16 days in Africa, United States & Europe Itinerary

16 days in Africa, United States & Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Africa, United States & Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  8 h
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Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
Fly:  28 h
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Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
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San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
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Las Vegas, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
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Nashville, United States
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Washington DC, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
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New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 45 min
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 8th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New York City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
On the 10th (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and then head off the coast to Curieuse Island.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Praslin Island attractions planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Praslin Island in 8 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Seychelles Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Praslin Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Los Angeles takes 28 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Seychelles Time (SCT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 12 hours. When traveling from Praslin Island in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. On your second day here, admire the engineering at Hoover Dam.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel route planning site.

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 4°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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Nashville, United States

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nashville trip tool.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Nashville in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Fun & Games
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The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Plan a Washington DC trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Washington Monument ©
Washington Monument

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, admire the landmark architecture of Chrysler Building, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the New York City planner.

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then stop by Listvinahusid, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Reykjavik takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Reykjavik at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Mink Viking Portrait Studio ©
Mink Viking Portrait Studio
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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