Multi-Day Tour

Beijing & Himalayas Active Expedition (9 days)

Butterfield & Robinson

Beijing, China To Lijiang, China


Day 1
Beijing, China
The Peninsula Beijing Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Cycle through the heart of the city down Jianguomen Road, with Tiananmen Square to our left and the Forbidden City to our right. Dinner tonight will be at Da Dong, a restaurant known for decades as the best place to eat duck in Beijing.

Day 2
Beijing, China
The Peninsula Beijing Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Visit a quiet, serene section of the Great Wall of China for an exclusive picnic with an outstanding view!

Day 3
Dali, China
Dali, China
The One Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Fly to Dali, a completely different world! Upon arrival we head to one of the little villages that surround the Erhai Lake and explore it on foot. Dinner tonight is at a tapas place, we promise you will be surprised at how wonderful tapas style of cooking with Dali cuisine!

Day 4
Dali, China
The One Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Start your day with a loop ride from the hotel. Tour the old town of Dali and have lunch in the village of Xizhou. Tea traders will host us in a three-course tea ceremony!

Day 5
Dali, China
The One Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Today we will head into the hills around Dali with views over the lake to the Zhonghe Temple. Hike to Wuwei Si where the local monks study Tai Chi overlooking the valley and enjoy a wonderful lunch in our own little pop-up shop!

Day 6
Lijiang, China
Lijiang, China
Indigo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Explore the picturesque mountain town of Lijiang, hop on your bike and soak in breathtaking views of the Himalayas and explore the old market in old Lijiang.

Day 7
Lijiang, China
Indigo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Today we set off by bike to explore the small Naxi villages. Formerly the capital for the Naxi people, prior to its incorporation in the Kublai Khan’s Empire, Baisha has changed very little since the mid 1300s. Here, you will not only dodge potholes but also chickens and maybe even a pig!

Day 8
Lijiang, China
Indigo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Today you're in for one of the best rides of the trip! Descend into the Yangtze Valley, riding along the mighty Yangtze River. Midway, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch on a wide river bridge and then continue on this gorgeous rural adventure.

Day 9
Lijiang, China
None Breakfast

Our trip ends at the hotel this morning. Options abound to further your stay in China. Should you want to add on a few days we will be happy to help you with hotel reservations as well as guides and suggestions for some great meals! Safe journeys home!

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Poised for super-power, China’s time is now! Blessed with a booming economy and bursting with more people than any other country on Earth, the favourite joke among the Chinese is that their national bird is the construction crane. In modern Beijing, you can join the world’s largest peloton—two-million strong—and ride past hutongs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. China’s history spans hundreds of thousand of years; biking through remote Naxi villages and sipping Champagne on a less-travelled stretch of the Great Wall will bring the past beautifully into the present. Later, you’ll have ample time to reflect over extended stays at secluded and splendid hotels. Time waits for no one, but in China, it slows down for us.

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By: SueandRoger

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2015

This is our 10th Butterfield Trip. It remains the best way to see a region. Nothing beats vigorous activity during the day and luxury at night. Bespoke trips for a large group are cost-effective and totally your own. We loved our guides Denis and Jerome this month in Loire, France. Amazing trip. With B&R you have access to private homes, private experiences, and people and places you would never meet otherwise.
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Reviewed on: 26 May 2017

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By: Rick

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Excellent. Absolutely a spectacular trip. Route planning, accommodations, food, and especially the wine were all great. Olivier, Denis and Zoe were knowledgeable, extremely helpful, patient ... and lots of fun.
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By: Greece by Boat

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2017

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Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Love this company. They really have their act together. Attention to detail is a strongpoint. We have travelled with them extensively and will continue to do so.
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By: Rob

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2018

Great trip! The guide was personable, extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented.
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