Holiday Itinerary - Classic China

Day 1: Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

Launch your discovery of China in its cultural heart. Transfer to your Beijing hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers this evening.

Hotel: Novotel Peace - Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Beijing Sightseeing

Delve into Beijing's rich imperial heritage, beginning your encounter with the remnants of centuries-old dynasties in the world's largest public space, Tiananmen Square. Tread in the footsteps of emperors, passing through the south gate to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, the imperial palace for emperors and their households for over five centuries. Immerse yourself in the ancient rituals, traditions and history of this palace complex before lunch. Continue to the tranquil Temple of Heaven, another UNESCO Heritage Site, once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to pray for good harvests and divine guidance. This evening, the salty, sweet flavours of succulent Peking Duck take centre stage during a Regional Meal.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal

Day 3: Beijing and the Great Wall

We leave the city behind, bound for the iconic Great Wall of China. Standing on its ramparts, we look down on the Chinese countryside which its walls successfully defended against marauding nomadic invaders. Watch it snake thousands of miles into the distance as you imagine how these man-made fortifications were built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century. Then, walk the Sacred Way past the imposing stone statues that guard the Ming Tombs and remains of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Beijing Sightseeing

A leisurely start to our morning sees us embark on a rickshaw tour around the ancient narrow alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. We 'Connect with Locals', joining a family for a delicious meal of traditional Chinese cuisine at a Be My Guest lunch, followed by a visit to a tea house, where a Local Specialist prepares and serves tea, explaining the historic tea-making ritual. This afternoon, we'll indulge in a relaxing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

We fly to Xi'an, which reveals its role as the ancient departure point of the Silk Road. Visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved mosques in China. According to historical records it was built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty and is a combination of Islamic art and traditional Chinese architecture.

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xi’an South - Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6: Xi’an Sightseeing

'Make a difference' during a visit to a local primary school (during school-term) to exchange a few Chinese and English words with the children and teachers. Trafalgar will donate some much-needed supplies as part of your school visit. Next, descend into Emperor Qin Shi Huang's subterranean tomb to see his terracotta army for the afterlife, another UNESCO-listed site. For lunch, enjoy a traditional meal of Chinese noodles, then continue with a visit to a Jade factory, the favoured stone of emperors and more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights)

his morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to mimic the graceful movements of a skilled T'ai Chi 'Local Specialist', or consider joining a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. We 'Dive into Culture' at a local restaurant, watching a demonstration in the art of making dumplings, with an opportunity to sample these for lunch. Savour the juicy flavours of these boiled, steamed and fried treats, transporting you back to ancient China, before transferring to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. Ascend to the 88-storey Jinmao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth.

Hotel: The Portman Ritz-Carlton - Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Shanghai Sightseeing

Stroll down Shanghai's famous 'Bund' with a 'Local Specialist', admiring the neoclassical colonial buildings that have lined this city's renowned waterfront since the early 1900s. Learn how this marshland was transformed into one of the world's most important trading hubs. Then, continue to the winding streets and vibrant markets of Old Shanghai to discover the how the customs and traditional lifestyle of this area have remained relatively unaltered. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Old Town before we Dive into Culture during a visit to a silk museum. This evening, indulge in a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9: Shanghai

Spend a day exploring the Paris of the East on your terms - shop for delicate Chinese ceramics, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1,700 years ago. In its heyday, Zhujiajiao was a bustling market town. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing Dynasty post office can still be found as you stroll down its ancient streets and wander across the many stone bridges that crisscross its canals. This afternoon, you'll have some free time at leisure before joining your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Lunch

Day 10: Depart Shanghai

Our mystical encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Departure dates & prices 2019 Classic China - 7% discount on all dates

Trafalgar Brochure Price in Black from £3075

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red from £2860

Tel Trafalgar Reservations on 0800 533 5616 and quote Travel ref: TT55

These prices do not include scheduled flights. Prices can change on a daily basis and Trafalgar want to ensure they offer the latest and most competitive rates, giving you flexibility and choice – Speak to their Travel Experts now for more details. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code TT55 to receive your 7% discount. Tel Trafalgar reservations on  0800 533 5616.

This tour starts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai

March 8*, 22

£3075
£2860

August 2, 16

£3075
£2860

April 12, 26

£3075
£2860

September 6, 13, 20

£3075
£2860

May 10, 24

£3075
£2860

October 4, 11

£3075
£2860

June 7*, 21

£3075
£2860

October 25

£3075
£2860

July 5, 19

£3075
£2860

November 8

£3075
£2860

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single Supplement (add to price above): £1020p.p. *Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departuresinclude a discount of up to 24% on our standard single supplement

Door to Door UK Transfers

Our complimentary and exclusive door to door airport transfers* let you start and end your holiday in complete comfort and style. Dedicated to you, your personal driver will arrive at your home to whisk you off in a private executive car – taking you directly to the airport. Of course, they look after your luggage for you too. And, at the end of your trip, you’ll be greeted by your driver at the airport for an uninterrupted return journey home in your private car.

Our private chauffeur service is included for airports within 150 miles of your home – and gives you the peace of mind you’ll arrive in time for your flight and that someone’s waiting for your return.

*terms and conditions apply, ask for details.

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Trafalgar Tours
Classic China

10 Day Escorted Holidays - 7% Discount

Prices from only £2860

Follow in the footsteps of the ancients - up the ornate steps of the Forbidden City and to the ramparts of the Great Wall, snaking its way across the rolling countryside, and through the winding ancient alleys of Beijing's hutongs to learn about Chinese traditions over a home-cooked lunch.

This wonderful Classic China escorted tour comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Trafalgar Tours direct on 0800 5335616 and quote Travel ref: TT55 plus the tour code.

To receive your 7% discount call Trafalgar direct on 0800 533 5616 and guote the code: TT55.

Classic China

  • 10 days – 1 Country
  • Trip Style: Country Explorer
  • Code: CLC
  • From: £2860 (per person twin share)
  • Includes: 9 nights’ accommodation. 9 buffet breakfasts. 5 lunches (including Be My Guest). 3 dinners.
  • All transport shown.
  • All our featured inclusions.

Trip Highlights

Here’s just a sample of the many special handcrafted Trafalgar highlights included in your trip.

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Visit a Chinese family in their home in one of the Hutong areas of Beijing to gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle. (Day 4)

DIVE INTO CULTURE

Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Refl exology Centre (Day 4) and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, enjoying an
opportunity to taste them (Day 7).

LOCAL SPECIALIST

in Xi'an (Day 7) and Shanghai (Day 8)

The Icons

CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Sacred Way in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China

SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Porterage and local charges included

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Beijing , Xi’an and Shanghai

  • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walk the Sacred Way in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors and City Wall in Xi’an

  • Cruise the Huangpu River in Shanghai

  • View the Great Wall near Beijing and the Shanghai Acrobats

  • See local people practicing T’ai Chi in the morning

Beijing

Ways to Save

Book Early

  • Pay in full by 28 February 2019 and save up to 10%
  • Pay in full by 28 March 2019 and save up to 5%

Book Again

  • VIP - Travel as a past guest and unlock exclusive offers.
  • Save up to 2.5% when you book two or more trips. The more you book, the more you save.

Book Together

  • Save up to 10% on most trips for young travellers (5-17)

Please note: All of the above savings are in addition to the Travel 55 discount of 7% that comes when you book direct with Trafalgar using our code: TT55

Scheduled Flights

Our prices do not include scheduled flights. Prices can change on a daily basis and we want to ensure we offer the latest and most competitive rates, giving you flexibility and choice – Speak to our Travel Experts now for more details.


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