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  ► SG-12  ULTIMATE CHINA
24 NIGHTS FROM £ 3,640 pp  
   
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BEIJING  LHASA  XIAN  CHENGDU  LIJIANG  KUNMING  YANGSHUO  HANGZHOU  HUANGSHAN  SHANGHAI
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An ultimate trip criss-crossing China visiting both highlights and more off the beaten track destinations for an altogether fantastic travel experience!

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From the imperial splendour of BEIJING to the spiritual depth of LHASA to the glitz and buzz of Shanghai this trip is full or variety. You will see the Great Wall, Potala Palace, Terra Cotta Warriors and Giant Pandas.

Experience the magic of LIJIANG’s Old City and the much more authentic Shuhe village, the surreal Stone Forest outside of KUNMING, the stunning scenery around YANGSHUO and HANGZHOU’s beautiful centre of Chinese culture, the West Lake.

Sunrise on stunning mount HUANGSHAN is a real highlight for many and the trip finishes in SHANGHAI, the perfect ending for an extraordinary adventure that really is the ultimate China experience!

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+
 Available April to December £ 6,060 £ 4,060 £ 3,920 £ 3,830 £ 3,730 £ 3,640
 
 
 ★ 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 £ 810 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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✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
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✔  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.
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✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
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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
 
 
 
 

PLEASE NOTE: An altitude of over 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) is reached on this trip. Whilst the vast majority of people experience little more than shortness of breath there is a very small risk of more severe complications such as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Note that level of fitness and age are no indication as to whether you are more susceptible or not to AMS. Click here for more information.

  ► 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
 
TREKKING ALONG A WILD & SPECTACULAR SECTION OF THE GREAT WALL

For the active and energetic, one of the best ways to see the Great Wall is to walk it and with nearly 4,000 miles of actual wall we need to be selective! The most scenic section to trek within reach of Beijing is at Jinshanling. The trek involves about 6km of walking along the wall itself which averages 4 hours. This is the best way to see and absorb yourself in China’s best known sight, get some superb photos and avoid the tourist crowds.

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 - DEPART BEIJING ON THE TRAIN TO LHASA
 
FREE DAY BEFORE JOINING THE EXTRAORDINARY TRAIN ROUTE TO LHASA

A free day to explore the wealth of sights Beijing offers. Besides the must sees the city offers ample opportunity to shop in markets such as Hongqiao, the Silk Market or our favourite, the vast Panjiayuan antique market. For something a bit more sedate we recommend Hou Hai lake and its ancient residential Hutongs which offer a great opportunity to absorb local culture combined with many small cafes, bars and restaurants. For a more contemporary experience the 798 district to the east of the city offers an impressive array of galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Afternoon transfer to the station for your departure on the train to Lhasa. Your transfer guide will have your Tibet Travel Permit and train ticket handing these over to you at the station. Opened in July 2006 this engineering marvel is the highest train route in the world reaching an altitude of 5,072 meters at the Tanggula pass. Settle into your berth for the first of two nights aboard this train.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

tibet train  

OVERNIGHT ON THE “SKY TRAIN” TO LHASA
The scenic way to reach Tibet on the hugely popular “Sky Train” that is the world’s highest rail route and delivers some breathtaking scenery along the way.

 
  ► DAY 4 - ON THE TRAIN
 
WATCHING THE SCENERY CHANGE AS YOU CONTINUE TOWARDS TIBET

A full day crossing central China. Gradually the cities become smaller and the countryside between them larger as you head towards the less populated parts of the country. Outside of the busy meal times the dining car is a good place from which to watch the world go by.

♨ Meals included: None Today - the train does have a dining car though.

tibet train  

OVERNIGHT ON THE “SKY TRAIN” TO LHASA
The scenic way to reach Tibet on the hugely popular “Sky Train” that is the world’s highest rail route and delivers some breathtaking scenery along the way.

 
  ► DAY 5 - ARRIVAL LHASA
 
A DAY OF STUNNING SCENERY AS YOU CROSS THE PLATEAU REACHING LHASA

A second full day on the train crossing the Tibetan Plateau. The scenery is spectacular with mountains visible for much of the day. Keep an eye out for pilgrims following the road that in places runs alongside the train track. Arrival in Lhasa late afternoon with a transfer to your hotel. Lhasa, at a quite manageable altitude of 3,650 meters (12,000 feet), is a unique city and a real highlight. The setting, history, architecture, people and contrasts all make for a very special travel experience. Free time to relax and adjust to the altitude or start exploring the city.

