2020: Essential China (IAC)
9 days from Beijing to Shanghai
According to a Chinese proverb, 'It is better to travel ten-thousand miles than to read ten-thousand books.' At Monograms, we couldn't agree more! That's why we've made it easy for you to travel to China. In fact, we've handled all of the details, so you won't have to sweat the details! On this 9-day vacation, we've arranged your choice of hotel accommodations, daily breakfast (plus 3 lunches), private guided sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for your intra-vacation flights. Plus, we have arranged for you to have a Local Host-someone who will answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly-in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai.Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Beijing, where we can escort you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and help you personalize your stay. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel for a private guided excursion with a local expert to the Great Wall of China. You'll have the opportunity to walk along the wall and see amazing views, as well as capture some fantastic photos. The next day, we will pick you up at your hotel for half-day private guided sightseeing in the city, including Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace, once the home of China's great emperors. Hear the inside stories and little-known facts only a local can share.Then, you're off to Xi'an. You'll probably think that nothing can beat seeing the Great Wall of China, but wait until you see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an! Discovered accidentally in 1974, construction on the roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses started in 210 BC-all to help China's first emperor in the afterlife. Your private guided tour with a local expert in Xi'an includes the Terracotta Warriors as well as the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD.Finally, you will travel to Shanghai, where we have arranged two half-day private guided tours with a local expert. The first tour includes a visit to Yu Yuan Gardens, classical Chinese gardens dating back to the Ming Dynasty, followed by a traditional xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) feast. The second tour includes the Shanghai Museum and a walking tour of the former French Concession, where remnants of a bygone era remain, including the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre. The inside visits on your Monograms vacation include VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines! Why wait in line with all the other tourists when you can be up close and personal with the attractions? And did we mention we've included a noodle-making demonstration by a master chef in Xi'an? You'll have the opportunity to learn how to make Chinese noodles by hand. Between the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, the hotels we've booked, and the transfers we've included, all you have to do is get out there and enjoy yourself! Add the time and hassles saved by not having to figure out what to do, where to go, and how to get from place to place-not to mention the comfort of having local experts with you throughout your vacation-and you have a perfect vacation!
|Offer valid through 3/31/2020|
|Day 1||Beijing||Welcome to China! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.|
|Day 2||Beijing||This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the Great Wall of China, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Walk along the wall and take in the stunning views of this mammoth fortress and the surrounding scenery. Return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 3||Beijing||Begin your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, stop at the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest palace complex. Once the home of China's great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)NOTE:The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. In these instances, sightseeing on days 2 & 3 will be reversed. |
|Day 4||Xi'an||Fly to Xi'an, an archaeological treasure trove in central China. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)|
|Day 5||Xi'an||Rare discoveries await on your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of Xi'an. Start with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Afterward, visit the enormous tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef, and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Last stop is Xi'an's ancient CITY WALL. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 6||Shanghai||Fly to Shanghai, China's center of trade and industry. (B)|
|Day 7||Shanghai||Today, explore the highlights of Shanghai on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. First, visit the bustling YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city's riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai's most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 8||Shanghai||This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai's leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure-from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)|
|Day 9||Shanghai||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at a reduction.2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2020.
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Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Monograms to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Monograms menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
Booking your Vacation with Air
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