National Geographic Winning China Signature

12 days from $5,760 per person*
  • Hike a restored section of the Great Wall amid stunning mountain scenery.
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and the UNESCO-protected sites of Beijing.
  • Meet the Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xi’an and bike around Yangshuo’s beautiful karst formations.
  • Take in an acrobat performance in Shanghai and cruise the canals of Zhujiajio.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Home to one of the world’s oldest and most revered civilizations, astoundingly beautiful scenery, and cities where gleaming modern skyscrapers cast shade on historical sites that date back centuries, China is indeed a special place. Honored by National Geographic Traveler as one of its “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” this eye-opening journey introduces you to the history, culture, nature, and traditional life of this fascinating land as it was meant to be seen: with the expert guidance of private guides.

The adventure begins in Beijing, China’s political and cultural capital. As far as first impressions go, you won’t get a better introduction to the majesty of China than at the restored Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, which you’ll explore on a private full-day hike. Back in the city, get an early start with a guided tai chi session before heading out on a comprehensive tour of the city’s famous landmarks, including massive Tiananmen Square and two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the stunning Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Finally, get a glimpse of traditional Beijing on a private tour of its maze of hutong neighborhoods before sharing lunch with a local family and heading out to explore the ornate temples and serene gardens of the Summer Palace, a UNESCO-protected site on the shores of Kunming Lake.

-From Beijing, the scene shifts to Xi’an, once the preserve of China’s powerful dynastic families. After an enchanting evening of dance and music at the Tang Dynasty Show, head out on a guided bicycle tour to meet Xi’an’s most famous residents, Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terra-Cotta Warriors, and explore the sacred Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later en route to Yangshuo, you’ll have the chance to witness one of rural China’s most scenic sights courtesy of a private tour of the Longji rice terraces and villages near Longsheng. The landscape becomes somehow more impressive in Yangshuo where, after taking in Academy Award-winning director Zhang Yimou’s spectacular “Sister Liu” show, you’ll be treated to an up-close glimpse of the region’s majestic karst formations, rice farms, and small villages on a private biking and hiking tour that ends at a rural farmhouse and a gourmet cooking lesson.
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Last stop: glittering Shanghai. First, marvel at the gravity-defying artistry of the performers of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, then spend the next day discovering this fascinating part of China via a private cruise through the canal-lined town of Zhujiajio (the “Venice of the East”) and relaxing in the calming environs of Yu Garden, a traditional Chinese garden in the middle of the country’s most bustling city.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Great Wall Hike at Jinshanling with Lunch (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tai Chi Lesson - Instructor
    • Private Tour - Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven with Lunch (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Hutongs & Summer Palace with Family Lunch & Boat Ride (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Beijing to Xi'an
    Beijing to Xi'an
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Train - Beijing - Xi`an [Bullet Train (6hrs)] - First Class/Soft Seat
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tang Dynasty Dinner Show - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Xi'an
    Xi'an
    • Private Tour - Terra Cotta Warriors, City Wall by Bike & Pagoda with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Xi'an to Guilin to Longsheng
    Xi'an to Guilin to Longsheng
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Xi`an - Guilin [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Guilin - Longsheng [Rice Terrace Walk with Lunch ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Longsheng to Yangshuo
    Longsheng to Yangshuo
    • Private Transfer - Longsheng - Yangshuo [with Lunch] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Dinner & Impression SanJie Liu Show - VIP Seats
  • Day 9 Yangshuo
    Yangshuo
    • Private Tour - Bike, Climb & Cook with Lunch (6-9hrs) - Bicycle/Guide
  • Day 10 Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    • Private Transfer - Yangshuo - Guilin [Airport (1.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Guilin - Shanghai [(2.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Shanghai Acrobatic Show and Dinner at Ye Shanghai - Dinner & Acrobatic Show (Standard)
    Fairmont Peace Hotel (5*) (B) (Fairmont Room)
  • Day 11 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private Tour - Zhujiajio Canal Boat Ride & Yu Garden With Lunch (7 hrs) - Vehicle/Boat/Guide/Driver
    Fairmont Peace Hotel (5*) (B) (Fairmont Room)
  • Day 12 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: 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.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Beijing
Beijing
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Fairmont Beijing Hotel

