Best of China

  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • 2,080
This 10-day tour covers two ancient capital cities of China – Beijing and Xian, as well as the most developed city – Shanghai. Starting in historic Beijing, explore Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the majestic Great Wall, and enjoy a pedicab ride through the hutong neighbourhoods. Tour the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum in Xian and see the ancient City Walls. Explore Shanghai’s Yu Gardan and Old Town, with a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train before concluding your trip.

Best of China

$2,080.00

This 10-day tour covers two ancient capital cities of China – Beijing and Xian, as well as the most developed city – Shanghai. Starting in historic Beijing, explore Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the majestic Great Wall, and enjoy a pedicab ride through the hutong neighbourhoods. Tour the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum in Xian and see the ancient City Walls. Explore Shanghai’s Yu Gardan and Old Town, with a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train before concluding your trip.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Beijing Arrive Beijing
2 Beijing Visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City
Hutong Tour by pedicabs
3 Beijing Excursion to the Badaling Great Wall
Visit the Summer Palace
4 Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple
Take a flight to Xian
5 Xian Visit to the Terra Cotta Museum
Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum
6 Xian
Shanghai
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Take a flight to Shanghai
7 Shanghai Visit the Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai
8 Suzhou Full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train
9 Shanghai Free day at leisure
10 Shanghai Breakfast at hotel and check-out

DAY 1

Arrive Beijing, China

Upon arrival in Beijing, join Seat-In-Coach transfer to the hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: Capital Hotel Beijing or similar (3 nights)

DAY 2

Beijing

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included. Morning visit the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon will be a Hutong Tour by pedicabs, including the visit to the local family, and the drum tower.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 3

Beijing

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch and dinner included. Morning excursion to the Badaling Great Wall, then visit Beijing Jade Carving Factory followed by lunch at its Friendship Restaurant. This afternoon visit the Summer Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3

Beijing – Xian

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included.

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple. Then have a Beijing Noodle lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to airport for flight flying to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda or similar (2 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 5

Xian

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch and dinner included.

The morning excursion will include visit to the Terra Cotta Museum, followed by a Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at local restaurant including a noodle making demonstration. This afternoon, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum.

Tonight will be a dumpling dinner followed by a Tang Dynasty Show performance.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6

Xian – Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half day Seat-In-Coach tour with lunch included.

This morning, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Walls of Xian. Have lunch at local restaurant, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check in. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: The Ocean Hotel Shanghai or similar (4 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 7

Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, visit the Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai. Lunch is on your own in the Old Town, then visit the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. Tonight, have dinner at local restaurant followed by an Acrobatic Show.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 8

Shanghai – Suzhou – Shanghai

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day excursion to Suzhou via high-speed train. Sightseeing in Suzhou includes visit to the Garden of Master Fishing Net, Suzhou’s best Silk Spinning Factory, the Old Town of Suzhou, and a Grand Canal cruise. Lunch will be at local Chinese restaurant in Suzhou, dinner on your own.

Meals: lunch

DAY 9

Shanghai (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free day at leisure.

Meals: breakfast

DAY 10

Depart Shanghai (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

Check out from the hotel, and join Seat-In-Coach transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: breakfast

Departure Date Package rate
Price per person
Single Supplement
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23;
Feb 20, 27;
Mar 6, 13, 20, 2019
$2,080 $640
Apr 3, 10, 24;
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26;
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
Aug 7, 14, 21, 2019
$2,260 $910
Aug 28;
Sep 4, 11, 18;
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
Nov 6, 13, 20, 2019
$2,310 $960
Nov 27;
Dec 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Jan 1, 8, 15, 29;
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26;
Mar 4, 11, 18, 2020
$2,200 $850

* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please contact us at 1.866.760.1987 | info@glpworldwide.com directly for departure dates and full pricing

3-night hotel accommodation in Beijing including daily breakfast

2-night hotel accommodation in Xian including daily breakfast

4-night hotel accommodation in Shanghai including daily breakfast

Domestic flight in economy class from Beijing to Xian with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Domestic flight in economy class from Xian to Shanghai with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Roundtrip high speed train Shanghai – Suzhou and return (2nd class soft seat)

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Transportation service as per itinerary

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to South Korea. While uncommon for most of our guests, technically you may need to provide evidence of ‘sufficient funds’ for your stay. Some cash and credit cards normally suffice.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    Canadian citizens are exempt from obtaining visas for tourism, visiting, or business (without any employment activities) for up to 180 days. Permission to stay is given at the time of entry and at the discretion of the immigration officer. Admitted individuals do not need to complete the Alien Registration process during their stay. If Canadian citizens wish to engage in employment activities during their stay in Korea, they must obtain a Korean visa. All information regarding entry to South Korea can be found here or visit your closest The Embassy of Korea and Consulate-general in Canada.

