31 days in United States, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Train to Edinburgh, Fly to New York City
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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Cincinnati, United States
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lahaina, United States
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona, United States
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lihue, United States
— 1 night
Fly
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Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Vilnius
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Fly to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Drive to Canda
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Canda, Italy
— 1 night
Drive to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Fly to Newcastle upon Tyne

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New York City, United States — 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get some cultural insight at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: A Day Away Kayak Rentals (in Kingston) and The Garden of Remembrance (in White Plains). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, wander the streets of Dyker Heights, and admire the landmark architecture of The Oculus.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the New York City tour website.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to New York City is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to New York City. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cincinnati.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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Cincinnati, United States — 2 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then meet the residents at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fountain Square, have fun and explore at Cincinnati Museum Center, and then explore the world behind art at Taft Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cincinnati day trip site.

Fly from New York City to Cincinnati in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cincinnati, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Lahaina.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Lahaina, United States — 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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 in touch with nature at Haleakala Crater and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Kamaole Beach Park III. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, visit Lahaina Front Street, identify plant and animal life at Honolua Bay, and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lahaina tour planning website.

You can fly from Cincinnati to Lahaina in 12 hours. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Lahaina due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Cincinnati in December: high temperatures in Lahaina hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kailua-Kona.
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Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

Kailua-Kona, United States — 4 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Liliuokalani Gardens. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akaka Falls State Park and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Helicopter Tours) and Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (in Papaikou). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Rider Inc, and don't miss a visit to Saddle Road.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lihue.
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Lihue, United States — 1 night

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planner.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, United States — 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iolani Palace and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Waimea Bay), Ko Olina Lagoons (in Ko Olina) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Kyoto, Japan — 1 night

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 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Kyoto by flight takes about 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Kyoto is 19 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in December, expect Kyoto to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Hiroshima, Japan — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 4 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vilnius Old Town and Trakai Island Castle Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Hill of Three Crosses and Liepkalnis. Get out of town with these interesting Vilnius side-trips: Trakai (Trakai History Museum & Kenesa). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, admire the masterpieces at MO Museum, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), and don't miss a visit to Lukiskes Prison 2.0.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vilnius trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Vilnius takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Hiroshima to Vilnius. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in December, with highs in Vilnius at 1°C and lows at -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Canda.
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Canda, Italy — 1 night

Canda is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Rovigo in the Italian region Veneto, located about 80 km southwest of Venice and about 20km west of Rovigo. For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Canda online trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Vilnius to Canda with the Route module. Traveling from Vilnius to Canda, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Canda is somewhat warmer than Vilnius - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Sat).
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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