China Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style 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.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level 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.

Physical Level Physical Level 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.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule 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.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Delhi to Kathmandu

Intrepid Travel
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15 days
$ 96 / day
$ 1,444
From : $ 1,949
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • 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.
Visits:
Agra, Chitwan National Park, Delhi, Himalayas, Kathmandu, Taj Mahal, Tibet, Varanasi, Durbar Square, India, Nepal
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Essence of China with Yangtze River Cruise

11 days
$ 234 / day
$ 2,575
From : $ 3,476
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1 (Wed) – Arrive Beijing
  • Arrive in Beijing the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to the hotel.
  • Day 2 (Thu) – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace
  • Start your tour this morning with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the Forbidden City, the 250-acre palace containing more than 9,000 rooms. Closed to the common people for centuries, it was only opened to the public in 1949. Afternoon explore the Summer Palace, the retreat of China’s royal families for over 2,000 years (BL)
  • Day 3 (Fri) – Great Wall Excursion & Ming Tomb
  • Visit the Great wall, stopping en route at the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube for a picture stop. The Great Wall, built 2,300 years ago and extending 3,750 miles, can be seen from space!. Afternoon visit Sacred Way and Ming Tomb – Changling Tomb. Tonight enjoy Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)
  • Day 4 (Sat) – Temple of Heaven & Lama Temple / Xian
  • In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven, possibly the country’s most popular symbol and the Lama Temple, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Later fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world. Xian was the national capital for eleven Chinese dynasties and a major link between Asia and Europe. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)
  • Day 5 (Sun) – Terra Cotta Warriors & Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 with the discovery of the astonishing third-century BC burial sites of the first emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huangdi. Visit the archaeological site to see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, which have been standing guard over the Imperial Tomb for 2,000 years and the the ceramics & pottery workshop. Enjoy Noodle making demonstration followed by lunch. Afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Temple and the Ancient City Wall. In the evening, enjoy an *optional Tang Dynasty Show and dinner. (BL)
  • Day 6 (Mon) – Xian / Chongqing / Cruise
  • Morning is free until transfer to airport for flight flying to Chongqing. Arrive Chongqing, city tour if time permits. Sichuan flavor dinner at local restaurant, and then transfer to pier to board on the cruise , embark on Victoria Jenna or Sabrina (Superior Cabin on the Main Deck) to explore and discover the mysteries of the Yangtze River. Relax and enjoy your downstream Cruise on the Yangtze. (BD)
  • Day 7 (Tue) – Shibaozhai
  • Shore excursion to Shibaozhai, literally translated into English as the “Stone Treasure Fortress.” Located in Zhong County at the south bank of the Yangtze River (30 miles away from Wanxian), it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750 with a height of 56 meters. Shibaozhai is simply a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, standing on the riverside. A red wooden pagoda, 12 stories high, was built against the rock wall. Visitors can climb to the top by spiral staircase in the pagoda, 160 meters above the river to gain a panoramic view of the winding river, the village and the countryside. (BLD)
  • Day 8 (Wed) – Qutang Gorge / Wu Gorge / Shennong Stream
  • Qutang Gorge finds the river carving its way between sheer precipices of overhanging mountains on both sides. Continue through the wondrous Wu Gorge, a meandering landscape of dazzling peaks and rocks, forming a whimsical gallery of natural beauty. Upon arrival at the famed Shennong Stream, board the small boat and sail deep into the fabled Three Lesser Gorges. Enjoy the vistas of Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge with their breathtaking scenery. Return back to the boat and continue to the third Xiling Gorge as we pass through many historical sites. Sail through the huge Three Gorges Dam and the five ship locks. (BLD)
  • Day 9 (Thu) – Xiling Gorge / Yichang / Shanghai
  • Take a shore excursion to see the massive construction of Three Gorges Dam, the world largest hydroelectric project. Continue sailing down in the second section of Xiling Gorges. Disembark in Yichang and proceed to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, “the Paris of the East”- China’s most westernized and largest city. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel. (B)
  • Day 10 (Fri) – Shanghai Sightseeing
  • Your morning tour of Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Old Town. Afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, a wide, tree-lined avenue along the Huangpu River and Tianzifang Artist area, famous for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Evening enjoy an *optional performance by the famous Chinese acrobats. (BL)
  • Day 11 (Sat) – Shanghai / Home
  • Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
Visits:
China
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Beijing to Moscow

