The Grand China Adventure
China , Hong Kong
China , Hong Kong
Experience Beijing and Xian to view its cultural and historical highlights. Enjoy beautiful landscapes of Guilin and take a panda tour at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu. Then explore the Tibetan highland. In Shanghai and Hong Kong, see its great economic impulse and distinctive attractions and savour its blend of Eastern and Western cultures. This private tour of China features some of the country’s most luxurious hotels and resorts, your own guide and driver for flexible private touring. It’s an easy itinerary based around short flights and private car transfers.
The Grand China Adventure This comprehensive tour is the ultimate luxury journey through China, Tibet & Hong Kong.
(21 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing & Great Wall, Huangshan, Shanghai, Guilin with Yangshuo and Longsheng, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Hong Kong.
Begin in Beijing, renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, imperial gardens, and religious temples. Tour imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. Spend one-day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China and bike down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood.
Fly to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), one of China’s top ten scenic areas. Since ancient times the mountain has been famous for odd shaped pines, grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds and unbelievable views of beautiful peaks that is has inspired Chinese artists for centuries.
Next, fly to Shanghai. During private touring see the city highlights including the famous Three Temples, the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Visit Shanghai’s old town and also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, visit the nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.
Continue to Guilin, China's most picturesque region and has long been one of the world's most famous travel destinations. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, known as the “hundred-mile art gallery”.
Transfer to the ancient capital of Xian, one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors and the city highlights – Big and Small Goose Pagodas. – enjoy Xian’s culinary highlights including the lively Muslim Quarter and dine on dumplings, a local specialty.
In Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan is one of China’s famous ancient cultural cities. Visit the Memorial Temple, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, and giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Dine on Sichuan’s spicy and delicious cuisine, and enjoy Sichuan Opera that includes the mysterious local art of face-changing.
Fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and a city steeped in Buddhist spirituality and Tibetan traditions. Visit Potala Palace, located on the top of the Red Hill. Built in the 7th century, this 13-story main building is the headquarters of the Dalai Lamas and a treasure house of traditional Tibetan culture with a collection of Buddhist statues, murals and Buddhist scriptures. Also visit Jokhang Monastery.
The tour concludes in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities. During touring with your expert private guide, ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, dine on dim sum at teahouses, explore local markets to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and unusual food products, and ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbour.
Day 1-3 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Full-day private city tour and private excursion to the Great Wall.
Day 4-5 – Transfer
Huangshan Morning flexible touring and shopping.
Private transfer to airport for flight to Huangshan.
Full-day private excursion to Mount Huangshan.
Day 6-8 – Transfer
Shanghai Full-day private excursion to nearby villages.
Evening visit to Tunxi Ancient Street.
Private excursion to nearby water village and city touring.
Day 9 – Transfer
Guilin Private transfer to airport for flight to Guilin.
Day 10 – Cruise
Yangshuo Morning Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Afternoon private tour of Yangshuo and countryside.
Day 11 – Explore
Longsheng Full-day private excursion.
Day 12 – Transfer
Xian Private transfer to airport for flight to Xian.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private city tour.
Day 13-14 – Tour & Transfer
Chengdu Morning private visit to Terracotta Warriors.
Morning visit to panda breeding center.
Afternoon private city tour. Evening tickets to Sichuan opera.
Day 15-17 – Transfer
Lhasa Private transfer to airport for flight to Lhasa.
Full-day private tour with option for hike.
Day 18-20 – Transfer
Hong Kong Private transfer to airport for flights to Hong Kong.
Full-day private city tour.
Day 21 – Depart
Hong Kong Private airport transfer
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel. The flight to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) takes almost 16 hr. from Chicago, 12 hr. from London, and 9 hr. from Sydney but it will get you a lot of mileage points.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.