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China Sampler


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  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $1,799

    Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on these remarkable China tours. Reserve by February 28, 2019 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.


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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your China tour includes
  • International flight to Beijing
  • 3 nights in Beijing
  • 2 nights in Xian
  • 3 nights in Shanghai
  • International flight to USA


  • Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • Great Wall (Beijing)
  • Terra Cotta Soldiers (Xian)
  • The Bund (Shanghai)
  • Suzhou Excursion (Shanghai)
  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco via Air China (Add $129 if departing from NYC, JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-China flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodation at deluxe and first class hotels
  • 12 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing tours as described in itinerary
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)



Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Feb 28 2019

Reserve after
Feb 28 2019





 After Sale

Mar 19 Mar 28 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Apr 9 Apr 18 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499
Apr 23 May 2 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $299.
New York Departures:
Add $129 if departing from New York (JFK)
Business Class Upgrade (International Flights Only):
San Francisco add $2995. New York add $3395.
China visa fee not included
For more information on this China tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
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, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours 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.


Day 1
Depart USA.
Your magical journey with our China tour packages begin this afternoon as you depart on your wide-body jet flight bound for Beijing.
Day 2
Arrive Beijing.
After crossing the International Date Line you arrive late this afternoon in Beijing, China’s lively capital and recent host to Summer Olympics. You’ll be greeted at the airport and travel to your upscale hotel centrally located in downtown Beijing, within easy access to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome briefing. Penta Hotel 
Day 3
A day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration. We suggest an optional ($65) full day excursion with lunch to the Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat and now a lovely park. Here, enjoy a scenic boat ride on peaceful Kunming Lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)
Day 4
On today’s exhilarating included excursion venture outside the city to the legendary Great Wall, which extends nearly 4,000 miles. Time to view and mount the well-preserved ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Ming Tombs, burial site of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. This evening, delight in an optional banquet ($50) featuring the famous “Peking Duck” and attend the famous “Legend of Kung Fu” Show. (B,L)
Day 5
Morning at leisure. You may join an optional excursion ($65) to Beijing’s ancient back alleys (Hutong) by rickshaw and witness the way the Chinese have lived for centuries, and then proceed to the Temple of Heaven. Later today, fly to Xian, ancient capital of China for eleven dynasties and historic gateway to the old silk trading route. Golden Flower Hotel (B)
Day 6
On a guided morning excursion visit one of the world’s most amazing archaeological discoveries: a life-size Terra Cotta Army of soldiers and horses guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi. It was unearthed in 1974 after being buried with the first Qin emperor for 22 centuries! The afternoon is at leisure to discover independently. Your hotel enjoys a superb location and you may wish to explore on foot and visit the intriguing Shanxi Museum to view stone carvings and precious art treasures from the ancient Han and Tang Dynasties. On this evening’s optional outing ($45), savor a delicious dumpling dinner, a local specialty, and delight in a Tang Dynasty spectacular folklore show. (B,L)
Day 7
Today, fly to Shanghai, often described as “Paris of the East”. An intriguing, dynamic city, today’s Shanghai weaves the seaport legacy of its past with impressive new 21st century architecture. Upon arrival, embark on a guided orientation drive and stroll down the Bund, the bustling and exciting waterfront along the Huangpu River. Crowne Plaza Fudan Hotel or Equatorial Hotel (B)
Day 8
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. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may join an optional excursion with lunch ($38) to discover the acclaimed Shanghai Museum displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and artifacts followed by a visit to the famous Jade Buddha Temple which houses exceptional Buddha statues carved of a single piece of white jade. This evening you may join an optional ($45) dinner followed by a mesmerizing acrobatic show. (B)
Day 9
Optional Suzhou Excursion.
A full day at leisure to explore Shanghai as you wish. We recommend an exciting optional ($65) excursion with lunch to the charming, canal laced Suzhou, often called “Paradise on Earth”. Here you embark on a boat ride on the ancient “Grand Canal” and visit two of Suzhou’s most famous gardens as well as other city highlights. Return to Shanghai later this afternoon. This evening join your fellow travelers for an included festive farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 10
Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Your memorable journey of your China Tours come to an end as you arrive back in the U.S. later today. (B)

Check out this video from a smarTours traveler on this trip of a lifetime!

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your China tour packages 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 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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
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.

Day 5
Full-Day Hutong (Old Beijing) & Temple of Heaven Tour with Lunch ($65 per person)
Enjoy an unforgettable look behind-the-scenes of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You’ll ride on a traditional three-wheel cycle through the labyrinth which comprises this quarter. Walk along ancient back alleys 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.

Day 6
Tang Dynasty Show and Special Dumpling Dinner ($45 per person)
On this evening outing, savor a delicious dumpling dinner, a local specialty.  Later, delight in a spectacular folklore show featuring music, dances and costumes from the Tang Dynasty.

