My RTW Itinerary -1st Edition

 Here is the long awaited ITINERARY.  I have flights booked from Toronto all the way through to Cairo where I will use mostly ground transportation.  I will book the second half  from Bangkok all the way through to Tokyo at a later date.
As you can see there is a lot of details I need to fill in.  I have narrowed down accomodation in some places and tours etc that I want to make sure I include but please feel free to offer suggestions. 
I also have names of family or friends I plan to visit in each location.

DEP:  Dec.01,2010   Toronto to Edmonton YEG –FAMILY

DEP:  Dec.10,2010   Edmonton to Los Angeles LAX – KAREN

 DEP:  Dec. 15, 2010 Los Angeles LAX to Honolulu HNL –CHERYL???

 DEP:  Dec. 17, 2010 Honolulu to Hilo Hawaii –SUZANNE-Ito-Bike to Pele Adventure $129 pickup @ Hilo Hawaiian Hotel 12:30pm Mondays http://www.bikevolcano.com/ 1-888-934-9199

 DEP:  Jan. 05, 2010  Honolulu to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SAI) (arrive 17hrs + 1day later)

Ho Chi Minh  – Thien Thao Hotel Jan.7-11 –  Pho – best at Pho Hoa 260C Pasteur st., Ben Thanh Market on Le Loi St., Rex Hotel rooftop bar 141 Nguyen Hue Blvd.  

Mekong Delta – south of Saigon  

Bike Tour – Spice Roads – Jan 16- Feb 01 – Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnels through the mountains of Dalat, and around the lakes of Dalat. A daytrip to the islands of Nha Trang then to Hoi An – great for cheap custom tailored clothes (even cargo pants) – full moon festival (around every full moon) and Hue check out the Café on Thu Wheels. Take the overnight Reunification Express Train before riding through around Ninh Binh and Halong Bay. Before ending the ride in Hanoi – French Quarter, Old Quarter (best shopping-main access from Silk St)- Daluva Hanoi Guesthouse $35-40usd  Hanoi- French Quarter, Old Quarter (best shopping-main access from Silk St)- Daluva Hanoi Guesthouse $35-40 usd…..   Halong Bay-  (limestone Karsts sunrise) – kayak and sleep on a Chinese Junk 3 nights/2 days book from any Hanoi hotel.                                                                                      

DEP: Feb. 04,2010 Hanoi to Siem Reap– sunrise over Angkor Wat – tours: panemon.com , terrecambodge.com , journeys-within.com  –  Booked; Ei8htrooms -$20-24- i’net.     Other accommodation: Mandalay Inn $9-20 wifi and rooftop gym.Golden Banana B&B $25-35/boutiquehotel  $48-65/villas $78. Kool Hotel $45-85.   EAT: The Alley in Psar Chaa , food stalls on Sivatha Blvd. Happy Herb’s Pizza.  Bars: Linga Bar (The Alley),  Miss Wong (N.of Pub St.).   Bus to Phnom Penh +6hrs+$5-11.  Phnom Penh – The Silver Pagoda- manor house $38-40  – Battambang-

(if time) LAOS- Gibbon Experience hike/zipline/through jungle -thamkong lo- sail 7.5km through cave (can homestay)

DEP: Feb. 11,2011 – Siem Reap to Delhi LINDSAY

Goa-Carnival Mar 5, Purple Valley Yoga Ctre  /Tao-Zen Meditation Centre of Goa – no accomodation – Bardez (drop in yoga 2 euros)
 LINDSAY (Mar 14-Apr01)- arrive Mumbai, then Delhi, Agra, Kathmandu, Kolkata        Holi Festival  Mar 19-20,2011, Delhi is good, Mathura/Uttar Predesh are good, Bhang consumpion on the Varanasi steps – ground with milk and dried fruit.
Agra- Taj Mahal (closed Fridays)/ Agra Fort/Varanasi -sacred Ganges -don’t take photos of bodies or funerals/Golden Temple

Kathmandu- Nepal (Lindsay’s relatives)
Kolkata (Lindsay Departs)
Jaipur/Jodphur- Rajestan – palaces.-umad bharan 25-35-umaid mahal hotel 35-65*

Gujarat-

Mumbai- Marine Drive, beaches of Chowpatty, elephant caves/Caloba Causeway market/Osho Meditation Resort in Pune (near Mumbai) abt. 3500rupees ($80)

Sri Lanka – Columbo/Kandy- elephant orphanage

Channai

Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Radha Nagar on Havelock Is. Best beach in Asia… ferry from Port Blair… flights from Chennai or Kolkata about $100

Dhaka Bangledesh

(if time) Bhutan

(if time) Nepal

(if time)Myanmar/Burma-Bagan temples-Inle Lake

Mumbai-

DEP: May 10, 2011- Mumbai to Cairo – Giza- camel ride to pyramids abt.$40

Alexandria

Luxor

June 01,2011 Tel Aviv-pink house (guesthouse-shared bath)$37-84

Dead Sea-tar/mud bath-(ultimate travel cliché but not to be missed)

Jerusalem
Negev Desert – off road jeep and camel tour.  Overnight in traditional khan.

