29 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe & United States Itinerary

29 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe & United States Itinerary

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29 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe & United States Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  4​h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  7​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
train:  6​h
6
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
8
Bristol, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
9
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 1 night
fly:  11​h
10
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Chicago, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland
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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland holiday planning app .

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in December, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toShanghai.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jin Mao Tower, The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Shanghai Pudong), Shanghai Tower, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Former French Concession.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Auckland to Shanghai in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Vienna.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Freyung, Christmas Market on Rathausplatz and St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Before you visit Vienna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Vienna takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Shanghai to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in December, expect Vienna to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Events
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

3
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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
You've added Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Deak Ferenc Square, Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter), and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and make a trip to Hősök tere.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Communism and Nuclear Bunker Tour as well as Historic Centre of Kutna Hora. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Charles Bridge, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get great views at Petřín.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Historic Centre of Kutna Hora
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You've now added Hofbrauhaus-Kunstmuhle to your itinerary. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz.

Plan a Munich trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to London.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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night
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.
For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the London online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Munich to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, London is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Bristol.

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Parks
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Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bristol online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from London to Bristol takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toOxford.

Things to do in Bristol

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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night
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oxford tour planner.

You can take a train from Bristol to Oxford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oxford can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Oxford

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Brooklyn Bridge, Circle Line Cruises, American Museum of Natural History, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, look for gifts at Yaf Sparkle Fine Jewelry, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read New York City day trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Oxford to New York City in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

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

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, stroll through Millennium Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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