Grand Circuit of China

  • 13 Days & 12 Nights
  • Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Travel through the centuries as you journey through China. View life as it once was as you explore the Forbidden City and the old alleys of Beijing. Understand life today in the city and countryside by interacting with local people during your trip. Marvel at the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors in Xian before heading to Chengdu to see playful pandas. Capture stunning vistas in picturesque Guilin and Yangshou. End your journey in powerfully dynamic, cosmopolitan Shanghai.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Pricing
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions
  • Pre Tour
  • Post Tour
  • Activities
  • Extensions
  • FAQs
  • Country Notes
  • T&C

Journey Highlights

  • Take in the streets of Shanghai in a vintage motorcycle sidecar
  • Cross the Great Wall of China and famous Terracotta Warriors off your bucket list
  • Tour one of Beijing's famous hutongs by pedicab and prepare dumplings with a local family
  • Enjoy VIP access to the Tang Dynasty Murals Restoration Center
  • Learn about panda conservation efforts at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
  • Take in the stunning scenery of Yangshou while sailing the Li River on a sampan, a traditional wooden boat
  • Enjoy lunch with a renowned farmer-turned-painter at his studio
  • Practice tai chi with a master and enjoy a mesmerizing mask-changing performance
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Travel Resources

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Your comfort, privacy and safety are of paramount importance. We have sifted carefully through a number of hotels and selected those that will offer you the best experience on your journey with us.

    The Peninsula, Beijing, offers the most spacious all-suite accommodation in the heart of China's capital. Its style combines timeless Chinese art with cutting-edge technology and blends it seamlessly with excellent service.

    The Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel, Xian, first opened as a State Guesthouse in 1953.It's architecture is a harmonious blend of Chinese, French and Russian styles. It's spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, central location, and 40,000 sq.m. of landscaped gardens will make your time here a delight.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, is a gorgeous hotel located in the heart of Chengdu City. One of the first luxury hotels here, The Ritz-Carlton welcomes guests to an elevated experience with resplendent decor, contemporary amenities and a staff that cares for every need.
    The Banyan Tree, Yangshou, welcomes guests to the breathtaking beauty of the limestone krasts. This mountain resort with its gorgeous views and tranquil living spaces will be very difficult to leave.

    The Peninsula, Shanghai, located on the historic riverfront is an award-winning luxury hotel that offers stunning facilities, world-class services and for the epicureans, two Michelin star-rated restaurants.

  • Passport & Visas

    Passport & Visas

    Passport

    A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens and for other nationalities. It should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least two blank visa pages for each entry into the country. When traveling to multiple countries, be sure to calculate the total number of blank pages required for your specific journey. Please note that the last three pages for amendments and endorsements in the passport are not considered visa pages.

    China Visa

    A tourist visa is required for stays of less than 90 days.

    Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Chinese Embassy for specific entry requirements.

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Beijing

    Private arrival transfer from airport to hotel

    • Meals On Your Own.
    Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • Day 2
    Beijing

    Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

    Begin the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world. Pass through Tiananmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace), under the iconic portrait of Chairman Mao, and enter the Forbidden City. This Imperial Palace complex served as the home of emperors from the Ming to Qing dynasties (1420 to 1912). View some of the priceless artifacts in this massive 980-building, 9,000-room complex.

    Stroll through the Summer Palace, a picturesque imperial garden

    After lunch, explore the Summer Palace, originally created for royal families to relax and entertain. The picturesque imperial garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been called "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design".

    Enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner with Peking duck

    This evening, savor drinks and a welcome dinner that includes one of the country's best known dishes-Peking duck.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Beijing
  • Day 3
    Beijing - Great Wall of China - Beijing

    See the magnificent Great Wall of China

    This morning, visit the Great Wall of China, built in the 5th century BC to protect China from the invasion of predatory nomads. The unprecedented scale, utility, and meaning of this fortification have been debated for centuries, but regardless of speculation, it is a sight to behold, especially for first-time visitors. Explore the wall at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall and easily accessible by cable car.

    Visit art studios in the 798 Arts District

    Following lunch at the foot of the Great Wall, return to Beijing to visit the 798 Arts District. Once a factory complex established by the Chinese in partnership with the Soviet Union and East Germany, today it is home to numerous art studios that are part of China's burgeoning contemporary arts scene.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Great Wall of China
  • Day 4
    Beijing - Xian

    Take a tai chi class from a master at the Temple of Heaven

    This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven, a circular wooden temple built completely without the use of nails. The temple is a popular location for residents to practice tai chi, and today you can join in, with a private lesson from a local tai chi master.

