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Classic China

10 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

This all-embracing Country Explorer trip of China visits Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai.

"A delightful trip!"

Patricia, USA

About this trip

China's must-see cities - eclectic Beijing, buzzing Shanghai and historic Xi'an - are mixed with its must-do experiences, like cruising down the iconic Huangpu River by night. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… dashing through the ancient Hutongs by rickshaw. Arriving at a local family's home, you'll be invited in to savour a delicious home-cooked meal, served up with stories of everyday life in this historic part of Beijing.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: CLC

9 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 9 buffet breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

  • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

Day 2

Beijing Sightseeing

Day 3

Beijing and the Great Wall

Day 4

Free Time - Beijing Sightseeing

Day 5

Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

Day 6

Xi’an Sightseeing

Day 7

Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights)

Day 8

Shanghai Sightseeing

Day 9

Shanghai Free Time

Day 10

Depart Shanghai

Day 1

Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

Welcome to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

Hotel

Novotel Peace

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Beijing Sightseeing

Begin your visit to this great capital city by exploring one of the world's largest public areas, Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Great Monument to the People's Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 180 acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens. It served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch continue to another UNESCO Heritage site - the stunning Temple of Heaven, visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Regional Meal - a must during any visit to Beijing.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Regional Meal

Day 2

Day 3

Beijing and the Great Wall

Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century, to defend against nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Walk the Sacred Way to the remnants of the Ming Tombs, the once-lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Both places are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Experiences

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 marvellous 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 story line. Transfers to and from the Red Theatre are included. NB. The price below is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

Adult Price: ¥225.00

Day 3

Day 4

Free Time - Beijing Sightseeing

Spend the morning at leisure, before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. Stop at the home of a local family for a delicious Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine followed by a visit to a charming tea house, where a Local Specialist prepares and serves tea, while explaining the historic tea making ritual. This afternoon indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Cultural Insight, at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4

Day 5

Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

This morning fly to the city of Xi'an. Later visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks and one of the Silk Road UNESCO listed sites.

Hotel

Sheraton North City

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Xi’an Sightseeing

During term-time, meet the children and teachers at a local primary school. Perhaps learn a few words of Chinese from the kids who in turn will be happy to practice their English. Afterwards, visit the legendary army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang's subterranean tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For lunch enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Chinese noodles and later continue with a visit to a Jade factory.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Experiences

Tang Dynasty Show With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous Tang 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, colourful 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 whichinfluenced the culture of its neighbouring 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. NB. The price below is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

Adult Price: ¥270.00

Day 6

Day 7

Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights)

This morning your choice of activities gives you the chance to participate in a T'ai Chi Class, with a skilled Local Specialist, or take a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Continue on to a local restaurant for a Cultural Insight; watch a demonstration in the art of making dumplings, and afterwards enjoy sampling these for lunch. There are 21 different kinds of dumplings with a variety of fillings and different ways of cooking them. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. This evening take a relaxing cruise along the Huangpu River and admire Shanghai's illuminated skyline; a great introduction to the city.

Hotel

Hilton Jing'an

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

Day 8

Shanghai Sightseeing

With a Local Specialist, take a stroll along Shanghai's famous 'Bund', the city's renowned waterfront, lined with former colonial buildings and modern sky-scrapers. Learn how marshland was turned into one of the most important trading hubs in the modern world. Continue to Old Shanghai, a little known treasure trove of winding streets and vibrant markets. Despite the rapid pace of development in the rest of the city, the established customs and lifestyle of this area have remained relatively unaltered. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Old Town before continuing to visit a silk museum and shop. This evening enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Shanghai Free Time

Today is yours to explore Shanghai further, do some last minute shopping or take 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 well known throughout the country. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing Dynasty post office can still be found when strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. In the afternoon enjoy some free time back in Shanghai before joining your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Half Day Zhujiajiao 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 soy beans 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 below is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

Adult Price: ¥260.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Shanghai

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family.

  • Cultural Insights
    Indulge in a foot massage and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • #JoinTrafalgar
    Visit to a primary school, Xi'an You'll get to know the students and teachers at this little school and find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community.

  • Local Specialists
    in Xi'an and Shanghai.

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Sightseeing Highlights

    • City Tour of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

    • Cruise the Huangpu River in Shanghai

    • See local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning

    • View the Great Wall near Beijing and the Shanghai Acrobats

    • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walk the Sacred Way in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors and City Wall in Xi'an


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Dining

    • 9 buffet breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.

    • 5 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: the following departures 17 Mar 2017 - 9 Jun 2017 include a discount of up to 30% on our standard single supplement.
    • Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai and are accurate as of 10th June 2016.
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