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Classic China 2018


9 Days from $4,495

Limited to 24 guests

Discover Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, China's most iconic cities, walking atop the Great Wall, seeing the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, and attending a thrilling acrobatic performance.

A&K Advantages

Discover China's most fascinating cities, exploring 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 Shanghai's waterfront Bund on a walking tour with a local historian

Learn the venerable art of tai chi in Shanghai

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
DAY 4
XIAN | Key to the Great Silk Road
Day 5
Xian | Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Warriors
DAY 6:
SHANGHAI | City of the Future
DAY 7
SHANGHAI | Extraordinary Arts
DAY 8
SHANGHAI | Creative Culture Immersion
DAY 9
DEPART SHANGHAI
DAY 1
ARRIVE BEIJING, CHINA

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

The PuXuan Beijing Hotel & Spa
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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 mountains. 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.

The PuXuan Beijing Hotel & Spa
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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 rulers from long ago 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, sample the art scene in the 798 Art District, where you witness innovative works by China’s avant garde.

The PuXuan Beijing Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
XIAN | Key to the Great Silk Road

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 Westin, Xian
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Xian | Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Warriors

This morning, 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
DAY 6:
SHANGHAI | City of the Future

Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. After lunch at a local restaurant, get to know the city 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 Shanghai Tower 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 an early-morning tai chi session at Jing An Park, led by a master in the art. 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
DAY 8
SHANGHAI | Creative Culture Immersion

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.

The Puli Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
DEPART SHANGHAI

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • Mar 22 - Mar 30
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  • Apr 05 - Apr 13
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  • Apr 19 - Apr 27
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  • May 10 - May 18
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  • Oct 11 - Oct 19
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  • Oct 25 - Nov 02
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    $1,695
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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Economy class from $655 (Beijing/Xian/Shanghai)

Minimum age is 10 years old.

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.


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