Our around the world in 80 days tour is undoubtedly the trip of a lifetime! Visit nine countries and four continents in just under three months, including the USA, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Self-drive along California’s spectacular Pacific Coast Highway, relax on the beaches of the Cook Islands, see the sunrise over Uluru, trek over glaciers in NZ, discover Indochina and take a safari to see the ‘Big 5’ in South Africa!
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Your round the world in 80 days begins in the USA. We’ve included our Las Vegas stopover with four days in the Nevada Desert to explore this vibrant, chaotic and fun city. On your second day, take a remarkable day trip to the Grand Canyon via the Hoover Dam. You’ll visit two separate look-out points on the canyon’s rim to enjoy spectacular views and take some fantastic photos. If you’d prefer the helicopter tour option, we can upgrade your trip to a flight, in which case you would get to fly over Lake Mead on the Colorado River, (the largest reservoir in the USA and land 3,500 feet into the Grand Canyon itself.
Today you’ll arrive in San Francisco ready to start your self-drive adventure. We’ve included a few days to explore the city so you could cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, head down to Fisherman’s Wharf or enjoy a full day trip into Napa Valley for some wine tasting. Leaving the city, you’ll take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway south through Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur before winding your way down to Los Angeles. Spend a few days exploring LA; star-spotting on Hollywood Boulevard or browsing through the boutiques on Rodeo Drive before you head to your next destination.
Touchdown in the Cook Islands to begin our Rarotonga & Aitutaki Escape. Spend a few days winding down and experiencing daily life on Rarotonga with its beautiful beaches and volcanic interior. You'll encounter a real sense of authenticity here as all hotels are locally owned and run, plus there's also a strong cultural influence. 'Island nights' are a regular occurrence here, offering you an opportunity to get a feel for Polynesian culture through the sharing of food, dance and music.
After a few days, you'll take a 45-minute scenic flight over to the island of Aitutaki, where the spectacular Aitutaki Lagoon awaits. No trip is complete without a boat ride on the lagoon and it's even possible to get married on a little island in the centre!
New Zealand is your next stop and here we’ve included our North Island B&B trip to introduce you to the highlights of North Island. You’ll be staying in some lovely local properties, often with only a handful of rooms – so they’re able to provide a local, personalised experience.
Your self-drive will take you from Auckland to Wellington with stops along the way. In Rotorua, we’ve included a traditional Maori evening complete with Hangi feast and Maori dancing. Next up is Lake Taupo, which offers spectacular scenery and the option to be more active. Trekking the picturesque Tongariro Crossing is a highlight in the North Island and one of the most famous walks in New Zealand.
South Island is your next destination, so you’ll fly into Queenstown ready to start your South Island adventure – the adventure capital of New Zealand for a 2-night stay. If you have time, we recommend extending your stay here to include an overnight cruise to Milford Sounds. Considered one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural attractions, you’ll cruise through majestic scenery, dramatic landscapes and the fiords. The glaciers are next, so we’ve included a night in Franz Josef, with a small group hike on the ice and a helicopter ride onto the glacier! Your trip ends in Christchurch, with a stop in Kaikoura. At the right time of year, you can even enjoy a whale watching cruise!
Welcome to Australia! Begin your time here with our three night Melbourne stopover package to help you explore the capital of Victoria. Known for its funky vibe, Melbourne is home to cool restaurants, cafes and artwork and is an epicentre for sporting events. Head up the Sky Tower for 360-degree views of the city and be sure to check out the suburb of St Kilda, known for its beautiful beach, vibrant social scene and delicious cake shops. We’ve also included a day trip along the Great Ocean Road which takes you to the spectacular Twelve Apostles, along a super-scenic stretch of Australia’s coastline.
When you arrive in Ayers Rock, you’ll join a small group camping tour for your Red Centre experience. Your first night will be spent exploring the cultural centre and watching the sunset over Uluru. You’ll even have the opportunity to sleep under the stars in a traditional Australian ‘swag’. After watching sunrise over the famous rock the next morning, you’ll make your way over to Kings Creek - a working cattle station. Be sure to try the famous Kings Creek camel burgers! After a guided walk around the rim of Kings Canyon, your last night here will be in Alice Springs before moving on.
If you’d prefer an upgraded accommodation option, just let us know and we can arrange this.
It's time now for your first self-drive adventure; Brisbane to Sydney along the Pacific Highway. After a night in Brisbane, collect your car and head down the coast towards the surfer's town of Byron Bay. With its crashing waves and relaxed vibe, you’ll feel relaxation sweeping over you! Take part in a whale watching cruise or walk the Cape Byron Track before driving on a little further down the coast first to Coffs Harbour and then to Port Macquarie, two more laidback coastal towns with that are also havens for local wildlife. Two nights in Sydney complete your time in Australia, so why not visit the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge for some perfect snaps and enjoy lunch on the river bank like a true Sydney local?
We’ve included our Singapore stopover package with 3 nights’ accommodation, airport transfers and a half-day city tour. In the evening, we recommend you head down to Marina Bay to see the beautiful light shows that light up the sky. Why not book an afternoon tea at the iconic Raffles Hotel, or head up to the Long Bar to enjoy a Singapore Sling in the bar where it was created?
Your discovery of Indochina begins in Bangkok, where we’ve included a small group tour: Thailand and Laos Adventure. Travelling in a small, friendly group with like-minded companions, you’ll journey from Bangkok to Hanoi in Vietnam travelling overland through Laos. Experience the fast-paced city of Bangkok before heading north to Chiang Mai, known for its wildlife, hill tribes and trekking opportunities. After crossing into Laos, you’ll meander down the Mekong River by boat then continue overland through Laos. Wander through the local markets, enjoy temple visits and massages and enjoy and an authentic homestay with a local family in a village. Your trip finishes in Hanoi with a stay in the Old Quarter; visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the presidential palace and enjoy a Vietnamese iced coffee looking out over Hoan Kiem Lake.
When you arrive in South Africa, we’ve included our Pilanesberg safari from Johannesburg. With 5 nights here, you’ll head out on a ‘Big 5’ game safari. We’ve added a night either side of your safari stay in Johannesburg to give you a chance to explore. ‘Jo’berg’ as it is colloquially known is a city on the up; its cultural centre includes theatres, restaurants, cafes and museums and the inner city has become a haven for tourists. We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by the cultural experiences and friendly locals.
Your safari experience takes place at Shepherds Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park. Here you can spot zebras, lions and elephant while relaxing in beautiful surroundings with all your meals and activities included in your stay. An experience of a lifetime!
You now have a week to explore the fabulous Cape Town & the Winelands region. Spend your first three nights in Cape Town exploring the culture and history of this fascinating country, learning about Apartheid and even taking a trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Leaving the city, you’ll drive out drive to Stellenbosch, home to funky art galleries and cool cafes, with vineyards nearby for those wine tasting excursions. Foodies will love the next stop - Franschhoek – with the opportunity to dine in some of the best restaurants in South Africa.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
76 nights in a variety of accommodation including camping, 3* hotels, boutique B&Bs and luxury safari lodges: