Modern & Ancient Cities of China12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Please select an option before proceeding to Booking Request.
Day 1Arrive Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.The Peninsula Hotel - 1 Night
Day 2To Pingyao
Head to the airport for your flight to Taiyuan, where you are greeted on arrival. En route to your hotel enjoy a visit the Jinci Temple and the Hall of the Holy Mother, build during the Song Dynasty. Admire the 3,000 year old Cypress tree that stands nearby.Jing's Residence at Ping Yao - 2 Nights (B)
This morning, explore the well-preserved Ming Dynasty walled town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - from the ancient city walls to the Rishengchang Draft Bank, the first bank in China - and imagine yourself in the bustling atmosphere on Ming-Qing Street when Pingyao was the financial capital of China.Jing's Residence at Ping Yao (B)
Day 4To Guilin
En route to the Taiyuan airport for your flight to Guilin, visit the Chang Family Compound, a perfect example of the extensive family compounds that existed in this part of China.Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin - 2 Nights (B, L)
Rise early this morning for the highlight of your visit to Guilin - a leisurely cruise down the Li River, an inspiration to artists and poets for centuries. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, spend some time wandering through the town and enjoy a gentle float down a tributary of the Li River on a traditional bamboo raft. Tonight, enjoy the spectacular Sanjie Liu performance, which uses the Li River as its backdrop.Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (B, L)
Day 6To Longsheng
Depart Guilin for the terraced rice fields known as The Dragon's Backbone in Longsheng. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and then meet with your guide who will take you to Dazhai Village and describe the meaning of the great ribbons of terraces that span for miles.Li-An Lodge (B, L)
Day 7To Hangzhou
This morning take in the beauty of the Ping'an Terraces before heading to the Guilin airport in time for your flight to Hangzhou.Banyan Tree Hangzhou - 2 Nights (B)
Visit the atmospheric Lingyin Temple where Buddhist monks still live and pray; the sanctuary is also home to one of the largest indoor Buddha statues in the world. Stop at the Tea Museum and enjoy a short cruise around charming West Lake.Banyan Tree Hangzhou (B, L)
Day 9To Huangshan
Enjoy the scenic ride to Huangshan and start the afternoon with a walk along Tunxi Ancient Street, as you are transported back to a bygone era.Banyan Tree Huangshan - 2 Nights (B)
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hongcun Village, home of the Wang Clan, which boasts some perfect examples of traditional Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. Then take a relaxing cable car ride to the mountaintop top to admire the sweeping views.
Savor the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the sweeping views.Banyan Tree Huangshan (B)
Day 11To Shanghai
Early this morning, you will have the opportunity to see the stunning sunrise on Huangshan Mountain (weather permitting). The rest of today is at leisure to hike the local trails to Dispelling Cloud Pavilion and the Grand Canyon of the West Sea on your own. Later this afternoon, descend by cable car, and then fly back to Shanghai.The Peninsula Hotel - 1 Night (B, L)
Day 12Depart Shanghai
Bid farewell to China this morning as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Modern & Ancient Cities Of China
Please select an option before proceeding to Booking Request.