Ancient capitals tour

Terracotta warriors - Ancient capitals tour

Beijing - Xi’an - Luoyang - Zhengzhou - Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou

This is special journey that depicts some of the key cities that have become cultural and historical milestones in China’s development. Begin your adventure in China’s current capital of Beijing for some magnificent sites like the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Then head to the original capital of Xi’an, to witness the incredible Terracotta Warriors. Next you’ll board a train for Luoyang where you’ll discover the birthplace of Buddhism for China. On your way to Zhengzhou you’ll be treated to an amazing demonstration of Kung Fu when you meet the monks of the legendary Shaolin Temple. Later you fly to modern Shanghai and also visit the picturesque water retreats of Suzhou and Hangzhou.

Tour Summary

Duration

14 Days, 13 Nights

Route

Beijing - Xi’an - Luoyang - Zhengzhou - Shanghai - Suzhou – Hangzhou - Shanghai

Fitness Level

Average

Tour Price

From AU $2,439 per person - twin share 4-Star Hotels

Inclusions

13 nights accommodation with Breakfast (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as per the itinerary, accredited English-speaking tour guide, transportation for all specified transfers and tours, 2 domestic economy class air tickets, 1 express train ticket, entry fees to shows and attractions as per the itinerary.

Exclusions

International airfares and taxes, visa application fees, personal expenses such as telephone, dry cleaning, taxi fares etc, gratuities to guides and drivers, optional activities, shows, meals or any items denoted by ** throughout the itinerary

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival to Beijing Airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Please note that no meals have been arranged for today.

Day 2

This morning you’ll visit Tiananmen Square and tour the amazing Forbidden City - headquarters of the Imperial Emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch visit the tranquil settings of the Temple of Heaven and time permitting, you can take in some retail therapy at the Silk Street Markets. In the evening partake in a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner, which is one of China’s most famous signature dishes. (BLD)

Day 3

Today you’ll journey to the Great Wall of China and be overwhelmed as you walk along one of the greatest man-made structures in the world. You’ll also visit the Ming Tombs in the Shisanling Forest, resting place for 13 of the Ming Dynasty emperors. In the evening you have an option** of attending the widely acclaimed Kung Fu Show. (BL)

Day 4

After breakfast you’ll visit the Beijing Olympics site to stroll around the main venues such as the Birds Nest and Water Cube and then on to the magnificent Summer Palace retreat and a boat trip on Kunming Lake. This afternoon you’ll board a flight to Xi’an where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. (BL)

Day 5

The highlight of today’s tour is one of China’s most amazing archaeological wonders - the Terracotta Warriors. Marvel as you study the 6,000 plus life-sized clay soldiers and their horses. Later you’ll visit the large Wild Goose Pagoda and in the evening enjoy dinner whilst being entertained by the colourful performance of the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. (BLD)

Day 6

In the morning you’ll visit Xi’an’s City Wall, which is the best preserved of its kind in China. You’ll also be intrigued by the Shaanxi History Museum, which has a wonderful collection of artefacts on display. Later you’ll transfer to the railway station and board an express train to Luoyang - home of the beautiful Peony* which is China’s national flower. On arrival in Luoyang, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel^. (BL)

Day 7

Your itinerary today includes a venture to the renowned Longman Grottoes adjacent to the Yi He River. The grottoes stretch for roughly 1 km and are a rich collection of artworks comprising pagodas, stone tablets and thousands of sculptures. In the afternoon visit the sacred White Horse Temple, which is where early Buddhist scriptures and statues were first received after their journey from India. (BL)

Day 8

Today you’ll depart Luoyang and travel by road to the legendary Shaolin Temple, origin of the famous Kung Fu discipline and Zen Buddhism. This is a must see for martial arts enthusiasts as you’ll watch in amazement as the monks demonstrate their incredible skills. Continue on to Zhengzhou and on arrival have a brief tour of the city and transfer to your hotel. (BL)

Day 9

Depart Zhengzhou for the airport where you’ll take a flight to Shanghai. Your guide will be waiting at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. (BL)

Day 10

In the morning visit the Jade Buddha Temple and admire the peaceful Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai’s old city quarters. Afterwards, stroll along the Bund to study the architecture of the waterfront promenade and snap up a bargain in the busy markets of nearby Nanjing Road. In the evening enjoy a BBQ style dinner and cap off your day with a breath-taking performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Show. (BLD)

Day 11

After breakfast depart for the wonderful Suzhou, which is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously maintained gardens. You’ll visit the Silk Spinning Factory, Luzhi Water Village and the Master of the Nets Garden, which is reported to be the most balanced design of all the gardens in China. Later you’ll continue to Hangzhou where you’ll check in to your hotel. (BL)

Day 12

This morning, we take a cruise on the beautiful West Lake - another national treasure of China. You’ll then visit the Liuhe Pagoda Museum before touring Lingyin Temple and one of the many splendid Tea Plantations. Here you’ll gain a wonderful insight into the culture of tea and sample some of China’s finest brews. Tonight you’ll enjoy a local specialty dinner in Hangzhou. (BLD)

Day 13

Today you’ll drive back to Shanghai where you’ll discover the Pudong Development Area and gain an eagle’s eye view from either the Oriental Pearl Tower. The remainder of your day is free to venture about and maybe grab some last minute shopping and relax at the end of your tour. (BL)

Day 14

Bid farewell to Shanghai and transfer to the airport for your onward flight (B)

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Tour Prices per person twin-share in AU$

Travel Dates

Total People Travelling

4 Star Hotel

 

2-3

$3,645

01 Mar 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

4-9

$2,975

 

10 or more

$2,669

01 Dec 2015 - 29 Feb 2016,

2-3

$3,495

01 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017

4-9

$2,809

 

10 or more

$2,439

5 Star Upgrade^

Add an extra $650 per person twin share^

Single Supplement

$898 for 4-Star Hotels or $1,456 for 5-Star Hotels^

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Important
“ ^No 5-Star Hotels are available in Luoyang. *The Peony flower has a dedicated festival every April in Luoyang. Please note that public holidays and seasonal demand directly effect availability, fares and accommodation pricing. To enable us to refine your travel plans and provide you with an accurate quotation, please send us some key details via our Enquiry Form. Prior to making a booking, please visit our Terms and Conditions page to view our policies related to travel in China. We strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance prior to your departure to safeguard against unforeseen events. LetsdoChina.com is a registered Safe Travel Charter Partner with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and is an authorised agent to issue travel insurance to our Australian clients. Visit our Quick Quote site where you can also purchase an online policy. For further information, please go to our Travel Insurance page and also find other useful links regarding advice on safe travel practices.

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