This itinerary is a guide to demonstrate what ITC Luxury Travel can organise and we are happy to tailor make each client's experience. Luxury Holiday Tours to China provide travellers with the opportunity to explore all the historical, cultural and natural wonders that this country has to offer.
Discover the beautiful landscapes that can be viewed from the world-famous Great Wall of China, explore the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, and in Xi’an find a mixture of busy city life with historical culture – all of this just a small part of what China has to offer; making a luxury tour an unforgettable adventure.
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Day 1 – Arrive in Beijing International Airport and be met by your Imperial Tours guide, to take private transfer to Four Seasons Beijing hotel.
Day 2-4 – Begin touring Beijing in the famous Tinanmen Square – the largest public square in the world where visitors can explore the TiananmenTower, Great Hall of the People, and much more before heading north to the Forbidden City, to then complete the day by taking part in the Hutong tour. Day three can be spent at the Wall of Jinshanling, a 10km section of the famous Great Wall of China. On day four explore the historic Temple of Heaven Park and then head to the beautiful SummerPalace in the afternoon.
Day 5-6 – On route to the airport, stop off at Factory 798 Art District to explore Beijings art scene, then fly into Xi’an to be met by the Imperial Tours guide for transfer to Hilton Xi’an Hotel. On day 6 enjoy a day packed with the best of what Xi’an has to offer visiting the famous Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque and Bazaar, and cycling on the city wall, followed by a relaxing evening back in the Hilton.
Day 7-8 – On day 7 make a visit to the ShaanxiProvincialMuseum to discover a variety of ancient Chinese treasures, before heading on to the airport to fly to Hangzhou, where you will be greeted and taken to Four Seasons Hangzhou. On the eighth day of your tour enjoy a blissful Hangzhou Tai Chi lesson, before boarding a private gondola to tour the stunning WestLake. Later on, visit the legendary ‘Peak Flown From Afar’, the hill made up completely of limestone, decorated with over 500 Buddhist carvings.
Day 9-12 – On day 9 drive to Shanghai via the charming CanalTown, and arrive at Peninsula Hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure. On day 10 the tour of Shanghai begins with a tour of Colonial architecture, lead by a member of the Shanghai Historical Society. The next day can be spent discovering beautiful and cultural Chinese Art at the Shanghai museum, followed by a blissful afternoon in the Yu Gardens. On day 12, transfer to airport for international flight home.
Time difference: GMT + 8 Hours
Flight duration: 11 hours approx (with flight change)
Currency: Yuan Renminbi
When to go
The weather in China varies due to it being such a vast area, and it is split into five different temperature zones, however Spring and Autumn are often recommended as the best time to visit.
In the Shanghai region, the best time to visit would be from March to May in the Spring where the temperatures are more warm and pleasant, or in Autumn which is cool and mild. Shanghai often experiences a hot rainy summer, where temperatures can reach above 35C, and cold, dry winters.
Direct flights are available from London with British Airways and Air China to BeijingInternationalAirport, and Shanghai International Airport.