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Duration: 10 Days
Location: Beijing, China
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This leisurely paced tour features a 7-night single hotel stay located in the heart of Beijing. Take in everything from the quiet pleasure of lunch with a local family at home in the Hutongs to the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of walking on the Great Wall. Explore historic Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Venture to the Summer Palace and the Lama Temple. Indulge in dim sum, learn dumpling making and savour a hot pot dinner. Experience the honoured ancient alongside the visionary futuristic that can only be found in this incredible city.

10 Days ● 14 Meals: 7 Breakfasts ● 4 Lunches ● 3 Dinners

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Complimentary Door to Door Transfers within 100 miles of the Airport in UK
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Duck Dinner
  • Great Wall
  • Hot Pot Dinner
  • Summer Palace
  • Lama Temple
  • Acrobatics Show
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Rickshaw Tour
  • Home Hosted Lunch
  • Services of a Professional Tour Manager throughout
  • Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Depart U.K. – Overnight Flight

    Day 2: Arrive Beijing, China

    Begin your journey in Beijing, one of the most fascinating cities in the world and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Over the next several days you will experience the beauty and intrigue of this ancient city that remains both the political and cultural heart of the country.

    Day 3: Beijing

    Ease your way into the local culture as your tour manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Then, delve into China’s history with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world. Next, visit the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring palace complex that was the home to 24 Chinese Emperors over the course of almost 500 years. Take a special tour of the Treasure Hall, a section normally not open to the general public. Pause to savour a traditional dim sum lunch. Visit a silk factory and explore how traditional artisans create the luxurious fabric. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a world-famous Peking Duck restaurant. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

    Day 4: The Great Wall

    No visit to China would be complete without seeing The Great Wall. Visit the picturesque Juyongguan section and walk along the wall to take in the sweeping vistas. Next, visit jade and cloisonné workshops and learn how local artists create these ancient masterpieces. Tonight, have fun with a traditional Beijing hot pot dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

    Day 5: Beijing

    Today is at your leisure to explore this fascinating, constantly changing city independently. Perhaps visit a local market in the morning and participate in a cooking class. In the afternoon, you have the option to explore the 798 Dashanzi Art District. This evening, you may choose to experience a traditional Peking Opera and explore the Donghuamen night market. Your tour manager will be available to offer suggestions on how best to spend your free time. Today breakfast will be included.

    Day 6: Beijing

    Begin your day with a visit to the Summer Palace, considered a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design. Visit a pearl factory and learn about the different varieties of these underwater gems. Next, marvel at the intricate design of the Lama Temple, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Tonight, enjoy a breathtaking acrobatics show. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

    Day 7: Beijing

    Enjoy a day of leisure to relax or independently explore this wonderful city. You may take an optional tour to Xian*, which includes a visit to the spectacular Terracotta Warriors Museum. Today breakfast will be included.

    Day 8: Beijing

    This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperor came twice each year to thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and to pray for the new season. Learn tai chi amidst the locals doing their morning exercises. Soak in the culture of this communal space while other citizens of the city play cards or board games nearby. Afterwards, experience ancient Beijing on a traditional rickshaw tour through its narrow streets and alleys. With help from an interpreter, you will learn about a local family’s history and way of life when you share lunch with them in their Hutong home. They will also teach you the art of traditional dumpling making. Next, visit a Chinese calligraphy master and learn how to write in this ancient art. Complete your visit with a traditional tea ceremony. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

    Day 9: Beijing – Depart for Home

    Your tour ends in Beijing. Today breakfast will be included.

    Day 10: Arrive U.K.

