Tracing China's Past (18 days)

China is a country with a long and tumultuous history. This tour will take you on a journey from the current capital Beijing, through some of the ancient capitals of past dynasties, along the route of the ancient Grand Canal, and finally ending up in the modern metropolis of Shanghai, allowing you to delve deep into the hidden treasures of the Middle Kingdom. Beijing is a must-see for any visitor to China, but for those with an interest in history the city is a real treasure-trove. See the Forbidden City, imperial palace to 24 emperors during the Ming & Qing Dynasties, as well as the grand Summer Palace, the warm weather retreat for the imperial court. From Beijing, travel by overnight train to Xi’an. As the beginning of the Silk Road and one of the country’s most famous former capitals, this city was the cultural and political centre of China for many years. There is more to see here than just the Terracotta Warriors! From Xi’an you will travel East towards Shanghai, passing through several ancient capitals and cultural sites along the way. See the majestic Longmen Grottoes at Luoyang; take in the cultural highlights of Kaifeng; explore the city of Nanjing, which served as the capital of many dynasties; and trace the route of the Grand Canal from Kaifeng through Yangzhou, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Your tour will finish in Shanghai, now a vibrant modern city, but home to a rich history and quite unique within China.

Tour Highlights

  • Follow the path of the ancient Grand Canal
  • Visit China's capitals past & present
  • Explore Shanghai as the locals do

Suitable For

  • Return visitors
  • History buffs
  • Culture seekers
  • Departures: March to November

Guide Price

From £5,450 per person based on a shared room for departures in April.

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