Day 8
Afternoon Shanghai Museum and Jade Buddha Temple Tour with Lunch ($38 per person)
If you purchase this optional tour, you’ll enjoy an included lunch followed by a guided afternoon tour. First, visit the acclaimed Shanghai Museum, displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and articrafts. This museum has some of Asia’s best art exhibits. Proceed to the Jade Buddha Temple that houses exceptional Buddha statues carved of a single piece of white jade.

Day 8
Shanghai Acrobats Performance and Dinner ($45 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.

Day 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.

Trip Preparation


Your flights from the U.S. to China and back are on Air China with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 


Departure Date SFO JFK
Depart Return Depart Return
2019: Mar. 2:30PM 12:30PM 3:30PM 2:30PM
2019: Apr. 2:30PM 12:30PM 4:30PM 2:30PM

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 that flight schedules are subject to change without prior note.                                               


Air China does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.


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
  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, 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.


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.


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


You may expect temperatures averaging in the 30’s and 40’s in December, January and February, 50’s and 60’s in March and November, 60’s and 70’s in April, May, September and October and 80’s in June through August.


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.


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.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. 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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by Otto Suarez on smarTours
China Sampler

This was an amazing tour. Smart Tours did an excellent job of coordinating the entire tour. Very organized. Our tour guide, Oscar (Li Bo) was amazing. He took such good care of us. He went above and beyond the call of duty, giving us guidance and direction for other tours we took outside those offered by Smart Tours. He made sure the other guides had his contact information should anything happen and he helped me to purchase prescription sunglasses! Saved me a bunch! Oscar, can't thank you enough. If you are going, I hope you get Oscar as your tour guide. You will not be disappointed.

by Ed Leufgen on smarTours
The China sampler tour

The China sampler was a wonderful trip. We had never ventured to the orient and the China Sampler was a good introduction to Chinese culture.

We liked all the places we visited in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai,and Sozhou. The hotels were very nice and comfortable. Out guides Hou and Lilly were very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. All the extra excursions were well worth the time and expense. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone.

by P. Wu on smarTours
Amazing Tour of China

I have just returned from the China Sampler tour jet-lagged and happy, and I can’t stop talking about how incredible it was. Thanks to tour guide Michael (and a number of excellent local guides who joined him), our wonderful group of travelers saw the biggest sights in China: the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Army, and Shanghai’s breathtaking Bund waterfront. I highly recommend the optional excursions. Almost everyone in the group did most (or all!) of the excursions, which kept us very busy but ended up being some of the most memorable highlights of the trip. While the hotel in Beijing was pretty good, the ones in Xian and Shanghai were outstanding. Michael kept things running smoothly and efficiently. Word to the wise if you book this trip: I hope you like Chinese food! This was my first trip with SmarTours, and it won’t be my last.

by Charmaine Brown on smarTours
China Sampler

This is my 2nd trip with Smartours. I went with eight of my friends and family and we truly enjoyed our trip. Oscar our tour guide was the best. He was patient and extremely knowlegable. The sites were great and also the additional excursions. I must say we were tired , but it was well worth it. I am so glad that I was able to share some great moments with my group, especially climbing the Great Wall, my 1st visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the world. The hotels were awesome, but the 1st hotel in Beijing could have been better. I am getting ready to plan my second trip next year with Smartours. I cant stop telling my friends about my trip and your company.

by Lori Holdeman on smarTours
Wonderful Trip to China

I recently returned from the China Sampler and had a great trip. From the beginning of planning my trip to the end, the staff was helpful. Veronica helped a great deal with some issues I had with the trip and answered all my questions in a timely manner. Initially, I was hesitant to go on a tour as a single person. The tour guide, Oscar (Li Bo), made everyone feel welcomed and was very attentive to everyone's needs. He went out of his way to make everyone on the tour happy. The hotels were very nice and the destinations were interesting. Everything on my tour ran smoothly and I got to see everything that was on the tour. The group of people on the tour were friendly and I never felt like I was traveling alone. Thanks smarTours for a wonderful experience. I am already thinking of where to go to next!

by Diane Czerniak on smarTours
Almost Perfect

We enjoyed the trip. We were in a group that had used SmarTours several times and were happy with the results. We were made aware before the trip of all that needed to be done ahead of time. The tour guides were friendly and informative. We were always made to feel comfortable and saw many interesting sites in China. Air China is an awesome airlines - friendly and well-dressed.

by Tracy Rivkin on smarTours

Hao was a fabulous Tour Director! Fun, informative, easy to be with. He had a great team of city-specific guides and drivers too. It was a good mix of historical sites, shows, restaurants, shopping. Just the right amount of walking each day. Every day was jam-packed with amazing history lessons!

by maria sonia melgar on smarTours
CHina Trip

My group went thru Smartours in Beijing and Shanghai. Best trip we ever had starting with the very affordable cost, the attention and efficiency of the staff, the choices of places to visit and the ambience created by the attention to detail of everyone involved. Thank you Smartours. We will be a regular happy traveler with your groups.

by wendy lewis on smarTours
china sampler


by Wendy lewis on smarTours
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