♨ Meals included: None Today - the train does have a dining car though.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof

 
  ► DAY 6 - LHASA
 
BARKHOR SQUARE & JOKHANG TEMPLE, TIBET’S MOST SACRED & ITS KORA

This morning start a half day tour of Barkhor Square and the surrounding area, a focal point and highlight of the old city. At the top of the square is the Jokhang Temple constructed in 642 AD and considered the most sacred and important temple in all Tibet. The temple is a meeting point for pilgrims from all over the region making for an intense atmosphere infused with incense and devotion. Surrounding the temple is the Barkhor Kora, a 1 km circular walk for pilgrims and locals as well as a vibrant market selling all the goods a pilgrim might need on their travels. Free time for the rest of the day.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof.

 
  ► DAY 7 - LHASA
 
THE SPECTACULAR POTALA PALACE FORMER RESIDENCE OF THE DALAI LAMAS

This morning you visit one of the architectural highlights of China - if not the world - the vast Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lamas. Building started in 1645 and has been added to over the centuries. It is 13 stories high and contains over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. You will see some of the meeting rooms as well as the extraordinary chapels with their vast gold and jewel encrusted shrines to previous Dalai Lamas (the chapel of the 5th Dalai Lama has a stupa coated in 3,727kg of gold and 18,680 precious stones). The Potala dominates Lhasa and the views from the palace stretch out across the city to the surrounding mountains. Free time in the afternoon to continue to discovering this unique city.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof.

 
  ► DAY 8 - LHASA
 
A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE LHASA OR TAKE A DAY TRIP INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE

Today is free to continue to explore Lhasa and the surrounding valley. We can also organise day trips out of the city or you might prefer to wander the old city and its labyrinth of alleys and multitude of traditional shops. There are also ample opportunities, particularly around Barkhor Square, to settle into rooftop cafes and restaurants to watch the fascinating world of Tibet pass by below.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof.

 
  ► DAY 9 - LHASA TO XIAN
 
FLIGHT OUT OF LHASA TO XIAN HOME OF THE TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

Free time until a transfer to the airport for your flight out of Lhasa. We believe, like so many, you will have come under Tibet’s magical spell! 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.

♨ Meals included: Hotel breakfast & snack on the plane.

xian citadines hotel  

OVERNIGHT CITADINES CENTRAL APART HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Very popular cross between a hotel and serviced apartment in a good location in Xian making this ideal for the semi-independent traveller in China.

 
  ► DAY 10 - XIAN
 
HALF DAY TOUR TO THE TERRA COTTA ARMY WITH A FREE AFTERNOON TO EXPLORE THE CITY

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.

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.

xian citadines hotel  

OVERNIGHT CITADINES CENTRAL APART HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Very popular cross between a hotel and serviced apartment in a good location in Xian making this ideal for the semi-independent traveller in China.

 
  ► DAY 11 - XIAN TO CHENGDU
 
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE MORE OF XIAN’S MANY SIGHTS INDEPENDENTLY

Today is free to further explore the wealth of sights this ancient capital of the Tang Dynasty has to offer. The Drum and Bell Towers located in the centre of the city are particularly easy to visit independently. The Shaanxi Historical Museum and Forest of Steles are all well worth a visit as is spending more time in the Muslim Quarter and cycling a longer section of the City Walls. Your exclusive personalised Trip guidebook has plenty of ideas to make the most of your time.

Mid afternoon make your own way to the station for an overnight sleeper train.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

overnight train  

OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN
There is nothing like a sleeper train journey to experience the real China. Standards are good and the class of cabin we use is comfortable and secure.

 
  ► DAY 12 - CHENGDU
 
ARRIVAL IN CHENGDU WITH FREE TIME TO EXPLORE THE TEMPLE ARE AROUND YOUR HOTEL

Mid morning arrival in Chengdu, capital of mountainous and spicy Sichuan province and the place to come and see Giant Pandas. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel

♨ Meals included: None today.

chengdu buddha zen hotel  

OVERNIGHT BUDDHAZEN HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A favourite of ours and a top mid-range option with the advantage of being designed in the Chinese traditional style - a rare option in China.

