• 18163 Hollyforest Drive, Houston, TX, 77084

Escorted Package Includes


  • Flights San Francisco-Beijing, Shanghai-San Francisco
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Intra-flight: Xian-Shanghai
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Beijing
    • 2 nights Xian
    • 3 nights Shanghai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train Beijing to Xian
  • 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Plan

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for China

Depart for China
Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. In that case, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Tuesday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour

Following breakfast embark on a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. Stop at a local jade shop before arriving at the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and admire the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus, and grasslands from this 7th century defensive fortification. Afterward, savor lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit the Summer Palace, former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and admire the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing. In the evening, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting followed by dinner featuring the famous Peking Duck with wine
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Forbidden City & Panda Visit

This morning, begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Square's perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the square's famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace). Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Later, have lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit a local pearl shop before continuing to the Beijing Zoo to see the famous Pandas
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Thursday - High-Speed Train to Xian

This morning, travel via high-speed train to Xian. Upon arrival, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Xian municipal museum inside the small wild goose Pagoda Temple. This evening, attend an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Xian Antiquities Tour with Terracotta Army

This morning, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit Xingqing Park. Filled with culture, this local park is a hub of activity in the morning. You may witness and have the chance to participate in morning exercise, singing, and dancing. Later, visit a lacquer furniture shop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of Xian's antiquities. Your tour includes the archaeological site at the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The archaeological excavation of the three pits where the Terracotta Army was found continues today. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample nearly 15 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Saturday - Flight to Shanghai

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join your Tour Manager for a short walk to get familiar with the new city
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Shanghai City Tour

This morning, take a tour of the major attractions of Shanghai. Experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Stop at a silk carpet and embroidery shop. Next, wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The gardens' total area occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the gardens were specifically constructed for Pan's aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Continue with a visit the Jade Buddha Temple which is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma. This evening, join the optional Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Optional: Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Full Day in Shanghai

Spend a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own, or join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East." Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in Suzhou with a walk along bustling Pingjiang Road where the locals gather for entertainment and food. Return to Shanghai later this evening and bid farewell to your Tour Manager during dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Depart China

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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