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Highlights of China - 2018

Small group tour
10 days - From US$2295*PP

The contrasts in China are both striking and enthralling. Stroll among the shining skyscrapers in Shanghai and marvel at Xian's Terracotta Warriors and melting pot of cultures. Unveil Beijing's complex history and uncover its culture with a visit to a local hutong home for lunch. Wander the vast Tiananmen Square and walk the ancient Great Wall. With unexpected delights around every corner, this journey offers an unforgettable experience of some of China’s most loved places.

Inclusions

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 internal flight within Asia
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • support vehicle
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • tour leader based on a minimum 10 travelers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • porterage and incidental tipping
  • arrival and departure transfers.

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MARCH 28th
(Wednesday)

End

APRIL 6th
(Friday)

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US$2295*

Single supplement:
US$700*
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MAY 16th
(Wednesday)

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MAY 25th
(Friday)

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US$2370*

Single supplement:
US$725*
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JUNE 13th
(Wednesday)

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JUNE 22nd
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AUGUST 15th
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AUGUST 24th
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SEPTEMBER 5th
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SEPTEMBER 14th
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SEPTEMBER 19th
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SEPTEMBER 28th
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OCTOBER 10th
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OCTOBER 19th
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NOVEMBER 7th
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NOVEMBER 16th
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MARCH 27th
(Wednesday)

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APRIL 5th
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US$2415*

Single supplement:
US$730*
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MAY 15th
(Wednesday)

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MAY 24th
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US$2485*

Single supplement:
US$760*
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JUNE 12th
(Wednesday)

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JUNE 21st
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US$2415*

Single supplement:
US$730*
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AUGUST 14th
(Wednesday)

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AUGUST 23rd
(Friday)

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US$730*
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SEPTEMBER 4th
(Wednesday)

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SEPTEMBER 13th
(Friday)

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US$2485*

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US$760*
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SEPTEMBER 18th
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SEPTEMBER 27th
(Friday)

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US$2485*

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US$760*
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OCTOBER 9th
(Wednesday)

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OCTOBER 18th
(Friday)

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US$760*
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NOVEMBER 6th
(Wednesday)

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NOVEMBER 15th
(Friday)

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US$2485*

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2018

DAY 1: SHANGHAI
Arrive in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel, and meet your fellow travelers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui (or similar)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI CITY TOUR
Once known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Shanghai has emerged as one of Asia’s most important cities and is a buzzing contemporary metropolis. Discover the historical riverfront area known as the Bund which is home to an impressive collection of 1920s neoclassical buildings. Visit a silk factory to learn more about the ancient practice of silk production in China. Venture away from the crowds to one of the oldest neighborhoods in Shanghai and discover Confucius Temple, surrounded by shi ku men houses. Head to the Old Chinese Quarter and wander through Yu Garden. In the evening, enjoy an acrobatic performance.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui (or similar)

DAY 3: ZHUJIAJIAO
Visit charming Zhujiajiao, a traditional water canal town dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, located just outside Shanghai. Enjoy a short cruise along the narrow canals to see old wooden waterside houses and glide under arch stone bridges. Return to Shanghai and visit a hidden gem, the Propaganda Poster Art Center.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui (or similar)

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO XIAN
After a morning at leisure, fly to Xian. In the evening, take the opportunity to sample Xian’s famous dumplings at a local restaurant or discover your own eatery to try some local delicacies.

Hotel: Mercure Xian on Renmin Square (or similar)

DAY 5: ARMY OF TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
Drive a short distance to the site of the Army of Terracotta Warriors – one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Many archaeologists believe that the warriors discovered so far, might be part of an even larger terracotta army still buried in vaults around the Emperor’s tomb. After lunch, you have an opportunity to visit a Terracotta Warrior Factory to learn about the complex production process of these fascinating sculptures.

Hotel: Mercure Xian on Renmin Square (or similar)

DAY 6: XIAN TO BEIJING
Enjoy a morning stroll through Xian’s City Park, where local people gather daily to socialize and participate in all sorts of activities from Tai Chi, badminton, Chinese calligraphy, and even ballroom dancing. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda designed to house the sacred Buddhist scriptures brought back from India to translate into Chinese script. Continue to Xian’s Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque. Enjoy a bike ride atop Xian’s Old City Walls before traveling by high-speed train to Beijing and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (or similar)

DAY 7: TIANANMEN SQUARE & FORBIDDEN CITY
Discover Beijing’s impressive sites including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Venture into the traditional residential alleyways known as ‘hutongs’ to share a home-cooked lunch with a local family before hopping into a rickshaw for close-up glimpses of life in these narrow laneways. Stroll to the city’s famous Drum Tower, once used to mark the passing of time. Enjoy a free evening to explore the vibrant nightlife around your hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (or similar)

DAY 8: TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
Experience a local breakfast before visiting the iconic Temple of Heaven, a perfect example of Ming architecture and a symbol of Beijing. Afterwards, visit the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall to gain a glimpse of the city’s past and present development as well as the city’s future. In the afternoon, explore the magnificent Summer Palace filled with temples, pavilions and gardens.

Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (or similar)

DAY 9: GREAT WALL OF CHINA
The Great Wall of China is without a doubt one of the world’s most famous man-made sites. Travel to the Mutianyu section of the wall to explore this incredible creation. This evening, celebrate the end of a memorable vacation to China at a farewell group dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (or similar)

DAY 10: BEIJING
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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