Terracotta Army, Xian

Classic China

L03: 16 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 5-star Luxury Hotels and Super Deluxe Hotels for your choice
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style, 4 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Take a Li River cruise down to Yangshuo & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & savor the majestic beauty of the Three Gorges
  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
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Summer PalaceRickshaw riding in old HutongsTerracotta Warriors MuseumDragon's Backbone Rice TerracesYangshuo rural sceneryElephant Trunk Hill, GuilinCaptain's welcome partyThe Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the Beijing Airport and get you to hotel by car. After check-in, you will be free to roam on your own.

Meals: No Meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Summer Palace
Our clients at the Summer Palace
Today, you begin your 16 days luxury China itinerary at the Tiananmen Square, the very heart of China and where history is being made. Then you will be guided to the Forbidden City, where the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911) rulers reigned. You will examine treasures here, especially at the Treasure Gallery and Hall of Clocks inside. 

At noon, an a la carte lunch will be served. Then we move on to the Summer Palace which was a royal garden. If weather permitting, we take a boat trip on garden's Kunming Lake, a definite treat. Afterward, we will attend a Kung Fu show in Red Theater. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Sacred Way, Peking Duck Dinner. (B+D)
After breakfast, you will visit Mutianyu Great Wall. The Great Wall was initially a defense system but becoming a national icon. Mutianyu is one of the intact sections. We will use cable car, which is prepaid. The Zhengguan Terrace comprised of three hollow watchtowers is unique. Lunch is omitted, but you do get some choices on advice. 

By afternoon, we will be at the Sacred Way in Ming Tombs among the stone tomb guardians on both sides of the path. And we return to the hotel after the long walk. The longest Sacred Way measures 7 kilometers.

Dinner time, please enjoy Beijing Roast Duck.

Meals: American breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Temple of Heaven with one-hour Tai Chi Class, Hutong Tour, A la carte lunch. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
Rickshaw riding in old Hutongs
We begin with a date at Temple of Heaven, where the emperors made offerings to heavenly gods. A Tai Chi master is scheduled to teach you an hour of basic moves before we commence sightseeing Hutongs by rickshaw. At noon, we will lunch a la carte. 

Right after lunch, you will take a flight for Xian, where upon arrival, our guide in Xian will help you check in at a hotel. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Warriors Museum
Terracotta Warriors Museum
China itinerary 16 days comes to the 5th day. Today's itinerary starts with the famous Terracotta Army of the first emperor in China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 - 210 BC). You come across more than 8,000 pottery warriors and horses in three pits and ancient weapons that withstood the test of time. After that, we serve an a la carte lunch in Huaqing Aegean International Hot Spring Resort. 

After lunch, we will go to the City Wall which is the best of its kind in China. We allow you time to circumvent the City Wall either by bicycle or battery car and the rental has been covered. The next stop is Muslim Quarter where you may taste and feel the real thing.

You get an imperial court dinner with music and dance show in Tang Dynasty Palace before returning to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang dynasty dinner show
Day 6 Xian - Guilin
Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
We rise early with visiting Shaanxi Provincial History Museum which holds more than 380,000 articles from prehistoric times (1.7 million years ago - the 21st century BC) to Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD). This is followed by the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Then we will visit a local family complete with hands on Chinese home-cooking. 

After lunch you will be flying on to Guilin, where you will be met upon arrival and helped to check in at a hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. (B)
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
At daybreak you will be taken to the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng by a private car. We will trace our steps along the terraces in sync with scenery. We may do the same on the observation deck.

You make your own lunch arrangement. Finishing the trip, we will drive back to the hotel in Guilin.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip in Yangshuo, Impression Sanjie Liu. (B+L)
After breakfast, we will set out to Yangshuo on a cruise trip. There are endless stretches of green and towering hills on both sides of Li River. Lunch buffet on the cruise. 

