"Steeped in tradition yet fizzing with energy, China is quite simply one of the most remarkable places on the planet."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in China

Looking to see the very best of China with an escorted holiday?  Without question, China is an incredible country with a fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years. Not only is it a land of historic buildings and ancient traditions but it’s also home to big modern cities, which means there’s an endless array of captivating sights and tourist attractions to behold.

It may come as no surprise that many travellers head straight to the Great Wall to start their China holiday in style. As one of the world’s most iconic sites, the Great Wall of China is a triumph of engineering that offers breathtaking surrounding scenery and an insight into China’s rich culture and history. The must-see city of Xi’an is also a popular sightseeing area, which is located at the starting point for the old Silk Road and is home to the Great Mosque and Terracotta Warriors. If you want to visit the Great Wall and all of the famous attractions in Xi’an, we suggest you plan ahead and book an escorted tour.

You will, of course, want to travel to the Chinese capital of Beijing and the most developed city of Shanghai to experience both the old and new China. Beijing boasts countless monuments and attractions, such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Ming Dynasty Tombs. Since there is a lot to discover in the Forbidden City alone, it might be a good idea to tour the area with a reputable escorted tour company. Then you have Shanghai, a vibrant megacity where you’ll find huge towers, colonial-era buildings, contemporary art galleries, great museums and cute teahouses. Yes, Shanghai is a modern city but it has an ancient twist as well.

Hong Kong stands apart from the rest of the country and is blessed with many wonderful and unusual sightseeing opportunities, all of which help you to make your China holiday a truly memorable one. It’s a face-paced city of towering skyscrapers, stunning harbours, fabulous shopping and scrumptious cuisine, not forgetting its many museums, galleries and lively bars. Hong Kong is a place full of contrasts and offers a thrilling mix of culture, tradition and charm, so you’ll need to allow yourself plenty of time to take it all in.

Although a lesser-known city, Chengdu has risen in popularity in recent years as it has a rich teahouse and cuisine culture, along with a busy nightlife scene. Even though it’s a big city and the capital of China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu is more relaxed than Beijing and Shanghai, but it still offers plenty to do and see. One of the city’s biggest draws is the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, a non-profit facility that specialises in caring for pandas and enables you to interact with these loveable creatures.

In addition to including some or all of these world-famous attractions in your China holiday, you may want to visit the spiritual land of Tibet, well-known for its independent Buddhist culture and natural scenic landscapes. Often called the ‘Roof of the World,’ Tibet welcomes visitors but you’ll need a travel permit which you can only get from a registered escorted tour agency. Alternatively, travel southwest to China’s most ethnically diverse province of Yunnan to admire stunning temples and spectacular views, or venture northwest to the remote region of Xinjiang to visit the mosques, spice markets and flaming mountains.

 

Escort Tour and Holiday Highlights of China

  • The Great Wall of China: One of the greatest sights in the world, the Great Wall of China is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is visited by more than 10 million people every year. Built in different dynasties, the Great Wall has a total length of over 13,000 miles, so don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes when you go here.
  • Xi’an: The capital of the Shaanxi province, Xi’an is a city that has something for everyone, from temples and museums to awesome cuisine and street food. It’s also where you’ll find one of China’s most treasured icons – the Terracotta Warriors.
  • Beijing: A capital city that needs no introduction, Beijing is the place to go for lots of history, magical wonders and escorted tour options. When planning your China holiday, you’d be a fool not to include Beijing on your must-visit list.
  • Shanghai: Known for being China’s new business centre, Shanghai has become a pulsating city and a metropolis of pure excitement. It’s a multi-cultural city that’s literally overflowing with attractions and activities, making it the perfect destination for every type of traveller.
  • Hong Kong: A fast-moving east-meets-west city, Hong Kong is a city-lover’s heaven and an intoxicating mix of past and present. It’s also a dream destination for foodies and all those who adore Instagram-worthy cities.
  • Chengdu: Offering an array of experiences for all travellers, Chengdu is a city loved for its sizzling cuisine and panda breeding and research facility.
  • Tibet: Also known as the ‘Roof of the World,’ Tibet is a popular religious area and a fantastic trekking destination. Don’t forget, you’ll need a travel permit to visit Tibet, which you can obtain from an escorted tour company.
  • Yunnan: Home to twenty-five ethnic minorities, Yunnan brags snow-capped mountains, ancient buildings, pretty villages and traditional cultures. Yunnan’s major attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang and the Yuanyang Terraced Rice Fields.
  • Xinjiang: If you want to visit a remote province during your China holiday, you may want to head to Xinjiang, home to the Uighurs and the largest desert in the country - the Taklamakan Desert.

