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CHINA: Boutique Books & Cooks Tour - 12 days:
Including the Shanghai International Literary Festival: A great idea for Book Groups. 15th - 26th March 2018 - Bookings now Open

Destinations: China

Tour Grading EASY: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Shanghai

Number of Days: 12 days / 11 nights

Accommodation: Luxury

Leaders: Australian Tour Manager & Chef & professional specialised guide

Tour Concludes In: Shanghai

Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfasts; 12: Lunches; 6: Dinners; 4:

Transportation: Luxury chauffeur driven air-conditioned private vehicles

Tour Summary

Boutique Tours & Travel together with Diana Marsland Cooking invite you to join them at the 18th Shanghai International Literary Festival. This annual literary feast is a glorious mix of writers from around the world including novelists, food writers, journalists, intellectuals, historians and travel writers. There are literary lunches and wine and poetry moments, films, workshops and walks and lots more..

Cosmopolitan Shanghai was referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’ during colonial times and is now a stunning, vibrant and stylish modern city.

We will indulge in a variety of cuisine, cultural and shopping experiences. 

We journey to Xian and visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors. We also travel to Hangzhou, considerd to be the most beautiful city in China. (You decide!)

So gather a couple of friends or three, maybe a group of friends or as a solo traveller and come join us and share our passion on this amazing vibrant city of Shanghai. 

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Participate in the Shanghai International Literary Festival
  • Experience the Bund early in the morning and be amazed by the symbols of new Shanghai
  • Explore the Yu garden & markets
  • Be overwhelmed by the staggering collection of artefacts on display at the famous Shanghai Museum
  • Visit the fascinating Shanghai Urban Planning Centre
  • Enjoy a spectacular and breath-taking performance of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe
  • Tour the World Financial Centre Tower the sixth tallest tower in Asia and with-in it the highest hotel in the world
  • Walk & shop the delightful French Concession and enjoy the highlights of Shanghai’s international lifestyle
  • Experience Tiananmen Square and be in awe of the largest square in the world
  • Be in awe of the Terracottoa Warriors in Xian
  • Be delighted with the beautiful city of Hangzhou
  • Marvel at the world’s first commercial Maglev Train
  • Enjoy fabulous fine dining with wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies including magnificent Peking Duck

Tour Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Exclusive and private International Domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all tour guests
  • Domestic Flights -Economy Class: Shanghai - Xian – Beijing - Shanghai (Price and availability for upgrade available on request)
  • 5 & 4/3 star modern & boutique Hotels as per your choice
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
  • Chauffeur driven luxury air-conditioned private luxury vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Australian Tour Manager and escorted by our experienced professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees to all sights, monuments, shows and activities as per the itinerary
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
  • An exclusive BT&T information travel booklet

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday 15th March 2018:  ArriveShanghai:

DAY 2: Friday 16th March 2018: Shanghai: (B)

DAY 3: Saturday 17th March 2018:  Shanghai: (B)

Day 4:  Sunday 18th March 2018:  Shanghai:(B)

Day 5:  Monday 19th March 2018:  Shanghai - Xian: (B/D)

Day 6:  Tuesday 20th March 2018:  Xian: (B/L/D)

Day 7:  Wednesday 21st March 2018:  Xian - Hangzhou: (B/D)

Day 8:  Thursday 22nd March 2018:  Hangzhou: (B/L/D)

Day 9:  Friday 23rd March 2018:  Hangzhou - Shanghai: (B/L/D)

Day 10:  Saturday 24th March 2018: Shanghia: (B/L/D)

Day 11:  Sunday 25th March 2018:   Shanghai: (B)

Day 12:  Monday 26th March 2018: Depart Shanghai: (B)

Country Information

Country Information

Accommodation:

We offer you the choice of either 5 or 4 star hotel accommodation for this Golden Triangle Tour. We highly recommend all our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or two twin beds.

Climate & Clothing:

The best time to travel to Shanghai is in spring and autumn; March to May and mid August to November. The majority of rain falls in the summer months, whilst the coldest period is January to February.

The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons for the warmer months and warmer clothing for the cooler months. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.

Currency & Money Matters:

Chinese currency is known as RENMINBI (RMB) and the basic unit is the YUAN (made up 100 Fen). It is similar to the Australian system where $1=100cents. The current exchange rate is approximately $1.00 = 6.5.00 yuan. We recommend that you take a combination of cash, credit cards and travellers’ cheques. Major foreign credit cards are acceptable in designated shops, hotels and large restaurants.

Electricity:

The electrical current in China is 220 volts AC. 50Hz. There are about four electric plug types with the most common plug being a two narrow pin type A, type C, type I.

Insurance:

You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of travelling with Boutique Travel & Tours. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking. Boutique Tours & Travel is able to arrange your Insurance.

Language:

The official Chinese language is Mandarin (or Putonghua). There are also numerous dialects spoken.

Meals:

Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts and we offer a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.

Medical Services & Facilities:

All our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in Shanghai are excellent and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Excellent dental care is also available.

Passports & Visas:

To enter China you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required for most guests and will be organised prior to departure.

Solo Traveller:

We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.

Special Requests:

Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.

Time Zone:

Despite the size of the country, China is standard time throughout China. GMT +8.

Tipping:

We know that some of our guests are not familiar with tipping customs, so any gratuities ( eg to waiters, guides, drivers etc) are taken care of as part of your fee. If you wish to Tip individually you are able to.

Transport:

We use modern luxury and deluxe minibuses. These are spacious, comfortable, well maintained safe vehicles. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.

