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Classic China

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,925 per person
Great Wall, Beijing

Countries Visited


Locations Visited

Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
  1. Day 1 Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

    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 appetizers this evening.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Peace
  2. Day 2 Beijing Sightseeing

    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 flavors of succulent Peking Duck take center stage during a Regional Meal.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal
  3. Day 3 Beijing and the Great Wall

    We leave the city behind, bound for the iconic Great Wall of China. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day 4 Beijing Sightseeing (Continued)

    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 Center.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5 Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Wyndham Grand Xi'an South
  6. Day 6 Xi’an Sightseeing

    Make a difference during a visit to a local primary school (during school-term) to exchange a few Chinese and English words with the children and teachers. Some much-needed supplies will be donated as part of your school visit. 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 favored stone of emperors and more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7 Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights)

    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. Savor the juicy flavors 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-story Jinmao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel The Portman Ritz-Carlton
  8. Day 8 Shanghai Sightseeing

    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 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Shanghai

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart Shanghai

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

    meals Buffet Breakfast

Meal Summary

9 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Visit a Chinese family in their home in one of the Hutong areas of Beijing to gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle

Dive into Culture

  • Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Center
  • Discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, enjoying an opportunity to taste them

Local Specialist

  • in Xi'an, Shanghai

Make a Difference

  • at a Xi'an primary school where much-needed supplies will be donated.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Sacred Way in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China
  • See local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats
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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Legend of Kung Fu Show

The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theatre. It is presented by a group of marvelous Kung Fu artists from all over China whose average age is only 17 but they have studied Chinese Kung Fu for many years. The story tells of a young boy who dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master and attaining enlightenment. He takes the path of a monk in which he must face many obstacles both from this world and his own mind to overcome his fears and to become a true master of Kung Fu. During the 80-minute show, the artists do not speak but perform daring acrobatics and Kung Fu dance but there are English subtitles above the stage explaining the storyline. Transfers to and from the Red Theatre are included. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥325


Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous Tang dumpling banquet followed by a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance which has graced the region for centuries. The show consists of 8 parts filled with vibrant costumes, colorful dances and traditional music. Under the ruling of the Tang Emperors from 618 to 907, China became the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. During this time the economy, politics and military strength reached an unprecedented level which influenced the culture of its neighboring countries. It was during this flourishing and peaceful period that exquisite Tang imperial feasts with music and dance emerged and developed. Step back in time and enjoy the delightful hospitality and performances of the Tang Dynasty. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥385


Half Day Zhuijiajiao Experience with Lunch

In the morning, drive to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town in the suburbs of Shanghai. With a history that goes back more than 1,700 years, the town is the best preserved among the four ancient towns of Shanghai. Today, historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing dynasty post office can still be found. The town is also blessed with small rivers shaded by willow trees, bubbling streams and traditional houses with ancient courtyards. The town has 36 bridges built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, differing in shape, style and structure; from wooden to stone and marble. Take a paddle boat ride along the water to admire the distinct bridges, and then enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow alleys and small food shops. The town is also famous for its cuisine, particularly green soybeans and Zarou (lotus roots) as well as homemade candy and braised pork leg. There will be an opportunity to try some local food during the included lunch, before returning to Shanghai. NB. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥395

Independent Reviews
Collins Lewis
Travel date: Monday, July 30, 2018
It was a great trip. Rocky was tremendous as a tour guide.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Monday, July 30, 2018
It was worth the cost. I have not complaints.
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