Day 2: 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. With your private driver and English-speaking guide, head 80 miles northeast of Beijing to the Jinshanling Great Wall in Luanping County, an excellent area to hike along the ruggedness of the Wall. The drive takes approximately 2.5-3 hours. Construction began on this section during the Ming Dynasty in 1368, and is comprised of 67 watchtowers, 3 beacon towers and 5 passes. Jinshanling Great Wall was previously used as a complete defensive system that included barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls, and branch cities. The hike along the wall takes the better part of the day, and it is an excellent opportunity for hiking aficionados to experience the scale and grandeur of the Great Wall. As this section is further from Beijing, it attracts fewer visitors and is an ideal spot to capture memorable photos of the countryside. A simple boxed picnic lunch will be provided today. After your hike, transfer back to your hotel.

 

IMPORTANT: There are a fair number of steps and gradient changes along this hike. Jinshanling is recommended for guests who have hiked before and are in good physical health. This is a fairly challenging hike.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Great Wall at Jinshanling
Great Wall at Jinshanling

Day 3: Beijing

Tai Chi is an iconic and quintessential Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Experience the calming effects of this ancient practice under the guidance of a Tai Chi instructor leading you through a one-hour Tai Chi session. Partake in your lesson amidst the calming gardens in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven, one of the city’s most popular public venues for the practice of this ancient arts. If you are not visiting the Temple of Heaven today, the Tai Chi instructor will join you in another tranquil park setting in 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: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tai Chi
Tai Chi
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 4: Beijing

Tucked behind Beijing’s ever-growing landscape of skyscrapers, a network of traditional neighborhoods called “hutongs” offers a rare glimpse into Beijing’s working-class lives. Explore the maze-like network of narrow alleyways that make up this unique neighborhood with your private guide and experience the bustle of daily life from your vantage point on the back of a tricycle rickshaw. The hutongs are a tightly knit community of siheyuan, a compound of low-rise houses built around a central courtyard, connected by a series of narrow lanes and alleys best navigated by bicycle, rickshaw or on foot. The gray-tiled houses and identical crisscrossing alleys are ripe for exploring – tucked in the courtyards are local artisans, small businesses and even restaurants. Many of these neighborhoods were torn down during the 20th century to make way for new roads and residential towers, and some of the remaining hutongs have protected designation from the Chinese government.

Stop for lunch with a local family and watch them prepare Jaozi – the traditional dumplings of northern China. After a delicious lunch, drive to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating to the 12th century. The vast imperial encampment of temples, ornate pavilions, and halls are set in a park around Kunming Lake. Occupying an area of 294 hectares, three-quarters of which is water, the compound features a sprawling archetypal Chinese garden that is ranked amongst the most noted gardens in the world and a truly picturesque setting to explore. The Long Corridor is a must-see – this covered walkway is decorated with more than 14,000 lavish paintings. Sail around Kunming Lake on a shared boat trip before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Summer Palace
Summer Palace

Day 5: Beijing - Xi'an

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

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

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

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: Hyatt Regency Xi`an (4.5*)

Hyatt Regency Xi’an offers guests an unforgettable experience on the banks of idyllic Qujiang Lake. Guests can access Qujiang Pool Relics Park conveniently from the hotel. Unwind in your spacious guestroom or suite, featuring elegant artwork and Chinese element furnishings. A large indoor pool, fitness center and spa help you to relax after a long day. Fulfill any work obligations at ease with a full business center equipped with faxing, copying and computer rentals. Choose from three restaurants and bars to sample delectable Northern Chinese food. When you’re looking to discover the city, enjoy easy access to main historical sites like the Wild Goose Pagoda and the Qujiang Pool Relics Park. A complimentary bilingual taxi card for your driver’s reference allows for a relaxing exploration of Xi’an.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Xi'an
Xi'an
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hyatt Regency Xi'an Entrance
Hyatt Regency Xi'an Entrance

Day 6: 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.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Xi`an (4.5*)
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wild Goose Pagoda
Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 7: Xi'an - Guilin - Longsheng

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 Guilin. Approximate flight time is 1.5 hours.

