12 days in Asia Itinerary

12 days in Asia Itinerary

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12 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly + Train:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  5​h
4
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  14​h
5
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Shenyang, China
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Changchun, China
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Love Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, and then take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, take an in-depth tour of Baek In-Je House Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul road trip tool .

Madrid, Spain to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Madrid to Seoul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, then kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Hyeopjae Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Hallim Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jeju trip maker .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): walk around Yongdusan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Busan online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

1
night
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): cool off at Takahama Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online trip builder .

Getting from Busan to Nagasaki by combination of ferry and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

1
night
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mansudae Grand Monument and then head outdoors with Koryo Tours. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification, don't miss a visit to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tower of the Juche Idea.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyongyang trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Nagasaki to Pyongyang with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Shenyang.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Geumsusan Memorial Palace ©
Geumsusan Memorial Palace
Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea
Kim Il-sung Square ©
Kim Il-sung Square

1
night
Shenyang, China

Shenyang
A trip to Shenyang, a city teeming with history and heritage, reveals the rich culture of Northeast China in a booming economic hot spot and bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): walk around Beiling Park, then get engrossed in the history at Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong), and then take an in-depth tour of Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shenyang trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Pyongyang to Shenyang with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Korea Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Changchun.

Things to do in Shenyang

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Beiling Park ©
Beiling Park

1
night
Changchun, China

Changchun ©
Capital of Jilin Province, Changchun witnessed some turbulent 20th-century Chinese history, occupied at times by both the Japanese and Soviets.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Jingyue Pool and then see the interesting displays at Puppet Emperor's Palace (Wei Huang Gong).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Changchun tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Shenyang to Changchun in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Changchun

Nature Parks Museums
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Jingyue Pool ©
Jingyue Pool

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