China Tours & Trips 2020
Filter to find perfect
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
Attractions & Cities Visited
Activities & Interests
Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Flight & Transport Inclusions
Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
Rivers & Seas Visitied
Stride Gives Back Stride Gives Back This trip visits a destination impacted by climate change. When you opt in to the Travelstride Gives Back program, we will donate 10% of our net revenue to organizations that help mitigate climate change in these destinations and across the globe. Learn more
- Explore Hong Kong, the ‘City of lights’
- Visit the Stanley Market and Victoria Peak
- Visit the Ruins of St. Paul and Mount Fortress
- Full day tour of Macau
- Explore the highlights of ancient china, from the shaolin monastery and longmen grottoes to the terracotta army of xi’an and finally the great wall.
- Tour shanghai’s imminently photogenic bund, where historic buildings display a variety of architectural styles along a waterfront promenade.
- Taste your way through the delectable halal dishes in the sizzling muslim quarter of xi’an.
- Enjoy a peaceful night in a traditional courtyard guesthouse near the great wall and visit a section of the wall.
- Admire and try your hands at the intricate art of paper cutting from a master from a family that has passed down the tradition for generations.
- Zip through china by bullet train, going as fast as 300 kilometres per hour.
- Bigger and more beautiful than any photo can capture, the Taj Mahal is a triumph of Mughal architecture that promises to inspire even the most seasoned travellers.
- Learn to whip up some central Indian staples during a cooking demonstration at home with friends in Orchha; the perfect opportunity to experience an authentic slice of Indian family life.
- See pilgrims praying and bathing along the ghats of the sacred Ganges River during an unforgettable sunrise cruise in Varanasi – one of India's holiest cities.
- Stay in a lodge and wake to the calls of the jungle in Chitwan National Park, then embark on a safari in search of rhino, deer, monkeys, and a wide array of birdlife.
- Spend a memorable night at a Madi Valley Homestay – an Intrepid project that provides sustainable incomes and encourages local communities to conserve the wilderness and wildlife around them.
- Experience the highlights of ancient china, from the jaw-dropping tiger leaping gorge to the majestic terracotta warriors.
- Spend time with a local family in xizhou and learn about their traditional way of life. try your hand at cheese-making and share a local lunch.
- Wander through a tibetan village in the dreamy shangrila pasture lands. learn about tibetan culture over a steaming cup of yak butter tea.
- Tour shanghai’s imminently photogenic bund, where historic buildings in a variety of architectural styles line a waterfront promenade.
- Zip through china by bullet train, going as fast as 300 km per hour.
- Dine on crispy Peking Duck at an authentic Chinese dinner in Beijing
- Visit the tombs of the Ming Empire in Beiijing
- Witness one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu section)
- Visit a traditional artisan Cloisonné factory in Beijing
- Ride in a Rickshaw
- Visit the huddled ancient hutongs (local backstreets) of Beijing
- Visit the Summer Palace
- Visit the TangBo Art Museum in Xi'an, full of traditional, folk, ancient & modern Chinese artefacts
- See the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China
- Pay your respects at Shanghai's City God Temple complex
- Explore one of China's traditional arts at the Shanghai Silk museum
- Visit Shanghai’s Bund area
- Shanghai Tower
- Embrace the tastes of four of China's most important food regions – from the imperial cuisine of Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'an, the spicy Sichuan flavours of Chengdu and the international melting pot of Shanghai.
- Nothing beats the flavour of Peking Duck in the city where this iconic dish was born, so treat yourself to a feast with your group in Beijing.
- Savour the spicy flavours of Sichuan, like the fiery, tingling, tongue-numbing sensation of the famous Sichuan Pepper at Chengu’s spice market.
- Get a hands-on experience with everyone’s favourite Chinese specialties – dumplings – as you learn to make them in Shanghai, China's unofficial dumpling capital.
- Hand pick a variety of fresh seafood from a famous local fish market and have several regional dishes prepared on the spot for tasting.
- Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai, imperial treasures like the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, and cruise the wildly beautiful Three Gorges region of the legendary Yangtze.
- Visit the Great wall of China and explore its winding pathways and marvel
- Visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze.
- See Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views.
