Itinerary

Itinerary

Mix the bustle of China’s metropolises with the tranquility of rural life on a 12-day adventure. Explore hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a paddle on the gorgeous Li River. Along the way, discover how China’s many contrasts make it one of the world’s most intriguing places.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Beijing
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.
Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Beijing King Talent Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Beijing
Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Beijing King Talent Hotel (or similar)
Day 3: Beijing
Explore historic Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. After, take a walk through the hutongs — local backstreet neighbourhoods.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Beijing King Talent Hotel (or similar)
Day 4: Beijing/Xi'an
Continue to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 5: Xi'an
Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls. Later, visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets then enjoy a visit to the historic Gao’s Grand Courtyard House and for a performance of shadow puppetry.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 6: Xi'an
Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors — the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, head to a local village and enjoy lunch. Opt for a Defachang Dumpling Banquet in the evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Yangshuo Countryside
Fly to China's lush southwest to experience rural culture and the unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. Enjoy a traditional dinner at a G Adventures-supported restaurant where rural women are working to create new opportunities for their families. Also enjoy a relaxing float on a local boat on the Li River, then transfer to a local hotel in the countryside.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Yangshuo Outside Inn (or similar)
Day 8: Yangshuo Countryside
Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Yangshuo Outside Inn (or similar)
Day 9: Yangshuo
Rise early for a private tai chi class with a local expert. Later, travel to Yangshuo town and taking a guided walk with the CEO, then you'll have the opportunity to wander the shop and café-lined streets.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Yangshuo Changfeng Green Water Resort (or similar)
Day 10: Yangshuo/Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Shanghai Baolong Hotel - Grand Mercure (or similar)
Day 11: Shanghai
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Shanghai Baolong Hotel - Grand Mercure (or similar)
Day 12: Shanghai
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast