China & Tibet Highlights

13 days from $6,721 per person*
  • Visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and more on private tours of Beijing and Xi’an.
  • Enter the Buddhist kingdom of the clouds on a high-altitude journey into Tibet.
  • Meet giant pandas at a breeding center and taste spicy Sichuan hotpot in Chengdu.
  • Take in the incredible architecture of Shanghai and the gorgeous canals of Zhujiajio.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Please note that entry to Tibet is not possible from December 15 to April 15 annually.

Home to UNESCO-protected wonders, eye-popping architecture, high-altitude escapes, and the cuddliest of all national animals, China has everything a traveler could want. Let this engaging journey from Beijing to Shanghai (with a detour into the Buddhist kingdom of Tibet) introduce you to the China you know and the one you’ve only dreamed about.

With modern skyscrapers sharing city blocks with imperial temples, Beijing straddles epochs. You’ll witness this first-hand on a private tour of Tiananmen Square (the world’s largest public square), the sprawling 15th-century Forbidden City, and the peaceful Temple of Heaven complex, considered the world’s finest example of Chinese architecture. The Great Wall is one of humankind’s most incredible feats of engineering and rarely is it more picturesque than at Mutianyu, located amid the misty forests and rolling hillsides of the Huairou District north of Beijing. In the company of a private guide, you’ll spend a full day exploring the 22 watchtowers and 26-foot (8-meter) granite slabs of emperor Qin Shihuang’s immortal edifice.

Later, head south to Xi’an, former abode of China’s imperial dynasties and current home of one of the country’s most significant Muslim populations. After a private cycling tour around the city’s wall (the most complete fortification of its kind in all of China), spend a full day exploring the sacred Big Wild Goose Pagoda, visiting the Neolithic Banpo Village archaeological site, and coming face-to-face with the 7,000-strong Terra-Cotta Army.
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From there, the scene shifts to Lhasa, capital of Tibet and city of the sky where, after adjusting to the altitude, you’ll spend a day exploring Drepung and Sera, two of Buddhism’s most important monasteries, with a private guide. Later, learn more about the Buddhist faith on a private tour of sacred sites like UNESCO-protected Potala Palace, the stunning Jokhang Temple, and Bhakor, the circular pilgrimage route that doubles as a bustling market for prayer flags, scriptures, and religious totems.

Famed for its food, tea, and panda bears, Chengdu is a traveler’s delight. After a tasty welcome dinner of Sichuan hotpot, you’ll have the chance to meet the city’s cuddliest residents on a private tour of the Panda Research Center before strolling down Jinli Street to learn more about China’s long-standing cultural relationship with tea at a traditional tea house.

Last stop: Shanghai, a glittering city of the future with both feet firmly planted in its exciting past. You’ll start on Nanjing Road, one of the world’s busiest and glitziest shopping districts, before exploring the science-fiction architecture of the Bund waterfront on a private walking tour. Finally, say goodbye to China in elegant style in nearby Zhujiajio, the “Venice of the East,” where you’ll cruise the scenic canals that wind through the town from the deck of a private boat before unwinding from the adventure in Shanghai’s serene Yu Garden, an oasis of peace amid a city the never sleeps.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.
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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven with Lunch (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Great Wall Mutianyu with Lunch (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an
    Beijing to Xi'an
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Beijing - Xi`an [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Wall by Bike - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Xi'an
    Xi'an
    • Private Tour - Terra Cotta Warriors, Banpo & Pagoda (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Xi'an to Lhasa
    Xi'an to Lhasa
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Xi`an - Lhasa [(3hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon Acclimatization
  • Day 7 Lhasa
    Lhasa
    • Private Tour - Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Lhasa
    Lhasa
    • Private Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Bhakor Street (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Lhasa to Chengdu
    Lhasa to Chengdu
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Lhasa - Chengdu [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Activity - Hotpot Dinner - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 Chengdu
    Chengdu
    • Private Tour - Pandas & Chengdu Tea Culture with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 11 Chengdu to Shanghai
    Chengdu to Shanghai
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Chengdu - Shanghai [(3hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Hongqiao Domestic) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Bund & Nanjing Road Walking Tour (4hrs) - Guide
    Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai (B) (River View Room)
  • Day 12 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private Tour - Zhujiajiao Canal Boat Ride & Yu Garden With Lunch (7 hrs) - Vehicle/Boat/Guide/Driver
    Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai (B) (River View Room)
  • Day 13 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private Transfer - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Beijing

