In-Depth Sightseeing with your Private Guide

+ With your own car, driver and guide, our in-depth sightseeing can be paced to your personal interests and comfort for more rewarding exploration.
+ Plumb the personal lives and Imperial duties of China’s emperors as you explore all 5 of Beijing’s World Heritage Sites.
+ Ascend the Great Wall by cable car for a private tour and enjoy a picnic lunch atop this ancient defensive structure
+ Behold Xian’s Terra Cotta Army and explore the city’s Old Quarter.
+ Explore millennia of history and culture at the highly-regarded Shanghai Museum and then fast-forward to the 21st century as you marvel at the futuristic skyline of the Pudong district.
+ Includes 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites c
  • Day 1 – Welcome to Beijing

    Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the 5-star Fairmont Beijing Hotel in the heart of the capital.
  • Day 2 - Beijing’s Imperial Highlights

    Stand in Tiananmen Square and admire the architectural landmarks that surround one of the world’s grandest public plazas. Then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty Emperors on a private tour through the magnificent Forbidden City c, a sprawling complex of palaces, courtyards and pavilions. At the Temple of Heaven c, you’ll find a resplendent example of Ming Dynasty design and engineering. Its unique layout also offers fascinating insight into ancient Chinese beliefs about numerology and cosmology. This evening’s banquet features Peking Duck.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 - The Great Wall c + Summer Palace c

    With smaller crowds, the more remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall affords a more enthralling and authentic experience. Ascend by cable car to walk atop this ancient defensive structure and take in the sweeping views as your expert personal guide shares dramatic tales of China’s ancient history. For lunch, we’ve arranged a special picnic: Here in this unique setting atop the Great Wall, you’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by the kitchen of the celebrated Brickyard Restaurant.
     
    In the afternoon, you’ll tour the resplendent Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s emperors. Set on wooded hills surrounding a tranquil lake, this assemblage of pavilions, palaces and gardens offers a fascinating look into Imperial life long ago.  Meals B+L
  • Day 4 – Fly to Xian, China’s First Capital

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Xian, the ancient capital of China for 13 dynasties. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Hotel. After checking in, the balance of your afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy as you wish. With an enviable location inside the historic city walls, you’ll find Xian’s finest shops, restaurants and entertainment outside your front door.  Meals B
  • Day 5 - The Terra Cotta Army c

    After breakfast, you’ll visit China’s greatest archaeological discovery, uncovered by local villagers in 1974. Stand in awe before the thousands of life-sized terra cotta soldiers and horses that were buried 2,000 years ago in perfect infantry formation to guard the tomb of an Emperor. With our expert guide at your side, this unforgettable visit offers a fascinating look into China’s ancient history.
     
    Back in the city, continue your exploration into Xian’s rich history with a privately guided walking tour through Old Town including the ancient City Walls.  Meals B+L
  • Day 6 - Fly to Shanghai

    We include this morning’s airport transfer and your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Fairmont Peace Hotel, the city’s storied Art Deco landmark. The balance of this day is at leisure to enjoy as you like. With our hotel’s prime location overlooking the waterfront Bund and close to bustling Nanjing Road, it’s easy to step out for your first taste of Shanghai’s cosmopolitan allure.  Meals B
  • Day 7 - Explore Shanghai with your Private Car, Driver and Guide

    Today’s sightseeing begins along the Bund, home to impressive landmarks built more than a century ago by Japanese and European trading companies. Then delight in the beauty of Yu Yuan Garden, originally created by a Ming Dynasty court official as a retreat for his aging parents.
     
