Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Classic China (10 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Beijing, China To Hangzhou, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 12 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
Aman Summer Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll start your journey in Beijing, where the first port of call will be the Temple of Heaven, a sacrificial altar built in the Ming Dynasty. This UNESCO World Heritage site features the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests - a three-gabled wooden building constructed without nails. From ancient to futuristic, it’s off on a tour of Beijing’s stunning contemporary architecture, visiting sites like the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube and the Alien Egg. In the evening, enjoy a sound night’s rest in a top Beijing hotel. We recommend the heritage-style Aman at Summer Palace, the modern, minimalist Opposite House, or the Peninsula Beijing.

Day 2
Beijing, China
Aman Summer Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll tour the Forbidden City, built in the Ming Dynasty. This UNESCO-listed site was home to a succession of emperors and their families over the span of 500 years, and today its palatial architecture serves as a spectacular historic record, now housing imperial art and artifacts. After exploring adjacent Tiananmen Square, you’ll be chauffeured around traditional  hutongsin a pedicab. Hutongs are narrow alleys with stone shophouses and courtyard mansions, best explored at a leisurely rickshaw pace. Return to your luxury hotel in Beijing  tonight.

Day 3
Beijing, China
Aman Summer Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Check out the 798 art district today and see the works of some of China’s most brilliant emerging artists. A guide will take you on a tour of the area, characterized by its Bauhaus architecture. Next you’ll enjoy a bespoke shopping tour, visiting Beijing’s abundant luxury boutiques before taking a trip to the Panjiayuan "Dirt Market,” a massive antiques and curios market with more than 3,000 dealers. Head back to your luxury hotel for the evening.

Day 4
Beijing, China
Aman Summer Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A sightseeing tour in China would not be complete without a trip to the Great Wall. Today you have the opportunity to hike along this amazing monument with the guidance of a historian, stopping for lunch out of a gourmet picnic hamper. There’s the option to get a bird’s eye view of the Great Wall in a scenic helicopter flight - undoubtedly the best way to grasp the scope and scale of China’s most famous landmark. In the afternoon, head to the sprawling Summer Palace and enjoy sunset views over Kunming Lake. Return to your luxury hotel for the night.

Day 5
Xian, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, it’s off to the ancient walled city of Xian, home to several historic landmarks of note and the last city on the Silk Road. A short drive from the city center is the excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors, built by the first Emperor of China in the third century BC. Here, you might be able to join a private trip to the excavation level for a close-up view of the sculptures. After touring the mausoleum, head back to Xian, where you can ride a bicycle around the city walls, more than 50 feet wide in places. In the afternoon, visit the Shaanxi Xian Archaeological Institute where you may gain private access to displays usually closed to the public. Check into your luxury Xian hotel this evening - the Shangri-La Hotel, Xian is an excellent choice.

Day 6
Xian, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

China presents a bounty of fascinating archaeological sites thanks to millennia of uninterrupted civilization. Today you’ll visit the Han Mausoleum, featuring the tombs of the Han emperor and empress, and more than 81 satellite tombs, plus tens of thousands of burial items. You’ll also gain insight into Xian’s cultural history with a visit to the Great Mosque and a walking tour of the colorful Muslim quarter with its fantastic vegetarian and Halal street food. Spend another night of luxury in your Xian city hotel.

Day 7
Shanghai, China
The Peninsula Shanghai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your journey south to Shanghai today, and begin with a historic tour of the city’s Art Deco architecture. Amid the skyscrapers and shikumen warehouses are the Art Deco buildings of the French Concession, with well-preserved European architecture and picturesque tree-lined streets. Here you’ll do a walking tour of local art studios, cafes, boutiques and crafts stores, before visiting the Shanghai Expo 2010 site, where more than 70 different pavilions were constructed. In the evening, settle into your luxurious hotel - we recommend The Peninsula Shanghai.

Day 8
Shanghai, China
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with a trip to Yu Gardens in Shanghai’s Old City. This is a classically-styled Chinese garden from the Ming Dynasty with beautiful old pavilions, carp-filled ponds, bridges and rockeries. Next you’ll pay a visit to Shanghai Museum where you will see a rare collection of Chinese art and antiquities, spanning more than 5,000 years. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of luxury shopping, then embark upon a private tour detailing Jewish history in Shanghai, a little-known aspect of the city you can discover with the guidance of a local expert. Return to your hotel in Shanghai for the night.

Day 9
Hangzhou, China
Amanfayun Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll travel the final leg of your luxury China itinerary by taking the bullet train to Hangzhou. Along the way, you’ll pass through the tea plantations of Longjing, enjoying lunch in the exclusive Longjing Restaurant and sampling locally-grown tea. Hangzhou is also famous for the magnificent West Lake, and you’ll enjoy a private boat tour of the some of the lake’s famous Ten Scenes, known for their remarkable beauty. With a guide, you’ll also visit a selection of Buddhist Temples, including Lingyin Temple, one of the country’s most important Buddhist sites. Return to your top-tier hotel in Hangzhou this evening.

Day 10
Hangzhou, China
Amanfayun Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely gourmet breakfast at your hotel this morning before heading to Suzhou’s Historic Gardens. Dating back to 770 BC,  the Classical Gardens of Suzhou were mostly built by scholars, and feature key design features such as pavilions, pagodas, hills and rivers. After wandering these tranquil grounds, you’ll be immersed further in Chinese history with a trip to Suzhou Museum, housing ancient art, craft, calligraphy and more, in a complex designed by legendary architect I. M. Pei, which is a work of art in itself. Return to your luxury hotel for the final night of your tour.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

Tour Features

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Description

This 10-day luxury tour showcases China’s must-see sights - the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City, the West Lake and many more. Starting from Beijing, you’ll see all the major landmarks with the guidance of a local expert, you’ll sample delicious local cuisine and stay in a fantastic luxury hotel every night. One optional extra on this tour is a helicopter tour over the Great Wall of China - certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Highlights

    

Beijing’s big-ticket sites: the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall

    

The Terracotta Army of Xian

    

Luxury shopping in Shanghai and a tour of the French Concession

    

A cruise of the West Lake’s Ten Scenes

About Us

Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Notes
  • Payment by wire transfer or by cheque; American Express, Visa and MasterCard also accepted.
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
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