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A Close Encounter with Pandas

13-Day Private Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu –Yangtze Cruise – Shanghai
Day 1–3 Beijing
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall Hiking
2h
Day 4-5 Xi'an
  • The Terracotta Army
4h
Day 6-7 Chengdu
  • Pander Keeper Program
2h
Day 8-10 Yangtze cruise
  • Three Gorges
1.5h
Day 11-13 Shanghai
  • Modern skyline
  • Ancient Garden

Highlights

  • Find the hidden halls in the Forbidden City.
  • Explore a less visited section of the Great Wall.
  • Meet the Terracotta Army and make a mini warrior with a local family.
  • Visit the only place in the world where you can feed a giant panda.
  • Enjoy different scenery every day on a relaxing Yangtze River cruise.
  • Experience the charm of old Shanghai during an in-depth Bund visit.
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Tailor Make Your Tour:
  • Your Schedule
  • Your Interests
  • Your Hotel Tastes
From US$3,099 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

Itinerary Details

This 13-day suggested itinerary covers different elements of China: the historical heritage sites, natural scenery, unique culture, and adorable giant pandas. It makes an ideal tour for first-time visitors who are panda fans or those traveling with children.

The itinerary below is only one possibility. Tips to tailor-make your trip are offered as inspiration. Send us details of your preferences and our travel experts will customize this trip to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.

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Day 1Beijing Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrivals hall. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour
  • Worried about jet lag? You may start the tour with a relaxing free day to adjust.
  • If you are feeling energetic, we can fill your first day with activities you enjoy.

Hotel options:
Penta Hotel Beijing
Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Day 2The Forbidden City and Hutong Alleyways
Day 3The Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall
Day 4The Summer Palace and a Flight to Xi'an
Day 5The Terracotta Army and a Traditional Cave Dwelling
Day 6Xi'an City Highlights and a High-Speed Train to Chengdu
Day 7One-Day Panda Keeper Program
Day 8Chengdu Dine and Wine Experience and a High-Speed Train to Chongqing
Day 9Yangtze River Cruise: Shibaozhai
Day 10Yangtze River Cruise: Gorges and Shennong Stream
Day 11The Three Gorges Dam and a Flight to Shanghai
Day 12Shanghai Highlights with Bund Discovery
Day 13Shanghai Departure
CUSTOMIZE THIS TRIP

Our Service Includes

  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Versatile and knowledgeable local guides
  • Your own chauffeur and comfortable vehicle
  • Hand-picked hotels to suit your preferences
  • Hotel buffet breakfasts and local restaurant lunches
  • Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
  • The booking of internal transportation per your preferences
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us yourideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.

1. Extend the Tour

  • Guilin and Yangshuo: add 2-3 days — Li River cruise and idyllic countryside
  • Suzhou and/or Hangzhou: add 1–4 days — water towns, gardens, the Grand Canal, and West Lake
  • Zhangjiajie:add 2–3 days — The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar; karst landscape
  • More destinations: Huangshan, Yunnan and Tibet. Inform us of your interests and we will offer you some recommendations.
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2. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-starhotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.

Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

3. Transportation

China is a huge country, so to make your travel experience more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect your destinations.

China's high-speed rail network is afast-paced way to travel. We recommend taking high-speed trains for journeys of less than 6 hours to interested customers — please tell us if you are one of them.

4. Meals

Lunches at popular local restaurants areincluded for you so you can taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.

Vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free — all your dietary requirements can be taken care of by our experienced private guides. Let us know if you have any of these dietary requirements during your booking.