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Classic China

10 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

This all-embracing trip visits China's must-see cities: eclectic Beijing, historic Xi'an and buzzing Shanghai.

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Classic China

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The departures of 23 March 2018 and 08 June 2018 include a discount of up to 25% 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 1st June 2017.
    • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In Xi'an, you'll get to know the students and teachers at a local primary school and find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community.
    • Visas are required for China. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The departures of 23 March 2018 and 08 June 2018 include a discount of up to 25% 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 1st June 2017.
      • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In Xi'an, you'll get to know the students and teachers at a local primary school and find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community.
      • Visas are required for China. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Follow in the footsteps of the ancients - up the ornate steps of the Forbidden City and to the ramparts of the Great Wall, snaking its way across the rolling countryside, and through the winding ancient alleys of Beijing's hutongs to learn about Chinese traditions over a home-cooked lunch.


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      Trip code: CLC

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      17 Meals
      • 9 buffet breakfasts

      • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City Tour of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 buffet breakfasts

        • 5 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

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      Beijing Sightseeing

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      Beijing and the Great Wall

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      Beijing Sightseeing

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      Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

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      Xi’an Sightseeing

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      Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights)

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      Shanghai Sightseeing

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      Depart Shanghai

      Day 1

      Arrive Beijing (4 Nights) 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

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      Novotel Peace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Beijing Sightseeing 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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Beijing and the Great Wall 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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 4

      Beijing Sightseeing Day 4 - 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 afbeijingternoon indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Cultural Insight, at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights) 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

      Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Xi’an Sightseeing 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 children 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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights) 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. Then, visit the impressive 88 storey Jinmao Tower which at approximately 420 metres high is the eleventh tallest building in Asia and offers great views over the city.

      Hotel

      Hyatt on the Bund

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Hyatt on the Bund

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Shanghai Sightseeing 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, a Cultural Insight. This evening enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Shanghai Day 9 - Shanghai

      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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 10

      Depart Shanghai Day 10 - Depart Shanghai

      Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Visit a Chinese family in their home in one of the Hutong areas of Beijing to gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle

      • Cultural Insights
        Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, after which you'll get to taste them

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialist
        in Xi'an and Shanghai.

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        • City Tour of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 buffet breakfasts

        • 5 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : The trip was wonderful! Our tour guide and local tour guides were very knowledgeable and intrigued us all the way Our tour director was very knowledgeable, organized, and compassionate. He had a good sense of humor and was very enjoyable. The quality of service was excellent

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        Lee was wonderful. He had everything organized and made all the changes seem seamless He went out of his way to be attentive.

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        Service rating : Our tour guide, Lee, went above and beyond! The little extras like the Be my guest lunch and visit to the school were great additions. We didn’t end up on the boat we were supposed to be on, and was disappointed with the quality of the ship, although the staff on board were

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        Service:

        All plans were carefully planned and executed. Lee from Beijing, was fantastic. He was knowledgeable,fun,and made sure we were comfortable and most of all felt safe.I can’t say enough about how great he was. Our other guides were pleasant and knowledgeable. The hotels,food and tours were all

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        Service rating : Rocky was a very thoughtful tour guide. He ensured no one was lost.Product : I would have liked a little more time in Xian and less in shanghai.

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