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China's Golden Triangle & Gardens of Suzhou - 9 Days (CN-04)

Group size
2-14 people
All year
9 days
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Suzhou
from $1,995
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This incredible tour provides a wonderful opportunity to uncover the highlights of China and delve into the unique character of some of its most remarkable cities. Given China's vast size, its immense cities serve as focal points for travelers, providing exceptional museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and architectural wonders. Each city boasts its distinct identity, people, and style, offering a diverse tapestry of experiences.

In addition to exploring vibrant urban centers, this tour takes you to the renowned gardens of Suzhou, where you'll immerse yourself in a harmonious blend of natural beauty. This journey promises a rich tapestry of cultural, historical, and natural wonders, allowing you to truly understand the multifaceted charm of China.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Hutong Neighbourhood by Rickshaw Guided Tour
Upon your arrival at the airport, our driver will be there to greet you and provide transportation to the hotel. The journey kicks off by delving into Beijing's past with a focus on the famous 'hutongs'-ancient city areas characterized by narrow streets and alleys. The term 'hutong' traces its origins back to the 13th century during the Yuan Dynasty. A rickshaw ride through these historic areas will immerse you in the city's architectural evolution, providing a firsthand look at the development over the centuries. (D)
Day 2
Guided tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
Roast Duck Dinner
Today's exploration begins in the heart of the city, at Tiananmen Square. This expansive square, ranking as the fourth largest globally, spans an impressive 440,000 square meters. Dominating the square is the Tiananmen Gate (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), serving as the entrance to the Forbidden City. A guided tour of the Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace follows. Recognized by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures worldwide, the Forbidden City has transformed into the Palace Museum, showcasing an extensive array of Chinese artwork.

The journey continues with a visit to the elegant Summer Palace, celebrated for its Chinese landscape garden design and natural beauty. As the day concludes, indulge in a delightful roast duck dinner, savoring this renowned culinary treat. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
Visit to the Olympic Green
Acrobatic Show
Embark on a journey to meet China's most iconic symbol - the Great Wall! Today's destination is the Badaling Great Wall, located in Yanqing County, approximately 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Beijing. This section is renowned for being the most well-preserved part of the Wall, and its grandeur is easily evident, contributing to its designation as a wonder of the world and inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Following this awe-inspiring visit, explore the site of the Olympic Green and the Olympic Park, constructed in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. As the day unfolds, prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing performances of Beijing's finest Acrobatic Shows in the evening. (B,L,D)
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Day 4 – Beijing
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Morning bullet train to Xian: Beijing - Xian
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Xian City Tour
Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show
Embark on a taste of ultra-modern China as you board the morning bullet train to Xian. This high-speed train journey covers an impressive 711 miles from Beijing to Xian in just 4 hours and 40 minutes, allowing you to enjoy the passing countryside. Upon your arrival, you'll be met at the station and commence your Xian city tour.

As one of the four ancient capitals of China, key sights on your itinerary include the Big Goose Pagoda, Little Goose Pagoda, the City Wall (the most intact city wall in all of China), the Bell Tower (which signaled the city gates opening at dawn), and the Great Mosque, one of the first mosques built in China. A stop for lunch at a local restaurant is included, and the evening will be highlighted by the Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
A true Chinese highlight awaits you today: the magnificent Terracotta Army, a site that captivates millions of tourists from around the globe each year. Listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list since 1987, this extraordinary archaeological discovery was accidentally unearthed in 1974 by local farmers. The famed stone army comprises over 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, and 130 chariots, and you'll have the opportunity to examine the excavation pits and ascend the burial mound of the emperor.

Following this awe-inspiring visit, the journey continues to Shanghai to board an overnight sleeper train. Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to transfer you to the railway station for your train to Xian. A choice of 2 and 4 berth compartments is available for your comfort. (B,L,D)
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Train: Xian - Shanghai
Day 5
Overnight train to Shanghai: Xian - Shanghai
Overnight sleeper train to Shanghai. A choice of 2 and 4 berth compartments available.
Day 6
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Shanghai Guided City Tour
Visit to Shanghai Museum
Upon your arrival from the train, our team will meet you and take you to the hotel to drop off your luggage. The exploration of this fascinating city begins promptly. Shanghai, being the largest and busiest city in China, offers a captivating blend of ultra-modern architecture, serene gardens, People's Square, the renowned Shanghai Museum, and the iconic Bund-a mile-long riverside promenade. Today's itinerary ensures you get to experience the vibrant tapestry of Shanghai, from its bustling cityscapes to its tranquil gardens. (B,L,D)
Day 7
Guided Tour to Yu Garden & Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Today's tour offers a delightful blend of old and new, immersing you in the contrasting facets of Shanghai. Begin in the historic part of Shanghai, where you'll visit a serene garden located next to the City God Temple. Encompassing five acres, this peaceful retreat features a rockery, a chamber of ten thousand flowers, pavilions, and towers, allowing you to experience the charm of traditional Chinese landscapes.

Transition into the future with a visit to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a distinctive structure built in 1994 that boasts 15 viewing levels, providing panoramic perspectives of the city. Conclude the day's exploration on Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street and the longest shopping street in the world, spanning 5.5 kilometers. (B,L,D)
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Day 8
Transfer by car / minibus: Shanghai - Suzhou
Guided Day Trip to Suzhou
Transfer by car / minibus: Suzhou - Shanghai
Today, your journey takes you to Suzhou, often referred to as the 'Eastern Venice,' renowned for its expertise in the art of islands, waterways, and landscape design. In Suzhou, a harmony between natural beauty and man-made structures awaits. You'll embark on a boat trip along the Grand Canal, offering a unique perspective of the city and showcasing its picturesque landscapes.

During your visit, there will also be an opportunity to stop at a silk factory, where you'll gain insights into the intricate process of crafting this delicate fabric. This stop is intended for educational purposes, providing you with an understanding of the craftsmanship involved. In the evening, you'll transfer back to Shanghai. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport to catch your flight home. (B)
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
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Year of travel
Travel dates Excluding flights Single supplement Train upgrade Book
04/27/2024 - 05/05/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
05/04/2024 - 05/12/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
05/11/2024 - 05/19/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
05/18/2024 - 05/26/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
05/25/2024 - 06/02/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
06/01/2024 - 06/09/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
06/08/2024 - 06/16/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
06/15/2024 - 06/23/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
06/22/2024 - 06/30/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
06/29/2024 - 07/07/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
07/06/2024 - 07/14/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
07/13/2024 - 07/21/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
07/20/2024 - 07/28/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
07/27/2024 - 08/04/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
08/03/2024 - 08/11/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
08/10/2024 - 08/18/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
08/17/2024 - 08/25/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
08/24/2024 - 09/01/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
08/31/2024 - 09/08/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
09/07/2024 - 09/15/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
09/14/2024 - 09/22/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
09/21/2024 - 09/29/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
09/28/2024 - 10/06/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
10/12/2024 - 10/20/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
10/26/2024 - 11/03/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
11/09/2024 - 11/17/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
11/23/2024 - 12/01/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
12/07/2024 - 12/15/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
12/21/2024 - 12/29/2024 $1,995 $345 $295 book now
12/28/2024 - 01/05/2025 $1,995 $345 $295 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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