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Best China, Kenya and Tanzania Tour

22-Day of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai - Nairobi - Tsavo West - Amboseli - Lake Nakuru - Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Arusha - Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro

  • Code: CT-L/S101
  • Category: Luxury & Standard
  • Departure: Daily

[ B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner ]

Great Wall, Beijing

Great Wall of China

Day 01: Arrival in Beijing

After an illusionary air journey, you will be greeted by our amiable English-speaking guide at the exit of the Beijing Capital International airport. On the way of being transferred to the well-select hotel, you will experience how this city waded thought the vicissitudes of 5000 years and how it takes in world cutting-edge modernity and is compatible with the traditional Chinese culture.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza (4 stars)

Day 02: Beijing

In the morning, walk through the Tiananmen Square, watch the solemn Tiananmen Rostrum. Your guide will lead you to the north of Tiananmen Rostrum; enter in the palatial Forbidden City to date back to the prosperous old imperial dynasties. As the ancient emperors believed that his palace erects in the center of the earth, they declared that the palace should be built symmetrically along the north-south central axis of Beijing. Therefore, this palace was reputed for its harmonious configuration and majestic grandeur. Then you will enjoy an a la carte lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy another kind of cultural flavor by visiting the largest complex of heaven-worship architecture - Temple of Heaven. A whole day cultural journey will be awarded by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. (B+L)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza (4 stars)

Day 03: Beijing

Today we will invite you to the suburban area where you can leave your footprint on the 600 years marvel - the most representative part of the Great Wall, Badaling. This glorious Great Wall exhibits the tourists a splendid chapter written by Chinese people's assiduity, courage and wisdom. Standing on this masterpiece of human civilization, you will feel the greatness of being a true man, seeing a vigorous dragon winding its way along the mountain ranges. In order to safeguard that your stomach could be well served, you will be taken to a popular Sichuan restaurant to taste the tempting Sichuan cuisine. After an attempt of Chinese cuisine, an imperial mausoleums adventure will be followed by visiting the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb in the afternoon. On the way back to downtown, have a brief outside visit of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). (B+L)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza (4 stars)

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xian

Our client at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xian

Day 04: Beijing - Xian

The ornate Summer Palace was an imperial palace first constructed in the 12th century. We will escort you to have a panoramic view of this classical Chinese architecture. A classic Hutong tour passing Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Yandaixiejie, Drum tower or Bell tower is arranged for you to feel the original old Beijing Culture. Around noon, you will have an a la carte lunch at a delicate restaurant. Your guide in Beijing will bid you farewell in the Capital airport. Fly to the historical city - Xian and your local amiable guide will pick you up at Xi'an airport and transfer you to the hotel. (B+L)

Accommodation: Grand New World Hotel (4 stars)

Day 05: Xian

Qing Shihuang is a controversial emperor, who is criticized as an atrocious sovereign or awarded as a hero united the Chinese territory in the history. However, it is without doubt that his astounding Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is a treasure for China and it also creates the prestige of Xi'an. The visit of this world miracle will be followed by an a la carte lunch at a popular local restaurant. The next stop for the Xi'an tour is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is regarded as the symbol of this city. Continue to today's last stop, the Provincial History Museum. Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is prepared at Shaanxi Opera Theatre (Add: No. 165, Wenyi Road, Xian). (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Grand New World Hotel (4 stars)

Day 06: Xian - Guilin

Today we will offer you a chance to take a shot of Great Mosque, standing in famous Muslim Street, City Wall and a genuine local family. As a leisurable city, the people and their daily life here reflects a vivid picture of the distinguished Chinese moral value. Have lunch in the home of the family that you visit and then take a flight to Guilin and start a fresh feeling in China's top landscape resort famed for enticing mountains and water. Meet your guide outside the airport and be transferred to the hotel.  (B+L)

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel (4 stars)

Yangshuo rural scenery

Our clients in Yangshuo

Provided by Mr. Remmelt Haange

Day 07: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

Picturesque Li River has been regarded as an essential part of Guilin scenery. Numerous tourists come to the Li River and create the enduring memories here. Your fairy journey is carried with a secure and comfortable cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, a short bicycle tour can make you energetic and get an intimate touch to the rural living creature. A special visit to a local villager's home is scheduled to experience the simple and diligent Chinese countrymen and their life. Alternatively, we will transfer you there instead of riding bicycles.Yangshuo is a small rural city, where you can have a breath of natural fresh air and explore the diverse cultures and exotic flavors in China. After a whole day visit, private car drives you back to the downtown area of Guilin. Have a good rest in your hotel. (Sometimes the food served on the cruise might not meet your appetite, so consider a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning) (B+L)

