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Beijing + Xian + Shanghai (2019 Itinerary)

8 days

A private journey for departure any day

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In-Depth Sightseeing with your Private Guide

+ With your own car, driver and guide, our in-depth sightseeing can be paced to your personal interests and comfort for more rewarding exploration.
+ Plumb the personal lives and Imperial duties of China’s emperors as you explore all 5 of Beijing’s World Heritage Sites.
+ Ascend the Great Wall by cable car for a private tour and enjoy a picnic lunch atop this ancient defensive structure
+ Behold Xian’s Terra Cotta Army and explore the city’s Old Quarter.
+ Explore millennia of history and culture at the highly-regarded Shanghai Museum and then fast-forward to the 21st century as you marvel at the futuristic skyline of the Pudong district.
+ Includes 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites c

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Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the 5-star Fairmont Beijing Hotel in the heart of the capital.


Beijing’s Imperial Highlights

The Fairmont - Beijing, China

Stand in Tiananmen Square and admire the architectural landmarks that surround one of the world’s grandest public plazas. Then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty Emperors on a private tour through the magnificent Forbidden City c, a sprawling complex of palaces, courtyards and pavilions. At the Temple of Heaven c, you’ll find a resplendent example of Ming Dynasty design and engineering. Its unique layout also offers fascinating insight into ancient Chinese beliefs about numerology and cosmology. This evening’s banquet features Peking Duck.  Meals B+L+D


The Great Wall c + Summer Palace c

The Fairmont - Beijing, China

With smaller crowds, the more remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall affords a more enthralling and authentic experience. Ascend by cable car to walk atop this ancient defensive structure and take in the sweeping views as your expert personal guide shares dramatic tales of China’s ancient history. For lunch, we’ve arranged a special picnic: Here in this unique setting atop the Great Wall, you’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by the kitchen of the celebrated Brickyard Restaurant.
In the afternoon, you’ll tour the resplendent Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s emperors. Set on wooded hills surrounding a tranquil lake, this assemblage of pavilions, palaces and gardens offers a fascinating look into Imperial life long ago.  Meals B+L


Fly to Xian, China’s First Capital

Hilton Hotel - Xian, China

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Xian, the ancient capital of China for 13 dynasties. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Hotel. After checking in, the balance of your afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy as you wish. With an enviable location inside the historic city walls, you’ll find Xian’s finest shops, restaurants and entertainment outside your front door.  Meals B


The Terra Cotta Army c

Hilton Hotel - Xian, China

After breakfast, you’ll visit China’s greatest archaeological discovery, uncovered by local villagers in 1974. Stand in awe before the thousands of life-sized terra cotta soldiers and horses that were buried 2,000 years ago in perfect infantry formation to guard the tomb of an Emperor. With our expert guide at your side, this unforgettable visit offers a fascinating look into China’s ancient history.
Back in the city, continue your exploration into Xian’s rich history with a privately guided walking tour through Old Town including the ancient City Walls.  Meals B+L

We include this morning’s airport transfer and your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Fairmont Peace Hotel, the city’s storied Art Deco landmark. The balance of this day is at leisure to enjoy as you like. With our hotel’s prime location overlooking the waterfront Bund and close to bustling Nanjing Road, it’s easy to step out for your first taste of Shanghai’s cosmopolitan allure.  Meals B


Explore Shanghai with your Private Car, Driver and Guide

Fairmont Peace Hotel - Shanghai, China

Today’s sightseeing begins along the Bund, home to impressive landmarks built more than a century ago by Japanese and European trading companies. Then delight in the beauty of Yu Yuan Garden, originally created by a Ming Dynasty court official as a retreat for his aging parents.
After lunch, you’ll visit the Shanghai Museum, highly regarded for its expansive collection encompassing thousands of years of Chinese arts and culture – including ancient bronzes, celadon pottery, precious jade and exquisite antique furniture. Then fast forward to the 21st century as you marvel at the futuristic skyline of the Pudong Financial District, including the 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. This evening, we’ll take you to one of our favorite city restaurants, followed by a thrilling performance with the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats.  Meals B+L+D


Depart Shanghai

We’ll take you to the airport today for your homeward flight or onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Add Tibet

4 days from $1,800

In a beautiful Himalayan valley, Lhasa beckons with its astounding architectural landmarks and rich cultural traditions. Enhance your trip to China with our easy-to-add extension to Tibet! We include all on-tour transportation, 3 nights at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel and complete sightseeing with your own private car, driver and guide.

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Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Tibet. On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, ideally situated not far from Norbulingka Summer in the heart of Lhasa. The rest of this day is free so you can relax and acclimate to the altitude. Tonight, we’ve included an expansive buffet dinner here at your luxury hotel.  Meals B+D


Private Sightseeing in Lhasa

Your day begins with our specially-arranged Pilgrim’s Kora Experience… After breakfast, your personal car, driver and guide will take you to Medicine King Mountain where you’ll join pilgrims from all across Tibet who have come to this sacred mountain site to perform Kora; offering deep insight into Tibet’s enduring spiritual traditions, this ancient rite of continuous walking, prayer and deep meditation is a powerful and unforgettable experience.

Continue your Privately Guided sightseeing at the Sera Monastery and Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Built in the 18th century, this expansive palace complex encompasses lovely garden grounds, pavilions and tranquil wooded areas. Meals B+ L


Day 6- The Potala Palace c

Today’s full-day sightseeing begins at the magnificent Potala Palace, described by British-born essayist Pico Iyer in this way: “The very center of Tibet is Lhasa and the very center of Lhasa, for more than three centuries, has been the Potala Palace. An unfathomable building erected on a rock face 13 stories high, it has golden turrets on the roof that can be seen 12 miles away, and it stretches for more than 1,000 feet along a ridge against the snowcaps. The Potala looks and feels like no other building on the planet.” 

Then visit the beautiful Jokhang Temple, a colorful, 4-story timber structure topped with gold. Originally founded in the 7th century, it remains an important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. Nearby, you’ll also explore the lively market stalls that enliven the public town square and narrow streets of the Barkhor district.  Meals B+L


Fly to Xian + Continue your Journey

After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your included flight to Xian, China’s ancient capital for 13 Dynasties. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted by private car to the deluxe Hilton Hotel to continue your Beijing + Xian + Shanghai journey with us.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons


Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, city sightseeing and airport transfers via the convenient Airport Limousine Bus.

Yangzi Explorer 3 Night Cruise

Step aboard China’s finest all-balcony Yangtze cruiser for this unforgettable voyage. Enjoy fine international dining, free-flowing wines every evening, and expertly guided shore excursions enhanced by our enriching shipboard program of culture and entertainment.


Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast and city sightseeing.

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Explore Tokyo, ride the famous Bullet Train and be swept away by the charms of Kyoto! Click here for the complete itinerary of this Hosted Trip, which is easily added to your China tour. We can even assist with your international air between Japan and China.

Personalize your
Great Wall Visit

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of the Great Wall to visit, based
on your interests and taste for
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Add Tibet!  

From Beijing, we fly you to Lhasa for a 3-night stay at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel. In-depth private sightseeing includes the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and a chance to join locals for a Buddhist meditative experience. Then fly to Xian to continue your tour.


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