Intrepid Travel
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16 days
$ 245 / day
$ 3,925
From : $ 4,523
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Experience this incredible rail adventure through China, Mongolia, and Russia – one of the world’s greatest, most epic journeys.
  • Stay in the Mongolian wilderness in a ger camp and experience local life up-close.
  • Immerse yourself in Mongolia's rich cultural heritage, from the country’s original Buddhist temple to the city built by Genghis Khan
  • Live life on the shores of magnificent Lake Baikal in a Siberian village
  • Experience a traditional Russian banya – a refreshing steam, wash and birch branch ‘massage’
  • Encounter fascinating sights over the 6000 kilometres from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to Moscow’s iconic Red Square
  • Check out our Beijing to St Petersburg trip ( search 'CBSQC' on our website) if you are interested in continuing this epic journey in Russia from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Visits:
Beijing, Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, Lake Baikal, Russia, China, Mongolia
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China Discovery

8 days
$ 229 / day
$ 1,835
From : $ 2,477
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1 (Wed) – Arrive Beijing
  • Arrive in Beijing the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to the hotel.
  • Day 2 (Thu) – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace
  • Start your tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the Forbidden City, the 250- acre palace containing more than 9,000 rooms. Closed to the common people for centuries, it was only opened to the public in 1949. Afternoon explore the Summer Palace, the retreat of China’s royal families for over 2,000 years. (BL)
  • Day 3 (Fri) – Great Wall Excursion
  • Visit the Great wall, stopping en route at the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube for a picture stop. The Great Wall, built 2,300 years ago and extending 3,750 miles, can be seen from space! Tonight enjoy Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)
  • Day 4 (Sat) – Temple of Heaven & Lama Temple / Xian
  • In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven, possibly the country’s most popular symbol and the Lama Temple, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Later fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world. Xian was the national capital for eleven Chinese dynasties and a major link between Asia and Europe. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)
  • Day 5 (Sun) – Terra Cotta Warriors & Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 with the discovery of the astonishing third-century BC burial sites of the first emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huangdi. Visit the archaeological site to see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, which have been standing guard over the Imperial Tomb for 2,000 years and the the ceramics & pottery workshop. Enjoy Noodle making demonstration followed by lunch. Afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Temple and the Ancient City Wall. In the evening, enjoy an *optional Tang Dynasty Show and dinner. (BL)
  • Day 6 (Mon) – Xian / Shanghai
  • Fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
  • Day 7 (Tue) – Shanghai Sightseeing
  • Your morning tour of Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Old town. Afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, a wide, tree-lined avenue along the Huangpu River and Tianzifang Artist area, famous for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Evening enjoy *Optional performance by the famous Chinese acrobats. (BD)
  • Day 8 (Wed) – Shanghai / Home
  • Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
Visits:
China
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China Adventure(Twin Share Room,Start Beijing, En ...

Contiki
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12 days
$ 255 / day
$ 3,056
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • 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
  • Lunch with a local family
  • Take a rickshaw ride through 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
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Yangshuo, China
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Best of China with Yangtze Cruise

15 days
$ 452 / day
$ 6,775
From : $ 8,768
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • EXPLORE Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai
  • VISIT the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, the 'Bund' waterfront, the Jade Buddha Temple and Jinmao Tower in Shanghai
  • SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Three Gorges Dam, the Shanghai Acrobats.
  • CRUISE the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Three Gorges, Yangtze River, China
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Majestic China & Yangtze River 14 Days 12 Nights

14 days
$ 143 / day
$ 1,999
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the Great Wall, which is one of the man-built architectures
  • Visit to the world-famous and historic Tiananmen Square
  • Explore Yichang,the cultural and economic center of the western Hubei Province
  • Explore the Three Gorges Dam Site, located in the middle of the Xiling Gorge
  • Enjoy a memorable excursion to cruise along the serenely beautiful gorges of the Yangtze
  • Visit the extraordinary Shibaozhai pagoda
  • Enjoy the tour to witness the famous "Terra Cotta Warriors"
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art.
Visits:
Beijing, Chongqing, Great Wall of China, Imperial Palace, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Tiananmen Square, Xian, Yangtze Delta, Yangtze River, Yichang, China
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China Real Food Adventure

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 230 / day
$ 2,755
From : $ 3,719
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • 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.
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Tiananmen Square, China
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Hong Kong:Gateway to China

4 days
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • 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
Visits:
Hong Kong, Victoria Peak, China
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Journey through the Himalayas: Lhasa to Kathmandu ...

