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8 Day 5 Star Shanghai to Xian Small Group Tour

8 Day 5 Star Shanghai to Xian Small Group Tour

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
3,825 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
✓ Incredible sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Simatai section of the Great Wall of China, and the incredible Terracotta Warriors
✓ 6 nights in central 5-star accommodation throughout mainland China
✓ 1 night in a feature Inspiring Stay experience overlooking the Great Wall of China
✓ Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 1 dinner
✓ Fully guided by professional English-speaking tour guides throughout mainland China
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ High speed rail tickets from Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Shanghai Equatorial Hotel or Similar

Welcome to Shanghai, the heart of China's economy.

On arrival make your way to your hotel. Your hotel check-in time is scheduled after 3:00pm, should you arrive earlier than this, your hotel is located near Nanjing Road, one of Shanghai’s most popular areas to explore.

At approximately 6:00pm, there will be a group meeting with your tour leader and the opportunity to connect with fellow group participants in the hotel lobby.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
Shanghai Equatorial Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Following breakfast this morning, you'll be taken to explore the Shanghai Museum, a grand institution dedicated to ancient Chinese art. The museum boasts eleven galleries and three exhibition halls, each with its unique treasures.

Our next destination is a leisurely walk along the Huangpu River's Bund area. This iconic waterfront locale offers captivating vistas, especially the futuristic Pudong skyline across the river.

Tonight marks your welcome dinner, a delightful group event that presents a wonderful opportunity to forge new connections.

Optional Tour - Yuyuan Garden Tour
Optional Tour - Huangpu River Cruise at Night

You have the chance to embark on a Huangpu River Cruise, an enchanting journey showcasing Shanghai's landmarks on both riverbanks. These landmarks encompass the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, and the historical Old Harbor commercial centre.

Hotel
Beijing Sunworld Dynasty Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, you will board a high-speed bullet train bound for Beijing, the capital of China. A huge technological achievement, China now has close to 3,000 bullet trains connecting over 500 cities with some trains reaching speeds of 350 km/h. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, traversing a portion of the country's expanse.

On arrival in Beijing you will be transferred to your hotel. Our Beijing accommodation is located in the heart of the city in the vibrant Wangfujing district, walking distance to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. 

Optional Tour - Peking Duck Dinner

Enjoy one of the capital’s finest duck restaurants for a delectable meal of roasted Peking Duck, a popular menu item for the past 600 years and a staple of the royal court. 

Hotel
Beijing Sunworld Dynasty Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you'll embark on a journey to explore Beijing's revered imperial treasures. Begin your adventure at the remarkable Tiananmen Square, a sprawling and majestic public plaza that ranks among the world's largest. From there, proceed to the awe-inspiring Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of this historical marvel, formerly under the dominion of the Ming Dynasty. Engage in an exclusive tour through its expansive array of courtyards and winding passages.

Following lunch, your next stop will be the Lama Temple. Here, you'll encounter captivating influences of Tibetan culture within the heart of Beijing city.

Optional Tour - Summer Palace Tour

The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), in northwest Beijing, is said to be the best-preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China. It is only a short drive of 15 km (10 miles) from central Beijing, but it seems like another world. The Summer Palace was listed as World Heritage in 1998. UNESCO reported that the Summer Palace is "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design".

Hotel
Guesthouse in Gubei Water Town or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning after breakfast, pack your luggage as our destination today is the Simatai section of the Great Wall.

Our Inspiring Stay tonight will be in Gubei Water Town. Regarded as 'Wuzhen in Beijing', Gubei Water Town boasts a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages. The town is characterised by the northern architectural style, and the history and culture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Tonight we will stay in a traditional guest house at the foot of the Great Wall. 

This particular segment of the Great Wall is conserved in its authentic form where you can still feel the true historical atmosphere. Upon reaching the base of the Simatai Great Wall, take some time to explore the renowned Gubei Water Town, an extraordinary gem not commonly found in northern China. We then venture to the Wall itself! Step foot on this incredible structure and imagine yourself manning the fortifications as it winds its way along the ridge line.

Tonight you'll be treated to a magnificent sight as the Great Wall is lit up at night. 

Hotel
Xi’an Grand Park Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Following breakfast, you will be transported to Beijing West Train Station, where you'll board your second bullet train of the trip, this time bound for Xi'an.
Upon reaching Xi'an, you'll be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Tonight, join your guide for an engaging walking tour, strolling through the enchanting streets to reach the vibrant Muslim Food Street. This is a popular locale where locals gather for their evening meals, providing you with an authentic taste of the city's culinary culture.

Hotel
Xi’an Grand Park Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you will be transferred to enjoy the magnificence of the famous Terracotta Warriors, about 1.5 hours’ drive away from downtown Xi’an. Originally four armies were planned, one at each point of the compass, life-size and lifelike. Three have been found and it is assumed the emperor's successors decided enough was enough before the fourth was begun.

The first pit excavated had an estimated 6,000 figures in its one army. The third pit has been opened to the public, which contains the 'command squad' for the entire operation. This is one of China's great tourist attractions, and some people may find the sheer number of visitors rather overpowering.

Enjoy lunch with a local farmer before being transferred back to Xi’an. 

Optional Tour - Xi'an City Wall Tour

Xi'an City Wall, also known as the Fortifications of Xi'an, is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, your China trip comes to an end. At the appropriate time please make your way to the airport or train station for your onward journey.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
  • Incredible sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Simatai section of the Great Wall of China, the incredible Terracotta Warriors
  • 6 nights in central 5-star accommodation throughout mainland China
  • 1 night in a feature Inspiring Stay experience overlooking the Great Wall
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Fully guided by professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • High speed rail tickets from Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an 
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Shanghai - Explore the Shanghai Museum with some 120,000 objects, considered one of the finest collections of art in China 
  • Shanghai - Walk the iconic Bund, a protected historical district in central Shanghai
  • Beijing - Discover the Forbidden City with its expansive array of courtyards and winding passages
  • Beijing - Enter the Lama Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing
  • Gubei - Stay overnight in Gubei, an ancient water city with historic canals. Built at the foot of Simatai Great Wall.
  • Xi’an - Enjoy witnessing the magnificence of the famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi’an - Strolling through the enchanting streets to reach the vibrant Muslim Food Street

Inspiring Sights

  • You may choose to include 1 optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package (options listed under 'Optional Tours').

Inspiring Stays

  • Stay at the foot of the Great Wall of China at the imposing Simatai section in the town of Gubei. Overnight in a comfortable local guesthouse and experience the ancient water city interlaced with canals as it was during the Qing Dynasty.

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

A Visa is required to travel to China. For further information and to apply for your visa, please visit the China Online Visa Application website by clicking here.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $697.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 20

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $141.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $141.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $106.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $106.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Yuyuan Garden Tour (Day 2) - $40 per person
  • Huangpu River Cruise at Night (Day 2) - $29 per person
  • Peking Duck Dinner (Day 3) - $32 per person
  • Summer Palace Tour (Day 4) - $25 per person
  • Xi'an City Wall Tour (Day 7) - $25 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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