Tour Types in China


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13 Nights

Glories of China

This itinerary brings you an insight into the rural way of life in southern China and a chance to marvel at the extraordinary landscapes of the Li river without forgetting the major sights of China’s bustling cities.

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Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances. Some step climbing.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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13 Nights

Majestic Yangtze

This itinerary takes you to the dramatic Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze river cruise, combined with getting up close to the Giant Pandas and all the wonders of bustling Beijing, ancient Xian and stylish Shanghai.

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Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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15 Nights

Wonders of China

China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made.

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Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Relaxed pace tour. Reasonable level of fitness required. Time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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8 Nights

In Pursuit of Pandas

This short adventure in China is designed for exploring imperial Beijing and experiencing ancient Xian, before being whisked off to Chengdu to get up close to the resident Giant Pandas.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £54pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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21 Nights

Road to Samarkand

Journey through the heart of Central Asia, crossing beautiful deserts and mountain landscapes. Discover ancient cities full of intricate Islamic architecture, thriving bazaars and mystical old-world atmosphere, all linked with the legends of the Silk Road.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £104pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 18
Difficulty:A good level of fitness is required, you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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20 Nights

China On A Shoestring

Witness China's highlights as we travel across this vast country with locals on public transport.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £46pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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17 Nights

Ancient China

China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. On this journey, you will encounter millennia-old culture and religion at some Chinas most intriguing sites.

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Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances. Some step climbing.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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25 Nights

Grand Tour of China

With thousands of years of fascinatingly diverse history, China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China’s greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £88pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. Time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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22 Nights

Dreams of Nature

This scenic tour is ideal for those looking to explore lesser known parts of China and get closer to nature. Indulge your senses with China’s most spectacular, mysterious and dramatic natural highlights.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £74pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 18
Difficulty:Go Beyond. A good level of fitness is required for this tour. Walking for 2-3 hours and covering long distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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21 Nights

Magnificent China

From the Great Wall to the Giant Pandas, China is home to a great number of magnificent and world renowned sights; this unmissable adventure incorporates them all.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £80pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. Time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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9 Nights

A China Experience

The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £52pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances. Some step climbing.
Operator:Wendy Wu

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13 Nights

Treasures of Taiwan

Explore the cities of Taipei and Tainan, where ancient and modern sit side by side, and lose yourself in the natural beauty of Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £78pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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11 Nights

Premium China

Embark on a 12-day Premium journey that weaves together China’s layered history, famous icons, cultural heritage and celebrated cuisine

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £59pp
Starts:Shanghai
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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9 Nights

China Highlights

Enjoy an action-packed introduction to China as we travel from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the imperial palaces of Beijing.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £32pp
Starts:Hong Kong
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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8 Nights

China Explorer

Travelling by local transport and staying in simple hotels, we experience everyday life in modern China.

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Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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8 Nights

Walking the Great Wall

Walk one of the seven wonders of the world and enjoy on this tour.

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Starts:Beijing
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:5- 16
Difficulty:Moderate / Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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8 Nights

Shanghai to Hong Kong: Bustling Cities & Bamboo Rafts

Explore Hong Kong holidays and discover the best time and places.

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Starts:Shanghai
Ends:Hong Kong
Group Size:14- 18
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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6 Nights

China: Great Wall Hike, Bike & Kung Fu

This seven-day active adventure takes you straight to some of China’s most enduring symbols

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Starts:Beijing
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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11 Nights

Explore China

Capture the spirit of China on this 12-day tour from Shanghai to Beijing

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Starts:Shanghai
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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11 Nights

North China Getaway

Discover the breathtaking countryside and rich cultural history of China's north on this 12-day Lonely Planet Experience, bookended by the bright city lights of the country’s biggest hubs

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £23pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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