Seoul, Beijing & Shanghai (IABH)

10 Day Package from Seoul to Shanghai

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In each city

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 3 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018

DAY
1
Arrive Seoul, South Korea

Welcome to South Korea’s capital city. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
Seoul

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE, built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty that ruled the country for five centuries. Gyeongbokgung was the primary residence of the royal family and considered the most magnificent of the “Five Grand Palaces” built in Seoul. You will also stop at the NATIONAL FOLK MUSEUM to learn more about Korean culture. Before leaving the complex, watch a re-enactment of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Next, take a WALKING TOUR through BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE. Here, you can see hundreds of hanoks (traditional Korean houses) dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. Walk along the quiet alleys lined with restaurants and tea houses. Travel to nearby Insadong for lunch in a local restaurant featuring Korean cuisine. A highlight is bibimbap, a signature dish of warm rice topped with sautéed vegetables, sliced meat, chili paste, and a fried egg. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

DAY
3
Seoul

Enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore this exciting city.

DAY
4
Seoul–Beijing, China

Today, fly to Beijing.

DAY
5
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 for an afternoon at leisure.

DAY
6
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.

DAY
7
Beijing–Shanghai

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

DAY
8
Shanghai

Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts at the 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.

DAY
9
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.

DAY
10
Shanghai

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on December 1, 2018, which 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).

Seoul
Beijing
Shanghai

Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun

9 Namdaemun-ro
Seoul, South Korea

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The contemporary Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun will provide a modern home base from which to explore the area. Take advantage of its convenient location to explore all Seoul has to offer.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Namdaemun, the hotel is steps away from top-quality shopping area Myeongdong, Namdaemun Gate and a wide range of public transportation options, allowing for convenient access to Seoul's most iconic attractions.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
Each hotel room offers panoramic views either of the surrounding city or Namdaemun Market and Gate and features luxurious bedding, a coffee and tea maker, a flat-screen TV and a mini-bar.

Other Hotel

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.

Seoul
Beijing
Shanghai

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

279, Cheonggyecheon-ro
Seoul, South Korea

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This luxury hotel is your home away from home as you explore the trendy Dongdaemun district. Located just moments from Seoul's most noteworthy shopping, dining and entertainment, the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul is a great choice. After a day of exploration, indulge in dinner at the elegant steakhouse or a treatment at the spa.

Location & Highlights

Located close to Dongdaemun Market, Gyeongbok Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
Each room boasts panoramic city views, a marble bathroom. mini-bar, free WI-FI, and flatscreen TV.

The Grand Hotel Myeongdong

38, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This hotel is set right in the heart of Seoul offering easy access to must-see sites.

Location & Highlights

The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Myeongdong, the trendiest business and shopping area of Seoul. Also nearby are Dongdaemun Market and Sungnyemun Gate.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
Tastefully designed rooms offer flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, and WI-FI.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Beijing
Shanghai

Beijing

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.

Price Range: $$

Peking Duck Dinner

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

Price Range: $$$

Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo

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

Price Range: $$

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.

Price Range: $$

Zoo & Temple Of Heaven

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

Price Range: $$$

Zoo & Summer Palace

Spend a delightful day that starts at the world-famous Beijing Zoo, a natural garden with thick groves of trees, grassland, a small stream, lotus pools, and hills dotted with pavilions.

Price Range: $$$

Hutong Tour

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

Price Range: $$$

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.

Price Range: $$

Shanghai

Evening Huangpu River Cruise

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

Price Range: $$$

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.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Seoul
Beijing
Shanghai

Seoul

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Seoul, South Korea. 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 Seoul and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Seoul, South Korea insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Seoul, South KoreaMeet a Local Host®

Hi, my name is Ines, and I'm from Seoul. During my career, I have shared our rich Korean culture with many people from around the world, and still there are many more stories to tell. From modern treasures to ancient traditions, my goal is to make your visit unforgettable.

Shinsa-dong & Hapjeong-dong

Shinsa-dong and Hapjeong-dong are two of the hottest neighborhoods in town, loved by both locals and international visitors, as they represent the latest trends in fashion and dining. While not originally intended to be fashion streets, their reputation has been built thanks to continual innovative designs and urban concepts. See the old transformed, where worn-down factories are now cool, vintage shops and gallery-like spaces.

Bugaksan Trail

There are several trailheads surrounding Seoul that offer interesting hiking options. One favorite is Bugaksan, which stretches across downtown Seoul and further into the mountainside of Gyeonggi-do. While this hiking trail runs a total of 44 miles (71.8 km) in length, and connects forest paths and villages along the foothills of Bukhansan Mountain and Dobongsan Mountain, you are welcome to do just a portion of it in a day trip.

Foot Tall Ice-cream

Ready for a little Korean culinary fun? Why not do as the locals? Share a 1 foot tall soft serve ice-cream cone with a friend while in Myeongdong.

Samchongdong-gil

Samchongdong–gil runs through the middle of the city, but is a peaceful, quaint area. The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and famous art galleries. While shopping take note of the unique architectural designs of each of the gallery buildings.

Cable Car up Mt Namsan

Enjoy incredible views of the city at the top of Mt Namsan; or head even higher to the N Seoul Tower’s observatory. Looking for a challenge? Choose to hike up, otherwise rest your feet and take the cable car.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Head more than 15 feet below street level to find some serenity and perhaps romance with your loved one along the Cheonggyecheon stream, complete with small waterfalls and numerous bridges. Dip your toes in the refreshing water for a little respite on a hot day.

Street Food

Visit traditional markets and try eating Korean style. Spicy rice cakes, fish cakes, sweet Korean pancake, spicy kimchi dumplings, Korean style maki sushi (gimbap) and Korean style tempura under cozy pojangmacha tents makes for a culinary adventure.

Beijing

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Beijing, ChinaMonograms 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.

Meet a Local Host®

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.

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.

Yong He Lama Temple

Located in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yong He 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.

Shanghai

Meet one of your Local Hosts in ShanghaiMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Shanghai. 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 Shanghai and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Shanghai insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Amy Zhang and I have worked as a Local Host since I graduated from university where I majored in tourism management. I love what I do because I get to learn from my guests while sharing my knowledge and sense of humor. As a native Shanghainese I will do all I can to provide you with a fascinating stay.

Jade Buddha Temple

Located in the western part of Shanghai the famous Jade Buddha Temple makes for an interesting visit. 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.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on December 1, 2018, which 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).

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. 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.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2018.

* 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).