China Tour from Chicago

SG04-INTL: 17 Days Small Group Tour of Chicago - Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai - Chicago
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures, all-inclusive
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights at nice 5-star & 4-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 15 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure -Pandas
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Day 1 Flying from Chicago
Today, you will take a flight to Beijing on your own and the air ticket will be prepared for you ahead of time. The transfer to the airport is also on your side. About 2 direct flights are operated from Chicago to Beijing every day.
Day 2 Arrival in Beijing
You will arrive in Beijing after about 14 hours' flying. On arrival, our guide will meet you at Beijing Airport and then the driver will transfer you to a luxury hotel. You can alleviate fatigue at the hotel for the coming China tour from Chicago.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 3 Beijing
Our clients at the Forbidden City
Our clients at the Forbidden City
Your China tour from America starts with Tiananmen Square which is one of the landmarks of the city. The next stop is Forbidden City, the royal palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). At noon, an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) with authentic Chinese food and well-known Peking Roast Duck is specially prepared for you.

In the afternoon, we will head to the Temple of Heaven, where emperors worshiped the heaven and gods for good harvest in ancient times. After that, enjoy a fantastic Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 4 Beijing
Today’s highlight definitely is the Mutianyu Great Wall, at which we will ascend and descend by cable car. The winding wall stretches along the steep mountains and features dense watch towers. The red wine will be offered for celebrating your Great Wall trip. We do not arrange lunch today since the restaurants nearby are not very good; you are suggested to take some fast food by yourself.

Drive back to the city in the afternoon. Then an exploration at a local market will bring you a lot of fun.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Beijing - Xi'an
Today's first stop is the Summer Palace, which served as a summer resort for the royal families and takes the first place among Chinese classic gardens. The unique design, elegant buildings and the vast Kunming Lake will catch your eyes. Then have a photo stop at the National Stadium (the Bird's Nest) and view its distinctive appearance from a distance.

At noon, an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be prepared and we will then head to the old Hutongs where you can experience a rickshaw tour and have a dive into Beijing culture. Also, you can try the Chinese Paper Cutting with your own hands. After that, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. Our local guide will pick you up at Xi'an airport and drive you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 6 Xi'an
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
As your China tour from Chicago comes to Xi’an, we won’t miss the most well-known Terracotta Army. After breakfast, we are going to appreciate the grand clay army and other relics unearthed from the Mausoleum of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang. After that, a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged at a local family. The hospitable hostess will invite you to join in the Chinese cooking class for free, if you are interested.

In the afternoon, proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. In the evening, a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be arranged and you can enjoy a delicious dumpling dinner at the same time.

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

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Day 7 Xi'an
Cycling on the Xi'an City Wall
Cycling on the Xi'an City Wall
Today's itinerary starts with the City Wall Park, where you can learn the traditional Chinese martial art Tai Chi from a master. Then we will ascend the ancient City Wall and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Cycling around the City Wall is also interesting. You can experience it and pay the rent on the spot. At noon, enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). After lunch, we will pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum and the Great Mosque. The Great Mosque is on the Muslim Quarter, where you can taste a lot of local snacks.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 8 Xi'an - Guilin
Today, your China tour from Chicago will come to Guilin, a city boasting varied natural scenery. After arrival by morning flight to Guilin, our tour guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the Reed Flute Cave, a karst cave containing a large number of exquisite stalagmites, stone pillars and stone flowers; then the Elephant Trunk Hill. After visiting, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel
Day 9 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise
Li River cruise
After breakfast, we will board a cruise to appreciate the landscape along the Li River, which is definitely a highlight of your China tour from the U.S. The green mountains scattered along the river form a landscape painting. After about 4 hours' cruise, we will disembark at Yangshuo. Then move forward to the famous West Street filled with boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Afterwards, we will pay a short visit to a local peasant house and experience the rural life. Then we will drive back to Guilin to stay overnight.

Tips: Unfortunately the lunch on the cruise is the simple Chinese lunch box, which is not up to the standard that we would like. So we recommend you take a hearty breakfast at the hotel in the morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Guilin - Chengdu
Today, you will take a morning flight to pandas' hometown, Chengdu. Our guide in Chengdu will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be freely spent by yourself and our guide will be willing to offer you some good suggestions.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 11 Chengdu
Plump pandas
Plump pandas
Today's itinerary starts with the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The cute pandas will surely add fun to your journey. The next stop is Broad and Narrow Alleys, where gather a lot of stores, tea houses and restaurants and you can taste some authentic local snacks and food as lunch.

