(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Beijing, Great Wall, Guilin & Yangshuo, Lijiang, Hong Kong
This tour is the perfect balance of cultural touring in China’s greatest cities as well as soft-adventure hiking and biking through beautiful rural destinations. Stay at China’s top luxury properties and enjoy comprehensive touring and activities with your own private guides and drivers.
Begin with in-depth private touring of Beijing, China’s centuries-old capital. Tour imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Travel by rickshaw or opt to bicycle down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighborhood. See lesser-known temples, and venture to a little-visited hilltop for panoramic views over the rooftops of the Forbidden City. Dine on traditional specialties at favorite family-run restaurants, and enjoy reservations at private clubs and Beijing’s most acclaimed restaurants. Visit markets specializing in pearls, silk, food and furniture, and, if desired, explore new art gallery districts that showcase the city’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China.
Next, fly to Guilin, home to some of China's most breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a private tour of the city and opt for a short hike through terraced rice fields and rolling hills. Next, cruise the Li River to Yangshuo—China’s most beautiful river journey—passing through a storied landscape of limestone peaks and rice paddies. From Yangshuo, enjoy a bike tour along the backroads of this picturesque region, exploring local villages with your private guide.
Continue to China’s rural, southwestern Yunnan Province. Spend several nights at a luxury resort in Lijiang—one of China’s best-preserved traditional villages, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Tour the cultural and scenic highlights of the region, see ancient Buddhist frescoes, attend a Naxi musical concert, browse shops and explore charming streets lining canals in town, visit monasteries and beautiful parks at the base of the mountains. Spend one day hiking through stunning landscapes to rural villages. Also enjoy some time at leisure to relax and enjoy the resort’s spa and grounds.
Conclude your tour in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities. During touring with your expert private guide, take in Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline, beautiful harbors and beaches, superb restaurants, bustling markets and much more. See incredible skyscrapers in Central, ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, tour interesting residential neighborhoods in the hills, dine on dim sum at teahouses, explore local markets to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and unusual food products, and ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbor. One day, enjoy an excursion outside of the city with the option for a day hike along the dramatic Dragon’s Back, a boat ride and hike on a nearby island, or a day exploring and hiking in the New Territories.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Beijing Full-day private cultural tour of Beijing with option for bicycle tour of the hutongs
Beijing & Great Wall Private excursion to the Great Wall of China for day hike
Beijing – Guilin Transfer and flight to Guilin for 2 nights. Private afternoon tour of Guilin with option for short hike
Guilin Li River Cruise to Yangshou and afternoon bicycle excursion through farming villages
Guilin – Lijiang Transfer and flight to Lijiang for 3 nights. Private afternoon tour of Lijiang’s Old Town. Evening Naxi music performance
Lijiang Private touring and afternoon hike to nearby rural villages
Lijiang Morning private tour of attractions around Lijiang. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the resort and spa
Lijiang – Hong Kong Transfer and flight to Hong Kong. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Hong Kong Private full-day tour of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Private half-day hiking excursion on Lamma Island, Dragon’s Back or in the New Territories
Depart Hong Kong Private airport transfer
Raffles Beijing or Peninsula Beijing
Sheraton Guilin or Hotel of Modern Art
Banyan Tree Lijiang
Peninsula Hong Kong or Four Seasons Hong Kong
Per person (double occupancy)
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