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  • Great Wall, Beijing

    Essential China

    China
    • See China’s quintessential sights including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and the Bund.

    • Travel by high-speed bullet trains and optional ride on Shanghai’s maglev train.

    • Explore Xian’s lively Muslim Quarter and the Grand Mosque.

    • Enjoy a cycling tour through Beijing’s Hutongs.

    8 days from CAD4,110pp

  • Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

    A tale of two cities: Hong Kong & the history of Angkor

    China and Cambodia
    • 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 Cambodian cuisine.

    12 days from CAD5,050pp

  • Yangtze River

    Yangtze River classic tour

    China
    • Marvel at the wonders of the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors.

    • Cruise on the Yangtze River and take in the spectacular scenery.

    • See the enormous Three Gorges Dam up close.

    • Explore Shanghai’s former French Concession by bike.

    • Sample Chinese breakfast specialities and enjoy lunch with a local family.

    12 days from CAD6,295pp

  • The Three Pagodas, Dali

    Sichuan & Yunnan explorer: pandas & mountains

    China
    • Visit Chengdu Panda Research Base and see the adorable giant pandas.

    • See the sacred Giant Buddha of Leshan and ascend Emei Mountain.

    • Meet the diverse ethnic minorities of Yunnan Province.

    • Stroll around the charming old towns of Dali and Lijiang.

    • Journey to Shangri-La to discover stunning scenery and Tibetan culture.

    14 days from CAD6,935pp

  • RV Angkor Pandaw

    Cruising the Red River

    China and Vietnam
    • Begin your trip in Hong Kong where East meets West.

    • Embark on a river cruising adventure through lesser visited parts of Northern Vietnam.

    • Visit the hill tribes in the spectacular Mai Chau Valley.

    • Sail on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay.

    • Explore the charming Vietnamese capital Hanoi where the organized chaos is perfectly contrasted by the serene temples and beautiful lakes.

    15 days from CAD7,425pp

  • The Terracotta Warriors, Xian

    Classic China & Yangtze cruise

    China
    • See China’s iconic sights including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Terracotta Warriors.

    • Walk along the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass.

    • Explore Shanghai’s French Concession by bicycle.

    • Trek through the rice terraces and stay overnight in Longji.

    • Cruise along the Yangtze River to discover lost cities and the Three Gorges Dam.

    15 days from CAD7,855pp

  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain & Black Dragon Pond, Lijiang

    Magnificent China tour

    China
    • Visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass and Terracotta Warriors.

    • Explore China's stunning countryside in Yangshuo, Longji and Zhongdian.

    • Learn about Naxi faith and Tibetan culture in Yunnan.

    • See the giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Research Base.

    • Sample delicious street foods of Xian’s Muslim Quarter.

    16 days from CAD7,970pp

  • Zhangjiajie scenic area, Zhangjiajie

    Natural wonders of China

    China
    • Cycle through Shanghai’s former French Concession.

    • Explore the summit of sacred Huang Shan along winding trails.

    • Step back in time with a visit to Chengkan, Xidi and Pingshan ancient villages.

    • Enjoy the scenery of Zhangjiajie National Park and Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

    • Walk on the Glass Bridge and take an exhilarating cable car ride up to Tianmenshan.

    14 days from CAD7,975pp

  • Yi women, Kaili

    Minority villages of southwest China

    China
    • See the pretty rice terraces of Longji.

    • See seldom visited minority villages in Guangxi 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.

    14 days from CAD7,995pp

  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    Trans Siberian journey — Beijing to Moscow

    China, Mongolia and Russia
    • 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.

    15 days from CAD8,100pp

  • Li river, Guilin

    Classic China & Fujian tulou houses

    China
    • See China’s iconic sights including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Terracotta Warriors.

    • Walk along the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass.

    • Explore Beijing’s Hutongs and Shanghai’s French Concession by bicycle.

    • Trek through the rice terraces and stay overnight in Longji.

    • Explore Gulangyu Island and the Tulou clusters in Fujian Province.

    16 days from CAD8,985pp

  • Mingsha - The Singing Mountains, Dunhuang

    Highlights of western China

    China
    • Visit the Terracotta Army in Xian.

    • Walking through the Mingsha Dunes in Dunhuang.

    • Look over the Flaming Mountains in Turpan.

    • Experience Kashgar's Sunday market.

    • Travel along the Karakoram Highway to Lake Karakul and Mount Muztagata.

    13 days from CAD9,055pp

  • Walk Along the Dragon's Backbone

    Hiking in China

    China
    • Witness the sheer magnitude of the Great Wall.

    • See the sunrise over Huangshan.

    • Journey through rice terraces and minority villages.

    • Hike through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge.

    • Visit the high Tibetan Plateau.

    18 days from CAD10,110pp

  • Giant panda, Chengdu

    Luxury family China: emperors, warriors & pandas

    China
    • See the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors.

    • Visit Chengdu Panda Research Base and see the giant pandas.

    • Discover Beijing’s Hutongs and scenic Yangshuo countryside by bike.

    • Take in an awe-inspiring kung fu show and learn the moves.

    • Sample local Beijing breakfasts and learn to make dumplings.

    14 days from CAD11,070pp

  • The Forbidden City, Beijing

    China in style: luxury Yangtze cruise

    China
    • Cruise on the Yangtze River aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

    • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and the wonders of the Forbidden City.

    • Taste delicious Chinese food with a private cookery lesson and a street food tour.

    • Learn the ancient art of t'ai chi in a private masterclass.

    12 days from CAD11,400pp

  • Tsars Gold Private Train

    A private Trans-Siberian journey — Beijing to Moscow

    China, Russia and Mongolia
    • Explore Beijing's highlights, including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.

    • Witness Mongolian nomadic life and enjoy a traditional Mongolian music performance.

    • Cross the vast expanses of Siberia.

    • Soak up the scenery of Lake Baikal.

    • Visit the Kremlin and learn about Moscow's history on a guided evening tour of the city.

    17 days from CAD13,995pp

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