Trying to summarize one of the world's largest countries, longest histories and largest populations is almost as intimidating as travelling there. In a way, China is its own world. The cities - many could be countries in their own right - run the gamut. From western-facing Hong Kong to historical Beijing and futuristic Shanghai, they can be enchanting, bewildering and ghastly in equal measure. The countryside oozes millennia of history, as much through Great Wall-size monuments and fairy tale landscapes as through a daily village life, suspended somewhere between the middle ages and an uncertain future. All this is China and more: the future before it arrives, shaded by a past with no end.
Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy eighteen days packed with China's major sights and out-of-the way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xian’s ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.
Highlights: Exploring Shanghai and Hong Kong's bustling streets and Yangshuo's karst scenery, cruising the Three Gorges of the Yangtse River, discovering history in Xi'an and Beijing, walking along the Great Wall of China.
For ambitious travellers on a tight budget who are after an experience full of the very best this country has to offer, this tour showcases the scenic wonders without missing its most famous cities and sites. Walk back in time along the Great Wall then see the future in Shanghai. Our CEOs will help you dig deeper into the very best of China. Offering a great deal of flexibility, our optional activities allow you to go beyond the highlights.
Highlights: Exploring cosmopolitan cities, uncovering ancient capitals and charming rural villages, cruising the Yangtze River, marvelling at the Terracotta Warriors, standing in awe on the Great Wall.
Essential China (ACEC)
Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity—climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors before heading down south on this 3-week tour of China's cultural and natural highlights. Rest your gaze on the giant Buddha of Leshan, ancient mountainside monasteries at Emei Shan then float down the world-famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before stepping out to experience the vibrant rural life and stunning scenery of Yangshuo. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
Highlights: Bargaining in bustling markets, hiking the Great Wall and exploring the Forbidden City, Standing face-to-face with a Terracotta Warrior, visiting a panda sanctuary, seeing the giant Buddha of Leshan, exploring the holy Buddhist peak of Emei Shan, cruising the Yangtze and biking through Yangshuo's karst landscape.
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)
From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in cozy Russian homestays. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.
Highlights: Exploring the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walking along the Great Wall of China, riding the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forest, staying in a local village on Lake Baikal, admiring the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvelling at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.
Wild China (ACWC)
Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances China’s highlights with a look at its ‘wild’ side, this 3-week tour gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the region’s watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.
Highlights: Wandering ancient Beijing, exploring Lijiang and Xi'an, sleeping overnight in a monastery, hiking Emei Shan and Tiger Leaping Gorge, marvelling at Yangshuo's rural life, basking in the glamour of Hong Kong.
China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC)
China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong (ACRG)
Essential China (ACEC)
Wild China (ACWC)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC)||18 days||Yolo||Basic||
From $1799 USD
|China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong (ACRG)||18 days||Yolo||Basic||
From $1799 USD
|Essential China (ACEC)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2999 USD
|Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
From $4230 USDPromotions Available!
|Wild China (ACWC)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2699 USD