Tuesday, November 1 to Saturday, November 12, 2016
China - From the Great Wall to the Forbidden City
Join us as we travel tothe three most iconic Chinese cities with sweeping views of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and many other highlights.
Please note: A valid Canadian passport (with 8 months validity and at least 2 blank pages) and a Visa for China is required for this tour. Due to the amount of walking, the tour is not suitable for persons with mobility issues. Please check with our office it you have concerns or questions.
Day 1: Tues., Nov. 1 - Today we fly from Pearson International on our transpacific journey to Beijing. Times and departures to be confirmed as per flight schedule confirmation. (Overnight parking is available at the Tour Office).
Day 2: Wed., Nov. 2 - Upon arrival, late afternoon, we meet our tour guide and transfer to the hotel by tour bus. This evening a welcome dinner awaits us. (D)
Day 3: Thurs., Nov. 3 - This morning we visit the Temple of Heaven and join local residents in practicing Tai Chi and morning exercises in the park. Then, we will take a Hutong tour by rickshaw ride to look around Beijing’s traditional old alleys and visit local residential courtyards. After lunch we visit Tiananmen Square - the largest public city square in the world. Here, you enter The Forbidden City to observe the 250-acre complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens. (B, L & D)
Day 4: Fri., Nov. 4 - This morning we drive 70km northwest from the city of Beijing for a full-day excursion to the Great Wall - the world's longest man-made structure, stretching over 6,352 km. from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west. We will make stops enroute to see one of the largest jade collections and visit the Ming Tombs. On our return we have an opportunity to stop for picture-taking at the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were hosted. This evening we attend a production of the Legend of Kung Fu which combines the elements of kung fu, story-telling, acrobatics, modern dance, and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts. (B, L & D)
Day 5: Sat., Nov. 5 - This morning we visit the Summer Palace, a royal resort during the Qing Dynasty. Enjoy a dragon boat cruise on Kunming Lake followed by a visit to a pearl exhibition. This afternoon we travel to Xi’an – an ancient Chinese capital city for 13 dynasties. (B, L & D)
Day 6: Sun., Nov. 6 - Today, we drive 30km east of the city to visit the excavation site of the Terracotta Army. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. (B, L & D)
Day 7: Mon., Nov. 7- This morning, we fly to Shanghai — a world-class modern metropolitan and then transfer by coach to Suzhou. Visit the Hanshan Temple upon arrival in Suzhou. (B, L & D)
Day 8: Tues., Nov. 8 - Today we visit Suzhou, a 25th-century-old city best known for its traditional Chinese gardens, silk industry and well-preserved Grand Canal. Our day includes stops at the Master of the Nets Garden, a silk spinning mill and an embroidery institute to see the amazing art on silk and a visit a local arts and crafts market. (B, L & D)
Day 9: Wed., Nov. 9 - We have a one-day excursion to the Heaven City, Hangzhou. Today’s schedule includes a boat tour on West Lake, Qinghefang Street and Longjing (Dragon Well) as well as a traditional Tea Tasting House. This evening enjoy the Romantic Show of Songcheng, a symbolic performance of Hangzhou, performed over 1,300 times per year. Since it was created, the show has been performed more than 17,000 times with an audience number of over 50 million. (B, L & D)
Day 10: Thurs., Nov. 10 - Today's sightseeing includes visiting the Yuyuan Garden, Town-God Temple bazaar, Shanghai Museum and The Bund. Invested with nearly $ 10 million created by international masters, the first of its kind in China, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Not only will the audience be amazed by the acrobats' control and precision, they will be enchanted by the world that is created through the use of multimedia, technology, lighting and sound effects, elaborate costumes, original live music and a lot more. (B, L & D)
Day11: Fri., Nov. 11 - Today is free to explore Shanghai on your own or purchase the optional tour on the Shanghai Maglev Train, a high speed magnetic levitation train notable for being the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world. (B)
Day 12: Sat., Nov. 12 - Bid farewell as we transfer to the airport for a return flight home. Our motor coach will be waiting at Pearson Airport to return us to our original point of departure.
Tour includes: transfer to Pearson International Airport in Toronto by motor coach, return flights, departure taxes, airport baggage fees round trip, Hamilton Tours Tour Director, English speaking guide service, 10 nights’ accommodation, hotel taxes, baggage handling for 1 large suitcase each, 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners, attractions and guided tours as listed in the itinerary, Chinese Travel Visa fee and processing & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $4049.00 & Single $4609.00
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required upon booking.
A 2nd deposit of $2000.00 is due on May 1 with the balance due in full by September 8, 2016
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge