China Family Adventure

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Welcome to China—ancient, intriguing, beautiful, and mind-boggling in its cultural and natural diversity. Get ready for a kaleidoscopic array of experiences: venture into Beijing's Forbidden City and the watchtowers of the Great Wall; learn about an ancient emperor’s tomb with archaeologists in Xi’an; and zoom to the top of Shanghai's most iconic skyscraper. ...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and create your own Terracotta Warrior under the guidance of a local expert.
    • Take a bicycle ride along Xi’an’s old city walls.
    • Climb watchtowers on a less-visited part of the Great Wall and have lunch on the observation deck of Shanghai’s iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
    • Join local masters to learn Chinese cooking or tai chi, kung fu, or traditional kite-making.

What's this trip about?

    Welcome to China—ancient, intriguing, beautiful, and mind-boggling in its cultural and natural diversity. Get ready for a kaleidoscopic array of experiences: venture into Beijing's Forbidden City and the watchtowers of the Great Wall; learn about an ancient emperor’s tomb with archaeologists in Xi’an; and zoom to the top of Shanghai's most iconic skyscraper. Meet a traditional kite-maker and a martial arts master, and learn how to make shadow puppets on a family adventure that will fascinate every generation.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Family Friendly


  • Asia
  • China


  • Beijing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Shanghai
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Xian


  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • Historic sightseeing

Trip includes

    • Accommodations
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Transfers to and from group flights where applicable
    • Services of an adventure consultant
    • Guides and any other staff, and on designated “Photography” departures, a National Geographic Photographer
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges
    • For itineraries that include camping, camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and dining tents and necessary Trip equipment (e.g., sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.) are provided. Internal airfare is included on some international expeditions as indicated in the itinerary

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Travel Map

Days 1 & 2: U.S./Shanghai, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Regal International East Asia

Depart the U.S. and cross the international date line, arriving in Shanghai on Day 2.

Day 3: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Delve into Shanghai’s old town. Explore the zigzagging paths of Yu Yuan Garden and the bustling market. After a dim sum lunch, learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine with a local chef or join a tai chi master for a lesson. Gather for a fun welcome dinner.

Day 4: Shanghai/Xi’an

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Westin Xi'an

Today, explore the Shanghai Museum, a cultural treasure chest. Enjoy an illuminating private tour, accompanied by a museum specialist/curator who introduces you and your family to this exquisite...

Day 5: Xi'an

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s adventures begin at the astounding Terracotta Warriors Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Under the guidance of a Local Expert, a museum clay master, create your very own Terracotta Warrior from the actual clay from th...

Day 6: Xi'an

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, visit Xi’an’s old city walls whose earliest foundation dates back to the 7th century. Enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride along the walls, exploring some of the superb watchtowers. Continue to the exquisite Small Wild Go...

Day 7: Xi'an/Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Renaissance Capital Hotel Beijing

Visit the remarkable Han Yang Ling tomb museum this morning, the mausoleum of Liu Qi, a Han Dynasty emperor, and a secret Xi’an gem. More than 60,000, two-foot-high terracot...

Days 8 & 9: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Encounter the legendary Great Wall, exploring the watchtowers and undulating walkways of the less-crowded Mutianyu section, and swoop back to ground level in a cable car. Then take a lesson in the martial art of Changquan or lear...

Day 10: Beijing/U.S.

Transfer to the Beijing Capital International Airport for your morning flight home. Cross the international date line and arrive home the same day.

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Dates & Availability

Price From $5,540
Price per day$554
Single supplement (single occupancy)$1,500
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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What's excluded

    • International airfare
    • Optional gratuities
    • Personal items are not included.


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