based on 9 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
per person based on 2 people sharing.
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.
A great adventure understanding the Chinese history, before ending in the exciting city of Hong Kong
This itinerary allows you to stay in some of the most stylish and luxurious properties in China whilst visiting the country's best known cities
Chance to visit some of the most iconic cultural sites in the world including the Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City and Great Wall of China
The journey gives you a great introduction to China whilst travelling at a fairly leisurely pace allowing you to enjoy all the cultural sites alongside plenty of downtime to relax
The warm and pleasant spring time from March to May is the best season for travelling to China. The early autumn from September to October with cool weather and less rainfall is also a good time.
This itinerary provides a lovely introduction to China, staying at some of the most exclusive and stylish hotels in the country. Through your journey you’ll take in the main highlights with a blend of history, culture and stunning scenery as you visit Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
You’ll start your journey in Beijing, a vast metropolis and home to over 12 million people. Having been the capital city of both Imperial and Modern China, it has a fantastic collection of sights and with your private guide you spend your time here visiting these including the vast Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Hutongs (the small lanes and courtyard houses of old Beijing), the magnificent Temple of Heaven and the Imperial Summer Palace to marvel at the opulence in which the Emperors lived. On your second full day in the city we have included a trip out to The Great Wall of China to the Mutianyu section where you will be able to enjoy a hike along the wall. In the evenings, retire to the opulent Rosewood Beijing, an ideal address in the city.
After your three nights in Beijing you will take the high speed train to Xian, the ancient capital, where the main attraction is to experience the incredible life size Army of Terracotta Warriors standing guard over the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang. As in Beijing, you will have an expert private guide here so that you really understand the impressive history and alongside the Terracotta Army and we have included visits to the Shaanxi Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda and The Islamic Quarter as well. This is a charming east meets west town and the Sofitel hotel is a refreshing property to return to each evening.
Fly to Shanghai to uncover the spectacular contrast between the traditional, colonial Bund and the modern, cutting edge Pudong. Here you will have two nights to take in the city and The Peninsula is a spectacular city hotel from which to base yourself, as you take day trips out to explore the traditional water village of Suzhou and enjoy the incredible dining experiences that Shanghai is famed for. Like for the rest of your journey in China you will have a private driver and guide completely at your disposal.
Finally, to end your adventure you will fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong where you will spend the last nights on your trip at The Peninsula Hong Kong. This is an iconic landmark in the city and the perfect address from which to enjoy all that Hong Kong has to offer. As such a cosmopolitan city, we have not included a guide for you here as we feel it is nice to have some days to explore on your own but of course, if you would like a guide we can absolutely arrange this for you, as all of our itineraries are completely tailormade.
Explore Beijing’s rich variety of religions and philosophies as you travel from Confucius Shrines to Tibetan Buddhist temples, Taoist temples to Muslim mosques and uncover the strength of traditional beliefs held by the worshippers.
Spend an evening exploring the flavours of Shanghai in a visit to a private home, small, family-run restaurants and local shops. Wander the streets on foot, meet the local people and taste some traditional dishes to get under the skin of the city.
Beijing balances its ancient history with its 21st century lifestyles and this experience is a chance to explore both of these with a visit to the ancient Forbidden City and a chance to meet a local family and join them for lunch in their home.
Take a boat trip to Hong Kong's outlying islands.
Uncover a world hidden from view as you walk through the hutongs, or alleyways, that connect Beijing’s neighbourhood houses and hear the eye-opening and intriguing stories of some of their most colourful inhabitants.
Offering a chance to experience authentic local culture, this tour will take you from a bustling wet market to the home of a local family where you can learn to make dumplings before exploring the streets of the old town and the peaceful Yu Garden.
Explore the cultural riches of Shanghai, both ancient and modern, as you travel through the city, from the artefacts of the Shanghai Museum to the religious heritage of the Jade Buddha Temple and on to the contemporary art scene of M50.
Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.
Walking the streets of the old city, you’ll discover a culinary hotspot as a wealth of morning delicacies are crafted in front of you, from dumplings to noodles, potstickers to pancakes. Taste ten local dishes as you get a flavour for the neighbourhood.
Walk along the ancient Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China, offering perhaps the most authentic experience with unrestored towers and crumbling ramparts, towards the renovated section at Mutianyu. Soak in the views with a picnic lunch on the wall.
Leave behind the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai as you cycle through its ancient lanes to discover daily life and local culture in tucked away neighbourhoods. Dive into a bustling market, sample the local street food and dine at a Buddhist canteen.
Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.
Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
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