19 days in Shanghai, Venice & New York City Itinerary

19 days in Shanghai, Venice & New York City Itinerary

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19 days in Shanghai, Venice & New York City Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 30​min
3
New York City, United States
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Suzhou (Suzhou Garden Museum & Humble Administrator's Garden). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and make a trip to Jin Mao Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Shanghai is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Shanghai: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Suzhou
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Arena di Verona & Piazza delle Erbe) and Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Venice takes 17.5 hours. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Shanghai to Venice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Venice, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

7
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New York City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Venice to New York City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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