50 days in South Pacific, Europe, Africa & Caribbean Itinerary

50 days in South Pacific, Europe, Africa & Caribbean Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castries, St. Lucia
— 3 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Rotorua
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip tool.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Istanbul takes 28.5 hours. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Queenstown to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. April in Istanbul sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 15th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale online trip maker.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Barcelona.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Barcelona travel planning website.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Barcelona in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Pamukkale to Barcelona is minus 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
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Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Alcantara Bridge, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madrid route planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Seville.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:

Seville, Spain — 3 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, don't miss a visit to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seville when traveling from Madrid in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

Marrakech, Morocco — 4 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and examine the collection at Marrakech Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marrakech online holiday builder.

You can fly from Seville to Marrakech in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Marrakech is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seville in April, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fes.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Fes, Morocco — 2 nights

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine and then admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Fes trip builder tool.

Getting from Marrakech to Fes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fes, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to London.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

London, United Kingdom — 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the views from Tower Bridge, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London tour site.

Traveling by flight from Fes to London takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Fes, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in London, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Soufriere.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 5 — 11:

Soufriere, St. Lucia — 2 nights

Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then admire the natural beauty at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Piton Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Pitons, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gimie.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Soufriere driving holiday planner.

Fly from London to Soufriere in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Soufriere is minus 4 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Soufriere reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Castries.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Castries, St. Lucia — 3 nights

The capital and largest city in Saint Lucia, Castries has a number of cultural sites to explore, and recreational areas to enjoy.
Castries is known for wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park, do sightseeing your way with Rising Sun Taxi Service Saint Lucia, stroll through Reduit Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Marigot Bay.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Castries travel planner.

Traveling by car from Soufriere to Castries takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Castries are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rotorua.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Rotorua, New Zealand — 4 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Prawn Park, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and steep yourself in history at Te Puia.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua tour app.

Explore your travel options from Castries to Rotorua with the Route module. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. In May, Rotorua is much colder than Castries - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland visit website.

Fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in May, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Historic Sites
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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St. Lucia travel guide

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Hot Springs · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
The island of St. Lucia is hailed for its scenic landscape of tall mountains, forested hills, and fertile valleys sprinkled with banana plantations. The island's dramatic scenery is most renowned for the Pitons, two volcanic spires that rise from the ocean floor. Whether you're visiting the island as part of a cruise, a romantic honeymoon, or looking for adventure, a St. Lucia vacation offers something for everyone. Discover the island's hidden beaches and coves, go climbing or hiking, and enjoy the picturesque views and tropical weather.
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