53 days in United States, Canada, Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 7 nights
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Ottawa, Canada
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 5 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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New York City, United States — 7 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Rockefeller Center and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Bryant Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City road trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to New York City is an approximately 5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ottawa.
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Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Ottawa, Canada — 5 nights

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tremblant and Omega Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ottawa: Alaskan Adventure Dog Sledding (in Arundel) and Aventures Neige (in Mont Tremblant). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, brush up on your military savvy at Canadian War Museum, see the interesting displays at National Gallery of Canada, and get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of History.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from New York City to Ottawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for much colder days in Ottawa, with highs around -2°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Paris, France — 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Food Tours. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau, approximately Fontainebleau away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, wander the streets of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, and snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris route planner.

You can fly from Ottawa to Paris in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tulleys Farm and Anglesey Abbey. Venture out of the city with trips to Plaw Hatch Farm (in West Grinstead) and Room Escape Games (in Reading). The adventure continues: stop by Westminster, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Garden, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and explore the world behind art at Wallace Collection.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 3 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The War Memorial of Korea and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's lots more to do: make a trip to N Seoul Tower, examine the collection at 3D Black Art Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seoul visit planner.

Fly from London to Seoul in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Seoul is 9 hours. In January, Seoul is little chillier than London - with highs of 1°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Tokyo, Japan — 6 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Nakayama Horse Tracks (in Funabashi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 12th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, visit Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and walk around Ueno Park.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Seoul - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cairo.
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Cairo, Egypt — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Pyramids of Giza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Giza Plateau). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, explore the ancient world of Thebes, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

Make your Cairo itinerary with Klarna Trips to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Tokyo to Cairo by flight takes about 17 hours. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tokyo to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect Cairo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Mecca.
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia — 5 nights

Mother of All Settlements

The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Explore hidden gems such as Station of Ibrahim and Jeddah Corniche. Change things up with these side-trips from Mecca: Jeddah (Al Tayebat International City, Khadija Baghlaf Mosque, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, relax and rejuvenate at Fairmont SPA, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bilal Masjid, and make a trip to Jabal-e-Rehmat.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mecca day trip planning tool.

Getting from Cairo to Mecca by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Mecca. When traveling from Cairo in January, plan for much hotter days in Mecca, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Moscow, Russia — 5 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, tour or see a game at Skating Rink in Park Gorkiy, and browse the range of quality goods at GUM.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mecca to Moscow. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Mecca in January; daily highs in Moscow reach -7°C and lows reach -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Canada travel guide

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Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.
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