16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Mauritius, Drive to Flic En Flac
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Flic En Flac, Mauritius
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denpasar, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Pune

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Flic En Flac, Mauritius — 2 nights

An unusual commodity in the lesser-touristed western part of Mauritius, the developed seaside village Flic En Flac boasts a vast white sandy beach that generates a large amount of tourism.
On the 23rd (Fri), stroll through Flic en Flac Beach. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Ebony Forest Reserve, cast your line with Dolphin Warrior, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarin Bay.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Flic En Flac trip itinerary builder.

Pune, India to Flic En Flac is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Mauritius Standard Time (MUT), which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. December in Flic En Flac sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Baie.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Grand Baie, Mauritius — 2 nights

Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with BASE Diving Centre Ltd and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Gaube Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Bain Boeuf Public Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at Ved Holistic Care Centre, and then tee off at Mont Choisy Le Golf.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Baie trip builder site.

Getting from Flic En Flac to Grand Baie by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Denpasar.
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Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Denpasar, Indonesia — 2 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Point Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Sindhu Beach and Off-Road Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Ungasan (Melasti Beach & Green Bowl Beach). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Sanur.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denpasar tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Grand Baie to Denpasar in 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Baie to Denpasar is 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 31st (Sat), visit Saigon, then wander the streets of Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally view the masterpieces at Minh Anh Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - InterContinental, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Denpasar to Ho Chi Minh City in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denpasar to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hoi An.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 nights

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stop by Da Bao Real Leather, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January; daily highs in Hoi An reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Male.
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Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Male, Maldives — 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Artificial Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Friday Mosque and M Souvenirs. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Local Market, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Male day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hoi An to Male takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hoi An to Male. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hoi An in January; daily highs in Male reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Mauritius travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Island of Rainbows and Shooting Stars
A small but surprisingly multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius sits just east of Madagascar and offers a white-sand coastline lapped by sapphire waters. The contrasts of colors, tastes, and cultures here makes a vacation in Mauritius richly rewarding, with plenty to do along the coast and deeper inland. A tour of Mauritius usually includes long stops at the island's beaches, which serve as launching points for deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin-watching excursions, and scuba diving adventures. Farther away from the water, you can discover a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Mauritius is made for explorations on foot, with several volcanic summits and a large national park sheltering abundant species of indigenous plants and birds.
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Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.
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