Ceremony of City Gate Opening in QufuCeremony of City Gate Opening in Qufu

Confucius Culture Exploration

SG25: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Jinan - Tai'an - Qufu - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights, nice 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Enjoy the natural sites at Mt. Taishan, one of the five greatest mountains in China
  • Get in touch with Confucian culture at the three scenic spots of Confucius in Qufu
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival, our guide will warmly welcome you at the arrival hall of the airport, holding a sign with your name on it. Then you will be escorted to check in at the hotel. For the rest of the day, you can take rest to get recovered from jet lag, or have a stroll around the hotel after settled.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
A tour briefing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
After breakfast, take a transfer to unveil this China tour package to Shandong at Tiananmen Square - the largest urban square in the world enabling you to admire the Tiananmen Gatetower and Monument to the People's Heroes. Later, we will walk through the Meridian Gate and proceed to admire the well-preserved wooden architectures in Forbidden City, regarded as the quintessence of Chinese ancient imperial buildings. By noontime, enjoy the a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular restaurant, where also offers the famous Peking Duck.

Thereafter, you will be guided to Temple of Heaven. It is not only the site for ancient emperors to pray for good harvest, but also a good place for many locals to conduct recreational activities. And then enjoy the performance of Chinese Kung Fu at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Today's China tour to Shandong starts with a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall. Please have a hearty breakfast or prepare some snacks before departure as the lunch is not included by us. After alighting from the vehicle, we will sight-see the spectacular scenery by round-trip cable car. There the boundless majestic walls along roiling mountains will offer you great views to admire. A red wine toasting will be proposed after reaching its top. Then you can eat lunch nearby the scenic area, and our guide will be willing to recommend restaurants.

On the way back, take a short stop over the unique Bird's Nest, and you can take photos for memorizing. Finally you will be transferred to a famous local market for a short visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing
In this morning, we will first visit the Summer Palace. In this royal garden, you can catch a nice glimpse of the picturesque Kunming Lake and beautiful buildings on Longevity Hill. Later, an amusing Hutong tour with rickshaw and the activity of traditional Chinese Paper-cutting will be arranged.

After a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xi'an. Our experienced Xi'an tour guide will pick you up from the airport and help you check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Today we will set out for the eighth wonder of the world - Terracotta Army. When you enter this underground museum, rows of vivid terracotta warriors will greet you martially in the three large pits. After watching the unearthed relics of Qin Empire (221 - 207BC), a return car ride will take you to enjoy a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) in a local family. The hostess of the house will be glad to teach you how to cook Chinese food if you are interested.

We will spend the afternoon paying a visit to Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. At night, please enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Show and delicious dumpling feast.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling Dinner
 Friendly Tips

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Day 6 Xi'an - Jinan
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, Fly to Jinan, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will do some physical exercise of Tai Chi with locals at City Wall Park. Later, our guide will accompany you to have a leisure walk on the ancient City Wall. If interested, you can rent a bike for experiencing the cycling at the cost of your own.

Thereafter, we will escort you to the airport to catch the flight to Jinan. Upon your landing, the airport-hotel transfer will be provided by our professional local guide and driver. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Shungeng Hillview Hotel
Day 7 Jinan - Tai'an
Daming Lake Park, Baotu Spring Park, Drive to Tai'an, Mount Taishan. (B+L)
Mount Taishan, Tai'an
Mount Taishan, Tai'an
The first stop of this Confucius tour in Jinan is the pretty Daming Lake Park. There both the fascinating lake view and refined pavilions would dazzle your eyes. After the sightseeing, go on this Jinan day trip to Baotu Spring Park, where the tranquil and cool environment will refresh you from body to mind. Then, a 1.5-hour transfer will take you to Mount Taishan, ranked as the top one of the 'Five Sacred Mountains'. The round-trip cable car will be arranged for you to overlook the Taoist and Buddhist temples scattered among the mountain. Next, you will be transferred to check in at a downtown hotel for good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ramada Plaza Tai'an
Day 8 Tai'an - Qufu
Drive to Qufu, Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion, Cemetery of Confucius. (B+L)
Confucius Temple, Qufu
Confucius Temple, Qufu
Today, we will chauffeur you to Qufu in the morning. In this city, the must-see three scenic spots of Confucius Temple, the Confucius Family Mansion and the Cemetery of Confucius would help you get the in-depth experience of the Confucius culture. You can pay your respect to Confucius at Confucius Temple and its large-scale Family Mansion is just the dwelling houses of Confucius's family members. At about night, the guide will help you check in at a local hotel.

