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Essence of Eastern Cathay

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Beijing
Hangzhou
Shanghai
Suzhou
West Lake
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All flights
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All transfers
Activities
Some meals
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until January 2022
group tours
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charm
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Dive into the culture and traditions of China. Walk on the Great Wall in Beijing and explore the natural landscapes of leafy Wuxi. Admire the glistening waters of Lake Taihu before soaking up the serenity of West Lake in Hangzhou, a paradise of waterways and fragrant tea fields. Fall in love with ancient Suzhou before discovering the heart of modern China in Shanghai. 

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport, ready to board your flight* to Beijing. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

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, and, depending on your arrival time, spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Beijing.

3rd 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.* In the evening you have the opportunity to enjoy an authentic Golden Mask Show.** 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. Lunch included.

** 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.

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, stop at a traditional Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about the ancient practice of Chinese medicine. Arrive at the Great Wall where you have time to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. On the way back, admire the countryside and stop at an impressive Jade Workshop, where artisans work with this precious stone. After lunch, return to Beijing and stop at the famous Olympic Park, where you can admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre from outside. Return to the hotel and in the evening, we recommend an optional Peking Duck dinner.* Overnight stay in Beijing. 

* 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 - Wuxi

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure. We recommend an optional excursion to the Temple of Heaven and a traditional Hutong.* In the afternoon transfer to the railway station to board a fast train to Wuxi with 2nd-class seats. Arrive in Wuxi, sits on the banks of Taihu, one of China's largest freshwater lakes and home to beautiful natural landscapes. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Wuxi. 

* Optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Excursion: Begin the tour with a visit to the Chinese Herbal Institute Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, before heading to the Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Afterwards, take a rickshaw ride around the Hutong neighborhood, composed of narrow terraced streets lined with charming courtyard garden houses. Here you have the unique opportunity to enter a local home and enjoy a home-made lunch including tradtional Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles.

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: Wuxi - Suzhou

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, enjoy an informative tour of Wuxi, including beautiful Lake Lihu, part of the larger Lake Taihu, famed for its abundant freshwater fish and crabs. Next, visit the Fresh Water Pearl Farm, to see how these precious natural jewels are harvested. Lunch included. Continue to Lingshan Grand Buddha, a Buddhist park famous for the world's largest bronze Buddha statue, which measures 88 metres in height. Enjoy the spiritual attractions such as the Brahma Palace, Five Mudra Mandala, Xiangfu Temple and many other Buddhist sites. Continue to the ancient water city of Suzhou. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Suzhou. 

7th Day: Suzhou - Hangzhou

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover the exquisite gardens and historic heritage of Suzhou with a city tour. Visit the 500-year-old Lingering Garden, an artistic masterpiece considered one of the top four gardens in the country. Next, visit Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest in the country, to discover the mysteries of silk processing. After lunch we recommend an optional cruise on the ancient canals of the city.* Continue to Hangzhou by bus, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Arrive in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, and transfer to the hotel. In the evening we recommend an optional Romance of the Song Dynasty Performance.* Overnight stay in Hangzhou.

* Optional Suzhou Canal Cruise: Cruise on the ancient canals of Suzhou, considered the 'Venice of the East', to uncover the true daily lives of the locals.

** Optional Romance of the Song Dynasty Performance: This is a performance celebrates the long and splendid culture of the region. Songs, dances, opera, acrobatics and stunts are integrated in this performance to present Hangzhou's rich ancient civilization and remarkable customs.

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: Hangzhou - Shanghai

Breakfast at the hotel. Hangzhou has long been considered the paradise city of China, praised for its myriad canals and waterways, lush rolling hills, fragrant fields of Longjing tea, spectacular pagodas, temples and pavilions and famous West Lake. Visit the beautiful West Lake, admiring the beauty of the city's centrepiece. We recommend an optional boat ride on its serene waters.* Next, enjoy a fascinating tour of Meijawu Tea Plantation, one of the most important Longjing tea producers in China. Be amazed by the lush scenery and learn about tea culture in China. Lunch and depart towards Shanghai. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we recommend an optional Chinese Acrobatics Show.** Overnight stay in Shanghai.

* Optional West Lake Cruise: Cruise on the serene waters of the West Lake.

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

The Acrobatic Show does not operate on Mondays, or on any day from 1st February - 30th April 2020. During this time, we will arrange an alternative acrobatic show at the Shangcheng Theatre.

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. Begin the day with a walking tour of the Bund, famous for its colonial, European-style architecture. Capture the history of the city before visiting the Shanghai Museum, home to a huge collection of impressive Chinese art. Next, don't miss out on the opportunity to take an exhilarating Maglev Train Ride.* Lunch and continue to a Silk Embroidery Exhibition Centre, to admire the intricacies of Chinese embroidery, before visiting the City God Temple Bazaar, composed of speciality stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs. Return to the hotel. In the evening you have the option to end your Chinese adventure with a Huangpu River Cruise with dinner.* Overnight stay in Shanghai. 

* Optional Maglev Train Ride: Experience the speed of the world's fastest commercial train line onboard the amazing Maglev Train, which operates through magnetic resistance.

** 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.

10th Day: Shanghai - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

11th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

11 days trip including flights*

9 days and 8 nights in destination

1

NYC - PEK

2

NYC - PEK

Beijing

3

Beijing

4

Beijing

5

Wuxi

6

Suzhou

7

Hangzhou

8

Shanghai

9

Shanghai

10

PVG - NYC

11

PVG - NYC

* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 8 Nights

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Included in all our trips

Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Golden Mask Dynasty 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.
Suggested activity for day 3
Optional

Full-Day Tour Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (with lunch)

Enjoy a tour of the impressive Tiananmen Square, the splendid Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Lunch included.
Suggested activity for day 3
Optional

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 US airports.
  • International flights: US - Beijing, Shanghai - US.
  • 8 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 8 breakfasts and 5 lunches.
  • Transfers in an air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Invitation letter for Chinese Visa.
  • English speaking guide.

Not included

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

* It is mandatory to select the option of mandatory tips in the next step of the reservation process or to pay directly when you arrive in China.

It is mandatory to select the option of mandatory tips ($100 per person) in the next step of the reservation process or to pay directly when you arrive in China.

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 on your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us you will be required to go to the Chinese Embassy in person with your passport, a passport photo, invitation letter and an Exoticca Booking Form (provided by Exoticca) to apply for your Chinese Visa. Please apply for your visa as early as possible. The cost is approximately $150.

MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to customerservice@exoticca.com 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 the country. Issued by the embassy or consulate. Price approximately $150.
  • 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
    http://tourismchina-ca.com/

Flights are non-refundable and non-amendable. 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.

 

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