Classic China

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This unforgettable adventure is filled with exciting highlights and Insider Experiences. Begin your visit by exploring Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 180 acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pav...


Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Very Easy


    • Explore Beijing Guided sightseeing includes visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walking the Sacred Way and along the Great Wall.
    • Ride a rickshaw, see the giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo and dine with a local family in their home
    • Discover Xi'an Join a morning Tai chi class and visit the ancient City Wall
    • See the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb with a local expert
    • Explore Shanghai enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Huangpu River. Take a walking tour with a local expert along the famous ‘Bund’.
    • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Old Shanghai and learn about the making of silk in a local factory. Enjoy an evening performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

What's this trip about?

    This unforgettable adventure is filled with exciting highlights and Insider Experiences. Begin your visit by exploring Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 180 acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years Indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Cultural Insight, at the Foot Reflexology Center, and enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Regional Meal – a must during any visit to Beijing.


Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeGroup - max of 26 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural


  • Asia
  • China


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


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Professional Travel Director
    • First Class Hotels
    • 16 Meals
    • Local Expert
    • Inter-Trip Flights
    • Airport Transfers
    • Motorcoach Transportation
    • Complimentary WiFi
    • Travel Documents

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Day 1: USA - Beijing

Overnight flight to Beijing (not included).

Day 2: Arrive Beijing

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel

Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetizers. Dining: Welcome Reception

Day 3: Beijing Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel

Begin your visit to this great capital city by exploring one of the world’s largest public areas, Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Z...

Day 4: Beijing & the Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel

Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the...

Day 5: Beijing Sightseeing & Free Time

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel

Spend the morning at leisure, before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. Stop at the home of a local family for a de...

Day 6: Beijing – Xi’an

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel

Begin your day by greeting the famed Chinese giant pandas at Beijing Zoo. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi'an.

Day 7: Xi'an Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel

During term-time, meet the children and teachers at a local primary school. Perhaps learn a few words of Chinese from the kids who in turn will be happy to practice their English. ...

Day 8: Xi’an – Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hilton Shanghai

This morning your choice of activities gives you the chance to participate in a Tai Chi Class, with a skilled local specialist, or take a cycle tour around the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Continue...

Day 9: Shanghai Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hilton Shanghai

With a local specialist, take a stroll along Shanghai's famous 'Bund', the city's renowned waterfront, lined with former colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. Learn how marshland was turned into one of...

Day 10: Shanghai Free Time

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hilton Shanghai

Today is yours to explore Shanghai further, do some last minute shopping or take an optional experience to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1,700 years ago. In its heyday, Zhuj...

Day 11: Shanghai – USA

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your vacation with our popular Hong Kong extension.

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Price From $3,175
Price per day$289
Single supplement (single occupancy)$870
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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At Trafalgar, we passionately believe in the power of travel to broaden the mind and build bridges between people. By sharing with you the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have experienced by yourself, we ensure that you get the ‘insider’ view, an authentic and enhanced experience you simply could not have had on your own.

It is this dedication to taking our guests beyond the obvious sights that has helped us grow over the past 65 years into one of the most trusted and successful international guided vacation/holiday companies in the world. From Europe to the United States, South America to South Africa, and with the recent addition of Asia, we pride ourselves on uncovering the hidden gems, cultural highlights and not-to-be-missed attractions of the places you visit. We’ll help you delve deep into the heart of each city and capture the true essence of each new destination.

We are committed to establishing lasting relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first time and every time, through consistently outstanding quality of service, experience and value.

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As the world’s most awarded and loved travel company, Trafalgar unlocks the best of the world for every traveller. From the iconic sites to breaking bread with locals at private Be My Guest experiences, guests can be assured of a dream holiday without the stress of 'what ifs'. Committed to Make Travel Matter, Trafalgar aims to make a positive impact on locals, communities and wildlife visited, and the planet we call home. With tried and tested tours, created by local travel experts in destination and enjoyed by more than 5million happy guests, Trafalgar’s proud to be recognised by its Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award.

Trafalgar is part of the family-owned and run The Travel Corporation (TTC), driven by service for over one hundred years.


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,Days 2 - 5 Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel Location: The hotel is ideally located in the city center at Wangfujing, within walking distance of the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and shopping malls. Days 6 - 7 Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel Location: The hotel is conveniently located outside the North Gate of the city wall, at the intersection of Longshou North Road and the major north-south thoroughfare Weiyang Road. The old city is just a few minutes away and popular international restaurants and coffee shops are within walking distance. Days 8 - 10 Hilton Shanghai Location: The hotel is located in the heart of Shanghai's business and entertainment districts and is within walking distance of Shanghai's exclusive shopping streets, Nanjing Xi Lu and Huaihai Lu, and is close to Shanghai attractions such as Jing'an Temple and Jing'an Park.
Cancellation policy

If a cancellation is made within 30 days after making your reservation your $350.00 deposit will be FULLY REFUNDED. *See Air Reservations section for specific change fee information for air reservations. For cancellations or changes thereafter but more than 61 days prior to departure there will be a $350.00 per person fee assessed. If you must withdraw or make a change 60 days or less prior to departure (90 days or less for all River Cruises), the following fees will apply:

Number of Days Prior to Departure will be Cancellation/Change Land Tours – Per Person

31 - 60 Days is 25% of trip cost

15 - 30 Days is 50% of trip cost

Less than 15 Days will be 100% of trip cost

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Meals Included

8 Buffet Breakfasts, 5 Lunches (including 2 Highlight Lunches) and 3 Dinners (including Welcome Reception, Highlight Dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Accommodations: Triple bedded rooms have two single beds and the third bed is generally of the roll-away or folding type. These rooms are only suitable to two adults traveling with a child. Please Note: All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for flights between Beijing - Xi'an and Xi'an to Shanghai are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of April 26, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher.
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