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The Terracotta Army in Xian


The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu


Luxury cruise along the Yangtze River


Experience the quiet pace of like along the river


River scenes along the Yangtze


Xian city ramparts


Visit the Giant Panda Sanctuary in Chengdu


Private guided tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing


Cocktails in Shanghai at the Peninsula's rooftop bar



Highlights of China

A luxury tailor-made journey combining Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River and Shanghai

13 nights from £4,750 per person sharing, including accommodation, guides, flights and transfers
Best time to go: March to November

This tailor-made adventure in China starts in Beijing where you will explore the Forbidden City and a section of the Great Wall of China, before moving on to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors. From there to Chengdu to see giant pandas, followed by a luxury journey along the mighty Yangtze River, and concluding with an exploration of Shanghai. Private guides will enrich your understanding in each destination. All our tailor-made tours can be adjusted to suit you and Highlights of China is designed to give you a taste of what can be achieved. 

Day 1: UK to Beijing

Overnight flight from the UK to Beijing. 

Day 2: Beijing

On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and driven to Four Seasons Beijing for some rest and relaxation. Maybe treat yourself to a restorative massage or a refreshing swim. Contemporary, elegant and oozing sophistication, and located within the Yansha district - the city's most dynamic business and entertainment area - Four Seasons Hotel Beijing (images below) is an excellent base from which to explore.


The Opus Bar


Swimming Pool


The Tea Lounge


The Opus Lounge


Spa treatment room


Luxury, elegant accommodation

Day 3 & 4: Beijing

For a thousand years, Chinese emperors have ruled from their palaces in Beijing and, with the expertise of a private guide, your knowledge and understanding of this dynamic city will be enriched as you visit the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. In Hongqiao Market, you can haggle for silk scarves and fine pearls before taking a cycle rickshaw ride around ancient hutong alleyways. At Mutianyu, you can even climb the panoramic ramparts of the Great Wall of China, a true Wonder of the World. Overnight at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing


Temple of Heaven


Forbidden City


The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

Day 5: Beijing to Xian

Enjoy watching the countryside race by during the 5 hour high-speed train journey to Xian. You’ll be staying at the Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel in the former Imperial Palace grounds in the heart of Xian, a Chinese town shrouded in ancient history. Within walking distance of the City Wall, Great Mosque and Goose Pagodas, this grand building is reminiscent of the spectacular Soviet Palaces of Russia, built to impress and display a sense of power and luxury. Originally established in 1953, the hotel has been completely refurbished, reopening its doors as a luxury hotel a couple of years ago. 


Sofitel Xian


Sofitel and Xian at night


Hotel was recently completely refurbished


Luxury, elegant accommodation

Day 6: Xian

The 8,000 strong army of Terracotta Warriors, complete with their attendant chariots and horses, is nearby. Assembled by emperor Qin Shi Huang in 221 BC but only rediscovered by a farmer as recently as 1974, and now one of the highlights of any tour of China. Within Xian itself other marvels await, including the graceful Great Mosque, the dazzling Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the tasty street food of the delightful Muslim Quarter.

Overnight at Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel


Xian city wall


The Terracotta Warriors

Day 7: Xian to Chengdu

After a short flight from Xian, we'll meet you at the airport in Chengdu and take you to the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu. Overlooking Tianfu Square, the hotel is located in the heart of this vibrant city, capital of Sichuan province. Chengdu is famous as the gateway to Giant Panda sanctuaries, traditional tea houses and vibrant markets and the Ritz-Carlton provides a new level of luxury, style and glamour in the city. You can spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or head out to explore. Chengdu is Asia's first UNESCO City of Gastronomy, and its food is the most mouthwatering in China.


Chengdu Panda Sanctuary


Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton


Swimming Pool


Enjoy the views from the spa


Chengdu nightscape through bedroom windows


Luxury accommodation

Day 8: Chengdu

Chengdu's Panda Breeding & Research Centre is the best place to get close to this iconic, endangered species. You can’t help but fall in love with the playful cubs tumbling around the nursery. In the evening, you'll enjoy some authentic Chinese culture at an opera-like Bian Lian show, where the stage performance is enlivened by dramatic movement and vibrant masks. Overnight at Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

Days 9 to 11: Chengdu to Yangtze River

Today, we'll drive you to Chongqing to board the luxurious Sanctuary Yangtze Explorer for 3 nights. The Yangtze is the third longest river in the world, and slices through some of the most picturesque parts of China. When you board in Chongqing, it’s immediately clear that you’ll be travelling in considerable style aboard your 5* boutique floating hotel. Meals on board are sumptuous, views from the deck sublime and shore excursions, led by expert historians and naturalists, will truly bring the landscape to life.


Cruising the Yangtze in style


Yangtze River gorges


3 night expedition along the Yangtze


Dining Room


Celestial Suite


Deluxe Cabin


Peaceful river scenes


A world of experiences

Day 12: Yangtze River to Shanghai

From the gentle pace of life on the river, it's time to hit the bright lights of bustling Shanghai. A quick flight from Yichang and you'll be fully immersed in this heady Paris of the East. The elegant Peninsula Shanghai sits right on the Bund, the historic boardwalk along the Huangpu River. Wander out at night to see the city sparkle and be sure to enjoy the panoramic views from the hotel's rooftop cocktail bar.


Peninsula Shanghai


Shanghai night view across the Bund


Rooftop cocktail bar at the Peninsula Shanghai


Deluxe River Room


Swimming Pool


Salon de Ning Mai


Dining Room

Day 13: Shanghai

Shanghai may be powering forward – and ever skywards – but there's still plenty of fascinating history to discover. Explore with a guide to unearth the best of this city, old and new, from the beautiful Yu Gardens and the winding alleys of the Old Town to the cutting-edge artistic centre of Moganshan.

Overnight at Peninsula Shanghai 

Day 14: Shanghai to UK

Sadly, your China adventure is now over. We'll drive you to the airport for your flight home. 

Time to Start Planning?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or complete the quick and easy form below. Our China travel specialists look forward to arranging the perfect itinerary  for you and will gladly refine our proposal until you are 100% happy. Think of us as your private travel concierge,

at no extra cost. With ATOL protection and 24/7 support whilst you're away.


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