Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy eighteen days packed with China’s major sights and out-of-the way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xian’s ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.
Full-day Yangtze River boat trip to Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge. Excursion to the Great Wall. Visit to Shanghai Museum. Orientation walks in Xi’an and Shanghai. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Group Leader Details
Your group trip is accompanied by a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in China. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Train, Local bus, Private bus, Chinese-style boat, Walking, Cycling.
My Own Room
Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops.
Simple Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), Sleeper train (5 nts, 6 berth train), Yangtze boat (2 nts)
Max Group Size
Day 1 Hong Kong
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hong Kong/China border
Visit the lcoal market or catch the views of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. Overnight train to Guilin (Yangshuo).
Day 3-6 Yangshuo
Opt to cycle through the countryside of Yangshuo, experience a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see an amazing evening light and sound show. Overnight train to Chongqing.
Day 7-9 Yichang/Three Gorges Dam & Xiling Gorge (1L)
Full-day boat trip along the mighty Yangtze River to the Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge. Overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 10-12 Xi'an
Take an orientation walk around this historical city. Opt to cycle Xi'an's ancient walls or visit China’s greatest archaeological treasures – the Terracotta Warriors. Overnight train to Shanghai.
Day 13-15 Shanghai
Enjoy an orientation walk around People's Park, and visit the Shanghai Museum. Free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city. Opt to witnessing the breathtaking Chinese acrobats. Overnight train to Beijing.
Day 16-17 Beijing
Visit the awe-inspring Great Wall of China. Free time to explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City or the Temple of Heaven.
Day 18 Beijing
Depart at any time.
AIRPORT PICKUP $100
Book an airport pickup in advance and be met at the airport arrivals area - just look for a sign with your name on it!
Haven't booked your flights yet? No problem. You can always book a transfer and send us the details later - up to 30 days before the start of your tour!
MY OWN ROOM $399.00
During your tour, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room, which is why we offer travellers a 'My Own Room' option - a single room all to yourself.
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Nights 2, 5, 9, 12 & 15, Sleeper train.
China Cultural Bundle
Li River Light Show
Yangshuo, 1 hour
Directed by Zhang Yi Mou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this show set on the banks of the Li River incorporates triggered lights that reflect off the water, creating a magical, otherworldly effect. Gape in amazement as the 500-strong cast bands together to sing and dance in celebration of China’s unique cultural heritage.
Shanghai, 80 minutes
Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks like plate-spinning, contortionism, foot-juggling and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.
Shaolin Kung Fu Show
Beijing, 80 minutes
Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, this show and its specially-designed theatre showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.