25 days in China, Japan & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

25 days in China, Japan & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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25 days in China, Japan & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  15 h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, appreciate the history behind Bell and Drum Towers, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing journey maker app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Beijing is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cape Town to Beijing. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cape Town in April since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 9°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, catch some excitement at Sandbox VR, and get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka holiday site .

Fly from Hong Kong to Osaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, expect nights in Osaka to be colder, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Dubai Gold Souk, cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jumeirah Mosque and then take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort.

To find maps, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Tokyo to Dubai in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Tokyo to Dubai. In April, Dubai is much hotter than Tokyo - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort

3
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Abu Dhabi is known for historic sites, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bur Dubai Grand Mosque, steep yourself in history at Heritage Village, make a trip to Observation Deck at 300, and find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The Corniche ©
The Corniche

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