Cities of China in Style

10 days from $6,510 per person*
  • Seek spiritual answers at the Wong Tai Sin Temple.
  • Experience Shanghai from above at the Oriental Pearl Tower.
  • Visit the Terra Cotta Army and Great Wall with private guide.
  • Enjoy the musical fountain at Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Delve into the bygone dynasties of China in a style fit for a king with this decadent 5* tour of the exotic highlights of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai & Hong Kong. Starlit dinners, temples, palaces, cruises, gourmet feasts, cultural encounters, 1st class hotels & chauffeur. Expert private guide presents unparalleled insights & exclusive access.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - Great Wall Mutianyu & Summer Palace with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Peking Duck Dinner at Dadong Restaurant - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an
    Beijing to Xi'an
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Beijing - Xi`an [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Evening Walking Tour: Muslim Cultural Street, Pagoda, & Fountain Show with Dinner (2hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Xi'an
    Xi'an
    • Tour - Private - Terra Cotta Warriors, City Wall by Bike & Pagoda with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tang Dynasty Dinner Show - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai
    Xi'an to Shanghai
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Xi`an - Shanghai [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Hongqiao Domestic) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Evening Walking Tour in French Concession & Xintiandi with Dinner - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Tour - Private - Bund Cruise, Oriental Pearl, Shanghai Museum & Urban Planning Hall with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Shanghai to Hong Kong
    Shanghai to Hong Kong
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Shanghai - Hong Kong [(2.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hong Kong Island Tour with Lunch (5-6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Kowloon Tour with Lunch (5-6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Beijing

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)

The Fairmont Beijing Hotel brings unprecedented luxury and hospitality offering guests a distinctive stay right in the heart of China’s modern capital business center. The hotel is conveniently in the central business district, with easy access to tourist attractions such as Wangfujing Street and entertainment center, the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square. Their distinctive collection of comfortable and contended guest rooms, top-end spa treatments, state-of-the-art fitness facility and yoga studio and award-winning restaurants allow their globe-trotting guests to enjoy opulence from all aspects, while on their journey in China’s capital. With first class amenities, Guest room accommodations come primed with cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Unique architecture and superlative décor makes The Fairmont Beijing Hotel not only charming but allows guests to settle in comfortable luxurious suites with elite services.

Beijing
Beijing
Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Fairmont Beijing Hotel

Day 2: Beijing

This full day of private guided tour explores Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven with a stop for a deluxe lunch. Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and stretches a vast 440,000 square meters. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty reigned here until 1924. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3: Beijing

Enjoy a private guided tour of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction started in the northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There is an abundance of natural springs, which feed a great variety of verdant plants and ancient trees. Built mainly from granite with 8 meter high walls and 5 meters wide at the top, the wall is notable for its 22 watchtowers that suggest a significant military importance. Next, you will visit The Summer Palace, a sprawling suburban compound used by royalty as their summer retreat and best known for its stunning grounds around Kunming Lake. The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares of which three quarters are water. Classically designed as an archetypal Chinese garden, it is ranked among the most noted gardens of the world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Lunch is included.

Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at Dadong restaurant. Voted by locals as the best Peking Duck in Beijing.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Da Dong Restaurant
Da Dong Restaurant

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Enjoy a two hour evening walking tour in Muslim Cultural street in Xi'an - a fascinating area of the city which juxtaposes old against new. Nowadays this district is divided into three parts namely, Beiyuanmen Street, Xiyang Market, and Huajue Lane, and gets its fashionable name "Muslim Street". The Drum Tower is to the southern end and the Great Mosque is to the northern end of the district. The mixture of ancient culture and modern style along with the prosperous scene and tantalizing smells will give you a great insight into the pulse of the city. You'll also get to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda evening music fountain during your tour and enjoy a deluxe dumpling dinner.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Xian (5*)

Shangri-La Hotel Xian has the very best of the city right on its doorstep with the finest in shopping and entertainment. The hotel is just a 30 minute drive from Xian International Airport, and is within easy reach of many top tourist attractions. The hotel’s guest rooms and suites set a new standard for deluxe accommodation in Xian embodying Shangri-La standards in luxury. The hotel also offers trendsetting designer restaurants, luxurious spa treatments and a fully equipped health club with heated pool; it's the perfect place to soothe the mind, body, and soul. Whether you're traveling for pleasure, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian offers exceptional levels of hospitality to further enhance your enjoyment of this magnificent city. Take pleasure in the little luxuries. At Shangri-La Hotel, Xian, every moment lingers forever.

