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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your tour ends in Beijing. Today breakfast will be included.
|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…
**If you add the optional Hong Kong Post Escorted tour, your extended itinerary will be as follows:
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.
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.
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.
You will board your flight home. Today breakfast will be included.
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.
Selected departures between April 2014 till April 2015 (Based on London Heathrow Departures, please call for regional departure availabilities and prices.)
|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|
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During your 4 days in Hong Kong (OPTIONAL STAY)
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:
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.
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.
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.