    Enjoy a pedicab ride through old Beijing

    Then, enjoy a pedicab ride through the narrow alleyways of the Hutongs-the preserved traditional neighborhoods and alleyways of Beijing.

    Partake in a dumpling-making class and lunch with a local family

    Enjoy a private dumpling-making class with a local family, with lunch together afterwards.

    Fly to Xian, home of the Terracotta Warriors

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Temple of Heaven, Beijing
  • Day 5
    Xian

    See the Terracotta Army at its archaeological site

    The first emperor of imperial China, Qin Shi Huang, who ordered the construction of the Great Wall, also enslaved an estimated 700,000 laborers to create a life-size army of over 8,000 soldiers to accompany him into the afterlife. This morning, view this awe-inspiring display of life-size clay warriors, horses, chariots, and other artifacts at the Terracotta Warriors Museum, built above the Terracotta archeological site.

    View the 7th to 9th-century Tang Dynasty murals

    In the afternoon, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum to view the Tang Dynasty Murals, which were created between the 7th and 9th centuries to depict life in China at that time. Over 600 murals have been extracted from tombs-the most recent extraction was in early 2018-and nearly 100 are on display.

    Enjoy VIP access to the murals' restoration center

    Enjoy an exclusive VIP visit to the Tang Dynasty Murals Repair Center, not open to the public. On your private behind-the-scenes tour, learn how the 1,000-year-old murals are meticulously repaired.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
    Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an
  • Day 6
    Xian - Chengdu

    Be greeted by farmers and a traditional dragon dance

    Following a greeting by the local farmers and a traditional dragon dance, you'll meet Mr. Zhang Qingyi, a renowned farmer turned painter at his studio. See his paintings and hear Mr. Zhang's life story while having lunch at his studio.
    Drive to the countryside this morning to visit a local farming community.

    Take a high-speed train to Chengdu

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ancient tower at dusk, Xi'an, China
  • Day 7
    Chengdu

    Observe pandas at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center

    A fun day of touring Chengdu begins with a visit to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, where you'll learn about breeding and conservation efforts.

    Stroll down Kuanzhaixiangzi ("wide and narrow alleys")

    Following lunch, mingle with locals at People's Park before strolling down Kuanzhaixiangzi (literally, "wide and narrow alleys"), first established 400 years ago and now lined with shops and restaurants.

    Enjoy a hot pot dinner

    This evening, enjoy a Chinese hot pot dinner before the Sichuan Opera Show.

    Marvel at how performers change face masks at the Sichuan Opera Show

    You'll marvel at how the performers are able to change face masks with such speed and frequency.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Panda Breeding Center, Chengdu
  • Day 8
    Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshou

    Fly to Guilin in the morning

    Explore Reed Flute Cave and see Elephant Trunk Hill

    Upon arrival, explore the Reed Flute Cave. Walk through this 787-foot-long natural limestone cave and view a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars, and rock formations. And, view Elephant Trunk Hill, which resembles an enormous pachyderm leisurely sucking water from the river with its long trunk. It is a Guilin landmark.

    Proceed to the picturesque town of Yangshuo

    • Meals Breakfast, Dinner
    Undulating landscapes of Guilin, Yangshuo
  • Day 9
    Yangshuo

    Sail the Li River on a sampan, a traditional wooden boat

    Take in the unique scenery as you sail down the Li River in a sampan, a traditional wooden boat. Scattered along the route are limestone karsts in shapes and sizes that have inspired centuries of myths and legends. Visit a local bazaar and the popular West Street, filled with hundreds of stalls selling everything from silk to souvenirs, as well as Chinese calligraphy and paintings.

    Make local specialties at a cooking class

    Next, partake in a private cooking class to make a lunch of local specialties.

    Visit the bucolic countryside, with rice paddies and grazing water buffalos

    This afternoon, visit local villages to see life in this bucolic countryside, which is dotted with rice paddies and grazing water buffalos.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
    Rice terraces of Yangshuo, China
  • Day 10
    Yangshou - Guilin - Shanghai

    Fly from Guilin's airport to Shanghai

    Enjoy a three-night stay in China's largest and most vibrant city

    Delight in a three-night stay in this vibrant, romantic, and historic destination.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Ever-changing skyline of Shanghai, China
  • Day 11
    Shanghai

    Tour the streets of Shanghai in a motorcycle sidecar

    Enjoy a dim sum lunch

    Following a dim sum lunch, tour the former French Concession, controlled by the French for nearly 100 years, from 1849-1943.

