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.
Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
Spend the morning at leisure, before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. Stop at the home of a local family for a delicious Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine followed by a visit to a charming tea house, where a Local Specialist prepares and serves tea, while explaining the historic tea making ritual. This afternoon indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Cultural Insight, at the Foot Reflexology Center.
Today is yours to explore Shanghai further, do some last minute shopping or take 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 well known throughout the country. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing Dynasty post office can still be found when strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. In the afternoon enjoy some free time back in Shanghai before joining your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.
9 nights, 9 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, On-trip transport.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|7 Sep 17||17 Sep 17||$3,195pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|21 Sep 17||1 Oct 17||$3,195pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|28 Sep 17||8 Oct 17||$3,195pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|12 Oct 17||22 Oct 17||$3,195pp||Request Quote Book Now|
Special Rate Solo Rooming
|22 Mar 18||1 Apr 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|12 Apr 18||22 Apr 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Apr 18||6 May 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|10 May 18||20 May 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|24 May 18||3 Jun 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
Special Rate Solo Rooming
|7 Jun 18||17 Jun 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|21 Jun 18||1 Jul 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 Jul 18||15 Jul 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Aug 18||12 Aug 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Sep 18||16 Sep 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|13 Sep 18||23 Sep 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|20 Sep 18||30 Sep 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|4 Oct 18||14 Oct 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|11 Oct 18||21 Oct 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|25 Oct 18||4 Nov 18||$3,350$3,070pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
Special Rate Solo Rooming : These departures include a discount on standard single supplement.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $700.
Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for Beijing o Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of June 14, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher.
Visas are generally required for China, please call for details.
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U.S. citizens traveling to China must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting China will also need an entry visa. We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.
The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB). Yuan is the name of a unit of the renminbi currency – something may cost one yuan or 20 yuan. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in China. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. The history of Chinese cuisine dates back thousands of years and varies by region. You’ll discover an array of specialties with the country’s “Eight Cuisines” – Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang. Staples foods include rice, noodles and vegetables such as bok choy, bean sprouts, and watercress. Dishes are usually flavored with things like fresh ginger, garlic and scallions, as well as chilies and dried mushrooms.
We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable clothes that can be layered to give you many options for how to dress in China’s various climates. A lightweight jacket will come in handy and study walking shows are recommended for sightseeing excursions. Keep in mind that your shoulders and legs should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
In China it is not common practice to leave a tip when dining out.
At the end of your guided vacation, it is customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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