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11 Days

Great Wall, Warriors & Shanghai

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until September 2021
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Experience three of China's most iconic destinations on our Luxury 5* tour! In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and walk on the mighty Great Wall. Head to Xi'an, an eternal city and heartland of the ancient dynasties to admire the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Finally, let Shanghai amaze you with its mix of new and old, as you visit the highlights of the city.

1st Day: UK / Ireland - Night on board

Arrive at your UK / Ireland departure airport, ready to board your flight to Beijing. Night on board.

2nd Day: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the enormous capital of China, famed for its ancient sites such as the iconic Forbidden City, and as being the gateway to some of the most visited portions of the Great Wall. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Beijing.

3rd Day: Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy a half-day tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to learn about the production of this precious object. In the afternoon we recommend an optional Hutong Excursion* and a Kung Fu Show experience in the evening.** Overnight stay in Beijing.

* Optional Hutong Excursion: Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride. Hutong refers to the narrow terraced streets made up of charming courtyard garden houses. Finally head to Wangfujing Street, with free time for shopping. 

** Optional Red Theatre Kung Fu Show: Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

4th Day: Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. The Juyongguan section is the most visited part of the wall and is the best representation of the former splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of unimaginable length, the wall can be seen from space. On the way, admire the countryside and stop at an impressive Jade Workshop, where artisans work with this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you have a minimum of two-hours to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Return to Beijing to visit a Chinese Natural Remedies Factory, to learn about the ancient practices and remedies used in traditional eastern medicine for more than 2000 years. Then, stop at the famous Olympic Park for a photo stop and admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre. We recommend an optional Peking Duck Dinner.* Overnight stay.

* Optional Peking Duck Dinner: Enjoy an evening of traditional Chinese food.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

5th Day: Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Beijing at your leisure, visiting the sights or delving into the fabulous cuisine. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City* or an optional Golden Mask Show in the evening, a beautiful cultural performance.** Overnight stay in Beijing. 

* Optional Full-Day Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Excursion: Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square to then head to the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex and home to the former Imperial Chinese Palace for the years spanning from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. It is the world's most visited attractions and showcases immaculate Chinese design and architecture. Afterwards, visit a traditional Bamboo Factory and finally, explore the Summer Palace, a former imperial garden from the Qing era.

** Optional Golden Mask Show: Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells the story of a queen, who wears a golden mask, and creates a splendid dynasty. It is a fabulous insight into China's history and arts.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

6th Day: Beijing - Xi'an

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for an exciting Bullet Train journey to Xi'an. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Afterwards, visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time there. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Tang Dynasty Show for an evening of entertainment.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

* Optional Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater: Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with fabulous music and dancing from the era of the Tang Dynasty, China's golden age. The show is a unique way to get to know the historical culture of the ancient city of Xi'an.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

7th Day: Xi'an

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover one of China's most iconic sights as you enjoy a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Approximately 8,000 sculpted figures were buried alongside Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and today you can see this once in a lifetime sight for yourself. Each figure is impressively crafted and unique. Be blown away by the intricacy and the sheer number of the figures as you learn about their significance. Also visit the local Terracotta Factory and the Yanyuan Art Museum, to learn about the ancient art of Chinese Calligraphy, and even try it out for yourself. In the evening we recommend an optional night tour of the Old City.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

* Optional Old City Night Tour: Tour the Old City of Xi'an at night and enjoy the ambience of the old city walls and the Wild Goose Pagoda with photo stops, the North Square and the Music Fountain.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

8th Day: Xi'an - Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the station to take a high-speed train to Shanghai. Arrive, and transfer to the hotel. Transfer to the hotel and after rest a while, take a walking tour of Nanjing road and the Bund neighbourhood to get to know Shanghai's diversity. Return to the hotel and in the evening you have the option to enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Optional Huangpu River Cruise: View the city's skyline from the comfort of the river cruiser as you enjoy an evening of spectacular views.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

9th Day: Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Head out into the city on a tour of the Old Bazaars to experience authentic Chinese culture. Step back in time in the charming traditional Yuyuan Garden (entrance not included), learn about the city's history at the Shanghai Museum and see the modern side of the city. Visit an authentic Silk Factory to discover how this coveted fabric is manufactured. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Acrobatic show this evening.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Optional Acrobatic Show: Experience one of the world's oldest performing arts as you are immersed in an evening of culture and entertainment.

You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

10th Day: Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, shopping in one of the many shopping centres, strolling around colonial Bund or sampling the street food. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

11th Day: Shanghai - UK / Ireland

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK / Ireland. Arrive in the UK / Ireland and end your trip.

11 days trip including flights*

10 days and 9 nights in destination
























* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 9 Nights

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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
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Half-Day Hutong Tour

Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride, enter a local home and enjoy a home-made dumpling lunch and finally head to Lama Temple, with free time for shopping.
Suggested activity for day 3

Red Theater Kung Fu Show

Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show.
Suggested activity for day 3

Beijing Peking Duck Dinner

Immerse yourself into a truly authentic atmosphere and feast on a banquet of one of the stars of Chinese cuisine: Peking duck.
Suggested activity for day 4
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International Flights: UK/Ireland - Beijing, Shanghai - UK/Ireland.
  • Train: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai in 2nd class seats. *
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  • 9 nights accommodation in Luxury category hotels. **
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  • 9 breakfasts. ***
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  • Transfer in an air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrance fees with english speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary. ****
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Invitation letter for Chinese Visa.
  • ATOL Protection.

Not included

Visa (mandatory), drinks, early check in, tips* and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Tips to Guide & Driver (Mandatory 5USD per person per day to be paid directly at the destination).

* We cannot guarantee that you and your travel companions will be allocated seats together on the train. Some train journeys and flights can be early in the morning in order to successfully follow the schedule.

** The hotels stated in the letter of invitation do not need to be definitive; the hotels will be confirmed between 45 and 30 days before departure.

*** Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**** You may find a cheaper price at the destination, but it is recommended that you book through Exoticca to secure your place in advance.

We recommend carrying cash in either the local currency or in US Dollars.

IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us (approximately two months prior to departure) you will be required to make an appointment to go to the Chinese Embassy in person with your passport, a passport photo and invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa. You will also be required to make another appointment to return to the Chinese Embassy a second time to collect your Chinese Visa. For more information about your nearest Chinese Embassy, application form and appointment reservations please see: The cost of a Chinese Visa is approximately £150

MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to as soon as you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter China. Issued by the embassy or consulate. Price approximately £200.
  • Currency
    Chinese Yuan.
  • Language
    Mandarin Chinese.
  • Electricity
    220 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 08:00.
  • Other useful information
    Different signs, numbers and symbols.
  • Tourist Office website

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

Children: 2 - 11 years.

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