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The Great Wall of China Extension

Experience one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Great Wall of China.


Our Purpose

China’s 1.3 billion people have witnessed an extraordinary change of pace as the face of their country has seen rapid economic expansion, however, the pull of tradition remains strong. We’ll bring you together with residents of the bustling capital city of Beijing and go beyond the city boundaries to share a homemade meal with a welcoming local family. You’ll also see China from two completely different points of view while visiting two iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites – The Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace – in between.

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What You'll Do

We’ll make the three-hour flight to Beijing and hit the ground running before enjoying a peking roast duck and kung fu show. Rise early and join the locals who start each morning with a Tai Chi session in the park as you learn the basics from an expert instructor. Day two will be spent sight-seeing and exploring Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City.

On day three, experience one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Great Wall of China. We’ll explore the wall’s Mutianyu section, where you’ll have the chance to take an optional Toboggan ride or take a cable car down from the wall before heading to Beijing’s old streets and hopping in a Hutong rickshaw. Dinner brings something truly special as we introduce you to a local family who will invite you into their home for a hearty, homemade Hutong-style family meal. It’s the perfect farewell before embarking on your trip home the next day.

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What You'll See

After landing and settling in to your hotel, experience the spectacular Summer Palace, the former imperial garden and the largest, most well-preserved royal park in China. Between April and October, we’ll also take a scenic boat ride across the lake. On Day two, relax in the Temple of Heaven, where you’ll be surrounded by stunning imperial Chinese architecture, and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in a local teahouse. We’ll also benefit from the expert knowledge of a local guide who will lead our visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Take in breathtaking views of historic Beijing from Jingshan Park before watching an astonishing evening performance by Chinese acrobats. Rest up for Day three as we head to The Great Wall of China!

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Itinerary Overview

After a 3-hour flight to Beijing, head to your charming hotel in the heart of the city. Enjoy a guided tour of some of Beijing’s most famous and spectacular sites before traditional dinners with kung fu or acrobat shows by night. In addition to

 

Beijing’s parks and temples, explore The Great Wall of China with an optional toboggan ride down to the bottom. Zip through the town on a rickshaw before visiting a family’s home for a traditional Chinese Hutong-style meal.

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Where You'll Stay

Stay in a charming 4-star hotel in the  center of all the action in Beijing. Amenities include air conditioning, wifi, TV, hot water, breakfast in the morning, and fine dining dinner options  for those who do not want to venture out to the city after an action-packed day. Walks to the park for Tai Chi lessons have never been more convenient. 

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Susan G.

San Diego, CA

Traveler's Journal

“The China panda trip was incredible if you have kids who love wildlife. My daughter’s favorite animal was always the panda, and being able to watch her feed them and learn about their history was truly special. She can’t stop talking about this trip to her friends, and my heart is full knowing she was able to have such an unforgettable and unique experience at such a young age. I can’t believe how much interaction we were able to have. Cannot say enough good things! We also couldn’t leave without seeing The Great Wall, which was another highlight.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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4 days / 3 nights

Program Cost: $1,195 Adult* / $1,095 Child*

Extension Dates for China: Panda Conservation Adventure

  • Mar 31-Apr 3, 2019
  • June 2-5, 2019
  • Jun 9-12, 2019
  • Jun 23-26, 2019
  • Jul 14-17, 2019
  • Aug 4-7, 2019
  • Aug 18-21, 2019

2020 Dates

  • February 7-10, 2020
  • March 27-30, 2020
  • June 5-8, 2020
  • June 19-22, 2020
  • July 10-13, 2020
  • July 31-August 3, 2020
  • August 14-17, 2020
  • September 4-7, 2020
  • November 27-30, 2020
  • January 1-4, 2021

 

  • Child pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Double Occupancy Price. If you are traveling alone, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender to keep costs down. Or, you can opt for a single room supplement (below). However for this extension, if we cannot find a suitable roommate for you to share a room with, the SRS fee is required.
  • Single Room Supplement = $195. Please note that this will ensure you have your own room, but you may have to share a bathroom.
  • $200 one-way domestic flight supplement not included
  • All dates are Family Friendly
See What's Included
  • 3 nights in standard level lodging (see itinerary for more information)
  • 10 meals throughout the trip
  • All transportation, including airport transfer to Beijing and your return home ($200 domestic flight supplement not included)
  • Expert local guide during your visit
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • 3 nights in standard level lodging (see itinerary for more information)
  • 10 meals throughout the trip
  • All transportation, including airport transfer to Beijing and your return home ($200 domestic flight supplement not included)
  • Expert local guide during your visit
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • One-way domestic flight from Chengdu to Beijing ($200 additional supplement, added at checkout)
  • Tips for the primary guide and driver

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

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