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If you enjoy active travel you’ll love this trip that combines the best of trekking and visiting some of China’s most renowned cities and their highlights. We’ve combined a classic section of the Great Wall to explore and trek between small villages, along with touring the iconic sights in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

THE GREAT WALL TRAIL
This innovative itinerary takes in a remote section of the Great Wall outside Beijing in Hebei Province where we’ll explore more remote sections of the Great Wall, trekking between villages. The scenery is vast and diverse as we walk with one of the great wonders of the world as our backdrop.

CITY HIGHLIGHTS
In Beijing we visit the capital’s major historic sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. We also indulge in the culinary delight that Chinese cuisine is so famous for. The Beijing food experiences will no doubt be one of the highlights of this entirely unique adventure before we head to Xian to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors ‑ an extraordinary sight of warriors arising from their muddy grave; some intact, others still submerged in the earth. Our journey concludes in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    12 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    China
  • Travel Style:
    Tour,Walking tour
  • Accomodation:
    Hotels,Upmarket lodges/hostels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird from $5189 pp. *EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Minivan,Train,Air
  • Pace:
    4
  • Group Size:
    12
  • Trip Code:
    greatwall18-5

INCLUSIONS

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Comfortable hotels touring Beijing, X’ian and Shanghai
  • Local inn accommodation while walking The Great Wall
  • Expert bilingual local guide for general city touring
  • 2 expert walking guides for The Great Wall trail
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Fast train from Beijing to Xian
  • One way economy flight Xian to Shanghai
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Airport transfers on arrival & departure *
  • Back up vehicle while walking
  • Medical kit
  • China visa processing fee for Australian, New Zealand and UK passport holders.

    * included on the nominated tour flights and your airfare must be booked with us

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Small group touring & walking trip for like-minded solo travellers
  • Walking through rural villages in Hebei Province
  • Exploring original and remote sections of the Great Wall of China
  • Visiting Tiananmen Square, ‘Forbidden City’
  • A traditional lunch in northern Beijing
  • Celebratory Peking duck dinner, Beijing
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven and Hutong by rickshaw
  • Visit the impressive Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
  • Iconic sights of Shanghai including the old city, Yuyuan Garden, and the Bund
  • Evening Cruise, Huangpu River, Shanghai
  • Small group touring & walking trip for like-minded solo travellers, maximum 12 travellers

ABOUT THE WALKING TRAIL OF THE GREAT WALL (5 DAYS)
The average distance trekked each day is between 5‑12km, at a leisurely pace, averaging 4 ‑ 8 hours walking each day.

The trip provides a total of about 40kms of walking through generally hilly but not steep country. There are no problems with altitude sickness.

The Great Wall remains paved in some areas but generally you would walk on a combination of stone paving, earth and stony rubble. Most people would find a light bushwalking boot or rugged trails shoe suitable footwear.

The walking is easily achievable for a person with reasonable fitness but is at times strenuous. The trekking will be largely in the morning and mid afternoon. On all sections, there is flexibility in movement, and progress can be adjusted to satisfy consensus (if the group wishes to stop to inspect something, or spend longer at a nearby community, such can be achieved within the schedule).

ABOUT THE TOURING OF CITY HIGHLIGHTS
In Beijing, Xian and Shanghai the order of our activities is dependent on arrangements and may at time differ from those outlined in the itinerary.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018
Arrive Beijing, China 

On arrival in Beijing, if joining the nominated flight, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel*

Depending your flight arrival time, the day is at your leisure. Perhaps barter for a bargain in the colorful silk markets or do as the locals do and hire a bike for a spin through the bustling back roads of this vibrant city. This evening we will meet in the hotel for a group meeting before we head out to enjoy our first meal together.

Meals: Dinner

* applies to passengers that have booked the nominated group flight with us as part of the holiday package. If making your own flight arrangements, there is the option to book an airport to hotel transfer and fees apply.

DAY 2 - MONDAY 14 MAY 2018
Drive to Gubeikou. Afternoon trek

For those who are interested we’ll rise early and walk 10-25 minutes to have an eye-opening experience. Hundreds of locals doing morning exercises in the local park - Taichi, Kungfu, sword playing, jogging, singing, dancing and some playing strange things you never see in Australia.

We’ll return to the hotel for breakfast and afterwards depart for Gubeikou.

Lunch today is at a local restaurant.  

GREAT WALL TRAIL STARTS
This afternoon, we’ll be walking on the wild Great Wall Crouching Tiger Hill.

Walking: Approximately 2-3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 15 MAY 2018
Trek and Explore the 1200 Year Old Great Wall

Spend the day exploring the remote parts of the Great Wall around Gubeikou. Tonight, we have an overnight stay in a local inn.

