Classical China

Encompassing two spectacular cities, Beijing and Shanghai, and two truly fascinating regions of Shaanxi and Guangxi, this immersive tour allows travelers to experience the Great Wall of China, Forbidden Palace, the Terra Cotta Warriors, Li River (on a cruise) and Shanghai’s intricate ancient neighborhoods that stand alongside modern developments. Head down backstreets and meet locals at work, stopping to talk and watch how goods are made. While in Beijing we also explore the religious systems alive in China, visiting a number of temples and mosques.

Day 1

Arrival in Beijing

Be welcomed by our local representative and be escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2

Beijing (B)

Today with your private guide wander through the famous hutongs (narrows alleys of Beijing) near Houhai Lake, then have a glimpse of ancient Beijing by visiting the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. In the evening, sample some local food at the Donghuamen Market.

Day 3

Beijing (B,L)


Today visit the Heaven Temple, the White Cloud Temple  and the Niujie Mosque.  In the afternoon, continue to the Yonghe Temple and the Confucius Temple.

Day 4

Beijing (B,L)


Early depart from your hotel to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. In the afternoon, return to Beijing and visit the Summer Palace.

Day 5

Beijing – Xi’an (B)

In the morning visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Then, travel to the train station  for a night train journey in a soft sleeper cabin to Xi’an. Enjoy this very cultural experience!

Day 6

Xi’an (B)

CHINA_-_Terracotta_Warriors_-_144326842Be welcomed by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. Later in the morning, visit the incredible Terra Cotta Warriors Museum. In the afternoon, take a bike tour through Xian,  discover the Xi’an ramparts and visit the Chinese-style Mosque.

Day 7

 Xi’an – Guilin (B)

Visit the tomb of Emperor Jing then head to the airport for your onward flight to Guilin. Meet with your guide in Guilin airport and transfer to your hotel.
Later, discover the Reed Flute Clave and end the day by a walk around Shan Lake.

Day 8

Guilin – Yangshuo (B,L)

Transfer to the pier to begin the cruise on the Li River. Admire the picturesque hills and superb natural formations that inspired so many poets and painters. On arrival, pursue your own trek on a bike to explore the countryside made of rice paddies, water buffalo and small villages.

Day 9

Yangshuo – Guilin – Shanghai (B)


Transfer to Guilin airport and onward flight to the modern city of Shanghai. While your luggage is directly transferred to your hotel, head towards Pudong district aboard the Maglev electro-magnetic train. Wander between the most famous buildings, then discover the Bund, explore Nanjing Road and conclude your visit at People’s Square.

Day 10

 Shanghai (B)

Today visit the Urban Planning Exhibition Center, the Shanghai Museum, and end at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In the evening, don’t miss the Shanghai night skyline from the Bund.

Day 11

Shanghai (B)

Start your day from Fuxing Park to discover Chinese’s morning routine, then head to the French Concession. Continue to the old town, visit the Yu Garden, and finish your walk in the bazar. Conclude your day with a traditional Chinese massage (also called“acupressure”).

Day 12

Shanghai (B)

Free day at leisure.

Day 13

Leaving Shanghai (B)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation on this Tour:

Beijing Accommodation


Xi’An Accommodation


Guilin Accommodation


Yangshuo Accommodation


Shanghai Accommodation


3* and 5* hotel options also available. Please ask one of our experts today.


What is included in this tour:

  • International & domestic flights.
  • Accommodation in selected hotel throughout the tour.
  • One soft berth per person on the overnight train Beijing – Xian
  • Meals as mentioned. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • English Speaking guide.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance Fees for mentioned visits.
  • Please note: Travel insurance is not included in this tour However, we recommend you take out insurance. Please ask your Travel consultant for a quote.
  • Please note: Small deviations in the tour are sometimes necessary depending on road conditions and availability of rooms.


Country Information

Currency: Chinese Yuan (CNY)

Vaccinations: No compulsory. Please check with your GP.

Visa: Required for Irish Nationals. You can obtain a L tourism visa single or double entry in the Chinese embassy prior to departure, valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Fee is €40 for single entry and €60 for double entry.

Best time to Travel: The best time to visit most of China is usually during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) as the temperatures are more comfortable. Try also to avoid the major public holidays as the tourist areas tend to get overcrowded (as during the first week of May or the first week of October).

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