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Beijing + Xian + Shanghai

8 days

A uniquely flexible private journey

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ With your own car, driver and guide, our in-depth sightseeing can be paced to your personal interests and comfort for more rewarding exploration.
+ Plumb the personal lives and Imperial duties of China’s emperors as you explore all 4 of Beijing’s World Heritage Sites.
+ Ascend the Great Wall by cable car for a private tour and enjoy a picnic lunch atop this ancient defensive structure
+ Behold Xian’s Terra Cotta Army and explore the city’s Old Quarter.
+ Explore millennia of history and culture at the highly-regarded Shanghai Museum and then fast-forward to the 21st century as you marvel at the futuristic skyline of the Pudong district.

Includes 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

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Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the 5-star Fairmont Beijing Hotel in the heart of the capital.


Beijing’s Imperial Highlights

The Fairmont - Beijing, China

Stand in Tiananmen Square and admire the architectural landmarks that surround one of the world’s grandest public plazas. Then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty Emperors on a private tour through the magnificent Forbidden City c, a sprawling complex of palaces, courtyards and pavilions. At the Temple of Heaven c, you’ll find a resplendent example of Ming Dynasty design and engineering. Its unique layout also offers fascinating insight into ancient Chinese beliefs about numerology and cosmology. This evening’s banquet features Peking Duck.  Meals B+L+D


The Great Wall c + Summer Palace c

The Fairmont - Beijing, China

With smaller crowds, the more remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall affords a more enthralling and authentic experience. Ascend by cable car to walk atop this ancient defensive structure and take in the sweeping views as your expert personal guide shares dramatic tales of China’s ancient history. For lunch, we’ve arranged a special picnic: Here in this unique setting atop the Great Wall, you’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by the kitchen of the celebrated Brickyard Restaurant.
In the afternoon, you’ll tour the resplendent Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s emperors. Set on wooded hills surrounding a tranquil lake, this assemblage of pavilions, palaces and gardens offers a fascinating look into Imperial life long ago.  Meals B+L


Fly to Xian, China’s First Capital

Hilton Hotel - Xian, China

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Xian, the ancient capital of China for 13 dynasties. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Hotel. After checking in, the balance of your afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy as you wish. With an enviable location inside the historic city walls, you’ll find Xian’s finest shops, restaurants and entertainment outside your front door.  Meals B


The Terra Cotta Army c

Hilton Hotel - Xian, China

After breakfast, you’ll visit China’s greatest archaeological discovery, uncovered by local villagers in 1974. Stand in awe before the thousands of life-sized terra cotta soldiers and horses that were buried 2,000 years ago in perfect infantry formation to guard the tomb of an Emperor. With our expert guide at your side, this unforgettable visit offers a fascinating look into China’s ancient history.
Back in the city, continue your exploration into Xian’s rich history with a privately guided walking tour through Old Town including the ancient City Walls.  Meals B+L

We include this morning’s airport transfer and your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Fairmont Peace Hotel, the city’s storied Art Deco landmark. The balance of this day is at leisure to enjoy as you like. With our hotel’s prime location overlooking the waterfront Bund and close to bustling Nanjing Road, it’s easy to step out for your first taste of Shanghai’s cosmopolitan allure.  Meals B


Explore Shanghai with your Private Car, Driver and Guide

Fairmont Peace Hotel - Shanghai, China

Today’s sightseeing begins along the Bund, home to impressive landmarks built more than a century ago by Japanese and European trading companies. Then delight in the beauty of Yu Yuan Garden, originally created by a Ming Dynasty court official as a retreat for his aging parents.
After lunch, you’ll visit the Shanghai Museum, highly regarded for its expansive collection encompassing thousands of years of Chinese arts and culture – including ancient bronzes, celadon pottery, precious jade and exquisite antique furniture. Then fast forward to the 21st century as you marvel at the futuristic skyline of the Pudong Financial District, including the 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. This evening, we’ll take you to one of our favorite city restaurants, followed by a thrilling performance with the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats.  Meals B+L+D


Depart Shanghai

We’ll take you to the airport today for your homeward flight or onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Be a Hong Kong Insider...