       Your itinerary at a glance
    Day 1            Overnight Flight
    Days 2 – 8     Traders by Shangri-La Hotel
    Days 9 & 10   Travel back
    On some dates alternate hotels may be used
  • **Extend Your Holiday With…

    **Extend Your Holiday With

    • Optional 4 Day Hong Kong Post Escorted Tour
    • From £455.00 per person, double, land only, additional air segment purchases required (Please call for a quick quote)
    • 4 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner 

    **If you add the optional Hong Kong Post Escorted tour, your extended itinerary will be as follows:

    Day 9: Beijing – Hong Kong

    This afternoon you arrive in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities. You will stay in Kowloon, located in the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling shopping district. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Hong Kong is noted for fabulous savings on jewellery, silk and leather products.

    Day 10: Hong Kong

    Cross the harbour and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Hong Kong Island, home to the city’s most popular sites. Visit Stanley Market and stroll around its famous seaside village bazaar. Learn about the lifestyle of Hong Kong’s fishermen with a visit to Aberdeen Fishing Village where you will have the opportunity to take an optional traditional sampan ride in the typhoon shelter. Your tour will also take you past Repulse Bay Beach, an important strategic location during World War II and the longest beach on the island. Cap your tour with a panoramic ride up Victoria Peak for spectacular views of the city and harbour below. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.

    Day 11: Hong Kong

    Today is at leisure for you to independently explore this great city. Perhaps you will enjoy shopping in the Kowloon area. Or, take a stroll on Hong Kong’s oldest and most atmospheric street, Shanghai Street. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

    Day 12: Hong Kong – Tour Ends

    You will board your flight home. Today breakfast will be included.

    Please Note:
    Extensions not purchased at time of deposit are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request.
    This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestones.

  • Dates, Prices & Accommodation for 10 days

    Dates, Prices & Accommodation for 10 days

    Selected departures between April 2014 till April 2015 (Based on London Heathrow Departures, please call for regional departure availabilities and prices.)

    Guaranteed Dates  Prices         Accommodation      
    16 September 2014 £1629pp Traders by Shangri-La Hotel
    07 October 2014 £1664pp Traders by Shangri-La Hotel
    02 December 2014 £1439pp Traders by Shangri-La Hotel
    09 April 2015 £1549pp Traders by Shangri-La Hotel
  • Map Your Journey

    Map Your Journey

    • Embark on a historic tour of Tiananmen Square, and through the Forbidden City.
    • Stroll along a section of the 3,700 mile long Great Wall.
    • Take a once-in-a-lifetime rickshaw to lunch with a local family in Beijing’s Hutongs.
    • Visit the Summer Palace, considered a masterpiece of Chinese landscape artist design. 

    Personalize Your Trip

    • Pre and Post Tour Extensions. Start and end your vacation rested.
    • Stay longer in Beijing from £40 per person per night.
    • Add a city or resort stopover to your journey, such as Dubai. Please call us to discuss your requirements and get prices. 

    Arrive early / Leave late:

    • Pre-night in Beijing – Discover China’s capital city and its political, economic, and cultural centre. 

    During your 4 days in Hong Kong (OPTIONAL STAY)

    • Stay in the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling shopping district of Kowloon.
    • See the city’s most popular sites on a comprehensive tour of Hong Kong Island.
    • Learn about the lifestyle of Hong Kong’s fishermen at Aberdeen Fishing Village.
  • Accommodation Details

    Accommodation Details

    4* Traders by Shangri-La Hotel – Beijing  

    (www.shangri-la.com/beijing/traders/)

    Strategically situated within the heart of Beijing’s business and embassy district, Traders Hotel, Beijing at China World Trade Centre, is a convenient base for business and leisure travellers. Executive travellers can enjoy the highest levels of service and attention with Trader’s Club, an exclusive membership granting entry to a private Club Lounge and a range of special privileges. 570 tastefully furnished rooms and suites come with an extensive range of services and facilities, including:

    • In-room Broadband
    • Foreign exchange counter
    • Postal and courier service
    • Laundry and valet service
    • WiFi access in public areas

    A moment’s walk from the hotel is the Guomao train station. These trains provide easy access to the tourist attractions such as Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Beihai Park, amongst others.

