Essentials - 13 days

Private Journey

Price from

$6,790 per person

$522 per day

Private travel departures daily

Your journey will be a private customized travel experience, based on your individual schedule, interests and budget

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Signature of China

This is the trip of a lifetime for the discerning traveller who wants a comprehensive tour of China and would also like something extra, something a little bit different. You will experience all the splendour of China: historical cities, archaeological treasures and glorious vistas, and you will also have an unprecedented opportunity to explore the lands and customs of China’s minority peoples.

Day 1  Arrive Beijing

Arrival private transfer to hotel.


Days 2-4  Beijing

During in-depth private touring in Beijing, explore the splendours of the imperial palaces - Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven;  Travel by rickshaw down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood. See lesser-known temples, and venture to a little-visited hilltop park for panoramic views over the rooftops of the Forbidden City.

One day, take an excursion to a stunning section of the Great Wall with a stop for lunch at Commune by the Great Wall.

Dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants, and enjoy reservations at Beijing's most acclaimed restaurants. Visit markets specializing in pearls, silk, food and furniture, and, if desired, explore new art gallery districts that showcase the city's burgeoning contemporary art scene.


Days 5-6 Xian

Private transfer and flight to Xian for 2 nights

The ancient capital of Xian is a major stop on the Silk Road. See the famed Terracotta Warriors and the massive city walls. Explore a local night market and the lively streets of the Muslim Quarter. Dine on dumplings, a local specialty. Visit the important Big and Small Goose Pagodas. Tour the impressive Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and the Forest of Stele, a fascinating library of tall stone tablets.


Days 7-9 Lijiang

Continue to China’s rural, southwestern Yunnan Province. Spend 3 nights at a luxury resort in Lijiang - one of China’s best-preserved traditional towns, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Tour the cultural and scenic highlights of the region: Visit minority villages, see ancient Buddhist frescoes, attend a Naxi musical concert, browse the shops and charming streetslining canals in town, and visit monasteries and beautiful parks at the base of the mountains.


Days 10-12 Shanghai

You tour is concluded in Shanghai. Learn about Shanghai's history through the architecture of the Bund, the French Concession, Pudong and other districts. Visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. Later visit the beautifully maintained Yu Garden, an outstanding example of a classical garden dating from the 16th century, and explore the bustling market area which now surrounds it; Ascend the Minshan Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings, for an astonishing view over the whole city, before visiting the renowned Shanghai Museum.


Day 13 Depart Shanghai

Depart private transfer to the airport.