Classic China

Classic China

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Classic China

10 Days Starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai

Visiting: Beijing, Great Wall of China, Xi'An, Shanghai

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

CLCZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Interests:

Cultural, History

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$4278 (USD) Operator discount: -$676 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$121 -16%
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Tour Overview

Follow in the footsteps of the ancients – up the ornate steps of the Forbidden City and to the ramparts of the Great Wall, snaking its way across the rolling countryside, and through the winding ancient alleys of Beijing’s hutongs to learn about Chinese traditions over a home-cooked lunch.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 9 Breakfast (B)

  • 4 Lunch (L)

  • 1 Regional Dinner (RD)

  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

  • Beijing: Visit and have lunch with a local family in their home in one of Beijing's hutongs and gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle.

  • Beijing: Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

  • Xi'an: In Xi'an, you'll get to know the students and teachers at a local primary school, where Trafalgar donates much-needed supplies. Find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community.

  • Xi'an: Discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, indulging in an opportunity to sample them.

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Day 1: Say Ni Hao To China
Location: Beijing
Accommodation: Novotel Peace
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Launch your discovery of China in its cultural heart. Transfer to your Beijing hotel where you’ll meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers this evening.

Day 2: Discover The Icons Of Beijing
Location: Beijing
Accommodation: Novotel Peace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner

Delve into Beijing’s rich imperial heritage, beginning your encounter with the remnants of centuries-old dynasties in the world’s largest public space, Tiananmen Square. Tread in the footsteps of emperors, passing through the south gate to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, the imperial palace for emperors and their households for over five centuries. Immerse yourself in the ancient rituals, traditions and history of this palace complex before lunch. Continue to the tranquil Temple of Heaven, another UNESCO Heritage Site, once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to pray for good harvests and divine guidance. This evening, the salty, sweet flavours of succulent Peking Duck take centre stage during a Regional Dinner.

Day 3: Journey To The Great Wall
Location: Beijing, Great Wall of China, Beijing
Accommodation: Novotel Peace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We leave the city behind, bound for the iconic Great Wall of China at Juyongguan. Standing on its ramparts, we look down on the Chinese countryside which its walls successfully defended against marauding nomadic invaders. Watch it snake thousands of miles into the distance as you imagine how these man-made fortifications were built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century. Then, walk the Sacred Way past the imposing stone statues that guard the Ming Tombs and remains of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

Day 4: Explore Beijing Connect With Locals Dive Into Culture
Location: Beijing
Accommodation: Novotel Peace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

A leisurely start to our morning sees us embark on a rickshaw tour around the ancient narrow alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. We Connect With Locals, joining a family for a delicious meal of traditional Chinese cuisine at a Be My Guest lunch, followed by a visit to a tea house, where a Local Specialist prepares and serves tea, explaining the historic tea-making ritual. This afternoon, we’ll indulge in a relaxing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

Day 5: Travel To Xi'an
Location: Beijing, Xi'An
Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South
Meals Included: Breakfast

We fly to Xi’an, which reveals its role as the ancient departure point of the Silk Road. Visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved mosques in China. According to historical records it was built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty and is a combination of Islamic art and traditional Chinese architecture.

Day 6: Uncover Xi'an's Treasures Make Travel Matter
Location: Xi'An
Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit a local primary school (during school-term) to exchange a few Chinese and English words with the children and teachers. Trafalgar will donate some much-needed supplies as part of your school visit and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Next, descend into Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb to see his terracotta army for the afterlife, another UNESCO-listed site. For lunch, enjoy a traditional meal of Chinese noodles, then continue with a visit to a Jade factory, the favoured stone of emperors and more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

Day 7: Onwards To Shanghai Dive Into Culture
Location: Xi'An, Shanghai
Accommodation: The Kunlun Jing'An
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to mimic the graceful movements of a skilled T’ai Chi Local Specialist, or consider joining a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. We Dive Into Culture at a local restaurant, watching a demonstration in the art of making dumplings, with an opportunity to sample these for lunch. Savour the juicy flavours of these boiled, steamed and fried treats, transporting you back to ancient China, before transferring to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. Ascend to the 88-storey Jinmao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth.

Day 8: Experience Shanghai Dive Into Culture
Location: Shanghai
Accommodation: The Kunlun Jing'An
Meals Included: Breakfast

Stroll down Shanghai’s famous ‘Bund’ with a Local Specialist, admiring the neoclassical colonial buildings that have lined this city’s renowned waterfront since the early 1900s. Learn how this marshland was transformed into one of the world’s most important trading hubs. Then, continue to the winding streets and vibrant markets of Old Shanghai to discover the how the customs and traditional lifestyle of this area have remained relatively unaltered. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Old Town before we Dive Into Culture during a visit to a silk museum. This evening, indulge in a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Day 9: Shanghai Your Way
Location: Shanghai
Accommodation: The Kunlun Jing'An
Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Spend a day exploring the Paris of the East on your terms – shop for delicate Chinese ceramics, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1,700 years ago. In its heyday, Zhujiajiao was a bustling market town. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing Dynasty post office can still be found as you stroll down its ancient streets and wander across the many stone bridges that crisscross its canals. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time at leisure before joining your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Farewell Shanghai
Location: Shanghai
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our mystical encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Flights from Beijing to Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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14-Jan-2023

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

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    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

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