    Services & facilities at the Hotel

    The experienced staff at Traders Hotel, Beijing, cater to the needs of guests by providing an extensive range of services and facilities. If you require a service not listed here, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

    Facilities 

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Facilities for the Physically Challenged
    • Non-smoking Rooms
    • Parking Facilities
    • Safe Deposit Box

    Services

    • Complimentary Shoeshine Service
    • Express Check-in and Check-out Services
    • Laundry & Valet Service
    • Photo Processing Service
    • Postal / Courier Service

    Shops 

    • Drugstore
    • Florist
    • Foreign Exchange Counter
    • Gift Shop
    • Shopping Arcade

    Food & Beverages

    • 24-hour Room Service
    • 2 Restaurants & 1 Bar
  • Extra Tour Details

    Extra Tour Details

    We pride ourselves on bringing travellers the very best experiences a destination offers. Our itineraries include many activities and may consist of walking on uneven terrain or significant walking at times. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motor-coaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes. This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

    Please Note:

    • Prices are in £’s per person and are based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room departing from London Heathrow with Emirates Airline via Dubai. Luggage is included.
    • Direct flights on British Airways are available at a supplement, please call to find the live availabilities and prices.
    • Single supplements from £220-£290.
    • Lead in Price includes the Early Booking Discount and is based on the 02 December 2014 departure.
    • Regional flight departures available from Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow & Newcastle – Please call for live availabilities and supplements.
    • To complete your holiday, we include round trip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing the airfare with your tour as a complete package. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
    • Order of days in China may change.
    • *The optional tour to Xian must be purchased a minimum of 45 days prior to departure and is non-refundable within 45 days of departure. Passport information is required at the time of booking this option. Internal flights that are purchased will be ticketed and distributed on tour by your tour manager. The cost of this option is 329 GBP per person. Should you decide to book this option inside of 45 days of departure, the cost will be approx. 395 GBP and is subject to availability.
    • All holidays are subject to availability and prices may change without any prior notice.
    • Additional departure dates may be available, please call for other dates apart from the ones listed above on the price grid.
    • Optional 4 Day Hong Kong Post Escorted Tour is available from £455.00 per person, double, land only, additional air segment purchases required (Please call for a quick quote)
  • Important Reservation Details

    Important Reservation Details

    PASSPORTS & VISAS

    Obtaining the proper proof of citizenship for entry to destination countries is the responsibility of each client. A valid 10 year machine readable passport is required for each individual travelling outside of the United Kingdom. Passports must be valid for at least eight months beyond the return date from the destination. Some countries require a visa in addition to a valid passport for entry into the country. It will be necessary for you to check with the appropriate embassy or consulate for specific information and entry requirements. Upon request, we can forward a visa application from a recommended visa service. As some countries require your passport to be kept with you at all times as a form of identity, please ensure you keep it on your person in a safe and secure place. If your chosen destination does not require you to carry your passport, please ensure you leave it in a secure place, such as a hotel safety deposit box. It is sensible to keep a separate note of your passport number and date of issue, therefore we recommend that our clients travelling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. These should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your chosen emergency contact. Please remember to complete the details of two relatives or friends who may be contacted in an emergency on the inside back cover of your passport.

    A visa for China is required for this tour at your own expense. The approximate visa cost is £120 plus shipping, subject to change. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Please check with your consulate.

    Deposits are non-refundable. 60 – 29 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 50% of total price. 28 – 15 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 60% of total price. 14 – 8 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 75% of total price. 7 – 4 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 90% of total price. 3 days prior to departure or later: Cancellation fee of 100% of total price. For ocean/river cruises and holidays to Antarctica deposits are non-refundable. Balance due date to 90 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 50% of total price. 89-40 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 60% of total price. 44-21 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 75% of total price. 20-8 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 80% of total price. 7 – 4 days prior to departure: Cancellation fee of 90% of total price. 3 days prior to departure or later: Cancellation fee of 100% of total price.
     
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