GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR
Solo Travelers: You're in luck! Free roommate matching provided - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.
The group will travel:
- April 7 - 14, 2018
Join us on this locally guided group tour as we explore Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai and experience the best of China. Visit the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, and of course why not join the group to the one of the Seven Wonders of the World; The Great Wall of China. And all in the comfort of 4-star hotels!
This classic trip has all the makings of a 'Trip of a Lifetime'. It’s got the fun, exploration, adventure and the opportunity to make life-long friends! But that is, after all, what GEC is all about. Make Friends. Travel the World!
NOTE: This trip starts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai. Due to limited airline seating, it is important to book your spot on this group tour as early as possible.
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Group Tour of China, China Group Tour, Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner
Day 1: Arrive Beijing. PM Group Orientation.
Day 2: Tiananmen Sq, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven (B, L)
Day 3: Optional Great Wall Tour (B, L)
Day 4: Bullet Train Beijing to Xi’an (B)
Day 5: Terracotta Warrior tour (B, L)
Day 6: Xi’an. Fly Xi’an to Shanghai. (B, L)
Day 7: Full day Shanghai tour. (B, L)
Day 8: Trip ends. (B)
Arrive Beijing. PM Group Orientation
Arrive into Beijing, China. If you purchased airport transfers from us, you are met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. Airport arrival instructions will be emailed to you as part of the comprehensive Pre-Departure Dossier we will send you about 3 weeks in advance of the trip.
The trip officially begins with an early evening Group Orientation Meeting held at the hotel (details provided before departure). Here you will get a chance to meet your Beijing Local Guide, as well as all of your fellow travel companions for what is sure to be the beginning of many great friendships!
Overnight in Beijing
Tiananmen Sq, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven (B, L)
We start this tour off right with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.
- Tiananmen Square: The largest city square in the world
- The Forbidden City: The largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years
-The Temple of Heaven: The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for God's blessing of the whole nation
- Summer Palace: best preserved and the largest imperial garden in China.
Overnight in Beijing
Optional Tour of the Great Wall of China (B, L)
After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today (if you choose the optional tour) we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Great Wall, the pride of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best-preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, while admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket as it can be breezy, and comfortable shoes for lots of walking.
In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. In addition, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. We’ll also make a quick shopping stop at a local workshop on the way back.
On the way back to hotel, if time permits we'll drive past the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues for an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) and the National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube).
Overnight in Beijing
Fly to Xi’an (B)
The morning at the designated time, we will transfer from the hotel to the train station where you will say good bye to your Beijing based Local Guide and board the ultra-modern bullet train for an exciting 4-5-hour ride through the countryside to Xi’an. Arriving in Xi’an, we’ll meet our Xi’an base Local Guide and transfer to the hotel and have the evening free.
Overnight in Xi’an
Terracotta Warrior tour (B, L)
Today we visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses, as well as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and a local workshop to see how traditional “China” ceramics are made.
-The Terracotta Warriors and Horses: One of the greatest archaeological findings of the century, we will visit the army of terracotta warriors and horses, and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at Emperor Qin's tomb.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: A well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.
Xi’an. Fly Xi’an to Shanghai. (B, L)
This morning you’ll visit the Ancient City Walls of Xi’an, which are some of the oldest city walls in China and still encompasses the center of Xi'an today. We are then transferred to the airport, say good bye to our Xi’an based Local Guide and board our group flight to Shanghai. Arriving in Shanghai, we will be met by our Shanghai based Local Guide and transferred to hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy this bustling and wonderful city with your fellow travel mates.
Full day Shanghai tour. (B, L)
Today we will enjoy a full day guided tour of Shanghai and find out what makes this vibrant and rapidly growing city so special. We'll visit the famous Bund (Waitan), Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum and even stop for local crafts.
- The Bund (Waitan): It is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It is here where the first British company opened an office in 1846
- Nanjing Road: It is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which stretches from Waitan to Yanan Xilu
- Yu Garden: It's reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of the Yangtze River. Built beside the Temple of the City God and covering only fives acres, it follows the Suzhou garden design of a world in microcosm
- Jade Buddha Temple: The Jade Buddha Temple is one of the few temples in downtown Shanghai. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.
- Shanghai Museum: situated in People’s Square, the museum is considered one of China’s first best and boasts priceless Chinese art.
Trip Ends (B)
Trip ends after breakfast. The morning is free to spend at your own leisure. If you purchased airport transfers through us, then you are picked up at the hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
This is a locally guided GEC small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
* Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.
This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.
Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. If you would like your own room (where available), please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.
A Visa the enter China IS required for citizens of most western countries including the US and Canada (be sure to reconfirm directly with Chinese Embassy in the country of your citizenship before departure) and must be obtained . There are no provisions that allow for Chinese Visas to be obtained on entry. Please allow 30 - 60 days to obtain your Chinese Visa. Your booking confirmation email will contain information about how/when to obtain Visas. Please contact us if you have any questions. before departure
A passport is always required. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 month following the last day of the tour.
All deposits and payments include the mandatory add-on cost of your domestic airfare and bullet train and the $750 standard deposit. Once the trip is guaranteed to depart, the airfare and bullet train costs are non-refundable and standard cancellation policy applies to the standard deposit.
This is a very active, locally guided trip and you will see some of the most amazing sights in the world (including one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We have built in some free time into the itinerary, but we will also cover a lot of ground. Be prepared to be on the go traveling and exploring these amazing sights most of each day. But also prepare to be absolutely awestruck!
Trip ID: AS1166
Apr 7, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018
Group Bullet Train & Domestic Flight
OPTIONAL: Great Wall Tour (Day 3)
OPTIONAL: Airport Transfers (Beijing & Shanghai)
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room-hotel):
Small group tour of China
Expert English-speaking Local Guides in each city
Visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
Guided tour of Shanghai
Visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing
Walk through the famous Tiananmen Square
7 nights Chinese 4-star hotels
Meals as indicated
Price Does Not Include
Group Bullet Train & Domestic Flight (mandatory add-on)
Meals and beverages not indicated
Travel medical insurance (
details) Chinese Visa (see “Important Notes” section below)
Tips for guides
7 nights in a Chinese 4-star hotel
The weather in China during the spring (March - June) is typically warm and comfortable, with temperatures averaging about mid 60’s to 70's during the day and mid 40’s to 50's at night. Fall (September - November) is a similarly nice time to visit. Summer (July - August) is typically the busiest and warmest.