61 days in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Mexico & United States Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 7 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 6 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Cabo San Lucas
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
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New York City, United States
— 7 nights
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 2nd (Fri), make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, then explore the galleries of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

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

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Milan is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and explore the engaging exhibits at Creature di Gomma - Venice Vintage Toys.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Venice tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

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

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 7 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Explore Dubai's surroundings by going to Abu Dhabi (Nation Riviera Beach Club, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more) and Al Ain (Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai travel route planner.

You can fly from Rome to Dubai in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Dubai to be much warmer, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Male.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:

Male, Maldives — 4 nights

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Male is known for shopping, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, look for gifts at Island Bazaar, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Male trip planner.

Getting from Dubai to Male by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Maldives Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Male reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 2nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne vacation builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Male to Melbourne. The time zone difference when traveling from Male to Melbourne is 5 hours. Traveling from Male in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be much colder, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Parks · Tours · Museums · Wineries
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Sydney, Australia — 7 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia — 6 nights

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Bora Bora is known for wildlife, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Matira Beach, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at Latitude Massage Bora Bora, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sydney to Bora Bora takes 20.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Tahiti Time is minus 20 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — 3 nights

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to see Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To plan Cabo San Lucas vacation without wasting time, ask Klarna Trips to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Cabo San Lucas in 19 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bora Bora to Cabo San Lucas is 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mexico City.
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Mexico City, Mexico — 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in January; daily highs in Mexico City reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 4 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Casa Cenote, Amore Latino Tulum, &more) and Zona Arqueologica de Coba (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Playa del Carmen, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to New York City.
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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.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to New York City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, things will get much colder in New York City: highs are around 5°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Mexico travel guide

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Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.
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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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