China, Land of Confucious
China: Beijing, Jinan, Qufu, Suzhou and Shanghai
with Fr. Tomas Del
October 21 to November 02, 2015
We have voyaged on this pilgrimage 18 times over the past 28 years!
Day 01 Wednesday
Board Air China CA 982 leaves JFK at 4:30pm (13 hours non-stop to Beijing). Cross International Dateline.
Day 03 - Friday
We start exploring the City of Beijing which is the capital city of China. It offers many of the sights that make China one of the world's most popular destinations. A whole day excursion to the Great Wall of China, over 3,000 miles long at an elevation of 1000 meters. It is a sight and feeling you will never forget.
Day 04 Saturday-
China's Forbidden City which was the Imperial Palace for Ming and Qing emperors with 9,999 rooms full of legendary stories of the royal families/the Summer Palace which was the summer resort for the emperors of Qing Dynasty. The Forbiden City, we will visit the most notorious Temple of Heaven.
Day 05 Sunday-
Visit Tiananmen Square. the largest public plaza in the world and Lavish Royal Garden-Summer Palace built by Empress Dowager Cixi. Board tourists train from Beijing to Jinan in the afternoon. Met by guide and transfer to Li Tian Hotel.
Day 06 Monday
As capital of Shandong Province, Jinan is well known for hundreds of gushing springs. Visit the Yellow River , the second longest river in China and also the cradle of Chinese culture and civilization./Daming Lake Cruise.
Day 07 Tuesday
Jinan - Qufu (B,L,D)
Take one and half-hour ride to Qufu in the morning through beautiful country scenery. Qufu is the birthplace of Confucius whose philosophy and ethics is known as Confucianism, which has influenced China and Asia for about 2,500 years. Visit Confucius Temple; Confucius Forest or Confucius Mansion and local free market strolling. We will take a High Speed train for Suzhou.
Day 08 Wednesday
Arrive at Suzhou early in the morning. You will be met by your guide and Transfer to the Hotel for refreshment. Suzhou is known for the most beautiful gardens in China and was called the “Venice of the Orient” by Marco Polo. Visit beautiful gardens/ Silk Factory/ double Embroidery Research Institute. Our Hotel here will be The Castle Hotel.
Day 09 Thursday
Suzhou -Luli Village(B,L,D)
Take coach dragon cruise ride on the Grand Canal to Luli Village, an ancient village with over 60 original bridges and archways. It claims to have the best living environment in China. Silk factory where you can purchase your silk shirts for the lowest prices.
Day 10 Friday
Take first class train to Shanghai. Visit the BUND with European styled buildings; and also a walk in Nanking Road, the busiest shopping center in China. Argyle Ryden International Hotel.
Day 11 Saturday
Today we start visiting The Yu Garden which is located in the well-preserved old section of Shanghai, followed by Jade Buddha Temple
Enjoy a thrilling Acrobatic Show in the evening.
Day 12 Sunday
Free on your own to explore the city--- the Paris of Orient, do your last minute shopping.
Day 13 Monday
- Checkout after breakfast and transfer to the airport for CA 981 and back to New York at 15:50pm the same day.(B)
End of trip.
$3,595.00 each (double occupancy)
- $4,245.00, single occupancy ($650.00 surcharge included for single occupancy)
- R/T Airfare included.
- Ground transportation R/T airport - hotel and at destinations.
- All Local Flights/ or First Class Trains included.
- All hotel accomodations.
- Entrance fees to all sites on itinerary.
- National and Local Guides
- Meals included as specified.
- $180.00 Visa Fee is Included. We will need your Passport and
a passport picture for processing of the visa.