LONDON, CAIRO, BANGKOK, BALI, SYDNEY AND FIJI
Now you can experience the crown jewel of bucket-list journeys for yourself! smarTours is thrilled to launch the very first Around the World tour package of its kind, an enjoyably paced 21-day trip that includes around-the-world airfare, handpicked first-class accommodations, a host of meals, English-speaking guides, and iconic sightseeing attractions. Other tour companies and airlines may offer around-the-world trips, but they are either priced “out of this world” or leave you to fend for yourself at every stop along the way. While our Around the World itinerary includes plenty of exciting stops and activities, it also offers ample free time to savor each of our six storied destinations to the fullest. It’s the smarter way to see the world (literally!) and claim bragging rights as a true globetrotter!
- 2 nights in London
- 3 nights in Cairo
- 3 nights in Bangkok
- 3 nights in Bali
- 3 nights in Sydney
- 3 nights in Fiji
- Panoramic London City Tour
- Windsor Castle (London)
- Great Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza
- Egyptian Museum
- Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
- Floating Market (Bangkok) (optional)
- Pura Tanah Lot (Bali)
- Bali Herbal & Nature Walk
- Sydney Harbor Lunch Cruise
- Australia Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience (optional)
- Garden of the Sleeping Giant (Fiji)
- International airfare from New York (JFK), returning to Los Angeles (LAX)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- 26 meals: 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners (additional meals provided aboard flights)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking expert local guides at each destination
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart from New York
Your once-in-a-lifetime journey “Around the World” begins today with an overnight flight to the United Kingdom.
Arrive in London
After meeting your driver and guide at London Heathrow airport, we’ll take a panoramic tour of London’s famed landmarks, architecture, and historic sites. Our nonstop procession of “must-sees” includes the Houses of Parliament, Elizabeth’s Tower (Big Ben), Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Marble March and more. After hotel check-in and a short rest, we’ll gather for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D Doubletree by Hilton Islington (or similar)
*Nov. 4, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and Mar. 2…
Today is a free day to sample the delights of London on your own. Make sure you use your included round-trip River Thames Cruise from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier. This stretch between Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey is one of the most recognizable in the world. You’ll pass under eight bridges and see sights, like the Tower of London, London Eye and the Shard, from a fresh perspective. B Doubletree by Hilton Islington (or similar)
*Nov. 4, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and Mar. 2 Departures will complete the rest of their panoramic tour this morning with the remainder of…
On our way to a midday flight, we’ll drop by Windsor Castle, which most recently captured the world’s imagination as the venue for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We’ll admire the palatial home of over 40 monarchs before catching our flight to Egypt. At the airport we’ll be met by a representative who will assist us with customs and formalities before transferring to our hotel. B Cairo Marriot Hotel (or similar)
*Nov. 4, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 2 Departures will depart the hotel this morning for their flight to Cairo (Windsor…
After breakfast this morning, we’ll meet our Egyptologist guide and dive into the country’s past with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, home to over 120,000 artifacts that showcase the arc of Egypt’s amazing history. See mummies, jewelry, sarcophagi and the treasures of King Tut. This evening enjoy dinner with your group before heading to your next destination. B/D Cairo Marriot Hotel (or similar)
Today we explore the splendors of Egypt on a half-day tour that takes us to the wondrous Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza, which famously combines a reclining lion with the head of an Egyptian king. We’ll gain insights into the magnitude of their creation before seeing another example of Egyptian construction at the Solar Barge Museum. Ancient Egyptians buried a “solar barge” near the pharaoh’s tomb to help transport the ruler into the afterlife. See the meticulously restored and assembled barge at this glass-enclosed museum. After lunching like the Egyptians do at a local…
Take the morning to relax or explore before transferring to the airport for an overnight flight to Thailand. B
Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand, the “Land of Smiles.” After a morning arrival, we’ll be met at the airport by our Thai tour guide and escorted to our hotel for breakfast. Once refreshed, we’ll embark on a morning orientation tour of Bangkok, where we’ll catch a peek of famed temples and shrines as we drive around Rattanakosin Island, a historic district flanked by the Chao Phraya River. We’ll be energized by a stop at Bangkok’s vibrant Chinatown and Flower Market. There’s time to stroll about the fruit and flower stands before returning to the hotel. The balance of the day is at your…
