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A typical day on a regular China tour that includes a couple of temples, a stop at the imperial palace, a visit to the monastery and a couple of museums, three factory shopping stops in between, and the Peking Opera to cap it all off would not be quite a hit with the children... and I wouldn't blame them...
There are a number of tour operators that have designed their tours with families in mind:
There are many companies offering a number of Family China Tours from 10 days to 3 weeks.
Family China Tours take you to the major highlights of China, such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an as well as to many of the out-of-the way places not in the regular tourist itinerary.
In addition, each will offer a different set of special activities for the family, such as these:
A Selection of Group Family China Tours
Here is a selection of Family China Tours offered by several tour operators covering a wide range of destinations, duration and budgets for you to consider. The offerings vary widely and they should give you a good starting point.
Adventures by Disney Family Vacation: This is a 12-day tour covering Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It does cover A LOT of ground, and in all Disney fashion, they go all the way, this is certainly at the top of the scale with first rate luxury accomodations and arrangements.
Besides visits to the top China destinations, activities for the kids include dressing up in Chinese Imperial costumes, creating your own souvenirs with the help of a master kite maker, a master calligrapher and a master opera mask painter, rickshaw rides, knot-tying and paper-cutting, privately guided visit to the Pandas, face-changing opera, learning tai chi, fan dancing and martial arts... every day will be filled with unforgettable one-of-a-kind experiences.
It of course comes with a price: Adults From $6,859 Children $6,649. Minimum Age is 4.
For tour dates and more info: Adventures by Disney - China
Intrepid Travel Land of the Dragon: This is a 13-day tour covering Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangshuo and Hong Kong. Intrepid Travel tours are known for their smaller groups that journey "close to the ground". This China tour is no exception, families will travel together and enjoy a number of great experiences: cooking classes, riding rickshaws or biking in the alleyways, acrobatic shows, tai chi, colorful markets, calligraphy lessons, pandas, countryside boat and bike rides... while of course covering all the "must" sights along the way.
You travel by bus, ferry, metro, plane, taxi, tram, etc. and accomodations are in budget and tourist-class hotels and a couple of overnight sleeper trains.
Prices from $3,170, 10% discount for children 15 and under. Minimum age is 5.
For tour dates and more info: Intrepid Travel Land of the Dragon Tour
Sample Itineraries and Activities to tailor your own Family China Tour
You can tailor your own tour to fit your personal requirements or to put together your own group made up of your family and friends.
Sometimes this might be necessary for example if you have very small children as most tour packages have a minimum age requirement of 5 years old.
Having your own private tour has some advantages in that it gives you the most flexibility, given the nature of these tours, they can accomodate any range of budget and comfort level.
If you have several people in your group this is definitely the way to go.
We give you a head start with these sample itineraries that have been put together for first time China travelers, follow the links for a full description and daily activities planned.
China Culture Tour - Family Tour for First Trip to China : This is a 13-day tour covering Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. It brings you to the top destinations in great comfort, at a leisurely pace with a good balance of fun things to do for the entire family and free time for enjoying markets, food stalls, the countryside or whatever you might run into in your travels.
China Culture Tour is a Guilin-based agent, their tours will not only take you to the must see's of China, but give you a great insight into the culture and life of the country.
There are no set departure dates, you choose when to go. Tour includes all transfers, domestic flights and several meals, private transportation for you and your group and a private guide at each of the different destinations.
Prices for Adults from $3,579, children under 12 from $2,628. Tour and prices can be tailored to meet your budget.
Here are the details for this 13-day 12-night Family China Culture Tour
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