Audley Travel
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17 days
$ 6,541
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Everest Base Camp, Himalayas, Kathmandu, Lhasa, Potala Palace, Turquoise coast, China, Nepal, Tibet
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Explore China

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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12 days
$ 278 / day
$ 3,340
From : $ 4,108
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore the Longmen Grottoes and wonder at the thousands of Buddha statues carved directly from the limestone cliffs, including the 17-metre-high Vairocana.
  • Take a spectacular hike along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and see towers that date back to the Ming dynasty about 600 years ago.
  • Fall in love with Chinese food during a vegetarian feast at a Buddhist temple, a home-cooked lunch with a family in rural Xi’an, a Beijing (Peking) duck dinner, and more.
  • Check out the mind-blowing Terracotta Army, then head to a local’s house for lunch and some insight into how life has changed since farmers discovered the vast mausoleum.
  • Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture with a two-day stay in Xiahe, an autonomous Tibetan region with a deeply ingrained Buddhist tradition centred around the legendary Labrang Monastery, without having to apply for a permit for Tibet.
Visits:
Beijing, Shanghai, Tibet, China
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Hong Kong with Macau

6 days
$ 265 / day
$ 1,589
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • 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
Visits:
Hong Kong, China
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Imperial Jewels of China

Viking River Cruises
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13 days
$ 263 / day
$ 3,417
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
Highlights
  • 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.
Visits:
Beijing, Great Wall of China, Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Three Gorges, Xian, China
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China Family Holiday

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 285 / day
$ 3,425
From : $ 4,624
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • 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
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Great Wall of China, Hong Kong, Yangshuo, Guilin, Victoria, Xian, China
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China Experience

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 207 / day
$ 3,930
From : $ 5,306
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • 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
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Silk Road, Three Gorges, Yangshuo, Yichang, China
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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

    Exploring the Forbidden City

    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

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With Smarttours, my wife and I booked a trip called “The Best of China”. The price of the trip seemed reasonable. However, they failed to warn about the cost of getting a Chinese visa. They recommended a company call CIBTvisa and we filled out the application and submitted our passports to them. From their website it appeared that the process would cost us about $250 per person. We just got our invoice and the total cost was $851. I feel like I have been sucker-punched. I am so angry. This rip-off has spoiled my excitement for the upcoming trip. I blame smart tours for not warning travelers of this cost. I don't know if CIBTvisa is typical of Visa services or not. I would hate to think that the other services out there could be worse. If you are thinking about going to China, just be aware of the Visa problem

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Wonderful tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our guide was wonderful as well as the different guides who joined us in different cities. The hotels were exceptional.

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Great Tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great tour‼️ The best tour guides, very helpful and insightful. I can’t wait to visit China once again.

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Excellent in many ways

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Excellent in many ways, especially our tour guide who went out of her way to make sure our needs were taken care of.

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You are on my list of recommended travel tours.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was our first Smartour we took on the recommendation of a friend who has taken several. You did not disappoint. Mark was our tour guide for the group of 13. We were more like a family who he led us through tours, flights, hotels. We never felt cheated with any sightseeing with 4 intro China flights. No time wasted. The hidden gem and highlight for us was Guilin. Beautiful city and extraordinary hotel. The only criticism would be the location of the Shanghai Crowne Plaza. It was 30 mins. Outside of the city. Luckily we did our own air because I knew I needed time to adjust after traveling 20 hours. The daytime tours were excellent but no other guests had the opportunity to see Shanghai at night. Our next stop, Beijing hotel was 2 blocks from Tianemen Square. All 13 of us walked to experience it lite up at night. Thank you for Mark, the itinerary and beautiful hotels. You are on my list of recommended travel tours.

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Well Trip

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Well priced, qualified local guides, smaller group.

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Operator SmarTours

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 4.3 for all China trips.

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