Ever wondered how easy it is to travel around the world in 80 days? Phileas Fogg famously set off to try it by hot air balloon, ship, railway and even by elephants to cover the distance from London – France – Spain – Egypt – India - Hong Kong – Japan - San Francisco - New York and back home.
Although he just about packed it all in to 80 days, today’s journey is as much fun, but considerably less arduous. Round the world tickets make it easy to fly the whole route in 30 days:
Fogg’s original route (via the Suez Canal to Egypt) is possible, but a more relaxed option would be to begin your holiday in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. Home to spice markets, cinnamon and nutmeg plantations and paradise beaches - 5 days is as little as you need here.
In India, Fogg made his journey by rail, which thankfully no longer involves hanging off the back of a cattle cart. The ultra-luxurious Maharajas Express offers five different itineraries, including a champagne breakfast at the Taj Mahal and a boat ride along the Ganges. This kind of luxury doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, it’s worth considering. It takes 8 days.
Heading to the Far East, Japan is refreshingly un-westernised. Visit in March/April and be showered with confetti as cherry season is in full bloom. From Tokyo, you can easily reach Kyoto and what better way to soothe body, mind and spirit than a stay in a traditional ‘ryokan’ and take a dip in a reviving natural steam bath? In less than 10 days, you could enjoy the highlights of Tokyo & Kyoto.
To ensure your holiday is truly ‘round the world’, you’d need to dip into Australia or New Zealand. In just 5 days, you could self-drive around the stunning Bay of Islands – and that’s before you consider adding a stopover in Fiji, Tahiti or the Cook Islands!
San Francisco is one of the prettiest west-coast USA stopovers and it’s easy to explore this compact city. It’s also the starting point to drive the Pacific Coast Highway; the scenic coastal route that winds its way through Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz and on to Los Angeles. Allow 10 days to see the city and drive to LA.
The quickest route to Fogg’s next stop is to fly to New York for a quick stop over. This city that needs no introduction; from the bright lights of Broadway, to the heights of Empire State, pretzels, hot dogs and unrivalled shopping opportunities; visit in winter for Christmas shopping and buckets full of holiday spirit, or in summer for the al fresco park life and open-air concerts. Whatever your budget, there’s something for everyone - 4 nights is plenty!
There’s just something magical about being able to say you’ve travelled ‘around the world’ – and since most flights to Australia and New Zealand touch down in either Asia or the Americas; with a bit of expert advice - any trip ‘down under’ can be turned in to a round the world holiday!
If you have less than 80 days (like most of us!) but are looking for a tailor-made long-haul holiday, we can help. Give us a call or request a quote by email. Here are some ideas (although any route is possible – every trip is tailored to your style and budget):
Or check out our RTW in 80 days itinerary...