    Visit The French Concession

    The French Concession has retained its leafy streets and distinctive architecture.

    See the city from the 128-story Shanghai Tower

    Next, travel from historic to modern with a visit to Shanghai Tower, a 128-story skyscraper that ranks second in height in the world. Ride the world's fastest elevators to the world's tallest observation deck to see Shanghai from high above.

    Attend a performance of the high-flying Shanghai Acrobatic Show

    This evening, enjoy dance, music, and gravity-defying performances at the Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Old City God Temple, Shanghai
  • Day 12
    Shanghai

    See a model and learn about the city's development at the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum

    Your last afternoon in this fascinating city is at your leisure.

    Enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner

    This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a noted restaurant on the Bund.

    • Meals Breakfast, Dinner
    Bund, Shanghai, China
  • Day 13
    Shanghai

    Transfer to Hotel to Airport

    • Meals Breakfast
Departure Date(s) Category Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Apr 05, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Apr 19, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
May 03, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
May 17, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Jun 07, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Jun 21, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Jul 19, 2019 5 Star Luxury $6,795 $9,255
Aug 16, 2019 5 Star Luxury $6,795 $9,255
Sep 06, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Sep 20, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Oct 11, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755
Oct 25, 2019 5 Star Luxury $7,295 $9,755

Internal Airfare

Internal airfare starting from $835

Inclusions

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Guided sightseeing in late model, air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Director as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips for porterage, drivers, restaurant staff and local tour guides (Tour Director tips are not included)
    • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Baggage handling, 1 piece of luggage per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)
  • Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
  • 1st class Rail tickets within China, as per itinerary.

Exclusions

  • International and internal airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Gratuity for tour director
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
  • Travel Protection Insurance
  • Other inclusions if not noted under "Includes"

Optional Activities

Choose from an array of Optional Activities & Experiences.

    • Chengdu
    • Afternoon 12:30 - 14:30
    Photo with Panda

    Take home a special memory of China with a chance to hold a baby giant panda. Get your photograph taken as you hold an adorable six-month to one-year-old panda cub. *Please note, in order to c ...

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    Day 7
    • Duration 02:00 Hours
    Starting price
    $399
    per adult

Terms & Conditions:
  • Pricing mentioned is per person for 01 session or 01 time entrance fee, some activities may need more than 01 adult for availing the mentioned prices.
  • Activities will be scheduled only on specific days of the tour as mentioned in the main itinerary of the product.
  • Price Validity : We are currently not holding any bookings other services for activities and rates are subject to availability and prevailing prices at the time of booking.
  • If same activity is not available for a particular tour or departure alternate activity can be recommended.
  • Cox & Kings makes arrangements with service providers and other independent parties to provide the services for the activities you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the attractions or facilities used in connection with your activity. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations or non performance of equipment or facilities etc. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person , equipment or company to render any travel service under the purchased activity, or for expenses incurred due to delays, mechanical failures or any acts of God. Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for cancellations or missed activity and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom.
  • Terms & Conditions apply in addition.
  • Extension to Datong

    • 3 Days
    • 2 Nights

    Explore the natural and spiritual wonders of Datong. Visit the Hanging Temple Monastery and the cave complex of the Yungang Grottoes. Learn how the ...

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    Total price from
    $1,385
    per person
  • Extension to Hong Kong and Macau

    • 4 Days
    • 3 Nights

    See lively, cosmopolitan Hong Kong, where towering skyscrapers stand in juxtaposition to quiet temples and tranquil city parks. Travel by catamaran ...

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    Total price from
    $3,632
    per person
  • Extension to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

    • 4 Days
    • 3 Nights

    Stand in awe of the towering Huangshan (Yellow) Mountains and explore this lesser-known region of China. Enjoy a guided hike through pine forests w ...

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    Total price from
    $1,839
    per person
  • Extension to Taipei

    • 4 Days
    • 3 Nights

    Discover the island nation of Taiwan, where the modern mixes with the old. Eat your way through the Shilin Night Market with over 500 food stalls. ...

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    Total price from
    $2,611
    per person
  • Where does Cox & Kings operate Luxury Small Groups?

    We currently have Luxury Small Group Journeys in various destinations around the world including India, China, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Morocco. We’re always adding destinations.

