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Essence of China

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1649 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1699 US Dollar (USD)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors: •Historical Centre of the City of Salzburg
•Historical Centre of Vienna
•Historical Centre of Prague
•Palaces and Ponts of Potsdam and Berlin
•Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue


Day 1 Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue to the former SUMMER PALACE, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds and situated on Kunming Lake. This evening, savor a special [LF] PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Beijing. Great Wall Excursion

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Then, visit a CLOISONNÉ WORKSHOP and see local artisans use the techniques of this ancient art form to turn pieces of copper into colorful decorative items. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a leisurely walk down the SACRED WAY of the Ming Tombs and marvel at the impressive hand-carved stone statues. Tonight, experience local culture at the [LF] PEKING OPERA, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful make-up being applied to the performers. (B,L)

Day 4 Beijing-Xi'an

This morning, enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s [LF] HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. A short flight brings you to the city of Xi’an in central China. Look forward to this evening’s highlight, the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (B,D)

Day 5 Xi'an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. In 1974, the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, was accidentally discovered by local farmers. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. (B,L)

Day 6 Xi'an-Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. This afternoon, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard that is lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. This evening, consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show. (B,L)

Day 7 Shanghai

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM and experience the YU YUAN GARDENS before lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps join an optional tour to a nearby ancient water town or shop some of the 400 stores on Nanjing Road. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Shanghai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights

Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Summer Palace, Great Wall, cloisonné workshop, Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, and [LF] Peking Opera; [LF] Hutong tour by rickshaw; [LF] enjoy a Peking Duck welcome dinner

Enjoy the “Tang Dynasty” dinner show; sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Dayan Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors; noodle-making demonstration

Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Bund, Shanghai Museum, and Yu Yuan Gardens; farewell dinner


•Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.


BEIJING Traders Hotel (F)
XI’AN Grand Mercure on Renmin Square (F)
SHANGHAI Sofitel Hyland Shanghai (F)


American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 3 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates.

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Joined InfoHub: Feb 1999
Client Request Served: 1291

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