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    Visit China

     

    Experience the rich sense of culture and history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations,

    called "the Middle Kingdom" (the literal translation of the name China).

     

    Highlights include the Great Wall, the terracotta warriors, the misty gorges of the Yangtze River,

    the lofty peaks of the Himalayas, tasteful culinary experiences, and biking and hiking on exotic trails.

     

    And for other-worldly scenery on earth, you must visit Guilin or Avatar Mountain.

  • Our 2020/2021 Featured Tours:
    Retro China, Cultural China & Yangtze River,
    Beyond the Wall and Mystic Mountains

    Welcome to China!

    Boutique Experience

    Retro China

    2020 Tour Dates (starting in Chengdu)
    Apr 14, May 12, May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 8, Sep 22, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 17

    Tour Dates 2021 (starting in Chengdu) March 9

     

    Tour Cost from: $5,199 p.p. dbl occ. including all Internal Airfares

    (refer to Special Deals for discounts & promotions)

    Chengdu (1) - Dujiangyan (2) - Xizhou (3) - Guilin (1) - Yangshuo (2)


    10 days / 9 nights

    Limited to 10 participants

    Locally Hosted

    • Superior boutique accommodations, dbl occ
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides 
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Locally Hosted throughout China
    • All intra-China transportation (international flights not included)
    • Airport transfers, all local taxes and service charges

    Been there? Done that? Not unless you were in China during the cultural renaissance of the 1900s when thriving merchant courtyards were the center of community life in the remote reaches of the country. Many of these heritage sites have been preserved and restored to accommodate a select number of guests and provide a truly immersive experience while traveling in comfort and unique style.

     

    In Xizhou, a short drive from Dali center, China’s leading pioneer in cultural tourism provides fascinating programs including village tours, calligraphy and cooking classes, bicycle rides through fields and rice paddies, relaxing tea ceremonies and other “low tech” activities while also providing high-speed internet access throughout the visit.

     

    In the “panda forest” just outside of Chengdu, the jungle lodge - while not a historic inn - brings you up close and personal to the natural habitat of the native animals with private lectures by panda experts and hands-on care and feeding of the animals. Chengdu’s Jinli cultural street is a unique window to the powerful Shu Dynasty that once ruled there.

     

    Guilin is gateway to the other-worldly scenery of the Li River, a photographer’s dream. Enjoy a delightful cruise to the riverside village of Yangshuo. There will be market tours to shop for ingredients for your cooking class and learning to prepare brushes and inks in a painting class. The rice paddies, water buffaloes and other magnificent unchanged landscapes of yesteryear may even inspire you to paint a selfie and preserve the memories of a lifetime.

    Special Highlights

    • Immersive experiences         
    • Private Panda Experience     
    • Cooking classes       
    • 3-course tea ceremony 
    • Ancient villages 
    • Market Visits
    • Scenic Li River cruise 
    • Chinese Painting class
    • Unchanged landscapes of yesteryear

    Panda Preserve

    Li River

    Hotel Courtyard

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    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

  • Gold Experience

    Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

    2020 Tour Dates (starting in Beijing)
    Mar 11, Apr 1, Apr 15, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, Jun 10, Jun 24, Jul 8, Jul 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 2, Sep 9, Sep 16, Sep 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4
    2021 Tour Dates: (starting in Beijing) March 17
     
    Tour Cost from: $5,199 p.p. dbl occ. including all Internal Airfares

    Beijing (3) - Xian (2) - Yangtze River (3) - Shanghai (3)

    12 days/11 nights

    Limited to 16 participants

    Fully Escorted

    • Deluxe 5-Star accommodations, dbl occ
      • Ritz-Carlton - Beijing
      • Shangri-La - Xian
      • Portman Ritz-Carlton - Shanghai

    • Executive Suite with private balcony on the Yangtze River cruise
    • Onboard lectures & entertainment, Captain's cocktail party and Farewell banquet
    • Free Wi-Fi in all hotels & onboard the Cruise
    • Daily Shore Excursions listed on the itinerary
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides and Quiet Vox sounds system in select cities
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Fully escorted throughout China (Refer to Terms & Conditions)
    • All intra-Asia transportation (international flights not included)
    • Airport transfers, all local taxes and service charges

    Even in today’s modernized China, its imperial legacy is visible everywhere you look, from the imposing Forbidden City, whose actual name is the Imperial Palace, to the Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven.