  • How big are the groups?

    We keep our groups small - averaging 18 guests.

  • What is the minimum age for these trips? Are children allowed on luxury group journeys?

    We welcome travelers of all ages on our luxury group journeys, with a minimum age of 6. Please refer to child supplement pricing or call 1-844-536-9560 to inquire about costs for adding a child to your booking.

  • Can I travel solo? Do you charge a single supplement?

    Yes, we welcome all guests, including solo travelers. A single supplement may apply on certain tours.

  • How can I obtain more information on Luxury Small Group Journeys?

    All of our itineraries can be found on our website. If you would like to talk to one of our Destination Experts, please call 1-844-536-9560 or contact us by email at groupjourneys@coxandkingsusa.com.

  • Are departures guaranteed?

    Yes, all departures to all of our Luxury Small Group Journeys destinations are guaranteed with a minimum of two travelers.

    Note: For departures of five or fewer travelers, your group will be met by a local guide at each stop in the itinerary. For departures of six or more passengers, your journey will be fully escorted throughout by a Cox & Kings Tour Director.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Please see our terms and conditions for details.

  • How do you pick your guides/group leaders?

    All of our local guides complete a rigorous interview process and are required to have a minimum of 7 years’ experience providing luxury experiences to international guests. In some cases, our guides are certified local historians, offering their unique cultural insights to their groups.

    Note: For departures of five or fewer travelers, your group will be met by a local guide at each stop in the itinerary. For departures of six or more passengers, your journey will be fully escorted throughout by a Cox & Kings Tour Director.

  • What kind of hotels will I stay in?

    Cox & Kings’ curated selection of hotels and inns are truly special places that elevate the overall tour experience. From small, local boutique hotels and inns to well-known global luxury brands, we spend the time carefully choosing these accommodations so you can rest easy at the end of a long day.

  • Can I join the trip midway through or leave the trip early?

    Due to logistical and safety reasons, we are not able to accommodate guests who wish to join a tour after Day 1 or depart before the last day. Please contact us for more information.

  • Who will be in my group? How old are the other passengers? From what countries?

    Your group will be comprised of like-minded travelers from the United States. While we cannot share personal traveler details, our typical client tends to be a savvy, seasoned traveler who enjoys the fine touches of a luxurious vacation as well as some element of activity and lots of cultural immersion.

  • What’s included in each trip?

    Each Luxury Small Group Journey includes: all accommodation, private arrival/departure transfers, services of a local guide and/or escorted by Tour Director throughout, welcome event and farewell dinner, all local transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees as noted within itinerary, some meals as indicated, all tips other than Tour Director and in-room internet where available.

  • What is not included in each trip?

    International air, room upgrades, meals other than those indicated, alcoholic beverages (other than welcome cocktail event), entrance fees other than those indicated, laundry service other than where indicated on trips of 10+ days, visas & passport processing and travel insurance.

    Note: Cox & Kings is happy to help you arrange international airfare, travel insurance and visas to India.

  • Is airfare included?

    Air Travel

    Most airline tickets are non-refundable once confirmed, however, depending on airline and class of service, exceptions may apply, and you will be notified at time of reservation. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

    Land Only Travel and Optional Flights

    Unless otherwise noted, prices displayed do not include international airfare.
    Cox & Kings would be more than happy to include international flights for you. We can offer favorable prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel.

    If you are considering booking your own flights, please be aware of your responsibilities, which include but are not limited to the following: If you are booking flights on your own, please be aware of tour timings. It is your responsibility to meet up with the group. There may be supplementary costs if you require arrival and/or departure transfers other than what is included in the program, or additional hotel nights on arrival or departure.

    We strongly advise against booking flights independently of Cox & Kings as there may be difficulties if your flight is delayed / cancelled to connect with your group.

    Note:
    • If you choose not to purchase flights through Cox & Kings, please provide us with a copy of your tickets before you arrive into the destinations.
    • For journeys in which international and/or internal (regional or intra-country) airfare is already included in main price, please be aware that the price of your journey may be impacted if you purchase international or internal flights on your own.
    Domestic Air Travel

    Flight times quoted are subject to change. Domestic flights in India are prone to last minute schedule changes and cancellation without any advance notice - especially during the peak travel season of November through March. Currently, India is undergoing massive expansion of its airport terminals and facilities and as a result, delays may be unavoidable due to air traffic control restrictions during certain times of the day.

  • Do I need a visa to travel?