To ensure a seamless experience, your guide will be waiting for you outside the secure customs area with a sign with your name on it. The guide will assist you in meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Regent Hotel

Cocooned amidst the labyrinthine alleyways or ‘hutongs’ once meticulously planned by the Emperors of China, the Regent Beijing Hotel near Forbidden City has become a landmark in the region which formed the centerpiece of the Middle Kingdom. Deep in the core of the historic quarter and a short distance from must-see cultural markers such as Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, the sensuous beat of traditional Chinese hospitality combines with a cutting-edge design to create an oasis of tranquility and a modern icon in a luxurious home away from home. Meticulously-designed in classic style yet reflecting contemporary convenience, the hotel’s rooms and suites offer the best in 21st century hotel luxury without sacrificing traditional Chinese elegance. This unique property features a business facility, a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, a 25-metre indoor pool and a Wellness Spa which effortlessly exceeds current luxury hotel standards. This Forbidden City hotel is famed for treating its guests with courtesy and respect.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Beijing
Beijing
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bronze Sculpture

Day 2: Beijing

Spend the day exploring three of Beijing’s most photographed sites with your private guide and driver. Head to the center of the city and begin with a walk across the sprawling expanse of Tiananmen Square. Built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and serving as the front door to the Forbidden City, the present square is one of the largest in the world, stretching a vast 44 square hectares. Here, walk past and featuring the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and the Mao Zedong Memorial. Many historically important moments have unfolded in this public setting.

From here, cross the street and enter through the towering gates of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the largest number of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The expansive palace complex is comprised of 9,999 buildings spread across 74 hectares and protected by a 19-foot deep moat and a 32-foot tall wall, divided into two parts. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation, while the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Twenty-four emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties reigned over China from the Imperial Palace here until 1924. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Next, drive to the Temple of Heaven, a serene space set amidst expansive gardens, and a popular spot for locals and travelers alike. With your private guide and driver, head to this urban oasis UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty to offer a sacrifice to Heaven in exchange for a bountiful harvest. The most magnificent buildings are The Circular Mound Altar (Yuanqiutan), Imperial Vault of Heaven (Huangqiongyu), and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest (Qiniandian), which are connected by a wide bridge called the Sacred Way. The park grounds surrounding the park are a popular local mingling spot, and it is quite common to see people practicing Tai Chi amidst the green space.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Regent Hotel
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3: Beijing

The Great Wall is by far China’s most iconic architectural wonder, captivating the imagination of generations of travelers intrigued by this feat of engineering. Meet with your private guide and driver at your hotel for a full day of exploration, and head northeast of Beijing with your private driver to explore the Mutinayu section, located 45 miles northeast of the city. This well-preserved section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction began during the 6th century Northern Qi Dynasty, and it was restored in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (spanning from the 14th to 17th century).

An abundance of natural springs in the area give this section of the Great Wall a lush verdant ecosystem, and the rolling forested hills make for an impressive panoramic photo regardless of the time of year. Take a cable car to the top of the hillside to explore the 26-foot-high granite walls. The 22 watchtowers stretch along the top of the mountain ridge as far as the eye can see, an impressive military barrier against invading forces from the north. Lunch will be at a local restaurant near the Great Wall.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Regent Hotel
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight with direct service from Beijing to Xi'an. Approximate flight time is 2 hours.

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

Built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city center, experience the full 8.6 miles of China's most intact city wall with great views of the city on either side.

