Five-City Tour of China
On this 12-day tour, you’ll get a chance to explore five of China’s most storied cities—Beijing, Xi’an, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. Along the way, you’ll learn about Chinese history and culture on guided sightseeing tours of the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, and Shanghai’s riverfront banking district.
The tour includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (13-hour flight), New York (14-hour flight), or Vancouver (11-hour flight)
- Domestic airfare from Beijing to Xi’an (2-hour flight) and Xi’an to Shanghai (2-hour flight)
- Three nights at Four Points by Sheraton Beijing
- Two nights at Titan Times Hotel in Xi’an
- One night at Grand Metropark Hotel Suzhou
- One night at Crowne Plaza Hangzhou Xanadu Resort
- Three nights at Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel
- Daily buffet breakfast, six lunches, and four dinners
- Sightseeing tours per itinerary with English-speaking guides
- Domestic transportation in an air-conditioned coach
- Bottled mineral water
See the full itinerary here. Please note the itinerary will be backwards for Options 8 and 10; the last cities as listed below will be visited first on these two trips.
Trip Highlights by City
Beijing (Days 2–4)
- Hike along the Great Wall of China at the Ju Yong Pass, a hilly section of the wall with great views of the surrounding countryside.
- Observe giant pandas and other endemic species at the Beijing Zoo.
Xi’an (Days 5–6)
- Visit Xi’an’s ancient city wall, which dates back to the 14th century.
- Take a tour of emperor Qin Shi Huang’s army of terra cotta warriors and horses, built to protect the emperor in the afterlife.
Suzhou (Days 7–8)
- Known as the “Venice of the East,” Suzhou has many ancient canals, stone bridges, and alleyways that you’ll explore as a group.
- Stop at a silk-spinning factory to learn more about China’s long history of using that fabric.
Hangzhou (Day 9)
- A tranquil boat ride brings you to willow-draped islands and the Su Causeway, which was built in 1090 to link the southern and northern mountains.
- Hangzhou is famous for teas that are picked and roasted by hand. You’ll visit a tea village for a chance to sample the city’s famous longjing green tea.
Shanghai (Days 10–12)
- Pick up souvenirs along Nanjing Road and the Old Stone Houses shopping district.
- Spend a few hours browsing ancient bronze works, ceramics, and calligraphy at Shanghai Museum, which houses a collection of more than 120,000 pieces.
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.