    After lunch, you’ll visit the Shanghai Museum, highly regarded for its expansive collection encompassing thousands of years of Chinese arts and culture – including ancient bronzes, celadon pottery, precious jade and exquisite antique furniture. Then fast forward to the 21st century as you marvel at the futuristic skyline of the Pudong Financial District, including the 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. This evening, we’ll take you to one of our favorite city restaurants, followed by a thrilling performance with the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - Depart Shanghai

    We’ll take you to the airport today for your homeward flight or onward journey.  Meals B

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    Bringing unprecedented luxury to China’s capital, the Fairmont Beijing offers an outstanding location in the heart of the central business district. Spacious guestrooms feature contemporary furnishings and are generously appointed with a 42-inch flat screen television, electronic safe, and floor-to-ceiling windows. En suite baths offer spa-quality amenities, a heated floor, large soaking tub and separate rainforest shower. After sightseeing, you might opt for a pampering treatment in the spa or invigorate with a work out in the modern fitness center. Onsite dining options include a contemporary steakhouse and Lunar 8, the Fairmont’s award-winning Chinese restaurant.

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    Tang Dynasty artwork and contemporary style blend beautifully at our 5-star hotel, ideally located downtown within the ancient city walls. A+R guests enjoy upgraded accommodations in an Executive Room that offers access to the Executive Lounge for evening cocktails as well as free use of the fitness center and indoor swimming pool where you can rejuvenate after sightseeing. Executive Room amenities include complimentary high speed Internet, high thread-count linens, pillow menu, and an LCD flat panel television with HBO.

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    With an enviable location on the historic Bund promenade near bustling Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s legendary Art Deco landmark has been brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century. Keeping the historic traditions of the Peace Hotel alive, you’ll still find the signature Chinese restaurant Dragon Phoenix and the esteemed Jazz Bar, Shanghai’s premier destination for jazz. All of the Fairmont’s distinctive guestrooms blend Art Deco inspired furnishings with modern amenities including illy espresso machines, 37-inch flat screen television, bath-side LCD screen, iPod docking station, and both wireless and broadband Internet access.

Our Private Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with your own private car, driver and guide including all entrance fees
+ 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
+ 7 nights in our handpicked 5-star hotels in the heart of these fascinating cities
+ Arrival and departure airport transfers
+ All on-tour transportation, both internal flights, luggage handling, all hotel taxes, and all airline fees for included flights

Trip Pricing

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11/1/2019 11/15/2019 $3999 $3699
 
11/16/2019 11/30/2019 $3999 $3699
 
12/1/2019 12/31/2019 $3999 $3699
 
1/1/2020 2/29/2020 $3999 $3699
 
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4/1/2020 4/29/2020 $4199 $3899
 

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There are no upcoming departures for this tour, but our Custom Travel Team can arrange a private departure just for you at an affordable price and on the dates you want.  With your own private car, driver and guide and custom tailored hotels, meals, and sightseeing we can create the journey of a lifetime exactly to your specifications.

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    4 Day Freestyle Cruise

    Step aboard China’s finest all-balcony Yangtze cruiser for this unforgettable voyage. Enjoy fine international dining, free-flowing wines every evening, and expertly guided shore excursions enhanced by our enriching shipboard program of culture and entertainment.

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(26 Traveler Reviews)

  • Tammi & Mark from FL gives this tour 

    The guides were fantastic. They were all helpful and gave suggestions for our free time. We loved having the guides choose food for us, we tried and loved foods that we would not have tried ourselves.


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    Date Traveled: 5/23/2019

  • Judith from MI gives this tour 

    The sites were amazing as were the accommodations. Zoe was a phenomenal guide and "connected" with the group. Dana was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide. Yale seemed bored with the group.


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    Date Traveled: 1/25/2019

  • Kim from MI gives this tour 

    It was great visiting China for the first time.


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    Date Traveled: 1/17/2019

  • Gloria from NY gives this tour 

    Our 12 day private tour to mainland China and Hong Kong was excellent. We saw all of the highlights at our on pace and the tour guides were knowledgeable and delightful. All of our accommodations were centrally located and 5 star hotels. This is my first time traveling with A & R and it will not be my last!


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    Date Traveled: 4/11/2018

  • Joseph from NY gives this tour 

    Our private tour to mainland China and Hong Kong was an exceptional experience. We have travelled to many destinations around the world and I would have to say that this ranked as one of the top. The hotels, tour guides and attention to details more than met my expectation. We would certainly travel with A & R in the near future.


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    Date Traveled: 4/11/2018

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