Accommodation: Sofitel on Renmin Square

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.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  City Wall
City Wall
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Xi'an
Xi'an

Day 5: Xi'an

Take a full day private guided tour of the Terracotta Army, Banpo Museum, and the Buddhist Wild Goose Pagoda with a deluxe lunch. China's greatest archaeological excavation - over 7,000 Terracotta life size warriors and horses arranged in battle formations symbolically guard the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of the Qin dynasty (246-209 BC). The Neolithic Banpo Village has nearly 10,000 production tools and the remains of 45 houses on display.

Accommodation: Sofitel on Renmin Square
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Terra Cotta Warrior
Terra Cotta Warrior

Day 6: Xi'an - Lhasa

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

Board a flight with direct service from Xi'an to Lhasa. Approximate flight time is 3 hours.

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

Take the afternoon to rest at your hotel to allow your body to acclimatize. Try to minimize physical activity to avoid the effects of altitude sickness.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa

Situated in the heart of Lhasa, Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa is close to the Tibet Museum, Norbulingka, and Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a 40-minute drive from Lhasa Gongar Airport and a 10-minute drive from the world’s highest railway station. Guests can enjoy stunning views of Potala Palace or the breathtaking mountains and relax among traditional Tibetan architecture and interior design in each guest room. Dining options at this Lhasa hotel include a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lhasa
Lhasa
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Potala Palace

Day 7: Lhasa

Enjoy a full day private guided tour of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. The Drepung Monastery is the most important monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice, so it was given the name 'Drepung' which in Tibetan means “collecting rice”. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City and was built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built, so it was named Sera which means "wild rose" in Tibetan. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Day 8: Lhasa

Enjoy a full day tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Bhakor Street. Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, Potala Palace was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, and became the seat of Dalai Lamas and political center of Tibet. Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Bhakor is the oldest road in Lhasa that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into the night. The circular road is also a marketplace for printed scriptures, cloth prayer flags, and religious items. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 9: Lhasa - Chengdu

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

Board a flight with direct service from Lhasa to Chengdu. Approximate flight time is 2 hours.

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

The Sichuan province is the home of Szechuan cooking. Experience the burning fire of Sichuan's famous Hotpot dish at the Huang Cheng Lao Ma restaurant. The restaurant is accommodated in an artistically impressive brick building with a façade displaying pictures from Chengdu’s past. There are several types of hotpots; the traditional chili pepper-hua jiao red pot, hot and mild spilt version, beer lamb hotpot or bullfrog hotpot. A typical ingredient is offal, but in many restaurants the old tradition has been reinvented and modern versions usually include a selection of different meats and seafood. 

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu

Being one of the Chengdu hotels located in the city's cosmopolitan Jinjiang District, Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu enjoys spectacular views of the Jinjiang River. The hotel sits adjacent to the stylish 30-storey Shangri-La Centre, making the hotel and office complex a landmark in one of China's most modern and affluent cities. The hotel consists of luxurious and spacious guestrooms and suites, along with 26 serviced apartments that cater to the unique needs of long-term guests. Boasting Chengdu's largest and most advanced conference facilities, and 25 minutes from Shuangliu International Airport, the hotel is ideal for leisure travellers.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotpot
Hotpot
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Panda
Panda

Day 10: 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: Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Panda Bear
Panda Bear

Day 11: Chengdu - Shanghai

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

Board a flight with direct service from Chengdu to Shanghai. Approximate flight time is 3 hours.

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

The vibrant atmosphere of the Bund and Nanjing Road are best experienced in the throng of the action, strolling along one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. Meet with your private guide and set off on foot to explore Nanjing Road, a 3.4-mile-long stretch of world-class shopping choices interspersed with historic shops dating to the Qing Dynasty. Walk with your guide and discover the history of this cosmopolitan district named after the neighboring province’s capital city. Continue on foot to the Bund, a popular pedestrian area that parallels the river with a dramatic backdrop of majestic Shanghai buildings dating to the 1920s and 1930s. The waterfront promenade offers spectacular views of the futuristic skyline across the Huangpu River on the Pudong Side.

