10 day escorted tour itinerary

Wonders of China Tour

Ancient history and natural beauty

Combine the historic sights of Beijing, and the former capital Xi'an, with the natural beauty of rural Guilin. Enjoy a cruise along the Li River to picturesque Yangshuo, and a leisurely stroll along The Bund in Shanghai.                                  

Selected departure dates are available between January and September for the Group Tour.

Private tour departs daily on request.

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
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Li River

Sample Itinerary Summary

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

Duration
10 days
Guide Price
£2,089 per person
Price based on
Based on 17 March 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (group tour).
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 or Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights.
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double room with private facilities (alternative but similar accommodation may be used ar certain times of the year).
  • Internal flights or train journeys as detailed.
  • Air-conditioned transportation.
  • An English speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate.
  • Meals included as detailed. Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet in your hotel. Most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
Not included
  • Tips for the driver/guide.
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.

Itinerary Breakdown

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

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 with an optional boat ride via famous Empress Cixi Water Way to appreciate the beautiful scenery on both sides of the river.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing including the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be able to walk, climb or travel by cable car (price not included). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near the Great Wall 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 5.5 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, followed by a visit to 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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. 

On arrival in Guilin, meet  your local guide at the airport for a local orientation tour before heading to your hotel. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Park Hotel or similar

Today you will enjoy a leisurely cruise to Yangshuo on the Li River. The afternoon is free at leisure at West Street, which is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of over 1,400 years. This pedestrianised area is home to hundreds of shops with a variety of local crafts, antiques, souvenirs along with restaurants and bars. Later, return to your hotel in Guilin.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Park Hotel or similar

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for two nights. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ambassador or similar

After breakfast visit Mandarin Yu Garden, an extensive Chinese garden and the bazaar. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit The Shanghai Museum and take a stroll through the old French Concession. Tianzifang is a trendy new destination where the traditional architectural style Lilong meets modern art galleries and small design shops. 

If you book our group tour you will also enjoy a 45 minute stop at a Pearl Factory after visiting The Bund. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ambassador or similar

After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai for your onward 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
    • Explore the Forbidden City
    • See the iconic Bird’s Nest National Stadium
  • Xian

    Itinerary Highlights

    • One of the oldest cities in China
    • Home to the striking Terracotta Army
    • Tour the Wild Goose Pagoda
    • See a Tang Dynasty show
  • Guilin

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stunning scenery
    • Enjoy a river cruise
  • Shanghai

    Itinerary Highlights

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