Family Tour of Ireland (13 Days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)
Family Tour of China
(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Beijing & Great Wall, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Hong Kong
This China tour is ideal for any family seeking the best of China's urban culture in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, world-famous sights such as the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and time in Chengdu to see the giant pandas. Accommodations are among the most luxurious China has to offer and suitable for families of all ages. All touring is private and highly personalized based on each family's specific interests and requirements.
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. Climb a little-visited hilltop for panoramic views over the rooftops of the Forbidden City. Stop at a local school to meet with Chinese children, visit a private home, and fly kites near the Temple of Heaven. Watch early morning tai chi exercises in a park. Hike along a stunning section of the Great Wall.
Fly to 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. Watch a performance by renowned Shanghai acrobats. If desired, take an excursion to Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes and gardens.
Next, fly to Xian, an ancient capital and a major stop on the Silk Road. See the famed Terracotta Warriors, and make your own (small) replica to take home. Ride bikes around the city walls, explore ancient temples and pagodas, browse markets, learn the basics of Chinese calligraphy, take a cooking class, and enjoy a banquet of dumplings, a local specialty.
Continue by air to Chengdu, the modern capital of Sichuan. See frolicking giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and learn about conservation efforts to reestablish their numbers in the wild. During private city touring, see highlights such as the Wide and Narrow Alleys, a historic area filled with shops and restaurants, and People’s Park, where locals socialize and play mahjongg. Dine on Sichuan’s spicy and delicious cuisine, and enjoy tickets to a performance of Sichuan Opera that includes the mysterious local art of face-changing. Other options include visiting nearby archaeological sites such as Sanxingdui to learn about the ancient cultures that once inhabited this area.
Conclude in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities, with a spectacular skyline, beautiful harbors and beaches, superb restaurants, bustling markets and much more. Stay in a room at The Peninsula and enjoy unbeatable views across Victoria Harbor. With your expert private guide and driver, see some of the world’s most incredible skyscrapers in Central. Ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, and 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. Ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbor. Visit Ocean Park, a favorite local theme park, or Hong Kong Disneyland. Or, perhaps hike with the whole family in the lush green hills of the New Territories.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Beijing & Great Wall
Private excursion to the Great Wall
Beijing – Shanghai
Private transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Shanghai & environs
Private excursion to nearby water village or continue city touring
Shanghai – Xian
Private transfer to airport for flight to Xian. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Morning private visit to Terracotta Warriors. Afternoon private city touring
Xian – Chengdu
Private transfer to airport for flight to Chengdu. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Morning visit to panda breeding center. Afternoon private city tour. Evening tickets to Sichuan Opera
Chengdu – Hong Kong
Private transfer to airport for flights to Hong Kong. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Full-day private city tour, with option for theme park
Depart Hong Kong
Private airport transfer
Four Seasons Beijing, Waldorf Astoria Beijing or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies for Aman)
Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel
Peninsula Hong Kong
Per person (per person based on 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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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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