Bethlehem (if time)
Travel through Jordan/Damascus, Syria

June 20,2011 – Istanbul– Kapal Carsi (covered market), turkish bath (cagaloglu-best), mosques (Suleiman -best), Topkapi Palace/Konya Turkey -Whirling Dervishes

Urgup Cappadocia Turkey

Ankara 

July 10,2011- first day in a Schengen Treaty country – can only spend maximum 3 months in the entire Schengen Treaty area which is most of the EU- which will limit the amount of time I can spend in any one place.

Istanbul to Rome  (abt 200euros)- LINDSAY??? World AIDS Conference July 17-20,2011

Ostia- JENNIFER???

Rome to Athens (abt250euros)

Mykanos

(if time) Naples
(if time) Bosnia

(if time) Croatia – Dubovnik

August – Florence –DEBORAH???
Venice

Milan

Spain Aug.15 , 2011 Barcelona – DENA

Valencia-Las Falles festival Mar 15,La Tomatina (last wed. in aug)

Sitges
Ibiza

Torremolinas-Costa Del Sol beach

Madrid

Portugal – Lisbon

Gibraltar

Morocco Oct. 5, 2011

Fes

Marakesh-Djemma el-Fna (massive market)

Rabat

Casablanca

Bangkok Nov 1, 2011

Phuket- Vegetarian festival early Oct men pierced with metal rods, walk over hot coals etc

Krabi – Phangna Bay – Limestone Mountains

Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phi Phi Le (smaller-better) from Phuket or Krabi

Chiang Mai – Nocky guesthouse – Hilltop tribes, Mae Hong Son hilltop tribes, Elephant Safari -$75, Thai massage class
Nong Khai in N.Thailand -Fireball Festival late Oct.

Chonburi -Thai Buffalo races Sept/Oct
Khmer-banquet for monkeys Nov 29

Surin Elephant roundup Nov 13-29

Dec. 17,2011 Sydney Australia http://www.bridgeclimb.com/ -$268AuOpera House,

Gay Mardis Gras Feb 16,2011, NYE

Travel across Australia by train –rail Australia
Canberra

Melbourne – MIKE+EILEEN???

Adelaide –Kangaroo Island Wildlife Sanctuary 2 wks $1189 – twin shared BLD incl/

Perth-sculpture of the sea Mar 4

Cairns – Great Barrier Reef – Heron Island

Alice Springs- outback travel – http://www.leconfieldjackaroo.com,/  Uluru or Ayers rock – best sunset (climbing discouraged- sacred) , nearby The Olgas

Darwin- Cable Beach – Broome,

Brisbane- Gold Coast -Pro Gulf Coast Surf Chmpnships Feb 27

Feb 20, 2012 Auckland, New Zealand
Wellington/ Queensland South Island – Bungee Jumps: Kawarau Bridge – oldest – $115 w. transportation- jetboat ride $75

Mokai Gravity Canyon…highest bridge jump in NZ

Mar 3,2012 – HongKong – I was in HK in 1984 so now in 2012 what’s changed… old photos same locations to compare, tea at Peninsula, Victoria Peak, Star Ferry, Wanchai, the Peak

Shanghai-Feb 15-Mar 15 lantern festival across China

Chendu-Wolong or Bifengxia Panda Sanctuary
Guilin – cruise down the Li River (spectac. Beauty) -cormorant fishing

Suzhou (80km e of Shanghai) Venice of China. Great Wall Marathon 5k/10k/half/full (but must be part of a tour package no independents, Peking Duck (best at Quanjude Roast Duck Rest. Oldest and most popular) Fangshan Rest. For Imperial Feast, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall,   Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’An

June 1, 2012 – Seoul

Incheon

Busan

July 1 – Tokyo-Harajuku, Sumo Chmampionship May 10, April 8 Buddhas birthday celebrated across Japan

Mount Fuji Climb -12,390ft -best early July before school is out – most popular in July/August (official climbing season)

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