39 days in Shanghai, South Korea & Qatar Itinerary

39 days in Shanghai, South Korea & Qatar Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Sokcho, South Korea
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Busan, South Korea
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Jeju, South Korea
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Shanghai, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Get in touch with nature at Jinji Lake and Jinshan City Beach. Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Suzhou (Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, Landscape Architecture, &more), Chongming County (Chong Ming Dong Tan Niao Lei , Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach, &more) and Chang Guang Xi National Wetland Park (in Wuxi). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, learn more about the world around you at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an), take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan).

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai online trip itinerary maker.

Prague, Czech Republic to Shanghai is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Prague to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
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.
DMZ Tours has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Manisan Mountain will get you outdoors. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Grevin Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Incheon (Jeondeungsa Temple & Songdo Central Park). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center, don't miss a visit to Changgyeonggung Palace, and browse the different shops at Lotte World Tower & Mall.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online itinerary builder.

Getting from Shanghai to Seoul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Seoul. Traveling from Shanghai in July, expect Seoul to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

Sokcho, South Korea

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Teddy Bear Museum Seorak and Sokcho City Museum & Displaced Civilians Folk Village. Visit Naksan Beach and Sokcho Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Yangyang-gun (Uisangdae & Naksansa Temple) and Songjiho Beach (in Goseong-gun). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, hunt for treasures at Sokcho Central Market, and examine the collection at Seokbong Ceramic Museum.

For photos and tourist information, read our Sokcho trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Seoul to Sokcho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Haedong Yonggung Temple and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun. Do some cultural sightseeing at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Radium Art Center. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Junam Reservoir (in Changwon), Miryang (Yeongnamlu & Pyochungsa Temple) and Paraeso Falls (in Ulsan). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, go for a walk through Igidae Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Hakdong Mongdol Beach, and get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

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You can drive from Sokcho to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In July, daytime highs in Busan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Jeju, South Korea

— 8 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll explore and learn at Maze Land and The Islander. Take a break from the city and head to Hamdeok Beach and Woljeongri Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Bonte Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, head outdoors with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and steep yourself in history at Seongeup Folk Village.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Jeju online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 7:

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 4 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get in touch with nature at Yeongildae Beach and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Head to Deabak Plaza and Hyundai Department Store Daegufor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Pohang (Jukdo Market, The National Lighthouse Museum, &more), Daegu (Daegu Art Museum, Shinsegae Department Store Daegu, &more) and Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple, Ulsan Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gyeongju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In August in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Doha.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Doha, Qatar

— 7 nights
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Qatar and Msheireb Museums. Visit State Grand Mosque and Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Doha: Mesaieed (Khor Al Udaid Beach, Sand Dunes Qatar, &more), Al-Rayyan (Film City & Zekreet Beach) and Dukhan Beach (in Dukhan). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Art, browse the range of quality goods at Mall of Qatar, examine the collection at Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall Doha.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Doha day trip tool.

Travel from Gyeongju to Doha in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from Gyeongju in August, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Doha: temperatures range from 51°C by day to 35°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Doha

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games

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Find places to stay Aug 12 — 19:

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Qatar travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums · Landmarks
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.