A Classic Tours Collection
 
 

16 Days Visiting:
Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri & Jaipur

   
 

SPECIAL FEATURES

 
  • First Class Hotels with private bath/shower.
  • American breakfast daily.
  • Transfers & sightseeing tours.
  • Internal China AIrfare.
  • Baggage handling & porterage.
   
  Your Journey Begins :
   
 
DAY 1

NORTH AMERICA/CHINA

Board your flight this morning and begin your journey to the ancient wonders of China.

CHINA
DAY 2

ARRIVE BEIJING

Arrive in Beijing, the ancient capital city of People's Republic of China, capital city for over 3,000 years. Meeting assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax and get acclimated to the time difference. HOTEL

DAY 3

TIAN ANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY, SUMMER PALACE

Many buildings were demolished to create Tian An men Square and has since 1949 been the venue to major rallies held during the Cultural Revolution. Forbidden City, A Tang Dynasty poet wrote "Without seeing the magnificence of the royal palace, one can never sense the dignity of the emperor. Completed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, it was home to 24 emperors and scene of many important events affecting the course of Chinese history. The Summer Palace is the second largest imperial garden in China and is as famous as the Forbidden City; Summer Palace or Yiheyuan (Garden of Nurtured Harmony). HOTEL B

DAY 4

OLYMPIC CENTER, GREAT WALL MING TOMBS EXCURSION & SACRED WAY

Commence with a tour of the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center” - the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube, host to many spectacular events (from outside). Continue to the Badling Great Wall. Construction began more than 2,000 years ago that meanders more than 6,000 kilometers across the country. The Ming Tombs represents the addition of three Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty in Liaoning to the Ming tombs inscribed in 2000 and 2003. They were built for the founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty and their ancestors, constructed on the principles of traditional Chinese geometry and fengshui. HOTEL B

DAY 5

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, BEIJING CITY PLANNING MUSEUM & HUTONG TOUR

The Temple of Heaven or Altar of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings. It was visited by emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during Emperor Yongle’s reign. Proceed to Beijing City Planning Museum to see a 3D moving narrating the history and changes of Beijing. Enjoy a pedi cab ride to the Hutongs, developed around the Forbidden City as early as the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). To strengthen their authority, emperors planned city housing according to an etiquette system. Hutongs follow a strict quadrangular layout with four buildings arranged around an open inner courtyard. There were 3,600 hutongs at the beginning of this century and today only 2,000 exist. HOTEL B

DAY 6

BEIJING/XI’AN - TERRACOTTA WARRIORS & POTTERY WORKSHOP

Fly to Xi’an or Chang'an in ancient times. It is one of the six ancient capital sites in China. Tour the Terracotta warriors. In spring of 1974 peasant workers unearthed an archeological find hidden for 2,200 years. Semi buried in the soil were hundreds of battered but beautiful terra-cotta statues of armed warriors, servants and horses pulling manned war chariots, retinue of unified first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Ti. See the excavated exhibition 1, 2, 3 and 4. Watch archeologists at work at the actual sites. Watch the Circle of Vision movie. Proceed to a pottery and ceramic workshop. HOTEL B

DAY 7

XIAN/SHANGHAI

This morning fly to Shanghai, the largest and most populated city in China. It is also the main center for industry, commerce, foreign trade, science and technology located at the spot where the mighty Yangtze meets the East China Sea. Visit the Bund and stroll along the world famous waterfront, one of the world's tallest buildings in the newly developed land across the bustling Huangpu River, Yu Garden & drive through Pudong New territory. HOTEL B

DAY 8

ZHUJIAJIAO EXCURSION & JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE

Visit Zhujiajiao, an ancient town and water village on the outskirts of Shanghai, formed about 1,700 years ago. Archaeological findings have been discovered that dates back 5,000. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao along thousands of ancient buildings. Many centuries old stone buildings are home to residents as they were for many dynasties. The village prospered through clothing and rice businesses. Even today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and a Qing dynasty post office can be seen. The famous Jade Buddha Temple was built in 1882, an old temple where two jade Buddha statues were brought from Burma by a monk, Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution overthrowing the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately, the Jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was re-constructed in 1928. HOTEL B

INDIA
DAY 9

SHANGHAI/DELHI

Travel by air today to Delhi, India’s bustling capital city. You will be greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to your hotel. New Delhi reflects the legacy left by the British. The division between New and Old Delhi is the segregation between the capitals of the British and Mughals respectively.HOTEL B

DAY 10

OLD & NEW DELHI TOUR

Explore the Red Fort with its Pearl Mosque and exquisite audience halls, marble domes and slender minarets of the Jama Masjid, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat, Ashoka Pillar and Chandani Chowk Bazaars, one of the shopping arcades of Mughal royalty. Drive along Rajpath to photograph the Parliament House, President’s Palace and India Gate, a Memorial to India’s soldiers. See the famous Birla Mandir. Final stop at Qutab Minar and ruins of the Hindu temples destroyed during the Qutabshahi period.HOTEL B

DAY 11

DELHI/SIKANDRA/AGRA

After breakfast travel overland to Agra, passing numerous villages and countryside. Stop at your discretion to take pictures of village life, farming etc. Visit Sikandra to see Emperor Akbar’s tomb. Construction of the tomb was started within his lifetime and completed by his son Jahangir in 1613. The tomb in elevation is pyramid cal and consists of three storeys. On top is an open courtyard surrounded by marble screen enclosing the tomb itself. The building is unique and a departure from Islamic architectural tradition. Arrive in Agra, where no other historical monument has evoked as much awareness and admiration as the Taj Mahal.HOTEL B

DAY 12

AGRA TOURING & ORPHANAGE VISIT

Visit the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace). Stop at the Taj Museum of Agra for a close look at the original drawings of this wonderful marble monument. The drawings reveal the level of accuracy and precision that has gone in planning the Taj Mahal. The architect had guessed the construction would be done in 22 years. Drawings of the interiors show the position of the graves in such precision that the foot of the graves faces the viewer from any angle. Many more such breathtaking collections include royal ornaments, wonderful paintings and portraits of Mughal emperors. Continue to Agra Fort built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. This afternoon visit Mother Teresa’s orphanage, where you will have opportunity to learn about Mother Teresa, her work and+ volunteer time to assist with the children. Rest of the day is free to explore the city or revisit the Taj Mahal by sunset. HOTEL B

DAY 11

DELHI/SIKANDRA/AGRA

After breakfast travel overland to Agra, passing numerous villages and countryside. Stop at your discretion to take pictures of village life, farming etc. Visit Sikandra to see Emperor Akbar’s tomb. Construction of the tomb was started within his lifetime and completed by his son Jahangir in 1613. The tomb in elevation is pyramid cal and consists of three storeys. On top is an open courtyard surrounded by marble screen enclosing the tomb itself. The building is unique and a departure from Islamic architectural tradition. Arrive in Agra, where no other historical monument has evoked as much awareness and admiration as the Taj Mahal.HOTEL B

DAY 12

AGRA TOURING & ORPHANAGE VISIT

Visit the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace). Stop at the Taj Museum of Agra for a close look at the original drawings of this wonderful marble monument. The drawings reveal the level of accuracy and precision that has gone in planning the Taj Mahal. The architect had guessed the construction would be done in 22 years. Drawings of the interiors show the position of the graves in such precision that the foot of the graves faces the viewer from any angle. Many more such breathtaking collections include royal ornaments, wonderful paintings and portraits of Mughal emperors. Continue to Agra Fort built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. This afternoon visit Mother Teresa’s orphanage, where you will have opportunity to learn about Mother Teresa, her work and+ volunteer time to assist with the children. Rest of the day is free to explore the city or revisit the Taj Mahal by sunset. HOTEL B

DAY 13

AGRA/FATEHPUR SIKRI/ABHANERI/JAIPUR

After breakfast travel overland to Fatehpur Sikri, an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great around 1570. Within the city, tour the Diwan-I-Aam or Hall of Public Audiences, Diwan-I-Khaas or the Hall of Private Audience a two storied building. Panch Mahal or Five Storey Palace is a five storied building and the architecture is Persian in style like a Buddhist monastery. Palace of Jodha Bai is a fine blend of Hindu columns and Muslim Cupolas. Ankh Michauli, where the emperor played hide and seek with the ladies of the harem was probably used for storing records. Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah originally built of red sandstone but was later rebuilt in white marble by Jehangir. Continue to Abhaneri, an ancient village famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments, intricately carved sculptures and temples. Visit the water tank or step wells an ancient way of storing rain water. After the tour continue to Jaipur, owing its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior, astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. HOTEL B

DAY 14

JAIPUR - City Tour & Amber Fort

Visit the ancient capital of Amber, ascending the Palace Fortress on the back of a gaily caparisoned elephant. Tour the intricate chambers and hallways of the palace. En route to Amber, photograph the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) built in 1799 AD. Afternoon, tour the City Palace, once the formal residence of the royal family built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Continue to Jantar Mantar, the largest of Jai Singh's remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. HOTEL B

DAY 15

JAIPUR/DELHI

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city or shop for handicrafts, jewels etc. Later, fly to Delhi. Stay at a hotel near the airport. HOTEL B

DAY 16

DELHI/HOME

Early this morning, board your flight departing for the States.
Or extend your stay in India, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, and other countries in Asia

   
   
 
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