28 days in Hong Kong, Panama & Barcelona Itinerary

28 days in Hong Kong, Panama & Barcelona Itinerary

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1
Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
2
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
3
Contadora Island, Panama
— 2 nights
4
Colon, Panama
— 1 night
5
Portobelo, Panama
— 2 nights
6
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 7 nights

6
nights
Hong Kong, China

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), stroll around Nan Lian Garden, engage your brain at Hong Kong Science Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Hong Kong is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from London to Hong Kong, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Hong Kong, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Panama City journey planning app.

Fly from Hong Kong to Panama City in 25 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, expect Panama City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

2
nights
Contadora Island, Panama

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then see majestic marine mammals with Coral Dreams.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Contadora Island online travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island takes 2 hours. In December in Contadora Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colon.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Coral Dreams ©
Coral Dreams
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas

1
night
Colon, Panama

Colon
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stop by Panamá-Canal Railroad and then don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colon road trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Contadora Island to Colon takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Portobelo.
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Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

2
nights
Portobelo, Panama

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Black Christ and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Portobelo trip planner.

You can drive from Colon to Portobelo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Portobelo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo

2
nights
San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
On the 3rd (Sun), paddle through the water with Sailing Blue Sky and then head off the coast to San Blas Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Blas Islands travel route site.

Take a bus from Portobelo to San Blas Islands in 2.5 hours. In January in San Blas Islands, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Guna Yala Region
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro
San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands

7
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and ponder the design of The Magic Fountain.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Blas Islands to Barcelona. The time zone difference when traveling from San Blas Islands to Barcelona is 6 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Blas Islands in January, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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