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Check in to the city-center Sofitel Wanda where a luxury room awaits.
Start your day with the Sofitel’s Bistro Buffet breakfast, featuring a selection of Asian and Western cuisine. Then set out to explore the Imperial monuments of the capital, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City c and Summer Palace c. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Peking Duck banquet. Meals B,L,D
Journey into the mountains for an unforgettable visit to the Great Wall c. Return to the capital after lunch to explore by rickshaw through the narrow lanes of a hutong and meet with a family in this traditional city neighborhood. Meals B,L
Fly to Xian where you’ll be met and escorted to the Hilton Hotel, perfectly situated within the ancient walls of the city. Explore the bustling Muslim market with a local shop keeper. He’ll be at your side guiding your discovery as you peruse the wide variety of products and sample exotic fare from the many vendors. Tonight’s dinner features savory dumplings. Meals B,D
Tour the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Army, China’s greatest archaeological discovery, and visit the ancient defensive walls of the city. Meals B,L
Fly to Hangzhou where you’ll be escorted to the stylish JW Marriott. Cruise on beautiful West Lake and then visit a tea farm outside the city center. Spend time with the farmers and learn about their daily life and the generations-old techniques that ensure the esteemed quality of the region’s fine teas. Meals B,D
It’s off the beaten path but this morning’s visit to Wuzhen, a 2,000-year-old town, reveals some of China’s most finely preserved Ming Dynasty homes. Continue on to Suzhou and check in to the first class Renaissance Hotel. Meals B,L
A visit to the exotic Bird & Flower Market reveals facets of Chinese culture which few visitors glimpse. Then tour the exquisite Garden of the Master of the Nets c and see the imposing Panmen Gate. Learn how silk is made at a local factory and stroll with your guide along historic Pingjiang Road. Continue to Shanghai and check in to Le Royal Meridien. Meals B,L
Explore the vast collection of the Shanghai Museum and drive along the historic waterfront Bund into vibrant 21st-century Pudong. Then stroll along the ancient lanes of Tianzifang, now home to some of the city’s most popular boutiques and studios. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner of fine regional cuisine. Meals B,L,D
Your program with us finishes after breakfast.
Photos are courtesy of Collette Guided by Travel, Globus Family of Brands, Brendan Vacations, and Rocky Mountaineer
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