Accommodation: Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai (B) (River View Room)

Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai is a premium hotel, uniquely located on the banks of the Huang Pu River at the northern end of the Bund in Shanghai, China. Hotel suites and rooms at this luxury Shanghai hotel offers spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong, with convenient access to Shanghai's airports and major areas of the city. A member of the Grand Hyatt portfolio, Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai offers guests a unique experience with stylish Shanghai restaurants, sophisticated comfort, and functional conference rooms equipped with advanced technological equipment. Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai is also host to the Yuan Spa, Shanghai which offers a variety of massage and facial treatments. Once known as the "Paris of the East", Shanghai has a combination of historical and ultra-modern architecture, making it a city where old and new and east and west harmoniously co-exist. Situated on the east coast of China and south of the Yangtze River, Shanghai attracts both business people and tourists from all corners of the world.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bund
The Bund
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower

Day 12: Shanghai

Despite Shanghai’s impressive size and modern cosmopolitan identity, there are pockets of traditional Chinese gardens and culture hidden throughout the city and its outskirts. Start the day by heading into the Yangtze River Delta near Shanghai to Zhujiajiao with your English-speaking guide and private driver. The delta area gave rise a collection of historical water towns that crisscross the countryside and have given the region the nickname of the “Venice of the East” due to the prevalence of canals. While modern architecture and infrastructure have all but made these canals obsolete, these villages have thriving centers that haven’t changed for hundreds of years. Zhujiajiao is a scenic water town easily accessible from Shanghai. Drive an hour from central Shanghai, and explore the 1700-year-old picturesque town. Its beauty lies in its lovely streams, which reflect the traditional houses built on their banks. Large and small gondola-like boats in typical Chinese style ply the waters all around the city. Marvel at the architecture during a boat ride through the canals before driving back to Shanghai for lunch.

Dine at NanXiang restaurant and sample NanXiang Xiao Long Bao, a traditional style of Shanghai bun. In the afternoon, visit the Yu Gardens, the largest of Shanghai’s ancient gardens, dating to the mid-16th century. The expansive grounds feature the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, with six pavilions each with their own unique design, laid out in the Suzhou style. The Grand Rockery in the center of the garden is a popular photo stop, with replica peaks, cliffs, and caves. The Yu Gardens are a year-round delightful retreat from Shanghai’s frenetic pace, as the changing seasons offer a different experience and a moment of quiet contemplation. Adjacent to the gardens is the City God Temple, surrounded by a network of local snack vendors and souvenir shops that make for a colorful walk into the Yu Garden. At the end of the day, transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai (B) (River View Room)
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Zhujiajio Water Town
Zhujiajio Water Town

Day 13: Shanghai

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

Accommodation: Depart (B) (Int`l Airport)

Depart from Shanghai international airport - end of itinerary.

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.

Regent Hotel: Beijing

Cocooned amidst the labyrinthine alleyways or ‘hutongs’ once meticulously planned by the Emperors of China, the Regent Beijing Hotel near Forbidden City has become a landmark in the region which formed the centerpiece of the Middle Kingdom. Deep in the core of the historic quarter and a short distance from must-see cultural markers such as Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, the sensuous beat of traditional Chinese hospitality combines with a cutting-edge design to create an oasis of tranquility and a modern icon in a luxurious home away from home. Meticulously-designed in classic style yet reflecting contemporary convenience, the hotel’s rooms and suites offer the best in 21st century hotel luxury without sacrificing traditional Chinese elegance. This unique property features a business facility, a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, a 25-metre indoor pool and a Wellness Spa which effortlessly exceeds current luxury hotel standards. This Forbidden City hotel is famed for treating its guests with courtesy and respect.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Regent Beijing Hotel
Regent Beijing Hotel
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Sofitel on Renmin Square: 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.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel on Renmin Square
Sofitel on Renmin Square
China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa: Lhasa

Situated in the heart of Lhasa, Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa is close to the Tibet Museum, Norbulingka, and Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a 40-minute drive from Lhasa Gongar Airport and a 10-minute drive from the world’s highest railway station. Guests can enjoy stunning views of Potala Palace or the breathtaking mountains and relax among traditional Tibetan architecture and interior design in each guest room. Dining options at this Lhasa hotel include a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shangri-La Lhasa
Shangri-La Lhasa

Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu: Chengdu

Being one of the Chengdu hotels located in the city's cosmopolitan Jinjiang District, Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu enjoys spectacular views of the Jinjiang River. The hotel sits adjacent to the stylish 30-storey Shangri-La Centre, making the hotel and office complex a landmark in one of China's most modern and affluent cities. The hotel consists of luxurious and spacious guestrooms and suites, along with 26 serviced apartments that cater to the unique needs of long-term guests. Boasting Chengdu's largest and most advanced conference facilities, and 25 minutes from Shuangliu International Airport, the hotel is ideal for leisure travellers.

China & Tibet Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu
Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu

Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai (B) (River View Room): Shanghai

Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai is a premium hotel, uniquely located on the banks of the Huang Pu River at the northern end of the Bund in Shanghai, China. Hotel suites and rooms at this luxury Shanghai hotel offers spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong, with convenient access to Shanghai's airports and major areas of the city. A member of the Grand Hyatt portfolio, Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai offers guests a unique experience with stylish Shanghai restaurants, sophisticated comfort, and functional conference rooms equipped with advanced technological equipment. Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai is also host to the Yuan Spa, Shanghai which offers a variety of massage and facial treatments. Once known as the "Paris of the East", Shanghai has a combination of historical and ultra-modern architecture, making it a city where old and new and east and west harmoniously co-exist. Situated on the east coast of China and south of the Yangtze River, Shanghai attracts both business people and tourists from all corners of the world.

Depart (B) (Int`l Airport): Shanghai

Depart from Shanghai international airport - end of itinerary.

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.
  • Tin T — June 22, 2019 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic, well planned, great tour guys. That was a trip of a lifetime and Kensington Tours had done an exceptional well in organizing from the fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore to the hotels, daily tours with the level of details and places we wouldn't have known where to go. Can't wait for Kensington Tours to organize our 3rd trip in the near future!

  • Ann M — June 20, 2019 — Asia

    Asia Expert Yuki Ng did an amazing job of setting up our trip. She totally understood what we wanted to see and do. My husband, 17-year-old grandson and I spent a week in Seoul in June of 2019. Miriam, also known as CJ, our local guide in Seoul, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. We totally enjoyed our time with her. We learned so much about the history and culture of Korea and with her expert guidance, we were introduced to many different and delicious Korean foods. Our lunches with her were memorable not only for the variety of restaurants and dishes that we sampled but also for the stimulating and pleasant conversations we shared while eating. She also made several suggestions for things to do in the evening that added to our enjoyment of the city. We were truly fortunate to have Miriam as our guide. Our driver Mr. Jo was also great. He calmly and expertly navigated the congested streets of Seoul and always greeted us with a smile and a pleasant ‘good morning.’ We had not been to Seoul before this trip. We found it to be vibrant, beautiful, and very clean. The people were friendly and helpful. Our accommodations were beyond what we expected. We had a wonderful time in Seoul. We could not have been more pleased.

  • Anne H — May 28, 2019 — Asia

    My trip was a dream come true! From the time I landed in Beijing to the time I landed back to the US, everything was perfect. I traveled alone, but felt very safe and very well taken care of by the guides and drivers I had in the different cities and countries I visited. I learned so much about the culture and heritage of the Chinese, Tibetan and the Nepalese people. It was worth every penny I spend and much more!

  • Jackie M — March 30, 2019 — Asia

    I loved it all. Thanks especially to our guide Abit, in Kathmandu, Norenda, in Pokhara, and Min, in the Annapurna region, for being fabulous people. Thanks again for also referring us to Bahari Lodge in Chitwan National park. By far, that was the best place I've ever stayed in all of my international travels: they always had a surprise in store for us, that was awesome. They let us spend as much time as we wanted with the elephants, no rush, and sent elephants to come and play with us when we merely mentioned that we loved them. A great thank you to our naturalis Krishna at Bahari Lodge in Chitwan. All fantastic people who were great with tourists like us. We also enjoyed Temple Tree Resort very much.

  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

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