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  ► BT-09  CULTURAL EXPLORER
15 NIGHTS FROM £ 2,390 pp  
   
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BEIJING  DATONG  PINGYAO  XIAN  SHAOLIN SI  LONGMEN  KAIFENG  QUFU  TAISHAN
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This trip is a real cultural adventure visiting both some of China’s highlights as well as less visited historic gems to make for a fascinating travel experience.

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Start in BEIJING a city full of ancient imperial splendour before DATONG, home to the Yungang caves and Hanging Monastery. A day train takes you to PINGYAO, China’s Ming Dynasty banking centre and best preserved city from that period. A bullet train to XIAN to see the Terra Cotta Army.

From Xian a 21st Century Bullet train takes you to LUOYANG and it’s ancient buddhist carvings and Shaolin Monastery before visiting another of China’s ancient capitals, KAIFENG.

Dip into the wisdom of Confucius at QUFU before more lofty spiritualism at TAI SHAN before returning to Beijing.

All this and more... see full details below.

 
         
  ► PRICE GUIDANCE FOR THIS TRIP
             
 All prices in UK £ Sterling Number of people travelling on the same itinerary
  1 2 3 4 5 6+
 All year round £ 4,670 £ 2,850 £ 2,750 £ 2,620 £ 2,570 £ 2,390
 
 
 ★ All prices in UK £ Sterling per person and not including international flights (ask us for a flight quote)
 ★ As a guide children 0 to 2 years from 10 to 20% and children 3 to 11 years 70% of the above prices
 ★ A single supplement of £ 690 is applicable where a single room in hotel accommodation is required for 2+ passengers
 ★ Prices for 3 or 5 people assume at least one triple room in hotel accommodation
 ★ These prices are here to give guidance and final quotes are subject to availbility and may be slightly higher or lower
 
 
 

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These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
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Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
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  ► DETAILED DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
     
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Below you will find a detailed, day by day itinerary for this tour and under that a list of inclusions and exclusions. Please remember:
 
  ✔︎  THIS TOUR CAN START ON ANY DATE
  ✔︎  THIS TOUR CAN BE TAILORED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
  ✔︎  THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR
  ✔︎  THIS TOUR IS GUARANTEED TO RUN
 
 
 
 
 
  ► DAY 1 - ARRIVAL BEIJING
 
ARRIVAL IN BEIJING WITH TIME TO RELAX AT THE HOTEL

Welcome to Beijing, China’s cultural and political capital and a real highlight with it’s extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights. Your guide will greet you at the airport with a transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised and exclusive Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip. The area around your centrally located hotel is perfect for an introductory walk.

♨ Meals included: None today.

beijing double happiness hotel  

OVERNIGHT DOUBLE HAPPINESS COURTYARD HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A slice of traditional Beijing with a few modern comforts in this charming and well regarded courtyard style hotel - a top Beijing experience!

 
  ► DAY 2 - BEIJING
 
TIANANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY, JINGSHAN PARK & THE HUTONGS

Start today with vast Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world and home to the Mao Mausoleum and Monument to the People’s Heroes. To the north of the square is the equally huge palace complex of the Forbidden City. We will walk up the middle axis from south to north taking in the splendour of the most important central buildings before finishing in the ancient garden by the north gate. Directly north of the Forbidden city is Jingshan park where we climb beautifully landscaped “Coal Hill” for one of Beijing’s best views.

In the afternoon step back in time with a trip by cycle rickshaw through the narrow lanes and alleys of Beijing’s ancient residential Hutongs - the traditional Chinese city homes. There is also luxury in the Hutongs and we will visit Prince Gong’s Mansion, an extravagant residential complex of gardens and pavilions built in 1777.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

beijing double happiness hotel  

OVERNIGHT DOUBLE HAPPINESS COURTYARD HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A slice of traditional Beijing with a few modern comforts in this charming and well regarded courtyard style hotel - a top Beijing experience!

