“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This wise phrase from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu sums up Monograms’ philosophy. But we believe the first step should be easy and a no-brainer. That’s why we handle all your vacation details for you. We make it where your “journey of a thousand miles” only requires you to take the first step—to contact us! On this 12-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast (plus four lunches), private guided sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. To make your journey as comfortable and easy as possible, we also offer the services of a Local Host®, someone who will answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly in every city: Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai. Your Local Host will welcome you with a smile when you arrive, and will give you a set of materials to help you feel settled and familiar with each city and to help you personalize your vacation.</BR></BR>Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Beijing, as we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. While in Beijing, we have arranged for you to have three private sightseeing tours with local experts. We’ll take you to the Great Wall, a must-see when you are in China. We’ve also arranged tours to Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world; the Forbidden City’s Imperial Palace, once the home of China’s great emperors; the Summer Palace, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries; and the Temple of Heaven, built during the Ming Dynasty. Your guide will share inside stories and the history of these attractions, not to mention what life is like in Beijing. And never fear—we’ve scouted out the best place to get a picture of the Summer Palace!</BR></BR>From Beijing, fly to Xi’an in central China. Here, your private guided tour includes a visit to the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD. Of course, you cannot come to Xi’an—or even China, for that matter—without seeing the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure trove. Discovered by accident in 1974, construction on the roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses started in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Then, you’re off to the most scenic part of your vacation. In Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas, we’ve arranged for private guided sightseeing of its highlights. The highpoint will undoubtedly be a cruise on the tranquil Li River, where you will leave modern civilization behind as you pass by rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts, and water buffalo grazing in the river.</BR></BR>Finally, fly to Shanghai, where your Local Host will be waiting for you. We’ve arranged a private, guided tour that includes Yu Yuan Gardens, classical Chinese gardens dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and the Shanghai Museum, featuring ancient Chinese art with bronze, jade, and ceramics displays. We’ve also included a traditional dim sum feast and free time in Shanghai for you to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). </BR></BR>And did we mention we’ve included a noodle-making demonstration by a master chef in your package? We know that sometimes experiencing the culture hands-on is the best way to learn. That’s why we’ve included this demonstration in Xi’an, as well as a visit to a local tea farm in Guilin for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. And that’s not all. Monograms has arranged VIP access for your inside visits. That means that rather than standing in long lines, we give you VIP access at the key sights. You’re traveling all the way to China, so why waste your time standing in line when you can be enjoying yourself at the sights?</BR></BR>Between the sightseeing we’ve arranged, the transportation and meals we’ve included, the hotels we’ve booked, and the attractions we’ve included, all you have to do is take that first step and call us—and then enjoy yourself on vacation! We’ve taken care of all the rest—the other “thousand miles.” With the time saved and the comfort of knowing you will have a Local Host with you throughout your vacation, you’ve got yourself a vacation that even Lao Tzu could not resist!
Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
American breakfast daily4 lunches
Private airport transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included