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Best of China
SMALL GROUP

10 days
From $1,865
TOUR + FLIGHTS
per person, double occupancy*

Beijing - Xian - Shanghai -

This 10-Day China tour covers two ancient capital cities of China  - Beijing & Xian, as well as the most developed city  - Shanghai. It's not overstated to call it the most classic China tour, for China's past, present and future are epitomized in the golden triangle cities for your exploration. Live out your dream China vacation package as you climb on the majestic Great Wall, walk into the splendid Forbidden City and Summer Palace, ride a rickshaw to experience Hutong folk custom in Beijing, be amazed by the fascinating Terracotta Warriors, stroll on the Ancient City Wall in Xian, and seize the most prosperous and modernized scene of China in Shanghai.

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FLIGHTS

FLIGHTS

GUIDES

GUIDES

HOTELS

HOTELS

MEALS

MEALS

Motor Coach

Motor Coach

TRAIN

TRAIN

TRANSFERS

TRANSFERS

Gateway Departures
LAX- Los Angeles, CA
Package Type

SMALL GROUP

Travel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers and enjoy a unique experience to intimately explore new cities and regions escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey.
Highlights
  • Visit one of Shanghai's oldest attractions, the Yu Garden
  • Ascend the Great Wall of China for an unforgettable view
  • Explore Beijing's Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square
  • See the 2,200 year old Terra Cotta army in Xi'an
Notes

Mainly Vacations travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Itinerary

Day 1 - USA - Beijing, China

Fly to Beijing, China's extraordinary capital.

Day 2 - Arrive in Beijing

On arrival, meet your guide at Beijing airport and relax with a convenient transfer to your hotel. The rest of today is yours to take things easy at your hotel or get acquainted with this captivating and eclectic city.

Day 3 - Beijing

Today enjoy an introductory tour of Beijing, whose origins extend back 3,000 years. The seat of the Ming and Qing emperors until the early 20th century, China's capital fuses gleaming temples with austere public monuments built by Chairman Mao. Ogle Tiananmen Square, the world's biggest public square, and visit the Forbidden City, the secret-steeped residence of 24 emperors. This UNESCO World Heritage site is girded by 10-metre high walls and consists of more than 8,000 rooms, all exuding imperial mystique. Later, visit the gorgeous UNESCO-protected Summer Palace. Walk around this entrancing park, a vision of Chinese landscaping, to view the elaborate bridges, temples and pagodas that flank Kunming Lake. Cap your day with photo stops at the impressive Bird's Nest and Water Cube stadiums, built for the 2008 Olympics.

Accommodation: Mercure Beijing Downtown Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Beijing

After breakfast at your hotel, travel to the Great Wall or `Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li' as it's named in old Chinese. Built over 2,000 years ago to stave off nomadic invasions from the north, the gargantuan wall trails for over 5,500 miles across China like an imperial dragon. Stride along the battlements and behold the views over the mountains and valleys stretching into the distance. Next, continue to the Sacred Way and walk along this stone pathway or `Divine Way', inspecting the richly carved marble figures of animals, humans and mythical creatures, including a lion, unicorn and dragon that line the route.

Accommodation: Mercure Beijing Downtown Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch
Day 5 - Beijing - Xian

Today's sightseeing starts at the Temple of Heaven, a fascinating complex of imperial cult buildings centered on a sacrificial altar pavilion. Constructed in the early 15th century, the temple compound was used by China's emperors to perform animal sacrifices that they believed would secure bountiful harvests. Admire the halls and pavilions before catching an afternoon flight to Xian and arriving at your hotel in time for dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 6 - Xian

Once China's capital and eastern terminus of the Silk Road, the vibrant city of Xian dates back 3,000 years and is best known as the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Unwittingly unearthed by farm workers in 1974, this 6,00o-strong mass of carved life-size soldiers and horses represent the real army that guarded China's first emperor, Qin Shih Huang, and were interred with his tomb in 200 BC. After viewing the ranks of warriors, neatly arranged in the battle order of the time, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, visit Xian's ancient City Wall and ornate Big Wild Goose Pagoda before ending the day with a Tang Dynasty Dinner Show this evening.

Accommodation: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Xian
Optional: Dumpling Dinner   ,   Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Xian - Shanghai

Take a flight to Shanghai, China's largest city, after breakfast this morning. Located where the Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea, and sometimes referred to as the `Pearl of the Orient', this exciting city mixes 21st-century skyscrapers with elegant 1930s architecture, old world teahouses and traditional pagodas and pavilions. See its highlights on our sightseeing tour, taking in everything from the handsome Bund waterfront to the City God Temple Bazaar and the teeming shopping avenue of Nanjing Road. After dinner tonight, sit down to a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show.

Accommodation: Ocean Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Shanghai
Optional: Acrobatic Show with dinner   ,   Shanghai by Night with dinner
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8 - Shanghai

After breakfast, set out on a sightseeing tour along the Bund, Shanghai's riverside boulevard. Lined by grand colonial buildings built by foreign powers in the 1930s and 1940s, this imperious promenade bustles with activity and affords stirring views over the glass high-rises of the Pudong district. After exploring here, continue your sightseeing at Shanghai Museum where you'll view its fascinating collections of Chinese art and antiquities. The rest of the afternoon is free to spend as you wish.

Accommodation: Ocean Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 9 - Shanghai - Suzhou Optional Tour

A free day today gives you the opportunity to explore dynamic Shanghai independently, perhaps browsing for souvenirs and enjoying its tempting restaurants. Alternatively, book our optional excursion to Suzhou, often called the `Venice of the East'. Strategically situated on ancient trade route, Suzhou has been an epicenter of silk production for centuries and serves up photogenic canals, stone bridges and ornamental gardens. Discover its highlights on a guided tour, which includes a cruise on the Grand Canal and time at the Master of the Nets Garden and a silk factory.

