50 days in United States, Japan & French Polynesia Itinerary

50 days in United States, Japan & French Polynesia Itinerary

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50 days in United States, Japan & French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
Fly + train:  18​h
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
3
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Lahaina, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  13​h 15​min
6
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  3​h
7
Avatoru, French Polynesia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  3​h 30​min
8
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h
9
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Las Vegas, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
11
Orlando, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
13
Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Geneva, Switzerland

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Geneva in July; daily highs in Kyoto reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, & more) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and choose your vessel at Kona Boat Rentals.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona road trip tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 19 hours traveling from Tokyo to Kailua-Kona. July in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

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nights
Lahaina, United States

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Iao Valley (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, stroll through Ka'anapali Beach, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lahaina trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. July in Lahaina sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wailuku, Parasailing & Paragliding, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

4
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Honolulu sightseeing planner .

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Honolulu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

3
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Spend the 25th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Matira Beach, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu, choose your vessel at La Plage Tours, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bora Bora trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Honolulu to Bora Bora in 13.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Avatoru, French Polynesia

The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then head off the coast to Ile aux Recifs.

Plan my trip to Avatoru with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Bora Bora to Avatoru by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Avatoru

Outdoors Nature Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
Ile aux Recifs ©
Ile aux Recifs

1
night
Moorea, French Polynesia

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Magic Mountain and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Moorea tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Avatoru to Moorea takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Magic Mountain ©
Magic Mountain

4
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and explore and take pictures at AT&T Park.

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

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Moorea to San Francisco in 12 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Moorea to San Francisco is 2 hours. Traveling from Moorea in July, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

5
nights
Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have some family-friendly fun at Axe Monkeys, have fun at Las Vegas Shooting Center, and try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

5
nights
Orlando, United States

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Have a day of magic on the 9th (Fri) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, meet the residents at SeaWorld Orlando, discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and laugh and play at Discovery Cove.

To find out how to plan a trip to Orlando, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Las Vegas to Orlando in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Orlando. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you will find days in Orlando are slightly colder (39°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Orlando in August, expect New York City to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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Washington DC, United States

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner .

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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