"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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9 Nights

Journey Down South - 10 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Journey Down South - 10 day tour.

Starts:Guilin
Ends:Tiger Leaping Gorge
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£1495pp excluding flights £166 per night
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16 Nights

Wonders of China

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

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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£3690pp including flights £231 per night
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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

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

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£1200pp excluding flights £200 per night
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11 Nights

Southern China Explorer - 12 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Southern China Explorer - 12 day tour.

Starts:Chengdu
Ends:Chengdu
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£2645pp excluding flights £240 per night
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18 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.

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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£3490pp including flights £194 per night
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14 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.

Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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£4190pp including flights £299 per night
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8 Nights

China Highlights

Get a taste of historical China on this culture-stuffed adventure

Starts:Shanghai
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1075pp excluding flights £134 per night
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4 Nights

Lijiang Short Stay - 5 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Lijiang Short Stay - 5 day tour.

Starts:Lijiang
Ends:Lijiang
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£625pp excluding flights £156 per night
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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.

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

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£749pp excluding flights £94 per night
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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

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

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£3330pp excluding flights £303 per night
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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

Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1085pp excluding flights £99 per night
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11 Nights

China Family Holiday

Take your family on a memorable adventure through China and see the many sides of this colourful, cultural and naturally beautiful nation

Starts:Beijing
Ends:Hong Kong
Group Size:2- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2225pp excluding flights £202 per night
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11 Nights

Inspirational China

View the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, walk the iconic Great Wall and experience the hustle and bustle of Beijing and Shanghai, two exciting cities which showcase China's prosperity and development as well as its heritage and culture

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Just You

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£3649pp including flights £332 per night
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11 Nights

Explore China

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

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

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£2410pp excluding flights £219 per night
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11 Nights

China Real Food Adventure

Visit enigmatic China, where culture, history and cuisine all combine to create a truly mesmerising travel experience

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

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£1985pp excluding flights £180 per night
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11 Nights

Best of China

Combine the hustle and bustle of China’s booming cities with the tranquility of rural life on this unforgettable adventure.

Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:10- 15
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£2299pp excluding flights £209 per night
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9 Nights

Postcard from China - 10 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Postcard from China - 10 day tour.

Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:2- 4
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£1255pp excluding flights £139 per night
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15 Nights

Beijing to Hong Kong: Great Wall & Warriors

Explore Beijing City Tour: Architectural the famous life-size warrior sculptures.

Starts:Beijing
Ends:Hong Kong
Group Size:12- 18
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£1379pp excluding flights £92 per night
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10 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.

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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22 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.

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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