    Some destinations require a visa for entry. Please see Travel.State.Gov for further info.

    Note: Cox & Kings is happy to help you arrange visas, international airfare and travel insurance to India.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is not mandatory to travel with Cox & Kings, but is highly recommended to protect your person and personal belongings while abroad. We’re pleased to offer a leading travel insurance product from our partner Allianz Global.

  • Do I need any immunizations to travel?

    Some immunizations might be required or recommended for travel based on your destination. Please see the CDC website for further info.

    Note: our Destination Experts are not able to offer specific advice on health matters or immunizations.

Introduction

In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information:

Passport

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens and for other nationalities. It should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least two blank visa pages for each entry into the country. When traveling to multiple countries, be sure to calculate the total number of blank pages required for your specific journey. Please note that the last three pages for amendments and endorsements in the passport are not considered visa pages.

China Visa

A tourist visa is required for stays of less than 90 days.

Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Chinese Embassy for specific entry requirements.

Travel Insurance

Be Prepared and Protect Your Investment

As an educated traveler you have made a smart decision when it came to choosing Cox & Kings for your trip. Make the same smart decision by protecting your investment. Just as in everyday life, there are risks associated with travel. You'll rest easy knowing that you're prepared for any eventuality - sickness, accident, baggage loss, etc. - with Allianz Global Assistance Traveler's Insurance.

Get the peace of mind travel insurance provides, so you can focus on the extraordinary moments of your upcoming journey!

Alternatively you can call on numbers listed below:

Allianz Customer Service
866-390-9733

Cox & Kings Accam Reference Number: F024290
OR
Call : 1.323.557.1808


IMPORTANT


If you choose not to purchase the Cox & Kings insurance, we recommend that you purchase an alternative policy at the time of booking to cover you in case you must cancel your travel plans.

It is important that you carry a copy of your policy with you while you travel so that you can refer to it should you need to make a claim.

Important Contacts & Links

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in
the USA

2201 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 110
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel: 202-338-6688
Fax: 202-588-9760
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
in Canada

515 St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5H3
Tel: 613-789 3434
Fax: 613 -789 1414
http://ca.china-embassy.org/eng/

Embassy of the United States, Beijing
No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu
7, Lane 134, Xin Yi Road, Section 3
Beijing 100600
Tel: 86-10-8531-3000
Fax: 86-10-8531-3300
http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/
The Embassy of Canada to China
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Chao Yang District
Beijing 100600 PRC
Tel: 86-10-5139-4000
Fax: 86-10-5139-4449
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/china-chine/offices-bureaux/index.aspx?lang=eng

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clinton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
www.cdc.gov
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20229
Tel: 877-227-5511
Tel: 202-325-8000
www.cbp.gov

Currency conversion
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Weather information
www.weatherbase.com
Translation
www.translate.google.com

Time Zone

+ 13 EST (New York)
+ 8 GMT Year round

International Dialing Code

+86

Entry And Exit Formalities

Arrival Procedures:
After you have cleared Customs and Immigration procedures and collected your luggage, exit the Arrivals Hall. You are met there by your local Cox & King representative, who will be holding a blue and white sign displaying your name. He or she will then accompany you to your hotel by private vehicle. When you check in to your hotel room, please inspect your accommodations. If you are not happy with your room, immediately advise your Cox & Kings representative, who will be waiting in the lobby. He or she will help you secure more suitable accommodations in the same room category.

Transportation

Air Travel:
Please note that the name on your airline ticket must exactly match the name on your passport to avoid complication.

Flight times quoted are local and are subject to change. Check in for domestic flights should be at least one hour before departure, and we suggest three hours for international flights. Check with your Cox
& Kings representative prior to check-in for any changes or delays.

Road Travel:
Roads are in good condition in China, but because all drivers must have a Chinese driver's license, you will not be able to rent a car while traveling.

Electricity

The electrical voltage in China is 220 volts. You must use a voltage converter if you plan to use a 110V appliance that you have brought from the US. China uses Type A, C and I plugs.
Electricity Plug

Currency

China's unit of currency is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY). The yuan is the basic unit of currency. One yuan equals 10 jiao, which is divided into 10 fen. Chinese currency is only usable in China. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, department stores and larger restaurants. ATMs are available. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations.
Convert Currency

Tipping / Gratuities

Gratuities for driver, coach assistant and local guides are included in the cost. Tips at restaurants where the meals are included in your itinerary are included in the cost. Gratuity for your accompanying Tour Director is not included and can be paid as per the quality of service rendered.