 
  ► DAY 13 - CHENGDU TO LIJIANG (SHUHE)
 
VISIT THE WORLD FAMOUS RESEARCH BASE FOR GIANT PANDA BREEDING

Today we visit Chengdu’s famous Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding which has over 60 pandas and is considered the best place in the world to see these endangered icons of China. In addition to the many pandas you can see here (including Red Pandas) there is an opportunity to hold a panda cub although note that this is not guaranteed and requires a local payment direct to the the Research base of RMB 2,000 per person in the photo (not per photo) and must be booked in advance which we can do for you.

WE SUGGEST - note NOT included in this trip yet!
We can also arrange a full day volunteering at the Panda Centre. This involves helping with the daily duties from preparing the pandas food and cleaning out their quarters! Full clothing is provided as well as a certificate on completion for the day. Available Monday to Friday only - ask us for more details.

After the tour some free time before making your own way to the airport making sure to get there in good time for your flight. Arrival in Lijiang, with a transfer on to your hotel in the beautiful village of Shuhe nestled in the shadow of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Shuhe is far less touristed than Lijiang and is more like Lijiang used to be.

The rest of today is free to start exploring the narrow streets of the village or take a trip the 5 km into Lijiang itself easily reached by taxi or bicycle which can be hired from your hotel.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

shuhe inn  

OVERNIGHT HUIFENG INN SHUHE  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Located well away from heavily touristed Lijiang this beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable hotel has great staff and ambience.

 
  ► DAY 14 - SHUHE
 
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES & BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE

Today is free to explore Shuhe or take the opportunity to get into the countryside, perhaps to visit the looming Jade Dragon snow Mountain or make a day trip to stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Renting bicycles and exploring the surrounding countryside is a popular option as well as less energetic relaxing in cafe to watch the world go by in this beautiful part of China!

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

shuhe inn  

OVERNIGHT HUIFENG INN SHUHE  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Located well away from heavily touristed Lijiang this beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable hotel has great staff and ambience.

 
  ► DAY 15 - SHUHE TO KUNMING
 
CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THIS LOVELY PART OF CHINA BEFORE A SLEEPER TRAIN TO KUNMING

Today is a final free day to explore Shuhe and Lijiang. Late afternoon make your own way to the station for an overnight sleeper train.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

overnight train  

OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN
There is nothing like a sleeper train journey to experience the real China. Standards are good and the class of cabin we use is comfortable and secure.

 
  ► DAY 16 - KUNMING
 
VISIT THE UNIQUE LIMESTONE KARST FORMATIONS OF THE STONE FOREST

Today’s tour leaves the city driving  85 km south east to the extraordinary and unique Stone Forest or "Shilin" in Mandarin. This area of unusual and photogenic Karst formations covers a vast 2,670 sq km and is believed to have been formed over 270 million years ago. You see some of the Greater Stone Forest, Lesser Stone forest, the edge of the wild outer Stone Forest and the Stone Forest Lake. Return to your hotel in Kunming with the rest of the day free.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

kunming new era hotel  

OVERNIGHT NEW ERA HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Modern hotel located in the heart of Kunming making it an ideal option in this city and a good base from which to explore Yunnan province.

 
  ► DAY 17 - KUNMING TO YANGSHUO
 
FLIGHT ON TO GUILIN & THE RELAXED TOWN OF YANGSHUO & ITS BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

A free day to explore the city itself before making your own way to the airport. Evening arrival in Guilin with a transfer direct to your hotel in Yangshuo,a relaxed town about 1 hour from Guilin and surrounded by some of China’s best scenery.

♨ Meals included: None today.

yangshuo c source west residence  

OVERNIGHT C. SOURCE WEST RESIDENCE  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
The former Hong Fu Palace Hotel is the best option if you want to be in the heart of the famous West Street but can be a bit noisy if you’re after quiet relaxation.

 
  ► DAY 18 - YANGSHUO
 
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE THE TOWN & BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE

A free day in Yangshuo to continue to explore the town and it’s beautiful surrounding countryside. A wide range of local tours and activities can easily be booked locally through the hotel. Such activities include cycle tours, rafting trips, cookery, Tai Chi or calligraphy classes or you can do as so many do here - just relax and take in all the scenery from the terrace of your hotel or the many cafes and restaurants in the town itself.

♨ Meals included: None today - this hotel no longer includes a pre-booked breakfast.

yangshuo c source west residence  

OVERNIGHT C. SOURCE WEST RESIDENCE  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
The former Hong Fu Palace Hotel is the best option if you want to be in the heart of the famous West Street but can be a bit noisy if you’re after quiet relaxation.

