Trip Type : Private Guided
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China Classic Odyssey

Cox & Kings
4.7 . Excellent
96%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
14 days
From: $ 7,655 $ 547 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Forbidden City and theGreat Wall
  • Tour Beijing's atmospheric hutongs for a fascinating look into Old China
  • Marvel at the life-size army of Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Visit the giant pandas of Bisheng Gorge Panda Sanctuary
  • Cruise through the spectacular gorges of the Yangtze River aboard the luxurious Yangzi Explorer
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage gardens of Suzhou
  • Experience the historic, cultural and architectural marvels of the ultramodern metropolis of Shanghai

Short Description

Experience the highlights of China as you visit the Middle Kingdom's wonders. Discover the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing before going underground to marvel at the legacy of the army of terracotta warriors in Xian. Then, pay a visit to the giant pandas of Chengdu, cruise the Yangtze River, savor some of Suzhou's remarkable UNESCO World Heritage gardens and end with the dynamic cityscape of Shanghai.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai

Trip Includes

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • All planning, handling and operational charges
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Privately guided sightseeing in air conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Baggage handling, 2 pieces per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and accompanied to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the amenities of your luxury hotel or just rest up from your travels in one of the Four Seasons' comfortable signature beds.

Day 2: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Begin your day in expansive Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Then, visit the Forbidden City, the home of emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. After lunch, discover the wonders of the stunning Summer Palace, which was constructed beginning in 1750 as a complex of royal gardens for the emperor.

Day 3: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

The Great Wall stands as a monument to the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Walk along a relatively quiet section of this ancient wall, which snakes endlessly across the mountain ridgelines. After lunch at a local restaurant, walk along the Sacred Way to explore the Ming Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the foot of Tianshou Mountain.

Day 4: To Xian

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square

After breakfast, visit the magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven, also dating from the Ming dynasty and one of the city's architectural masterpieces. It is here that the emperors came to pray for good harvests. Get to know Old China on a fascinating tour of the hutongs, the narrow winding back streets of Beijing. Later, fly to Xian and check in to your hotel.

Day 5: Xian

Meals: Breakfast  and Lunch

Accommodation: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square

Enter a subterranean world of wonders today as you visit the army of Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Explore the site where 6,000 of these life-sized figures were constructed to guard Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb. Enjoy lunch before heading to the impressive Shaanxi Museum and the towering Wild Goose Pagoda.

Day 6: To Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast  and Lunch

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

This morning, travel back in time on a tour of the Old City of Xian, once a stopping point on the fabled Silk Road. En route to the airport, discover another set of Terracotta Warriors from the Han Dynasty before boarding your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 7: Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast  and Lunch

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

This morning, take a day trip to the Bisheng Gorge Panda Sanctuary at Y’an to visit the 80 pandas who call this conservation center home, and who safely eat and play in their wild environment.. Later this afternoon, return to Chengdu.

Day 8: To Chongqing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

After breakfast, join your private guide to get acquainted with the highlights of Chengdu including an exquisite Daoist Temple and the lush People's Park. Then, head for the railway station for your high-speed train to Chongqing where you'll begin your Yangtze cruise.

Day 9 – 10: Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Spend the next two days cruising the Yangtze through Qutang and Wu Gorge. Disembark for guided visits to local villages and enjoy a presentation by an expert at the Three Gorges Dam Project. While on board the ship, choose from a variety of activities, including cooking lessons and Chinese calligraphy.

Day 11: To Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Peninsula Shanghai

Disembark the ship where you will be met and escorted to the airport in time for your flight to the futuristic metropolis of Shanghai. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Day 12: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Peninsula Shanghai

This morning, visit the lovely Yu Yuan Gardens and the riverside Bund, home to magnificent colonial-era buildings constructed during the early 1900s. After lunch, trace the history and development of the city at the Shanghai Museum and the fascinating Urban Planning Center.

Day 13: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Peninsula Shanghai

Drive to Suzhou, visiting the traditional village of Zhouzhuang en route. In Suzhou - the Venice of China - admire the majestic Humble Administrator's Garden and the Garden of the Master of the Nets, two of the world's greatest gardens. This afternoon, return to Shanghai.

Day 14: Depart Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days before Departure is 90 days or longer, then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days before Departure is 89 to 61, then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 60 to 31, then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure, then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International and internal region airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
  • Travel Protection Insurance

Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 2 Dinners

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