Religion

China is diverse in terms of religion. The main religions practiced are Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and Protestantism.

Recommended Clothing

A general rule of thumb is to choose easily packable clothing and layers for differences in temperature. China is a very large country that experiences seasonal changes. Dressing in layers is always preferable. Regardless of your destination, make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes (preferably flat soled) for sightseeing. Please see our recommended packing checklist.

Recommended Packing List
  • Tickets / Passports / Credit Card / Cash / Medical Insurance Certificate / Visa
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and tickets etc. and it is recommended that you leave one copy with a family member back home
  • Sun protection (polarized UV sunglasses, UVA/UVB sunscreen, protective Wide-brimmed sun hat (baseball caps do not offer the sun protection that wide-brimmed hats do.)
  • Camera equipment & additional memory cards
  • Prescription medication and over-the-counter medication
  • First aid Medical Kit (Bandages, Imodium, Antiseptic Cream, etc.)
  • Lip balm / good moisturizing lotion / hair conditioner
  • Prescription glasses & extra contacts - if you wear contact lenses, your eyes may get irritated by the dust. Keep an extra set of glasses / contact lenses as it takes time to get replacements.
  • Other Personal toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable walking shoes and / or hiking boots (depending on activities planned in your itinerary), flip flops, sandals
  • Swimsuit
  • Track suit
  • Underwear & socks
  • Raincoat and layered clothing such as a sweater or a jacket
  • Important / emergency contacts and addresses
  • Phrase book or dictionary
  • Personal electronic appliances with chargers and electrical converters
  • Waterproof zip lock bags
Shopping

You can buy nearly anything you want in China, including bamboo chopsticks, pearl jewelry, tea, silk slippers, Beijing opera masks, fans and electronics. Venues are also varied, from local markets to mega malls.

Health And Safety

Cox & Kings takes every precaution to keep you safe and healthy while you travel, but keep in mind that standards are not the same as they are in the U.S. Travelers should plan accordingly.

Vaccinations
We recommend that you remain up to date with routine vaccinations. Please also check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your doctor for the most current information and advice about inoculation requirements specific to your trip.

Medicine
If you or any of your traveling party are taking medicine for certain conditions that could require intervention while travelling (such as diabetes or a heart condition), please carry an adequate supply in your carry-on luggage.

  • Carry a kit containing sunscreens and other lotions for protection from the sun, insect repellents and sting relief creams, water sterilizing tablets and medicines for possible stomach upsets or indigestion.
  • If you or any of your party are taking prescription medicine, please carry an adequate supply as it may not be easily obtainable while you are traveling. Always place your medication in your carry-on luggage to ensure you have access to it at all times

Food and Water
The tap water is unsafe to drink in China. We recommend that you drink bottled water, which is readily available. Avoid eating and drinking local products from street vendors and restaurants with suspect hygiene. You should take the same precautions with food and water as you would at home.

Valuables
It is always good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to not leave your personal items (especially money) vulnerable. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. When possible, we recommend that you leave your valuables in your hotel's safe.

Travel with the absolute minimum. It is not advisable to carry valuable jewellery. Money should be taken in traveler's cheques, with the receipt numbers retained separately in case they are lost or stolen. Cash kept on your person should be minimum. Where possible, leave any valuables, documents and passports in your hotel safety deposit box. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. Your luggage is particularly vulnerable at airports, railway stations or where crowds gather.

Communication

Most hotels have in-room direct-dial facilities for both local and international calls. However, as with other destinations worldwide, hotels do charge very high rates. You can buy international calling cards from newsstands all over. Check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure to determine the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone service in China. Internet service is available throughout China.

Ni Hao Cox and Kings is delighted to welcome you to China. We are the world's oldest travel company, celebrating our 260th year of discovery.

To make this occasion more special, we are pleased to offer our discerning travellers a set of singular experiences with our new Luxury Small Group Journeys.