 
  ► DAY 19 - YANGSHUO TO HANGZHOU
 
CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THIS SPECIAL PART OF CHINA BEFORE A FLIGHT TO HANGZHOU

Today is free to discover more of Yangshuo and enjoy this very special part of China or just relax and recharge the your battery before your continuing on your China travels. Late afternoon make your own way to Guilin Airport leaving plenty of time to catch your flight. Your hotel will be able to arrange a taxi and in almost all cases the guide who initially met you on arrival in Guilin will have given you the tickets.

Arrival in Hangzhou, famed throughout China for its culture and the beauty of its West Lake, praised and written about for centuries. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

♨ Meals included: None today - this hotel no longer includes a pre-booked breakfast.

hangzhou crystal orange hotel  

OVERNIGHT CRYSTAL ORANGE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Popular high end option within walking distance to the famous West Lake. Good standard 5* with spacious rooms and attentive staff.

 
  ► DAY 20 - HANGZHOU
 
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE THE WEST LAKE’S EASY TO VISIT SIGHTS AT YOUR LEISURE

A free day to explore Hangzhou’s sublime and beautiful West Lake with it multitude of temples and classical gardens. The lakeshore can be explored either on foot or by rented bicycle. It is difficult to get lost as you just follow the lake with most sights located close to it and there are plenty of options to stop for food and drink, perhaps sampling some of the tea this area of China is so famous for.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

hangzhou crystal orange hotel  

OVERNIGHT CRYSTAL ORANGE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Popular high end option within walking distance to the famous West Lake. Good standard 5* with spacious rooms and attentive staff.

 
  ► DAY 21 - HANGZHOU TO HUANGSHAN
 
ARRIVAL HUANGSHAN WITH AN EXHILARATING CABLE CAR RIDE TO YOUR HOTEL

After breakfast a transfer to the bus station for the three hour journey to Huangshan City transferring on arrival directly to Mount Huangshan’s cable car station that takes you to the Northern Summit area and your hotel. Note that there is about a 30 minute walk from the top of the cable car to the hotel. You will be able to leave unneeded luggage at a hotel before taking the cable car. It will be late afternoon by the time you have checked-in to your hotel but this is an excellent time to take a short walk in the area around the hotel itself to get a feel for this mountain.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

behai hotel  

OVERNIGHT BEIHAI HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Not surprisingly there are only a few options at the top and this venerable institution is the best of the lot but then you come here for the views.

 
  ► DAY 22 - HUANGSHAN
 
THE FAMOUS SUNRISE ON THE MOUNTAIN & A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE ITS MANY PATHS

Make sure you are up very early this morning to see the sunrise Huangshan is famous for. One of the best view points is only a few hundred meters away. Much of the year it can be very cold at dawn but you should find down jackets in your hotel room’s wardrobe. If the weather Gods’ are on your side the sunrise is spectacular and the “cloud sea” often plays a part in this with a layer of cloud well below your view point. Return to the hotel for breakfast before a free day exploring the multitude of well signed and maintained paths that stretch out across the mountains.There is no set itinerary to follow but the time you have is long enough to see the highlights.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

behai hotel  

OVERNIGHT BEIHAI HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Not surprisingly there are only a few options at the top and this venerable institution is the best of the lot but then you come here for the views.

 
  ► DAY 23 - HUANGSHAN TO SHANGHAI
 
A SECOND CHANCE TO SEE THE SUNRISE ON HUANGSHAN BEFORE & A TRAIN TO SHANGHAI

Another chance to see the sunrise (and these can be very different from day to day so resist the temptation to stay in bed!) before breakfast and some more time for further walks through the day. A transfer guide will meet you at the bottom exit of the cable car station. Collect any stored luggage and transfer by car to Huangshan city train station for your overnight train.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

overnight train  

OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN
There is nothing like a sleeper train journey to experience the real China. Standards are good and the class of cabin we use is comfortable and secure.

