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China Ancient Meets Modern

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Dive into ancient history, rich culture and modern miracles in just 11 days. On this customisable trip, you'll tour the ancient cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, visit the Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and cruise on the Li River in Guilin.  

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

Arrival in China! Ancient, modern and everything between… 

• Transfer from Beijing airport to your hotel
• Visit the famous Tian’anmen Square
• Take a rickshaw around the ancient Hutong

Visited:
Beijing
Accomodation
Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 2: The Mysteries of Beijing

Climb The Great Wall, (supposedly) visible from space...
• Climb the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a UNESCO site
• Visit Ming Dynasty tombs, aligned according to Feng Shui
• Walk along the Sacred Road, lined with marble figures

Visited:
Beijing

Day 3: Heavenly Temple, Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, home of emperors for 500 years...

• Visit the imperial Temple of Heaven
• Tour the Forbidden City, with its art collections
• Transfer to the station for the express train to Xi’an

Visited:
Beijing
Accomodation
Holiday Inn Express (Beijing)

Day 4: Explore the Muslim Quarter

Witness the history of Islam in China…

• Visit the 2,200-year-old Terracotta Army
• Head to the Great Mosque, the oldest and largest in China
• Explore the Muslim Quarter and its colourful shops 

Visited:
Xi'an
Accomodation
Skytel (Xi'an)

Day 5: ​The Beautiful City of Xi’an

Learn the sweeping swirls of Chinese calligraphy… 

• Take in the Small Wild Goose Pagoda from the Tang Dynasty
• Learn to write Chinese characters in a calligraphy lesson
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin

Visited:
Xi'an Guilin
Accomodation
Skytel (Xi'an)

Day 6: Longji Rice Terraces

Get ready for stunning vistas over the rice terraces… 

• Drive on to Longsheng, 100km from Guilin
• Take in the views over the Longji Rice terraces
• Walk to the nearby villages and meet the locals

Visited:
Longsheng Guilin
Accomodation
Universal (Guilin)

Day 7: Cruise on the Li River

Relax on the river for a day of geological wonders…

• Take a boat tour from Guilin to Yangshuo on the Li River
• Behold the distinct karst peaks along the river
• Visit a local market, or hire a bicycle to explore by bike

Visited:
Guilin Yangshuo

Day 8: Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave

Marvel at the strangeness of the Guilin landscape...

• Visit Fubo Hill, where water swirls in unexpected patterns
• Wonder at the rock formations into Reed Flute Cave
• Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai

Visited:
Guilin Shanghai
Accomodation
Universal (Guilin)

Day 9:  Shanghai, Where Old Meets New

Antiquity and modernity in the world’s largest city…

 Take a ferry over Hungpu River past the financial area
• Walk through Pudong with its monuments and skyscrapers
• Head to the Shanghai Museum for ancient Chinese art

Visited:
Shanghai
Accomodation
Rayfont Xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 10: Visit the Venice of the East

Retreat and reflect in China's peaceful gardens… 

• Boat trip along the canals of Tongli, 'Venice of the East'
• Meditate in various Suzhou gardens, all UNESCO sites
• Visit a local silk factory at the heart of the silk area

Accomodation
Rayfont Xuhui (Shanghai)

Day 11: Departure from Shanghai

Maje the most out of your last day in China…

 Free leisure time around the city
• Transfer to the airport for the flight home
• We hope you've had an incredible trip! 

Visited:
Shanghai

Beijing Xi'an Guilin Longsheng Yangshuo Shanghai Tongli Suzhou

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,150 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
For 2 For 4 Single supplement
April, May, September, October, November 1-14 £1,120 £1,030 £180
March, June, July, August, November 15-30 £1,110 £1,020 £180
January, February, December £1,090 £1,000 £170

Included in price:

  • Entrance Fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Private Transfers: transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Guide: as outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available
  • Hotel: hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast
  • Transportation: night train with soft sleeper from Beijing to Xi’an, flight from Xi’an to Guilin, from Guilin to Shanghai (economy class)
  • Arrangements: the tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Not included in price:

  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China entry visa fees
  • Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge: 38 GBP/adult, 26 GBP/child (2-11 ans)
  • Excess Baggage Charges : Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary
  • Meals: Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, and Spring Festival

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