As our guest, you will not merely see the sights; you will be immersed in the ambience, textures, flavors and fragrances of each destination. On these journeys, we offer extraordinary luxury and a unique access for the privileged few.
Climate & Weather Chart

Climate & Weather Chart


Beijing JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Max av temp (F) 34 39 52 67 78 85 86 85 78 66 49 37
Min av temp (F) 17 22 33 47 57 66 72 69 59 47 32 22
Av rain (mm) - - - - - - - - - - - -
Xian JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Max av temp (F) 39 46 57 68 78 89 89 87 77 66 53 42
Min av temp (F) 24 30 37 46 55 64 69 68 59 48 35 26
Av rain (mm) 8 14 25 50 63 50 94 65 108 64 24 6

Booking Procedures

Please read the conditions of travel as your booking is subject to the terms and conditions listed below. A contract is entered into, once East India Travel Company, Inc. (Cox & Kings) accepts and confirms the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings. Payment of any monies constitutes acceptance and understanding of Cox & Kings' Terms & Conditions as laid out below, as listed on our website and in our pre-travel documentation.

It's a simple process to book your journey. Simply follow the steps listed below.

1. Kindly complete and sign the booking form per party by the family head or the authorized person for eachparty.

2. Then complete the terms and conditions form per party by the family head or authorized person for each party.

  1. Completed & Signed Booking Form
  2. Signed Terms and Conditions
  3. Passport Copy (the photo ID page)

Minimum Age for Luxury Small Group Journeys

The minimum age for a child to join a luxury small group journey is 6 years old.

Minimum Operating Strength to guarantee Luxury Small Group Journeys

All departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 02 full paying adults booking that particular departure. This means the departure will only operate if a minimum 02 passengers are booked. Such passengers can either book on solo or twin.

Prices

Prices quoted are based on the following configuration:

  • Per person cost on a twin room
  • Cost using single room
  • A child aged between 6 years and 11 years can be accommodated with two adults sharing a room with an extra bed based on the hotel policy. In certain destinations there will be no reduction on the cost for children between 6 years and 11 years & they will have to pay the adult cost only.
  • Child of 12 years and above will be charged at full adult rates.

Deposit and Payment
A per person deposit of $500 must be paid at the time of booking. The balance of the trip must be paid prior to 120 days before you travel.

If you book your travel on or after 120 days of departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.
If the final balance is not received on time both for regular journeys and special offers, Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel 120 days or prior to departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.

For any air tickets handled by Cox & Kings, full payment is required at time of booking in order to secure the fare quoted.

  • You can pay in full to confirm your booking or make a deposit to book your reservation. Please see the payment schedule listed below.

Payment Schedule
Payment Terms Amount (Per Person) Date of Payment

Booking Amount $500 Immediately upon booking prior to 121 days before the date of your journey
Balance Payment Remainder Amount Immediately or after 120 days from the date of your journey whichever is earlier

  • You can book ONLINE - www.coxandkingsusa.com/luxury-small-group-journeys & then upload your documents.
  • If you wish to pay by check, please address your check to "Cox and Kings The Americas" along with your documents and send to : Cox & Kings, 8060 Melrose Avenue, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Cancellation by You

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing to groupjourneys@coxandkingsusa.com. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy.

Please note that for most custom journeys, deposits are refundable minus a per person Administrative Fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. You will be advised if your Terms & Conditions are different than listed below by your Travel Specialist at time of booking.

For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable for most custom journeys (some exceptions apply including Africa, please see separate cancellation terms below):

Cancellation Terms for Luxury Small Group Journeys

Days before Departure Cancellation Charge
120 days or longer Deposit Paid + Air Tickets
91 to 119 days before departure 20% of total land program price + Air Tickets
61-90 days before departure 50% of total land program price + Air Tickets
60 or fewer days before departure 100% of total land program price + Air Tickets

Air Travel

Most airline tickets are non-refundable once confirmed, however, depending on airline and class of service, exceptions may apply, and you will be notified at time of reservation. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

Land Only Travel and Optional Flights

Prices displayed do not include international and internal airfares. Please refer to the inclusions and exclusions of your itinerary for more details.

Cox & Kings would be more than happy to include international flights for you. We can offer favorable prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel.

If you are considering booking your own flights, please be aware of your responsibilities, which include but are not limited to the following: If you are booking flights on your own, please be aware of tour timings. It is your responsibility to meet up with the group. There may be supplementary costs if you require arrival and/or departure transfers other than what is included in the program, or additional hotel nights on arrival or departure.

We strongly advise against booking flights independently of Cox & Kings as there may be difficulties if your flight is delayed / cancelled to connect with your group.

Note:

  • If you choose not to purchase flights through Cox & Kings, please provide us with a copy of your tickets before you arrive into the destinations.
  • For journeys in which international and/or internal (regional or intra-country) airfare is already included in main price, please be aware that the price of your journey may be impacted if you purchase international or internal flights on your own.

