61 days in Caribbean, United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Bouillante, Guadeloupe
— 4 nights
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Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
— 2 nights
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Saint Francois, Guadeloupe
— 5 nights
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Dallas, United States
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Arthur, Australia
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin — 6 nights

Take a trip to Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten, and enjoy dynamic nightlife and great shopping.
Step out of Philipsburg with an excursion to Cupecoy Bay Beach in Cupecoy Bay--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Maho Beach, try to win big at Casino Royale, stroll through Dawn Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg trip planning tool.

Calgary, Canada to Philipsburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Calgary to Philipsburg due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in February; daily highs in Philipsburg reach 33°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bouillante.
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Bouillante, Guadeloupe — 4 nights

Bouillante is a commune in the French overseas region and department of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles.HistoryBouillante was founded about 1635 with the arrival of some of Guadeloupe's first colonists. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bouillante: Le Spa du Parc aux Orchidees (in Pointe-Noire), Deshaies (Jardin Botanique de Deshaies & Plage de Grande Anse) and La Soufriere Volcano (in Saint-Claude). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Les Saintes, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo De Guadeloupe Au Parc Des Mamelles, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and cruise along Route de la Traversee.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bouillante vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Philipsburg to Bouillante takes 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Basse-Terre.
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Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe — 2 nights

Located on an island of the same name, the town of Basse-Terre serves as a base for rural adventures, while having a lot of appeal on its own terms.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chute du Galion and then see some colorful creatures with Infini Plongee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Ranch de Moreau and then admire the sheer force of Saut de Bras de Fort.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Basse-Terre visit planner.

You can take a bus from Bouillante to Basse-Terre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Basse-Terre, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint Francois.
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Saint Francois, Guadeloupe — 5 nights

A modern seaside resort town, Saint Francois attracts visitors with its well-preserved landscape and coastline, along with its large number of luxury hotels.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Francois: Le Gosier (Plage de la Datcha & Ilet du Gosier). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe des Chateaux, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Douche, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Petit-Havre, and step off the mainland to explore La Desirade.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint Francois trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Basse-Terre to Saint Francois in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Saint Francois can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Dallas.
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Dallas, United States — 5 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dallas: Fort Worth (Room Escape Games, Kimbell Art Museum, &more), Immersive Gamebox - Grandscape, North Dallas (in The Colony) and Bendt Distilling Co. (in Lewisville). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, relax and rejuvenate at I Love Kickboxing.com, appreciate the history behind John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and make a trip to Grassy Knoll.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dallas travel route app.

Traveling by flight from Saint Francois to Dallas takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Saint Francois in February, expect Dallas to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 5 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Dedicate the 25th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and walk around Auckland Domain.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Auckland day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Auckland takes 17 hours. Traveling from Dallas to Auckland, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in February, expect nights in Auckland to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 6 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton (Hamilton Gardens & Victoria on the River). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in Rotorua are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 6 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ridge Track (in Whakapapa) and Tongariro National Park (Tawhai Falls, Tongariro Northern Circuit, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Wellington.
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Wellington, New Zealand — 4 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Paraparaumu to see Southward Car Museum about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and get great views at Mount Victoria.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wellington route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch, New Zealand — 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (The Giants House, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, plan for little chillier nights in Christchurch, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Te Anau (Gertrude Saddle, The Chasm Walk, &more) and Chard Farm Winery (in Gibbston). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hobart.
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Hobart, Australia — 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 30th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, don't miss a visit to Handmark Galleries, take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip maker tool.

You can fly from Queenstown to Hobart in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.
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Port Arthur, Australia — 2 nights

Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
On the 1st (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, head outdoors with Wild Ocean Tasmania, and then explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Three Capes Track and then get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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St. Maarten-St. Martin travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
A trip to St. Maarten-St. Martin allows you to discover two separate colonies occupying one small island of just 95 sq km (37 sq mi). Divided between France and the Netherlands, this tiny spit of land in the Caribbean treats visitors to a surprisingly diverse blend of native and European cultures. A tour of St. Maarten-St. Martin reveals a landscape of both urban and untamed areas, with sandy beaches and pristine rainforests often appearing as extensions of one another. The French north of the island offers a string of outstanding restaurants and lively beaches popular with a young party-loving crowd. The Dutch southern section lures visitors with its dynamic bar scene and casinos.
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Guadeloupe travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
Butterfly Island
Experience a lively mixture of French and Afro-Caribbean culture on your Guadeloupe vacation. The archipelago consists of two main islands connected by bridges spanning a mangrove swamp, and a number of smaller islands to the south. The island of Grande Terre is mostly flat and arid, offering numerous scenic beaches and lively small towns, while Basse Terre features verdant jungles and mountainous terrain, crowned by a tall volcano. On a tour of Guadeloupe, you can enjoy a variety of beach activities, partake in hiking through a national park, and bask in the vibrant atmosphere of charming towns and villages.
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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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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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