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  • Visit the Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • Explore the Great Wall (Beijing)
  • See the Terra Cotta Soldiers (Xian)
  • Embark on a guided orientation drive and stroll down the Bund (Shanghai)
  • Enjoy Suzhou Excursion (Shanghai)

China Sampler tour features some of Asia’s most dynamic cities: Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, with guided sightseeing tours included in each of them as well as free time to explore at your own pace. Take in China’s deep history by visiting Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Soldiers, and the Bund!

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

SmarTours Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.9 Guide
4.9 Activities
4.9 Lodging
4.9 Transportation
4.9 Meals
China Sampler
100% Recommend

The China sampler tour

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
November 2016
Recommend: Yes
The China sampler was a wonderful trip. We had never ventured to the orient and the China Sampler was a good introduction to Chinese culture. We liked all the places we visited in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai,and Sozhou. The hotels were very nice and comfortable. Out guides Hou and Lilly were very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. All the extra excursions were well worth the time and expense. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone.
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Amazing Tour of China

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
November 2016
Recommend: Yes
I have just returned from the China Sampler tour jet-lagged and happy, and I can’t stop talking about how incredible it was. Thanks to tour guide Michael (and a number of excellent local guides who joined him), our wonderful group of travelers saw the biggest sights in China: the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Army, and Shanghai’s breathtaking Bund waterfront. I highly recommend the optional excursions. Almost everyone in the group did most (or all!) of the excursions, which kept us very busy but ended up being some of the most memorable highlights of the trip. While the hotel in Beijing was pretty good, the ones in Xian and Shanghai were outstanding. Michael kept things running smoothly and efficiently. Word to the wise if you book this trip: I hope you like Chinese food! This was my first trip with SmarTours, and it won’t be my last.
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your magical journey with our China tour packages begin this afternoon as you depart on your wide-body jet flight bound for Beijing.

Day 2: Arrive Beijing.

Accommodation: Penta Hotel

After crossing the International Date Line you arrive late this afternoon in Beijing, China’s lively capital and recent host to Summer Olympics. You’ll be greeted at the airport and travel to your upscale hotel centrally located in downtown Beijing, within easy access to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome briefing.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

A day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration. We suggest an optional ($65) full day excursion with lunch to the Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat and now a lovely park. Here, enjoy a scenic boat ride on peaceful Kunming Lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

On today’s exhilarating included excursion venture outside the city to the legendary Great Wall, which extends nearly 4,000 miles. Time to view and mount the well-preserved ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Ming Tombs, burial site of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. This evening, delight in an optional banquet ($50) featuring the famous “Peking Duck” and attend the famous “Legend of Kung Fu” Show.

Day 5: Beijing/Xian.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel

Morning at leisure. You may join an optional excursion ($40) to Beijing’s ancient back alleys (Hutong) by rickshaw and witness the way the Chinese have lived for centuries. You’ll also visit a home of a local family and have lunch with them. Later today, fly to Xian, ancient capital of China for eleven dynasties and historic gateway to the old silk trading route.

Day 6:

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

On a guided morning excursion visit one of the world’s most amazing archaeological discoveries: a life-size Terra Cotta Army of soldiers and horses guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi. It was unearthed in 1974 after being buried with the first Qin emperor for 22 centuries! The afternoon is at leisure to discover independently. Your hotel enjoys a superb location and you may wish to explore on foot and visit the intriguing Shanxi Museum to view stone carvings and precious art treasures from the ancient Han and Tang Dynasties. On this evening’s optional outing ($45), savor a delicious dumpling dinner, a local specialty, and delight in a Tang Dynasty spectacular folklore show.

Day 7: Xian/Shanghai.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Fudan Hotel or Equatorial Hotel

Today, fly to Shanghai, often described as “Paris of the East”. An intriguing, dynamic city, today’s Shanghai weaves the seaport legacy of its past with impressive new 21st century architecture. Upon arrival, embark on a guided orientation drive and stroll down the Bund, the bustling and exciting waterfront along the Huangpu River.

Day 8:

Meals: Breakfast

Start your day with a guided walk amidst the scenic ponds, colorful pavilions and walkways of the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden, a delightful reminder of old Shanghai. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may join an optional excursion with lunch ($38) to discover the acclaimed Shanghai Museum displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and artifacts followed by a visit to the famous Jade Buddha Temple which houses exceptional Buddha statues carved of a single piece of white jade. This evening you may join an optional ($40) dinner followed by a mesmerizing acrobatic show.

Day 9: Optional Suzhou Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

A full day at leisure to explore Shanghai as you wish. We recommend an exciting optional ($65) excursion with lunch to the charming, canal laced Suzhou, often called “Paradise on Earth”. Here you embark on a boat ride on the ancient “Grand Canal” and visit two of Suzhou’s most famous gardens as well as other city highlights. Return to Shanghai later this afternoon. This evening join your fellow travelers for an included festive farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant.

Day 10: Shanghai/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Your memorable journey of your China Tours come to an end as you arrive back in the U.S. later today.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,499

Price Per Day:

$ 150 per person
Start DateEnd DateDouble StandardSingle StandardAvailability 
Nov-07-2017Nov-16-2017$ 1,499$ 1,798LimitedReserve
Dec-26-2017Jan-04-2018$ 1,799$ 2,098LimitedReserve
Jan-09-2018Jan-18-2018$ 1,499$ 1,798LimitedReserve
Feb-27-2018Mar-08-2018$ 1,599$ 1,898LimitedReserve
Mar-20-2018Mar-29-2018$ 1,699$ 1,998LimitedReserve
Apr-10-2018Apr-19-2018$ 1,699$ 1,998LimitedReserve
May-08-2018May-17-2018$ 1,699$ 1,998LimitedReserve
Jul-03-2018Jul-12-2018$ 1,799$ 2,098LimitedReserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 299
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco via Air China (Add $129 if departing from NYC, JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-China flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodation at deluxe and first class hotels
  • 12 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing tours as described in itinerary
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Optional Activities
  • Full Day Forbidden City/Summer Palace with Lunch ($65 per person)
  • Evening Kung Fu Performance and Peking Duck Dinner Banquet ($50 per person)
  • Morning Hutong (Old Beijing) Tour Plus Lunch ($40 per person)
  • Tang Dynasty Show and Special Dumpling Dinner ($45 per person)
  • Afternoon Shanghai Museum and Jade Buddha Temple Tour with Lunch ($38 per person)
  • Shanghai Acrobats Performance and Dinner ($40 per person)
  • Full Day Suzhou Excursion with Lunch ($65 per person)
Meals Included:

12 Meals: 8 Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Lunches , 2 Dinners

Flights & Transport Airfare included
Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

  • Night 1: International Flight: Air China
  • Nights 2-4: Beijing: Penta Hotel
  • Nights 5-6: Xian: Golden Flower Hotel
  • Nights 7-9: Shanghai: Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan OR Shanghai: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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