12 days in Asia Itinerary

12 days in Asia Itinerary

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12 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Suzhou, China
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hangzhou, China
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Bur Dubai Abra Dock, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, and then admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Dubai is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In September, Dubai is warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 46°C and lows of 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Theme Parks Outdoors
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

3
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Explore hidden gems such as Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dubai to Xi'an in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Xi'an. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get much colder in Xi'an: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque

3
nights
Suzhou, China

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Explore hidden gems such as Humble Administrator's Garden and Jinji Lake. Step out of Suzhou to go to Changzhou and see Tianning Temple, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Suzhou West Hill Scenic Area, snap pictures at Taihu Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sanshan Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Suzhou attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Suzhou takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tianning Temple
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Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Jinji Lake ©
Jinji Lake
Suzhou Museum ©
Suzhou Museum

1
night
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Zhejiang University, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lingyin Temple, and then go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hangzhou tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hangzhou are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites
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Lingyin Temple ©
Lingyin Temple
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Zhejiang University ©
Zhejiang University

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