After breakfast, we’ll tour some of Bangkok’s most impressive Buddhist temples. Marvel at the five-ton solid gold statue of Buddha at Wat Trimitr and the colossal 150-foot-long reclining Buddha at Wat Po. We’ll also stop at the White Marble Temple, one of the finest examples of Thai architecture. Spend the afternoon at your leisure or hop aboard an optional canal boat ride across the river for a glimpse of daily Thai life. (See Optional Tours for details.) In the evening, join your fellow Around the World travelers for dinner. B/D Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside…
Bangkok beckons with a feast for the senses. Here’s your chance to sample its sights, sounds and flavors on your own. Your local tour guide will offer plenty of ideas, but we strongly recommend that you don’t miss a chance to see the world-famous floating market by long-tailed boat. (See Optional Tours for details.) B Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok (or similar)
Your Around the World adventure continues to exotic, spiritual Bali. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and provide the transfer to our resort in Ubud, considered the cultural heart of Bali. B Ubud Village Hotel at Monkey Forest or ARMA Museum & Resort (or similar)
A full day of sightseeing in beautiful Bali awaits! Our itinerary starts with a performance of the Barong and Keris Dance, a traditional Balinese dance narrating the fight between good and evil. We’ll continue to Taman Ayun Temple, which translates as “beautiful garden.” This landmark features traditional architecture and, of course, gardens with lotus and fish ponds. Our next stop is the Pura Tanah Lot, the Sea Temple, perched precariously on a rocky outcrop and a stunning (and popular) photo op. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll explore Goa Gajah (aka Elephant Cave), a…
Now that we’re more than halfway through our trip around the world, it’s time to stop and smell the flowers…and herbs! We’ll visit the Jamu Organic Remedy Workshop, learning about Indonesian traditional medicine (known as “Jamu”) while taking a nature walk with a local farmer, who will help you select herbs to make your own organic body mask, oil and scrub. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll view traditional and modern Balinese artwork at the Museum Puri Lukisa and visit Ubud Palace, where the royal family still lives. We’ll have time to wander the grounds and see…
Enjoy the resort’s pool and spa amenities or just relax before departing on an overnight flight to Sydney. The more adventurous won’t want to miss the chance to go white-water rafting on the Aung River. See Optional Tours for details. B
Ah, spectacular Sydney! After meeting our local guide, we’ll take off for an introductory city tour. We’ll see the famous Bondi Beach and stroll along its promenade, as well as see some of the city’s neighborhoods like the exclusive eastern suburbs, historic Paddington and The Rocks, which offers a glimpse into Sydney’s past. We’ll stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, hand-carved out of rock by convicts in 1810, for spectacular photo ops of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the celebrated Opera House. Like what you see? We’ll have the chance to experience the harbor firsthand on a lunch…
Meet Australia’s fabled fauna at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. Prepare to be utterly charmed by the adorable koala or take the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. The remainder of the day is at leisure. B PARKROYAL Darling Harbour (or similar)
With Sydney at your doorstep, how will you spend a free day? If you prefer adrenaline to relaxation, check Optional Tours for details about BridgeClimb Sydney. Or, check out the optional Full-Day Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience B PARKROYAL Darling Harbour (or similar)
Today we depart for Fiji, the sixth and final destination on our Around the World trip. Our airport “meet and greet” includes a traditional shell lei before we’re whisked off to our resort for a warm Fijian welcome. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy. B DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Fiji (or similar)
We’ll see (and taste!) nature at its peak beauty as we venture into Fiji’s heartland, through the beautiful Sabeto Valley, to the lush Garden of the Sleeping Giant, home to more than 2,000 different kinds of orchids. We’ll continue to Viseisei Village, the oldest settlement in Fiji, and Vuda Point, to view handicraft displays and marvel at the panoramic vistas of mountains, Nadi Bay and the Yasawa Islands. Before returning to our resort, we’ll refresh ourselves with a tropical fruit-juice drink and seasonal fruit from orchids while relaxing in a traditional Fijian bure…
Enjoy the opportunity to relax and soak up Fiji’s idyllic setting. We’ll join our fellow Around the World travelers for dinner tonight to share stories and toast our unforgettable adventures. B/D DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Fiji (or similar)
With a late checkout, we’ll have time to savor those last few hours before our flight to Los Angeles. Around the World in 21 days—accomplished!