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel (4 stars)

Day 08: Guilin - Shanghai

For the last day in Guilin, we intend to draw your attention on caves, which enrich in enchanting stalagmites, stone pillars, stele, stone curtains and stone flowers. Reed Flute Cave and the Seven Star Park are two symbolized scenic spots. These wonderlands are also referred as Nature's Museum of Art. Elephant Trunk Hill is preferred to be a rural setting for the inviting views in Guilin. As the shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk, it is named as the Elephant Trunk Hill. It is a good day for you to interpret the Chinese old saying that the landscape of Guilin tops that elsewhere. Then take an afternoon flight to Shanghai to feel the great changes in modern China. (B+L)

Accommodation: Ya Fan Long Men Hotel (4 stars)

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

Our clients at the Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

Provided by our client Ms. Colleen Gasiorowski

Day 9: Shanghai

A splendid Chinese culture show initiated from Shanghai Museum. It is an incomparable treasure house with well-preserved ancient Chinese art as bronzes, potteries, paintings and calligraphies, totaled to 120,000 precious relics. Continue to go to Yuyuan Garden and bathe in the soothing and relaxing vista. You might sip a cup of coffee in the waterside pavilion, take a photo with delicate corridor or sit on the terrace catching sight of exquisite workmanship. After that, an a la carte lunch at a famous local restaurant is served for you. For the afternoon activities, please see the following different arrangements for the luxury and standard series. (B+L)

Luxury Series: An afternoon cruise tour along Huangpu River is designed for you. Have some time to go along the Bund area and an old street in Shanghai if time permits. 

Standard Series: Stroll along the Bund area, Nanjing Road and an old street in Shanghai. Lots of world famous brand corporations have their subsidiary branch there and you might hunt for your favorite.

Accommodation: Ya Fan Long Men Hotel (4 stars)

Day 10: Shanghai - Nairobi

We will escort you to the airport and help you board the onward flight to Nairobi in Kenya. Wish you a pleasant trip! (B)

Accommodation: On the flight

Day 11: Airport pick-up in Nairobi, Drive to Tsavo West National Park
Welcome to join our Kenya tours to trace the steps of wild lives on the vast grassland! After picking you up, we will drive directly to the first stop, Tsavo West National Park. It will take 4 to 5 hours on the way. After arriving at the park, we will check in the camp. If time permits, we will have an exciting game drive in the late afternoon. (B)

Accommodation: Tsavo West National Park Camp
Day 12: Full day visit in Tsavo West National Park
This is a whole day spent in the Tsavo National Park, which is Kenya's largest wildlife sanctuary. It is divided into Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Our trip will come to the Tsavo West National Park, which has beautiful and simple African wilderness and diverse wild animals. After the early morning game drive, you will have lunch and relax around the camp. In the afternoon, another game drive waits for you and we will also escort you to visit Mzima Springs, where mainly inhabits hippos and crocodiles. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Tsavo West National Park Camp
Day 13: Private drive to Amboseli National Park, Afternoon game drive
After breakfast, we will head to the Amboseli National Park with game drive enroute. Upon arrival, check into the camp and have lunch. You can then have a wildlife safari in Kenya in the park. There are more than 1,000 African elephants inhabiting the park, so it's no surprise that elephants can be found everywhere. Finally, you must not miss the vast starry sky of Amboseli at night. (B+L+D) 

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 14: Full day visit in Amboseli National Park
Today you will take the morning and afternoon game viewing drive in the Amboseli National Park. Ascending at the Observation Hill, you will have a panoramic view of the whole park and perfect perspective of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, which is located in Tanzania. However, most of the unbeatable photos are taken from this Park in Kenya. Appreciating Kilimanjaro's snow scene is why many tourists come to Amboseli. Mount Kilimanjaro on the equator is covered with snow all year round, and the view from the Amboseli National Park is extremely beautiful. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 15: Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, Game drive in Birds Paradise
After breakfast, we will drive to the Lake Nakuru National Park with a stop en route for lunch. Lake Nakuru is Africa's first national park to protect birds, and it has become a bird watching paradise. The most famous of them is the flamingos. Upon arrival, we will have a bird watching and game viewing drive to closely watch rhinos and thousands of birds. You also may encounter Rothchild's giraffes inside the park. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru National Park Lodge
Day 16: Drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Afternoon game drive
After breakfast we will depart for the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Here we will continue our Kenya wildlife safari. The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's most worthwhile wildlife sanctuary and one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world. After arriving, stay in the camp, and rest after meals to restore energy. In the afternoon, we will have our first game drive in Masai Mara. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Maasai Mara National Reserve Lodge
Day 17: Enjoy game viewing drive in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Today you will continue the game drive and enjoy the Kenya wildlife safari to look for African Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo. The world famous Wildebeest Great Migration occurs in Masai Mara National Reserve every July to September. Millions of wildebeests, zebras, and antelopes travel 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) northward from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara to escape from the crocodile in Mara River to survive. In addition, you can see a wide variety of birds around Mara River. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Maasai Mara National Reserve Lodge
Day 18: Morning game drive in Masai Mara, Nairobi to Arusha by Flight
Today your Kenya wildlife safari comes to an end. Before breakfast, you can take an early morning game drive in Masai Mara. After that, we will send you to Nairobi International Airport, which will take 5-6 hours on the way, and then help you finish the boarding procedures of the flight to Arusha. You need to fly to Arusha in Tanzania on your own. 

