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Warriors & Dragons

8 days  |  Beijing to Shanghai  |  from USD $1,899  |   Guaranteed Departure 

FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA: Take your little warriors on a Chinese Adventure. Climb the Great Wall, see giant pandas, walk with the ever marching terracotta army in Xi’an and discover modern Shanghai.

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Day 1

Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. A symbol of total Chinese genius, the Great Wall is a cultural icon. At least 20 dynasties were involved in its construction. Stretching some 6700 kilometres, we walk along just a small chunk of this massive masterpiece of human endeavour.

Afterwards we enjoy lunch and visit cloisonne workshop, viewing the step-by-step process of this curious, yet quite beautiful art form. Tonight, we attend a Chinese acrobatic performance.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Beijing - Xi’an. Tiananmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home of the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Dominating the city centre is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city.

Later we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. After a break for lunch we travel to the Silk Alley markets for a spot of shopping before boarding the overnight sleeper train (4 berth soft sleeper cabin) to Xi’an.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Arrive Xi’an, hotel check in and free morning. Today we visit one of the 20th century's greatest finds - the Terracotta Warriors! Comprising of more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand in military formation in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, no two faces are alike.We also visit a workshop where warrior figurines are made.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xi’an - Shanghai. Early this morning we depart on an excursion by road to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre, a shelter for ill or injured Giant Pandas in the region (approx 2 hrs drive from Xi’an). With an estimate of less than 2000 Giant Pandas remaining on the planet, the species is one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Of the Pandas remaining in China only 239 live in captivity. The Panda’s at Shaanxi will be released into one of the 40 designated Panda reserves once in full health.

Encircling Xi’an’s old city is the 15km in length and 6 metres wide medieval wall. This afternoon we’ll take a leisurely bicycle ride along the wall (solo or tandem). Looking down offers delightful views of the city hubbub and daily life. Afterwards we spend some time in the down town area, giving an opportunity to enjoy a western meal if you choose before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Good morning Shanghai! Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. Spend the morning at leisure and later this afternoon we take a drive along the Bund and through old Shanghai before departing on a sunset cruise along the Huangpu River with dinner afterward
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Today offers free time to independently explore. Perhaps visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, French Quarter or take a more interactive approach and discover Shanghai’s Science and Technology Museum with IMAX 3D, IWERKS 4D and space theatres, it’s a top spot for kids!
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Saturday. It's time to take your little Warriors or Dragons home. Our tour concludes after breakfast, hotel check out is at 12 noon and included departure transfer to the airport. Happy Travels!
Breakfast

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, Hutong areas of Beijing, Cloisonne Factory and Chinese Acrobatic Show
XI'AN- UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Xi'an city wall bike ride.
BADALING - UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
SHANGHAI - The Bund and Old Shanghai, cruise on Huangpu River and free time

Included

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Rickshaw ride through Beijing's Hutongs
Excursion to Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre to see Gaint Panda and other animals
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
Tour leader escorted for groups of 6 or more
All relevant transfers and transportation
5 nights 3-4 star hotels
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Xi'an, Shanghai
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Maximum group size - 20 persons

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $65-70 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: Adult $50-55- USD/ Child $30-35 USD

We have loved our "on the go tour". It has been just right for our family in all aspects. I especially want to comment on Feng-out tour guide. She has been most professional, caring, friendly and has gone out of her way to make sure our tour has been fantastic for both adults and children.

Jessica Green

Tour guide was friendly, informative and helped create a fun, exciting atmosphere. We felt very comfortable and trusted her judgements. She made the tour extremely enjoyable.

Scott Billsborough

Pass on our group's thanks and praise to Feng. She has been an excellent leader and we will never forget her.

Julia Brand

The itinerary organised by on the go was very good, but with an excellent guide it comes alive. Feng, our guide was fantastic. Benny in Xian was also very good. This type of tour as organised by on the go is a good concept.

Alan Brand

We have had a fabulous holiday and will remember it forever. Our tour guide, fenf, was amazing, helpful and very friendly. A ++++

Thank you so much

Sophie Green

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 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 provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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This tour is for families with children aged 5 years and above.

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: 7, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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Hong Kong Express
USD $479 / 1 day
Suzhou
USD $699 / 3 days
Datong
USD $799 / 4 days

We have loved our "on the go tour". It has been just right for our family in all aspects. I especially want to comment on Feng-out tour guide. She has been most professional, caring, friendly and has gone out of her way to make sure our tour has been fantastic for both adults and children.

Jessica Green
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