Over the last few decades, China’s rapid economic growth has defined its identity. And yet, just beyond the gleaming skyscrapers and other signs of wealth, much of the country’s cherished history and culture lies undisturbed. On this 11-day tour, you are in expert hands as you experience the best of modern and ancient China. During your journey, travel between China’s most impressive natural and manmade wonders, all while staying at five-star accommodations. It is a journey of a lifetime, one...
Beijing – Welcome to China!
Your flight to Beijing lands in the early afternoon. Your guide and private driver meet you in the arrivals lobby. During the half-hour journey to your hotel, a plethora of fantastic sights surround you. From the seven beltways that encircle the city to the countless skyscrapers under construction, Beijing is a city continuously undergoing transformation and growth.
You arrive at your luxury accommodation. Located less than a mile from the Imperial Palace, the hotel is situated among the city’s historic hutongs. The hutongs are narrow alleys linking multiple traditional homes, some dating back 400 years. The hutongs are known for their magnificent private courtyards, something your own luxury accommodation spares no expense to emulate for your enjoyment. Your room features modern amenities while staying true to the hotel’s Qing dynasty design.
After some time to freshen up, your guide picks you up for dinner. Your first taste of China is at the famous restaurant specializing in duck dishes. The outside gardens feature modern art, and inside a chef cuts duck right at your table. Wrapped in a thin pancake with fresh cucumber, scallions, and sweet bean sauce, the first bite is a decadent blend of tastes and textures.
Beijing – Explore Beijing’s Past
Beijing – Walk the Wall
Xi’an – A Blend of Cultural Traditions
Yangshuo – Ancient Warriors and Breathtaking Performances
Yangshuo – A Day of Natural Wonders
Guilin – A Village Fixed in Time
Shanghai – Peaceful Nature and Big City Life
Shanghai – Past and Future Combined
Hong Kong – Magnificent Metropolis
Departure – Still So Much More to See
- Channel your inner energy and enjoy a restorative and relaxing Tai-chi class in Beijing
- Overnight at a private villa overlooking the Great Wall
- Discover the finer flavors and secrets of Chinese cuisine in a private cooking class in Yangshuo
- Enjoy lunch and candid conversations with a Chinese farming family in Pingan Village
- Traverse the Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is viewable from outer space
- Experience over 8,000 majestic and well-preserved sculptures of the terracotta army, hidden away in an underground chamber
Your tour begins in Beijing, China’s capital and home to some of the county’s finest cultural treasures. Over two days, you get to know the locals by exploring the city’s oldest neighborhoods and practicing tai-chi in the soft morning light. Enjoy succulent Peking Duck along with a variety of other culinary treats. Your lovely hotel is in one of the city’s most historic districts, and it makes you feel right at home.
From Beijing, you venture north by private car to the Great Wall. At your secluded villa overlooking the wall, dine on a specially prepared lunch before spending the afternoon exploring the restored and original Great Wall. From the ruins of an ancient watchtower, take part in an ancient Chinese tradition of flying a kite there. Your day ends with a private barbecue dinner at your villa.
Xi’an was known as Chang’an throughout its 1,000-year history as China’s capital. Its impressive city walls are a testament to the engineering of the past when defenders protected the city against foreign invasions and local rebellions. As you tour the city on bicycle, the massive walls are never out of sight. At the end of your tour, you step inside the Grand Mosque of Xi’an. Dating back to the 8th-century, it is an elegant symbol of how Islam adapted to Chinese culture.
An hour’s ride away from Xi’an are the famous terracotta warriors and horses. Part of a sprawling burial complex constructed for the first emperor of China, the thousands of warriors leave you breathless when you first gaze upon them. While there, you learn much about the statues’ construction and preservation, and the greater treasures still buried underground.
Flying south from Xi’an, you arrive in Guilin, a step into the distant past. Here, you discover China’s most beautiful landscapes, from terraced rice farms to impossibly steep cliffs. Exploring the area over three days on bicycle and bamboo raft, you cannot help but feel at peace within this beautiful landscape.
For two days you tour Shanghai, a city with its feet planted in both the past and future. Walking alongside the stately European buildings on the Bund, learn about Shanghai’s history, when most of the city was controlled by England, France, and Germany. Across the river is the Pudong, a district of futuristic skyscrapers all constructed in the last 25 years. They symbolize the glory of 21st-century China.
Your final destination is Hong Kong. Returned to China in 1997, the city retains many British influences. From the names of city streets to the architecture, you discover a blend of cultures and languages as you explore some of the city’s most famous neighborhoods and priceless vistas.
This 11-day tour is perfect for couples of all ages. It is best taken in the Spring or Fall when China’s weather is ideal for outdoor exploration. Luxury accommodations and expert guides are included in all cities. Your guides are trained to assist you with any questions that may arise throughout the course of the tour.
$3,218 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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