29 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

29 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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29 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Bogota, Colombia
fly:  16​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
2
Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
ferry:  62​h
3
Bangkok, Thailand
— 1 night
ferry:  37​h
4
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 day
ferry:  36​h
5
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 day
ferry:  18​h
6
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
ferry:  33​h
7
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Sydney, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Bogota, Colombia

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galata Tower as well as Grand Bazaar Jewelers. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then stop by Grand Bazaar Jewelers, and finally steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip tool .

Bogota, Colombia to Istanbul is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bogota to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bogota in December, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ArtScience Museum, Kampong Glam and Chinese and Japanese Gardens. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese and Japanese Gardens, see the interesting displays at ArtScience Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, then stroll through Gardens by the Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Orchard Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Kampong Glam, take a stroll through Chinatown, then see the interesting displays at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, then appreciate the history behind Merlion Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Singapore route website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Singapore takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Singapore Time (SGT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, things will get much warmer in Singapore: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Gardens by the Bay ©
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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night
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.
You've added Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Big Buddha Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Yansangwararam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planner .

You can fly from Singapore to Bangkok in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pattaya, Wat Yansangwararam, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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day
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), Emperor Jade Pagoda, Tao Dan Park, and other attractions. On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor Jade Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tan Dinh Church, stroll around Tao Dan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City holiday planner .

Getting from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

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Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery as well as The Marble Mountains. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery and then make a trip to The Marble Mountains.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Hue to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hue

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Marble Mountains, City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery ©
City of Ghosts - An Bang Cemetery

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night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then snap pictures at Bãi Cháy Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Hon Ga Choi Island, snap pictures at Pont Bai Chay, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Halong Bay route planner .

Traveling by bus from Hue to Halong Bay takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bãi Cháy Bridge ©
Bãi Cháy Bridge

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Man Mo Temple, and other attractions you added. On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Man Mo Temple, then wander the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), don't miss a visit to Ngong Ping 360, and then don't miss a visit to Wisdom Path.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Halong Bay to Hong Kong. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Halong Bay to Hong Kong. In January, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites Transportation Fun & Games
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Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Happy Valley Racecourse ©
Happy Valley Racecourse

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nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, & more) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker site .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Sydney in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Sydney is 2 hours. In January, Sydney is a bit warmer than Hong Kong - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Gallery Blackheath, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
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Photography Tours
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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