     

    The terracotta army is part of the tomb of China’s greatest emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who ruled China from the ancient Silk Road trading capital of Xian. Take in the action along the ramparts of the city wall — which you can pedal along on a bicycle — for a bird’s eye view of the slate rooftops and buzzing streets of the Muslim Quarter, where traders have been swapping goods and dishing out hand-pulled noodles for centuries.

     

    Born in the icy headwaters of Tibet, the Yangtze is more than just China’s largest river—it’s the lifeblood of this nation. For millennia, travelers have ridden its currents to explore, trade and marvel at natural sights, and its power has been harnessed to build mighty empires. Sailing past fishing villages and emerald hills, the cruise travels deep into a world that’s frozen in time where monasteries cling precariously on the edges of cliffs above, fishermen pull in the day’s catch with handmade nets, and workers harvest the shimmering rice fields.

     

    The timeless scenery soon fades, replaced by the cosmopolitan and futuristic vistas of Shanghai. Old Shanghai was provincial compared to Beijing or Xian, but what it lacked in imperial majesty it made up for in its prowess as a trading center on one of the busiest harbors on the China Sea. Today, from the dizzying heights of one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Shanghai Tower, the sheer enormity of modern Shanghai is laid out before your eyes.

    Shanghai Bund

    On the Yangtze River

    5-Star Deluxe

    Need Air travel to join a tour? Call Us (800) 221-7179

     

    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

  • Gold Experience

    Cultural China & Yangtze River Cruise

    2020 Tour Dates (starting in Beijing)
    Mar 16, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 11, May 18, May 25, Jun 1, Jun 15, Jun 29, Jul 13, Jul 27, Aug 10, Aug 24, Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct, 26, Nov 2​
     
    2021 Tour Dates: (starting in Beijing) March 15
     
    Tour Cost from: $7,999 p.p. dbl occ. including all Internal Airfares

    Beijing (3) - Xian (2) - Guilin (2) - Yangtze River (3) – Shanghai (3) – Hong Kong (2)

    16 days/15 nights

    Limited to 16 participants

    Fully Escorted

    • Deluxe 5-Star accommodations, dbl occ
      • Ritz-Carlton - Beijing
      • Shangri-La - Xian
      • Shangri-La - Guilin
      • Portman Ritz-Carlton - Shanghai

      • Kowloon Shangri-La, Harbour View Room - Hong Kong

    • Executive Suite with private balcony on the Yangtze River cruise
    • Includes onboard lectures & entertainment, Captain's cocktail party and Farewell banquet
    • Free Wi-Fi in all hotels & onboard the Cruise
    • Daily Shore Excursions listed on the itinerary
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides and Quiet Vox sounds system in select cities
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Fully escorted throughout China, locally hosted in Hong Kong (Refer to Terms & Conditions)
    • All intra-Asia transportation (international flights not included)
    • Airport transfers, all local taxes and service charges

    The Forbidden City, in the heart of Beijing, is a place of ritual and rich history. This otherworldly citadel was home to two powerful dynasties, who shared its grounds with a community of artisans, concubines, servants and courtesans. Other grand monuments — including the Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven—attest to the imperial legacy of China.

     

    Compared to the silent ranks of the Terracotta Army, the ancient Silk Road trading capital of Xian is bustling with vibrancy. Take in the action along the ramparts of the city wall — which you can pedal along on a bicycle — for a bird’s eye view of the slate rooftops and buzzing streets of the Muslim Quarter, where traders have been swapping goods and dishing out hand-pulled noodles for centuries.

     

    Born in the icy headwaters of Tibet, the Yangtze is more than just China’s largest river—it’s the lifeblood of this nation. For millennia, travelers have ridden its currents to explore, trade and marvel at natural sights, and it’s power has been harnessed to build mighty empires. Sailing past fishing villages and emerald hills, the cruise travels deep into a world that’s frozen in time where monasteries cling precariously on the edges of cliffs above, fishermen pull in the day’s catch with handmade nets, and workers harvest the shimmering rice fields.

