On this tour through China, you’ll explore some of China’s most famous sites and learn about its ancient and current culture. You’ll start with three nights in Beijing, end with three nights in Shanghai, and spend two nights also in Xi’an. A highlight of this China tour includes a visit to Xi'an, where you’ll discover the Terracotta Warriors. These well-preserved, life-size figures of thousands of warriors, horses, and chariots were created in the 3rd century BC to accompany China’s first emperor into the afterlife. They are nothing short of spectacular! Of course, no tour to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure in the world. Imagine how you’ll feel when you’re standing on this famous site!Other highlights of this China tour include visits to the Shanghai Museum, with a collection of 140,000 relics, some dating back 6,000 years; Beijing's Forbidden City, the home of China’s emperors from 1420 to 1912; and Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, first constructed in 1420 and the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for a good harvest. You’ll enjoy a Peking duck dinnerin Beijing, a walking tour of the Muslim quarter in Xi’an, a visit to a Silk Museum in Shanghai, and more. For the value-minded traveller, this China tour has it all!
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall; Peking Duck welcome dinner.
Sightseeing with Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors, city wall, and a lacquerware factory; walking tour through Muslim quarter.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, and a silk factory.
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.
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ExperiencesFOOD AND DRINK
Savouring the local cuisine, discovering a new flavour, drinking an unknown drop – travel is a feast of moving senses and the world is a smorgasbord. But sometimes food needs introduction – that's where your in-the-know Tour Director is handy and packed with cool connections and the places you need to know. They love sharing their local knowledge and will introduce you to their favourite wine on the Rhine, nudge you towards the ultimate quesadilla in California and decipher the individual plates on an Indian Thali. Some meals are included as part of your Cosmos Tour, others are not, giving you the freedom to discover your own culinary nooks.
Are you a Speedy Gonzales who likes to live it loud and fit in as much as possible? Or do you prefer to stop and smell the flowers? All Cosmos Tours are easy going, but there are different strokes for different folks. To gauge the pace of a trip, check out The Trip Scale. This rates trips from Leisurely to On The Go, depending on the number of overnight stays in each city, included activities and amount of leisure time. Even during On The Go adventures, there will always be time to cool your heels and you'll return home from your holiday refreshed, rejuvenated and alive
- 8 breakfasts (B).
- 4 lunches (L).
- 2 dinners (D).
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ItineraryDAY - 1
Location: BEIJING, CHINA. - Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Location: BEIJING. - Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and to the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the centre of politics. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK. (B,L,D)
Location: BEIJING. - The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles (6437 kilometres) across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. (B,L)
Location: BEIJING-XI'AN. - Today, fly to Xi'an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Location: XI'AN. - One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi'an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with 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. Later, walk along the ancient CITY WALL of Xi'an and visit a CERAMIC and LACQUERWARE factory. (B,L)
Location: XI'AN-SHANGHAI. - This morning, take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Shanghai, China's largest city and centre of trade. (B)
Location: SHANGHAI. - Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style Shikumen buildings. You will also visit a SILK MUSEUM to learn about the silk-making process. This evening is at your leisure. (B,L)
Location: SHANGHAI. - Explore Shanghai at leisure. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the historic water town of Wuzhen, renowned for its Old World charm and picturesque setting. Tonight, join your travelling companions for dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Location: SHANGHAI. - Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)