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June 2017 In-Depth Panda Experience with Xi’an & Beijing

In-Depth Panda Experience with Xi’an & Beijing – June 8-19, 2017

pandaTake the China tour of a lifetime this coming June! Come face to face with pandas at a special panda reserve and interact with them as you feed them and help maintain their environment. Also see the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an and the Great Wall of Beijing!

Included is: round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, most meals, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, and excellent English speaking guides.

Itinerary:

June 8 – Depart from the USA to China!

June 9 – Late arrival into Chengdu, China. Transfer to your hotel and rest before the adventure begins.

June 10 – Sleep in and enjoy some free time this morning. After lunch, it is time for a tour of Chengdu. Visit Chunxi Road, Wide & Narrow Alley and People’s Park. Chengdu is a fascinating city that is rich with history. (Breakfast, Lunch)

panda2June 11 – Today is panda day! A full day is planned at the Dujiangyan panda reserve. Help out at this volunteer panda base. Go into their environment and help with cleaning, maintaining and feeding the pandas. These pandas are protected and this is a special volunteer project to help protect this species. Get up close to these pandas and interact with them in their environment! (Breakfast, Lunch)

June 12 – Stops planned today include the Chengdu research base of giant pandas, Jinli ancient commercial street, and Huanglongxi ancient town. An evening flight will take you to Xi’an where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

china91June 13 – Your exciting day in Xi’an begins with a relaxing bike ride on the ancient city wall or you may wish to take a ride in a traditional rickshaw. Learn the legend as to how the Wild Goose Pagoda received its name as you visit this holy place revered for centuries. The highlight of your trip will probably be this afternoon as you visit a local orphanage and spend time giving affection and lending a hand. Your day will wind down as you enjoy the city water fountain show accompanied with orchestrated music. (Breakfast, Lunch)

June 14 – You will be in awe as you visit the Terracotta Warrior museum. It has been said to be the most exciting archaeological find of the 20th century and considered as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is nothing short of astonishing! Later today board a short flight to Beijing where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

china45June 15 – The Temple of Heaven is first on our agenda today and is located in a beautiful park. Elderly Chinese come by the thousands daily to exercise and to participate in Chinese cultural activities. Most tourists find themselves participating in the middle of these activities with the local Chinese. Next experience a Hutong Tour, and take a glimpse into the world of yesterday while being pedaled through the narrow streets on bicycle-pedaled rickshaws. You will see how neighborhoods in Old China existed and how they are preserved in the middle of a modern city today. (Breakfast, Lunch)

June 16 – Winding across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, the Great Wall of China stretches over 4,000 miles. Today as you experience climbing a section of the Great Wall, marvel at its size and grandeur. Not far from the wall you will explore the Ming tomb area and stroll down the path of the Sacred Way of the Animals. You will have plenty of time this evening to go bargain shopping at a local knock-off market where low-price rules. Then, back to the hotel and it’s time for an optional foot massage. (Breakfast, Lunch)

china44June 17 – Today you will visit the Forbidden City which was built in the 15th century. The Forbidden City includes the Imperial Palace which was the residence of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later you will walk on the 98-acre quadrangle of Tiananmen Square, which is one of the largest public squares in the world. This evening enjoy some free time or more shopping at the knock-off market. (Breakfast, Lunch)

June 18 –Today you’ll pay a visit to the Summer Palace which is listed as one of the world UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ranked as one of the finest classical gardens in the world. Nearby learn about China’s fresh water pearls and visit one of the largest pearl showrooms on the planet. Tonight enjoy an optional Chinese acrobatic show. You will be amazed at the acrobatic skills demonstrated in the performances. (Breakfast, Lunch)

June 19 – After breakfast, you will have some last minute free time for shopping or relaxing before the flight home. You arrive back home this evening. Welcome home! (Breakfast)

 

Alan McKayYour Host: Alan McKay

Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Ogden, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons.  Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.

 

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Complete Tour with Airfare from Salt Lake City (other US cities available) – Double Occupancy – $2699 per person (includes airfare, tour and taxes)

Single Occupant Cost – Additional $625

Prepaid Tips – $100 per person

Chinese Visa – $195 per person

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1500 per person  

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
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