53 days in Africa, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

53 days in Africa, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Ferry to Kinshasa Harbour, Fly to Banjul
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Banjul, Gambia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
Fly
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Cotonou, Benin
— 6 nights
Drive to Lagos, Fly to Moroni
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Moroni, Comoros
— 2 nights
Fly
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Male, Maldives
— 9 nights
Fly
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Koror, Palau
— 9 nights
Fly
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Kolonia, Federated States of Micronesia
— 5 nights
Drive to Pohnpei International Airport, Fly to Vientiane
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Vientiane, Laos
— 9 nights

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Banjul, Gambia — 7 nights

Banjul, officially the City of Banjul and formerly known as Bathurst, is the capital of The Gambia and is in a division of the same name. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort James Island and National Museum. Get some historical perspective at Fort Bullen and Roman Catholic Cathedral. Take a break from Banjul with a short trip to Jufureh in North Bank Division, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Katchikally Crocodile Pool, admire all the interesting features of Arch 22, head off the coast to Kunta Kinteh Island, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Banjul online trip planner.

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo to Banjul is an approximately 17-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brazzaville to Banjul is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Brazzaville, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Banjul, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Conakry.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 9:

Conakry, Guinea — 1 night

Guinea's capital and largest city, Conakry acts as the nation's economic and cultural center, containing nearly a quarter of the population.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): head off the coast to Iles de Los, then contemplate the long history of Sante Marie Cathedral, then explore the galleries of National Museum (Musee National), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Conakry Grand Mosque.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Conakry tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Banjul to Conakry by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Banjul in June, plan for little chillier days in Conakry, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Cotonou on the 10th (Sat).
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

Cotonou, Benin — 6 nights

Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Villa Karo and Artisanal Center will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception and Musee Honme (Palais Royal). Explore Cotonou's surroundings by going to Porto-Novo (Jardin Place Jean Bayol, Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, &more), Ouidah (Foret Sacree de Kpasse, La Porte Du Non Retour, &more) and Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, make a trip to Fondation Zinsou, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Dantokpa, and get outside with Fidjrosse Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cotonou trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Conakry to Cotonou in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Conakry to Cotonou is 1 hour. June in Cotonou sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Moroni.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

Moroni, Comoros — 2 nights

Moroni is the largest city, federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with Adore Comores, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquée de Moroni, and then browse the exhibits of National Museum of the Comoros. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mssihiri wa Cheik Ahmed Mosque and then admire all the interesting features of Mitsoudje.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moroni day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cotonou to Moroni takes 15 hours. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cotonou in June, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Moroni. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Male.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Male, Maldives — 9 nights

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
National Museum and Mulee Aage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) and Medhu Ziyaarath are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to HP Reef in Furanafushi Island (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Friday Mosque, admire the masterpieces at National Centre for the Arts, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Male tour builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Moroni to Male with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Moroni to Male is 2 hours. Traveling from Moroni in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Male, with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Koror.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 28:

Koror, Palau — 9 nights

Once Palau's capital, Koror remains by far the country's most populous town and offers plenty of options for tourism.
Belau National Museum and Rock Islands Southern Lagoon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Belau Art Gallery and Etpison Museum. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Islands, explore the activities along Milky Way, and explore the wide array of goods at WCTC Shopping Center.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Koror online journey maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Male to Koror. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Male to Koror. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kolonia.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 8:

Kolonia, Federated States of Micronesia — 5 nights

Kolonia is known for parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Nan Madol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ant Atoll, admire all the interesting features of Kolonia, and cast your line with Pohnpei Surf Club.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kolonia tour builder website.

Fly from Koror to Kolonia in 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Koror to Kolonia is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Kolonia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vientiane.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Vientiane, Laos — 9 nights

The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Si Saket and Wat That Khao. Get a sense of the local culture at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and Wat Ho Phra Keo. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Vientiane Orchidees. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Patuxai, explore the world behind art at Icat Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Black Stupa (That Dam), and walk around Mekong Riverside Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vientiane planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kolonia to Vientiane. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolonia to Vientiane is minus 4 hours. July in Vientiane sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to home.
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 23: