57 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

57 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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57 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Joensuu, Finland
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  19​h 30​min
2
Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  13​h
3
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
+4
Shuttle + Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island, Australia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Blackheath, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Bangkok, Thailand
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Joensuu, Finland

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip builder .

Joensuu to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Joensuu in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Helsinki, with lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Boracay, Philippines

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), get your game on at Virtual World, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Boracay tour planning app .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Helsinki to Boracay in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Philippines Time (PHT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get much hotter in Boracay: highs are around 32°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
White Beach ©
White Beach
Ariel's Point ©
Ariel's Point

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Cairns in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boracay to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Boracay in February, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Elizas Gallery (in Daintree), Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach, Myall Beach, & more) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and stop by With Sugar.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Elizas Gallery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, head outdoors with The Pinnacles, and head off the coast to Waddy Point.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Port Douglas in February, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
nights
Blackheath, Australia

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore Blackheath's surroundings by going to Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Blackheath trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Fraser Island in March; daily highs in Blackheath reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 5:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

6
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Ho Chi Minh City in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, Ho Chi Minh City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

7
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Maha That). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bangkok sightseeing website .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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