Alterations by You

If you request any amendments to your travel arrangements once your booking has been confirmed, an amendment fee may apply. If you request any changes in services or accommodation, once commencement of travel, Cox & Kings will do all possible to accommodate your request, however, any costs incurred due to such amendments, you will be liable for any cancellation / retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred to secure revised arrangements. Any alteration made will be treated as a tailor made booking and subject to different terms and conditions.

Unutilized Services

We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. that have not been consumed or utilized, when these services have been included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline. To protect your investment, we strongly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance at partner.allianztravelinsurance.com .

Alterations Made to the Scheduled Program

Travel arrangements are planned and secured in advance and so changes in itinerary content may be unavoidable. These changes may be due to circumstances amounting to "force majeure" or reasons beyond Cox & Kings' control. They could include but not limited to; delay in departure due to flight disruption, closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, natural occurrences, decisions by State / National Governments or Tourist Organizations that cause forced alterations to a planned itinerary, its duration, time spent in a city or requiring the need to remove a city or part of from the itinerary caused by a local occurrence or situation. In such cases, Cox & Kings will offer comparable alternative arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the program, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and compensation cannot be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide the booked arrangements but minor changes may occur. If changes are significant we shall where possible, inform you or your travel agent before your departure. Please note that Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any price increases or surcharges caused by governmental action, additional taxes imposed, fluctuations in exchange rates, increases in scheduled airfare or increases in fuel surcharges should Cox & Kings need to pass along these increases. Any increase in the original program price will be notified to you at least 91 days before departure. If you make your booking within 90 days of departure, the surcharge will be included in your invoice. Any surcharge will not exceed 10 percent of the listed program price.

Travel Warnings

It is the responsibility of the Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department's travel website at www.travel.state.gov or by phone at 1-888-407-4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location/s of the trip, should the Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

What Your Program Price Includes and Excludes

Please refer to each program which lists the Inclusions & Exclusions. There are separate Inclusions & Exclusions for land + air programs and separate Inclusions & Exclusions for land only programs.

Cox & Kings' Limits of Responsibilities

Except where otherwise stated in these Terms & Conditions, neither Cox & Kings nor any Third Party Supplier can accept liability or pay compensation where our performance of our or our supplier's contractual obligations is affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result of force majeure. In these terms and conditions force majeure means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) or the third party supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but not be limited to; actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire, and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned.

Cox & Kings makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide the travel services you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the accommodation, transport or other facilities used in connection with our programs. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person or company to render any transportation, accommodation or other travel service to be provided on the journeys, or for expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, flight delays, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God. Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for flight delays, cancellations or missed connections and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom, and such expenses are to be borne by the traveler. When you travel with an airline the Conditions of Carriage of that airline will apply. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements and may limit or exclude liability. Your travel agent or airline can advise you of these conditions. The participant waives any claim against Cox & Kings for any damage to, or loss of, property, or injury to, or death of, due to any act, or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation companies, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any claim, losses, damages for delay of baggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing services.

The participant assumes and understands that all travel has an inherent risk that may result in injury or death from participation in activities, including but not limited to, driving, hiking, walking, touring, visiting archeological sites, walking on uneven surfaces, riding on rough roads, rafting, boating, canoeing riding in helicopters, on trains, boats, swimming, surfing, horseback or camel riding and any other activities. Participant knows and is familiar with the activities in their itinerary and is able to confirm that they meet the physical requirements to participate.

All services are subject to the laws of the countries in which these services are rendered. Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A., whose courts, using California Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Cox & Kings shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Cox & Kings assumes no responsibility for representations made by others including, but not limited to, any employee of Cox & Kings or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Cox & Kings travel arrangements shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the Booking Terms & Conditions published herein and is binding on all travel participants.

United States Tour Operators Association - $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Cox & Kings, The Americas, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Cox & Kings, The Americas' customers in the unlikely event of Cox & Kings, The Americas bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Cox & Kings, The Americas may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Cox & Kings, The Americas. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.

Standard Check-in & Check-out Timings

Please refer to the below chart for standard check-in and check-out timings for the destination you are visiting:

Destination Check-in Time Check-out Time
Japan 16:00 HRS 10:00 HRS
China 14:00 HRS 11:00 HRS
South Africa 14:00 HRS 11:00 HRS
Morocco 15:00 HRS 11:00 HRS

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

  • TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY IN ADDITION.