Tracing China's Past

Confucius Temple
Confucius Temple
  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    Prices from £3,865 per person based on a shared room for departures in May.

  • What´s Included
    • Return international flights
    • 15 nights' hotel accommodation
    • Breakfast daily, 14 lunches 
    • Road transfers and tours on a private basis
    • Private English speaking guide
  • Departure Information

    Departures daily with BA.

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

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.

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • London Heathrow - Beijing: with British Airways.
  • 2
  • Beijing: arrive and check into your hotel. Afternoon walking tour of the hutongs.
  • 3
  • Beijing - Xi'an: guided tour of Imperial Beijing. Board your overnight train to Xi’an.
  • 4
  • Xi'an: arrive in Xi’an and check in for a 2 night stay. Guided tour of the Shaanxi Museum & the Muslim Quarter.
  • 5
  • Xi'an: Guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors & Ancient Xi’an.
  • 6
  • Xi'an - Luoyang: take a high-speed train to Luoyang for an overnight stay. Guided tour of the Longmen Grottoes.
  • 7
  • Luoyang - Kaifeng: morning historical tour around Luoyang. Afternoon drive to Kaifeng for a 2 night stay.
  • 8
  • Kaifeng: full day tour of Kaifeng, including a cruise on the Grand Canal.
  • 9
  • Kaifeng - Nanjing: transfer to Zhengzhou and take a high-speed train to Nanjing for a 2 night stay. Afternoon tour of Nanjing Museum.
  • 10
  • Nanjing: full day tour of China’s ancient capital.
  • 11
  • Nanjing - Yangzhou: morning drive to Yangzhou for a 2 night stay. Afternoon tour of Yangzhou.
  • 12
  • Yangzhou: full day guided tour of Yangzhou.
  • 13
  • Yangzhou - Suzhou: transfer to Zhenjiang and take a high-speed train to Suzhou for an overnight stay. Afternoon tour of Suzhou’s Imperial Gardens and the Grand Canal.
  • 14
  • Suzhou - Hangzhou: morning visit Tongli Water Town. Afternoon take a high-speed train to Hangzhou for a 2 night stay.
  • 15
  • Hangzhou: full day tour of Hangzhou, including the Grand Canal.
  • 16
  • Hangzhou - Shanghai: morning visit Longjing Tea Plantation. Afternoon take a high-speed train to Shanghai for a 2 night stay.
  • 17
  • Shanghai: full day historical tour of Shanghai by walking and public transport.
  • 18
  • Shanghai - London Heathrow: with British Airways.
Don't forget we can adapt any of our featured tours to your personal requirements

Forward to a friend

If you would like to forward this page on to a friend, please complete the details below and press send.