Beijing & Shanghai

BEIJING & SHANGHAI

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  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $1,199
Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on this remarkable journey to China. Reserve by April 10, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Click here to learn about the 10 Day China Sampler (Beijing, Shanghai & Xian)!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • International flight to Beijing
  • 5 nights in Beijing
  • 3 nights in Shanghai
  • International flight to USA

 

  • Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • Great Wall (Beijing)
  • The Bund (Shanghai)
  • Suzhou Excursion (Shanghai)
  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco via Air China (New York departures add $100)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-China flights and all transfers
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • Services of English-speaking tour hosts

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Land + Air 

Tour cost airfare included
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Apr 13 Apr 22

$ 1199

$ 1299

$ 1699

Apr 14* Apr 23

$ 1199

$ 1299

$ 1699

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $249.
NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Add $100 if departing from New York (JFK)
* Note: On April 14 tour, JFK passengers will do reversed sequence (Shanghai to Beijing).
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Trip cancellation and travel insurance are recommended. For complete insurance information, click here

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating sojourn to China begins as you depart San Francisco or New York today.
Day 2
Arrive Beijing.
Evening arrival in Beijing, China’s historic and cultural capital. You’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your upscale hotel located in a vibrant area in central Beijing, within short driving distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms, several restaurants and a fitness center. Penta Hotel.
Days 3-6

Beijing.
Meet your fellow travelers at a special “orientation breakfast” hosted by your local guide. You’ll have several days to explore on your own. Your hotel is conveniently located within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Your professional guide will be glad to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently. To make the most of your visit and enrich your experience, your guide will offer you a chance to join some exclusive excursions to the city’s highlights as well as memorable evening activities. (B)

Day 7
Beijing/Shanghai.
Today, board a short flight to Shanghai, China’s largest city, bustling commercial center and port. In recent years, Shanghai has gone through a major revitalization and is now considered one of Asia’s most vibrant and exciting cities. Transfer to your upscale, conveniently located hotel. It offers well-appointed rooms, several restaurants and a fitness center. Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel. (B) 
Days 8-9

Shanghai.
Two full days to savor Shanghai’s exotic temples and colorful markets as well the modern additions to the cityscape. Your local guide will offer an optional full day city tour to explore the new and the old. You may also wish to take in a performance of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. While in Shanghai, do not miss the optional excursion to Suzhou, called “Venice of the East” by the explorer Marco Polo. (B)

 

Day 10
Shanghai/USA.
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport and bid farewell to China as you board your return flight. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive the USA later today. (B) 

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your China visit more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. You’ll need to decide while in Beijing which of these tours you want to participate in and pay for. Payment should be made by cash (U.S. dollars).  You may also pay with credit card (Visa or Mastercard only!).  Please note that if you wish to use credit card, 4% service charge will be added automatically by the bank to the optional tour prices listed below.  A minimum purchase of $150 (for Beijing & Shanghai tours combined) is required if you wish to use your credit card. Once paid, optional tours are non-refundable.  Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Special Offer: Purchase a minimum of two full-day optional tours available in Beijing from the list below and receive a FREE full day tour to The Forbidden City & Summer Palace with lunch, a $65 value! This offer is per person and non-transferable (the same person must take the two paid optional tours in order to be entitled to the free tour). No substitutions. Tours must be purchased in China through your Beijing tour host.

Days 3-6
Full Day Forbidden City/Summer Palace with Lunch ($65 per person)
Start your day with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square. You then enter the Forbidden City, an architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, venture outside the city to see the Summer Palace, summer resort of the Empress Dowager.

Days 3-6
Full Day Great Wall and Ming Tombs with Lunch ($65 per person)
Embark on an exhilarating full day excursion. First travel to the legendary Great Wall which extends over 3,700 miles and is the only man-made structure visible from the moon. There is time to mount the ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Ming Tombs, burial site of the Ming Dynasty royalty. 


Days 3-6
Full Day Hutong (Old Beijing) & Temple of Heaven with Lunch ($65 per person)
Enjoy an unforgettable look at behind-the-scenes of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You’ll ride on a traditional 3-wheel cycle through the labyrinth comprising this district. Walk along ancient alleyways and see where ordinary citizens live side by side with gracious old estates once owned by Beijing’s old aristocracy. After an included lunch, proceed to the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architectural harmony and precision.

Days 3-6
Half Day Beijing Zoo and Lama Temple ($65 per person)
Enjoy a morning tour of Lama Temple, formerly an imperial palace, later converted to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Then, delight in a visit to the Beijing Zoo where you’ll see the Giant Pandas.

Days 3-6
Evening Kung Fu Performance and Peking Duck Dinner Banquet ($50 per person)
Enjoy an elaborate Chinese Dinner Banquet featuring the famous “Peking Duck”. Following dinner you’ll attend the “Legend of Kung Fu” show, a special stage performance that blends music, martial arts and a moving story. The show highlights the fascinating Chinese martial arts, known as Kung Fu.

Days 3-6
Full Day Xian Excursion with Lunch ($399, airfare included)
Join an unforgettable full day excursion to Xian from Beijing. Morning flight to Xian, the ancient capital of China under eleven dynasties and historic gateway to the old silk-trading route. Upon arrival embark on a guided tour to explore one of the century’s great archaeological discoveries: a buried army of life-size Terra Cotta soldiers and horses guarding the tomb of the emperor Qin Shi. Late afternoon fly back to Beijing and transfer to your hotel.

