Classic China - The Classic Route

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• Walk on The Great Wall
• 6 UNESCO Sites
• Explore the Forbidden City
• Cosmopolitan city of Shanghai
• See the Terra Cotta Warriors
• Cruise the Yangtze Rivers Three Gorges and visit the dam
• View the art in the Buddhist Caves at Dazu
• Travel by boat on the Li River, Guilin
• View Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Fact File

• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Beijing, finish in Hong Kong
• All meals included
• Includes 3 internal flights and 2 train journeys
• Activity Level: 2


China - 5,000 years of history. That alone is enough to draw most people to the Middle Kingdom. Our Classic Route to China travels through eastern China, showing you China's major cultural and natural sites.

We start in Beijing, one of the world's great cities, where large squares and monuments grace grand boulevards. We explore Beijing's hutongs (alleys), to experience daily life in this ancient city. Imagine walking through a grand imperial monument such as the Forbidden City - truly a city within a city. Enjoy excursions to the impressive Ming Tombs, Confucius Temple and The Great Wall (UNESCO).

In Xian, one of the ancient capitals of China, we encounter the great wonder of the Terra Cotta Warriors, an Emperor's funerary army built to protect him on his journey to the afterworld. A stunning display of craftsmanship, each soldier and horse are unique.

See the famous Buddhist Caves at Dazu and embark on a cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges for a stunning display of massive rock faces forged by the mighty Yangtze River.

We explore the fascinating city of Shanghai before flying to Guilin to discover the sublime landscape, regarded by the Chinese as the most beautiful site in China. Limestone peaks are in contrast to the serenity of surrounding rice paddies - simply spectacular!

We finish our journey through Classic China with a fast train to the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, to enjoy its splendid sites.

FROM: $5695 USD



Comfortable, well-located accommodations with private bathrooms throughout. Includes 3 nights on a Yangtze River cruise ship.

Comfort notes

Some long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing
Day 2: Forbidden City, Hutongs, Summer Palace, Beijing Opera
Day 3: The Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs
Day 4: Beijing, Train to Xian
Day 5: Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors
Day 6: Xian, Fly to Chongqing
Day 7: To Dazu, Buddhist Caves, Board Yangtze River Cruise
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise
Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise, Shennong Stream
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang Three Gorges Dam Tour, Fly to Shanghai
Day 11: Shanghai
Day 12: Shanghai
Day 13: Guilin
Day 14: Guilin, Li River Cruise, Yangshuo
Day 15: Fast Train to Hong Kong
Day 16: Hong Kong - Victoria Peak
Day 17: Depart Hong Kong
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