56 days in Asia, South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean & Africa Itinerary

56 days in Asia, South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean & Africa Itinerary

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56 days in Asia, South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean & Africa Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
3
Yaren, Nauru
— 1 day
Fly:  29​h
4
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Montreal, Canada
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + ferry:  3​h 15​min
6
Toronto, Canada
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 30​min
9
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 5 nights
11
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
12
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28​h
13
Gunjur, Gambia
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
14
Lagos, Nigeria
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Helsinki, Finland

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Appreciate the collections at National Palace Museum and National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Yangmingshan National Park. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Elephant Trunk Rock (in Ruifang), Dongshan River Forest Park (in Dongshan) and Dongyan Mountain Forest Recreation Area (in Fuxing District). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ximending, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xin Zhuang Ci You Temple, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, and don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Taipei is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in August, with highs in Taipei at 39°C and lows at 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

New Taipei, Dongyan Mountain Forest Recreation Area, Dongshan River Forest Park
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

2
nights
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
On the 7th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum and then examine the collection at Chimei Museum. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nei Men Zi Zhu Si and then see the interesting displays at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kaohsiung online vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Kaohsiung takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yaren.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chimei Museum
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Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Air Force Museum ©
Air Force Museum

1
day
Yaren, Nauru

Yaren ©
On the 10th (Sat), head outdoors with Buada Lagoon and then kick back and relax at Anibare Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yaren day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Kaohsiung to Yaren with the Route module. Traveling from Kaohsiung to Yaren, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Yaren

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nauru
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Anibare Bay ©
Anibare Bay
Buada Lagoon ©
Buada Lagoon

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Granville Island and Museum of Anthropology. There's lots more to do: stroll through Stanley Park, explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall, explore and take pictures at Lighthouse Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queen Elizabeth Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vancouver holiday maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yaren to Vancouver. The time zone difference when traveling from Yaren to Vancouver is minus 20 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Montreal.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Lighthouse Park
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology
Granville Island ©
Granville Island

3
nights
Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Visit Notre-Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts) and Pointe-a-Calliere Museum. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Biodome de Montreal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Royal Park, don't miss a visit to Old Montreal, and examine the collection at Barbie Expo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Montreal trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Montreal takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal ©
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal ©

5
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Casa Loma and The Distillery District will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Royal Ontario Museum and Fort York National Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Toronto: Kacaba Vineyards Winery (in Vineland) and Niagara Falls (White Water Walk, Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, explore the striking landscape at Bluffs Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Michael's Cathedral Basilica, and admire the landmark architecture of CN Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Toronto sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Montreal to Toronto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Toronto are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, Kacaba Vineyards Winery
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:
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Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma
Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District

3
nights
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Blue Mountain Peak and Firefly. Explore Ocho Rios' surroundings by going to Bob Marley's Mausoleum (in St. Ann's Bay) and Green Grotto Caves (in Runaway Bay). Pack the 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rainforest Adventures Jamaica. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dunn's River Falls and Park and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ocho Rios online trip maker .

Getting from Toronto to Ocho Rios by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. In August, Ocho Rios is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bob Marley Museum, Green Grotto Caves, Blue Mountain Peak, Firefly
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
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Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Blue Mountain Peak ©
Blue Mountain Peak
Bob Marley Museum ©
Bob Marley Museum

5
nights
Montego Bay, Jamaica

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Let the collections at Greenwood Great House and Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montego Bay: Swim with Dolphins (in Negril), YS Falls (in Saint Elizabeth Parish) and Tryall Golf Course (in Sandy Bay). Spend the 30th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Rose Hall Great House, play a few rounds at White Witch Golf Course, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rocklands Bird Sanctuary (Near Montego Bay).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Montego Bay trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Montego Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Golf

Side Trips

YS Falls, Rocklands Bird Sanctuary (Near Montego Bay), Tryall Golf Course
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House
Greenwood Great House ©
Greenwood Great House

3
nights
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata ©
Although out of fashion in the past decades, major revitalization efforts have made a trip to Puerto Plata a growingly popular option for the adventurous travelers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortaleza San Felipe and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. Get a sense of the local culture at Amber Museum and Casa Museo General Gregorio Luperon. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Sosua (about 32 minutes away). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 3rd (Tue) at Ocean World Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos and take advantage of the amenities at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Plata day trip site .

Fly from Montego Bay to Puerto Plata in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Montego Bay to Puerto Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe
Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum

5
nights
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Get some historical perspective at Alcazar de Colon and Fort Ozama. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral Primada de America and Zona Colonial. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Columbus Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, meet the residents at National Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Modern Art Museum (Museo de Arte Moderno).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

5
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punta Cana: Bayahibe (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling), Altos de Chavon (in La Romana) and Isla Saona (in Parque Nacional del Este). Spend the 13th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Jesus Maestro Parish, enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, and tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Punta Cana are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bayahibe, Altos de Chavon
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Saona Island ©
Saona Island
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Soufriere, St. Lucia

Soufriere ©
Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Get some cultural insight at Rodney Bay and Choiseul Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Soufriere: Castries (Castries Waterworks Forest Reserve & Millet Bird Sanctuary). The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Superman's Flight, step off the mainland to explore Pigeon Island National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Reduit Beach.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Soufriere trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Punta Cana to Soufriere takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Gunjur.

Things to do in Soufriere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

St. Lucia, Castries, Choiseul Art Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Rodney Bay ©
Rodney Bay
Castries Waterworks Forest Reserve ©
Castries Waterworks Forest Reserve
Choiseul Art Gallery ©
Choiseul Art Gallery

1
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Gunjur, Gambia

Gunjur ©
Gunjur is a small coastal town in south-western Gambia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Lemonfish Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Reptile Farm, and then learn more about the world around you at Gunjur Village Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gunjur trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Soufriere to Gunjur. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Soufriere to Gunjur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Soufriere in September, plan for little chillier nights in Gunjur, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Gunjur

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kartong
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Gunjur Village Museum ©
Gunjur Village Museum

1
day
Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos ©
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lekki Conservation Centre, explore the galleries of Nike Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Church of Christ, and finally steep yourself in history at Freedom Park Lagos.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lagos visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gunjur to Lagos. Traveling from Gunjur to Lagos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gunjur in September, you will find days in Lagos are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Lekki Conservation Centre ©
Lekki Conservation Centre
Nike Art Gallery ©
Nike Art Gallery
The Cathedral Church of Christ ©
The Cathedral Church of Christ

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