Transfer from Guilin Airport to Ping'an Village, home of the Longji Rice Terraces, with a private vehicle and driver. Along the way you will pass local farmers and villages of rural China, before entering Longsheng and the Longji Rice Terrace area. From here you will drive into the mountains towards Ping'an village, steadily climbing while passing by local minority villages, flowing rivers, and spectacular rice fields. Upon arrival in Ping'an, you will have a 20-30 minute walk through the village to the hotel. Porters will be available to carry your bags for a small fee, but it's also advisable to pack a small overnight bag to reduce the necessity of hiring a porter.

Please note: the walk to the village is uphill via steps and inclined pathways. A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required for this excursion. Please speak with your sales consultant if you have any questions or concerns.

Accommodation: Li An Lodge (4*)

The Li-An lodge is a unique facility in a traditional Longsheng wooden building, perched on a mountain side. The Lodge is located in Long Sheng County and is about 50 miles northwest of Guilin. Due to the lodge’s exclusive location, a 30 to 45 minutes uphill hike is required before one can actually reach it. Porters are available to relieve some burden and sedans can provide one with a ride. Each of the 16 rooms is artistically unique and built in traditional Chinese architectural style, offering all the western amenities. Dine Chinese specialties or western dishes and have a drink at the bar. Lounge around the hotel, enjoy a photography showing and embark on a guided walking tour, highlighting beautiful scenic spots.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rice Paddy Field
Rice Paddy Field
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Longsheng
Longsheng

Day 8: Longsheng - Yangshuo

Transfer from Longsheng to Yangshuo with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. On the way, you can spend some time exploring the rice terraces, vistas, and rural lifestyles of Longsheng before continuing on to Yangshuo. A deluxe lunch will be provided at a local restaurant en-route.

Enjoy a deluxe local dinner followed by the Sister Liu Show. This spectacle was created by the Oscar winning Zhang Yimou and presents the local culture through a cavalcade of lights and cast of 500 using a private bay as the theatre and local mountains as the backdrop. This is sure to be one of the most memorable activities of your trip.

Accommodation: Amari Yangshuo (4*)

Commanding a prime setting in central picturesque Yangshuo, the Amari Yangshuo is a 1.5-hour drive from Guilin Lianjian International Airport and is just a one-minute walk to the lively shops at West Street (Xi Jie) as well as other local attractions. Bright and airy, all 73 rooms and suites at our Yangshuo hotel offer you comfortable bedding, incredible sceneries of the countryside from the private balcony, a marble en-suite bathroom, and a 40-inch LED TV. Experience a modern interpretation of food markets at Amaya Food Gallery all-day dining restaurant, relieve tight muscles at Breeze Spa, feel a rush of adrenaline at our FIT Centre. Whether you seek a remarkable journey or simply plan to cruise along the peaceful river Li, we are here to help you create unforgettable memories. Unearth the hidden charms and unimaginable beauty, unearth lifetime moments, discover Yangshuo with Amari.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Impression Liu Sanjie show
Impression Liu Sanjie show
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Yangshuo
Yangshuo

Day 9: Yangshuo

Experience the local karst scenery at your own pace while exploring the villages and rice farms of the Dragon River area by bike. Stop en-route to enjoy lunch next to one of the cliffs in this world-famous rock climbing destination. Get your adrenalin flowing and experience a different view of these unique rock formations under the expert supervision and instruction of internationally trained rock climbing guides. Finish the day at a charming rural farmhouse professionally converted into a gourmet cooking school where you will finish your lesson enjoying the fruits of your labour. Snacks, fruit and bottle water are provided on this tour.

Accommodation: Amari Yangshuo (4*)
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Yangshuo
Yangshuo

Day 10: Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai

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

Board a flight with direct service from Guilin to Shanghai. Approximate flight time is 2.5 hours.