- Visit Stanley Market, where narrow streets are filled with inexpensive clothing and arts and crafts stalls
- Visit the fascinating Macau Museum to learn more about this truly unique place
- Embark on a three-night cruise upon the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
- Cruise with an A&K Young Explorers Guide who leads young guests in fun, age-appropriate learning activities, such as Mandarin lessons, crafts and games
- Walk atop the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall - if you like, hop on a toboggan and ride back down
- Visit giant pandas roaming freely in their natural habitat
- Enjoy a dumpling-making demonstration for a unique Chef's Table experience
- Stop at a pottery factory where you make your own miniature terra cotta soldier on a fun artisan visit
- Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing through a hutong
- Though not quite visible from space, the Great Wall of China is still massive! Wander this iconic monument and learn about its history
- Travel back in time to the era of China’s powerful Emperors in Beijing while you and your family explore the halls and courtyards of the Forbidden City
- Experience whizzing through the Chinese landscape on futuristic bullet trains
- The kids will enjoy meeting the pandas in Chengdu on a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Watch these adorable creatures at play, get to know the super-cute red ones, and learn about important conservation work
- Uncover the secrets of Chinese food in a cooking class in Yangshuo
- Wrap up this eye-opening adventure in Hong Kong – a fast-paced explosion for the senses that’s an exciting mix of old and new, East and West
- This is one of our most comprehensive trips in China, taking in key destinations from north to south with plenty of variety in experiences and sights along the way
- Travel by overnight train to get a sense of the vastness of this country, as well as zip between cities on this high-speed rail network
- Take through the iconic scenery of the Yangzi River as you meander through the dramatic Three Gorges on a three-day cruise
- No matter how many guide books you have read, nothing truly prepares you for the grandeur and immensity of historic sights like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Leshan Big Buddha and the Terracotta Army. However, the country's modern man-made sights refuse to be outdone, and you can see the modern equivalence of those ancient feats in the skyline of Hong Kong and the Yangzi River's Three Gorges Hydroelectric dam
- Get up close to giant pandas in Chengdu and learn about their struggle for survival
- Beyond adorable, endangered giant pandas, Chengdu is one of our favourite cities in China. Find out why our travellers end up falling in love with this emerging travel hotspot here: intrepidtravel.com/adventures/chengdu-china-travel-guide
- Escape the cities to discover China's natural beauty. Trek up the misty forests of Emei Shan for a stay in a monastery, waking to the sound of drums and prayers in the morning Buddhist ritual.
- Cycle through the Chinese countryside with backdrops that resemble paintings – the picturesque limestone karsts of Yangshuo, for example, grace the walls of conference rooms and Chinese embassy's around the world
- Eat your way through China from Beijing duck to Sichuan pepper, and challenge yourself with authentic local delicacies like silk worms, spicy rabbit head and beer fish.
- Walk the walk on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, watching the stones snake as far as the eye can see. If you’d like, you can even toboggan back down!
- Go local every step of the way. See marquee highlights like the Terracotta Warriors with a local guide and sip tea with residents in People’s Park.
- Watch rolly polly baby pandas playing, munching bamboo and generally doing their cute ol' thing at the Panda Breeding Centre.
- Cycling through farms and villages in Yangshuo’s karst-dotted countryside is a trip highlight for many travellers, the perfect way to unwind in between chaotic cities.
- Explore the memorable limestone karst scenery of yangshuo, immortalised in countless traditional chinese paintings
- Spend the night in a guesthouse in the lovingly restored town of shaxi, visit the dizzying friday market and be transported back to when it was a significant stop on the tea horse trail
- Enjoy two days to hike around the dramatic scenery of tiger leaping gorge
- Wander through a tibetan village in the dreamy shangrila pasture lands. learn about tibetan culture over a steaming cup of yak butter tea.
- Like everything it does, china’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see in the faces of the thousands or terracotta warriors in xi’an, and in the endless stretch of the great wall as you walk along it
- Learn about the endangered (and adorable) giant pandas’ struggle for survival, and get up close to these unique creatures in chengdu
- Step back in time with a boat trip through the iconic scenery of the yangzi river, which meanders through the spectacular three gorges
- Get a hands-on insight into chinese dishes and ingredients with a cooking class in yangshuo
- Discover shanghai's bright lights, fevered trade and frenetic pace, which provides a glimpse into modern china
- With only 16 guests or fewer, you’ll have a better vantage and more time at the Terra Cotta Army.
- Feel the ancient rhythms of Xian as you explore the Muslim market with an engaging, savvy resident.
- Delve into the traditional ways of China when you meet tea farmers at their home near Hangzhou.
- An intimate stroll along historic Pingjiang Road is the best way to appreciate the splendor of Suzhou’s centuries-old Song Dynasty architecture.
In order to see Travelstride Select deals you must sign in. We’ve negotiated with many of the world’s best travel companies to save you money! Get the best experiences, save up to $700 per person, and be a hero to your travel companions!
With FREE membership you:
- Save up to $700 per person!*
- Access private deals and offers
- See personalized trip recommendations
- Save favorite trips
Top China Experiences
Standing face-to-face with thousands of life-sized, Terra Cotta Warrior statues excavated from the vast necropolis of China’s First Emperor in Xi’an
Taking a long walking tour of the Great Wall of China
Sailing down the Li River from Guilin through an incredible landscape of sheer cliffs and peaks, resembling a dreamy ink-brushed scroll
Reaching two fabled oases on the Silk Road: Urumqi (China’s Timbuktu) and Kashgar, site of one of Asia’s largest outdoor markets and camel bazaars
Experiencing the uniqueness of Beijing
Circumnavigating the entire city wall of Xi’an by bicycle, then exploring the city within
Cruising through the remains of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and visiting the huge hydroelectric dam that partially submerged them
Visit Apricot Valley, one of the most beautiful forests in the world
China Trip Reviews
3,802 China Tour Reviews - Summary 83% Recommend
All China tours, river cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages in China. Average rating of 4.2 for all China trips.