Pandas, Palaces & Pagodas

10 days from $3485 *
  • Visit the cuddly pandas at the Panda Research Center.
  • Explore the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and more.
  • Come face to face with the famous Terra Cotta Army.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Take a step back through time & into a hauntingly beautiful world evocative of ancient dynasties, mystical legends & golden dragons with this tour of Beijing, Pingyao, Xi'an & Chengdu. Behold exotic wonders from this epic land`s past as you visit the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Terracotta Warriors & more with private guide. Delve into the timeless treasures, artisan studios & cuisine of Pingyao before journeying into the foothills of the Himalayas to a celebrated panda reserve. Featuring charming hotels, internal flights & more.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - Great Wall Mutianyu with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Summer Palace with Boat Ride with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Beijing to Taiyuan to Pingyao
    Beijing to Taiyuan to Pingyao
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Beijing - Taiyuan [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Taiyuan - Pingyao [Airport (1.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Pingyao
    Pingyao
    • Tour - Private - Old Town Tour with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Pingyao to Taiyuan to Xi'an
    Pingyao to Taiyuan to Xi'an
    • Pingyao - Taiyuan [Airport - JinCi Temple with Lunch] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Taiyuan - Xi`an [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Xi'an
    Xi'an
    • Private - Terra Cotta Warriors, City Wall by Bike & Pagoda with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Xi'an to Chengdu
    Xi'an to Chengdu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Xi`an - Chengdu [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Chengdu
    Chengdu
    • Tour - Private - Pandas & Chengdu Tea Culture with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 Chengdu
    Chengdu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Chengdu - Beijing [(2.5hrs)] - Economy
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

Enjoy a full day private guided tour with lunch at the Great Wall at Mutianyu located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles. Construction was started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Built mainly from granite with 8 meter walls and 5 meter wide at the top, it is notable for its 22 watchtowers. Lunch is included.

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

Day 3: Beijing

This full day tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace offers a light schedule with time to explore and enjoy each site. Begin with the famous Tiananmen Square, built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and “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. The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares, three quarters of which is water. Classically designed as an archetypal Chinese garden, it's ranked amongst the most noted gardens of the world and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1998. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 4: Beijing - Taiyuan - Pingyao

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

Fly from Beijing to Taiyuan. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

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

Accommodation: Jing`s Residence (5*)

Jing's Residence has 19 rooms and is nestled amongst dusty curio shops and bustling restaurants in the old walled city of Pingyao, a small boutique hotel that is located in a nicely-renovated old mansion. The design of the hotel fits in harmoniously with the traditional surroundings of this ancient city. The Residence is ideally located in the heart of the old town and encompasses a series of grey-brick pavilions built around a set of four courtyards in the authentic architectural style of northern China. Tables and chairs are located outside each pavilion where guests can relax while reading, drinking tea, or soaking up the historical atmosphere. In addition to the luxurious accommodations, the Residence also features a dining room where guests can enjoy an extensive menu of international and local favorites. The Residence also provides an exclusive meeting space, a cozy library and a bar that make it the perfect home-away-from-home for discerning travelers.

Pingyao
Pingyao
Jing's Residence
Jing's Residence

Day 5: Pingyao

The ancient commerce town of Pingyao is said to be one of the best preserved traditional Chinese cities centered within perhaps the only completely intact (6 kilometer long) Ming dynasty wall in all of China. This full day private guided tour of Pingyao Old Town includes Shuanglin Temple, family Wang's Courtyard, museums, learning about local handicrafts, and a deluxe lunch.

Accommodation: Jing`s Residence (5*)
Pingyao old town
Pingyao old town

Day 6: Pingyao - Taiyuan - Xi'an

Transfer from Pingyao to Taiyuan airport with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. On the way you will visit the JinJinCi Temple. Lunch is included.

Fly from Taiyuan to Xi'an. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport 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 7: Xi'an

The first stop today is the famous 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 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. The tour heads back into town, to the imposing ancient city wall. The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers from one of the oldest and most complete city defences are 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.

Accommodation: Sofitel on Renmin Square (4*)
Wild Goose Pagoda
Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 8: Xi'an - Chengdu

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

Fly from Xi'an to Chengdu. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours

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

Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel (4*)

Buddha Zen is named by Master Chishan as the first hotel with the theme of Buddha Zen culture in China. The design of the hotel follows the spirit of Buddha Zen with the combination of traditional Chinese aesthetics. Its interior design is unique and its couplets are meaningful. In the hotel, there are a plenty of rare Tangkas, ancient temple paintings and antiques, which include the oldest man-made embroidery of Qing Dynasty in Sichuan. It is a good chance for guests to feel a sort of predestined relationship with Buddhism in the hotel. Buddha Zen Hotel was born with excellence and continues creating marvels without any counterpart. The tranquility included in the traditional culture is showcased by the active modern expressions. Surrounded by the noisy metropolitan culture, guests still have a chance to experience an eremite’s life in the hotel. The guestrooms are deliberately decorated with Buddha Zen style and the first choice for Buddhist dignitaries, Buddha-worshippers, and high-end business persons.

Panda
Panda
Guestroom
Guestroom

Day 9: Chengdu

Enjoy a full day private guided Chengdu tour, starting with a half-day trip to the Panda Research Center. The center was designed to imitate the pandas' natural habitat in order to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. After watching and observing the pandas, travel to Chengdu's traditional Jinli Street for a local lunch. After your meal, you will visit a local tea house to experience one of the most vibrant and ancient tea cultures in the world. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel (4*)
Panda Bear
Panda Bear

Day 10: Chengdu

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

Fly from Chengdu to Beijing. Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.

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.

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

Jing`s Residence (5*): Pingyao

Jing's Residence has 19 rooms and is nestled amongst dusty curio shops and bustling restaurants in the old walled city of Pingyao, a small boutique hotel that is located in a nicely-renovated old mansion. The design of the hotel fits in harmoniously with the traditional surroundings of this ancient city. The Residence is ideally located in the heart of the old town and encompasses a series of grey-brick pavilions built around a set of four courtyards in the authentic architectural style of northern China. Tables and chairs are located outside each pavilion where guests can relax while reading, drinking tea, or soaking up the historical atmosphere. In addition to the luxurious accommodations, the Residence also features a dining room where guests can enjoy an extensive menu of international and local favorites. The Residence also provides an exclusive meeting space, a cozy library and a bar that make it the perfect home-away-from-home for discerning travelers.

Jing's Residence
Jing's Residence
Jing's Residence
Jing's Residence

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

Buddha Zen Hotel (4*): Chengdu

Buddha Zen is named by Master Chishan as the first hotel with the theme of Buddha Zen culture in China. The design of the hotel follows the spirit of Buddha Zen with the combination of traditional Chinese aesthetics. Its interior design is unique and its couplets are meaningful. In the hotel, there are a plenty of rare Tangkas, ancient temple paintings and antiques, which include the oldest man-made embroidery of Qing Dynasty in Sichuan. It is a good chance for guests to feel a sort of predestined relationship with Buddhism in the hotel. Buddha Zen Hotel was born with excellence and continues creating marvels without any counterpart. The tranquility included in the traditional culture is showcased by the active modern expressions. Surrounded by the noisy metropolitan culture, guests still have a chance to experience an eremite’s life in the hotel. The guestrooms are deliberately decorated with Buddha Zen style and the first choice for Buddhist dignitaries, Buddha-worshippers, and high-end business persons.

Guestroom
Guestroom
Guestroom
Guestroom
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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