Time to knock another one off your bucket list!
Join us for an 8 night China “Sampler” Tour May 16*-25, 2018
Trip at a glance
Round-trip air from Houston (IAH) with Air China; Intra-China transportation and transfers; taxes, fees, & fuel surcharges
• 3 nights in Beijing, 2 nights in Xian,3 nights in Shanghai
• See the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Terra Cotta Soldiers, Shanghai Acrobats and more!
• Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
• 16 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)
• Comprehensive sightseeing, entrance fees, and activities as indicated in itinerary
• Experienced, English speaking Tour Director and local guides
• Protection against any changes in the exchange rate – tour rate will stay fixed
• smarTours is offering Travel Insurance and Assistance policy for $179 per person
• Note: You will need a Chinese Visa – currently single entry is $140 for U.S. Citizens
Day-By Day Itinerary
Tuesday May 15: Arrive at IAH Airport. Arrival no later than 10PM
Day 1 Wednesday May 16: Depart USA. This magical journey begins as we depart Houston at 1 AM on a nonstop flight bound for Beijing.
Day 2 Thursday May 17: Arrive Beijing. We’ll land at approximately 5 AM and be greeted at the airport and transported to our upscale hotel centrally located in downtown Beijing. The hotel is within easy access to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Check in & the hotel will store your baggage while you enjoy a morning at leisure. The hotel will attempt to check you in to your rooms as early as possible. Tonight, join our Tour Director for a welcome dinner and briefing on our tour. (D)
Day 3: Friday May 18: Full Day Forbidden City/Summer Palace with Lunch. Start the day with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Then enter the Forbidden City, an architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, we’ll venture outside the city to see the Summer Palace, summer resort of the Empress Dowager. (B, L)
Day 4 Saturday May 19: Beijing & The Great Wall. On today’s exhilarating excursion, we’ll venture outside the city to the legendary Great Wall, which extends nearly 4,000 miles. There will time to view and mount the well-preserved ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Ming Tombs, burial site of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Tonight we will enjoy an elaborate Chinese Dinner Banquet featuring the famous Peking Duck. Following dinner, we’ll attend the “Legend of Kung Fu” show, a special stage performance that blends music, martial arts and a moving story. The show highlights the fascinating Chinese martial arts, known as Kung Fu. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Sunday May 20: Beijing. After breakfast we’ll join an excursion to Beijing’s ancient back alleys (Hutong) by rickshaw and witness the way the Chinese have lived for centuries. You’ll interact with locals and visit a home of a local family and have lunch with them! This is an experience you will never forget.
At around 5 PM we’ll fly to Xian, ancient capital of China for eleven dynasties and historic gateway to the old silk trading route. We’ll arrive at 7:30 PM and after checking in at the hotel in Xian, enjoy an independent dinner. (B, L)
Day 6 Monday May 21: Xian. On a guided morning excursion, you’ll visit one of the world’s most amazing archaeological discoveries: a life-size Terra Cotta Army of soldiers and horses guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi. It was unearthed in 1974 after being buried with the first Qin emperor for 22 centuries! Tonight, savor a delicious dumpling dinner, a local specialty and delight in a spectacular folklore show featuring music, dances and costumes from the Tang Dynasty. (B,D)
Day 7 Tuesday May 22: Xian/Shanghai. Enjoy breakfast and some leisure time this morning. Early in the afternoon around 12:20 PM we will fly to Shanghai. Shanghai is often described as “Paris of the East,” an intriguing, dynamic city that weaves the seaport legacy of its past with impressive new 21st century architecture. Upon arrival in the afternoon, embark on a guided orientation drive and stroll down the Bund, the bustling and exciting waterfront along the Huangpu River. Enjoy dinner and a night at leisure. (B)
Day 8 Wednesday May 23: Shanghai. Start your day with a guided walk amidst the scenic ponds, colorful pavilions and walkways of the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden, a delightful reminder of old Shanghai. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Rejoin the group tonight for a breathtaking performance of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. A Chinese dinner will be included in tonight’s activities. (B,D)
Day 9 Thursday May 24: Suzhou Excursion. On this most memorable excursion, exit the city and journey to the charming, canal laced Suzhou often called “Paradise on Earth.” Embark on a short cruise on the ancient “Grand Canal” and enjoy a walk of the old town, followed by a visit to one of Suzhou most famous Chinese gardens. After an included lunch, visit a silk workshop to learn about silk production. Return to Shanghai late this afternoon and enjoy your final night at leisure. (B, L)
Day 10 Friday May 25: Depart. Early morning wake-up call for the flight back home which will depart Shanghai at approximately 9 AM. After a 4-hour layover in Beijing, we will arrive back in Houston at approximately 3:45 PM local time on the same day. (B)
In the spirit of keeping things simple, this will be one trip (no pre-or post-trips; land/SS requests are not being offered) and there will be a limit of 24 people max. So don’t miss out and sign up today!
Note: we need a minimum of 20 travelers to maintain pricing
3-18 Chongwenmen Outer St
Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Golden Flower (formerly Shangri-La) Hotel
8 Chang Le Road West
Xi’an, China, 710032
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan
No. 199, Handan Road
Shanghai 200433, China