57 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico & United States Itinerary

57 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico & United States Itinerary

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57 days in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico & United States Itinerary

Start: Thessaloniki, Greece
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
3
Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  11​h
9
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
10
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
11
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
12
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
14
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Thessaloniki, Greece

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: St. Luke Archibishop (in Lefkakia), Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Monastiraki, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip site .

Thessaloniki to Athens is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in November, with highs in Athens at 22°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nafplio, Moni Osiou Patapiou, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala), Kodungallur (Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque & Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karingachira Church, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and have some family-friendly fun at Plug And Play Gaming Lounge.

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Traveling by flight from Athens to Kochi (Cochin) takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Athens to Kochi (Cochin) due to the time zone difference. In December, Kochi (Cochin) is warmer than Athens - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Kodungallur, Marari Beach, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

1
night
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo ©
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Antananarivo travel route planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kochi (Cochin) to Antananarivo. The time zone difference when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Antananarivo is minus 2 hours. In December, Antananarivo is a bit cooler than Kochi (Cochin) - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Historic Sites
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Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo ©
Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Antananarivo to Cape Town in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 16 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parque Ibirapuera and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo tour website .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect Sao Paulo to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Parks
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Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

1
night
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Cordoba by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums
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Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, Head underground at Venado Caves, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cordoba to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oaxaca Brewing Company and then explore the ancient world of Monte Alban. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Soledad, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Oaxaca in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City sightseeing planner .

Getting from Oaxaca to New York City by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to New York City. When traveling from Oaxaca in December, plan for colder days in New York City, with highs around 10°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Porto online trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Porto by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Porto. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Porto hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Adventure Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Kinsale Crystal (in Kinsale) and Dingle (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Eask Tower, & more). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Muckross House.

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Getting from Porto to Killarney by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Porto in January: highs in Killarney hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle, Kinsale Crystal
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

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Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Kilkee Cliff Walk (in Kilkee) and Ashford Castle (in Cong). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, have some family-friendly fun at Tom O' Hawks Indoor Axe Throwing Events, and admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Galway tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Killarney in January: high temperatures in Galway hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ballina, Ashford Castle, Kilkee Cliff Walk, Cliffs of Moher, Clare Coastal Walk Project
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, stroll through Calton Hill, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Galway to Edinburgh takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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