10 Day Classic China (New York Special)

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This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via Air China and may only be purchased with these flights.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. Be aware, if it does, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Thursday - Great Wall of China & Panda Visit
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. Stop at a local Jade Shop before arriving to the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Following lunch, a brief photo stop at the Beijing Olympic village and then a visit with the famous Pandas at the Beijing Zoo before returning to Beijing. In the evening, your dinner will feature the famous Peking Duck with wine
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Forbidden City & Summer Palace Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Square's perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Square's famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Later, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit a local Pearl Shop before a visit to the Summer Palace
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Saturday - Flight to Xian
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Opened to the public in 1991, the museum is in southern Xian, and is home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures from the Han and Tang dynasties. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troup
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Sunday - Xian Antiquities Tour with Terracotta Army
This morning, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit Xingqing Park. Filled with culture, this local park is a hub of activity in the morning. You may witness and have the chance to participate in morning exercise, singing, and dancing. Later this morning visit to a lacquer furniture shop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of Xian's antiquities. Your tour includes the archaeological site at the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The archaeological excavation of the three pits where the Terracotta Army was found continues today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample nearly 20 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Monday - Flight to Shanghai
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join the optional Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Optional: Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning take a tour of the major attractions of Shanghai. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The Gardens' total area occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pan's aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Next, experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Later, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before stopping at a silk carpet and embroidery shop. Continue to visit the Jade Buddha Temple which is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, be sure to attend the optional Acrobatic Show with dinner. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East”. Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage site. End the day in Suzhou with a walk along bustling Guanquin Street, where the locals gather for entertainment and food. Return to Shanghai later this evening
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Thursday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. Be aware, if it does, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Monday - Great Wall of China & Panda Visit
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. Stop at a local Jade Shop before arriving to the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Following lunch, a brief photo stop at the Beijing Olympic village and then a visit with the famous Pandas at the Beijing Zoo before returning to Beijing. In the evening, your dinner will feature the famous Peking Duck with wine
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Forbidden City & Summer Palace Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Square's perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Square's famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Later, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit a local Pearl Shop before a visit to the Summer Palace
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - Flight to Xian
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troup
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Xian Antiquities Tour with Terracotta Army
This morning, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit Xingqing Park. Filled with culture, this local park is a hub of activity in the morning. You may witness and have the chance to participate in morning exercise, singing, and dancing. Later this morning visit to a lacquer furniture shop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of Xian's antiquities. Your tour includes the archaeological site at the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The archaeological excavation of the three pits where the Terracotta Army was found continues today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample nearly 20 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Flight to Shanghai
This morning trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Opened to the public in 1991, the museum is in southern Xian, and is home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures from the Han and Tang dynasties. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join the optional Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Optional: Shanghai by Night with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour
This morning take a tour of the major attractions of Shanghai. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The Gardens' total area occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pan's aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Next, experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Later, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before stopping at a silk carpet and embroidery shop. Continue to visit the Jade Buddha Temple which is the most famous and one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, be sure to attend the optional Acrobatic Show with dinner. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East”. Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage site. End the day in Suzhou with a walk along bustling Guanquin Street, where the locals gather for entertainment and food. Return to Shanghai later this evening
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2018 $59.00
Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show Thumbnail

This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring nearly 20 varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2018 $15.00
Dumpling Dinner Thumbnail

Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund waterfront to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting drive through the city's wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $35.00
Shanghai by Night with dinner Thumbnail

Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at a local restaurant. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Please note: This tour may be canceled locally by the theater and refunded upon your return.

Day #8 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018 $29.00
Acrobatic Show with dinner Thumbnail

This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Venice of the East". Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the stone bridges. From your boat you will see the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal in this ancient city. Later, enjoy free time along Pingjiang Road, a famous street in Suzhou among locals for gathering, entertainment and food, and a favorite among visitors for its rich culture and sightseeing opportunities Stop for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Return to Shanghai late this evening.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #9 01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2018 $59.00
Full Day Suzhou with lunch Thumbnail

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2018 $59.00
Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show Thumbnail

This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring nearly 20 varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2018 $15.00
Dumpling Dinner Thumbnail

Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund waterfront to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting drive through the city's wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $35.00
Shanghai by Night with dinner Thumbnail

Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at a local restaurant. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Please note: This tour may be canceled locally by the theater and refunded upon your return.

Day #8 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018 $29.00
Acrobatic Show with dinner Thumbnail

This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Venice of the East". Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the stone bridges. From your boat you will see the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal in this ancient city. Later, enjoy free time along Pingjiang Road, a famous street in Suzhou among locals for gathering, entertainment and food, and a favorite among visitors for its rich culture and sightseeing opportunities Stop for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Return to Shanghai late this evening.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #9 01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2018 $59.00
Full Day Suzhou with lunch Thumbnail