32 days in United States, Mexico, Europe & Asia Itinerary

32 days in United States, Mexico, Europe & Asia Itinerary

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32 days in United States, Mexico, Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 30​min
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  23​h 15​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
7
Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
8
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
9
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
11
Ngapali, Myanmar
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get in touch with nature at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Koko Crater Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, and admire the verdant scenery at Nu'uanu Pali Lookout.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Ko Olina Lagoons, Nuuanu Pali Lookout
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Nuevo Vallarta, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Honolulu to Puerto Vallarta. Traveling from Honolulu to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Chapultepec Castle, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), then explore the ancient world of Templo Mayor Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, expect Mexico City to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 8°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Spas & Wellness. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cozumel itinerary builder.

Fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Ruinas Mayas de Tulum and Gaston Charo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Paraiso and Yal-ku Lagoon. Change things up with a short trip to Grand Cenote in Tulum (about 1 hour away). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 13th (Sat) with a shark diving experience.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Yal-ku Lagoon
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Shark Diving

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Residence Parliament, snap pictures at Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid), appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, and step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Budapest travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Playa del Carmen to Budapest. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in January: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 3°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

2
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara ©
Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peace Temple and then admire the sheer force of Devi's Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), take in the awesome beauty at Poon Hill, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sarangkot.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pokhara trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Budapest to Pokhara. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Pokhara is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Pokhara

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Poon Hill ©
Poon Hill
Sarangkot ©
Sarangkot

1
night
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Pashupatinath Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Crematoria, then contemplate the long history of Kathmandu Durbar Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kathmandu trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, daytime highs in Kathmandu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mandalay.

Things to do in Kathmandu

#Historic Sites
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Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa
Shree Pashupatinath Temple ©
Shree Pashupatinath Temple

1
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Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamuni Pagoda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mandalay sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Mandalay in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Mandalay: highs are around 34°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

#Historic Sites
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Mahamuni Pagoda ©
Mahamuni Pagoda

2
nights
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Bagan Temples, contemplate the long history of Shwesandaw Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananda Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Htilominlo Pahto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Gubyaukgyi Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhammayangyi Temple.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mandalay to Bagan by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ngapali.

Things to do in Bagan

#Historic Sites
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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple
Shwesandaw Pagoda ©
Shwesandaw Pagoda

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Ngapali, Myanmar

Ngapali ©
Combining traditional rural charms with an ever-growing beach resort vibe, the fishing village of Ngapali stands out as a highlight of Myanmar's west coast.
On the 27th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Shwe Nandaw Pagoda Hill, then get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours, and then kick back and relax at Ngapali Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ngapali trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bagan to Ngapali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ngapali

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shwe Nandaw Pagoda Hill
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Ngapali Beach ©
Ngapali Beach

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