     

    The timeless scenery soon fades, replaced by the cosmopolitan and futuristic vistas of Shanghai. From the dizzying heights of one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Shanghai Tower, the sheer enormity of modern China is laid out before your eyes, a unique bird’s eye view overlooking China of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

     

    Hong Kong is the model for all modern Chinese cities, if not for all Asian cities, with its cosmopolitan outlook on life, education and commerce. Towering skyscrapers overlook the bustling harbor – one of the most famous in the world – with its ferries and red-sailed junks, container ships and international cruise ships. Being a southern city, the local food is distinctly Cantonese while some of the world’s top chefs including Nobu and Hong Kong native Vicky Lau of Michelin-starred Tate, have made Hong Kong a food lover’s paradise.

    Guilin Shangri-La Hotel

    A Day on the Yangtze River

    Amazing Scenery

    Need Air travel to join a tour? Call Us (800) 221-7179

     

    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

  • Gold Experience

    Beyond the Wall

    2020 Tour Dates (starting in Shanghai)

    Apr 16, May 14, May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25, Jul 9, Aug 6, Sep 3, Sep 17, Sep 24, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22,

    Oct 29, Nov 5

    2021 Tour Dates (starting in Shanghai) March 11

     

    Tour cost from: $8,599 p.p. dbl occ. including all Internal Airfares

    (refer to Special Deals for discounts & promotions)

    Shanghai (3) - Beijing (2) - Luoyang (2) - Xian (1) - Chengdu (2) - Yangshuo (2) - Hong Kong (2)

    15 days / 14 nights

    Limited to 16 participants

    • Deluxe 5-Star accommodations, dbl occ
      • Portman Ritz-Carlton - Shanghai
      • Ritz-Carlton - Beijing
      • Hyatt Place - Luoyang
      • Shangri-La - Xian 
      • Ritz-Carlton - Chengdu
      • Banyan Tree - Yangshuo
      • Kowloon Shangri-La, Harbour View Room - Hong Kong
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides 
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Fully escorted throughout China, locally hosted in Hong Kong (Refer to Terms & Conditions)
    • All intra-Asia transportation (international flights not included)
    • Airport transfers, all local taxes and service charges

    Ready to see China as it is meant to be seen? From the familiar, such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army, to the exotic, including the Longmen Grottoes and the restored glory of “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom”, this luxurious journey will open your eyes to the unusual sights, sounds and tastes of one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations first hand.

     

    You’ll be swept away by the surprising contemporary art scene of the nation’s thriving artistic capital with places like Shanghai MOCA and M50 leading the way. Shanghai’s brilliant collision of past and future is on breathtaking display, from the twisting streets of Old Shanghai to the futuristic Pudong skyline and the Bund as seen from the skyscraping observation deck of Shanghai Tower, 26 stories taller than in New York’s Empire State Building.

     

    In Beijing, retrace the footsteps of Ming Dynasty rulers within the walls of the Forbidden City on a private tour and stroll along the Great Wall as it snakes through the rolling, cloud-misted hills of Jinshanling, a paradise for photographers. You’ll also get a taste of exquisite traditional delicacies: feasting on a crispy golden Peking duck at Duck de Chine, a lavish multi-course “Water Banquet” in Luoyang, and a simmering hot pot dinner in Chengdu.

     

    There will be extensive stops at two of China’s most impressive, large-scale archeological sites: the Longmen Grottos, where countless buddhas are intricately carved into the stone, and the formidable terracotta army, silently guarding one of China’s most dynamic and storied leaders, Qin Shi Huang.

     

    In the quaint local villages outside of Guilin, you’ll marvel at the other-worldly vistas on the Li River, visit a local farmer, and stock up on supplies for a private cooking class to learn how to make delicious regional dishes. At the Panda Center, near Chengdu, you’ll learn how to prepare food for the adorable animals and feed them face-to-face. A feast for all the senses, these unforgettable sights and experiences are all part of an unforgettable journey through the Middle Kingdom.

     

    You hear the clang-clang-clanging of the cog railway as it climbs up the steep slope of Victoria Peak and delivers you high above the central core of Hong Kong Island for an unsurpassed view overlooking the busy harbor far below. Those same harbor waters lap against your “water taxi” hull as you wind your way through the Aberdeen floating village. A short distance away, the distinct sound of cappuccino machines and tinkling of silverware float through the narrow lanes between Lan Kwai Fong’s restaurants, bars and cafes – yet another facet of Hong Kong to explore.

    Special Highlights

    • Contemporary art studio and museum tour
    • Private guided visit of the Forbidden City
    • Guided archaeological exploration in Luoyang
    • Private Panda Experience 
    • Picturesque Li River raft ride
    • “Water taxi” excursion through Aberdeen floating village

    Centuries Old Magnificence

    The Great Wall

    Terracotta Warriors

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    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

  • Gold Experience

    Mystic Mountains

    2020 Tour Dates (starting in Chengdu)
    Apr 18, May 2, May 16, May 23, May 30, Jun 6, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Aug 15, Sep 12, Sep 19, Sep 26, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24​
     
    Tour Cost from: $6,699 p.p. dbl occ. including all Internal & Tibet Airfares

    (refer to Special Deals for discounts & promotions)

    Chengdu (2) - Lhasa (3) - Shangri-La (2) - Lijiang (2) –- Zhāngjiājiè (2)

    12 days / 11 nights

    Limited to 16 participants

    • Deluxe 5-Star accommodations, dbl occ  
      • Ritz-Carlton - Chengdu
      • Shangri-La - Lhasa
      • Banyan Tree - Shangri-La
      • Intercontinental - Lijiang
      • Crowne Plaza - Zhangjiajie
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides 
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Fully escorted throughout China and Tibet (Refer to Terms & Conditions)
    • All intra-China transportation (international flights not included)
    • Airport transfers, all local taxes and service charges

    In 1930, Austrian-American explorer Joseph Rock, while living in Lijiang, China, wrote an article published in National Geographic Magazine called "Seeking the Mountains of Mystery” that many believe to be the inspiration for James Hilton’s 1937 best-selling novel, Lost Horizon, which describes a mythical Shangri-La somewhere in the Himalayas.

     

    Lijiang is real, as is Tibet, and Zhangjiajie (where the film Avatar was shot) and香格里拉, a town in remote Yunnan Province which is pronounced Xiānggélǐlā (sound it out). You’ll see it all in 12 days of fabulous touring and exploration while traveling in comfort and luxury.

     

    Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, former capital of the Shu Dynasty, is not only known for spicy cuisine, it is also the center for Panda conservation and education. You’ll learn about their care and feeding – hands on, if you wish – and ways to protect the mountain habitat and climate needed to nurture and protect them.

     

    Tibet is often referred to as “the rooftop of the world”. Nestled in the Himalayas, the Jokhang Monastery, in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, is one of the holiest Tibetan Buddhist sites in the world. The awe-inspiring, 1000-room Potala Palace, was the former residence of the Dalai Lama and the elegant Drepung Lamasery, whose meeting hall can feed and accommodate 7,000 monks, is one of the most imposing structures anywhere in the world, of any era.

     

    Shangri-La (Xiānggélǐlā, in Chinese pinying) offers all the vistas of a mythical utopia with an Old Town right out of the pages of a romantic saga including Tibetan dwellings, majestic prayer halls, pagodas and winding lanes leading to dazzling lakes on the outskirts of town. And Tiger Leaping Gorge, a scenic canyon on a tributary of the upper Yangtze River, could well be imagined as the mist-shrouded passage leading to that fictional Shangri-La.

     

    The Oscar-winning director, Zhang Yimou, who also created the opening spectacle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, chose Lijiang to stage an outdoor extravaganza featuring hundreds of performers and the mystic mountains all around as the backdrop. And Joseph Rock’s former home in Yuhu Village is an important historic landmark as is Shuhe Ancient town, a world heritage site.

     

    There is no such mountain as Avatar Mountain in real life, but the Yuanjiajie Nature Reserve in Zhangjiajie is commonly referred to by that name since that was where the 2009 film Avatar placed the fairytale world of Pandora. Highlights will include a cable car ride through the cloud forest and a visit to “Heavenly Gate Mountain” for a walk on the not-for-faint-of-heart Glass Walkway above the shrub-clad stone peaks and bizarre rock formations.

    Special Highlights

    • Private panda experience
    • Taste the spicy foods of Sichuan
    • Visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Lamastery
    • A drive through the Tiger Leaping Gorge for mystical views
    • Admire Shuhe Ancient town, a World Heritage Site
    • Cable Car ride through the movie fairy tale world of a “Pandora” cloud forest
    • Opportunity for a chance to walk on the Glass Walkway way above stone peaks

    “Avatar Mountain”

    Life in a Valley

    Luxury Retreat at 10,000 ft.

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    Need Air travel to join a tour? Call Us!

     

    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

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