These trip ideas are designed by our specialists, who’ve travelled the routes themselves and have a guidebook-like knowledge of China. Each trip idea highlights a route we’ve loved travelling, which showcases aspects of China we're passionate about, not just the run-of-the-mill tourist circuits. Use these ideas to give you a starting point, some inspiration, as you decide what you want to do on your trip to China. Then speak to us and we’ll start to bring your trip to life to suit your tastes.

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Highlights of China

Get a taste of the Middle Kingdom, with time in Beijing and Xian, finishing with time exploring the scenery of the Guilin area.

  • See the home of the emperors for centuries, The Forbidden City

  • Get away from the crowds and walk along The Great Wall

  • See the Terracotta Warriors at Xian

  • Take a relaxing cruise down the River Li, amongst beautiful limestone karst scenery

  • Get a taste of rural life in China in the village of Longji

11 Days from £2,730pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong and the History of Angkor

From the bustling city of Hong Kong fly to Cambodia for an exploration of city culture and spectacular Khmer temples with time to relax at Kep at the end of your trip.

  • Take in the views from Kowloon over to Hong Kong Island.

  • Enjoy some of the best dim sum in the world with the locals Hong Kong style.

  • Soak up the atmosphere of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's up and coming capital.

  • Visit the awe-inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat and bring out your adventurous side exploring Ta Prohm.

  • Relax in Kep and experience the flavours of Cambodia cuisine.

14 Days from £2,730pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Yangtze River Classic

Explore the main highlights of China including Beijing, Xian and Shanghai combined with a 3 night cruise on the Yangtze River.

  • Spectacular scenery along the Yangtze.

  • Seeing the enormous Three Gorges Dam up close.

  • Xian's terracotta warriors.

  • The wonder of Beijing's Forbidden City.

  • The extraordinary Great Wall at Jinshanling.

12 Days from £2,935pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic China

Experience classic China including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and the Guilin region.

  • See The Great Wall away from the crowds at Jinshanling

  • Marvel at The Terracotta Warriors - each with a different face

  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, one of the world's most exciting cities

  • Take a boat trip amongst beautiful limestone karst scenery in the southern city of Guilin

  • Get a taste of village life in Longji, with its centuries-old rice terraces

13 Days from £3,025pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Trans Siberian journey - Beijing to Moscow

Exploring the highlights of the Trans Siberian route from Beijing to Moscow this sixteen day itinerary includes stops in Ulaan Bataar and at Lake Baikal.

  • Stand atop the magnificent Great Wall of China.

  • Spend the night in traditional nomadic accommodation in Mongolia.

  • Hunt for wild horses out on the Mongolian steppe.

  • Visit the world's deepest fresh water lake.

  • Visit the Kremlin in mighty Moscow.

16 Days from £3,215pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Yunnan Discovered

See the main highlights of Yunnan province, including Dali, Lijiang, and the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, as well as some of the minority villages in the region.

  • See the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, high on the Tibetan plateau.

  • Experience rural Chinese life in the village of Shaxi.

  • Visit the historic Naxi town of Lijiang.

  • See the Bai-minority town of Dali with its Ming dynasty-era three pagodas.

  • All breakfasts included throughout.

14 Days from £3,475pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Villages of Southwest China

Experience a whole host of different minority cultures in this tour of some of the lesser visited parts of China's Southwest.

  • See the pretty rice terraces of Longji

  • See little visited minority villages in Guanxi and Guizhou provinces

  • See the well preserved Naxi minority town of Lijiang

  • Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Experience a side of China that few other visitors experience

15 Days from £3,560pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic China & Fujian tulou houses

Explore the highlights of China in Beijing and Xian, and learn about Hakka minority culture while visiting the unique tulou earthen houses of Fujian province.

  • Visit the Great Wall of China, at the lesser visited Jinshanling section

  • See the iconic Terracotta Warriors

  • Relax in the spectacular karst scenery of the south west

  • Discover Hakka minority culture in the earthen tulou houses of Fujian province

  • Spend time in the colonial city of Xiamen

14 Days from £3,810pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Family China

Explore the main highlights of China with this family friendly trip, taking in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong.