 
  ► DAY 3 - BEIJING
 
TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, THE GREAT WALL AT STUNNING MUTIANYU & THE 2008 OLYMPIC VENUES

Today’s tour starts with the Temple of Heaven considered by many to be the most beautiful building in China. Perfectly symmetrical, its primary purpose was as a prayer hall the Emperors visited to ask the Gods for good harvests. Set inside a large park popular with Beijingers, you are likely to see cultural activities such as kite flying, Tai Chi classes, singing and ballroom dancing. Continue on to one of China’s most famous sights - the Great Wall. We visit the dramatic and less crowded Mutianyu section 70 km from Beijing set amongst spectacular mountain scenery. Dating back to the 6th Century and largely rebuilt in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty, it is one of the best preserved sections of the wall largely due to the high standard of construction.

On the way back to the city we stop at the 2008 Olympic sites of the spectacular Bird’s Nest Stadium and the aquatics centre known as the Water Cube - external viewing only.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

beijing double happiness hotel  

OVERNIGHT DOUBLE HAPPINESS COURTYARD HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A slice of traditional Beijing with a few modern comforts in this charming and well regarded courtyard style hotel - a top Beijing experience!

 
  ► DAY 4 - BEIJING TO DATONG
 
UNESCO RECOGNISED YUNGANG CAVES & GRAVITY DEFYING HANGING MONASTERY

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight with a mid-morning arrival in Datong with a full day tour of the fabulous Yungang Caves and gravity defying Hanging Monastery. The 5th Century Buddhist Yungang Caves are Datong's prime draw with an array of carvings and paintings that still attract religious devotees today. The Hanging Monastery is an hour's drive out of town but is well worth the trip! Not a trip for those prone to vertigo, this extraordinary monastery is is built into a cliffside on the pass that leads into the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Free time at your hotel in the evening.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the day free.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

datong  

OVERNIGHT GARDEN HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Arguably the best hotel in Datong and a popular option for the few who visit for the Yungang Caves and gravity defying Hanging Monastery.

 
  ► DAY 5 - DATONG TO PINGYAO
 
DAY TRAIN ACROSS RURAL CHINA TO THE ANCIENT WALLED CITY OF PINGYAO

After an early breakfast a transfer for the day time train to Pingyao. Mid afternoon arrival in Pingyao, an intact Ming Dynasty city and once a centre of banking in China with the only complete city wall of that era left in China. Pingyao also holds an International Photography Festival every September which draws in entries from all over the world providing stark contrast to the ancient architecture. Transfer to your hotel.

The rest of the day is free to explore the ancient streets of the city which are easy to navigate. If you wish to enter any of the old banking houses or temples you will need to buy a ticket which covers most of the sights within the city walls as well as the walls themselves. Your hotel will be able to assist with the purchase of this (you will be seeing these on tomorrow’s tour). A free evening to continue to explore the city, the centre of which is beautifully lit by traditional Chinese lanterns.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

pingyao hongshanyi hotel  

OVERNIGHT HONGSHANYI HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Wonderfully located Ming Dynasty style hotel within the walls of the old city offering a traditional Chinese experience which is what Pingyao is all about.

 
  ► DAY 6 - PINGYAO
 
WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD CITY INCLUDING MERCHANTS HOUSES & THE CITY WALLS

Today you have a full day private walking tour of Pingyao’s old city within the walls. Visit a selection of the merchant and banking houses which have been converted into museums. You also have the opportunity to see the Confucius Temple and spend time walking up on the city’s most impressive structure, the Ming Dynasty Walls which completely enclose the old city. The tour will finish back at your hotel with a free evening to relax in the courtyard or walk the lantern lit streets.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

pingyao hongshanyi hotel  

OVERNIGHT HONGSHANYI HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Wonderfully located Ming Dynasty style hotel within the walls of the old city offering a traditional Chinese experience which is what Pingyao is all about.

 
  ► DAY 7 - PINGYAO TO XIAN
 
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE PINGYAO BEFORE A BULLET TRAIN TO XIAN & TANG DYNASTY SHOW

Today is free to further explore the old city of Pingyao before a lunch time transfer to the bullet train station for your onward journey. Late afternoon Arrival in Xian, the once golden city of Emperors, soldiers, arts, culture and the capital of the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of today is free to start exploring this giant of Chinese history with the help of your trip Guidebook. Alternatively, this comfortable hotel is an ideal place to relax.

