60 days in United States, South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in United States, South Pacific, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Des Moines, United States
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
2
Las Vegas, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
5
Boracay, Philippines
— 1 day
Fly:  10 h
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
7
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h
10
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
11
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
12
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
14
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Des Moines, United States

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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and The Shop at NBC Studios. Get in touch with nature at East River Waterfront Esplanade and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder website.

Des Moines to New York City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

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nights
Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Strip and Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Willow Beach in Fort Mohave, approximately Fort Mohave away. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Las Vegas, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from New York City to Las Vegas in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 103°F to lows of 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, Willow Beach
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
Get outdoors at The Remarkables Ski Area and Milford Sound. For shopping fun, head to The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown or Ivan Clarke Gallery. Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, which is approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Queenstown takes 22.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Queenstown is 20 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Te Anau
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Brett Whiteley Studio. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Sydney sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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ATTY Gallery ©
ATTY Gallery
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, stroll through Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), thenpause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulabog Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Boracay holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Boracay by flight takes about 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Boracay. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get warmer in Boracay: highs are around 87°F and lows about 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Boracay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
White Beach ©
White Beach
Bulabog Beach ©
Bulabog Beach

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thentake a stroll through Gion, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

Getting from Boracay to Kyoto by flight takes about 11 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Boracay in June: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 81°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get some cultural insight at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Seonunjeongsa Temple. You'll get in some beach time at Hamdeok Beach and Hyeopjae Beach. Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Halla Mountain about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, shop like a local with The Islander, walk around Hallim Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jeju online route planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Jeju in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
On the 27th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), stop by Nanluoguxiang, and then get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing tour website.

Fly from Jeju to Beijing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Beijing are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Beijing

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Escape the urban bustle at Sodermalm and Sandhamn. Head to Ostermalm Saluhall and Fargfabrikenfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, and see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stockholm road trip site.

You can fly from Beijing to Stockholm in 13 hours. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Beijing to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in June, you will find days in Stockholm are much colder (67°F), and nights are a bit cooler (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Shop till you drop at Pandora Art Gallery and Eleni Marneri Galerie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Corinth (Temple of Apollo & Akrokorinthos). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, stop by Arhontiko Kelari, explore the galleries of Athens Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou'.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip website.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Athens takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Athens. While traveling from Stockholm, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corinth, Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

6
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Visit Plage de Pampelonne and Florida Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de la Lanterne. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Sentier Botanique (in Cogolin) and Plage du Soleil (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, do a tasting at Domaine de Toasc, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice driving holiday website.

Getting from Athens to Nice by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Athens to Nice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St-Laurent du Var, Plage de Pampelonne, Sentier Botanique, Plage du Soleil, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Florida Beach ©
Florida Beach
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Eiffel Tower and Le Marais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Faiences Saint-romain. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: L'Orangerie (in Versailles), Honfleur (Plage du Butin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Caresse de Tigre (in La Mailleraye-sur-Seine). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Paris. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Honfleur, L'Orangerie, Caresse de Tigre
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get outdoors at Birdland and The Raptor Centre. Head to Chipping Campden Visitor Information Centre and Camden Marketfor some retail therapy. Step out of London to go to Stourton and see Cotswolds Distillery, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hayman's Distillery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cotswolds Distillery, The Raptor Centre, Chipping Campden Visitor Information Centre, Birdland
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Relax by the water at Embleton Bay and Beadnell Bay Beach. Head to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Stills Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and tour the pleasant surroundings at BobCat Alpacas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from London in July, things will get little chillier in Edinburgh: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Embleton Bay, Beadnell Bay Beach
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BobCat Alpacas ©
BobCat Alpacas
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Embleton Bay ©
Embleton Bay

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