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Great Wall & Warriors

9 days  |  Beijing to Shanghai  |  from USD $2,149  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Suzhou. Warriors, walls, waterways and wontons. See the sights and taste the delights on our fantastic journey through China - both ancient and modern.

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Day 1

Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing and this evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital's monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally).
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Beijing - Xi’an. Free morning, opt for a walk in the local street market located near our hotel. There are a few unusual breakfast delicacies on offer! Later we visit the Emperor's Summer Palace, set on Kunming Lake and the Silk Alley Markets. After we drive past the 2008 Olympic Stadium commonly referred to as the ‘Bird's Nest’ and Aquatic Centre before boarding our overnight sleeper train (4 berth soft sleeper cabins) to Xi'an
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Arrive Xi’an and hotel check in. Later we tour the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where some 7,000 warriors stand in battle ready position and a factory demonstrating how the warriors are crafted. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Xi’an - Shanghai. Spend the morning at leisure or opt for our early morning excursion to see Pandas at the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre. After we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a bicycle ride along Xi’an medieval City Wall. Dinner is served early this evening prior to boarding the overnight express train bound for Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps, China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. After breakfast at our hotel, we take a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today we take a high speed train journey to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty, a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit a silk workshop
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Sunday. Shanghai. Our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Dragon Boat Festival Departure 13 June 2015

If travelling with us on our Great Wall and Warriors tour departing 13 June 2015, we offer the exciting opportunity to witness Dragon Boat racing in Suzhou.

The annual Dragon Boat Festival held on Jinji Lake (Golden Rooster Lake) is host to more than 100 teams of budding young athletes competing for championship titles. In brightly decorated dragon themed boats, teams of 12 or so oarsmen race to the rhythm of the drum and the helmsman's chant. The festival also offers live entertainment, dancing and cultural performances, a craft market, food fair and a number of other sporting events that seem to have been inspired by the game show 'It's a Knockout'!

If travelling on our 13 June 2015 tour, arrangements of day 8 has been altered to allow us to spend a morning at the festival. A small tour supplement applies. Please see our to Go Guide for more info.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Rainbow Hotel, Beijing
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Rainbow is a contemporary hotel accented by the colours of traditional Chinese folk art culture. The spacious guestrooms display character of the Ming and Qing dynasties with beautiful wooden furniture whilst providing modern amenities fit for international travellers. The hotel also has a restaurant, cafe and bar.

Train - 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, Beijing
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

Soft sleeper cabins are private compartments which have four bunks - two upper and two lower. A door separates the compartment from the aisle and bedding and pillows are provided. Each bunk is equipped with a small reading lamp. Temperature controls are installed alongside the door. Generally, the facilities include a clothes rack, slippers, clothes brush, stainless steel thermos, fine porcelain teacup, a waste bin and wall socket.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light, good sized rooms. Elegantly decorated, the rooms also boast modern amenities and the hotel has a wealth of facilities including an indoor pool and sauna house, a cafe and bar, and well-equipped business centre.

Shanghai Paradise Hotel, Shanghai
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Paradise is a smart, modern hotel with comfortable and good-sized rooms with internet access. Facilities include elegant restaurants serving Shanghai cuisine and French food, a well-equipped business centre and fitness centre.

Trip Highlights

BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, UNESCO listed Emperor's Summer Palace, Silk Alley markets, Cloisonne Factory, Hutong area of Beijing, Chinese Acrobatic Show
XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride.
SUZHOU - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Humble Administrator’s Garden
BADALING - UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
SHANGHAI - Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu River skyline of Pudong City

Included

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners including a Peking Duck dinner.
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 9
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou
Rickshaw ride through Beijings' Hutongs
Shanghai - Huangpu River cruise
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $120-125 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $55-60 USD

Exceptional, well organised, not a single fault

Kathiravelu Gangakumaran

Tour:

Great introduction to china. In 9 days. All major sights included, plenty of free time too . Nice group number of 9. Really enjoyable

Tour guides:

Stephanie our tour guide was great.her friendly face at the airport on arrival was really welcomed! We were fully informed of the itinerary and she was really informative and fun.

Local guide benny in x'ain was equally great-we were fully escorted and looked after .

Tony the local guide in Shanghai was punctual and reliable.

Hotels:

Beijing hotel : good points: excellent location

Bad points: filthy room, hard beds, terrible breakfast, staff spoke no English.

X'ain : great hotel, nice staff soft beds!!!

Shanghai: even better hotel, close to underground, lovely breakfast, great room softer beds nice hotel staff - great hotel.

Sleeper trains great fun although two journeys within few day quite tough going.

Food- the restaurants we went to during the day, the food was horrid- often cold. Although appreciated the difficulties to cater at tourist spots

Transport: great and reliable

Itinerary: brilliant

Alison Sallis

Feng was an excellent tour guide she was friendly, informative and very helpful. The tour was very well organised and we had an amazing holiday,. We would highly recommend 'On The Go Tours' to anyone wanting to travel on a tour and we would not hesitate to book any future tours with 'On The Go'

Justine Eardley

Justin went above and beyond to ensure all members of the group had a great time. He dealt with everything in a great way and made the whole trip stress-free and gave us an amazing experience in China.

Michael Latham

This tour was fantastic value for money. Justin and our other guides Benni and Jackie were phenomenal.

Darcy Daley

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Dragon Boat Festival taking place on Jinji Lake, Suzhou. Note: A small supplement applies. Please refer to the Dragon Boat Festival tour on our website for more details.
Dragon Boat Festival
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Supplementary Prices

 
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USD $850
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $70
Shanghai - Post-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $70
Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
Tour Bolt-ons
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USD $145
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USD $3,899 / 5 days
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USD $479 / 1 day
Kunming
USD $529 / 3 days
Yellow Mountain
USD $1,269 / 5 days

Exceptional, well organised, not a single fault

Kathiravelu Gangakumaran
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