This evening a trip to the lavish Tang Dynasty show performed in a beautiful theatre. The show itself highlights Chinese culture from this Dynasty, considered a golden age in China’s long history. Music, singing and dance with a traditional orchestra and colourful costumes makes this a visual feast for all ages!

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

xian grand noble hotel  

OVERNIGHT GRAND NOBLE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Well appointed hotel located close to the city walls of Xian with large comfortable rooms, good bathrooms and a great buffet breakfast.

 
  ► DAY 8 - XIAN
 
THE TERRA COTTA ARMY, BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA, CITY WALLS & MUSLIM QUARTER

Today visit one of China’s most extraordinary sights, the Terra Cotta Army built by China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 246 BC. Several thousand of the life-sized soldiers are on display and, with no two soldiers looking alike, make for a truly impressive spectacle.

We also visit a relic of the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, home to some of the most famous Buddhist scriptures in China. It is possible to climb the pagoda - you will need to buy a ticket locally if you wish to do this - for views over Xian. Continue to the 14 km Ming Dynasty City Walls which are up to 18 meters thick at the base and 12 meters in height. It is possible to hire bicycles and ride some sections of the wall - local rental payment required.

Finish the day with a wander through Xian’s vibrant Muslim quarter, including a visit to the Great Mosque, unusually built entirely in the Chinese architectural style. This area is an excellent place to souvenir shop and eat - just ask your guide for recommendations. Return to your hotel with the rest of the day free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

xian grand noble hotel  

OVERNIGHT GRAND NOBLE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Well appointed hotel located close to the city walls of Xian with large comfortable rooms, good bathrooms and a great buffet breakfast.

 
  ► DAY 9 - XIAN TO LUOYANG
 
BULLET TRAIN TO THE 100,000 BUDDHIST CARVINGS AT THE LONGMEN GROTTOES

Transfer to the station for a bullet train to Luoyang, the perfect base for visiting the fabulous Longmen Grottoes and the impressive Shaolin Temple complex up in the Song Mountains. Transfer on arrival directly to the important Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO recognised masterpiece of Buddhist rock carving 13 km south of of Luoyang. The carvings date from around AD 500 when Luoyang was the capital of China. Over 100,000 were sculpted from tiny buddhist statues just centimeters high to the 17 meter high statue of Buddha in the Ancestor Worshipping Temple, the face of which was supposedly modeled on that of Empress Wu Zetian of the Tang Dynasty who happened to pay for this temple! Continue on to your hotel with free time in the evening.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

luoyang christians hotel  

OVERNIGHT CHRISTIAN'S HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
A new hotel getting great reviews for it’s good service, themed decor and well thought out rooms - considered the best place to stay in Luoyang.

 
  ► DAY 10 - LUOYANG TO KAIFENG
 
WORLD FAMOUS SHAOLIN TEMPLES & THEIR MARTIAL ART TRAINING SCHOOLS

Today leave Luoyang for a full day tour up into the Song Mountains to the Shaolin Monastery Temple complex, famous the world over for the practice and teaching of martial arts. The Monastery was founded in AD 497 to teach the Mahayana branch of Buddhism. Since then it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. We visit the main temples, will see a martial arts display and explore the unusual Forest of Pagodas.

Drive on to Kaifeng arriving at the hotel early evening. One of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, Kaifeng is located along the southern bank of the Yellow River. Around 1,000 years ago, when capital of the Song dynasty, Kaifeng was the most prosperous city in China and this prosperity and its proximity to the Silk Road gave it a sizable expat population of Arabs, Persians and Jews.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

kaifeng  

OVERNIGHT ZHONGZHOU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Considered one of the best hotels in the ancient capital of Kaifeng with comfortable clean rooms and helpful staff.

 
  ► DAY 11 - KAIFENG
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF ANCIENT KAIFENG INCLUDING DRAGON PAVILION & THE PALACE

Today we discover the highlights of ancient Kaifeng’s glorious past including Kaifeng Palace also known as Daxiangguo Temple first built in AD 555 during the Qi Dynasty and since added to in 1661 and 1766. The entire complex has 64 temples but the three main halls of Tathagata, Arhat and Tripitaka are of the most interest. On to Dragon Pavilion, site of the Ming dynasty palace of Prince Zhou. The area around here has many old and restored buildings. We also see Iron Pagoda Park and its centerpiece 13 story octagonal pagoda built in 1049. Return to your hotel with free time or we recommend trying out some of the city’s popular eating areas for dinner.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

kaifeng  

OVERNIGHT ZHONGZHOU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Considered one of the best hotels in the ancient capital of Kaifeng with comfortable clean rooms and helpful staff.

