Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River

9 days from $2,934 per person*
  • Hike and float along the Li River with expert guide.
  • Come face to face with the famous Terra Cotta Army with private guide.
  • Led by private guide, explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Centuries fall away as you climb the Great Wall, look down upon the Terra Cotta Warriors, and cruise the serene waters of the Li River. Embark on this tour of China's must-see highlights with private guides at every stop.

Water buffalo work the farmland on the banks of the river, farmers harvest the lush rice paddies, children float past on school-bound rafts and fishermen capture their catch of the day. Back on land, a private tour will introduce you to the historic delights of Beijing, including vast Tiananmen Square, & the Forbidden City. Then it’s on to a mountainous stretch of the Great Wall of China and the overnight train to the ancient city of Xi’an where the Terra Cotta Army stands at eternal attention. Finally, put a full stop on your experience in the 21st-century city of Shanghai.

With an emphasis on private guided tours, this trip serves up an immersive experience that spans rural village life, majestic natural vistas, stirring historic sites and modern city living. Experience old and new China at its absolute best, and collect the stories that you’ll tell with enthusiasm for years to come. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private - 1/2 Day Tiananmen & Forbidden City with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private - 1/2 Day Great Wall Mutianyu with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an
    Beijing to Xi'an
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Beijing - Xi`an [Bullet Train (6hrs)] - Second Class/ Soft Seat
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Xi'an to Guilin to Yangshuo
    Xi'an to Guilin to Yangshuo
    • Private - 1/2 Day Terra Cotta Warriors with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Xi`an - Guilin [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Guilin - Yangshuo [(1.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Yangshuo
    Yangshuo
    • Private - Li River Bamboo Boat & Riverside Hike with Lunch (6-9hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    • Yangshuo - Guilin [Airport (1.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Guilin - Shanghai [(2.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Hongqiao Domestic) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private - Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Gardens & Museum with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (PVG) by Car & Maglev Train - 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

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

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Beijing
Beijing
Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing

Day 2: Beijing

You will be picked up from your Beijing hotel and taken on a half day private guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with a deluxe lunch. Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and was the front door of the Forbidden City. The present square stretches a vast 440,000 square meters and features Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall, and divided into two parts. 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.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Day 3: Beijing

Today a private guide will take you to 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 that are 5 meter wide at the top, this section of the Great Wall is notable for its 22 watchtowers, suggesting a significant military importance. The tour includes lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Transfer from Beijing to Xi'an via the high-speed Bullet Train. The train ride is approximately 6 hours.

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Sofitel on Renmin Square (4*)

The heritage of Xian and the classic French hospitality of Sofitel combine to creature the stunning Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square. Welcoming travelers to the heart of the city, the hotel is located very centrally within the Xian city walls near many historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, and Forest of Steles. Additionally, the airport and Terra Cotta Warriors are both a 45-minute drive away. All guest rooms are adorned with modern conveniences, indulging your senses within a chic design that perfectly complements your stay. Explore Mediterranean flavors and Moroccan, Chinese, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisines from the various selections of elegant restaurants in addition to two bars and lounges. For more leisurely pursuits, guests can enjoy the services of Touch Spa with the swimming pool Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Xi'an
Xi'an
Sofitel on Renmin Square
Sofitel on Renmin Square

Day 5: Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo

This morning you will visit the Terra Cotta Army with a private guide. The over 7,000 Terra Cotta life size warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are China's greatest archaeological excavation. They symbolically guard the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who was the first emperor of the Qin dynasty (246-209 BC). A deluxe lunch is included. 

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

Fly from Xi'an to Guilin. The flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Transfer from Guilin to Yangshuo with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 1.5 hours.

Accommodation: Green Lotus (4.5*)

Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature, which is also designed and established according to the standards of the national five-star hotel. The Green Lotus Hotel is adjacent to the ancient Li River Fu'an Wharf, so you can walk on the bank of the Li River without leaving the hotel. In addition, it is only about a one-hundred-step distance from the renowned Yangshuo West Street. The hotel has 333 rooms with most offering views of the river. The hotel also has Chinese and western restaurants with various types of cuisine, bars, and coffee bars. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fully furnished spa centre.

