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Classic China 2017


9 Days from $3,995

Limited to 24 guests

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Save 50% on the single supplement on select 2017 departures.

Beijing, Xian and Shanghai - experience China's most enigmatic cities, walking atop the Great Wall, seeing the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, ascending super towers and attending a thrilling acrobatic performance.

A&K Advantages

Discover China's most fascinating cities, exploring the capital of Beijing, ancient Xian and spectacular Shanghai, with stays in a curated collection of modern high-design hotels

Venture off the beaten path to the less-visited, well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China

View the incredible Terra Cotta Warriors with an archaeologist

Experience a vibrant Neighborhood Connection on a walking tour of Shanghai's waterfront Bund with a local historian

Practice tai chi in Shanghai during a Spiritual Connection

18 meals, with 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE BEIJING, CHINA
DAY 2
BEIJING | The Great Wall of China
DAY 3
BEIJING | Nexus of Power & Culture
DAYS 4-5
XIAN | Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Warriors
DAY 6
SHANGHAI | City of the Future
DAY 7
SHANGHAI | Extraordinary Arts
DAYS 8-9
SHANGHAI | Ancient Traditions
DAY 1
ARRIVE BEIJING, CHINA

Arrive in dynamic Beijing, China, and transfer to your stylish hotel in the historic district.

New World Beijing
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DAY 2
BEIJING | The Great Wall of China

Journey to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. See the wall from below and witness how it resembles the rolling spine of a dragon; then, walk or ride a cable car to the top for vistas of the surrounding countryside. After experiencing the largest of the New Seven Wonders of the World, return to your hotel, stopping en route to see sites from the 2008 Summer Olympics, such as the “Bird’s Nest” and the “Water Cube.” Return to your contemporary hotel and, tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

New World Beijing
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
BEIJING | Nexus of Power & Culture

Visit Tiananmen Square, the vast plaza and powerful seat of government, where a lone protester once faced down a line of tanks. Then, walk in the footsteps of ancient rulers when you explore the mesmerizing Forbidden City, China’s former imperial palace and now a vast museum housing the treasures of 24 emperors. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy an Artisan Connection in the 798 Art District, where you witness innovative works by China’s avant garde.

New World Beijing
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAYS 4-5
XIAN | Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Warriors

Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch on arrival. Afterward, stop at the Xian Jingwen Cattle Culture Museum, where you have an opportunity to see the curator’s private collection of precious relics. Check in to your hotel with time to relax. The next day, meet with an archaeologist during your visit to the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors, a life-size clay army created under China’s first emperor to protect him in his afterlife. Thousands of soldiers have been unearthed since the site’s discovery in 1974, each bearing a unique face that speaks to the remarkable craftsmanship behind their creation. Your archaeologist provides insight into their fascinating story and shares the museum’s latest discoveries. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure.

The Westin, Xian
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, (Day 4); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 5)
DAY 6
SHANGHAI | City of the Future

Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a fascinating Neighborhood Connection when you join a local historian for a guided walking tour of the Bund, the city’s buzzy waterfront promenade. Next, ascend to the top of the World Financial Center and walk its glass Skywalk for stunning views of hyper-illuminated Shanghai. High-style, vintage design and lush bamboo gardens greet you at your hotel, where you settle in for the night.

The Puli Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
SHANGHAI | Extraordinary Arts

Rise early as the locals do for a special Spiritual Connection, joining a tai chi master for a morning lesson at Jing An Park. Board a sampan in charming Zhujiajiao, a traditional water village, and glide through its central canal lined with boutiques. Explore more of this fast-paced city during an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, complete with dazzling feats of strength, balance and athleticism.

The Puli Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast
DAYS 8-9
SHANGHAI | Ancient Traditions

Dive into Shanghai’s history when you visit the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, then continue to the Shanghai Museum, famous for its collection of bronzes and ceramics. Next, explore the 16th-century Yu Garden with its picturesque pavilions and streams, cloaked in Ming history and the shade of Luohan pines. Stroll the streets of the Old Town — the original core of Shanghai — browsing its artisan stalls and myriad temples. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner at a trendy local restaurant. On the last day, transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

The Puli Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 8); Breakfat (Day 9)


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Beijing/Xian/Shanghai (from $625)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


Special Offer Terms & Conditions

Offer valid on select dates, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Cannot be combined with Marco Polo Club single supplement discount or any other single supplement discounts.


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