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

The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe has garnered international fame, with dazzling displays that seem to defy the laws of gravity. This evening, your private guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel for your dinner reservation at Ye Shanghai before the show. Housed in a renovated Shikumen style house, the restaurant embraces the cuisine of neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. From here, drive to the theater and settle into your seats with the help of your guide. The multimillion-dollar performance is a testament to traditional Chinese acrobatic arts, featuring stunning costumes, modern technology, and original live music during the show. The acrobats undergo years of rigorous training, starting as young as six or seven. Many performers boast 20 years of experience. After the memorable performance, transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Fairmont Peace Hotel (5*) (B) (Fairmont Room)

Fairmont Peace Hotel is a luxurious art-deco masterpiece brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade near unrivaled shopping on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai’s spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle. This landmark hotel served as a glamorous playground for the elite, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. Guests can revive memories of old Shanghai cabarets and gala parties whilst stepping on the iconic sprung-wooden dance floor of the historic Peace Hall. The hotel offers distinctive guestrooms, including luxurious suites, which blends artistic furnishings with modern amenities. Chinese traditions are kept intact throughout the hotel, most evidently in the signature Chinese restaurant Dragon Phoenix and the esteemed Jazz Bar, Shanghai's premier destination for Jazz. Explore this luxury hotel while being submerged in Chinese culture.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shanghai Acrobats
Shanghai Acrobats
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower

Day 11: 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 Zhujiajio 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. Zhujiajio 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: Fairmont Peace Hotel (5*) (B) (Fairmont Room)
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Zhujiajio Water Town
Zhujiajio Water Town

Day 12: Shanghai

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

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

Depart from 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.

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.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Fairmont Beijing Hotel
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Hyatt Regency Xi`an (4.5*): Xi'an

Hyatt Regency Xi’an offers guests an unforgettable experience on the banks of idyllic Qujiang Lake. Guests can access Qujiang Pool Relics Park conveniently from the hotel. Unwind in your spacious guestroom or suite, featuring elegant artwork and Chinese element furnishings. A large indoor pool, fitness center and spa help you to relax after a long day. Fulfill any work obligations at ease with a full business center equipped with faxing, copying and computer rentals. Choose from three restaurants and bars to sample delectable Northern Chinese food. When you’re looking to discover the city, enjoy easy access to main historical sites like the Wild Goose Pagoda and the Qujiang Pool Relics Park. A complimentary bilingual taxi card for your driver’s reference allows for a relaxing exploration of Xi’an.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hyatt Regency Xi'an Entrance
Hyatt Regency Xi'an Entrance
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hyatt Regency Xi'an Lobby
Hyatt Regency Xi'an Lobby

Li An Lodge (4*): Longsheng

The Li-An lodge is a unique facility in a traditional Longsheng wooden building, perched on a mountain side. The Lodge is located in Long Sheng County and is about 50 miles northwest of Guilin. Due to the lodge’s exclusive location, a 30 to 45 minutes uphill hike is required before one can actually reach it. Porters are available to relieve some burden and sedans can provide one with a ride. Each of the 16 rooms is artistically unique and built in traditional Chinese architectural style, offering all the western amenities. Dine Chinese specialties or western dishes and have a drink at the bar. Lounge around the hotel, enjoy a photography showing and embark on a guided walking tour, highlighting beautiful scenic spots.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Li-An Lodge
Li-An Lodge

Amari Yangshuo (4*): Yangshuo

Commanding a prime setting in central picturesque Yangshuo, the Amari Yangshuo is a 1.5-hour drive from Guilin Lianjian International Airport and is just a one-minute walk to the lively shops at West Street (Xi Jie) as well as other local attractions. Bright and airy, all 73 rooms and suites at our Yangshuo hotel offer you comfortable bedding, incredible sceneries of the countryside from the private balcony, a marble en-suite bathroom, and a 40-inch LED TV. Experience a modern interpretation of food markets at Amaya Food Gallery all-day dining restaurant, relieve tight muscles at Breeze Spa, feel a rush of adrenaline at our FIT Centre. Whether you seek a remarkable journey or simply plan to cruise along the peaceful river Li, we are here to help you create unforgettable memories. Unearth the hidden charms and unimaginable beauty, unearth lifetime moments, discover Yangshuo with Amari.

