'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.' This wise phrase from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu sums up Monograms' philosophy. But we believe the first step should be easy and a no-brainer. That's why we handle all your vacation details for you. We make it where your 'journey of a thousand miles' only requires you to take the first step-to contact us! On this 13-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast (plus five lunches), private guided sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. To make your journey as comfortable and easy as possible, we also offer the services of a Local Host, someone who will answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly in every city: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Guilin, and Shanghai. Your Local Host will welcome you with a smile when you arrive, and will give you a set of materials to help you feel settled and familiar with each city and to help you personalize your vacation.Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Beijing, as we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. While in Beijing, we have arranged for you to have two private sightseeing tours with local experts. We'll take you to the Great Wall, a must-see when you are in China. You'll have the opportunity to walk along the wall and see amazing views, as well as capture some fantastic photos. The next day, visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace, once the home of China's great emperors. Your guide will share inside stories and the history of these attractions, not to mention what life is like in Beijing. From Beijing, fly to Chengdu. A full-day private guided excursions brings you to see the Leshan Giant Buddha, the world's tallest stone Buddha at 233 feet. View the Buddha from a cruise on the river and from several vantage points on land. You'll also visit the Giant Panda Research Base for a chance to see these beautiful animals up close! Next, fly to Xi'an in central China. Here, your private guided tour includes a visit to the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD. Of course, you cannot come to Xi'an-or even China, for that matter-without seeing the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure trove. Then, you're off to the most scenic part of your vacation. In Guilin, one of China's most beautiful areas, we've arranged for private guided sightseeing of its highlights. The highpoint will undoubtedly be a cruise on the tranquil Li River, where you will leave modern civilization behind as you pass by rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts, and water buffalo grazing in the river.Finally, fly to Shanghai, where your Local Host will be waiting for you. We've arranged two half-day private guided tours with a local expert including the Yu Yuan Gardens, classical Chinese gardens dating back to the Ming Dynasty and a walking tour of the former French Concession, where remnants of a bygone era remain including the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre. We've also included a traditional dim sum feast and free time in Shanghai for you to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). We know that sometimes experiencing the culture hands-on is the best way to learn. That's why we've included a noodle-making demonstration in Xi'an, as well as a visit to a local tea farm in Guilin for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. And that's not all. Monograms has arranged VIP access for your inside visits. That means that rather than standing in long lines, we give you VIP access at the key sights. You're traveling all the way to China, so why waste your time standing in line when you can be enjoying yourself at the sights?Between the sightseeing we've arranged, the transportation and meals we've included, the hotels we've booked, and the attractions we've included, all you have to do is take that first step and call us-and then enjoy yourself on vacation! We've taken care of all the rest-the other "thousand miles." With the time saved and the comfort of knowing you will have a Local Host with you throughout your vacation, you've got yourself a vacation that even Lao Tzu could not resist!
Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12963154
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- 13 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Beijing||Welcome to China! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.|
|Day 2||Beijing||This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the GREAT WALL OF CHINA, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Walk along the wall and take in the stunning views of this mammoth fortress and the surrounding scenery. Return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 3||Beijing||Begin your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, stop at the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest palace complex. Once the home of China's great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)|
|Day 4||Chengdu||Today, fly to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province and known for its flavorful food. (B)|
|Day 5||Chengdu||A full-day PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION brings you to the LESHAN GIANT BUDDHA, the world's tallest stone Buddha at 233 feet. Leshan Town is located at the confluence of three rivers, and during the Tang Dynasty, boat accidents were a common occurrence. Out of growing concern for the people, a local monk decided to build a monument above the treacherous waters in hopes of making peace with the water spirit. Work on this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site started in 713 AD and took 90 years to complete. (B,L)|
|Day 6||Xi'an||Join your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR to the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals. Later, fly to Xi'an, an archaeological treasure trove in central China. (B)|
|Day 7||Xi'an||Rare discoveries await on your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of Xi'an. Start with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Afterward, visit the enormous tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Last stop is Xi'an's ancient CITY WALL. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 8||Guilin||Fly to Guilin, one of China's most beautiful areas. (B)|
|Day 9||Guilin||Meet your Local Guide for PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Guilin's highlights. Begin with a CRUISE on the tranquil Li River and be transported far from modern civilization. Mystical mountains surround you as you pass rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts, and water buffalo grazing in the river. Afterward, visit a local TEA FARM for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. Return to Guilin, where the rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 10||Shanghai||Fly to Shanghai, China's center of trade and industry. (B)|
|Day 11||Shanghai||Today, explore the highlights of Shanghai on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. First, visit the bustling YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city's riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. For lunch, a traditional DIM SUM feast awaits. Meaning 'to touch your heart,' dim sum was originally just a snack but has transformed over time to a full meal consisting of a wide variety of steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 12||Shanghai||This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai's leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure-from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)|
|Day 13||Shanghai||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices based on double room occupancy and a minimum of two travelers. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at a reduction.2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2017.Travel Terms & Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by Monograms, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Monograms, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
- Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Monograms to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
- The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Monograms menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
Booking your Vacation with Air
For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Monograms offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Monograms in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable service fee ($30 per person for North America, $80 per person for South Pacific, $50 per person for all other destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Monograms has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
Air-Inclusive Vacations - Applicable Taxes & Fees
Air-inclusive vacations include government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.