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Ancient China

18 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Ancient China

Immerse yourself into this 18-day voyage through the world's oldest civilization, exploring deep cultural roots from Beijing's imperial splendours to Shanghai's contemporary hustle. Marvel at architectural wonders like the Hanging Temple and the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors. Delve into millennia of history at Longmen Grottoes and experience the vibrant life of modern Shanghai. With inclusive benefits and expert guidance, this journey offers an unparalleled dive into China's storied past and dynamic present.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 16 , Lunches: 15 , Dinners: 16
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    16 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise
    Huangpu River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1
    A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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18 DAYS
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Beijing (4N) - Datong (1N) - Wutaishan (1N) - Taiyuan (1N) - Pingyao (1N) - Xian (3N) - Luoyang (1N) - Zhengzhou (1N) - Shanghai (3N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Ancient China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Beijing (4N) - Datong (1N) - Wutaishan (1N) - Taiyuan (1N) - Pingyao (1N) - Xian (3N) - Luoyang (1N) - Zhengzhou (1N) - Shanghai (3N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Beijing
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly To Beijing

    Arrive in Beijing, China's fascinating capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Imperial Beijing
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Imperial Beijing

    This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow alleys of the warren-like hutongs and learn more about living in this traditional area. In the evening, sit down to enjoy the local delicacy, Peking duck.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    The Great Wall
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: The Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence o the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. Visit a jade factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China and is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Spend the afternoon at the idyllic Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Temple Of Heaven
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Temple Of Heaven

    Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Later, browse your way through Panjiayuan, Beijing's most extensive arts, crafts and antiques market.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Historical Datong
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Historical Datong

    Travel by bullet train to Datong, watching the rural splendour of China pass by your window. Known for its abundant historical relics and natural beauty, upon arrival visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Yungang Caves where you will see the well-preserved rock carvings from the surrounding sandstone cliffs. Today, it is one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist cultural sites of China.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    The Hanging Temple
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: The Hanging Temple

    Visit the 1,400-year-old, gravity-defying Hanging Temple that seemingly floats 50 metres up the face of Jinxia Gorge before travelling on to Wutaishan.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Wutaishan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Wutaishan

    The day starts with a visit to one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains, Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain) and a place of scenic magnificence. In Wutaishan's shadow, an alpine valley shelters many important monasteries, temples and sculptures, some dating back over 1,000 years. Here, visit the Bodhisattva Summit Temple and Xiantong Buddhist Temple. Continue to Taiyuan, the capital and largest city in Shanxi Province and visit the Twin Pagoda Temple, constructed during the Ming Dynasty.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Taiyuan And Pingyao
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Taiyuan And Pingyao

    Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Jinci Temple before travelling to the old town of Pingyao. Pingyao is a living museum and home to China’s best preserved ancient city walls. Here, take part in a traditional Chinese paper cutting experience, an art dating back to the 6th-century.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Explore Pingyao
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Explore Pingyao

    Explore the characterful old town of Pingyao, strolling along the cobbled streets to view the old city walls and the Rishengchang Financial House Museum. There will also be time to see the Yamen, a government building during the Qing Dynasty, before taking the bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Terracotta Warriors
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of these life-sized warriors and visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop. Later, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved ancient city walls that enclose Xian's old town. This evening, enjoy a delicious feast of Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Discover Xian
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Discover Xian

    Admire the relics at the Xian Museum before visiting the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and Shuyuanmen Ancient Culture Street where you will see a calligraphy demonstration. There will also be time to explore the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Luoyang
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Luoyang

    Board a bullet train from Xian to Luoyang, a city that was the capital for more than 13 dynasties. This afternoon, visit the Longmen Grottoes which houses tens of thousands of age-old statues and sculptures depicting Buddha and his disciples carved from the limestone cliffs of Xiangshan and Longmenshan.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Shaolin Temple
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Shaolin Temple

    Travel to the famous Shaolin Temple, best known for its association with martial arts, and walk through the Pagoda Forest, a collection of 228 pagodas of various styles built from the Tang through to Qing dynasties. Later, witness a kung fu demonstration by the famous Shaolin Monks. Continue to Zhengzhou.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Huangpu River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Huangpu River Cruise

    Board a 5-hour bullet train to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also know as the 'Paris of the East'. In the evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a scenic cruise.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Cosmopolitan Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 15: Cosmopolitan Shanghai

    Shanghai is China's great metropolis, east and west colliding on streets lined with skyscrapers and old temples. Visit the classical Yu Garden and stop in the old town before admiring the colonial architecture on the Bund. In the evening, take your seats to see the fascinating ERA acrobatic show.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Explore Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: Explore Shanghai