National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amari Yangshuo
Amari Yangshuo
National Geographic Winning China Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lounge
Lounge

Fairmont Peace Hotel (5*) (B) (Fairmont Room): Shanghai

Fairmont Peace Hotel is a luxurious art-deco masterpiece brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade near unrivaled shopping on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai’s spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle. This landmark hotel served as a glamorous playground for the elite, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. Guests can revive memories of old Shanghai cabarets and gala parties whilst stepping on the iconic sprung-wooden dance floor of the historic Peace Hall. The hotel offers distinctive guestrooms, including luxurious suites, which blends artistic furnishings with modern amenities. Chinese traditions are kept intact throughout the hotel, most evidently in the signature Chinese restaurant Dragon Phoenix and the esteemed Jazz Bar, Shanghai's premier destination for Jazz. Explore this luxury hotel while being submerged in Chinese culture.

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from 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.
  • Jennifer C. — August 10, 2018 — Asia

    Maria, our travel agent, was fantastic! She was extremely flexible to multiple requests. And, she produced an unforgettable vacation. Tajma, our guide in Thailand, was professional, knowledge, and a truly warm and wonderful person. She shared her country with us and answered countless questions. She went above and beyond what was required to make our trip special.

  • Emily G. — July 04, 2018 — Asia

    This trip was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. The planning was incredibly simple and the final product was even better than I could have ever imagined. Our local guides seemed to be hand-picked just for us and they really went above and beyond to help make our trip not only unforgettable, but also very easy. Thank you for helping to create such a memorable experience. I would absolutely recommend Kensington to anyone looking to plan a trip.

  • Karli H. — August 04, 2018 — Asia

    We had an absolutely amazing trip - every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. We felt well taken care of, but at the same time our guides gave us space to enjoy the trip on our own at times. We are so happy that we booked through Kensington Tours, as all of the organization and planning was done for us - thanks for a great experience!

  • Janet T. — June 23, 2018 — Asia

    Our multi-generational family of 8 recently returned from an amazing escorted, personalized 12-day tour of Japan. The quality was everything we expected and hoped for. Our tour planner, Anne-Laure, was fantastic and so was our Japanese guide, Mayumi. Both were attentive to our interests, professional, knowledgeable and personable. Transportation was high quality and on-time. The diversity and pace of the activities made our trip interesting and memorable. Our guide was flexible and allowed us to fine-tune our itinerary to meet our individual preferences. We felt safe and well-cared for. Japan is a pristine and polite country with a lot of history and we enjoyed it very much.

  • Richard F. — May 15, 2018 — Asia

    I am at a loss in describing how perfect our trip was! Every single detail was taken care of and the activities were amazing!

  • Derrick D. — May 22, 2018 — Asia

    Everything about this trip was AMAZING! From start to finish, Jennifer and her team responded promptly, and suggestions that catered to my ideal Bali trip.

  • Frances B. — April 11, 2018 — Asia

    Our trip to Japan was awesome! We learned so much about the customs, food and spiritual life. We never had any concerns about where we needed to be or when, even with quite a few transfers.

  • Steven C. — February 10, 2018 — Asia

    I have traveled all over the world with various travel companies. Kensington is ranked right at the top! Honestly could not have expected more than they provided.

  • Kimberley E. — February 13, 2018 — Asia

    Extraordinary Experience! From beginning to end, we were well taken care of. Thank you so very much. A very memorable trip indeed!

  • Andrew C. — January 06, 2018 — Asia

    We had a fantastic time on our Honeymoon! The level of service that Kensington provided from the time we started planning the trip to the plane ride home was second to none. I would not book a trip using any other agency!

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