10 day escorted tour itinerary

Discover China with Danxia Rainbow Mountains

Historic sights and natural phenomenon's

Embark on a nine night tour, covering the must-see sights in Chinas most interesting cities including The Great Wall, near Beijing, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors, the colourful Danxia mountains and the bright lights of The Bund in Shanghai. 

Private tour departs daily on request - June to September only. 

Itineraries for departures after the dates shown above are subject to change, please call for more details. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xian
  • Photograph the sun rise over Zhangye Danxia Landform Park
  • See the bright lights of The Bund in Shanghai

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
10 days
Guide Price
£3,899 per person
Price based on
Based on 04 September 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights.
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Internal flights and train journeys as detailed.
  • Air conditioned transportation.
  • Meals included as detailed: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) and No Meals (RO). Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet in your hotel. Most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • A local English speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate.
Not included
  • Tips for driver/guide
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.

Itinerary Breakdown

Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel for three nights 

Points of Interest

  • beij

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast enjoy a full day of sightseeing including a walk through Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world where you can see the Great Hall of the people and other historical monuments. You will also visit The Forbidden City, located directly behind the Tiananmen tower gate, where the Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and Empresses lived and ruled from 1420 to 1924. After lunch at a local restaurant visit the Summer Palace. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing including the Great Wall at Badaling. You will be able to walk and climb or travel by cable car (price not included). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast visit the Temple of Heaven where the Emperors worshipped and prayed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties for a good harvest. After lunch at a local restaurant transfer to the train station for the high-speed train to Xi'an (approximately five and a half hours). Upon arrival in Xi'an transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Tianyu Gloria or similar

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then see the Terracotta Warriors and their chariots, and the Emporer Qinshihuang Mausoleum. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Banpo Neolithic Village, in Xian. On the way back to your hotel, stop off at the Terra-Cotta Replication factory.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Tianyu Gloria or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Zhangye and upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Danxia (approx. one hour). Later visit the colourful Danxia Mountains which are located about 60km west of Zhangye. Nicknamed the 'painted mountains', these formations are unique and a joy for nature lovers and photographers. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Danxia Shenghua Wenhua or similar

After an early breakfast visit Zhangye Danxia Landforn Park for sunrise (weather permitting). Later, visit the Big Buddha Temple and White Pagoda. The Big Budda Temple is located in the heart of Zhangye and this is where the fearsome Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan is said to have been born. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the rest of the afternoon at leisure. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Zhangye Hotel or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ambassador Hotel or similar

After breakfast visit Mandarin Yu Garden, an extensive Chinese garden and the bazaar. After lunch at a local restaurant visit Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund before returning to your hotel. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ambassador Hotel or similar

After breakfast transfer to Shanghai for your onwards flight

  • Beijing

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk along the Great Wall of China
    • See the most holy imperial temple - the Temple of Heaven
    • Visit the Summer Palace
  • Xian

    Itinerary Highlights

    • One of the oldest cities in China
    • Home to the striking Terracotta Army
  • Danxia

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Colourful Danxia Mountains
  • Zhangye

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Zhangye Danxia Landform Park
    • Big Buddha
    • White Pagoda
  • Shanghai

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See Shanghai's most famous monastery - Jade Buddha Temple
    • Hit the shops on Nanjing Road
    • Visit the waterfront area, the Bund

Tailor your itinerary

Whilst this itinerary is varied and exciting - here are a few extras that we think would be perfect to make it even more memorable. 

Private Talk with archaeologist at Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors is a must-see attraction in Xi'an.

Meet with archaeologist Mrs Tianjing who will teach you all about the history of Xi'an and discovery of the Terracotta Warriors. Mrs Tianjing has been a guide for many celebrities, including Mr & Mrs Clinton

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Excursion

Champagne Forest Picnic on The Great Wall

With a personal guide, climb up through chestnut orchards into a pine forest.

Arrive at the ridge top clearing where you will be handed a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne and find a white linen laid with a picnic. Enjoy the spectacular views of The Great Wall from your forest refuge. 

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Excursion

Champagne on The Great Wall

What a better way to enjoy the Great Wall, than with bubbles? 

After walking half way to the highest watching towers, take a seat at your table, enjoy seasonal fruits, fine snacks and sip Moët & Chandon champagne. 

Make your visit to The Great Wall of China a magical moment that will be engraved in your memory forever. 

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