Southeast Asia in Style (21 Days)
Hong Kong, Hanoi, Hoi An, Saigon, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle, Bangkok
(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Beijing, Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
China’s most popular destinations are the focus of this classic "highlights of China" tour. 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 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. One day, take an excursion to a stunning section of the Great Wall, with an optional stop for lunch at Commune by the Great Wall.
Fly to the ancient capital of Xian, a major stop on the Silk Road. See the famed Terracotta Warriors and the massive city walls. Explore a local night market and the lively streets of the Muslim Quarter. Dine on dumplings, a local specialty. Visit the important Big and Small Goose Pagodas. Tour the impressive Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and the Forest of Stelae, a fascinating library of tall stone tablets.
Next, fly to Guilin, home to some of China's most breathtaking scenery. 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, take a motorized rickshaw tour along the backroads of this picturesque region, exploring local villages with your private guide and driver.
Conclude in Shanghai and experience the unbridled energy of China’s most stylish and modern city. During private touring, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund, the French Concession, Pudong and other districts. Tour some of China’s best museums, including the Shanghai Museum. Your guide will also take you to Shanghai’s old town to sample dumplings and sweets, and have tea at the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighborhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, take an excursion to Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes, and tour private gardens that we’ve chosen as our favorites.
Arrival transfer to hotel
Full-day private Beijing tour
Beijing & Great Wall
Private tour to remote, original section of the Great Wall
Full-day private Beijing tour
Beijing - Xian
Morning transfer and flight to Xian. Visit Terracotta Warriors and other attractions in Xian
Xian - Guilin
Morning private touring in Xian. Mid-day transfer and flight to Guilin
Guilin & Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo. Afternoon private tour of Yangshuo villages
Guilin - Shanghai
Transfer and flight to Shanghai for two-night stay. Afternoon private Shanghai tour
Private full-day touring in Shanghai, or optional excursion to Suzhou or Zhujiajiao
Raffles Beijing, The Peninsula Beijing
or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies)
Per person (double occupancy)
Surcharge for regional business class flights is available, upon request.
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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