53 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

53 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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53 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Singapore, Singapore
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
10
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
11
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

2
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 10th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), take a stroll through Old Quarter, explore the world behind art at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi sightseeing planning app .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Hanoi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Luxembourg City to Hanoi, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
West Lake ©
West Lake

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, hunt for treasures at Chatuchak Weekend Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), and browse the different shops at Siam Paragon.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok road trip planner .

Getting from Hanoi to Bangkok by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World ©
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

5
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Attractions like Singapore Zoo and S.E.A. Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Sentosa Island (Universal Studios Singapore & Adventure Cove Waterpark). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer, take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Merlion Park, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Singapore attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Singapore takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Singapore. In July, daytime highs in Singapore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Universal Studios Singapore ©
Universal Studios Singapore
S.E.A. Aquarium ©
S.E.A. Aquarium

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip app .

You can fly from Singapore to Melbourne in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Melbourne. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

5
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). On the 6th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get your game on at iFLY Queenstown.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planning tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Queenstown by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:
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Break One ©
Break One
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

5
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Family-friendly places like Huka Prawn Park and Kinloch Beach will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Clay Break Taupo, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, & more). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Before you visit Rotorua, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Sky Tower and Auckland Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Snowplanet in Silverdale (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, get your game on at Gravity NZ Mt Wellington, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and find something for the whole family at Rainbow's End Theme Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Auckland tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Rotorua, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Auckland

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Rainbow's End Theme Park, Snowplanet
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Edo-Tokyo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 21st (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tokyo Sea Life Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Tokyo in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect Tokyo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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