Xi'an
Xi'an
Shangri-La Hotel Xian
Shangri-La Hotel Xian

Day 5: Xi'an

The first stop of this private guided bicycle tour is the Terra Cotta Army. Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses, and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. The tour continues on to the imposing ancient city wall. The walls, ramparts, gates, and watchtowers from one of the oldest and most complete city defenses still around. They were built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city center. The last leg of the tour is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a major Buddhist site. The simple, elegant brick pagoda stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple. The pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals.

Enjoy your VIP seats at the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show with a private vehicle transfer. At each performance there are over 100 artists who entertain with a colorful spectacle of dance and music symbolizing the splendor of the Tang Dynasty, regarded as the most progressive and prosperous era of Imperial China.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Xian (5*)
Wild Goose Pagoda
Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 6: Xi'an - Shanghai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Xi'an to Shanghai. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

This evening, enjoy a one and half hour walking tour in French Concession and Xintiandi. A deluxe dinner at Jessie Restaurant in Xintiandi is included.

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*)

Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service, and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely theirs.

Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Day 7: Shanghai

Experience a full day private guided tour of Shanghai visiting the Shanghai Museum, Urban Planning Museum, Nanjing Road, the Bund, cruising on the Huangpu river, and enjoying the views from the Oriental Pearl Tower. The museum is an authentic treasure house of ancient Chinese art and holds around 120,000 precious relics. Bronzes, pottery, paintings, and calligraphies are distinctive features of the museum's collection. The nearby Urban Planning Hall is a fun and informative introduction to Shanghai’s exciting past and future. Strolling down Nanjing Road, which was once listed as one of the most interesting streets in the world, you will arrive at the historic Bund. Enjoy a cruise on the Huangpud River that divides old Shanghai from the futuristic Pudong, before venturing across the water for a trip up the Oriental Pearl Tower to view the city from above. The majority of this tour is best to be done by foot.

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*)
Oriental Pearl Tower
Oriental Pearl Tower

Day 8: Shanghai - Hong Kong

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Spend a half day exploring some of the highlights of Hong Kong. Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It’s also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an altitude of 552 meters, it’s the highest mountain on the island. Since the 19th century, Aberdeen has emerged as one of the most important fishing ports in Hong Kong. Now in Aberdeen, as the catering and tourism industries are on the rise, so is the demand for seafood. There you will see rows upon rows of the old-fashioned junks and sampans, and some house boats where the fishermen and their families still live. Lastly, continue to Repulse Bay, located in the southern part of Hong Kong. The beach stretches along with clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore with golden soft sand. Afterwards, stop off at a local restaurant for a dim sum lunch. 

Accommodation: Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong (5*)

Created in 1928, and Hong Kong's oldest hotel, the Peninsula Hong Kong, or the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artifacts on display around the hotel. Each one of the hotel's opulent guest rooms is comfortable and stylish and equipped with advanced technology for the convenience of hotel guests  underlined by the world-famous Peninsula service. With a perfect location, elegant accommodation, and revolutionary dining, this five star hotel experience will leave you feeling blissful.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong
Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong

Day 9: Hong Kong

Wong Tai Sin Temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. Most of the visitors come to the temple in search for a spiritual answer via a practice called kau cim. They light incense sticks, kneel before the main altar, make a wish, and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until a stick falls out. This stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and then the soothsayer will interpret the fortune on the paper for the worshiper. After, continue to the Jade Market where you can wander the hundreds of stalls selling all varieties and grades of jade. Next will be the Bird and Flower Markets where you can wander around the flower stalls and marvel at exotic birds. A dim sum lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong (5*)
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple

Day 10: Hong Kong

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Fairmont Beijing (5*): Beijing

The Fairmont Beijing Hotel brings unprecedented luxury and hospitality offering guests a distinctive stay right in the heart of China’s modern capital business center. The hotel is conveniently in the central business district, with easy access to tourist attractions such as Wangfujing Street and entertainment center, the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square. Their distinctive collection of comfortable and contended guest rooms, top-end spa treatments, state-of-the-art fitness facility and yoga studio and award-winning restaurants allow their globe-trotting guests to enjoy opulence from all aspects, while on their journey in China’s capital. With first class amenities, Guest room accommodations come primed with cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Unique architecture and superlative décor makes The Fairmont Beijing Hotel not only charming but allows guests to settle in comfortable luxurious suites with elite services.

Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Shangri-La Hotel Xian (5*): Xi'an

Shangri-La Hotel Xian has the very best of the city right on its doorstep with the finest in shopping and entertainment. The hotel is just a 30 minute drive from Xian International Airport, and is within easy reach of many top tourist attractions. The hotel’s guest rooms and suites set a new standard for deluxe accommodation in Xian embodying Shangri-La standards in luxury. The hotel also offers trendsetting designer restaurants, luxurious spa treatments and a fully equipped health club with heated pool; it's the perfect place to soothe the mind, body, and soul. Whether you're traveling for pleasure, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian offers exceptional levels of hospitality to further enhance your enjoyment of this magnificent city. Take pleasure in the little luxuries. At Shangri-La Hotel, Xian, every moment lingers forever.

Shangri-La Hotel Xian
Shangri-La Hotel Xian
Shangri-La Hotel Xian Garden
Shangri-La Hotel Xian Garden

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*): Shanghai

Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service, and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely theirs.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong (5*): Hong Kong

Created in 1928, and Hong Kong's oldest hotel, the Peninsula Hong Kong, or the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artifacts on display around the hotel. Each one of the hotel's opulent guest rooms is comfortable and stylish and equipped with advanced technology for the convenience of hotel guests  underlined by the world-famous Peninsula service. With a perfect location, elegant accommodation, and revolutionary dining, this five star hotel experience will leave you feeling blissful.

Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong
Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong
Lobby
Lobby
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Ronald F. — August 10, 2016 — Asia

    As usual, Kensington exceeded our expectations and every detail was handled by your company. It makes traveling to a strange country so easy and we get to experience an in-depth visit that gives us a true look into the country. The people of Japan are very friendly and gracious. thanks.

  • Hans M. — July 15, 2016 — Asia

    From start to end of the program was excellent - flights, guides, drivers and hotel accommodations.Had never experienced from other Travel Companies. My my Family and I thank Kensington Tours personnel for a job well done.

  • Steven T. — June 15, 2016 — Asia

    We found Kensington of great assistance in helping us extend our recent trip to Japan with days on private tour to Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Astrid Di Paolo was our Kensington travel designer and was a delight to work with - very conscientious and attentive to every detail of our trip.

  • Sydney L. — June 08, 2016 — Asia

    This trip was unforgettable. I start medical school in July and wanted to do one last family trip before starting school (and no longer having summers). China and Tibet were unbelievable. The Holy Lake and Great Wall pictures alone were worth the money spent on the trip. My father loved the monasteries in Tibet as well. He is a history nerd and loved hearing the stories from 600 AD and witnessing the great stupas. Nepal was amazing as well, although I would have loved to have seen the sites before the earthquakes. All of our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we had enough water and were safe. Would recommend Kensington Tours to all of my friends and will definitely book again using them!

  • Ma. Cecilia J — June 01, 2016 — Asia

    Everything was great!

  • Loretta H. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    Very enjoyable trip. We had a private guide and driver. All very knowledgeable. Always met us at the airport and even waited for us when our flight was delayed. The price was well worth the money spent. Thank you Kensington Tours!

  • Marnie T. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides were very sweet, knowledgeable and accommodating to our itinerary desires.

  • Diana S. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides in Japan were all so pleasant and very knowledgeable of the areas we visited. They often shared personal stories which further enhanced our enjoyment of the tours.

  • Byron M. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    That was the single greatest experience of my life.

  • James G. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    We were very impressed by the quality of the tour. Everything worked as planned - our guides met us on time every time, the hotels were well selected and met our needs precisely, the itinerary was well chosen. We would like to call out the expertise and friendliness of our guides. They added immensely to the success of the trip. All of the guides were great but we want to especially express appreciation for the guides in Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor Wat. They helped make us feel like we were speaking with friends about the countries and places they lived in.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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