4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,399

Sophisticated Hong Kong is the perfect way to enhance your trip! We include your flight from Shanghai, 3 nights at the stylish Mira Hotel, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy's Kitchen and our Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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Discover Guilin and Hong Kong

4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,699

Discover the beauty of Guilin and exciting Hong Kong! We include flights from Shanghai to Guilin and on to Hong Kong, luxurious Shangri-La Hotels throughout, 5 meals, a Li River Cruise and our Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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From Shanghai to Guilin

Upon the conclusion of your tour in Shanghai, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Guilin, where you’ll be warmly greeted and transferred to the exceptional Shangri-La Hotel on the banks of the picturesque Li River.  Meals B


A cruise on the Li River… And on to Hong Kong

The mystical landscapes of Guilin have inspired Chinese artists and poets for centuries. This morning’s cruise on the Li River is the best way to experience for yourself the captivating beauty of this tranquil river as it winds its way through the dramatic limestone peaks of the region. Enjoy lunch onboard and then step off to explore the colorful and always bustling Yangshuo Bazaar.

Then transfer to the airport for your included flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, a luxury landmark overlooking Victoria Harbour close to the popular shopping, dining and entertainment venues of the Tsimshatsui District.  Meals B,L


Be a Hong Kong Insider

Spend an unforgettable day traveling around Hong Kong like a savvy insider with our impassioned guide, an in-the-know city resident. You’ll see the highlights, delve into hidden corners and sit down to lunch at world-famous Jimmy’s Kitchen!

Your day begins as it does for thousands of city residents – aboard the MTR. Join your guide on the city’s efficient Mass Transit Railway and ride to the Prince Edward Station. Ascend to street level and explore Bird Street and the Flower Market, local institutions which are still thronged daily by city residents as they have been for decades! Then your guide will hail a cab for a quick ride down to the harbor front. Step aboard the historic Star Ferry, established more than a century ago, and cruise across bustling Victoria Harbor over to Hong Kong Island. As the skyscrapers and hills of the Island draw closer, you’ll agree that this is one of the most spectacular water crossings in the world!

Step off the Star Ferry on Hong Kong Island and dive into the non-stop action of Central, one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant districts. Rise above the hustle-and-bustle as you navigate with your guide along the city’s unique pedestrian overpass system, high above the traffic-filled streets and through the elegant shopping malls of the International Finance Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Then step aboard the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator and ascend to historic Hollywood Road, still the heart of Hong Kong’s thriving trade in Chinese antiques and antiquities.

Hop into another taxi and drive to neighboring Wan Chai, the setting of Richard Mason’s famous novel and movie, “The World of Suzie Wong.” This is now one of Hong Kong’s most popular and upscale city-center residential districts, and here we’ve special arrangements for you to visit the simple apartment of a Hong Kong expatriate, where every modern convenience is ingeniously incorporated into a relatively small space.

A delightful ride aboard one of Hong Kong’s historic double-decker trams brings you back to Central where you’ll see the impressive headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, designed at the turn-of-the-century by Sir Aston Webb, the architect responsible for the eastern façade of Buckingham Palace. Take a break from sightseeing and sit down to lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen – a local institution beloved by residents, career ex-pats and visitors!

After lunch, an unforgettable ride aboard the Peak Tram offers great views of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline. Take your time atop Victoria Peak to experience the panorama that unfolds before you… from the buildings of Central and across Victoria Harbor to Kowloon and beyond.

A taxi will return you to the base of Victoria Peak to catch the MTR back to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Meals B,L 


Depart Hong Kong

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your homeward flight. Of course, we can always arrange for extra nights at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Hong Kong Insider

Enhance your travels through China and Asia with our signature Hong Kong Insider. We include your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured transfers when you come and go, and our exclusive Hong Kong Insider sightseeing tour.


Our 3-day Private Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, full day sightseeing with Li River cruise and private car airport transfers.


Our 4-day Private Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, 6 meals, extensive sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and chauffeured airport transfers.


Personalize your
Great Wall Visit

Our expert guide will help
you to choose which section
of the Great Wall to visit, based
on your interests and taste for
adventure. The Great Wall at
Juyong Pass is regarded for
its rich history and scenery.

At Jinshanling, you’ll
discover some of the best
Ming Dynasty architecture
and impressive guard towers.
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