Water & Beverages:

Our hotels offer bottled water, and soft drinks. Bottled water is provided everyday on tour. Chinese tea is available with most meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ’welcome cocktails’ on the second evening.

 

Full Itinerary

DAY 1:     Thursday 15th March 2018:   Arrive: Shanghai:

Ni hao & welcome to Shanghai; China’s most exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan city. You will be met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Shanghai. Your tour director is able to offer you a number of options including shopping and or dinning.

 

DAY 2:    Friday 16th March 2018:    Shanghai:    (B/L/D)

This morning we take a private tour of a local Hutong. We will then be joined by a famous Shanghai historian for a escorted history tour of the Bund. (TBC) The Bund is famous for its various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.  The Bund was the centre of Shanghai’s politics, economy and culture in by-gone days.  We visit the amazing 400 year old Yu Gardens. Following lunch we visit the amazing Shanghai Museum; noted as the best in China with a collection of over 123,000 cultural relics; it also includes a wonderful shop. We also tour the fabulous Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.  This evening be overwhelmed at the magnificent view of new Shanghai whilst sipping our welcome cocktails and enjoying a delicious dinner at M on the Bund. 

 

DAY 3:   Saturday 17th March 2018:    Shanghai:    (B)

After breakfast, ‘bookworms’ gather at the Crystal Room  at M on the Bund for Shanghai’s International Literary Festival.  OPTIONAL TOUR: Later this afternoon, you may wish to have a quiet evening or you may like to join us on another magical mystery tour and be in awe as you watch this  ‘show case’ of  talent’. 

 

DAY 4:   Sunday 18th March 2018:    Shanghai:    (B)

Again today we will join with others at the Shanghai International Literary Festival.  This evening is at your leisure.  OPTIONAL TOUR: After returning to the hotel, you may like to have a quiet evening or you may like to join us on another magical mystery tour including a panoramic view of Shanghai.

 

DAY 5:    Monday 19th March 2018:    Shanghai - Xian:    (B/D)

Later this morning, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Xian.  Xian is one of China’s oldest cities and is the starting point of the Silk Road, it possesses a rich mix of culture and people. On arrival, en route to the hotel, we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, designed to house Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by a travelling monk. Then we visit the Provincial History Museum.
This evening enjoy a traditional Dumpling Banquet.

 

DAY 6:    Tuesday 20th March 2018:    Xian:    (B/L)

Today’s highlight is one of the most spectacular and memorable places in China and one of their most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The tomb of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang being buried for over 2000 years; was unearthed accidentally in 1974 by farmers digging a well. This sight is truly a breath-taking experience. Lunch is at a famous local restaurant. This afternoon, we visit a special shop and later we explore the old city, an interesting fusion of both Middle Eastern and traditional Chinese architectural styles. We visit the Grand Mosque were you can enjoy a moment of reflection.
This evening, be entertained at the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

 

DAY 7:    Wednesday 21st March 2018:    Beijing:    (B/L/D)

Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful and prosperous cities in China. It was considered to be the finest city on earth by Marco Polo with classical gardens and exquisite architecture that still hold the essence of China's Imperial Past. Take part in a tea ceremony, practice Tai Chi with a master on the lake side or take a peaceful gondola glide on the lake with a boat of musicians serenading you in your wake. You will leave Hangzhou at peace with yourself and ready to book your return trip!  

 

DAY 8:    Thursday 22nd March 2018:    Beijing:    (B/L)

This morning we tour  the famous West Lake area, dotted with gardens, temples and pagodas, the lake glistens against a curl of green hills. 

 

DAY 9:    Friday 23rd March 2018:    Hangzhou - Shanghai:    (B)

Later this morning we depart Hangzhou and travel on the 'Fast Train' to Shanghai.  This evening is at your leisure

 

DAY 10:    Saturday 24th  March 2018:    Shanghai:    (B)

After breakfast, ‘bookworms’ gather in the Glamour Bar at M on the Bund for Shanghai’s International Literary Festival. 

 

DAY 11:    Sunday 25th March 2018:    Shanghai:    (B)

Again today we will join with others at the Shanghai International Literary Festival.

 

DAY 12:    Monday 26th March 2018:    Shanghai-Tongli-Suzhou-Shanghai:    (B)

Its time st say farewell to China and Shanghai 

You are more than welcome to continue your stay in China and join in a day tour to Suzhou

A Tour to Beijing is also available.

Optional Tour
It’s an early morning start; we drive to the Tongli, were we experience the charm of Tongli’s waterways. You will have free time to browse and buy some local specialties along the old streets, which are lined with Ming style homes and storefronts.   Then it’s a short drive to Suzhou, famous for its silk and its UNESCO heritage listed classical Chinese Gardens. We will enjoy lunch before our private tour of one of these famous gardens. We then visit the Silk Museum and learn about silk manufacturing. This is followed by a visit to the Embroidery Institute. Both have an extensive range of silk products for sale.   

 

Tour Hotels

CITY LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE
Shanghai: Fairmont Peace Hotel    
Xian:   Bell Tower Hotel  
Hangzhou:      
Shanghai: Fairmont Peace Hotel    

You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.

 

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.

Start Date End Date Luxury Deluxe Boutique Availability
$2500 15 Mar 2018 26 Mar 2018 $8,500.00 Space Available Book Now
START DATE END DATE LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE AVAILABILITY  
2015
November 2016 November 2016 Price on Request Price on Request N/A Available Book Now
Single Supplement:  TBC TBC    

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