 
  ► DAY 12 - KAIFENG TO QUFU
 
EXPRESS TRAIN TO QUFU, HOME OF CHINA’S MOST FAMOUS SAGE, CONFUCIUS

Free time before a transfer to the station for an express train to Qufu taking around 4 hours. "Is it not a joy to have friends come from afar?" asked Confucius, and indeed it is to the people of this small town, the legendary birth place of the great sage who's teachings continue to heavily influence the Chinese to this day. Recognised as a World Heritage Site, the walled town of Qufu is a huge attraction and it is unlikely that you will get to contemplate his wisdom in much peace. Transfer on arrival to your hotel with free time to relax or start to explore the city.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

qufu  

OVERNIGHT QUELI HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
The hotel is located in the centre, with the Confucian Temple to its right and The Confucian Mansion at its rear. Probably the best hotel in Qufu.

 
  ► DAY 13 - QUFU TO TAISHAN
 
THE CONFUCIAN MANSIONS, THE CONFUCIUS TEMPLE & ANCIENT CONFUCIAN FOREST

Today you absorb yourself in Confucian culture starting with the Confucius Mansions, the houses of the important Kong family dating back to the 16th Century during the Qing Dynasty. The Confucius Temple is a huge complex of exceptional architectural quality. It is said that the craftsmen carved the 10 dragon-coiled columns so expertly that they had to be covered with red silk when Emperor Qianlong visited in case he felt that the Forbidden City's Hall of Supreme Harmony paled in comparison! We also wander the large Confucius forest, home to an estimated 100,000 cyprus trees and is also the largest and best preserved cemetery in China. After the tour we drive the 80 km to your hotel in Tai An city, the base for visiting Mount Tai Shan.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

tai an  

OVERNIGHT FOUR POINTS SHERATON HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Part of the well known International chain and one of the best quality options in Tai An with large comfortable rooms.

 
  ► DAY 14 - TAISHAN
 
EXPLORING THE DRAMATIC SCENERY & TEMPLES OF OF SACRED TAISHAN

Tai Shan is one of the 5 sacred mountains of Taoism and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded as the foremost of the 5. The temples on its slopes have been a destination for pilgrims for 3,000 years. Visiting the mountain you join an illustrious list including the first Chinese Emperor, Confucius and Mao Zedong. While watching the sun rise, Confucius was quoted as saying “the world is small” and Mao as saying “the East is red.”

The journey up the mountain is all part of the experience, all 6,293 steps up to the 1,545m peak! If you prefer we can also take the cable car for an additional local payment. If choosing to walk there are plenty of places to stop along the way and no shortage of opportunities to by food and drink. Return to your hotel in the evening for a well deserved rest and hopefully a sound night’s sleep!

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

tai an  

OVERNIGHT FOUR POINTS SHERATON HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Part of the well known International chain and one of the best quality options in Tai An with large comfortable rooms.

 
  ► DAY 15 - TAISHAN TO BEIJING
 
DEPART TAISHAN BACK TO BEIJING BY BULLET TRAIN

After breakfast a transfer to the station for a bullet train back to Beijing. Early afternoon arrival in Beijing with a transfer to your hotel and free time for the rest of the day and evening, perhaps for any last minute souvenir shopping!

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

beijing double happiness hotel  

OVERNIGHT DOUBLE HAPPINESS COURTYARD HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A slice of traditional Beijing with a few modern comforts in this charming and well regarded courtyard style hotel - a top Beijing experience!

 
  ► DAY 16 - DEPART BEIJING
 
DEPART CHINA WITH A WEALTH OF MEMORIES OF THIS UNIQUE DESTINATION

Free time for any final sightseeing or last minute shopping for souvenirs if time. Your local guide will have arranged a time to meet in the hotel lobby for a transfer to the airport in good time for your flight out of China. We sincerely hope that you have had a fantastic China experience full of all the memories which make this country such a fascinating destination that continues to inspire us!

