4 Days Spa Indulgence from Nanjing to Shanghai

4 Days Spa Indulgence from Nanjing to Shanghai

Medicinal traditions and therapeutic explorations in East China

WHY THIS TOUR?

It is not so much the sights and sounds of what lies on your path that brings out the wellness of out of you: it is the destinations that evoke serenity. Selected for its eye for detail and maintaining strict guidelines to bring guests into a new state of wellbeing, the accommodation selections made in Nanjing and Shanghai simply embalm the concept from A to Z. With Nanjing as the starting point, the former capital of the Chinese Middle Kingdom, this bustling city is also home to the famous thermal baths.

 Once the private realm for relaxation for the custodians of the imperial empire during the dynasties of a bygone era, Nanjing is one of China’s finest examples when seeking moments of relaxation and spa indulgence is on your bucket list. In combination with metropolis Shanghai just a bullet train ride away, this 4 days spa indulgence marries the historical and city vibe of two forward thinking cities with oozing in relaxation mode, the Chinese way.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

4 Days Spa Indulgence from Nanjing to Shanghai

Day 1

Guests will be warmly welcomed upon their arrival at Nanjing Airport by our representative before guided to their vehicle. The 35-kilometer ride from the airport, located south of the city centre, to your indulgence in Nanjing will take approximately 45 minutes (depending on traffic).

Literally translated as ‘Southern Capitol’, Nanjing moving past is one filled with historical heritage. Its strategic location between Beijing and Shanghai and within very close proximity of the mighty Yangtze River has contributed to its prominent presence and wealth during the times of the Ming dynasty. The city is considered to be one of the cleanest ones with a magnificent city wall encircling the old town where a plethora of buildings from a bygone era adorn the street sides and alleyways. With clean, we do mean clean: boasting tree-lined boulevards and surrounded by lakes, canals and forests, the green nature delivers the very liveable city vibe one may not expect from one of China’s largest cities. Add to this the various museums and the kaleidoscope of eateries and coffee shops that sees university students mingle shoulder to shoulder with blue collar workers and you may catch the drift why Nanjing is slowly climbing up the ranks as a must-visit destination.

No lunch is included.

Depending on your arrival in the city, and before we enter Nanjing’s culturally enthralling city life and move towards your accommodation for the night, your guide and driver first bring you to the Zhonghua City Gate. Erected at the end of the 14th century and at the peak of the Ming Dynasty, the city wall was constructed during the reign of the Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. Said to be the latest city wall ever constructed on mainland China, 13 main access gates gave actually entrance into the city, with the one visited today as being one of the main gateways. Up until today, it is seen as one of the most complex city walls in the whole country.

After this visit, head towards your accommodation for the night and one of the leading spa resorts. The Kayumanis Nanjing Resort and Spa’s setting nearby the ancient imperial thermal baths is an excellent example of using Chinese spa and wellness techniques and turn them into western-styled treatments. Even when temperatures drop during the winter months, a quick dip into the resort’s bath pool is as invigorating during the summer month. During your stay at this impeccable resort, a spa experience at Kayumanis Spa is included.

No dinner included

Overnight at Nanjing

Day 2

Breakfast is included at your resort

That Nanjing deserves more attention than that it get will be highlighted during this morning exploration of the cultural and historical guided tour along some of the city’s most notable sights and landmarks. The mausoleum of Dr. Sun-Yatsen is an example of how the Chinese honour the founding father of the Republic of China. Located at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin, just outside Nanjing city centre is a pilgrimage site in its own right after the passing of this doctor, philosopher and politician with some revolutionary traits in 1929. During your tour, you will learn more about the influence he had in current China. Next, the Yuejiang (‘Enjoying the River’) Pagoda is an example of religious beauty setting perfectly along the Yangtze River. With its striking location at the top of Nanjing’s Lion Mountain, the views over the Yangtze are amongst the finest in the region.

From here, we move on to the older part of Nanjing and pay respect to one of the country’s most famous philosopher, writer, scholar and politician – Confucius. A temple was erected in honour of this noble man who has been one of the founding fathers of progressive China during the time of the construction of modern China. Like many of the other Confucius temples, the origins of the temple stipulated that these holy grounds served as a school for children, stipulating the importance of proper education as outlined by Confucius. Before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, guests will make a short cruise over the Qinhuai River, admiring the views of Nanjing from the water.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant

After lunch, we will bring you back your spa-themed accommodation in Nanjing where you will not only enjoy a fabulous afternoon at leisure but also will be able to try out of the other packages of wellness galore (not included). For the exploring guests, there is ample time to find yourself lost in the old town of Nanjing in search for novel experiences and an authentic look of this mesmerizing city.

No dinner included

Overnight at Nanjing

Day 3

Right after breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to your Nanjing sanctuary for all the senses as our team in Nanjing accompanies you to Nanjing’s train station for a bullet train transfer to Shanghai. With an immense amount of connections and frequencies, China’s railroad network has become one of the world leaders in railroad transportation. Reaching speeds up to 300 kilometres per hour, the train ride from Nanjing to Shanghai beats any other means to arrive in comfort at one of the country’s largest metropolises.

Arrival at the main train station in Shanghai where you will meet your guide and driver. After a relaxing train ride, it is time to explore the city and see what the economical heart of modern China has to offer.

The morning begins with a visit to the Yuyuan Garden – shorted to Yu Garden – and the old city bazaar. It is a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai and dates back to the fabled Ming Dynasty. Yuyuan began as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years – and all of his savings – to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. That is why he called this garden “Yuyuan” as “yu” in Chinese means “peace and health”. With various halls and special rooms to admire, the time spent complements our view of showing Shanghai differently.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant

Although nicknamed ‘The Engine of Modern China’, Shanghai still boasts ample sights and landmarks that are reminiscent signs when times were not as fast paced as it is now. One of these landmarks is the French Concession. Under the administration of the French from 1849 to 1946, the French concession is today a pleasant mix of wide tree lined avenues and interesting European style architecture. The area contains many gorgeous art deco and Tudor style mansions and retains a very European feel despite being in the heart of Shanghai. As the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai, the French concession is replete with boutique shops, charming cafes and exceptional restaurants. Where else than to end the day than at the famous Bund; unanimously honoured as a “world architectural fair” because of the diverse building styles including gothic, baroque, roman, renaissance and classical that forms the background of Shanghai’s most prominent boulevards.

The Bund, also called Zhongshan Road, is Shanghai’s iconic waterfront and regarded as the symbol of the city for hundreds of years. It starts from the Baidu Bridge, which is at the connecting point of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou Creek, to the East Jinling Road and winds southeast for about a mile. Walking along the Bund, which is at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the unique shape of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side as well as one of the tallest buildings in the world, the 632-metre high Shanghai Tower. After this long and exiting day, it is time to head to your accommodation in Shanghai for checking in.

No dinner included

Overnight at Shanghai

Day 4

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from your hotel to our next destination will be something worth considering on the final day of this wellness package. Following the hotel’s check-out times and conditions, your transfer vehicle, accompanied by an Asian Trails representative, will be waiting for you at the resort to bring you in comfort back to Shanghai’s International Airport.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at selected hotels in each destination
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control
  • This tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 12 years old.

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