Yangshuo
Yangshuo
Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel

Day 6: Yangshuo

The full day hike along the most interesting stretch of the Li River can be done in various formats. We suggest to begin in the village of Yangdi and follow the winding river as it flows downstream towards the village of Xingping. Pass en route some of the most famous landmarks of the river such as the 9 Horse Fresco. This journey includes 4 to 5 hours walking, river ferries and a short cruise. It is designed for individuals or small groups and offers a truly alternative view of this famous river as well as the rural landscapes and people who live beside it. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River is one of China's top destinations. Snacks, fruit and bottle water are included in this tour.

Accommodation: Green Lotus (4.5*)
Bamboo Raft
Bamboo Raft

Day 7: Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai

Transfer from Yangsuo to the Guilin airport with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 1.5 hours.

Fly from Guilin to Shanghai. The flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.

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

Accommodation: Marriott Shanghai City Center (4*)

The best of Shanghai awaits both inside and outside of the doors of the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre. The new luxury property is situated in the heart of the city's downtown area, only minutes away from the Bund, Nanjing Road, and the People’s Square. Guest rooms and suites boast expansive city views and include modern amenities and plush designer bedding. Other on-site amenities include a full fitness center with an indoor pool and our signature Luxury Spa. Amenities at the hotel in Shanghai City Center include an indoor pool, fully equipped gym facilities and relaxing spa. Five delectable restaurants and lounges allow guests to savor everything from authentic Cantonese cuisine to made-to-order afternoon tea. Come see why the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre presents guests with an unparalleled downtown experience.

Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower
Marriott Shanghai City Center
Marriott Shanghai City Center

Day 8: Shanghai

Today’s full day private guided tour takes you to the Shanghai Museum, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the Yu Gardens and includes a deluxe lunch. The Shanghai Museum is a authentic treasure house of ancient Chinese art and houses about 120,000 precious relics. Bronzes, pottery, paintings, and calligraphies are distinctive features of the museum's collection. The next sight is the Jade Buddha Temple, which is one of the most popular sights in Shanghai containing rare white jade Buddhas brought from Burma in the nineteenth century. Yuyuan Garden is the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with architectural styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The garden has six areas, each designed in a different style, of which the Grand Rockery located in the center is the most popular.

Accommodation: Marriott Shanghai City Center (4*)
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens

Day 9: Shanghai

Enjoy a transfer from central Shanghai with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide to the Maglev station. From here you will take the train to get to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. 

Accommodation:
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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.

Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*): Beijing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing
Lobby
Lobby

Sofitel on Renmin Square (4*): Xi'an

The heritage of Xian and the classic French hospitality of Sofitel combine to creature the stunning Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square. Welcoming travelers to the heart of the city, the hotel is located very centrally within the Xian city walls near many historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, and Forest of Steles. Additionally, the airport and Terra Cotta Warriors are both a 45-minute drive away. All guest rooms are adorned with modern conveniences, indulging your senses within a chic design that perfectly complements your stay. Explore Mediterranean flavors and Moroccan, Chinese, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisines from the various selections of elegant restaurants in addition to two bars and lounges. For more leisurely pursuits, guests can enjoy the services of Touch Spa with the swimming pool Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Sofitel on Renmin Square
Sofitel on Renmin Square
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Green Lotus (4.5*): Yangshuo

Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature, which is also designed and established according to the standards of the national five-star hotel. The Green Lotus Hotel is adjacent to the ancient Li River Fu'an Wharf, so you can walk on the bank of the Li River without leaving the hotel. In addition, it is only about a one-hundred-step distance from the renowned Yangshuo West Street. The hotel has 333 rooms with most offering views of the river. The hotel also has Chinese and western restaurants with various types of cuisine, bars, and coffee bars. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fully furnished spa centre.

Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel Lobby
Green Lotus Hotel Lobby

Marriott Shanghai City Center (4*): Shanghai

The best of Shanghai awaits both inside and outside of the doors of the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre. The new luxury property is situated in the heart of the city's downtown area, only minutes away from the Bund, Nanjing Road, and the People’s Square. Guest rooms and suites boast expansive city views and include modern amenities and plush designer bedding. Other on-site amenities include a full fitness center with an indoor pool and our signature Luxury Spa. Amenities at the hotel in Shanghai City Center include an indoor pool, fully equipped gym facilities and relaxing spa. Five delectable restaurants and lounges allow guests to savor everything from authentic Cantonese cuisine to made-to-order afternoon tea. Come see why the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre presents guests with an unparalleled downtown experience.

Marriott Shanghai City Center
Marriott Shanghai City Center
Winter Garden Lounge
Winter Garden Lounge
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.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

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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