Beijing – Great Wall – Xian – Shanghai
This holiday has been especially designed with families in mind and the activities and sightseeing is focused on keeping both adults and kids (from 4 – 13 years) busy. We can easily modify the activities to suite your specific needs if required. The holiday takes in the key destinations of Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors of Xian and the shimmering sights in the modern metropolis of Shanghai.
Beijing – Great Wall – Xian – Shanghai (& Tongli)
Chinese food is famous the world over – from crispy duck and spring rolls to exotic soup filled dumplings! This pioneering itinerary takes in the very best of the local cuisine in each area. You will learn how to make and prepare dishes, sample the best restaurants, explore local markets as well as see the main sites that every first time visitor to China should see. From the hutongs alleyways of Beijing, the fragrant Muslim Quarter in Xian to the colonial sophistication of The Bund in Shanghai – this holiday will leave you with the prefect taste of China!
Beijing – Xian – Shanghai – Yangtze River Cruise – Guilin – Li River Cruise
The perfect itinerary for any first time visit to China! It takes in the major sites in the cosmopolitan cities of Beijing and Shanghai, the incredible Terracotta Warriors in Xian and two of the world’s best river cruises –four nights on a 5* Yangtze River cruise and a day cruise along the picture postcard Li River. This itinerary will give a great overview of the very best of “the Middle Kingdom”.
Chengdu – Dali – Shaxi - Lijiang – Shangri-La
First stop on this creative tour is Chengdu, to get up close with Pandas – a must for any animal enthusiast! From here head to the ancient cobbled back street towns of Dali and Lijiang and then on to Shaxi, a small town located on the fabled “tea horse route” that connected trade between China and India. Whilst we readily admit Lijiang is getting busier the remote countryside around Tiger Leaping Gorge and far flung Naxi tribal villages you will leave all semblance of western society behind you. Then on to legendary Shangri-La where you will explore the cultural heritage and monastic life of the monks and lamas in Lhasa and the rarely visited Tibetan towns of Gyantze and Shigatse located high in the distant mountains along ancient trading routes.
Beijing – Shanghai – Hangzhou – Lijiang
For many people the thought of travel to China conjures up images of large tour groups being herded around on big coaches and staying in soulless substandard hotels. This holiday is far removed from this and utilises only the VERY finest luxury accommodation in the key city destinations of Beijing and Shanghai and the wildly beautiful countryside areas of Hangzhou and Lijiang. The “ultimate” China experience!
Beijing – Pingyao – Xian – Dunhuang - Turpan – Urumqi - Kashgar
This fascinating itinerary take you along ancient trade routes following in the footsteps of merchants, despots, artists and explorers along one of the oldest commercial routes in the world, that became known as the Silk Route. Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great are just a couple of great leaders who pioneered crossing the varying countryside, linking an eclectic mix of peoples and arranging for the passage of a vast array of goods from China to Europe, all of which has resulted in an unrivalled unique fusion of religion, culture and ethnicity.
Beijing – Great Wall – Xian – Chengdu – Yangtze River Cruise – Shanghai
Discover the ancient and modern in the fascinating city of Beijing before heading off to Xian where you will explore the atmospheric Islamic Quarter deep in the heart of the old city and also visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors. From Xian head to Chengdu – home of the Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute, the wildlife enthusiasts highlight in China. After getting up close and personal with the giant cuddly bears take a relaxing three night cruise along the mighty Yangtze River before jetting off to the uber modern metropolis of Shanghai where you can shop till you drop, eat in China’s finest gourmet restaurants and explore the ancient and colonial history and architecture.
Lijiang – Shangri-La – Lhasa – Gyantze – Shigatse – Lhasa
The ancient cobbled back streets of Lijiang are a reflection of how China used to be, admittedly they are now getting busier but as you head off in to the remote countryside to Tiger Leaping Gorge and far flung Naxi tribal villages you will leave all semblance of western society behind you. The fabled town of Shangri-La is the perfect place to relax and acclimatise to the altitude before flying to the once forbidden land of Tibet, where you will explore the cultural heritage and monastic life of the monks and lamas in Lhasa and the rarely visited Tibetan towns of Gyantze and Shigatse located high in the distant mountains along ancient trading routes.