60 days in Africa, South America, Canada & Asia Itinerary

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N'Djamena, Chad
— 3 nights
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Bayanga, Central African Republic
— 3 nights
Drive to Bangui, Fly to Pointe Noire
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Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
— 3 nights
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Moroni, Comoros
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Montreal, Canada
— 4 nights
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Toronto, Canada
— 5 nights
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Vancouver, Canada
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Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
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Beijing, China
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N'Djamena, Chad — 3 nights

Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque N'Djamena, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche (Central Market), then explore and take pictures at Avenue Charles de Gaulle, and finally explore the galleries of Musée National du Tchad.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our N'Djamena trip planner.

Belfast, UK to N'Djamena is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to N'Djamena is 1 hour. Traveling from Belfast in November, things will get warmer in N'Djamena: highs are around 43°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bayanga.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Bayanga, Central African Republic — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dzanga-Sangha Reserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayanga travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from N'Djamena to Bayanga takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll set off for Pointe Noire on the 12th (Sat).
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Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo — 3 nights

The second largest city of Congo, coastal Pointe-Noire has rapidly grown into a metropolitan area in past decades, rising to become the main commercial center of the country.
Pointe Noire is known for parks and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Gorges of Diosso, stroll through Cote Sauvage, and explore the galleries of Musee Cercle Africain.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pointe Noire day trip website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bayanga to Pointe Noire in 20.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In November, daytime highs in Pointe Noire are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Moroni.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Moroni, Comoros — 2 nights

Moroni is the largest city, federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquée de Moroni, then surround yourself with nature on Adore Comores, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mssihiri wa Cheik Ahmed Mosque, and finally browse the exhibits of National Museum of the Comoros. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Mitsoudje and then get impressive views of Mount Karthala.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moroni online road trip planner.

You can fly from Pointe Noire to Moroni in 22 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Pointe Noire to Moroni is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Santiago, Chile — 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Vina del Mar (Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) & Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck) and La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, shop like a local with Patio Bellavista, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and browse the different shops at Costanera Center.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santiago online travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Moroni to Santiago with the Route module. Traveling from Moroni to Santiago, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 5 nights

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Go for a jaunt from San Pedro de Atacama to Antofagasta to see Salar de Atacama about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, look and learn at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning site.

Fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Bogota.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Bogota takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Bogota due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature
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Medellin, Colombia — 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 5th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get engrossed in the history at Museum Pablo Escobar, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in December: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.
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Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Cartagena, Colombia — 3 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in December, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Montreal.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Montreal, Canada — 4 nights

Quebec's Metropolis

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Montreal is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal, take an in-depth tour of Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Montreal trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Montreal takes 8.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in December, with highs in Montreal at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Toronto.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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Toronto, Canada — 5 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toronto: Niagara Falls (Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls Canada, &more). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower, see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, wander the streets of Distillery Historic District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Toronto online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Montreal to Toronto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Toronto is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Vancouver.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Vancouver, Canada — 4 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Stanley Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, wander the streets of Gastown, and admire the natural beauty at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Vancouver day trip app.

Fly from Toronto to Vancouver in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Vancouver is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Vancouver at 7°C and lows at 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Shanghai, China — 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

Before you visit Shanghai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Vancouver to Shanghai in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Shanghai is 16 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect nights in Shanghai to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Beijing, China — 6 nights

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.
Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see Mutianyu Great Wall, don't miss a visit to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Beijing visit site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Chad travel guide

3.5
Nature & Parks · Tourist Spots · Museums
With a desert in the north, an arid strip through the middle, and grassland areas in the south, Chad boasts a huge diversity of environments, wildlife, and plants. The country has always appealed to adventurous and daring travelers, with unadulterated landscapes and large animal populations the rewards for those bothering to visit. A ratcheting up of unrest, political violence, and terrorism in the 21st century has made travel to the country inadvisable, so it's not surprising mass tourism in Chad never really took off.
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Central African Republic travel guide

3.1
Nature & Parks · Churches · Monuments
Natural attractions in Central African Republic include large forested areas rich in wildlife, especially lowland gorillas and elephants. One the most impoverished and historically unstable countries in the world, CAR remains known for its openness, its people praised for their welcoming nature and positive attitude. The Central African Republic Bush War began in 2004 and, despite a ceasefire in 2007, the fallout from the conflict and re-ignition of sectarian and political violence has made travel to the country inadvisable ever since.
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Republic of the Congo travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Architectural Buildings · Museums
Most citizens of the Republic of the Congo live in the south of the country, with few residing outside the capital Brazzaville or Pointe-Noire on the coast. The capital represents a good place to start a holiday in the Republic of the Congo--it's a great jump-off point for voyages down the Congo River, the long and winding waterway that separates the country from its similarly named neighbor. Following the river to the north, the country becomes sparsely populated, with much of the area covered in lush rainforests. Two national parks, one in the far north and one in the center, represent the main focal points of the Republic of Congo itineraries, with a chance to spot lowland gorillas and forest elephants a major reason to visit for any genuine nature lover.
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Comoros travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching
Exotic Comoros offers a different take on the archetypal paradise island. The remote collection of varied landmasses endured a turbulent history, with nearly 20 coups since its independence in 1975. The political situation has calmed in recent years, allowing tourism in Comoros to develop thanks to a good offering of white-sand beaches, volcanic peaks, and underwater worlds rich in wildlife. Devoutly Muslim, the locals frown upon the consumption of alcohol and bare skin--few foreign tourists are bothered by this, as most come for the off-the-beaten track adventuring rather than beach-bar relaxation.
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Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.
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China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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