Essential China (IAC)

9 Day Package from Beijing to Shanghai

According to a Chinese proverb, “It is better to travel ten-thousand miles than to read ten-thousand books.” At Monograms, we couldn’t agree more! That’s why we’ve made it easy for you to travel to China. In fact, we’ve handled all of the details, so you won’t have to sweat the details! On this 9-day vacation, we’ve arranged your choice of hotel accommodations, daily breakfast (plus 3 lunches), private guided sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for your intra-vacation flights. Plus, we have arranged for you to have a Local Host®—someone who will answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly—in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Beijing, where we can escort you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and help you personalize your stay. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel for a private guided excursion with a local expert to the Great Wall of 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, we will pick you up at your hotel for half-day private guided sightseeing in the city, including 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. Hear the inside stories and little-known facts only a local can share.

Then, you’re off to Xi’an. You’ll probably think that nothing can beat seeing the Great Wall of China, but wait until you see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an! Discovered accidentally in 1974, construction on the roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses started in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Your private guided tour with a local expert in Xi’an includes the Terracotta Warriors as well as the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD.

Finally, you will travel to Shanghai, where we have arranged two half-day private guided tours with a local expert. The first tour includes a visit to Yu Yuan Gardens, classical Chinese gardens dating back to the Ming Dynasty, followed by a traditional xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) feast. The second tour includes the Shanghai Museum and a walking tour of the former French Concession, where remnants of a bygone era remain, including the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre.

The inside visits on your Monograms vacation include VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines! Why wait in line with all the other tourists when you can be up close and personal with the attractions? And did we mention we’ve included a noodle-making demonstration by a master chef in Xi’an? You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make Chinese noodles by hand. Between the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve booked, and the transfers we’ve included, all you have to do is get out there and enjoy yourself! Add the time and hassles saved by not having to figure out what to do, where to go, and how to get from place to place—not to mention the comfort of having local experts with you throughout your vacation—and you have a perfect vacation!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Beijing. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Beijing and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Beijing insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

How can you not love it when showing people from all over the world the breathtaking scenery, the ancient history and the colorful diverse culture of your own country becomes your job! Come and join me for a worry-free vacation in China. You'll find there is so much more than you ever expected.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

This vacation package to China includes a private guided tour of Shanghai, including a traditional dim sum lunch.

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DAY
1
ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

23-Nov-2019

Welcome to China! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
BEIJING

24-Nov-2019

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)

Excursions Available:

Sacred Way

Price: Starting From: $74/party

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Sacred Way

As impressive as China's Ming Tombs themselves is the well-preserved Sacred Way (Divine Road), constructed in 1540 as a path to the Imperial Changling Mausoleum. In ancient times, it was said that the emperor, the "Son of the Heaven", would use the Sacred Way to travel back and forth between Heaven and Earth.

Peking Duck Dinner

Price: Starting From: $141/party

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Peking Duck Dinner

No visit to Beijing is complete without sampling delectable Peking duck, the national dish of China.

Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo

Price: Starting From: $71/party

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Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo

Spend a delightful day devoted to one of China's most beloved icons at the world-famous Beijing Zoo.

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DAY
3
BEIJING

25-Nov-2019

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)

Excursions Available:

Peking Duck Dinner

Price: Starting From: $141/party

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Peking Duck Dinner

No visit to Beijing is complete without sampling delectable Peking duck, the national dish of China.

Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo

Price: Starting From: $71/party

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Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo

Spend a delightful day devoted to one of China's most beloved icons at the world-famous Beijing Zoo.

Temple of Heaven

Price: Starting From: $84/party

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Temple of Heaven

Journey to a place where Chinese emperors believed Earth and Heaven meet. On this fascinating excursion, we'll introduce you to the mystical Temple of Heaven, dating back to 1420 AD and built by the emperor who commissioned the Forbidden City.

Hutong Tour

Price: Starting From: $92/party

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Hutong Tour

Explore Beijing's labyrinth of ancient alleys (hutongs) on this excursion that highlights the distant past-and current local culture.

Summer Palace

Price: Starting From: $81/party

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Summer Palace

Spend a relaxing afternoon with an expert Local Guide, exploring the former Summer Palace, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds on Kunming Lake.

