35 days in South Pacific, United States & Europe Itinerary

35 days in South Pacific, United States & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  18 h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 45 min
4
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  13 h
8
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
11
Salerno, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
12
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Hong Kong, China

1
day
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.
To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Auckland holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and then contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua route maker website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland in May, Rotorua is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village ©
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and finally stop by Pauanesia. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Otara Market, contemplate the long history of Stockade Hill, contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, then enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse, and finally take a stroll through Ponsonby.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in May since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Stockade Hill
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Manukau Heads Lighthouse ©
Manukau Heads Lighthouse
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Otara Market ©
Otara Market

4
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Craft Contemporary. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery for their historical value. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, browse the fresh offerings at Hollywood Farmers' Market, take in the exciting artwork at Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, and shop like a local with Annenberg Space for Photography.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder website.

You can fly from Auckland to Los Angeles in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
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Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Le Marais, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planning app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Paris in 14 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Paris. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. You'll set off for Reims on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

1
night
Reims, France

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, look for gifts at Le Vintage, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Surrender.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Reims vacation maker tool.

Take a train from Paris to Reims in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Reims when traveling from Paris in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Musee des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Museum of the Surrender ©
Museum of the Surrender

1
night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, look for gifts at Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, and then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colmar road trip site.

You can take a train from Reims to Colmar in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, subway, flight, and shuttle. In May in Colmar, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mulhouse, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Confiserie des Hautes Vosges
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Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Appreciate the collections at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Le Ceramiche di Vezio. Visit Duomo di Milano and La Citta Alta for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Bellagio (Profumeria Bellagio & Abele Experientia Artis), Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina) and Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Milan attractions planner.

Drive from Colmar to Milan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Milan, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bellagio, Villa Carlotta, Le Ceramiche di Vezio, La Citta Alta, Casa dei Presepi
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Giudecca 795 Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Giudecca 795 Art Gallery ©
Giudecca 795 Art Gallery

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Aria Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): shop like a local with Pitti Mosaici, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the exciting artwork at I Mosaici Di Lastrucci, then hit all the best shops with Florence Shop 4 It, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence route planning app.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Salerno.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Tours
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
nights
Salerno, Italy

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Sol’Art Ceramiche, stop by Ceramica D'Urso Vietri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally steep yourself in history at Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins, browse the exhibits of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salerno trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Salerno in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salerno, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Rome.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ravello, Vietri sul Mare, Paestum, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Palatine Hill are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Via Condotti and Trevimage. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Sistine Chapel, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Salerno to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salerno in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Rome

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Silvia Tanganelli, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di San Galgano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of San Quirico d'Orcia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Loggia della Mercanzia, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, view the masterpieces at Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli , then explore the world behind art at Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, and finally make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Siena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Siena, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

San Gimignano 1300, San Quirico d'Orcia, Abbazia di San Galgano, Comune Di Certaldo
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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana

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