Southeast Asia in Style (21 Days)
Hong Kong, Hanoi, Hoi An, Saigon, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle, Bangkok
Essence of China
(19 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Shanghai & Suzhou, Lijiang, Hong Kong
This is the ultimate luxury tour of China, visiting all of the country’s most popular locations and cultural highlights. Tour the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Take excursions to the Great Wall of China and the water town of Suzhou. Stay at luxury resorts in Hangzhou and Lijiang—both locations are surrounded by gorgeous scenery and offer very interesting cultural touring. Also take a boat ride on the Li River and see the Terracotta Warriors.
Begin Beijing, China’s centuries-old capital. With your private guide and driver, enjoy private flexible touring of 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 take in panoramic views over the rooftops of the Forbidden City. Visit markets specializing in pearls, silk, food and furniture, and, if desired, explore art gallery districts that showcase the best of the city’s contemporary art scene. One day, take a private excursion to an impressive and less-visited section of the Great Wall.
Next, 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.
Continue 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.
Next, visit Shanghai, China’s most stylish and modern city. Enjoy private touring of the riverfront Bund, the chic French Concession, Pudong, the Shanghai Museum and specialty museums, historic Yu Yuan Garden, and the city’s oldest teahouse. Also, enjoy reservations at the city’s leading restaurants—some of the best in China. One day, opt to take a private excursion to Suzhou or continue private touring in Shanghai.
Drive to Hangzhou for two relaxing days at one of China’s most luxurious resorts. En route, stop in Xitang, a picture-perfect water town of narrow canals and traditional architecture. During private touring in Hangzhou, take a cruise on beautiful West Lake, visit local tea plantations, Buddhist temples and other cultural highlights of the region. Also, enjoy tickets to Impression West Lake, a performance that takes place on the scenic lake.
Continue to China’s rural, southwestern Yunnan Province. Spend several nights at the Banyan Tree Lijiang, 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: visit hilltribe villages, see ancient Buddhist frescoes, attend a Naxi musical concert, browse the shops and charming streets lining canals in town, visit monasteries and beautiful parks at the base of the mountains.
The tour concludes in dynamic Hong Kong with private touring that emphasizes the best of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Learn about the historic buildings and modern skyscrapers in Central. Take a scenic drive along the beautiful coastline. Dine on dim sum, and enjoy reservations at one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed restaurants and private clubs. Learn about traditional Chinese medicine and local spices. Explore traditional markets, ride a sampan (fishing boat) across Aberdeen harbor, and browse the fashionable Soho district. Also visit excellent museums, a tea house, and other favorite spots. Perhaps watch a horse race at Happy Valley Racetrack, enjoy private appointments at leading antique shops or with noted designers, or get fitted for custom clothing at our favorite tailors. Also take a tram up Victoria Peak for spectacular panoramas over this fascinating, ever-evolving city.
Arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Full-day private city touring
Private excursion to original section of the Great Wall
Full-day private city touring
Beijing - Xian
Morning transfer and flight to Xian. Private tour of Xian including Terracotta Warriors and other attractions
Morning private touring in Xian. Mid-day transfer and flight to Guilin. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Li River cruise to Yangshuo. Afternoon private tour of villages in Yangshuo
Guilin - Hangzhou
Private transfer to flight to Hangzhou for 2 nights. Private boat ride on West Lake
Private touring of tea plantations, gardens, and Hangzhou
Hangzhou - Shanghai
Private transfer to Shanghai with tour of Xitang en route. Accommodation in Shanghai for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Shanghai & Suzhou
Private excursion to Suzhou to tour gardens, private canal cruise, and museums
Shanghai - Lijiang
Private transfer to flight to Lijiang for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour of Lijiang and surrounding villages and monastery
Morning touring to villages and attractions around Lijiang. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Naxi music performance
Private touring in Lijiang and nearby villages
Lijiang - Hong Kong
Private transfer to flight to Hong Kong for 3 nights. Private transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure
Full-day private city touring
Half-day private city touring, with option to visit outer islands
Depart Hong Kong
Private airport transfer
The Peninsula Beijing, Raffles Beijing
or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies for Aman)
Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake
Banyan Tree Lijiang
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong or Peninsula Hong Kong
Per person (double occupancy)
Surcharge for regional business class flights is available, upon request.
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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
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A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
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