18 days in United States, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

18 days in United States, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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18 days in United States, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
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Philadelphia, United States
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  18​h 45​min
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Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
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Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
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Hong Kong, China
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h
5
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
8
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Philadelphia, United States

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Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitchen Kettle Village and Barnes Foundation. Do your shopping at Reading Terminal Market and Rittenhouse Square. When in Philadelphia, make a side trip to see Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Ronks, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Independence National Historical Park, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Erase Me 19, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village
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Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Independence National Historical Park ©
Rodin Museum ©
Rodin Museum

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
On the 24th (Wed), examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Asakusa, and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Ginza, and then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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

You can do a combination of train and flight from Philadelphia to Tokyo in 19 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Deoksugung, then admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and then get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, and then get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Seoul hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): head off the coast to Lantau Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Hong Kong takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Korea Standard Time (KST) to Hong Kong Time (HKT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect Hong Kong to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Saket. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), then browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bangkok day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Bangkok takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Bangkok. In October, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney online route planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Sydney in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, stroll through Palm Cove Beach, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then stop by Australian Leather Company.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Cairns at 87°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Waitomo Caves in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Waitomo Caves is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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