bridge Climb, and finally stroll around Parque da Cidade do Porto.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner .

You can fly from Bordeaux to Porto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bordeaux to Porto is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for Lisbon on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Porto

Parks
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Parque da Cidade do Porto ©
Parque da Cidade do Porto
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Cais da Ribeira ©
Cais da Ribeira

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
On the 19th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Battlebox, then do sightseeing at your own pace with City Scoot, and finally examine the collection at The Intan.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Singapore holiday planner.

You can fly from Porto to Singapore in 20 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Porto to Singapore. Traveling from Porto in June, you will find days in Singapore are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Museums Outdoors
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City Scoot ©
City Scoot
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Battlebox ©
Battlebox

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