60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Medellin, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
5
Lagos, Nigeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Benin City, Nigeria
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
7
Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Melaka, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
10
George Town, Malaysia
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
11
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  11​h
12
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

5
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Cartagena vacation app .

Washington DC, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cartagena, with lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bajo Las Palmas, Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Spratt Bight, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and make a trip to Rocky Cay.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip builder app .

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In August in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

5
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in September, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

6
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bogota online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in September, expect Bogota to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos ©
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
On the 14th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at LUFASI Nature Park, then have fun and explore at Mindscape Childrens Museum, then stop by The Henna Place, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Lennox Mall. Keep things going the next day: walk around Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park, take in the exciting artwork at Red Door Art Gallery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of Christ.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Lagos trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bogota to Lagos. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Western African Time (WAT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Bogota in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lagos, with highs around 84°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Benin City.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Lekki, Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park
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Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park ©
Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park
Mindscape Childrens Museum ©
Mindscape Childrens Museum
The Henna Place ©
The Henna Place

1
night
Benin City, Nigeria

Benin City ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Mono River and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at W National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Benin City trip planner .

Getting from Lagos to Benin City by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Benin City can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Abuja.

Things to do in Benin City

Parks Nature
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W National Park ©
W National Park
Mono River ©
Mono River

2
nights
Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja ©
The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Anglican Church, and then explore the striking landscape at Zuma Rock. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Grand Towers Abuja Mall, make a trip to Abuja National Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of An Noor Mosque, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bature Brewery.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Abuja road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Benin City to Abuja takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Abuja are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Abuja

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Zuma Rock
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Zuma Rock ©
Zuma Rock
An Noor Mosque ©
An Noor Mosque
Bature Brewery ©
Bature Brewery

5
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Step out of Kuala Lumpur with an excursion to Putra Mosque in Putrajaya--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, identify plant and animal life at KL Bird Park, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and Head underground at Batu Caves.

Start your trip to Kuala Lumpur by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abuja to Kuala Lumpur. The time zone difference when traveling from Abuja to Kuala Lumpur is 7 hours. When traveling from Abuja in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kuala Lumpur: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Melaka.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Petaling Jaya, Putra Mosque, Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KLCC Park ©
KLCC Park

1
night
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka ©
Known as the "Historical City," Melaka boasts an eclectic blend of colonial, Peranakan Chinese, and traditional Malay architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Malacca River, take an in-depth tour of Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, then admire the striking features of Stadthuys, then delve into the distant past at St Paul's Church, and finally make a trip to The Huskitory.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Melaka, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Melaka

Parks Nature Museums
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Malacca River ©
Malacca River
The Huskitory ©
The Huskitory
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ©
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

5
nights
George Town, Malaysia

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Get out of town with these interesting George Town side-trips: Alor Setar (Zahir Mosque & Al-Bukhary Mosque) and ESCAPE (in Teluk Bahang). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, see the interesting displays at Penang House of Music, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, and explore the world behind art at Penang State Museum and Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the George Town trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Melaka to George Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melaka to George Town due to the time zone difference. In September in George Town, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Penang Island, Alor Setar, ESCAPE, Kek Lok Si Temple, Laser Battle
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Penang House of Music ©
Penang House of Music
ESCAPE ©
ESCAPE
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©

5
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Langkawi is known for nature, beaches, adventure, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Langkawi Sky Bridge, stroll through Cenang Beach, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and identify plant and animal life at Darulaman Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Langkawi road trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from George Town to Langkawi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Langkawi Sky Bridge ©
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Zipline

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Langkawi to Kyoto takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Langkawi to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Kyoto is a bit cooler than Langkawi - with highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple, Himeji Castle, Mt. Koya
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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