Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing after your flight, where we will greet and escort you to your hotel.
Day 2 Beijing (AB, L, SD)
Today you will visit the famous sites of the 2008 Olympic Games, which includes the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, as well as Yonghegong and Beihai Park. In the evening, you will be treated to a famous Peking Duck Welcome Banquet.
The Bird's Nest, Beijing
Day 3 Beijing-Datong (AB, L, D)
Board a morning flight to Datong. After arriving, you will visit the Yungang Grottoes and the Huayan Monastery.
Hanging Monastery, Datong
Day 4 Datong-Pingyao (AB, L, D)
Travel to Pingyao and on the way, visit Hanging Monastery and Wooden Pagoda. The Wooden Pagoda is China's tallest and oldest Buddhist pagoda constructed entirely of wood.
Day 5 Pingyao-Taiyuan (AB, L, D)
Enjoy a city tour of Pingyao, the financial center in Qing Dynasty. You will later visit Risheng Chang Old Bank and Qiao Family's courtyard house followed by a drive to Taiyuan.
Traditional Chinese courtyard, Pingyao
Day 6 Taiyuan-Xian (AB, L, D)
In the early morning, take a Taiyuan city tour before flying to Xian. After arriving at Xian airport, you will be transferred to your hotel where you may enjoy a free evening of exploring.
Day 7 Xian (AB, L, D)
Spend an exciting day visiting the Terracotta Warriors excavation site. Three pits contain over 7,300 warriors, horses and chariots crafted more than 2,000 years ago in honor of China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty Show and a Chinese Dumpling Banquet.
Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Day 8 Xian-Luoyang (AB, L, SD)
Visit the Ancient City Wall and Big Goose Pagoda before driving or taking a train to Luoyang. Have a Luoyang flavor dinner for the evening.
Day 9 Luoyang-Shaolin-Zhengzhou (AB, L, D)
In Luoyang, you will visit Longmen Grottoes and Guan Mausoleum. In the afternoon you will take a drive to Shaolin Temple, best known for its martial arts. Zongyue Temple at Songshang, Talin, and Shaolin Martial Arts School are other sites in Shaolin. You will later travel to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province.
Day 10 Zhengzhou-Shanghai (AB, L)
Board a flight to Shanghai and then check into your hotel. Explore Shanghai by visiting the Yu Yuan Garden, Old Shanghai District, and take a ride up the famous Pearl TV Tower. After lunch enjoy a stroll along Nanjing Road and the Bund.
Day 11 Shanghai (AB)
This is your free day to explore as much of Shanghai as possible.
Day 12 Shanghai (AB)
You have this one last morning in Shanghai before we escort you to the airport.
||This itinerary is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including: weather, airline schedules, cruise itinerary changes, boat changes, etc.