11 Days Enchanting China
Small Group Experience
Starts at $1699 per person
Day 1: U.S. – Beijing, China (In-Flight Meals)
Today depart from the U.S. for Beijing.
Day 2: Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your hotel.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza U-Town or similar
Day 3: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (B)
Your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700’s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls.
In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour ($50) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong's (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab as well as visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of old Beijing people and their unique architectural structure. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza U-Town or similar
Day 4: Great Wall Of China (B,L)
On the way to the Great Wall you will make a stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as "Yu", and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs. Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument—the Great Wall. Visit the less-visited and more original Juyong Pass and try to avoid other sections which are the most accessible and consequently the most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles!
Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” ($50).
Overnight: Crowne Plaza U-Town or similar
Day 5: Beijing - Xi'an(flight) (B)
Today depart from Beijing for China's ancient capital-Xi'an. Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your hotel.
Overnight: Grand Noble Hotel
Day 6: Xi’an Sightseeing and Terracotta Warriors & Horses (B,L)
This morning first visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a major tourist site located on the central axis of the Jianfu Temple in south Xi’an. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda in the temple is very delicate in appearance and is completely built of stone. The top three floors have been damaged, and it really adds to the appeal of the pagoda. As a national AAAA scenic spot and a world heritage site, the Buddhist pagoda survives from the Tang Dynasty.
Afterwards visit the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory. The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Unearthed near Xi’an, the hundreds of life size sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were intended to convey the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. You will be definitely amazed by the scale of the Terracotta Warriors Army.
Overnight: Grand Noble Hotel or similar
Day 7: Xi'an - Shanghai (Flight ) (B)
Today we leave from Xi’an airport for Shanghai-the largest city of China and the financial center of Asia.
Upon arrival you will be taken to hotel for rest.
Tonight there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (at your own expense).
Optional tour: “ERA: The Intersection of Time”: $60
Overnight: Renaissance Caohejing Hotel or similar
Day 8: Shanghai-Hangzhou (B)
In the morning visit the famous Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses.
Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. This morning start this amazing day with a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting. Next, follow your guide on a walk through the plantation and see firsthand the process of farming tea trees and picking tea leaves (the walk through is subject to the plantation’s operational conditions and requirements, weather conditions and guests’ fitness levels and may not be always available).
Overnight: Zheshang Grand New Century or similar
Day 9: Hangzhou - Suzhou (B, L)
Hangzhou is where the 2016 G20 Summit was held in September 2016. Take a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. This evening, why not enjoy an optional open-air performance, “Impression West Lake” (at your own expense).
Today visit the famous Lingering Garden. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so of course a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order
Optional tour: Impression West Lake: $70
Overnight: Grand Metropark Hotel, Suzhou
Day 10: Suzhou-Shanghai (B)
Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". And visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. There is an option to take a cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) to view life along China’s ancient waterway.
Return to Shanghai later and stay for the night.
Optional tour: cruise at Grand Canal: $30
Overnight: Renaissance Caohejing or similar, Shanghai
Day 11: Shanghai-Home(B)
Today board the international flights and fly back home. Your fabulous China tour ends here.
Important Notice: The order of attractions might be adjusted for a better tour experience.
What is Included:
International Airfare from New York is included
Domestic Flights within China
Transportation as specified in itinerary;
Meals as specified above; B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
English-speaking tour guides;(Click here for Spanish Speaking Tour Flyer and Rates)
4.5 star hotels.
What is NOT Included:
China visa fees starts at $215 for non-California residents;
Tips for guides and driver (recommended $8 - $10 day);(Please note this is not optional guides in each city will collect from group)
Single guest room supplement add $500
AIR INCLUSIVE PACKAGE DATES/RATES 2018
(Los Angeles/New York/San Francisco)
March 17th - $1,699
March 24th - $1,699
April 07th - $1,699
April 14th - $1,799
May 12th - $2,099
June 16th - $2,199
July 21st - $2,199
August 18th - $2,199
September 8th - $1,799
October 13th - $1,799
October 27th - $1,699
November 3rd - $1,699