Best of China Vacation Package

A 13 day trip to China 
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China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other they may have had elsewhere. Each geographic area in China teems with its own identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Chinese civilization. You will be amazed at how regions differ vastly yet express similar values and ideas.

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General Information

Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Longsheng, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1

Beijing Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport, one of the world’s largest and most modern. You are met by our tours service staff and transferred by vehicle to your downtown luxury hotel. Meet your fellow travelers and tour manager at the Evening Reception for orientation and learn more about the upcoming sightseeing and activities. Raffles Beijing Hotel

Day 2

Beijing After a great breakfast our exploration in Beijing starts from Tiananmen Square– the world’s largest. Stop by the ‘Egg’ - National Performing Arts Center for a view of the modern exterior. Next, visit the Forbidden City, magnificent imperial palaces of Ming and Qing dynasties for almost 500 years. After lunch explore by pedicab some of beijing's iconic Hutongs(lanes) and the traditional family courtyards. Climb up the nearby Drum Tower or Bell Tower for an aerial view of the traditional neighborhood. Also visit the private home of a local resident to hear their life stories. Return to hotel for rest and refreshing. Enjoy a welcome banquet featuring the capital's signature dish: Peking Duck in an elite restaurant. (B-L-D) Raffles Beijing Hotel

Day 3

Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven early this morning.Observe Beijing residents doing traditional Taichi and other exercises in the well maintained park. Behold the beautiful Hall of Prayers, an ornate structure built of wood without using a single nail or adhesive. Stop by the lively Panjiayuan Market, a bustling place where buyers and vendors bargain hard over antiques, furniture, accessories, traditional arts and crafts. Return to hotel for own lunch and refreshing. Go to visit Summer Palace, enchanting imperial retreat of the Qing dynasty royal family and retinue. The Long Corridor, Marble Boat, Seventeen-Arch Bridge,and Longevity Hill are all structures of grace and beauty. Enjoy a boat ride on the vast Kunming Lake. For tonight’s dinner, we invite you to enjoy the famous Imperial Cuisine Dinner that was favored by the late Qing Emperors in a quaint courtyard restaurant. (B-D) Raffles Beijing Hotel

Day 4

Beijing Put on your hiking shoes for an excursion to the extraordinary Great Wall of China. In the northern hills we visit the rugged and scenic Mutianyu sectionwhich better exemplifies the fine Ming dynasty era construction. Stop by a small mountain village for lunch and meet local rural residents. Return to hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to discover more of Beijing’s treasures or just relax. (B-D) Raffles Beijing Hotel

Day 5

Xi'an This morning, transfer to the airport and on the way, visit trendy 798 Art Complex to view some modern Chinese art created by some of Beijing’s best known artists. Fly west to Xi’an, the ancient capital of the founding Qin Dynasty and many of the subsequent dynasties. After refreshing in hotel, go to visit the massive Ancient City Wall and the nearby ornate Bell Tower. This evening, enjoy a special Xi’an Cuisine Dinner in a nice local restaurant followed by an elaborate Tang Dynasty Stage Show recalling the days when Xi’an was the largest city in the world. (B-D) Soffitel Xi'an on Renmin Square

Day 6

Xi’an Take an excursion to see the extraordinary 2,200 year-old Terracotta Warriors of China’s first Emperor discovered in 1974 by farmers while digging a well. This archaeological excavation site is a stunning exhibit of more than 7,000 ancient terracotta life-size statues of soldiers, officers, horses,chariots, and other artifacts. Upon returning to the city in the afternoon, visit the elegant Big Goose Pagoda which has survived over a millennia of war and earthquakes. Tour the exquisite Xi’an History Museum for its wonderful collection of relic items spanning almost 3000 years. Enjoy dinner on your own.(B-L) Soffitel Xi'an on Renmin Square

Day 7

Guilin-Longsheng Transfer to airport for a noon flight to Guilin. On the way, visit the Yangling Archaeological Site and Museum that displays priceless antiquities found in this imperial tomb of the Han Dynasty. Upon arrival in Guilin, one of China’s most scenic cities, transfer to hotel and refresh. Later, follow your guide on a city tour that includes an evening cruise through urban lakes featuring lights and bridges. Enjoy a Sichuan Cuisine Dinner in a local restaurant.(B-L-D) Shangri-La Hotel Guilin

Day 8

Guilin-Longsheng Guilin is home to some of China’s most beautiful landscapes, its jagged and lush limestone peaks and tranquil rivers create endless panoramas. After breakfast, travel by vehicle to mountainous Longsheng for a full-day excursion to see beautiful Rice Terraces and to visit villages of ethnic Dong and Yao peoples, two of China’s fifty five ethnic minorities. Some moderate climbing is involved so you will need comfortable walking shoes. Those who cannot hike can still enjoy the scenery utilizing sedan-chair service. Return to Guilin and the evening is free. (B-L) Shangri-La Hotel Guilin

Day 9

Guilin-Yangshuo-Shanghai This morning, board a pleasure boat for a relaxing yet stunning Li River Cruise. The cruise will give you an opportunity to savor the unique and scenic views of the area’s extraordinary landscape of sheer limestone peaks and tranquil waters that have inspired thousands of famous Chinese scroll paintings. Disembark in Yangshuo, a lovely tourist-friendly town lined with shops and restaurants serving international foods. Explore the lively street market and also visit a farmer’s village home nestled in the panoramic landscape. Return by vehicle to Guilin for a late afternoon flight to Shanghai. Transfer to your exquisite hotel upon arrival. (B-L) The Peninsula Shanghai

Day 10

Shanghai After breakfast in your hotel, head out to visit the classic Yuyuan Garden constructed in 1559 and the European Art-Deco architecture of the Bund. Gaze across the Huangpu River at the towering structures of the ultra-modern Pudong district. In the afternoon, visit the marvelous Shanghai Museum,whose well organized galleries contain world-class collections of ancient art and artifacts dating back millennia. The Bronze Gallery is probably the world’s finest, a must-see section. Then, wander in the former French Concession,represented by the leafy Fuxing Park and colonial era architecture. Stop at Xintiandi, a redeveloped old neighborhood now occupied by trendy pubs, coffee shops and galleries. After dinner in a local restaurant enjoy an astounding live acrobatic performance. (B-L-D) The Peninsula Shanghai

Day 11

Shanghai In the morning of your last day in China, you will visit the 1555 foot high obersvation deck of the World Financial Center, the world's fourth tallest building.Next stop by Ohel Moshe Synagogue in the “old ghetto” to reflect upon the Jewish experience in pre-War China. Later, visit Tianzifang Art District for a peek at the local art scene and tour a couple of art galleries. Afternoon is free to explore dynamic Shanghai on your own. Tonight, fellow travelers all get together to enjoy a special farewell Shanghai Cuisine Dinner in an elite local restaurant. (B,D) The Peninsula Shanghai

Day 12

Return Home Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Later, transfer to the airport and board your home bound flight. Arrive in North America on the same day. (B)


Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.