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Classic China

  • Duration
    21 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $7,880pp

Cruise along the Yangtze and Li Rivers and let the landscapes of Yunnan province take your breath away. Saunter the cobbled streets of Lijiang, explore the Stone Forest and gaze over the Tiger Leaping Gorge on this diverse adventure.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 19 , Lunches: 18 , Dinners: 19
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    19 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise, Li River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 3Learn More
    X A good level of fitness is required as you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances. Other activities such as cycling will be at a gentle pace and will involve straightforward terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Longer walking and gentle paced physical activities.
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Tour Highlights

Our Classic China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Classic China Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive visit to the main sights in China and visits to some of China's lesser known areas. This tour is also ideal for those who wish to go on a Yangtze River Cruise and an overnight train journey in China.

  • Day 1
    Fly To Beijing
    Day 1: Fly To Beijing

    Fly to Beijing for a three-night stay.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Imperial Beijing
    Day 2: Imperial Beijing

    Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, and wander in the park where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Eat traditional Peking Duck for dinner and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    The Great Wall
    Day 3: The Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit a jade factory then savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture. This evening, there is an option to see some Kung Fu masters in action (at your own expense).

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Train To Xian
    Day 4: Train To Xian

    This morning you will be transferred to the train station and take a 5 and a half hour bullet train to Xian. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, and in the evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Terracotta Warriors
    Day 5: Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and visit the workshop where the warriors are intricately recreated. Stroll along the beautifully preserved 14thcentury city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Travel To Guilin
    Day 6: Travel To Guilin

    Fly to the attractive city of Guilin. Visit the Reed Flute Cave where you can admire colourful stalactites and stalagmites.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Li River Cruise
    Day 7: Li River Cruise

    Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Spend some time browsing Yangshuo’s vibrant markets.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Around Yangshuo
    Day 8: Around Yangshuo

    Yangshuo sits amongst paddy fields and dramatic karsts – spend the morning exploring the countryside around it and stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River to meet a cormorant fisherman. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many optional activities available including cycling and rafting (at your own expense), or take a relaxing walk through the town.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Travel To Kunming
    Day 9: Travel To Kunming

    Drive back to Guilin and visit the Pearl Museum before catching a flight to Kunming, capital of Yunnan province. This evening, dine on a local dish, Across the Bridge noodles.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Stone Forest
    Day 10: Stone Forest

    Meander through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand tree-like in a fascinating illusion of woodland.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Explore Lijiang
    Day 11: Explore Lijiang

    Fly to Lijiang. Discover the old quarter; the quintessential Chinese ‘old town’, wander the jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges. Continue on to the Black Dragon Pool, where there are wonderful views of the mountains.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Day 12: Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Over 3,000 metres deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular – prepare for breathtaking views.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day dy 13
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
    Dy 13: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. On the way back to Lijiang, admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and visit Baisha village, a settlement of the Naxi minority people.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Travel To Chengdu
    Day 14: Travel To Chengdu

    Fly to Chengdu, the home of the Giant Panda. Dine on some fantastic local cuisine before an option to take in a traditional Sichuan Opera (at your own expense).

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Giant Pandas
    Day 15: Giant Pandas

    A visit to Chengdu’s famous Panda Research Base allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Take a stroll through People's Park to see Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search for suitable partners for their children. Later transfer to Chongqing and board your Yangtze cruise vessel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 16-18
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Days 16-18: Yangtze River Cruise

    Cruise down the Yangtze through some of China’s most dramatic scenery, particularly the Three Gorges. Over the next two days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai. You will also see Three Gorges Dam which showcases a massive feat of engineering. Disembark, transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19
    Explore Shanghai
    Day 19: Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit the delightful Yu Garden and the Old Town before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Follow the age-old silk production process at the Silk Museum and take an optional trip on the superfast Maglev train or up Jin Mao Tower (at your own expense). This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise and enjoy a meal of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 20-21
    Shanghai To New Zealand
    Days 20-21: Shanghai To New Zealand

    This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3
    Mercure Beijing Downtown
    Mercure Beijing Downtown
    The 4-star Mercure Beijing Downtown is very well connected across the city, with easy access to the city centre and multiple transport links. The elegant and spacious guests rooms offer free internet access and satelite TV.
  • Nights 2
    Lanxi International Hotel
    Lanxi International Hotel
    A short distance from Xian's historic old town, the 4-star Lanxi International hotel features a terrace for you to enjoy, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The modern guest rooms offer a private bathroom, desk and flat screen TV.
  • Night 1
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, Guangxi Province
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.
  • Nights 2
    Elite Garden Hotel
    Elite Garden Hotel
    In the centre of Yangshuo, the 4-star Elite Garden Hotel offers spacious guest rooms designed and decorated to make you feel at home, all equipped with free internet access, complimentary bottled water and a coffee machine. The private bathrooms include both bath and shower facilities.
  • Nights 2
    Jinjiang Hotel
    Jinjiang Hotel
    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.
  • Nights 3
    Adange Hotel
    No. 1317 Shangri-la Road, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
    Adange Hotel
    Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.
  • Night 1
    Xinliang Hotel
    Xinliang Hotel
    The 4-star Xinliang Hotel is located in the heart of Chengdu, just a short distance from some of the cities key attractions. The hotel's interior was inspired by Bashu culture and blended with a modern charm. Enjoy the recreational facilities available to you, including a sauna and steamroom designed for escapism and relaxation.
  • Nights 2
    Jinjiang Huating Hotel
    Jinjiang Huating Hotel
    A short distance from Shanghai's major tourist attractions, the 5-star Jinjiang Huating hotel offers elegant guest rooms with large windows providing views of Shanghai. This beautiful hotel is home to the rooftop Moon View Restaurant, offering breathtaking city views and exquisite Chinese dishes.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Guilin
  • 8°c
  • 63mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 53mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 2mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Guilin
  • 10°c
  • 97mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
  • Lijiang
  • 8°c
  • 6mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Guilin
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 14°c
  • 114mm
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
  • Lijiang
  • 10°c
  • 17mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Guilin
  • 19°c
  • 247mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 20°c
  • 224mm
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Guilin
  • 24°c
  • 352mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 24°c
  • 312mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 56mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Guilin
  • 27°c
  • 347mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 293mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 167mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 231mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 200mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 242mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 207mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Guilin
  • 26°c
  • 82mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 83mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
  • Lijiang
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Guilin
  • 21°c
  • 66mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 22°c
  • 85mm
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 70mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Guilin
  • 16°c
  • 64mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 16°c
  • 69mm
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
  • Lijiang
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Guilin
  • 11°c
  • 43mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 12°c
  • 44mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 4mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
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Classic China map

Places Visited: Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Lijiang (3N) - Chengdu (1N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (2N)

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