    Jeju Island: Person planning to visit Jeju Island for tour or transit within 30 days will be able to enter Korea without visa.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Smoking is not permitted at bus stops, city plazas, and many other outdoor public locations. If caught smoking in these areas, you may be fined up to KRW 100,000. Non-smoking areas are clearly marked with signs. Smoking is also not permitted inside restaurants, bars, and cafés with an area larger than 150 square meters. Designated smoking areas can also be found around the city and at major transportation hubs. Cigarettes can be purchased at just about every convenience store. The legal smoking age in Korea is 19 years of age.

As Jeju Island is located at the Southern part of Korea, its continental and oceanic climates are clearly distinguishable depending on the weather. In the winter, the northwest monsoon can result in severe temperature differences, while high temperatures and humidity of the North Pacific air mass in the summer leads to intense rain storms. The yearly average temperature for the Seogwipo region is 16.2℃, while it is 15.5℃ for Jeju-si and the alpine regions, the smallest annual range in the country. Furthermore, the presence of Hallasan Mountain means that Seogwipo-si is 0.5∼1.5℃ cooler than Jeju-si in the summer and warmer than Jeju-si in the winter.

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

The currency of Korea is the Won (KRW).

Credit cards may be accepted for larger purchases in retail shops, but usually not in restaurants, cafés and certainly not in street markets or small shops along the way. It is recommended to carry some local currency with you for shopping or for a drink along the way.

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in the major cities but they will be difficult to find in the smaller towns. It is best to stock up on local currency before your departure.

Most banks offer currency exchange services. Government-certified currency exchange booths also offer exchange outside of regular banking hours, and are usually located in areas frequented by international visitors. Certified booths have a sign with the word “Certified” and currency symbols. Visitors should avoid exchanging money at uncertified booths.

Tipping is not a Korean custom and will not be expected by service personnel. However, many major hotels and upscale restaurants add a 10 percent service charge (in addition to the 10 percent VAT) to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but do appreciate if you let them keep the change.

While most Koreans will understand that foreigners who commit minor social faux pas do not mean disrespect, following basic Korean etiquette can help you make a better impression and have more positive interactions with locals.

  • Take your shoes off at the door when entering any residence, temple, or guesthouse.
  • A short bow—essentially a nod—is the most respectful greeting.
  • Give and receive any object using both hands.

Dining Etiquette:

  • Don’t start your meal until the eldest at the table starts first.
  • Don’t touch food with your fingers—except when wrapping ssam.
  • Don’t leave your chopsticks or spoon sticking up from your bowl of rice.
  • Use a spoon to eat rice.
  • Place chopsticks and spoon back in their original position at the end of the meal.

Most of the meals are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

The official language is Korean, but many people in cities' tourist area do speak English.

For any inquiries relating to Korean tourism, either beforehand or during your stay in Korea, you can dial the Korea Travel Hotline 1330, operated by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), is a one-stop helpline available as a public service for local and international travellers. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

In the event of an accident or a medical emergency
Contact the police at 112 or emergency medical help at 119. If you ask for an ambulance in English, one will be sent to your location. If you have travel accident insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

Help Me 119 Service
You can dial 119 from anywhere in Korea, and your location will be automatically identified.
Hours of operation : 24 hours/day, 365 days/year
Available in 16 languages, including English, Chinese, and Japanese.

Many of Korea’s large hospitals operate an International Health Care Center, catering to international visitors. These centers offer top-notch medical services and have expert translators available to assist with the entire process, from reservations to treatments and follow-up appointments. More information can be found here.

SIM card: Depends on your need, you can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card in the airport upon arrival. Make sure your cell phone is unlocked in order to use a Korean SIM card.

Wi-Fi: Restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and even taxis provide free Wi-Fi. There are also hundreds of public spots scattered throughout the Seoul and its parks and plazas.

The general situation for tourists visiting these countries is good.

Crime is generally limited due to harsh penalties, particularly when tourists are affected. However, petty theft and pickpocketing is definitely something to be aware of, particularly in the larger cities and around large groups of people.

It is always prudent to be constantly aware of your surroundings and to not take unnecessary valuables with you. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/korea-south

Featured Inclusions

3-night hotel accommodation in Beijing including daily breakfast

2-night hotel accommodation in Xian including daily breakfast

4-night hotel accommodation in Shanghai including daily breakfast

Domestic flight in economy class from Beijing to Xian with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Domestic flight in economy class from Xian to Shanghai with Airport tax & fuel surcharge

Roundtrip high speed train Shanghai – Suzhou and return (2nd class soft seat)

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Transportation service as per itinerary

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