Walking: Approximately 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018
Trek from Gubeikou to Jinshanling

Today we set off early to trek through cornfields and farm land for a true taste of rural China, before exploring this classic section of the wall. Here we are well off the beaten track, experiencing every day village life as we pass along the way. With broad sweeping views, it is easy to see how the wall resembles a dragon’s back weaving its way across this beautiful golden land.

Walking: Approximately 7-8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018
Jinshanling/Beijing Tower/Jinshanling

Morning hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai border. We’ll then transfer to the Beijing Tower foothill.

Today’s walk is challenging with a rugged climb to the summit. Our efforts are well worth it as we are rewarded with stunning vistas and awe inspiring views back across to Hebei. The Great Wall was built by over 1 million people who largely were soldiers, peasants and prisoners. Thousands of them died in the process. Today as we trek this ancient section of crumbling wall, we can imagine the hard work and structural genius that went into creating what is now a national treasure in modern day China.

Walking: Approximately 3–4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018
Jinshanling/Jiankou/Mutianyu/Beijing

An early rise and breakfast and we transfer to Jiankou for a full days’ hiking ending in Mutianyu. You can opt to take a toboggan (at your own expense) to the exit.

Later, we transfer to Beijing. En route to Beijing we’ll visit the beautiful Summer Palace.

Walking: Approximately 4–5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 19 MAY 2018
In Beijing

Today we have a full day in Beijing to explore some of the most majestic and historically significant sites of this immense city. We start with Tiananmen Square and the “Forbidden City” so called as it was off limits to the general public for over 500 years. Its ancient buildings served as the imperial palace for two dynasties, the Ming and Qing. We take a full tour of this marvelous enclave, inspecting the massive courtyards. We also visit a courtyard district at the Bell Tower, Hou Hai, in northern Beijing, for a traditional lunch.

Please note: should the Forbidden City be closed for an official visit (which happens often and suddenly) your tour leader will adjust your daily itinerary accordingly to try to ensure a visitation without losing any listed activities.

Tonight, we enjoy a dinner of Peking duck to celebrate a successful trek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018
In Beijing

We have a fabulous day tour visiting the Temple of Heaven, a national treasure which was constructed during the Ming Dynasty. Visit the Hutong by   and Hutong by cycle rickshaw.

This evening is at your leisure to make your own discoveries.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 – MONDAY 21 MAY 2018
Beijing/Xian

This morning we transfer to the station to experience a high speed train to Xian. On arrival, we will be met and transferred to the group hotel. The rest of the day is spent visiting the City Wall with an optional 14km bike ride.

This evening, enjoy a walk through the Muslim Quarter.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 – TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018
Xian/Shanghai

The Terracotta Warriors is a highlight of our visit to X’ian today we have a day tour of the Terracotta Warriors and also the Wild Goose Pagoda.  There’s an afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight to Shanghai.

Upon arrival to Shanghai we transfer to the group hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
In Shanghai - sightseeing

Today enjoy a day tour of Shanghai visiting the old city area, the Yuyuan Garden and the Bund.   This evening you will go on a cruise along the Huangpu River and see the spectacular lights of the city’s skyline. 

There’s a highlight dinner experience this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018
Trip concludes in Shanghai

Your trip concludes after breakfast. If you are departing on the nominated group flight you will be transferred to the airport for the onward flight.*

Meals: Breakfast

* applies to passengers that have booked the nominated group flight with us as part of the holiday package. If making your own flight arrangements, there is the option to book a hotel to airport transfer and fees apply.

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Room Type

Nights of
stay

Beijing

Dong Fang Hotel

Standard

4

Gubeikou Great Wall

Yeshufang Guest House (or similar)

Standard

2

Jinshanling

Junyi Hotel (or similar)

Standard

2

Xian

Skytel Hotel

Standard

1

Shanghai

Central Hotel

Standard

2

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

DONG FANG HOTEL, BEIJING
Dong Fang Hotel is located at No.11 Wanming Road, Xuanwu District, Beijing. It is near Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and other famous tourist attractions. It is 35 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport (33km) and 10 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The Dong Fang Hotel Beijing has 288 rooms and has 5 different room types Deluxe Room, Deluxe Garden View Room, Deluxe business room, Executive Rooms and Superior Suite. The hotel has 2 restaurants for dining, a Chinese Restaurant and a café with both Chinese and western food.

YESHUFANG GUEST HOUSE AND JUNYI HOTEL, GUBEIKO GREAT & JINSHANLING
The accommodation on the Great Wall Trail are clean basic accommodation. These are local Inns used for the group and are situated in the villages close to sections of the Great Wall.

SKYTEL HOTEL, XIAN
The Skytel Xian is conveniently located in the center of Xian, near the Bell and Drum Tower and the ancient city walls. It is only a 10 minute drive from the railway station and 40 minutes from the airport. The hotel boasts 143 guestrooms, ranging from single and standard accommodation to suites, all of which are well decorated and equipped with mini-bars, coffee/tea makers and satellite TVs.

