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Hidden China (Boutique Journey)

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Summary
Dining
Sightseeing
Inclusions
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Modern and mystical; hurried and stately; electric and serene. China is a nation of contrasts, which will be revealed to you in this Hidden China adventure, an experience that will prove both epic and sublime. UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound, from the Terra Cotta Warriors to the Forbidden City to the gigantic and impervious Great Wall to the ancient and amazingly intact town of Pingyao. Small pleasures await as well: nibbles of dumplings, walks along Shanghai’s Art Deco Bund, a rickshaw ride in the historic alleyways of Beijing, a visit to a Chinese family to learn the about the art of calligraphy—and of conversing with people from a land so foreign, yet so accessible.

Inclusions
  • Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-11
  • All internal air flights: Taiyuan-Xi'an, Xi'an-Shanghai
  • First-class transportation aboard the high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 10 breakfasts; 8 lunches; 6 dinners, including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall
  • Reception at the top floor of the Crown Plaza in Xi'an
  • Services of an English-speaking local travel expert
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Dining

Brendan Vacations provides the following meals on this itinerary: 10 breakfasts; 8 lunches; 6 dinners, including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall

Sightseeing

As with all our vacations, this itinerary features specially-organized sightseeing and first-hand experiences throughout. Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, in private, air-conditioned vehicles

Vacation Highlights
Vacation Code: R60213
Vacation Style: Guided Vacations
Type of Traveler: Cultural, Luxury, Small Group
Vacation Pace: 3
The Vacation Pace is the pace the vacation moves from a scale of 1 to 5. One being the slowest, five being the fastest-moving.
Operated By: Brendan Vacations
Discounts Available: A variety of discounts are available for this itinerary, including: Triple Room Reduction: $60; Young Traveler Discount: $348. Please check our savings page for all other available discounts.

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$ 3,876. 00 pp
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* Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room.

Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Taiyuan-Xi'an and Xi'an-Shanghai. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary's start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Single Room Supplement: $1,155-$1,253

*Vacations marked as Guaranteed Departures are 100% certain to operate.

Departs On Returns On Land Price Guaranteed Departures* Discounts* Availability
Fri, Nov 01, 2013 Mon, Nov 11, 2013 $3,930.00 Book Now Book Now
Additional Information:

* Per person prices are based on two people sharing a room.

Land & internal air prices above include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Taiyuan-Xi'an and Xi'an-Shanghai. Prices are accurate as of Jul 30, 2012.

International airfare between your U.S. gateway city and the itinerary's start and end cities is not included in the prices above. Brendan Vacations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

NOTE: Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Single Room Supplement: $1,155-$1,253

*Vacations marked as Guaranteed Departures are 100% certain to operate.

Hidden China (Boutique Journey) Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrive in Beijing, China

You will be transferred to your deluxe, centrally located hotel.

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You will be transferred to your deluxe, centrally located hotel.



Dining: None
Hotel Name: Fairmont Hotel Beijing
Class: Deluxe
City: Beijing
DAY 2
Beijing. Forbidden Palace & Tiananmen Square

Visit the Temple of Heaven, an impressive complex of religious buildings, and stop at a pearl wor...

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Visit the Temple of Heaven, an impressive complex of religious buildings, and stop at a pearl workshop before heading to the Forbidden City, the imperial palace that was off limits to the public for 500 years. In addition to seeing the three main halls, you will be granted a special viewing of exquisite antiques and treasures. Explore Tiananmen Square, the third-largest city square in the world. Gather at an award-winning restaurant for a welcome dinner featuring Peking Duck and cheer the chef, who you will have the good fortune to meet.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Fairmont Hotel Beijing
Class: Deluxe
City: Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing. Summer Palace and More

Venture to the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of landscape and architectural design. Pass the Beiji...

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Venture to the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of landscape and architectural design. Pass the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatics Center and see why they are nicknamed the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. Have lunch at a local restaurant and experience a tea ceremony. Then board a rickshaw for a ride through the city’s narrow alleyways, called hutongs, and stop to visit a local family and learn about Chinese calligraphy.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch,
Hotel Name: Fairmont Hotel Beijing
Class: Deluxe
City: Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing / Great Wall - Mutianyo Section

Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lun...

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Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lunch, you’ll be in awe of the work that went into the building of the Great Wall. Appreciate one of the most astonishing feats in human endeavor both with your exciting climb and from your hotel, offering views of the magnificent structure. After your Great Wall climb, head to a nearby village along with a resident ecologist and explore the gardens and fields dedicated to the Slow Food program. Visit a family, then savor a village feast of organic foods grown in the gardens you’ve just viewed – it couldn’t be fresher!

NOTE: For your night at the Great Wall, you will need to pack an overnight bag. Your main luggage will be returned to you on Day 5.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Brickyard Eco Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Class: First Class
City: Great Wall
DAY 5
Great Wall / Beijing / Taiyuan / Pingyao

Take the bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan. On arrival, drive to ancient Pingyao, one of the b...

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Take the bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan. On arrival, drive to ancient Pingyao, one of the best-preserved walled cities of the Ming and Qing dynasties and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel
Class: First Class
City: Pingyao
DAY 6
Pingyao. City Exploration

Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court...

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Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court, known as Yamen. See the amazingly intact ancient city walls, wander through the cobbled lanes on your own, and get a taste of traditional China with samplings of Shanxi vinegar and yellow wine.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel
Class: First Class
City: Pingyao
DAY 7
Pingyao / Taiyuan / Xi’an

Drive to Taiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate showcasing the prosperity brought by ...

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Drive to Taiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate showcasing the prosperity brought by the Silk Route. Later, fly to Xi’an, where you will stop at the Small Goose Pagoda and enjoy special access to the treasure room of the museum, not open to the general public. This evening, enjoy a reception and spectacular views of Xi’an atop its tallest building.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Name: Crown Plaza Xi'an
Class: Deluxe
City: Xi'an
DAY 8
Xi’an. Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on the Terra Cotta Warriors Mu...

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Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, home to the underground battalion of 6,000 life-sized pottery warriors and horses buried with the First Emperor 2,000 years ago. Returning to the city, explore the Muslim Quarter and colorful bazaar. After a brief rest at the hotel, head out for a dumpling dinner and demonstration at a local restaurant. Afterward, you may wish to see the optional Tang Dynasty Show.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Crown Plaza Xi'an
Class: Deluxe
City: Xi'an
DAY 9
Xi’an / Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai and tour the colonial French Concession. Here you will see the old, ivy-covered h...

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Fly to Shanghai and tour the colonial French Concession. Here you will see the old, ivy-covered house that hosted Zhou Enlai, former Premier of China, when he visited Shanghai in 1946. Investigate the area on your own and then survey a unique private collection of ancient shoes, including ones used for foot binding. Check into your Bund-located hotel. Tonight, there’s an optional acrobatic show available.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Name: Les Suites Orient
Class: Superior First Class
City: Shanghai
DAY 10
Shanghai. City Exploration

Walk The Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. Discover Yu ...

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Walk The Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. Discover Yu Garden, reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of the Yangtze, and the Bazaar, packed with traditional and modern shops. The afternoon is free. You may want to visit the Shanghai Museum or venture to Nanjing Road, one of the world’s most interesting shopping streets. Tonight savor a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.



Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel Name: Les Suites Orient
Class: Superior First Class
City: Shanghai
DAY 11
Depart Shanghai

This morning, transfer to the airport where your vacation ends.

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This morning, transfer to the airport where your vacation ends.



Dining: Breakfast
Hotel Name: None
Class: None
City: Shanghai

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