 
  ► DAY 24 - SHANGHAI
 
ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI WITH THE REST OF THE DAY FREE TO EXPLORE THIS VIBRANT CITY

Morning arrival in Shanghai, China’s exciting and futuristic financial capital and living testament to China's phenomenal growth. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Please note that the check-in time is 12 noon but if a room is available or you have pre-booked early check-in you can go straight to your room. We have booked an extra breakfast for you today due to your early arrival.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

shanghai astor house hotel  

OVERNIGHT ASTOR HOUSE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A famous Shanghai Bund hotel from the colonial era and as popular today as it was then. One of the few options of character in this modern metropolis.

 
  ► DAY 25 - DEPART SHANGHAI
 
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. Make your own way to the airport in good time for your flight out of China. We sincerely hope that you have had a fantastic China experience with us full of all the memories which make this country such a fascinating destination that continues to inspire us!

We sincerely hope that you have had a fantastic China experience with us 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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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
 

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
► 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

✔︎  Lhasa to Xian economy class
✔︎  Chengdu to Lijiang economy class
✔︎  Kunming to Guilin economy class
✔︎  Guilin to Hangzhou economy class

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

✔︎  Beijing to Lhasa soft sleeper class (a berth each in a 4 berth soft sleeper compartment)

Note that due to railway bureau rules final availability of these tickets can only be guaranteed 5 to 10 days before departure although it is rare we have any ticketing problems. However, in the event of ticketing problems we would give you the option of hard sleeper class (6 berth open cabins) or to fly up to Lhasa (with one extra night in Beijing and one in Lhasa). If choosing to fly up to Lhasa additional charges would apply to cover the price differences and these would be payable in Lhasa. If you were to choose to take the hard sleeper class on the train we would refund the difference between the classes to you.

✔︎  Xian to Chengdu soft sleeper class (17 hour overnight trip) 1 berth each in a 4 berth cabin
✔︎  Lijiang to Kunming soft sleeper class (9 hour overnight trip) 1 berth each in a 4 berth cabin
✔︎  Huangshan to Shanghai soft sleeper class (12 hour overnight trip) 1 berth each in a 4 berth cabin

► OTHER TRANSPORT: Between destinations and other than plane or train

✔︎  Hangzhou to Huangshan by bus (3 hours)

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

✔︎  2 nights Beijing - Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights overnight sleeper train Beijing to Lhasa (shared 4 berth soft sleeper cabin)
✔︎  4 nights Lhasa - Dhood Gu 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Xian - Citadines Central Apart Hotel 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night overnight sleeper train Xian to Chengdu (shared 4 berth soft sleeper cabin)
✔︎  1 night Chengdu - BuddhaZen Hotel 3* (superior room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Lijiang (Shuhe) - Huifeng Inn 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night overnight sleeper train Lijiang to Kunming (shared 4 berth soft sleeper cabin)
✔︎  1 night Kunming - New Era Hotel 4* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 nights Yangshuo - C Source West Residence 4* (standard room - NO breakfast included)
✔︎  2 nights Hangzhou - Crystal Orange Hotel 4* (deluxe room - NO breakfast included)
✔︎  2 nights Huangshan Mountain Summit - Beihai Hotel 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night overnight sleeper train Huangshan to Shanghai (shared 4 berth soft sleeper cabin)
✔︎  1 night Shanghai - Astor House Hotel 3* (deluxe 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 Train Station
✔︎  Lhasa - Train Station to Hotel / Hotel to Airport
✔︎  Xian - Airport to Hotel
✔︎  Chengdu - Train Station to Hotel
✔︎  Lijiang - Airport to Hotel
✔︎  Kunming - Airport to Hotel
✔︎  Guilin - Train Station to Hotel
✔︎  Hangzhou - Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Bus Station
✔︎  Huangshan City - Bus Station to Cable car for Mount Huangshan (includes entrance and cable car fee)
✔︎  Huangshan Mountain - Bottom of the cable car to Huangshan City Train Station
✔︎  Shanghai - Train Station to Hotel

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

✔︎  Beijing - Full day private tour walking to Great Wall at Jingshanling.
✔︎  Lhasa - Half day private tour to Barkhor Square and the Jokhang Temple.
✔︎  Lhasa - Half day private tour to the Potala Palace and Kora.
✔︎  Xian - Half day private tour to the Terra Cotta Warriors.
✔︎  Chengdu - Half day private tour to the Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding.
✔︎  Kunming - Full day private tour to the Stone Forest.

► OTHER INCLUSIONS: Also included in this trip

✔︎  Meals - As indicated in the itinerary.
✔︎  Tibet Travel Permit needed to travel in this province.
✔︎  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.

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
 

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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