Twelve meals, including eight buffet breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner
All intra-China flights and ground transportation
Maximum of 24 people in the tour group
Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
Below, we’ve outlined some of our favorite trip highlights.
You can check out the full itinerary here. Optional excursions are available for an additional fee.
Days 1–4: Shanghai
An overnight flight takes you to the megalopolis of Shanghai, which has a population almost three times bigger than New York City’s. Your group of up to 24 fellow guests makes their first stop on the tour at the breathtaking Yu Garden, built four centuries ago during the Ming Dynasty. Waterways meander past the garden’s striking rock formations, koi ponds, ornate pavilions, and a massive boulder made entirely of jade. You’ll spend the next two days at leisure, discovering for yourself why Shanghai is known as the “Paris of the East.” You can also opt to take a cruise along Suzhou’s scenic canals. This optional tour costs $85 per person and includes lunch.
Days 5–6: Xi’an
After a brief flight west, you’ll set down in Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities, to visit its primary claim to fame these days—the Terracotta Army, more than 8,000 life-sized stone soldiers dating back to around 250 BC. At night, an optional dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty dance performance is available for an additional $48 per person.
Days 7–10: Beijing, Great Wall
After a morning flight to Beijing, you’ll visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, an enormous imperial palace built during the 15th century. In addition to two days of leisure time, the last leg of the trip includes a tour of the iconic Great Wall—undoubtedly one of the largest construction projects ever attempted. Stretching across thousands of miles, the wall is made up of many separate sections extending through mountains as well as desert regions. On day 9, an optional tour to visit the Hutongs of Beijing and the Temple of Heaven is available for an additional $65 per person, including a provided lunch.
Starting at $1,599, 10-day China tour with airfare
Seven options available, including departures in September-February from Los Angeles (LAX)
Click here to see all options and departure dates.
Note: All options priced per person and valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay an additional $250 fee to travel solo ($350 in September or October). Read about package structures here.
Policies and Fees
For all options, book by: 6/11/13
Cancellation policy & fees: Redemption occurs upon booking with Friendly Planet; no refunds will be issued by Groupon after booking. $300 fee to cancel up to 75 days prior to departure; $600 fee for 74-45 days prior to departure; $1,000 fee for 44-30 days prior to departure; $1,500 fee for 29-10 days prior to departure; fee up to Groupon price for 9 days or less prior to departure.
Promotional value expires Jun 12, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Book by 6/11/13 or promo value expires
Valid only for purchased departure date
Limit 2/person + 2 additional as gifts
Redemption occurs at booking with Friendly Planet; no refunds will be issued by Groupon after booking
$300 fee to cancel up to 75 days prior to departure; $600 fee for 74-45 days prior; $1,000 fee for 44-30 days prior; $1,500 fee for 29-10 days prior; fee up to Groupon price for 9 days or less prior to departure
Must be 8+ to travel; if under 18, must travel with adult 21+
Valid passport required at booking and during travel
All taxes included
Visa fee not included ($170 for residents of CA, AZ, NM & HI; $185 for for residents of all other states).
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By plane: includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) via Air China
A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
Flights from Los Angeles to China take about 13 hours.
Visa fees for residents of CA, AZ, NM & HI are $170; $185 for for residents of all other states.