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
- From approx. $18 Per Person
See the “real Bangkok” in a surprising and delightful way! Cruise the quiet canals and the Chao Phraya river with your guide, who will show you how locals live on and along the water. This is the old Bangkok still hidden in plain view.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Phra Pathom Chedi Tour
- From approx. $45 Per Person
A market on water? This fascinating excursion takes you first to the colorful, world-famous floating market of Damneon Saduak. It’s great fun watching merchants selling food, produce, baskets and other wares from their boats. Photo ops abound! Our other stop is Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest stupa, a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine.
White-Water Rafting on Ayung River
- From approx. $44 Per Person, including buffet lunch
Ready for the thrill of a lifetime? It begins the moment you push off the banks of the Ayung River. Switching Class II and Class III rapids, you’ll wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance. Your adventure ends with a hot shower followed by a gourmet buffet feast at a restaurant overlooking majestic mountains and rice fields.
- From approx. $236 Per Person
Just think of the stories you’ll have to tell, plus you’ll have the photographic proof! A professional climb team will take you on an exhilarating ascent to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where you’ll pause for unforgettable views. A complimentary souvenir photo of the climb is included.
Full-Day Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience
- From approx. FROM APPROX. $185 Per Person
One of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blue Mountains National Park is an
earthly natural paradise, boasting sandstone outcroppings, eucalypt
forests, deep ravines, spectacular views and an awesome roster of flora
and fauna. Join your guide for an off-the-beaten-path tour of this
magnificent landscape. Includes morning tea refreshment, lunch and a
glass of sparkling wine.
Doubletree by Hilton Islington
This contemporary hotel is conveniently located near the tube and local sites. All rooms offer warm, relaxed decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. They also have mini-fridges and tea and coffee making facilities. A breakfast buffet is available, and there’s an on-site grill restaurant, as well as a chic bar. Additional amenities include a freshly baked cookie on arrival.
60 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LA, United Kingdom
Cairo Marriott Hotel
Your home base in Cairo is a historic palatial property with lush gardens and 5-star accommodations. Pool, casino, spa, on-site dining.
16 Saray El Gezira Street • Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt 11211
Menam Riverside Hotel
Set on the Chao Phraya River, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside features luxury rooms, free shuttle boat, spa and pool.
2074 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkorlaem, Bangkok, 10120, Thailand
Ubud VIllage Hotel at Monkey Forest
Elegant boutique hotel built following elements of local Feng shui. Spa, two pools, coffee shop and restaurant.
Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud 80571, Bali, Indonesia
Arma Museum & Resort
Jalan Raya Pengosekan
Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
In walking distance to top city sites, Cockle Bay, dining along the wharf and more.
150 Day Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Fiji–Sonaisali Island
Island resort on the Pacific with spa and beautiful pool overlooking the beach. Just 25 minutes from Nadi Airport, followed by a three-minute boat ride to the island.
Naisali Island, Sonaisali, Fiji
Flights from JFK and back to LAX are on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. For connecting flights from LAX you will also need to recheck your bags in addition to clearing immigration. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|Departure Date||Airline||Depart JFK||Arrive in LAX|
|2020: Feb. 3, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, Jun. 8||British Airways/Fiji Airways|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Our selected airlines do not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel.
Egypt: U.S. citizens require a tourist visa for Egypt, which may be obtained on arrival in Cairo for $28 (includes the visa and facilitation fee).
Australia: U.S. passport holders require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority/visa) to enter Australia. This visa can be secured online before the trip by logging into the official website at https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas. Please follow the procedures as listed on the official website to secure the ETA/Visa and pay online any applicable fees.
Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
Be sure that your passport has ample blank pages as most countries require a blank page. Please note that the U.S. State Department no longer issues additional passport pages, so you will need to renew your passport if you are low on blank pages. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required in any of our destinations. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Our Around the World trip takes us to six destinations with varied climates. Please be prepared for everything from London’s famously foggy weather to Cairo’s desert heat and the tropical climates of Bali and Fiji.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices and will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Due to the limitations of both the airlines and the tour buses, each passenger may bring one piece of checked luggage (no more than 50 pounds), and one carry-on piece small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you plan to layer your clothing with climate and comfort in mind.