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Best of China
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12 days

from $3,299 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

Max 15

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Bicycle atop the city walls of Xi’an before facing its ancient army of terra-cotta warriors.
  • Walk along the Great Wall, taking in magnificent views, and hike through the Guilin countryside.
  • Go behind the scenes at the historic Gao's Grand Courtyard House and interact with local artists.
  • Wake early for a private Tai Chi class led by a local expert. Learn the basic principles of this ancient practice and discover firsthand why it’s revered for such health benefits as stress relief, improved balance, and overall well–being.
Itinerary

Mix the bustle of China’s metropolises with the tranquility of rural life on a 12-day adventure. Explore hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a paddle on the gorgeous Li River. Along the way, discover how China’s many contrasts make it one of the world’s most intriguing places.

Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.

Day 2: Beijing

Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder.

Day 3: Beijing

Explore historic Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. After, take a walk through the hutongs — local backstreet neighbourhoods.

Day 4: Beijing/Xi'an

Continue to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 5: Xi'an

Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls. Later, visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets then enjoy a visit to the historic Gao’s Grand Courtyard House and for a performance of shadow puppetry.

Day 6: Xi'an

Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors — the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, head to a local village and enjoy lunch. Opt for a Defachang Dumpling Banquet in the evening.

Day 7: Yangshuo Countryside

Fly to China's lush southwest to experience rural culture and the unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. Enjoy a traditional dinner at a G Adventures-supported restaurant where rural women are working to create new opportunities for their families. Also enjoy a relaxing float on a local boat on the Li River, then transfer to a local hotel in the countryside.

Day 8: Yangshuo Countryside

Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.

Day 9: Yangshuo

Rise early for a private tai chi class with a local expert. Later, travel to Yangshuo town and taking a guided walk with the CEO, then you'll have the opportunity to wander the shop and café-lined streets.

Day 10: Yangshuo/Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.

Day 11: Shanghai

Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum.

Day 12: Shanghai

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 29 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 23 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Apr 2020 - 07 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 May 2020 - 21 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 May 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Jun 2020 - 18 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 12 Jul 2020 - 23 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Jul 2020 - 06 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Aug 2020 - 03 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Sep 2020 - 17 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 24 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Sep 2020 - 01 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,529 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 22 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Oct 2020 - 29 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 05 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,088 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (10nts), Soft-sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private bus, plane, boat, train, bicycle.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chinese Shadow Puppetry, Xi'an
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tai Chi Class, Yangshuo
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jia Community Restaurant, Yangshuo
  • Your Foodie Moment: Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo, Yangshuo
  • Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit Beijing's traditional hutongs
  • Excursion to the Great Wall
  • Xi'an Muslim quarter orientation walk
  • Cycle along the Xi'an city walls
  • Terracotta warriors tour
  • Lunch in a local village
  • Li River boat ride
  • Walk through the countryside with village visits
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,598

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.