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Make your next adventure to China a memorable one! Come and discover China's rich cultural heritage of architecture, martial arts and Terracotta Warriors in this 11-day, customisable tour. Take a calligraphy lesson, explore the Forbidden City, and climb the Great Wall of China. You'll visit Beijing, Xi'an and Luoyang in a tour packed with history, nature and cities....

Make your next adventure to China a memorable one! Come and discover China's rich cultural heritage of architecture, martial arts and Terracotta Warriors in this 11-day, customisable tour. Take a calligraphy lesson, explore the Forbidden City, and climb the Great Wall of China. You'll visit Beijing, Xi'an and Luoyang in a tour packed with history, nature and cities.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Shanghai

Let’s get down to some sightseeing…

• Arrival in Shanghai, and transfer to city centre
• Visit the Old City, near to the Chenghuangmiao district
• Stroll through the lush Yuyuan Garden

Visited:
Shanghai
Accommodation
Rayfont Xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 2: Tongli and Suzhou's Canals and Gardens

Be soothed by canals, peace gardens and silk...
• Take a boat tour through Tongli, the Venice of the East
• Meander through the relaxing Suzhou Gardens
• Finish the day at a world-famous silk factory.

Accommodation
Rayfont Xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 3: Shanghai, Modernity vs Ancestral History

A day of bustling through Shanghai’s history…

• Ride the ferry to the Bund financial district
• Head to the People’s Square for some museum time
• Transfer to the station for the train to Luoyang

Visited:
Shanghai

Day 4: Longmen Grottos and Mogao Caves

Discover the Chinese underground (literally!)...

• Tour the Longmen Grottos to see beautiful Buddhist art
• Explore the Yungang and Mogao Caves
• Visit the Old City of Luoyang

Visited:
Luoyang
Accommodation
New Friendship (Luoyang)

Day 5: The Origin of Chinese Martial Arts

Explore the mysteries of the Shaolin masters…

• Drive to Zhengzhou to see the Shaolin Temple
• Attend a Kung-Fu show
• Head to the train station for the journey to Xi’an 

Visited:
ZhengzhouXi'an
Accommodation
Skytel (Xi'an)

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors 

Creep past silent warriors made of pottery…

• View the 2,200-year-old Terracotta Army
• See inside the Great Mosque, heart of Islam in China
• Head to the bustling Muslim Quarter, packed with shops 

Visited:
Xi'an
Accommodation
Skytel (Xi'an)

Day 7: Calligraphy Lessons in Xi'an

Practice the delicate brushstrokes of calligraphy…

• See the elegant Small Wild Goose Pagoda
• Brush up on your Mandarin in a calligraphy class
• Transfer to the station for the overnight train to Beijing

Visited:
Xi'an

Day 8: Beijing, Millennial Capital of China

Sample the wonders of China’s capital…

• Visit imperious and intimidating Tiananmen Square
• Take a rickshaw ride through Hutong
• Finish at the promenade at Shichahai (Houhai) 

Visited:
Beijing
Accommodation
Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 9: Trace the Lives of the Emperors

Dig deep into the history of Imperial Beijing…

• Visit the Temple of Heaven, religious centre of Imperial China
• Enter the Forbidden City, closed to commoners for centuries
• Marvel at the art and artefacts of the Palace Museum

Visited:
Beijing
Accommodation
Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 10: Cross the Great Wall 

Walk the paths of Ancient China for a day…

• Climb the steps of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
• Visit the Ming Tomb Zhaoling, resting place of emperors
• Walk the Sacred Road, lined with marble animals and figures 

Visited:
Mutianyu, Beijing
Accommodation
Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 11: Departure from Beijing

Soak up the city before you head home…

• Spend a final few hours wandering the city
• Transfer to the airport for your flight home
• We hope you've had an incredible trip!

Visited:
Beijing

Shanghai Tongli Suzhou Luoyang Zhengzhou Xi'an Beijing Mutianyu

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,190 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
For 2For 4Single supplement
April, May, September, October, November 1-14$1,210$1,070$210
March, June, July, August, November 15-30$1,200$1,060$200
January, February, December$1,170$1,030$190

Included in price:

  • Entrance Fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Guide: as outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available
  • Hotel: hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast
  • Transportation: night train on soft sleeper from Shanghai to Luoyang, from Xi’an to Beijing, train express with seconde class seat from Zhengzhou to Xi’an
  • Arrangements: the tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Not included in price:

  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China entry visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges : passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm
  • Personal expenses: expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary
  • Meals: any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Single room supplement
  • Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, spring festival and Luoyang Peony fair
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