Code: China08HS
Duration: 12 Days
Base Price: 2350 CDN
Sample itinerary can be fully customized to meet your educaitonal objectives.

Beijing, Xian, Guilin & Shanghai Tour

Historic China Beijing/Xian/Guilin/Shanghai 12-Day Inclusive Tour Package

Please contact Merit Travel to obtain your fully customized tour price.  Chaperones travel free based on the requested staff:student ratio.

Students will experience the highlights of China in a memorable and highly educational 12 day tour.  The itinerary below is provided for your reference and is recommended by our educational tour experts.  The program is flexible in that it can be changed to meet your specific curriculum objectives and budget.

Pricing for the sample itinerary is for land only (air prices to be determined at time of booking based on departure city) and is based on triple accommodation in 3 or 4* hotels with B & D daily and 3 chaperones travelling free.

Our educational tour experts are waiting for your inquiry and look forward to working with you to develop a successful educational tour.



  • 1 Teacher FREE for every 10 students (or can be priced to reflect desired ratio)
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary (most meals included!)
  • Accommodations as listed in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking Tour Guide Throughout
  • Admissions to all sites as listed in the itinerary
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Transportation as noted in the itinerary
  • Educational resources for teachers available upon request
  • Support for parent meetings
  • (Please note that the itinerary and inclusions/exclusions may be customized for each school - however this will result in a re-costing of the program.)

  • Flights to and from your closest departure city
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Canadian passport and Chinese Visa
  • All items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance (trip cancellation & medical strongly advised) Innovative Group Travel has very comprehensive and competitive insurance plans available
  • Tipping (this may be incorporated into the program cost if requested)


Day 1: Your City – Beijing
Fly to Beijing, the political, economic and cultural center of the People’s Republic of China.  Lose one day when crossing the International Dateline.

Day 2: Arrival Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring exciting Beijing at your leisure. Evening enjoy the welcome dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the Harmony Hotel (3-star) for four nights.

Day 3: Beijing (B/L/D)
Visit historic Tian An Men Square where Mao Tse Tung first raised the flag of the People’s Republic.Then tour the Imperial Palace, also called the Forbidden City and its gardens.  After lunch, visit the Hutong by pedicab and take a leisurely stroll through the 700-year old narrow, winding streets that surround the Forbidden City. Watch the daily routines of the local people in their courtyard homes. You will also have a chance to visit the local elementary school.

Day 4: Beijing (B/L/D)
This morning visit the Ming Tombs, the beautifully decorated burial place of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty also known as the Underground Palace.  Nearby, the original roadway leading to the tomb is lined with marble statues. After lunch experience the unforgettable!  Visit one of the world’s most remarkable sights – the Great Wall of China, built over 2,000 years ago by Emperor Qin.  The Great Wall Stretches over 6,000 km across the top of China.

Day 5: Beijing (B/L/D)
Your full day excursion starts by a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see the adorable Pandas. Next visit the exquisite Summer Palace, a former retreat for the Imperial family. Afterwards, drive by the Olympic site where you will see the National Stadium will be able to accommodate 100,000 spectators during the Olympic period and has been under construction since December of 2003.

Day 6 Beijing – Xian (B/L/D)
In the morning, marvel at the splendid Temple of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Bountiful Harvests. After lunch transfer to airport for flight to the ancient city of Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.Balance of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the Empress Hotel (3-star) for two nights.

Day 7 Xian (B/L/D).
Enjoy a full day excursion to some of Xian’s ancient monuments. The highlight is the incredible Grand Mausoleum of Qin Emperor Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of China.  Protecting the emperor’s mausoleum are 6,000 life-size terra-cotta warriors and horses.  Set off toward the extraordinary Banpo Msueum and the Big Wild Goose Pagada. Next, visit the City Wall of Xian.

Day 8: Xian - Guilin (B/L/D)
This morning visit the famous Shaanxi Provincial Musuem.  After lunch you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Guiln. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Balance of the day is free at leisure.  Overnight at the Osmanthus Hotel (3-star) for two nights.

Day 9: Gulin (B/L/D)
Start the day with a scenic boat rip down the Li River offering 30 miles of breathtaking, mist-shrouded mountains rising from the riverbanks. Since ancient times, this landscape has been the subject of countless poem and paintings. You will also visit the city’s symbol, elephant Trunk Hill. Your cruise will end at the colourful market town of Yangshou, where you have an opportunity to shop for delightful souvenirs and gifts before you return to Guilin.

Day 10: Guilin - Shanghai (B/L/D)
Complete your amazing trip to China’s ancient and scenic wonderland by visiting the Reed Flute Cave and marvel at its limestone formations.  Next, visit the fabulous Fubo Hill. After lunch transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai.Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.  Overnight at the Shanghai Centralstar Hotel (3-star) for two nights.

Day 11 Shanghai (B/L/D)
A full day of sightseeing will introduce you to the sights and sounds of this unique and modern city of Shanghai. Visit the Bund; known as the “Wall Street” of the former foreign powers, where during the first half of 20th century the European powers controlled the Chinese economy. Visit the majestic Garden of Mandarin Yu Yuan, built in 1577 and recently stored to its original splendor.  Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple and the famous Shanghai Museum, housing the city’s priceless collection of bronzes, porcelain and paintings. Evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by an amazing Chinese acrobatic show.

Day 12: Shanghai – Your City (B)
Transfer to airport for flight return home. Bon Voyage!!
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner