56 days in Europe, United States, South America, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

56 days in Europe, United States, South America, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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Oyonnax, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Orthez, France
— 3 nights
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Drive to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC
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Washington DC, United States
— 7 nights
Fly
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Curitiba, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Tauranga
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Tauranga, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nagano
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Nagano, Japan
— 5 nights
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Bao'anying Airport, Drive to Panzhihua
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Panzhihua, China
— 1 night
Drive to Bao'anying Airport, Fly to Almaty
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Fly
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 4 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
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Oyonnax, France — 4 nights

Oyonnax is the second most populated commune in the Ain department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fermes-musee du Pays Horloger and Abbaye Imperiale de Baume-les-Messieurs. Musee des traditions bugistes and La Maison de La Vache qui rit are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Oyonnax: Musee de la Boissellerie (in Bois d'Amont), Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs (in Baume-les-Messieurs) and Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cascades du Hérisson, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Genin, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oyonnax vacation tool.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport and Dole-Tavaux Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Oyonnax can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Orthez.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Orthez, France — 3 nights

Orthez is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France.It lies 40 km NW of Pau on the Southern railway to Bayonne. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Musee Jeanne d'Albret, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Moncade, and then snap pictures at Pont Vieux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Le Chateau des Enigmes, then explore the historical opulence of Musee Serbat, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise, and finally explore the historical opulence of Château de Mauléon.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Orthez online trip maker.

Getting from Oyonnax to Orthez by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Orthez are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.
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Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Washington DC, United States — 7 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gettysburg National Military Park and Arlington National Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Family Fishing Adventures (in Annapolis) and Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (in Lothian). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of American History.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Orthez to Washington DC. The time zone difference when traveling from Orthez to Washington DC is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Orthez in May; daily highs in Washington DC reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Curitiba.
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Find places to stay May 8 — 15:

Curitiba, Brazil — 5 nights

The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Museu Oscar Niemeyer and Santuario Tabor Magnificat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ukranian Memorial and Catedral Sao Jose. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, take a stroll through Bairro de Santa Felicidade, examine the collection at Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Curitiba travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Curitiba takes 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Curitiba is 2 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for little chillier days in Curitiba, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tauranga.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Tauranga, New Zealand — 7 nights

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Te Puia and Buried Village of Te Wairoa will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rotorua Museum and Pohutukawa Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Tauranga side-trips: Waitomo Caves (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Waitomo Glowworm Caves), Rotorua (Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Horseback Riding Tours, &more) and Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours & Huka Falls Walkway). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park, kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, steep yourself in history at The Elms, and trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tauranga road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Curitiba to Tauranga. Traveling from Curitiba to Tauranga, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Curitiba in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tauranga, with lows of 11°C. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to Nagano.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 29:

Nagano, Japan — 5 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsumoto Castle and Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. Let the collections at Mizuno Museum and Konnyaku Park capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi), Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, Matsumoto City Art Museum, &more) and Tomioka Silk Mill (in Tomioka). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagano trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tauranga to Nagano. Traveling from Tauranga to Nagano, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Nagano is a bit warmer than Tauranga - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Panzhihua.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:

Panzhihua, China — 1 night

Panzhihua is a prefecture-level city located in the far south of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China, at the confluence of the Jinsha and Yalong Rivers. On the 5th (Mon), walk around Panzhihua Park. On the next day, see human ingenuity at work at Ertanshui Hydroelectric Station and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panzhihua Greate Black Mountain.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Panzhihua trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nagano to Panzhihua. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.
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Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

Almaty, Kazakhstan — 1 night

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, then examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and then take a tour by water with Dolphinarium Nemo.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Almaty trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Panzhihua to Almaty with the Route module. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Panzhihua to Almaty due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to St. Petersburg.
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

St. Petersburg, Russia — 7 nights

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Popular historic sites such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and Kazan Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, walk around Catherine Palace and Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg sightseeing planner.

Fly from Almaty to St. Petersburg in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Almaty in June, with highs in St. Petersburg at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kyiv (Kiev).
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 16:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine — 4 nights

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Visit The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra and St. Volodymyr's Cathedral for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Sophia's Cathedral and Battle for Kyiv 1943 National Museum. Take a break from Kyiv (Kiev) with a short trip to Mezhyhirya Residence Museum in Novi Petrivtsi, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Pyrohovo Open-Air Museum, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), explore the galleries of Golden Gate, and learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) road trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kyiv (Kiev) in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Kyiv (Kiev), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in June, expect Kyiv (Kiev) to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Warsaw.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:

Warsaw, Poland — 5 nights

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Old Town and Palace on the Island will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, look and learn at Copernicus Science Centre, stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planning website.

Fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Warsaw in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Warsaw due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in June since evenings lows in Warsaw dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:

United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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