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

 
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Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
 

Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

scroll down to see all 16 china private guided tours

Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
► INTERNATIONAL PLANE TICKETS: Tickets to and from China

✈ International flight tickets are NOT included in this itinerary but we CAN arrange these for you.

► INTERNAL PLANE TICKETS: Tickets for flights within China

✔︎  Beijing to Datong economy class

► TRAIN TICKETS: Click here to learn more about the trains - ask us about upgrades

✔︎  Datong to Pingyao soft sleeper class (7 hour day time trip) 1 berth each in a 4 berth cabin
✔︎  Pingyao to Xian first class (3 hour day time bullet train)
✔︎  Xian to Luoyang first class (2 hour day time bullet train)
✔︎  Kaifeng to Qufu first class (4 hour day time express train)
✔︎  Tai An to Beijing first class (3 hour day time bullet train)

► ACCOMMODATION: Let us know if you have your own preferences or wish to upgrade

✔︎  3 nights Beijing - Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Datong - Garden Hotel 4* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Pingyao - Hong Shan Yi  Hotel 4* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Xian - Grand Noble Hotel 5* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Luoyang - Christian’s Hotel 5* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Kaifeng - Zhongzhou International Hotel 5* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Qufu - Queli Hotel 4* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Tai An - Four Points by Sheraton 5* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Beijing - Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel 3* (standard room with breakfast)

The hotels used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. If you would like to explore additional hotel options please CLICK HERE and let us know of any changes you wish to make.
  hotel preferences
     
► TRANSFERS: Private with driver and an English speaking guide (except where stated)

✔︎  Beijing - Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Airport
✔︎  Datong - Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Train Station
✔︎  Pingyao - Train Station to Hotel / Hotel to Bullet Train Station
✔︎  Xian - Bullet Train Station Hotel / Hotel to Train Station
✔︎  Luoyang - Train Station to Hotel / Hotel to Hotel in Kaifeng
✔︎  Kaifeng - Hotel to Train Station
✔︎  Qufu - Train Station to Hotel / Hotel to Hotel in Tai Shan
✔︎  Tai An - Hotel to Train Station
✔︎  Beijing - Train Station to Hotel / Hotel to Airport

► TOURS: All our tours include entrance fees and use professional, licensed guides

✔︎  Beijing - Full day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Jingshan park and the ancient Hutongs by Rickshaw
✔︎  Beijing - Full day private tour to the Temple of Heaven, Olympic sites (outside only) and Great Wall at Mutianyu.
✔︎  Datong - Full day private tour to the Yungang Caves and Hanging Monastery.
✔︎  Pingyao - Full day private walking tour of Pingyao walled city.
✔︎  Xian - Full day private tour to the Terra cotta Warriors, Wild Goose Pagoda & City Walls.
✔︎  Luoyang - Half day private tour to the Longmen Grottoes.
✔︎  Luoyang - Full day private tour to the Shaolin Monastery complex.
✔︎  Kaifeng - Full day private tour including the Dragon Pavilion the Iron Pagoda Park and Kaifeng Palace (Daxiangguo Temple).
✔︎  Qufu - Full day private tour to the including the Confucian Mansion, Confucian Temple and Confucian Forest.
✔︎  Tai Shan - Full day private including cable car fees and Daimiao Temple in the city.

► OTHER INCLUSIONS: Also included in this trip

✔︎  Meals - As indicated in the itinerary.
✔︎  Support - Emergency numbers and contacts for each destination.
✔︎  Guidebook - Our exclusive Trip Guidebook personalised to your trip.
✔︎  Financial Peace of Mind - All monies paid to us are legally protected under UK law.

All our tours come with our exclusive, 150+ page Trip Guidebook customised to your trip and packed full of information about China and the destinations you will be visiting including emergency numbers and a multitude of travel tips
  trip guidebook
     
  ► LIST OF TRIP EXCLUSIONS
 

Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
 

Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

scroll down to see all 16 china private guided tours

Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf

✘  International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip - we can book these flights on request.
✘  The Chinese visa - we can advise and partner with VisaCentral.
✘  Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment - we recommend ABTASure.
✘  Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides.

 
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