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China Ancient Waterways Tour - Shanghai, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Beijing Vacation Package

A Private China Tour – Shanghai, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Beijing

9 Days / 7 Nights – Tour Code (OPS)

Private Tour – Departs Daily

China - Luxury Travel


Catch a glimpse of China’s past and present on this unforgettable tour featuring Shanghai, Wuzhen Ancient Watertown, Hangzhou and Beijing. Here you will spend seven memorable nights to sample China’s old and new — admiring millennia-old landmarks, marveling breathtaking skylines, and time travel to one of China’s oldest and most beautiful ancient watertowns.

Your introduction of China touches down upon one of the planet’s most modern, yet historically significant cities. Shanghai, a shopping, gourmet and entertainment Mecca that has the world at your fingertips. Highlights here include Shanghai Museum showcasing relics from centuries past across China’s great dynasties; Urban Planning & Exhibition Center depicting Shanghai’s past, present and future; Old Town and its Yu Garden, a “must-see” majestic classical garden inspired by the Ming and Qing Dynasties; The Bund, an emblem of Shanghai, with a riverfront promenade along the eastern side offering a captivating view of the city’s skyline; and the eclectic Tianzifang Art District, also known as the SOHO of Shanghai famous for its Shikumen houses dating to the 1800s tastefully lined with art galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Next, we journey back in time to the ancient watertown of Wuzhen that dates back over 1300 years – a hidden gem known to a very few and awarded one of China’s Top Ten Historical & Cultural towns. Explore the labyrinth of quaint alleyways, beautiful courtyards and tranquil canals by foot or by sampan, sip your tea or enjoy a glass of wine at a canal-side tea house, or stroll through the water village’s cobbled streets in total bliss and relaxation. Wuzhen offers the visitor a unique and memorable experience unlike anywhere else. Next up, Hangzhou, described as the “City of Heaven” by Marco Polo in the 13th Century, Hangzhou is famed for its numerous legends and scenic beauty. Here, we visit the impressive Lingyin Temple and take a boat ride on the famous West Lake before moving on to our next destination.

Last but not least, Beijing. China’s ancient capital that boasts some of the most remarkable structures known to mankind. We visit to Forbidden City, the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties built in 1420; Summer Palace, a grand imperial palace and a royal garden of the Qing Dynasty built in the sixteenth century; Tian’anmen Square, the largest city square in the world and a symbol of New China; Temple of Heaven, the largest temple compound and one of the most strictly protected and preserved cultural heritages of China; Beijing’s Old Quarters, or Hutongs, that showcases the China’s traditional way-of-life including a visit to a local family’s residence; and of course, the magnificent Great Wall of China, the symbol of Ancient Chinese civilization built two millenniums ago.

Your most memorable China vacation awaits.


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • Air Air & Ground Transportation within China per itinerary
  • 7 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily & lunches and dinner(s) per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional Guides
  • Meals as specified per itinerary

SHANGHAI (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Renaissance Yu Garden Shanghai (Superior) | Swissotel Grand Shanghai (Deluxe)
  • 1 full day of private sightseeing of Shanghai Museum, Tianzifang Art Distct, Old Town and its Yu Garden, The Bund, and Shanghai Urban Planning & Exhibition Center
  • ERA Acrobatics Performance

WUZHEN / HANGZHOU (1 night)

  • 1 night at Waterside Resort in Wuzhen Ancient Town
  • Private sightseeing of Wuzhen Ancient Watertown
  • Private sightseeing of Hangzhou with visits to Lingyin Temple and West Lake with boat ride

BEIJING (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Park Plaza Beijing Hotel (Superior) | The Regent Beijing (Deluxe)
  • 2 full days of private sightseeing including the Great Wall at Mutianyu, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and Beijing’s Old Quarters (Hutongs)
  • Evening “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance


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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Depart North America
Depart USA for Shanghai via Cathay Pacific Airways, connecting in Hong Kong

Day 2 Arrive Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, be met and transferred to your hotel for your next 3 nights’ accommodations.

