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Each Cosmos Asia tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Asia vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and center of trade. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the Shanghai Museum, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style Shikumen buildings. You will also visit a silk factory to learn about the silk-making process. Tonight, join your traveling companions for dinner at your hotel.
Explore Shanghai at leisure. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the historic water town of Wuzhen, renowned for its Old World charm and picturesque setting.
Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. Later, walk along the ancient city wall of Xi’an. The balance of the day is at your leisure.
This morning, take a walking tour through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before your flight to Beijing, capital of China.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tian’anmen Square past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the center of politics.
The Great Wall of China once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, Peking duck.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The Golden Tulip Bund New Asia merges the concepts of work and leisure with a playful, trend-led design concept. With this in mind, you'll find all the modern facilities one would expect from a 4-star hotel in Shanghai, from a state-of-the-art gym to afterhours cocktails.
Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel beautifully balances the ancient and the new. With world-class facilities and services designed to please even the most seasoned world travelers, the hotel captures the spirit of Xi'an.
Located in the heart of the city means that you can explore both the modern metropolis of Beijing and its rich cultural history on foot. In a short walking distance is Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City plus the highly popular shopping strips of Wang Fujing, with the Pearl and Silk markets close by.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.