Southeast Asia in Style (21 Days)
Hong Kong, Hanoi, Hoi An, Saigon, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle, Bangkok
(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Beijing, Great Wall, Lijiang, Hangzhou, Xitang, Shanghai, Hong Kong
This ultimate luxury tour of China combines the most fascinating cities—imperial Beijing, stylish Shanghai and cosmopolitan Hong Kong—with stunning resorts in spectacular rural settings outside Hangzhou and Lijiang. During private touring, experience China’s highlights, including imperial palaces, ancient temples, colonial-era architecture, water gardens, rustic villages, local markets and stunning landscapes.
Begin in Beijing, China’s centuries-old capital. With your private guide and driver, 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 the Great Wall of China. While there, you may wish to have lunch at Commune by the Great Wall to see the “villas” designed by twelve of Asia’s leading modernist architects.
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.
Fly to serene Hangzhou and enjoy private touring around beautiful West Lake, local tea plantations, Buddhist caves and other cultural highlights.
Next, visit Shanghai, stopping en route in Xitang, a picture-perfect "water town" of narrow canals and traditional architecture. In Shanghai, tour the riverfront Bund, the chic French Concession, the excellent Shanghai Museum and Yu Yuan Garden, and the city's leading art and shopping districts.
Conclude in Hong Kong with private touring that emphasizes the best of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Explore traditional markets, dine at gourmet Colonial-era restaurants on the beach, ride a sampan (fishing boat) across Aberdeen harbor and a tram up Victoria Peak, and browse the boutiques in the fashionable Soho district. Also visit excellent museums, a tea house, and other favorite spots.
Arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Full-day private city tour
Great Wall Excursion to the Great Wall
Full-day private city tour. Peking Opera performance tonight
Beijing - Lijiang
Transfer and flight to Lijiang for 3 nights. Afternoon touring 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 - Hangzhou
Transfer and flight to Hangzhou for 2 nights at luxury resort
Full-day private tour of tea plantation, Buddha caves, town, and cruise on West Lake
Hangzhou - Xitang - Shanghai
Private tour of Xitang. Continue to Shanghai for 2 nights
Full-day private tour
Shanghai - Hong Kong
Transfer and flight to Hong Kong for 3 nights. Afternoon at leisure
Full-day private tour
Morning private tour. Afternoon at leisure
Depart Hong Kong
Private airport transfer
Raffles Beijing, Peninsula Beijing
or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies)
Banyan Tree Lijiang
Four Seasons Hangzhou
Park Hyatt Shanghai or Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Hong Kong or Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
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
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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
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