The Route by Commercial Airline

Above is a diagram of the route taken by the Nao Victoria, but by commercial airline. The route was researched using kayak.co.uk in March 2011. Click on the image to view an enlarged version in a new window. Image created using Adobe Illustrator by Rosamund Garrett.

This route would take approximately 5 days, 7 hours and 42 minutes, which is the equivalent of 127 hours and 42 minutes in the air (not including stopovers and transfers).

The Route

Sanlúcar de Barrameda is closest to Jerez airport.

Jerez Airport (XRY) to Madrid Airport (MAD).  Iberia 1 hour 5 mins. Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santa Cruz Tenerife (TFN). Iberia 2 hours 25.

Santa Cruz Tenerife (TFN) to Madrid (MAD). AirEuropa 2 hours 45 mins. Madrid (MAD) to Paris (CDG). AirFrance 2 hours 5 mins. Paris (CDG) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG). AirFrance 11 hours 15 mins.

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Salgado Filho (POA). Tam Linhas Aereas 2 hours 3 mins. Salgaldo Filho (POA) to Carrasco (MVD). Tam Linhas Aereas 1 hour 25. Carrasco (MVD) to Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires (AEP). Pluna Flights 50 mins. You are now looking at the Rio de la Plata.

Buenos Aires (BUE) to Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD). This is the closest airport to Puerto San Julian. Aerolineas 2 hours 27 mins. Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) to Buenos Aires (BUE). Aerolineas 2 hours 11 mins. Buenos Aires (BUE) to Rio Gallegos (RGL). Aerolineas 3 hours 15 mins. This is the closest airport to Cape Virgenes. Rio Gallegos (RGL) to Ushuaia (USH). Aerolineas 55 mins. Ushuaia (USH) to El Calafate (FTE). Aerolineas 1 hour 10 mins. This is the closest city to Cape Deseado.

El Calafate (FTE) to Buenos Aires (BUE). Aerolineas 3 hours 15 mins. Buenos Aires (BUE) to Auckland (AKL). Aerolineas 13 hours 41 mins. Auckland Intl (AKL) to Rarotonga International Airport (RAR). Air New Zealand 5 hours 30 mins. Flights are currently suspended to Puka Puka due to fuel shortages. However it is possible to fly there in theory, though the flights are once every few months on an irregular basis. They take about 4 hours 30 mins.

It is unsure as to whether San Pablo is Flint or Vostok Island, or neither. Neither of these islands have scheduled flights. The nearest island with a scheduled flight is Samoa. Chartered flights can go to Christmas Island or Caroline Island, which are near by. As there are no scheduled flights we shall go from Rarotonga to Guam.

Rarotonga International Airport (RAR) to Auckland Intl (AKL). Air New Zealand 5 hours 30 mins. Auckland Intl (AKL) to Seoul, Korea (IIA). Korean Air. 8 hours 35 mins. Seoul Korea to Guam (GUM). Korean Air 6 hours 5 mins.

Guam (GUM) to Hong Kong Intl (HKG). Continental Flights 3 hours 25 mins. Hong Kong Intl (HKG) to Cebu Mactan Intl (CEB). Cathay Pacific Flights 2 hours 40 mins. Since it is easier to get around the Philippines by boat and the distances are fairly short, in this instance Cebu shall represent the Nao Victoria’s time in the Philippines.

Cebu Mactan Intl (CEB) to Manila (MNL). Philippine Airlines 1 hour 20 mins. Manila (MNL) to Jakarta (CGK). Philippine Airlines 3 hours. It is easier to get around Indonesia by road and by boat. As such Jakarta shall represent the Nao Victoria’s time in Tidore, Ambon and Timor.

Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Malaysia Airlines 2 hours. Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Cape Town Intl (CPT). Malaysia Airlines 11 hours 30 mins. Cape Town is the closest city to the Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Town Intl (CPT) to Johannesburg (JNB). Tap Portugal Flights 2 hours. Johannesburg (JNB) to Lisbon (LIS). Tap Portugal Flights 10 hours 35 mins. Lisbon (LIS) to Boa Vista Cape Verde (SID). Tap Portugal Flights 4 hours 5 mins.

Cape Verde (SID) to Lisbon (LIS). Tap Portugal Flights 3 hours 50 mins. Lisbon (LIS) to Madrid (MAD). Easyjet 1 hour 15 mins. Madrid (MAD) to Jerez (XRY). Ryan Air 1 hour 5 mins. This is the closest airport to Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

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