The hotel’s in-house restaurant serves Cantonese and spicy Sichuanese fare, and guests also have the option of a great seafood outlet, or the teahouse and the lobby bar for lighter options. For recreation, there is a sauna and a massage center, beauty salon and well equipped fitness center.

CENTRAL HOTEL, SHANGHAI
The Central Hotel (Wangbaohe Dajiudian) is located on vibrant Nanjing Road only 15 kilometres from Pudong International Airport and 3 kilometers from Shanghai''s main railway station. The Central is also convenient to major Shanghai sights such as the Bund, People'’s Square and the Shanghai Museum as well as major shopping, business and commercial areas. There are 280 rooms (including superior standard, deluxe and business rooms and suites) are all equipped with security card systems, satellite TVs, phones, mini-bars, safes and individually-controlled air conditioning and lighting. Top-line conference and banquet facilities are on offer, and the Central''s fitness center boasts a sauna, gym, massage center, bowling alley, tennis court and billiards room. Also on hand is a shopping arcade. The hotel's restaurants and bars offer diners a range of options, with the popular Chinese restaurant specialising in seafood and Shanghainese dishes. 

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by 13 November 2017
SAVE $150 for tour package with your own room | $100 if you share

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
* sharing refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange. 

Prices per person

Your Own Room

EARLY BIRD: Tour Only

$5189

STANDARD: Tour Only

$5339

Pre tour hotel - Beijing
Dong Fang Hotel including breakfast

$200

Post tour hotel - Shanghai
Central Hotel including breakfast

$240


OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $850 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Share and save with our roommate match option. 

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $200 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.  If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Tuesday 13 February 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Beijing     
Depart from: Shanghai             

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY 
Airport arrival and departure transfers are provided with the nominated tours flights when you book your airfare with us as part of your package.

If you are not travelling on the nominated group flight and dates, and/or have made your own flight arrangements you can opt to book transfers for an additional fee.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS  ‘SOLOS ONLY’
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single/solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3-4 out of 5]
Pace varies

ON WALKING TOUR
On this trip, you will need to be in general good health and moderately fit. The trip grading for walking on the Great Wall would be moderate 4 out of 5, with some “strenuous” activity. Before departure aerobic‑type exercise, which increases your breathing, is an obvious advantage. We recommend that for about two to three months prior to departure you try to exercise most days for 30 ‑ 45 minutes or aerobic type activity.

ON SIGHTSEEING TOUR
When you are on the touring portion, the pace will be 3 out of 5. It will be a more relaxed pace of touring taking in the sights of each city you visit.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

China is a food lover's paradise with a seemingly endless variety. The entire range of Chinese recipes includes more than 1 million dishes and is by far the most extensive in the world. In Beijing, Breakfast – Self serve typically Chinese‑styled breakfast of fried rice, steamed buns, eggs, noodles, bread, tea and coffee. There is a huge variety of restaurants available in Beijing and price varies dramatically. On average, you should allow AUD$10-$15 per meal for any lunches or dinners not included in your trip cost. This is however a guideline, it is possible to spend much less or more depending on your tastes. 

TREK MEALS:
Breakfast

A range of food including bread, rice and eggs. Tea and coffee. 

Lunch
Usually a packed lunch. Including egg, biscuits, rolls, dried or fresh fruit. There will be two days where lunch will be picnic style where sandwiches will be made from a choice of foods provided such as loaves of bread, tomato, cucumber, boiled egg, cabbage, peanut butter, jam, luncheon meat/ham, canned tuna fish, peanuts, nuts, cookies, and fruits in season, soda drinks. 

Dinner
Hot meal. Rice or noodles with vegetables and meat. The meals will be served at the guest house or dinner in a restaurant. 

Sweets are not always available in the country areas and if you have a penchant for chocolate or other candies, you are advised to bring a supply with you. 

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDES
This is a private escorted small group tour.

While walking on the Great Wall two guides support the group.

For the city touring component in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, one guide supports the group in each city.

TRANSPORT
For the touring in each city you will be travelling in private mini bus.

Travel between Beijing to X’ian is by fast train, and between X’an and Shanghai a one domestic flight.

The tickets for the fast train and the internal domestic flight are provided by your guides on location. 

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Luggage to be kept to a maximum of 20kg on the Chinese domestic flights and train travel. Please refer to your international airfare for luggage restrictions. 

On trekking days, you will carry a day pack – (should be maximum 35 litres with a load) bearing waist harness – to carry waterproofs, camera gear, lunch, water bottle, small first aid kit). Your main luggage can be left in your hotel/inn room during the day.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
In China many sites and social media applications are banned and you won’t have access to these sites.

Email
Most hotels will offer internet facilities. In remote areas access will be limited or non‑existent. Access in some areas can be slow. 

Mobile phones
Please contact your provider for details on international roaming, access and rates.

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