51 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

51 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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51 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  5​h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Epernay, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Caen, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Rennes, France
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
8
Le Mans, France
— Few hours
Train:  4​h 15​min
9
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Tram + Train:  5​h
10
Nimes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
11
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
14
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
15
Bari, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
16
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h
17
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
18
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Federation Square, Melbourne Central, Queen Victoria Market, and other attractions you added. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Collins St/Swanston St and then get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary website .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Collins St/Swanston St ©
Collins St/Swanston St
Federation Square ©
Federation Square
Queen Victoria Market ©
Queen Victoria Market

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anne Frank House, Albert Cuyp Market, De Negen Straatjes, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and Verzetsmuseum. Do your shopping at Tjin's Toko and Cachou Artelier.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Amsterdam in 25 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Amsterdam. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam ©
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You've added Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Catacombs of Paris, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Right Bank (Rive Droite).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Epernay on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Epernay, France

Epernay ©
Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moët et Chandon. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): do a tasting at Moët et Chandon.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Epernay trip app .

Getting from Paris to Epernay by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Paris in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Epernay, with lows around 7°C. You will leave for Caen on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries
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Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars ©
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars

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nights
Caen, France

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux as well as Memorial of Caen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen, then stop by L'heure des mets, EPICERIE FINE, L'heure des mets, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ducal.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Caen trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Epernay to Caen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will leave for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Caen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, L'Heure des Mets
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Chateau de Caen ©
Chateau de Caen

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hours
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Rennes.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Museums

Side Trip

Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel
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1
night
Rennes, France

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rennes holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rennes in 1.5 hours. In May in Rennes, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Le Mans.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites
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Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine ©
Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine

few
hours
Le Mans, France

Le Mans ©
Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
You've now added Musee des 24 Heures du Mans to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Le Mans journey website .

Traveling by train from Rennes to Le Mans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Le Mans

Museums
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24 Hours of Le Mans Museum ©
24 Hours of Le Mans Museum

1
night
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planning tool .

You can drive from Le Mans to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will leave for Nimes on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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2
nights
Nimes, France

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Maison Carree, Pont du Gard and Arenes de Nimes. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Pont du Gard, then see where the action happens at Arenes de Nimes, then contemplate the long history of Temple de Diane, and finally explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nimes trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Bordeaux to Nimes in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pont du Gard
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La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree
Pont du Gard ©
Pont du Gard
Temple of Diana ©
Temple of Diana

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas & Wellness, Castel Plage and Le Suquet. Explore hidden gems such as Vieille Ville and Colline du Chateau overlook. Appreciate the collections at Palais Lascaris and Musee National Fernand-Leger. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and examine the collection at Musée Matisse.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice trip app .

Traveling by car from Nimes to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Nimes, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 16°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, Musee National Fernand-Leger, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Porta della Carta and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pantalon, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Beach, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Getting from Nice to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Blue Moon
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte and Balducci Ceramics. Head to Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli and Florence Shop 4 Itfor plenty of shopping. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti, approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, look for gifts at Jean Saade, and stroll through Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Balducci Ceramics, Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli , Castello di Verrazzano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano

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nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Head to Piccadilly and Gallerie Idee D'artefor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Museo Cappella Sansevero and National Archaeological Museum of Naples. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello), Fornillo (in Positano) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo (in Amalfi). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, contemplate the geological forces at Vesuvio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Naples trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Naples by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Naples dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Positano, Vesuvio National Park, Piccadilly, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©

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night
Bari, Italy

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for gifts at Lampi di Legno!, stop by Libreria La Sapientia, and then stroll through Pane e Pomodoro Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bari trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Naples to Bari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Bari, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Bari

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Capurso
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Pane e Pomodoro Beach ©
Pane e Pomodoro Beach
Libreria La Sapientia ©
Libreria La Sapientia

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trastevere and St. Clement Basilica. Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Rome to go to Marmore and see Cascata delle Marmore, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, make a trip to Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and take a stroll through Citta del Vaticano.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary site .

Getting from Bari to Rome by combination of subway and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get outdoors at Perissa Black Sand Beach and KAMARA BEACH. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aquamarine Jewelry and Oneiro Jewelry. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mnemossyne Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rome to Fira in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Fira, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will leave for London on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Perissa, Akrotiri, Kamari Beach, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, Buckingham Palace, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at British Museum, make a trip to Big Ben, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the London itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fira to London takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira to London, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fira in June, expect London to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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