Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Bicycle atop the city walls of Xi’an before facing its ancient army of terra-cotta warriors.
  • Walk along the Great Wall, taking in magnificent views, and hike through the Guilin countryside.
  • Go behind the scenes at the historic Gao's Grand Courtyard House and interact with local artists.
  • Wake early for a private Tai Chi class led by a local expert. Learn the basic principles of this ancient practice and discover firsthand why it’s revered for such health benefits as stress relief, improved balance, and overall well–being.

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
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
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
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
Accommodations:Skytel Hotel (or similar)
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 Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Skytel Hotel (or similar)
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
Day 10: Yangshuo/Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 11: Shanghai
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 12: Shanghai
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast