China: Land of Emperors and Warriors
April 2 – 14, 2018
Planning a journey to China can seem quite overwhelming. It is the world’s most populous country where more than 100 cities boast a population of over one million. It is home to the largest number of ethnic groups in any country, fifty-six altogether, and it is larger in size than the U.S.
China is a vast country with a history that seems almost incomprehensible, much of it rooted in the scriptures of Confucius and one could spend a lifetime exploring this ancient land.
Today’s China is full of contrasts, extremes and juxtapositions. One minute you will find yourself dining in a five star restaurant looking towards the blinking sky line of Shanghai’s magnificent Pudong area or shopping in an avant-garde gallery, while the next day you may stroll through a hidden alley in an ancient Muslim quarter where little has changed since the days of the great empire. You can explore the Forbidden City, walk on the Great Wall and see the famous Terracotta Warriors or you may choose to escape the crowds and float down a quiet river on a bamboo raft, enjoying a breathtaking backdrop of magnificent lime stone peaks. This scene has been depicted in Chinese landscape scroll paintings since Imperial times. Maybe you choose to discover China’s many minority villages and journey up towards the Himalayas where Tibetan traders roam the vast highlands.
The beauty of it all is that there will always be another surprise just around the corner!
Trip price $ 5,180 per person
Accommodations as listed in double occupancy/breakfast and meals as listed on our detailed itinerary/flights in economy class within China/airport transfers/service of national English speaking guide/all sightseeing as listed with entrance fees/all transportation by bus and boat.
This journey is limited to 12 travelers.
Beijing & Beyond:
Yunnan & Shanghai
April 10 – 20, 2018
Highlights of China
Beijing, Xian & Shanghai
April 22 – 30, 2018
We are happy to arrange a tailor made journey to China for you! Please call us at tel. 888-586-9958 to discuss your individual travel plans!
Day 1. April 2. Beijing.
Arrival in Beijing. Transfer to the Peninsula Hotel.
Day 2. April 3. Beijing.
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Lama Temple. Peninsula Hotel.
Day 3. April 4. Beijing.
Great Wall at Mutiyanyu excursion. Peninsula Hotel.
Day 4. April 5. Xian.
Flight to Xian. Afternoon visit to Hanyang Tomb, Big Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque. Sofitel Hotel.
Day 5. April 6. Guilin.
Morning tour of the Terracotta Warriors site and visit to the Shanxi History Museum. Afternoon flight to Guilin. Shangri-La Hotel.
Day 6. April 7. Longsheng.
Drive to Longsheng, home to the famous Longji rice terraces. Enjoy some easy hiking through the rice terraces and local villages. Li’An Lodge.
Day 7. April 8. Yangshuo.
Drive to Yangshuo and on to Yangdi for a bamboo rafting river journey. Yangshuo Resort.
Day 8. April 9. Yangtze Cruise.
Return to Guilin Airport in time for the flight to Chongqing where we board the Yangtze River Cruise.
Days 9 - 10. April 10 – 11. Yangtze Cruise.
See the Three Gorges Dam, Qutang and Wu Gorges and enjoy excursions to the Shibaozhoi Temple and Shennong Stream.
Day 11. April 12. Shanghai.
Disembark in Yichang. After a morning city tour depart on a flight bound for Shanghai. Late afternoon visit to the Bund and Xiantandi. Peninsula Hotel.
Day 12. April 13. Shanghai.
Morning sightseeing to include the Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden. Optional afternoon visit to contemporary art galleries. Sunset Cruise and farewell dinner. Peninsula Hotel.
Day 13. April 14. Departure