Days 8-9
Full Day Shanghai City Tour with Lunch ($50 per person)
Start your day with a guided walk amidst the scenic ponds, colorful pavilions and walkways of the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden, a delightful reminder of old Shanghai. You’ll also visit the acclaimed Shanghai Museum displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Conclude the tour with a visit to the colorful Bund, Shanghai’s famous waterfront.

Days 8-9
Shanghai by Night River Cruise ($35 per person)
Enjoy postcard views of Shanghai as you take a 1-hour evening cruise along the Huangpu River. The glittering views along the river as well as those you’ll enjoy while traveling along the Bund to embark the cruise are mesmerizing and offer a true testimony to the unique blend of past and future, east and west that Shanghai offers. Transfers from and back to your hotel are included.

Days 8-9
Full Day Suzhou Excursion with Lunch ($65 per person)
On this most memorable excursion, journey by road to the charming, canal laced Suzhou often called “Paradise on Earth”. Here you embark on a short cruise on the ancient “Grand Canal” and enjoy a walk of the old town followed by a visit to one of Suzhou most famous Chinese gardens. After lunch visit a silk workshop to learn about silk production. Return to Shanghai late this afternoon.

Days 8-9
Shanghai Acrobats Performance and Dinner ($40 per person)
This evening you will delight in seeing a breathtaking performance of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.  Chinese dinner will be included in tonight’s activities.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your departure flights from USA to China and back are via Air China.  You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least   3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure time. Your return flight is scheduled back 10 days later.  Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs, if you are planning a connecting fight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please Note: flight schedules are subject to change.  Current flight schedule is as follows:

                   San Francisco (SFO)             New York (JFK)                                             

Depart:                1:30PM                                           3:30PM     

Return:              12:30PM                                          2:30PM      (except Apr. 14 tour arrives JFK at 10:30AM)

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Air China does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Please note that Air China does not offer any frequent flyer miles for passengers traveling on a group fare.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Travel to China requires a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens require visa to enter China. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Passengers traveling to China need to have individual visas stamped in their passports. To obtain an individual visa for China, please follow one of the following:

  1. If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Chinese Consulate, you will have to apply in person.   Chinese Consulates do not accept mailed-in visa applications.  Please contact the Chinese Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees.
  2. If you do not reside close to a consulate, we suggest that you use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa.  We recommend using CIBT.  Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002
  3. If you do not have access to a computer, and you are not able to apply for your visa in person, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you.  If you plan to use the services of CIBT and have any questions regarding the application please call them directly at 800-406-1523.
  4. We recommend that you apply for the visa in-person or through CIBT, at least 45-50 days before your scheduled departure to China. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!

PLEASE NOTE:  An invitation letter addressed to the Chinese Consulate will be e-mailed to you approximately 50 days prior to your departure date.  This invitation letter will include the addresses and telephone numbers of the hotels and land operator in China.  You will need to print this invitation and present it with your China visa application.  When you send us your final payment, please make sure you provide us with your correct e-mail address on your tour registration form.  Also please note that visa procedures may change at any time.  You should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS 

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

Weather in Beijing is similar to that of the Northeastern USA.  You may expect day time high temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s in April, 40’s and 50’s in March and November and 30’s’and 40’s in December, January, February. Shanghai temperatures are about 5-10 degrees warmer than Beijing. Evening temperatures are cooler. Formal or evening attire is not necessary.

OPTIONAL TOURS

To enhance your China visit, you will be offered several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. You’ll need to decide while in Beijing which of these tours you want to participate in and pay for through your local tour host. For any questions regarding the optional tours you may contact by email: ChinaOptionalTours@hotmail.com

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15 – $20 per meal per person.  Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.  It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

 BAGGAGE 

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18” x 10” x 8”.  We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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Beijing/Shanghai Tour

Apr 07, 2014 by Carol Hasbrouck

We just came back from a wonderful trip to Beijing and Shanghai China purchased through SmarTours. We never used SmarTours before and we were a little apprehensive. We flew from San Francisco to Beijing and were met by our SmarTours leader Michael who spoke very good English. The transfer to the hotel was smooth and we received our room key before leaving the bus. We were given an updated itinerary and were able to purchase excursions the first night. Everything in Beijing went very smooth. Michael was very informative and patient. We flew to Shanghai and was met by Alli who also spoke fluent English. We travelled to our hotel and that evening went to a acrobatic show and peking duck dinner.
The excursions purchased from SmarTours were superior. You got more than your money\'s worth and when they say \"full-day\" it truly is a full day. You are usually gone from 8a-5p with many activities in one day.
The Penta Hotel in Beijing and the Holiday Inn in Shanghai were wonderful. Very clean, modern and centrally located.
We went with 2 other couples and the 6 of us were more than satisfied with every aspect of our trip. I highly recommend SmarTours and we will be looking for another vacation with them.


smarTours , USA 5.0 5.0 1 1 We just came back from a wonderful trip to Beijing and Shanghai China purchased through SmarTours. We never used SmarTours before and we were a little apprehensive. We flew from

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