Classic China

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River & Shanghai

From £5900 per person in low season
From £6300 per person in high season

based on 11 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

Price Guide:

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

* 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.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Full Board and Activities Included on the Yangzte Cruise

  • High Speed Train Tickets in First Class from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Chengdu and Chengdu to Chongqing

per person based on 2 people sharing. This itinerary is not available in December, Yangtze Cruise does not run during this period.

Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.

Less More

At a Glance

  • This classic itinerary takes in all of China's main highlights and world famous cultural sites.

  • This itinerary includes visits to The Terracotta Army, 3 Gorges Dam, Great Wall of China and a Panda Sanctuary, ticking off many of China's most famous sites.

  • Private guiding has been included throughout the trip so ensure that you get have the chance to uncover the unique history and culture of this fascinating country

  • The itinerary has a really nice pace and features three nights along the Yangzte River providing a great excuse to sit back and relax

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D

Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

In China the weather has four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and a cold winter. The hottest time in China comes in July and August, with more than 10 days at temperatures above 35 C. The coldest time is from the late January to early February. The spring from March to May is recommended as the best time to travel to China. Summer which also sees heavy rainstorms late in the season is surprisingly the peak season.

Hide Read more

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.


This classic itinerary provides a brilliant introduction to China, from the awesome scenery of the Three Gorges along the Yangtze River, the almighty Great Wall of China to the fascinating Terracotta Army. During your 11 night trip you’ll visit all the key highlight destinations including Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, a cruise along the Yangtze and Shanghai with private guiding throughout to ensure you make the most out of your adventure, uncovering the culture and history.

  1. Days 1-4: Beijing

    Starting in Beijing, you’ll have three nights here to take in all the city has to offer. With your private guide you’ll have the chance to visit the impressive Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Imperial Summer Palace taking you through the incredible history of this city. Of course, no trip to China, let alone Beijing, would be complete without a trip to the Great Wall of China. We have included an early morning trip for you, as this will be the best time to capture the beauty of this world-famous site with the benefit of having limited others that you'll be sharing the experience with.

    Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Beijing (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-6: Xian

    From Beijing you’ll take the high-speed train to Xian that will take just over four hours. Xian, the ancient capital, is where you’ll be able to view another world-famous site, the incredible life size Army of Terracotta Warriors standing guard over the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang. During in your time in Xian alongside the Terracotta Army, again with your private guide, we have included a trip to the Islamic Quarter which is a fascinating district in Xian and really reflects the multiculturalism of the city as the start of the Silk Route. 

    Accommodation: Sofitel On Renmin Square (2 nights)

  3. Days 6-7: Chengdu

    Then it is on to Chengdu, again by fast train, where you will have one night. On arrival we have included a short introduction to the city and of course can recommend some fantastic restaurants for you to try here on your evening here. Located in the heart of Panda territory, Chengdu is the best place to view these magnificent bears. As the bears are at their most active at the start of the day, we have included an early morning visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute, one of the world’s leading research centres on the breeding habits of Pandas. In the afternoon you’ll then continue to the train station to meet your onward high-speed train to Chongqing where you will board your Yangzte Cruise Ship.

    Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu (1 night)

  4. Days 7-10: Yangtze River & Yichang

    Over the next three days you’ll enjoy sailing through the Three Gorges, Qutang, Wu and Xiling as you pass dramatically stunning scenery and taking life slow. Your time on the ship can be spent relaxing on deck enjoying the views and taking part in the onshore excursions that are included daily. During the cruise you'll also have the chance to enjoy on-board  sunrise Tai Chi lessons lectures and discussions as well as of course witnessing the infamous Dam Site with a bird’s eye view of this enormous engineering project.

    Accommodation: M.S Yangzi Explorer (3 nights)

  5. Days 10-12: Shanghai

    On disembarking your cruise you will be met by your private guide who will transfer you to Yichang airport in order to connect to your onward flight to Shanghai where you will spend your last few nights of your trip. Lying on the estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is the centre of China’s trade and industry. European-style architecture, traditional Chinese buildings and sleek modern developments all co-exist in this cosmopolitan metropolis. There is so much to do and see here, from the French Concession area with its quiet colonial parks and neighbourhoods, the Yu Gardens featuring traditional Ming dynasty water gardens and of course the beautiful Bund along the Huangpu River has the celebrated strip of Art Deco towers. We have again included an expert private guide for you here to make the most of your time in one of China’s most fast paced and cosmopolitan cities.

    Accommodation: Peninsula Shanghai (2 nights)


  • Beijing Religion and Philosophy

    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.

  • Evening Foodie Experience

    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.

  • Forbidden City and Hutong Family Homemade Lunch

    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.

  • Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk

    Get a taste for the flavours of Beijing as you spend an evening touring neighbourhood family-run restaurants in a tuktuk before ending the night at a local craft beer brewery. Feast on local delicacies as you mingle with the residents of the hutongs.

  • Jinshanling Hike at The Great Wall

    Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.

  • Old City of Xian and The Big Goose Pagoda

    Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Religious Sites of Shanghai

    Step into Shanghai’s rich cultural and religious melting pot as you explore its Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Taoist sites and uncover a diverse myriad of religions practised in this cultural crossroad.

  • Tai Chi in Shanghai

    Get a glimpse into the ancient art of Tai Chi as you begin your day with a lesson from a master, and enjoy an hour of practice in one of the Shanghai’s parks, looking out over the city’s skyline.

  • Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty

    The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty was a hugely significant discovery in the 1970s. The warriors are fascinating and well worth exploring with a private guide.

  • Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

    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.

  • Visit Tiannamen Square & The Forbidden City

    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 to The Temple of Heaven & The Summer Palace

    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.

  • Walking around the Great Wall of China

    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.

  • Xi’an by Jeep

    Uncover the secrets of two of Xi’an’s most enigmatic sites as you explore the mysterious cave dwellings of the loess rock formations and the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors.


Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River & Shanghai

Speak to our specialists 020 3993 8860

    Why book with Scott Dunn?

  • 100% financial protection
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Firsthand knowledge
  • Renowned service
  • Award-winning tour operator

Plan your trip

1. Travel details
2. Guests
3. Contact details

How to use our service

Browse our website for luxury travel ideas and holiday inspiration

Call us on +44 20 8682 5400 and speak to a destination specialist about what you want

Receive your bespoke holiday quote, then book online or over the phone

if (UV.officeOpen=="1") { $(".how-we-work span").html($('#header_message span').length ? $('#header_message span').html() : $('.office_open span').length ? $(".office_open span").html() : $(".how-we-work span").html()); } else { $(".how-we-work span").parent().html($(".how-we-work span").parent().html().replace(/Call us on/i, "Call us")); $(".how-we-work span").remove(); }

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

It looks like you are in the USA

Would you like to: