See into an off-limits ceremonial hall in Beijing’s Forbidden City.
Walk the less-frequented Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
Meet Xian’s 2,000-year-old Terracotta Warriors.
Immerse yourself in Guilin’s karst topography.
Explore the Bund, Shanghai’s buzzing waterfront hotspot.
Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury, guaranteed at the same price.
Design your Day®
An innovative addition to the Immersive Journey itinerary is A&K’s new Design your Day® concept. On these days you have the freedom to pick an experience that is suited to you and your interests. See Days 3, 8 & 11 for more details.
To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers, we don’t include international flights. Our specialists will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.
As long as we have at least two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If you’re committed to going, then so are we.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing Land in Beijing and you will be driven straight to Tiananmen Square, the beating heart of the city. It’s one of the largest city squares on Earth, pulsing with kite-flyers and commuters. Take a slower pace at the Forbidden City, given its name because no riff-raff were allowed to enter during the emperors’ reigns. Today you can peruse its collection of Chinese artwork (the largest in the world), and take a peek at an opulent reception hall, usually closed to the public.
Day 2 Beijing Travel an hour and a half outside the city to the Great Wall. Having served as an enemy lookout over 2,000 years ago, today you’ll walk along the lesser-trodden Mutianyu section viewing Ming Dynasty watchtowers, merlons, and fortresses. Take the cable car up and down to cast your gaze over the Yan Mountains’ loftiest peaks. Refuel on dumplings, then head to the Old Summer Palace, built in the 18th century for the Qianlong Emperor. Stroll around weeping willows, pavilions, and lakes bobbing with dragon boats. The former Imperial Gardens are a horticultural heaven.
Day 3 Beijing Today, Design your Day® – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:
Option 1: Contemplate the contemporary
Visit Beijing’s edgiest art community – 798 Art District – housed within an industrial-style complex. Brimming with studios, galleries, restaurants, and bars, and works by China’s leading modern artists.
Option 2: Hop to a hutong
Take a pedicab through Beijing’s winding alleyways, known as hutongs. Here you’ll be able to visit the home of a friendly local family and partake in a calligraphy class.
Option 3: Get cultural at the Capital Museum
Peruse the finest Chinese porcelain and collections of jade. The main highlight is an exhibition dedicated to Beijing’s history told through bronze, calligraphy, and paintings.
Day 4 Beijing – Xian You’ll be driven to the train station in the morning for your journey to Xian. There’s no dawdling on this high-speed train which will zip you to the one-time imperial capital in just over four hours –and you’ll have more legroom than if you flew. From the station, you’ll be taken to your hotel. You may be tempted to spend the rest of the afternoon in the spa.
Day 5 Xian It’s time to explore Xian’s star attraction: the Terracotta Warriors. See the Subterranean army built to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in the third century BC. Visit pits one, two, and three, where from balconies you can peer over legions of life-size sculptures, each created with a unique face. You’ll also get to view bronze chariots – the largest in Chinese archaeology. Leave in time for lunch, after which you can weave through the city’s Muslim quarter. A visit to the Great Mosque is a must for its blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture.
Day 6 Xian – Guilin Fly to rural Guilin, famed for its enigmatic karst mountains. Straight after landing you’ll be driven to the fairytale setting of Elephant Trunk Hill, where the curved rock resembles a snout dipping into the Li River. Then steer towards the limestone Reed Flute Cave, formed over 600,000 years ago. The cave was named after the reeds growing outside, which can be made into musical intruments. Inside is a heady vision of stalactites, stalagmites, and Tang-era calligraphy, all the more dramatic when colourfully lit. Then head to your hotel to check in.
Day 7 Guilin – Yangshuo This morning, board a boat and sail down the Li River to Yangshuo, taking in the splendid bucolic views of rice paddies, grazing buffalo, and cormorant fishermen on the calm water – classic Chinese landscapes. Your hotel sits just outside the small river town of Yangshuo framed by surreal karst peaks. Order a rum cocktail (your hotel has its own distillery) and watch the sun set over mountainous farmland. The afternoon is yours to enjoy.
Day 8 Yangshuo Today, Design your Day® – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:
Option 1: Partake in some painting
Try your hand at ink painting at the Peony Xuan Art Gallery.
Option 2: Ready, steady, cook
Browse the food markets with a local connoisseur. Then master the wok to make aubergine in oyster sauce and ginger chilli duck.
Option 3: Join a fan club
Go to Fuli, a traditional village where paper fans are the main commodities. Make a fan yourself and perhaps purchase pre-made ones.
Option 4: Go ride a bike
Peddle off-piste through Yangshuo’s picturesque countryside, through verdant paddies, busy villages, and along the quieter Yulong River.
Day 9 Yangshuo – Shanghai Today you’ll be taken to Guilin airport where you’ll board a flight to Shanghai. China’s futuristic city is a sharp contrast to peaceful Yangshuo, and after dropping your bags at your hotel, you may want to hit the streets and scout out the fashionable shops and eateries which lie within walking distance.
Day 10 Shanghai It’s possible to find the spirit of the old city, you just need to know where to look. This morning, you’ll travel to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, where you can take a boat ride down the canals. Drift between its narrow alleyways and under arched stone bridges. After spending time here, sample xiao long bao back in Shanghai before scouting out the Chinese old quarter. Visit the 16th-century Yuyuan Gardens, quieter in the afternoons, and view rockeries, vermilion pagodas, and a maze of bridges.
Day 11 Shanghai Today, Design your Day® – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:
Option 1: Hit the Bund
A waterfront promenade where old and new collide. Walk alongside colonial buildings and former trading houses. Then discover West Bund’s burgeoning art scene.
Option 2: Seek out some street food
Weave through Shanghai’s backstreets where you can find the most delicious street food in town. Tuck into deep fried wontons and slurp bowls of chang shou mian.
Option 3: Enjoy the Shanghai Museum
Arguably China’s top museum for ancient art. Explore beautifully displayed ceramics, bronze sculptures, jade, and traditional paintings.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before gathering for a farewell dinner this evening.
Day 12 Depart Shanghai Say goodbye to Shanghai and head to the airport in good time for your flight home.
5 star luxury
11 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 2 dinners
Design your Day® on Days 3, 8 & 11
Five-star luxury accommodation
Resident tour director & English-speaking expert local guides
Airport meet & greet & return private transfers
Entrance fees, taxes & tips, & excursions as stated
Domestic flights included
Welcome & farewell dinners
11 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 2 dinners
Wifi in accommodation
Book with flexibility
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