Meals: Chinese Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Queli Hotel
Day 9 Qufu - Shanghai
View the ceremony of city gate opening, A 3.5-hour high-speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
In the early morning, we will set out for viewing the characteristic ceremony of city gate opening in Qufu. Then you will be escorted to the railway station for a 3.5-hour high-speed train to Shanghai. Our Shanghai tour guide will pick you up upon your arrival, and send you to the hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Chinese breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
We will spend the morning watching the treasured cultural relics in Shanghai Museum, catching the great rockery, elegant chambers and halls at Yu Garden as well as wandering the bustling streets along Old City God Temple. Around noon, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular local restaurant.

After lunch, we will guide you to explore the Former French Concession. Then a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River will be arranged for you to indulge in the romantic and alluring view of the city. You will also have some free time to enjoy yourself at the Bund full of classic skyscrapers. Afterwards, our guide will send you back to the hotel and say farewell to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today is the last day of this 11-day Confucius tour itinerary, and the hotel-airport transfer is arranged by yourself at your own expense. After breakfast, you can hail a taxi at the cost of CNY200 to Hongqiao airport or CNY150 to Pudong airport depending on your schedule. The car ride would take about 1.5 hours or 1 hour respectively.

If you need our help planning the next trip, please feel free to contact us anytime. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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12% off - book by Dec 31, 2019, 10% off - book by Jan 31, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 05(Sun) Jan 15(Wed) $2059 $1811$449
Feb 13(Thu) Feb 23(Sun) $2059 $1811$449
Mar 05(Thu) Mar 15(Sun) $2089 $1838$479
Mar 12(Thu) Mar 22(Sun) $2089 $1838$479
Mar 26(Thu) Apr 05(Sun) $2089 $1838$479
Apr 02(Thu) Apr 12(Sun) $2209 $1943$489
Apr 09(Thu) Apr 19(Sun) $2209 $1943$489
Apr 16(Thu) Apr 26(Sun) $2209 $1943$489
Apr 23(Thu) May 03(Sun) $2229 $1961$519
May 07(Thu) May 17(Sun) $2209 $1943$489
May 14(Thu) May 24(Sun) $2209 $1943$489
May 21(Thu) May 31(Sun) $2209 $1943$489
May 28(Thu) Jun 07(Sun) $2199 $1935$489
Jun 04(Thu) Jun 14(Sun) $2199 $1935$479
Jun 11(Thu) Jun 21(Sun) $2199 $1935$479
Jun 18(Thu) Jun 28(Sun) $2199 $1935$479
Jun 25(Thu) Jul 05(Sun) $2199 $1935$479
Jul 02(Thu) Jul 12(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Jul 09(Thu) Jul 19(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Jul 16(Thu) Jul 26(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Jul 23(Thu) Aug 02(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Jul 30(Thu) Aug 09(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Aug 06(Thu) Aug 16(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Aug 13(Thu) Aug 23(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Aug 20(Thu) Aug 30(Sun) $2229 $1961$479
Aug 27(Thu) Sep 06(Sun) $2269 $1996$509
Sep 03(Thu) Sep 13(Sun) $2259 $1987$539
Sep 10(Thu) Sep 20(Sun) $2239 $1970$509
Sep 17(Thu) Sep 27(Sun) $2259 $1987$539
Sep 24(Thu) Oct 04(Sun) $2289 $2014$559
Oct 08(Thu) Oct 18(Sun) $2239 $1970$509
Oct 15(Thu) Oct 25(Sun) $2239 $1970$509
Oct 22(Thu) Nov 01(Sun) $2239 $1970$509
Oct 29(Thu) Nov 08(Sun) $2159 $1899$509
Nov 05(Thu) Nov 15(Sun) $2159 $1899$509
Nov 12(Thu) Nov 22(Sun) $2149 $1891$499
Nov 19(Thu) Nov 29(Sun) $2079 $1829$459
Dec 09(Wed) Dec 19(Sat) $2069 $1820$459
Dec 23(Wed) Jan 02(Sat) $2069 $1820$459

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Nov 21(Thu) Dec 01(Sun) $2049$429
Dec 08(Sun) Dec 18(Wed) $2009$429
Dec 22(Sun) Jan 01(Wed) $2009 $1908$429

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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