Accommodation: Ocean Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Shanghai
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with lunch
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 - Shanghai

Bid a fond farewell to China as you board your homebound international flight. Re-cross the expansive Pacific Ocean once again to arrive back in the United States.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

Mercure Beijing Downtown Hotel

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Rooms

Relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as en suite bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add soaking tubs. Warm suites, some bi-level, add living rooms. Room service is available.

Facilities
 Free WiFi
 Family rooms
 Swimming pool
 Fitness centre
 Non-smoking rooms
 Parking
 Bar

Resturant

This contemporary style restaurant with an open kitchen offers you a wide selection of classic Western and Asian cuisine. The outdoor bamboo garden also provides you a quiet and exclusive space to enjoy your food and drink.

Amenities

 

  • Family Property
  • Indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • DVD player

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

The Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel is ideally located in the city center near several major Xi'an attractions.

All 464 guestrooms in this Xi' an hotel feature modern amenities including large screen TV's, mini-bars and 24-hour room service. The hotel's

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Rooms

Internet - Free WiFi

Entertainment - LCD television with cable channels

Food & Drink - Refrigerator, minibar, coffee/tea maker, and room service

Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains

Bathroom - Private bathroom, deep soaking bathtub and separate shower

Practical - Laptop-compatible safe, desk, and phone; rollaway/extra beds available on request

Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping

Non-Smoking

Facilities
 Free WiFi
 Swimming pool
 Family rooms
 Free parking
 Fitness centre
 Non-smoking rooms
 Bar

Resturant

The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of Asian and Western delicacies, and a bar/lounge caters for after dinner drinks.

Amenities
Dry Cleaning
Indoor pool
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Minibar

Ocean Hotel

Ocean Hotel is a newly constructed holiday resort for coastal sightseeing. It has been awarded the Excellent Tourist Hotel of Hualien County for its dedication in providing the best services to tourists around the world. The entire facility is designed

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Rooms

Fitted with classic furnishings, air-conditioned rooms offer the comfort of electric kettle and a minibar. A safe and hairdryer are also provided.

Facilities
Free WiFi
 Airport shuttle
 Swimming pool
 Fitness centre
 Non-smoking rooms
 Family rooms

Resturant

Seafood specialities are served at Shi Tong Tian while Yue Heng features Western and international menus. Room service is available.

Amenities
Free Parking
Restaurant
Room Service
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free High Speed 

Optional Tours


Dumpling Dinner

Xi'an Dumpling Dinner, aka Jiaozi Banquet, together with the Liang Pi and Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew, is famed as one of the top three dishes in the city. Xi'an was the place that the art of creating the most tasty and delicate of dumplings was refined. It is said that to visit Xi'an without seeing the fantastic Terracotta Armyas well as having a Dumpling Dinner means that you have not really been here at all. This is an experience for the dumplings, the flavors, shapes and colors will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing. It is no less amazing that a simple way of preparing food has become so popular and sophisticated that it is now considered to be as much a work of art as a tasty morsel. Xi'an Dumpling Dinner has three main features: abundant stuffing, colorful shapes and various cooking methods.

Included:

This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring different varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.
Pickup details to be advised locally.

Duration: 3 hours

Price: $25


Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Witness the magic of a traditional music and dance show that recreates the splendor of the Tang Dynasty, and kick off your evening with a delicious meal of dumplings if you'd like. Watch as skilled dancers perform choreographed routines in traditional costumes, waving colorful ribbons and drumming percussion instruments in unison.

Included:

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.
Pickup details to be advised locally

Duration: 4 hours

Price: $65


Acrobatic Show with dinner

Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at a local restaurant.

Included:

Transfers to and from your hotel included.
Pickup details to be advised locally.

Duration: 4 hours

Price: $35

Notes:

This tour may be canceled locally by the theater and refunded upon your return.


Shanghai by Night with dinner

Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund waterfront to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting drive through the city's wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East.

Included:

 Transfers to and from your hotel included.
Pickup details to be advised locally

Duration: 2.5 hours

Price: $45


Full Day Suzhou with lunch

This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Venice of the East". Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the stone bridges. From your boat you will see the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal in this ancient city. Later, enjoy free time along Pingjiang Road, a famous street in Suzhou among locals for gathering, entertainment and food, and a favorite among visitors for its rich culture and sightseeing opportunities Stop for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Return to Shanghai late this evening.Pickup details to be advised locally.

Duration: 11 hours

Price: $75


Dates, Prices & Options

All prices listed are per person (based on double occupancy)

START/END DATES
TOUR & FLIGHT
AIRLINE
Popular Departure
Tue
22 Oct 2019
Thu
31 Oct 2019

$2050
American Airlines LAX
Popular Departure
Tue
29 Oct 2019
Thu
07 Nov 2019

$2050
American Airlines LAX
Tue
05 Nov 2019
Thu
14 Nov 2019

$2050
American Airlines LAX
Tue
19 Nov 2019
Thu
28 Nov 2019

$2050
American Airlines LAX
Popular Departure
Start Date: Tue 22 Oct 2019
End Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019
Tour & Flight: $2050
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American Airlines LAX
Popular Departure
Start Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
End Date: Thu 07 Nov 2019
Tour & Flight: $2050
AirLine :
American Airlines LAX
Start Date: Tue 05 Nov 2019
End Date: Thu 14 Nov 2019
Tour & Flight: $2050
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American Airlines LAX
Start Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019
End Date: Thu 28 Nov 2019
Tour & Flight: $2050
AirLine :
American Airlines LAX

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