After arriving at Yangshuo, you go to the countryside for the rural scenes. Then check in at a hotel. You pay for dinner as out of pocket expense. At night, you attend Impression Sanjie Liu, an open-air performance with Li River and surrounding hills as background.  

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Yangshuo
Free time for you to relax in Yangshuo. (B)
Yangshuo rural scenery
Yangshuo rural scenery
Today, you will be free to roam about. In this beautiful town, you can choose to get around by bicycle, take part in rafting on Yulong River or stroll in West Street.

If you need personal assistance, please contact us in advance.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 10 Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing
Yangshuo-Guilin transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fly to Chongqing, Airport pick-up, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
After breakfast, we return to Guilin. Today we start with Reed Flute Cave, an underground collection of exquisite stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers. Lunch is an out of pocket expense. You then venture to the Elephant Trunk Hill which, like what its name says, resembles an elephant stretching its trunk in the water.  

Finishing that, you will go to the airport and fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, you will be met and go directly to the New Century Cruise. The cruise ship will start off at 21:30.   

Meals: American breakfast
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin
Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin
You wake up for breakfast on the cruise, passing the natural landscape along the Yangtze River. Today you will disembark and visit the Ghost City of Fengdu. There are various statues of ghosts and devils molded in temples of Ghost city, visitors will wonder at the artisanship of ancient craftsman and the unique style of architecture. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
We continue our cruise through the Qutang Gorge with Mt. Baiyan in the north and Mt. Chijia soaring along the river. Under a fiery sun, the red rocks in Mt. Chijia burn like a raging fire, and the rocks of Mt. Baiyan shine like white salt. Then we will sail through the Wu Gorge. You may chance on its strange peaks surrounded by misty clouds. Later, we will off load to a smaller ship to approach the Shennv Stream with beautiful peaks and rare rocks. This night, you may either participate in the planned activities or quietly stay on the deck. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Captain's welcome party
Captain's welcome party
After breakfast, gather and pack your belongings prior to sightseeing at the Three Gorges Dam Project. You will be at several different locations to view the splendid project. At the end you will meet the local guide who will escort you to the railway station for a bullet train to Shanghai. After about 7.5 hours' train ride, you will arrive at Shanghai and be transferred to the hotel for check in.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 14 Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte lunch, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, Era Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
The first place is Shanghai World Financial Center, 492 meters (1,614 feet) high, which ranks fourth in China. Then we will head to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can see architectural models and panorama model to illustrate the development of Shanghai City. Lunch in Xian Qiang Fang Restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Yuyuan Garden a famous Chinese style classic garden. You may be overwhelmed by its exquisite design, hundreds of plaques and various pavilions, rockeries, ponds. Then we head to the Bund. Here you can compare the modern city on the east and view the western buildings of a bygone era on the west. After a short cruise on Huangpu River, you can enjoy the dinner at your own expense. 

You will attend the Era Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World after dinner.
Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Water Town, Free afternoon. (B)
The Bund
The Bund
We start with the ancient water town Zhujiajiao, right after breakfast. The streets and lanes intersect with the waterways in elegance. There are plenty of distinct bridges and buildings. The lunch is at your own expense and we recommend the local snacks. 

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Shanghai City and you will explore the city with the knowledgeable guide.

Meal: American breakfast
Day 16 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
This concludes your 16 days China tour from Beijing. Our guide will escort you to the airport for your homeward flight. Wish you a nice journey!

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsSuper Deluxe HotelsLuxury Hotels
BeijingThe Peninsula Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
XianSofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian Wyndham Grand Xian South
GuilinShangri-La Hotel - river view roomShangri-La Hotel
YangshuoBanyan Tree Resort - Karst Discovery SuiteGreen Lotus Hotel
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises - deluxe business cabin with balconyNew Century Cruises - with balcony
ShanghaiThe Peninsula Hotel Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Super Deluxe Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$7739 $6965$7359 $6623$6419 $5777
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4739 $4265$4359 $3923$3879 $3491
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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