Day 3 Shanghai
Full day city sightseeing of Shanghai features the Old Town and its Yu Garden, Urban Planning & Exhibition Center, the Bund, Shanghai Museum and the art district of Tianzifang famed for its Old Shanghai Shikumen houses in a laid back atmosphere with cobbled streets lined with art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a Western Lunch at one of Shanghai’s exclusive restaurants located on the Bund. This evening, enjoy a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics Performance. (B,L)

Day 4 Shanghai
A full day at leisure to relax, shop and explore Shanghai on your own. (B)

Day 5 Shanghai / Wuzhen
Depart by car (approx. 2 hours) to the beautiful Ancient Watertown of Wuzhen. Stroll the cobbled streets of this stunning ancient town and “living museum” filled with local eateries, art galleries and cultural exhibits that paint China’s thousands year old history. Take a sampan ride through its quiet canals complemented with beautiful stone bridges and wooden houses. Relax and sip some tea or wine at one of its waterside cafes and tea houses. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Wuzhen. (B,L)

Day 5 Wuzhen / Hangzhou / Beijing
After breakfast, short one-hour drive takes you to the beloved city of Hangzhou. Described as the “City of Heaven” by Marco Polo in the 13th century, Hangzhou has enjoyed its share of legends and fairy tales over the centuries. We enjoy a cruise on West Lake and visit the Impressive Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat) with lunch at a local restaurant. As time permits, visit Six Harmony Pagoda and a local tea plantation before boarding your late afternoon flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for your next 3 nights’ accommodations. (B,L)

Day 6 Beijing
Today you will visit the spectacular and less crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall with Cable Car ride. After lunch, enjoy a tour of Beijing’s Old Quarters (Hutongs) by rickshaw, visiting a local family’s residence and the Bell & Drum Towers. This evening enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner followed by a fascinating “Legends of Kung Fu” performance. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Beijing
Today’s full day tour includes the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 8 Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

 

PRICE CHART

2017/18 Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31, 2018)
Daily Departure Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
January – February ’17 S 2,655 3,695 3,895    725
D 2,925 3,975 4,075    995
March S 2,755 3,775 3,875    795
D 2,975 4,025 4,125    985
April – May S 2,675 3,725 3,825   775
D 2,945 3,995 4,095   995
June S 2,625 4,095 4,295    695
D 2,895 4,395 4,595   935
July – August S 2,625 4,095 4,295    695
D 2,895 4,395 4,595   935
September – November S 2,695 3,745 3,845    775
D 2,975 3,995 4,095   975
December** ’17 – Feb. ’18 S 2,625 3,645 3,745    675
D 2,845 3,895 3,995    845
March ’18 S 2,675 3,745 3,845    745
D 2,945 3,975 4,075    945
Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
S = Superior | D = Deluxe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, domestic air taxes, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • For Air & Land Option
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $180 – subject to change)
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Fri-Sun), add $50 per person each direction.
    • *June rates apply for departures between May 24-31 (due to peak season airfares)
    • **A supplement of $400 (SFO/LAX) | $500 (JFK) applies for departures between December 10 – 31
    • For add-on fares from eligible connecting U.S. domestic cities, please refer to Connecting Cities chart.
  • Land-only price includes China Domestic Airfares
  • China visa required for entry. Not included in package. Passport must NOT expire within 6 months from end of trip
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation

ACCOMMODATIONS

Renaissance Yu Garden, Shanghai Travel Package

Shanghai – Renaissance Yu Garden Hotel

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Shanghai – Swissotel

Park Plaza Beijing, Vacation Package

Beijing Park Plaza Hotel

Regent Beijing, Luxury Travel China

Beijing – The Regent Hotel

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Full day private sightseeing in Shanghai
  • ERA Acrobatics Performance
  • Private sightseeing of Wuzhen Ancient Watertown
  • Private sightseeing of Hangzhou with visits to Lingyin Temple and West Lake
  • Great Wall at Mutianyu with cable car ride
  • “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance

Price Starting From: $3,775


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TESTIMONIALS

“The service we received from Explorient was exceptional….From the minute we were met at the airport by our guide, William, we knew we were in good hands. Thank you for putting together such a marvelous trip for us. We will definitely be using Explorient again!”

DiStasi Family -- New York

March 2007 (China)