Journey from Shanghai to China’s vibrant capital
Capture the spirit of China on this 12-day tour from Shanghai to Beijing. Stroll along the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s nongtang, be entranced by ancient Buddhist art at the Longmen Grottoes, see the incredible Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, get a sense of Tibetan life in the town of Xiahe and walk on the Great Wall of China. This is a journey abounding with bustling cities, natural beauty, incredible culture and history stretching through the ages.
See the best known sights in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an, as well as visiting towns that may not be quite as iconic but perhaps even more intriguing because of it
The Longmen Grottoes are the most stunning remnants of Northern Wei and Tang-era Buddhist art in existence, and you'll have plenty of insight into their history with a local guide
Visit Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu
Zip through vast territories on the fast and efficient bullet train network in China, a manifestation of the rapid development of China's economy over only 40 years.
Experience the enchanting ambience and mountain scenery of Xiahe. This Tibetan pilgrimage town and its Labrang Monastery is the stuff of legend
Perhaps no trip to China is complete without seeing the iconic Great Wall. Take an invigorating hike along the Mutianyu section
This trip travels to altitudes of up to 2,900 metres above sea level, and as a result some travellers can feel affects of altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.
We use a mix of transport on this itinerary: plane, high speed trains, private and public buses, and the subway. The trip covers a fair amount of ground, so be prepared for some long journeys.
Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
You'll need a reasonable level of fitness for the Great Wall walk. Walking shoes with good support and grip are essential. There are many steps and slopes on the way, so be prepared for a tough climb in sections. The views and overall experience are a real highlight for many travellers. This isn't a trek as such, so you are free to walk as far (or not!) as you wish. The section that we visit also has the options of a cable car or chair lift up and down from the wall.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2019
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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available to book on this trip, including all nights.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required no later than 40 days before departure in order for us to purchase your train and flight tickets.
3. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor or for medication that'll aid the acclimitization.
4. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
Our Explore China trips score an average of 4.73 out of 5 based on 22 reviews in the last year.
Amazing trip! There is so much to see and do including the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City. Take the optional bike ride around Xian city wall. If you can, book an extra day or two at the end of the trip to spend the day at the Summer Palace, easy to get to on the metro.
Review submitted 12 Jul 2018
This trip took us to some wonderful places but be prepared for a lot of travelling. It's a lot of miles to cover. Great for people who want to see China's best/biggest cities and tourist sights but there is not a lot for people who prefer more nature/countryside on these trips. You do not see any of the mystical/spiritual aspect of the country. The tourist destinations are impressive but very commercialized.
Review submitted 26 Jun 2018