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Independent China - Shanghai

4 days Independent Touring

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This 3 night package in Shanghai includes airport transfers and private day tours. Choose from 4V or 5V accommodation and add this package to other cities, travelling via China's famous high-speed trains, to build your very own independent tour of China. We recommend Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an to Chengdu all by high-speed train then flying onto Guilin or Hong Kong before returning home or travelling onwards in Asia.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Shanghai

On arrival at Shanghai airport, you will be met and transferred to the Jinjiang Hotel (4V option) or the Fairmont Peace Hotel (5V option) for the next 3 nights. We recommend adding on an arrival transfer by Maglev train. This afternoon is at leisure, you may wish to spend some time at Xintiandi, Shanghai's newest landmark.

Day 2: Shanghai

The day begins with a visit to the lovely Yu Gardens and the Old Town, followed by a stop at the Shanghai Museum to view 5,000 years of Chinese culture. This afternoon, take a walk through the charming back streets of Shanghai and visiting the charming Tianzifang Street which is awash with boutique crafts shops and tea houses. (B/L) **Shanghai Museum is closed on Mondays so to accommodate touring may be offered on Day 3

Day 3: Shanghai

Full day at leisure. Optional tours are available to pre-book (extra cost) including a day tour to Suzhou, famed for its gardens which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evening tours are also available for any day including a traditional evening acrobatic show or a night tour of Shanghai which includes a visit to the 100th floor of the World Financial Centre observatory. (B)

Day 4: Depart Shanghai

Transfer to Shanghai airport for your onward flight, or alternatively take the high-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing. (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post Tour information

Our independent tours are designed to give you total flexibility and control of your own trip to China. We also offer similar packages to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu and Guilin and the option of flying in between or travelling by amazing high-speed trains.

Time difference

GMT +7 hours (summer) +8 hours (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Private air conditioned transport throughout
  • Accommodation and sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced local guide
  • Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges.

Tour exclusions

  • International flights, upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Chinese visa – details will be provided at time of booking
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.

Dining inclusions

The majority of meals are likely to be Chinese rather than international. Vegetarians can be catered for but the food is quite different from which you are likely to be used to. Larger city hotels provide international cuisine as well as Chinese, but presentation and taste may vary from western standards.

Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.

Journey times

China is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long and traffic can be considerable.

Group size

This is a private tour which departs daily.

Visa requirements

A Chinese Visa is required for all British passport holders and most other nationalities and MUST be obtained before your arrival in China. A full 10 year passport is required and must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure date from China, with at least two blank pages. We recommend processing your visa directly with ‘CIBT’ who will obtain all visas in person, and return your passport to you (with visa) by registered post. Contact them on www.cibtvisas.co.uk/virginholidays or 0207 963 3873.