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DAY
4
BEIJING–XI’AN

26-Nov-2019

Fly to Xi’an, an archaeological treasure trove in central China. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
5
XI’AN

27-Nov-2019

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)

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DAY
6
XI’AN–SHANGHAI

28-Nov-2019

Fly to Shanghai, China’s center of trade and industry. (B)

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DAY
7
SHANGHAI

29-Nov-2019

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, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

Excursions Available:

Evening Huangpu River Cruise

Price: Starting From: $133/party

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Evening Huangpu River Cruise

Get a totally different perspective of Shanghai on a captivating evening cruise along the city's largest river.

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DAY
8
SHANGHAI

30-Nov-2019

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)

Excursions Available:

Evening Huangpu River Cruise

Price: Starting From: $133/party

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Evening Huangpu River Cruise

Get a totally different perspective of Shanghai on a captivating evening cruise along the city's largest river.

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Price: Starting From: $215/party

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Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Leave the modern world behind and join us for a few hours as we travel back in time more than 1,700 years to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Also known as "Pearl Stream", this quaint, fan-shaped village is the best preserved among Shanghai's four Old Town areas.

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DAY
9
SHANGHAI

1-Dec-2019

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai

Beijing

Silk Alley Market

Whether you want to find designer clothing knock-offs or you just want an entertaining afternoon, a visit to this market is recommended. The bustle and searching is part of the fun, as is the bargaining. In fact, you’re expected to haggle and should never take the first (or probably second, or third…) price offered.

Houhai Bar Street

Houhai Bar Street in the famous Shichahai area is where traditional Chinese and western culture mix. With over 120 unique bars to choose from, visitors from all corners of the world can find one that suits their fancy.

Zhang Yiyuan Teahouse

Make sure you experience a traditional tea ceremony before you leave Beijing. It’s an opportunity to soak in centuries of history at the same time you relax with a soothing cup. Zhang Yiyuan has earned a reputation over many decades as a purveyor of quality teas, and the building is made up of seven private rooms, offering diverse environs.

Yonghe Lama Temple

Located in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yonghe Lama Temple is one of the largest Lamasery temples outside Tibet. Besides the magnificent buildings with both Chinese and Tibetan styles, the temple also had a number of priceless collections of Buddhist treasures, including a standing 26-meter high statue of Buddha Sakyamuni carved out of a single sandalwood tree.

Houhai Lake

A walk along Houhai Lake offers peaceful views of the distant ancient green-roofed and red-walled imperial palaces. Located at the center of Beijing City and about 5 bus stops from the Tian’anmen Gate, Houhai Lake meets the famous Beihai Lake in the south and faces the Summer Palace and Jing Mountain in the distance.

Xi'an

Shuyuanmen Market

Located close to Confucius Temple in old Xi’an, this market focuses on the “Four Treasures of Study” which consist of the brush, ink, paper, and ink stone. Here you will find a variety of arts and crafts ranging from paintings to calligraphy. This is a great place to pick up a few souvenirs from your journey.

The Great Mosque and Muslim Street

The Great Mosque, located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane, is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Built in 742, visitors can admire architectural designs that mix traditional Muslim with Chinese styles. Note: non-Muslims are not admitted to the main prayer hall or during times of prayer. Entrance fee: 25RMB/pp. Follow up with a walk through Muslim Street, the epicenter of the city's Muslim community, dating back to the days of the Silk Road. Enter through the archway under the Drum Tower and sample authentic hand-made Muslim food or peruse local products of the Shaanxi Province and other souvenirs.

Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple

Located in the western part of Shanghai the famous Jade Buddha Temple makes for an interesting visit. Built between 1918 and 1928, this temple is one of the city’s few active Buddhist monasteries. Here you can see two stunning jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma in 1882 by a monk named Huigen.

Xin Tiandi

This huge space features a multitude of food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreational, and residential facilities in restored “shikumen” houses, a form of traditional and unique architecture only found in Shanghai. It is a nice place to wander around for a bit.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing road was one of the first commercial streets that appeared in Shanghai after the city opened as a port to foreign trade about 150 years ago. For decades, it was one of the country’s largest commercial hubs. In the 1930s, Nanjing road claimed the reputation as the retail center in China, gathering almost all the most famous shops, many of which were established in the Qing Dynasty. Today, these century-old businesses continue to draw throngs of customers and despite the ups and downs in Shanghai’s history, Nanjing Road has not lost the reputation as China’s most bustling shopping street.

Tianzifang

This area offers a wide variety of shops from cafes, bars and restaurants to art galleries, craft stores, and studios. What makes this area unique is that it doesn’t not look or feel like a shopping mall area. Tianzifang preserves its distinctly residential feel - with electric cables strung overhead and air-conditioning units perched to the outside of buildings.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).