Once landing, our local experienced driver guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to the hotel at Arusha which is 55 km (34 mi) far and an hour’s drive from the airport. Have a good rest after the check-in. (B)

Accommodation: The African Tulip (4 stars)
Day 19: Day 2: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park Safari - Karatu
After breakfast, your Tanzania tours will officially begin, during which you will also have some of the best wildlife safari experiences. The driver guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby on time and then drive to Arusha Town where you could purchase what you need for safaris. Then we will take along the picnic lunch box and drive 130 km (81 mi) and 2 hours to Lake Manyara National Park for game drive. 

The safari will end in the evening and then we will check in at the lodge at Karatu and enjoy a big supper. The lodge is near the scenic Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You could go for a walk after dinner to overlook the beautiful scenery of Ngorongoro Mountains.

Once described as “the most lovely place in Africa”, the Lake Manyara National Park is relatively small but it has a remarkable variety of habitats consisting of the ancient baobab-tree-dotted escarpment, acacia woodland, grassy floodplain, extensive swamps and vast soda-ash lake, all together supporting a high concentration of wildlife and birdlife. The main attractions of Manyara is tree-climbing lions and large elephant population. They are the only lions in the world regularly climbing trees for rest and hunting for food. Your driver-guide know almost everything of the flora and fauna will guarantee you a pleasant and fruitful safari. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge
Day 20: Karatu - Serengeti National Park
In the early morning, we will drive west along the Rift Valley for 200 km (124 mi) and 4 hours to Serengeti National Park. On the way, enjoy a game viewing while traversing Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After arrival, your driver guide will lead you to explore Serengeti National Park, which is the world’s most famous wildlife ecological system. When the safari ends in the evening, we will check in the camp, enjoying dinner and staying overnight there. (B+L+D)                                                                    

Accommodation: Serengeti Ole serai Luxury Camp
Day 21: Serengeti National Park
Today we will spend the whole day in the Serengeti National Park. Two deep game drive will be arranged separately during the morning and afternoon. Your driver-guide will show you the best places to spot the wild animals. 

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the largest and greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world which offers the best safari in Tanzania. It is well known for its annual unaltered migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. The herds move north to the Maasai Mara when the drought comes in May and back to Serengeti during the short rains in late October. During the migration, they have to face the risk of being killed by crocodiles in the river or hunted down by a large group of lions and other predators, creating an inspiring and once in a lifetime wildlife viewing experience to nature lovers. No matter when you come to Serengeti, you will always have chance to witness abundance of animals. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Serengeti Ole serai Luxury Camp
Day 22: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area, See off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
To save more time for today’s safari, we will have early breakfast and then drive 3.5 hours though Lodware Gate to Ngorongoro Conservation Area located 145 km (90 mi) southwest. Then drive all the way down to the 600 meters (1,970 feet) deep and 260 square kilometers (square miles) wide Ngorongoro Crater, the worlds’ largest and most intact inactive caldera. The carter has an astonishing amount of wildlife including the Big Five of Africa. During the safari, we will discover the flock of elephants and diverse monkey groups inhabiting the woodlands; watch flamingos walking along the lake shores; capture the sight of lions hunting in the open savanna and if lucky enough; encounter the endangered black rhino. 

After the picnic lunch, we will escort you to Kilimanjaro International Airport, which will take about 4 hours. We will reach the airport at around 5 pm, so it is suggested to book the flight taking off after 9 pm. If you intend to stay overnight, we are happy to help you with the hotel booking and transfer. Here is the end of the exploration in Tanzania. Hope you have a wonderful time during the tour. Bon voyage! (B+L) 

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