Highlights of China
This private luxury tour can be customized to your exact preferences:
Stay at the Great Wall; Cycle on Xian's City Walls;
See the Terracotta Army; Sidecar tour in Shanghai;
Rice terraces in Longji; Countryside cycling in Yangshuo;
Experience cultural crossroads in Hong Kong.
This is a private tour: travel in the company of your family or friends under the guidance of local hosts. Transportation, sightseeing and activities are all on private basis, you do not need to share with strangers. There are no fixed departure dates, travel on dates that suit you. There is no strict upper limit to the group size though groups over 15 people may require certain changes to the itinerary.
Beijing - Xian - Shanghai - Guilin (Yangshuo) - Hong Kong
From USD 3900 per person
Enjoy an eleven-day (10 Nights) trip across China, starting in the nation’s capital Beijing. Fly kites on the legendary Great Wall and enjoy a Kung Fu initiation lesson at Hou Hai Lake. Fly to Xi’An and marvel at the impressive Terracotta Army before moving on to Yangshuo, a vibrant town surrounded by towering limestone rock formations. Explore the small town of Pingan located at the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Experience a vintage sidecar tour of the Old French Concession in Shanghai and end with panoramic views from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong.
Hotel: Han’s Royal Garden *****
Arrive in Beijing (recommended arrival before 3PM). You will be met by a guide and driver and escorted to the stately Han’s Royal Garden Hotel, nestled deep inside Beijing’s ancient ‘hutongs’. This evening your guide will escort you to the Duck de Chine restaurant where you will enjoy one of the most refined Peking Duck meals in the city. Stay at the Han’s Royal Garden Hotel for 2 nights in Deluxe Room. The rest of the day is at leisure
After breakfast your guide will escort you to Houhai Lake, where Beijing’s seniors gather each morning to enjoy a variety of activities; from badminton and Tai Chi to street opera and ballroom dancing, this is a true taste of Chinese community life. A local master will teach you the basics of Tai Chi or Kung Fu in a true Chinese setting. Afterwards enjoy a rickshaw tour in Beijing’s ‘Hutongs’, a maze of traditional old alleyways and courtyards. Stroll along the famous and slightly outlandish Dong Hua Men snack street where all sorts of fruit, snacks and creatures are being sold to hungry punters. Afterwards feast on a scrumptious all-you-can-eat buffet featuring both Eastern and Western delicacies at the nearby Golden Jaguar Restaurant.
After breakfast your guide will take you shopping for an authentic Chinese kite to fly on the Great Wall later today. Transfer by private car to Mutianyu village where you will be given the key to your own rustic private villa with views of the Great Wall.
Before setting out to climb the Wall and test your kites, a courtyard lunch is served. The afternoon Great Wall hike comes in two flavors: an easy grade stroll along the accessible and renovated Mutianyu section or a more challenging exploration of the unrestored Jiankou section. After a couple of hours of hiking, you retreat to your villa where a local chef will prepare a barbecue dinner.
In the morning you will transfer to Beijing airport for your flight to Xi’an.
Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide and a private transfer will be provided to the hotel for a late afternoon or evening check-in. Stay at the Shangri-La for 1 night in Deluxe City Room. http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/xian/shangrila/rooms/deluxecityroom
Your guide will then take you for a bicycle trip on top of the massive city walls and evening walk in the famous Muslim Quarter, followed by a delicious ‘dim sum’ dinner banquet at a carefully selected venue.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast followed by a short drive outside the city to enjoy a tour of the iconic Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum. Later drive to the airport and board a flight to Guilin. Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide who will escort you in a private car to Yangshuo and help you check in at your hotel.
Weather permitting you will enjoy a Yangshuo Duck dinner on a rooftop overlooking West Street before your guide will escort you to the dramatic Liu Sanjie musical show set on the Li River with stunning mountain views. Stay at the Yangshuo Resort for 1 night in River View Room
After breakfast your guide will take you on a bicycle tour amidst the astonishing karst formations that surround Yangshuo. First stop is a local market to buy all the necessary ingredients for a cooking class in a countryside farmhouse where the resulting dishes will make up today’s lunch. The bikes will be temporarily swapped for a bamboo raft as you enjoy a relaxing trip on the Yulong River before going back ashore and cycling to Moon Hill. Later in the afternoon ride back to Yangshuo for showers and dinner before transferring back to Guilin. Stay at the Shangri-La Hotel for 2 nights in Deluxe Room
After breakfast set out for a one day excursion to Longji, home of the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Upon arrival a short hike brings you to Pingan Village, a small settlement home to intriguing ethnic minorities. Have lunch at one of the guesthouses with grand views over the endless fields before you and your guide set out to explore the ancient man-made terraces. Later in the afternoon have some free time to explore the town and take lots of pictures before transferring back to Guilin
Today you will visit the famous Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. After lunch, you will transfer by private car to Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will be met by a guide and driver and escorted to the Langham Xintiandi. In the evening sample the famous “Xiao Long Bao” soup dumplings at renowned Din Tai Fung restaurant in the lively Xintiandi district. Stay at the Langham Xintiandi for 2 nights in Grand Room http://xintiandi.langhamhotels.com/rooms/xintiandihotel_grandroom.htm
In the morning you will be picked up at the hotel for a two hour tour in the Old French Concession on a vintage 1930′s style sidecar motorcycle. Next, you get driven in a private car to Pudong, to have lunch in the Shanghai World Finance Center (SWFC) with impressive views over Shanghai. After lunch your guide will take you to quirky but amusing Bund Sightseeing Tunnel connecting both riverbanks. Go for a stroll on The Bund, walk past stately colonial-era buildings and enjoy the Pudong skyline views. This final evening in Shanghai is free to spend as you please; we can make dinner reservations at one of Shanghai’s prime dining venues.
After breakfast transfer to Longyang Road Maglev station. Board the Maglev train for a 15-minute ride to Pudong airport at an average speed of 250 km/h. At noon your flight leaves for Hong Kong. Upon arrival you will be met by a guide and driver and escorted to the Langham Place in vibrant Mong Kok district. Later your guide will escort you to Victoria Peak to enjoy panoramic views over Victoria Harbour and the South China Sea. View the daily light show at Victoria Harbour and enjoy a short boat trip on a beautifully restored traditional Chinese fishing boat. The rest of the evening is free to explore or relax at the hotel. Stay at the Langham Palace for 1 night in Essential Place Plus Room
The tour ends after breakfast. Make your own way to the airport (we can assist with private transfers if required at a surcharge) or you could extend your stay. We can assist with tailor-made add-ons.