    Wander through the Xintiandi area to admire the 1920s architectural styling, view the artefacts at the Shanghai Museum and explore the Silk Museum. This evening, enjoy delicious, traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 17-18
    Fly Shanghai To Australia
    Breakfast
    Days 17-18: Fly Shanghai To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best times to visit China are in spring, April to May and autumn, September to October, when the days are warm and rainfall and humidity low.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -8
    2
    -3
  • 3
  • Datong
  • -17
    -3
    -10
  • 2
  • Luoyang
  • -4
    6
    1
  • 8
  • Pingyao
  • -11
    2
    -4
  • 3
  • Shanghai
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 74
  • Taiyuan
  • -12
    2
    -5
  • 3
  • Xian
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 7
  • Zhengzhou
  • -4
    6
    1
  • 9
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    5
    0
  • 5
  • Datong
  • -13
    1
    -6
  • 3
  • Luoyang
  • -2
    8
    3
  • 13
  • Pingyao
  • -8
    5
    -2
  • 6
  • Shanghai
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 59
  • Taiyuan
  • -8
    5
    -1
  • 5
  • Xian
  • -1
    8
    4
  • 10
  • Zhengzhou
  • -2
    9
    3
  • 12
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    12
    6
  • 8
  • Datong
  • -6
    8
    1
  • 9
  • Luoyang
  • 3
    14
    9
  • 27
  • Pingyao
  • -2
    11
    4
  • 14
  • Shanghai
  • 7
    14
    10
  • 94
  • Taiyuan
  • -2
    12
    5
  • 13
  • Xian
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 29
  • Zhengzhou
  • 3
    14
    8
  • 28
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 21
  • Datong
  • 2
    16
    9
  • 18
  • Luoyang
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 38
  • Pingyao
  • 5
    19
    12
  • 25
  • Shanghai
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 74
  • Taiyuan
  • 5
    20
    12
  • 20
  • Xian
  • 10
    21
    15
  • 43
  • Zhengzhou
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 40
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 34
  • Datong
  • 8
    23
    16
  • 30
  • Luoyang
  • 15
    28
    21
  • 52
  • Pingyao
  • 11
    25
    18
  • 34
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 84
  • Taiyuan
  • 10
    26
    18
  • 33
  • Xian
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 60
  • Zhengzhou
  • 15
    27
    21
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 19
    30
    24
  • 78
  • Datong
  • 13
    27
    20
  • 49
  • Luoyang
  • 20
    33
    26
  • 66
  • Pingyao
  • 15
    29
    22
  • 58
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 182
  • Taiyuan
  • 15
    29
    22
  • 56
  • Xian
  • 19
    31
    25
  • 54
  • Zhengzhou
  • 20
    32
    26
  • 63
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 185
  • Datong
  • 16
    28
    22
  • 101
  • Luoyang
  • 23
    32
    28
  • 137
  • Pingyao
  • 18
    30
    24
  • 129
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 146
  • Taiyuan
  • 18
    29
    24
  • 102
  • Xian
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 99
  • Zhengzhou
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 156
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 21
    30
    25
  • 160
  • Datong
  • 15
    26
    21
  • 83
  • Luoyang
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 101
  • Pingyao
  • 17
    28
    22
  • 108
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 214
  • Taiyuan
  • 17
    28
    22
  • 107
  • Xian
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 71
  • Zhengzhou
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 112
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 15
    26
    20
  • 46
  • Datong
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 51
  • Luoyang
  • 16
    27
    22
  • 78
  • Pingyao
  • 11
    23
    17
  • 72
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 87
  • Taiyuan
  • 11
    24
    17
  • 52
  • Xian
  • 16
    25
    21
  • 92
  • Zhengzhou
  • 16
    27
    21
  • 77
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    19
    14
  • 22
  • Datong
  • 2
    15
    8
  • 18
  • Luoyang
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 45
  • Pingyao
  • 5
    18
    12
  • 34
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 56
  • Taiyuan
  • 4
    18
    11
  • 26
  • Xian
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 60
  • Zhengzhou
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 45
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 7
  • Datong
  • -7
    6
    0
  • 8
  • Luoyang
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 27
  • Pingyao
  • -2
    10
    4
  • 14
  • Shanghai
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 52
  • Taiyuan
  • -3
    10
    3
  • 11
  • Xian
  • 3
    12
    8
  • 24
  • Zhengzhou
  • 3
    14
    9
  • 22
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    4
    -1
  • 3
  • Datong
  • -14
    -2
    -8
  • 2
  • Luoyang
  • -2
    8
    3
  • 10
  • Pingyao
  • -9
    3
    -3
  • 4
  • Shanghai
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 44
  • Taiyuan
  • -9
    3
    -3
  • 3
  • Xian
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 6
  • Zhengzhou
  • -2
    8
    3
  • 10

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All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB860pp (AU$191pp) is paid locally in China.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 4-star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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