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zThe Shangri-La Experience

10 days

10 Day Privately Guided Tour

Privately Guided Discoveries for World Travelers

  • With our attentive, in-the-know guides at your side, your private car sightseeing showcases the best of China - at a pace that’s tailored to your comfort and personal interests.
  • After days enriched by unhurried sightseeing, you’ll retreat to luxurious Shangri-La Hotels every night.
  • The Chinese have long known the health benefits of Tai Chi... Enjoy a private lesson with a master in the tranquil gardens of the Shangri-La Beijing.
  • The “old ways” and a calming pace of life prevail outside of China’s great cities... Gain insight into some of these rural traditions when you spend time with a farmer’s family in Yangshuo.
  • To complement in-depth sightseeing in Xian, our private car, driver and guide are at your disposal to explore personal interests at your own pace.
  • Discover 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

Luxury awaits you in Beijing...

You’ll be met upon arrival and escorted by private car to the Shangri-La Hotel.

Day
2

Explore Beijing with your private car, driver and guide

With your own personal guide, you’ll visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City c, the Panda Hall at Beijing Zoo, and the Temple of Heaven c. Meals B,L

Day
3

Excursion to the Great Wall c

Thrill to the experience of walking atop the Great Wall at Badaling, one of the best preserved and most spectacular sections of this ancient structure. Then sit down to lunch at The Commune by the Great Wall, with unbeatable views over the Wall as it stretches across the Shuiguan Mountains. Back in the city, see the iconic Olympic venues and then explore by rickshaw through one of Beijing’s few remaining hutong neighborhoods. Meals B,L

Day
4

Visit the Summer Palace and fly to Xian

Begin your day with a private Tai Chi class in the tranquil gardens of your hotel and then visit the lovely Summer Palace c, erstwhile retreat of China’s Imperial families. Fly to Xian and transfer to the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel. Meals B,L

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5

The amazing Terra Cotta Army c

Spend time at the excavation site of China’s greatest archaeological discovery and visit the Terra Cotta Museum. After lunch, our private car and driver are at your disposal to explore as you wish. Meals B,L

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6

Touch Antiquity and on to Guilin

Touch Antiquity with museum curators, examining and handling priceless ancient artifacts. Savor Xian’s famous dumplings at lunch and then fly to Guilin where you’ll be transferred by private car to the Shangri-La Hotel. Meals B,L

Day
7

Bamboo rafting in Guilin

Marvel at Guilin’s ethereal landscapes as you voyage on a bamboo raft down the gentle Yulong, a particularly scenic tributary of the Li River. Then step ashore and explore on foot or by bicycle alongside emerald green rice paddies and visit with a farmer and his family. This evening, savor the fine cuisine of southern China at Zhoucheng Restaurant, a local favorite, and then stroll along the shores of City Lake where families gather to enjoy music, chess and Mah Jong. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Fly to Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel. Meals B

Day
9

Sightseeing... Shanghai style!

Your private tour takes you along the historic waterfront Bund and through the highly regarded collections of the Shanghai Museum. Stroll in Yu Yuan Garden, explore the classic architecture and hip boutiques of Xintiandi Street and sit down to a delightful Dim Sum lunch. Meals B,L

Day
10

Farewell to Shanghai

Your private car and driver await this morning to drive you to the airport. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Travel on to the Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong

4 Day Privately Guided Extension

The lively pace and sophisticated charms of Hong Kong are a great way to enhance your Privately Guided luxury tour to China! Personally designed by our Asia experts here and in Hong Kong, this exclusive tour takes you beyond the typical sights to experience facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse!

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1

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, your private car and driver are waiting to escort you to the Kowloon Shangri-La, a luxury landmark with a prime harbor front setting. Meals B

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2

Be a Hong Kong Insider!

Spend an unforgettable day traveling around Hong Kong like a savvy insider with our impassioned guide, an in-the-know city resident. You’ll see the highlights, delve into hidden corners and sit down to lunch at world-famous Jimmy’s Kitchen!

Your day begins as it does for thousands of city residents – aboard the MTR. Join your guide on the city’s efficient Mass Transit Railway and ride to the Prince Edward Station. Ascend to street level and explore Bird Street and the Flower Market, local institutions which are still thronged daily by city residents as they have been for decades! Then your guide will hail a cab for a quick ride down to the harbor front. Step aboard the historic Star Ferry, established more than a century ago, and cruise across bustling Victoria Harbor over to Hong Kong Island. As the skyscrapers and hills of the Island draw closer, you’ll agree that this is one of the most spectacular water crossings in the world!

Step off the Star Ferry on Hong Kong Island and dive into the non-stop action of Central, one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant districts. Rise above the hustle-and-bustle as you navigate with your guide along the city’s unique pedestrian overpass system, high above the traffic-filled streets and through the elegant shopping malls of the International Finance Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Then step aboard the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator and ascend to historic Hollywood Road, still the heart of Hong Kong’s thriving trade in Chinese antiques and antiquities.

Hop into another taxi and drive to neighboring Wan Chai, the setting of Richard Mason’s famous novel and movie, “The World of Suzie Wong.” This is now one of Hong Kong’s most popular and upscale city-center residential districts, and here we’ve special arrangements for you to visit the simple apartment of a Hong Kong expatriate, where every modern convenience is ingeniously incorporated into a relatively small space.

A delightful ride aboard one of Hong Kong’s historic double-decker trams brings you back to Central where you’ll see the impressive headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, designed at the turn-of-the-century by Sir Aston Webb, the architect responsible for the eastern façade of Buckingham Palace. Take a break from sightseeing and sit down to lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen – a local institution beloved by residents, career ex-pats and visitors!

After lunch, an unforgettable ride aboard the Peak Tram offers great views of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline. Take your time atop Victoria Peak to experience the panorama that unfolds before you… from the buildings of Central and across Victoria Harbor to Kowloon and beyond.

A taxi will return you to the base of Victoria Peak to catch the MTR back to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Meals B,L

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3

Hong Kong as you please

You have the entire day free to enjoy as you wish. Your hotel’s central location in Kowloon makes it easy to step out and explore at your own pace. Meals B

Day
4

Farewell, Hong Kong

After breakfast, your private car and driver await to escort you to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Bangkok

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a choice of fine city-center hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Tokyo

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, city sightseeing and airport transfers via the convenient Airport Limousine Bus.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Our 4-day FreeStyle Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide, and chauffeured airport transfers.

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Your deposit is fully refundable up to 90 days before departure.

Ask about international air service on Royal Cathay Pacific or United , including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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