59 days in Africa, Europe, Canada & United States Itinerary

59 days in Africa, Europe, Canada & United States Itinerary

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Cathkin Park, South Africa
— 1 night
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Gansbaai, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Quebec City, Canada
— 3 nights
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Key West, United States
— 4 nights
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New Orleans, United States
— 4 nights
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
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Victoria, Canada
— 4 nights
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Cathkin Park, South Africa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthews Church and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drakensberg Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Highmoor Nature Reserve and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maloti Drakensberg Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cathkin Park trip planner.

Johannesburg to Cathkin Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gansbaai, South Africa

— 2 nights
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and then look for gifts at Overberg Honey Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gansbaai road trip website.

Traveling by car from Cathkin Park to Gansbaai takes 16 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at St. James Beach and then view the masterpieces at Norval Foundation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Cape Town Bucket List, admire the masterpieces at Irma Stern Museum, and then indulge your senses at Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Luderitz, Namibia

— 2 nights
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Penguin Catamaran Tours, kick back and relax at Agate Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Diaz Point.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Luderitz trip itinerary website.

Drive from Cape Town to Luderitz in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Luderitz due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Luderitz are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll set off for Rome on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Luderitz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza del Campidoglio and Stanze di Raffaello. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and Villa Farnesina will appeal to history buffs. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Bau Beach (in Maccarese) and Mediterraneo Beach (in Fiumicino). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, make a trip to Domus Aurea, and appreciate the history behind Trajan's Column.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Luderitz to Rome with the Route module. Traveling from Luderitz in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 8 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Dalhousie Castle Falconry and BobCat Alpacas. Get some cultural insight at Craigmillar Castle and Aberdour Castle and Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Glasgow (The Tenement House & Distillery Tours), Gullane Golf Club (in Gullane) and Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life (in Coatbridge). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Inchcolm Abbey and Island, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, play a few rounds at North Berwick Golf Club, and see the interesting displays at National Mining Museum Scotland.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Edinburgh takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rome to Edinburgh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in May: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

York, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yorkshire Air Museum and National Centre for Birds of Prey. Visit Rievaulx Abbey and Treasurer's House for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near York: National Trust - Rievaulx Terrace (in Helmsley), Ampleforth Abbey (in Ampleforth) and Whitby (RNLI Lifeboat museum & 199 Steps). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of York Cold War Bunker, explore the ancient world of Byland Abbey, stop by Travelling Man, and admire the striking features of Merchant Adventurers' Hall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a York vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Edinburgh to York in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in York can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Portmarnock Beach and Malahide Beach. St Peter's Church and Drimnagh Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Mellifont Abbey (in Drogheda), Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh) and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Richmond Barracks, get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Audoen's Church, and explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dublin travel itinerary planner.

Fly from York to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Dublin sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Quebec City.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Quebec City, Canada

— 3 nights
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place de l'Hotel de Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Roch's Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St. Jean-Baptiste. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, examine the collection at Musee du Fort, then step into the grandiose world of Lieu Historique National des Forts-et-Chateaux-Saint-Louis, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Three Crow Glass Studio.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quebec City trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Dublin to Quebec City by flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect nights in Quebec City to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Key West.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Key West, United States

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Shop till you drop at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery and Alan S. Maltz Gallery. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Vandenberg Wreck will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, explore the world behind art at Fort East Martello Museum, take an in-depth tour of Key West Shipwreck Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Key West tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Quebec City to Key West by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quebec City in June, you will find days in Key West are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

New Orleans, United States

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get outdoors at Louisiana Swamp Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visit Lafayette Cemetery No.1 and Destrehan Plantation for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Our Sacred Stories, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church, stop by Boutique du Vampyre, and examine the collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Key West to New Orleans takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Key West, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Banff National Park, Canada

— 2 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): hike along Ink Pots Hiking Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Cascade Gardens, and then learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Banff Park Museum, see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and then get into the urban bustle at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from New Orleans to Banff National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Banff National Park. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect Banff National Park to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Victoria.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife

Victoria, Canada

— 4 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Get some cultural insight at Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre and Sidney Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cowichan Wooden Boat Society and Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Victoria: Sidney (Victoria Distillers, Sidney Spit Marine Park, &more) and Rocky Creek Winery (in Cowichan Bay). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Island View Beach Regional Park Campground, take a leisurely stroll along Westsong Walkway, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Victoria trip planner.

You can fly from Banff National Park to Victoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Banff National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Victoria, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Honolulu.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Honolulu, United States

— 7 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Lanikai Beach and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunset Beach Park and Bellows Field Beach Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Waimea Bay), Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo) and Ko Hana Distillers (in Waipahu). The adventure continues: make a trip to Byodo-In Temple, fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Quest, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Temples, and examine the collection at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria to Honolulu takes 11 hours. Traveling from Victoria to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Victoria in July, expect nights in Honolulu to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are much hotter, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
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.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.