After lunch, we will head to the Jinsha Site Museum, where you can explore the ancient Shu civilization with the history of 3,000 years. Then move to the Renmin Park, a good place to have a cup of tea and experience local's life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Chengdu - Chongqing
The whole morning will be left for you to explore the city freely and lunch will be arranged by yourself. After lunch, we will drive you to the railway station to take a 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing. Our local guide will meet you at Chongqing Railway Station. After a short visit to the Jiefangbei CBD at the city center, we will continue to Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village, where you can have a dinner by yourself. Then, our guide will send you to embark a 5-star Yangtze cruise ship to start your Yangtze River cruise at about 21:30.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: Century Diamond with balcony
Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise
You can enjoy the scenery along the Yangtze River today and the cruise will arrive at Fengdu around 08:30. Go ashore to visit the Ghost City. Featuring its unique culture of ghosts and the afterlife, the Fengdu City is famed as the City of Ghost to most Chinese people. After visiting, return back to the cruise ship. You will be invited to the Captain's Welcome Party this evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise
Today, the ship will pass through the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, which is the most essential part of the Yangtze River Cruise. The cruise guide will make a formal presentation onboard to tell you more about the Three Gorges. Prepare your camera and try to capture the majestic sceneries. After lunch, we will have an excursion to the Shennv Stream on a sampan and the short trip lasts about 3 to 4 hours. Then get back to the cruise and the ship continues to sail to the Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 Yichang - Shanghai
The Yangtze River Cruise will come to Yichang today and we will appreciate the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest hydro-electric project of the world. Before the visit, pack your luggage for disembarking. Finish visiting, you will be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center where our local guide will pick you up and take you to the railway station for a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, the guide in Shanghai will meet you at the railway station and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 16 Shanghai
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
Our first stop is the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 culture relics, which ranks top among all museums in China. Then we will head to the Yu Garden, whose intricate layout, exquisite pavilions and artificial hills will leave you a deep impression. After that, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served for you.

In the afternoon, we will continue to visit the Former French Concession and the Bund. As one of the most remarkable sights in Shanghai, the Bund features varied elegant buildings with different architectural styles. Afterwards, take a one-hour cruise along the Huangpu River and then you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 17 Shanghai - Chicago
Today, your China tour from Chicago is over. You will need to go to the airport on your own for your homeward flight. From Shanghai to Chicago, one direct flight is available on Tuesday and Thursday and two direct flights on the other days of the week. Hope you have a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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
Start DateFinish DateLand Only
(No Intl Air)
(From ORD)
Single Room
Apr 21(Wed)May 07(Fri)$3639$4739$1179
May 05(Wed)May 21(Fri)$3639$5139$1179
May 12(Wed)May 28(Fri)$3639$5139$1179
May 19(Wed)Jun 04(Fri)$3639$5139$1169
May 26(Wed)Jun 11(Fri)$3589 $3409$5289 $5109$1169
Jun 02(Wed)Jun 18(Fri)$3579 $3400$5279 $5100$1109
Jun 09(Wed)Jun 25(Fri)$3579 $3400$5379 $5200$1109
Jun 16(Wed)Jul 02(Fri)$3579 $3400$5379 $5200$1109
Jun 23(Wed)Jul 09(Fri)$3579 $3221$5379 $5021$1109
Jun 30(Wed)Jul 16(Fri)$3619 $3257$5019 $4657$1109
Jul 07(Wed)Jul 23(Fri)$3619 $3257$5019 $4657$1109
Jul 14(Wed)Jul 30(Fri)$3619 $3257$5119 $4757$1109
Jul 21(Wed)Aug 06(Fri)$3619 $3257$5119 $4757$1109
Jul 28(Wed)Aug 13(Fri)$3619 $3257$5119 $4757$1109
Aug 04(Wed)Aug 20(Fri)$3619 $3257$4919 $4557$1109
Aug 11(Wed)Aug 27(Fri)$3619 $3257$4919 $4557$1109
Aug 18(Wed)Sep 03(Fri)$3619 $3257$4919 $4557$1119
Aug 25(Wed)Sep 10(Fri)$3669 $3302$4669 $4302$1169
Sep 01(Wed)Sep 17(Fri)$3659 $3293$4659 $4293$1199
Sep 08(Wed)Sep 24(Fri)$3659 $3293$4659 $4293$1199
Sep 15(Wed)Oct 01(Fri)$3659 $3293$4659 $4293$1199
Sep 22(Wed)Oct 08(Fri)$3659 $3293$4659 $4293$1199
Oct 06(Wed)Oct 22(Fri)$3659 $3293$4659 $4293$1199
Oct 13(Wed)Oct 29(Fri)$3659 $3293$4659 $4293$1199
Oct 20(Wed)Nov 05(Fri)$3629 $3266$4629 $4266$1199
Oct 27(Wed)Nov 12(Fri)$3469 $3122$4469 $4122$1159
Nov 03(Wed)Nov 19(Fri)$3469 $3122$4469 $4122$1159
Nov 10(Wed)Nov 26(Fri)$3449 $3104$4449 $4104$1139

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount of land tour. International airfare does not enjoy discount.

Price Includes
  • China domestic airfares & train fares
  • Round-trip airfare from Chicago (ORD)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • Land only package excludes international airfare
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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