  • See the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors.

  • Take in an awe inspiring Kung Fu show.

  • Have a cookery or Kung Fu lesson, or both!

  • Enjoy a gentle cycle tour around the Guilin countryside.

15 Days from £3,940pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Yunnan Explorer

Really get to know Yunnan province, visiting Dali, Lijiang, Lake Lugu and the Tibetan town of Zhongdian.

  • Visit the old town of Lijiang, home to the Naxi minority

  • Get a taste of rural life in the village of Shaxi

  • See pristine Lake Lugu, on the border between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces

  • Visit the Mosuo people, one of the world's last practising matriarchal societies

  • Trek along the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Experience a taste of Tibet in the Tibetan town of Zhongdian

18 Days from £3,970pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

See China's main highlights including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Guilin, as well as relaxing on a Yangtze cruise.

  • See the Great Wall at its most scenic spot, away from the crowds

  • See the Terracotta Warriors at Xian

  • Get a taste of rural China by exploring some of the villages around Xian

  • Relax and watch the world go by on a Yangtze cruise

  • Explore bustling Shanghai

  • See the beautiful and timeless limestone karst scenery of the Guilin area

  • Spend time at the rice terraces of Longji

19 Days from £4,065pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Magnificent China

See many of China's highlights in this comprehensive trip taking in Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Lijiang and the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, finishing up in Hong Kong.

  • See the magnificent Great Wall.

  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Stay amongst pretty limestone scenery in the Guilin region.

  • Visit the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, which nestles at 3,200 metres on the Tibetan plateau.

18 Days from £4,605pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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The Burma Road

This itinerary takes in Myanmar's major sites and then follows the old 'Burma Road', a former WWII supply route deep into China, exploring the ethnically diverse region of Yunnan province. Travelling by road and rail, this trip explores remote and little visited regions.

  • Visit the old town of Lijiang, home to the Naxi minority.

  • See the Bai-minority town of Dali with its Ming Dynasty pagodas.

  • Mix with the tribes at the colourful morning market in Lashio.

  • Enjoy a train journey on the Goteik Viaduct which traverses a jungle gorge.

  • Explore the temples of Bagan in Burma.

18 Days from £5,445pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hiking Through China

19 days, from £4270 per person, including international flights. Hike through some of China's most spectacular landscape and experience the full variety of the country; from its rural splendour to its thriving cities.

  • Witness the sheer magnitude of the Great Wall

  • See tea plantations on misty Moganshan

  • Journey through rice terraces and minority villages

  • Hike through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Visit the high Tibetan Plateau

19 Days from £5,950pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Silk Route

A classic journey and one of the most beautiful in the world, taking you through the Silk Route of western China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

  • Experience Kashgar's world-famous Sunday market.

  • Take in the stunning Karakoram mountains.

  • Sleep under starry skies in a traditional yurt.

  • Be humbled by the massive Registan in Samarkand.

22 Days from £6,030pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A private Trans-Siberian journey - Beijing to Moscow

Travel on one of the world's greatest rail journeys, starting in Beijing, crossing the Gobi desert and the vast Siberian plains, finishing in Moscow - or vice versa.

  • See the highlights of Beijing

  • Cross the great Gobi desert

  • Witness Mongolian nomadic life

  • Cross the vast expanses of Siberia

  • See Lake Baikal

  • Explore Moscow's major sights

18 Days from £6,230pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Philippines in Style

A luxurious city break in Hong Kong before exploring the some of the Philippines cultural and natural sights, staying on a private island at the one of the countries top resorts.

  • Explore Hong Kong's skysrapers

  • Take a guided tour of Intramuros - Manila's walled city crammed full of history.

  • Stay on Pamalican island. Seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef and stunning beaches at one of the Philippines best resorts.

  • Visit Lake Taal crossing the lake by boat and ride on horseback to the top of the volcano.

17 Days from £7,065pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Visit the Terracotta Warriors

If you're planning a tailor-made trip to China, we can highly recommend a visit to the 2,500 year-old Terracotta Army. Widely regarded as one of China's top three historical sites, they have been amazing visitors since they were accidentally unearthed in 1974.

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