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)
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
Tiananmen Square
Take a walk around the Tiananmen Square
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (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. Finally you will be transferred to a famous local market in the city for a short visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Mutianyu Great Wall
Marvel at the grandeur of the Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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, take a short stop over the unique Bird's Nest, and you can take photos for memorizing.

After a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), an amusing Hutong tour with rickshaw and the activity of traditional Chinese Paper-cutting will be arranged.

Then 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
Hutong tour
Experience a rickshaw tour through Hutong Alleys
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)
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.
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Warriors
Local family visit
Enjoy home-cooked meal at a local family visit
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)
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
Mount Taishan, Tai'an
Taishan Mountain
Confucius Temple, Qufu
Confucius Temple, Qufu
Day 8 Tai'an - Qufu
Drive to Qufu, Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion, Cemetery of Confucius. (B+L)
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: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
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)
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
Yu Garden, Shanghai
Visit the graceful Yu Garden
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 CNY100 to Hongqiao airport or CNY200 to Pudong airport depending on your schedule. The car ride would take about 1 hour or 1.5 hours 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!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Mar 31, 2020, 10% off - book by Apr 30, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar 26(Thu)Apr 05(Sun)$2119 $1864$489
Apr 02(Thu)Apr 12(Sun)$2249 $1979$509
Apr 09(Thu)Apr 19(Sun)$2249 $1979$509
Apr 16(Thu)Apr 26(Sun)$2249 $1979$509
Apr 23(Thu)May 03(Sun)$2269 $1996$529
May 07(Thu)May 17(Sun)$2249 $1979$509
May 14(Thu)May 24(Sun)$2249 $1979$509
May 21(Thu)May 31(Sun)$2249 $1979$509
May 28(Thu)Jun 07(Sun)$2229 $1961$489
Jun 04(Thu)Jun 14(Sun)$2229 $1961$489
Jun 11(Thu)Jun 21(Sun)$2229 $1961$489
Jun 18(Thu)Jun 28(Sun)$2229 $1961$489
Jun 25(Thu)Jul 05(Sun)$2229 $1961$489
Jul 02(Thu)Jul 12(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Jul 09(Thu)Jul 19(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Jul 16(Thu)Jul 26(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Jul 23(Thu)Aug 02(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Jul 30(Thu)Aug 09(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Aug 06(Thu)Aug 16(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Aug 13(Thu)Aug 23(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Aug 20(Thu)Aug 30(Sun)$2259 $1987$489
Aug 27(Thu)Sep 06(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
Sep 03(Thu)Sep 13(Sun)$2299 $2023$549
Sep 10(Thu)Sep 20(Sun)$2279 $2005$529
Sep 17(Thu)Sep 27(Sun)$2299 $2023$549
Sep 24(Thu)Oct 04(Sun)$2329 $2049$579
Oct 08(Thu)Oct 18(Sun)$2279 $2005$529
Oct 15(Thu)Oct 25(Sun)$2279 $2005$529
Oct 22(Thu)Nov 01(Sun)$2279 $2005$529
Oct 29(Thu)Nov 08(Sun)$2199 $1935$529
Nov 05(Thu)Nov 15(Sun)$2199 $1935$529
Nov 12(Thu)Nov 22(Sun)$2189 $1926$519
Nov 19(Thu)Nov 29(Sun)$2119 $1864$469
Dec 09(Wed)Dec 19(Sat)$2099 $1847$459
Dec 23(Wed)Jan 02(Sat)$2099 $1847$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
12% off - book by Mar 31, 2020, 10% off - book by Apr 30, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jan 09(Sat)Jan 19(Tue)$2149 $1891$469
Feb 20(Sat)Mar 02(Tue)$2149 $1891$469
Mar 04(Thu)Mar 14(Sun)$2189 $1926$499
Mar 11(Thu)Mar 21(Sun)$2189 $1926$499
Mar 25(Thu)Apr 04(Sun)$2189 $1926$499
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 11(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 18(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 25(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
Apr 22(Thu)May 02(Sun)$2339 $2058$549
May 06(Thu)May 16(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
May 13(Thu)May 23(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
May 20(Thu)May 30(Sun)$2309 $2031$519
May 27(Thu)Jun 06(Sun)$2299 $2023$509
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 13(Sun)$2289 $2014$499
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 20(Sun)$2289 $2014$499
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 27(Sun)$2289 $2014$499
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 04(Sun)$2289 $2014$499
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 11(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 18(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 25(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Jul 22(Thu)Aug 01(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 08(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 15(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 22(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 29(Sun)$2329 $2049$499
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 05(Sun)$2379 $2093$539
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 12(Sun)$2369 $2084$569
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 19(Sun)$2349 $2067$549
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 26(Sun)$2369 $2084$569
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 03(Sun)$2389 $2102$589
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 17(Sun)$2349 $2067$549
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 24(Sun)$2349 $2067$549
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 31(Sun)$2349 $2067$549
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 07(Sun)$2259 $1987$549
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 14(Sun)$2259 $1987$549
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 21(Sun)$2249 $1979$539
Nov 20(Sat)Nov 30(Tue)$2189 $1926$479
Dec 04(Sat)Dec 14(Tue)$2159 $1899$469
Dec 23(Thu)Jan 02(Sun)$2159 $1899$469

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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