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China tours are the perfect introduction to this magnificent country, with highlights including Beijing, home to the Forbidden City, Shanghai with its towering skyscrapers and Xi'an, one of China's oldest cities. A selection of China tours also include a short cruise along the Yangtze river.

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Discover China

China’s vast size, crowded population and tricky language barrier make it a challenging destination for first time visitors which is why tours are the best way to explore this intriguing country. Marvel at the sparkling skyline of skyscrapers in one of China’s lively cities, explore the ancient imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty and visit a traditional teahouse for a glimpse of daily life on one of our exceptional tours.

China’s many amazing cities are lively and fast-moving with sprawling suburbs and cutting-edge architecture. The shopping outlets are phenomenal and range from world-famous designers to up and coming boutique stores. Each city also has an abundance of eateries including Michelin starred restaurants, ultra-modern sushi bars and street food stalls. In a country where the locals love to eat out, the culinary delights are truly enticing. Due to China’s huge size, the cuisine varies depending on the geography and culture but you will quickly discover that each dish is just as delicious as the last. Outside of the bustling cities is an incredible landscape offering spectacular scenery including pristine beaches in Hong Kong, the beautiful yellow rapeseed of Wùyuán, the unusual geology of the Danxia rock formations and the many national parks with their flourishing forests and waterfalls.

China is also home to 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including 36 cultural sites and 13 natural sites. There is no better way to absorb the magnificence of China’s intriguing history than to explore some of the ancient sites and it seems as if each destination in China has a world of history just waiting to be discovered. Witnessing the different faces of the 2000-year old Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an is an unforgettable experience and hiking along the Great Wall of China is the best way to understand its truly mighty scale. The many beautiful palaces including the Forbidden City (the world’s largest palace complex) and the Summer Palace with its stunning royal gardens are a joy to explore and the Buddhist temples offer an insight into traditional Chinese culture. If the opportunity arises, it is always great to get off the beaten track and visit some of China’s smaller villages, some of which float on water. It is in these ancient villages that Chinese traditions are still very much alive and the relaxed teahouse culture is admirable.


Featured China Tours

essential China

A great-value introduction to China, this 9-day itinerary takes you to some of this vast country’s true highlights. Visits to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors are all on the agenda, as well as a trip to see rare giant pandas in Chengdu.

2019 - May
From £1699pp
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China Experience

Enjoy a taste of China on this outstanding tour of the country’s principal sights.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £1945pp
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Wonders of China

Perfect for first-timers, this tour focuses on China’s ‘golden triangle’ of attractions. We’ll start in Beijing, home to the imperial palaces of the Forbidden City and gateway to the Great Wall of China.

2019 - Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
From £2249pp
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Essence of China

The futuristic city of Shanghai is complemented by iconic images of China such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Terracotta Warriors of ancient Xi'an. This is the perfect introductory tour for first time visitors to China.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £2495pp
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Taiwan: The Beautiful Island

Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’, due to the breathtaking scenery, which still impresses modern visitors today.

2019 - Mar, May, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £2595pp
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A Grand Tour of China

Since the days of Marco Polo, China has fascinated our western minds in the most compelling way. The country’s immense size, almost unimaginable wealth and other-worldly culture have together woven an intoxicating and quite irresistible spell.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
From £2599pp
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Treasures of China

The Great Wall and the palaces of the Forbidden City. The army of Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an.

2019 - Apr, Sep, Oct
From £2749pp
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Classic China

Follow in the footsteps of the ancients - up the ornate steps of the Forbidden City and to the ramparts of the Great Wall, snaking its way across the rolling countryside, and through the winding ancient alleys of Beijing's hutongs to learn about Chinese traditions over a home-cooked lunch.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Included with this holiday
Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
From £2813pp
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Highlights of China

This small group tour combines the iconic sights of China, such as Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, with time exploring lesser-known regions like the waterside city of Suzhou and the beautiful natural landscapes that surround the city of Guilin.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £2989pp
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Grand Tour of Asia

This ‘grand tour’ is an ideal introduction to Asia. You’ll travel to four powerhouse cities - Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok - each with a profound British influence in their history and character.

2020 - Jan 2019 - Sep, Oct, Nov
From £2999pp
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Classic China

Discover a different side to China on this journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Fully escorted and travelling with a group of solo travellers, enjoy cycle rides along ancient city walls, learn the secrets of Chinese cooking and try your hand at calligraphy, complemented by visits to the classic sights of the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City and the panda sanctuary near Chengdu.

2019 - May, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £3125pp
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Grand China

This 18-day ‘grand tour’ takes in China’s historical highlights: the mighty Great Wall, Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army at Xi’an. There’s also a nod to the country’s natural splendour, with a scenic, three-night cruise along the Yangtze River and a visit to a tea plantation.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct
From £3299pp
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China: The Grand Tour (Superior)

This comprehensive tour of China visits the treasures of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors at Xian, picturesque scenery between Guilin and Yangshuo and the pandas at Chengdu. Cruise the Yangtze river and visit the Three Gorges Dam, before ending the tour in cosmopolitan Shanghai.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £3495pp
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Ancient China

This tour delves into Chinese and Tibetan culture, taking you on a journey from buzzing, modern metropolises to spiritual mountain hideaways. We’ll cover must-see sights, including the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors, before venturing off the beaten track to discover a more traditional way of life in the lesser-visited Yunnan Province.

2019 - Sep
From £3999pp
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China with Yangtze Cruise

Discover the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the rare giant pandas of Chengdu on this mesmerising encounter with China, which includes a leisurely cruise along the Yangtze River.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
From £4206pp
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The Wonders of China

This itinerary is the ideal taster for those wanting to take in China’s most famous highlights. Featuring the capital Beijing, culture-rich Xian, rural Guilin, sleepy Yangshuo, and the Shanghai megalopolis

2020 - Feb, Mar, Apr 2019 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Included with this holiday
No single supplements for the first four solo places per departure date
From £4395pp
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China: The Grand Tour (Luxury)

This comprehensive tour of China visits the treasures of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors at Xian, picturesque scenery between Guilin and Yangshuo and the pandas at Chengdu. Cruise the Yangtze river and visit the Three Gorges Dam, before ending the tour in cosmopolitan Shanghai.

2019 - Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
From £4595pp
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China and Japan - Timeless Traditions

Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of these East Asian nations. In China, we’ll combine the sights and skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai with sleepy water towns and tai chi sessions.

2019 - Mar, Apr, Oct
From £4649pp
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Odyssey in China

NEW for 2019! Our new once-in-a-lifetime China journey takes you from Beijing's ancient hutong neighbourhoods to Giant Pandas at a renowned Chengdu conservation center. Enjoy a memorable Li River cruise, a walk atop the Great Wall, a talk by a preservationist at Xi'an's great Terra Cotta Warriors and more!

2019 - Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!
From £6208pp
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China and the Yangtze River

Tauck's 16-day China trip includes ancient cities and tranquil country villages, a culturally enriching Yangtze River cruise aboard the newly renovated Yangzi Explorer, special talks and presentations by local experts, and cultural connections from Beijing to Shanghai to Hong Kong.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct
Included with this holiday
Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!
From £6282pp
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Global Explorer

On this all-around-the-world adventure, you'll travel over 31,000 miles, take in 14 cities, 11 countries and cross the International Date Line. Experience many of the world's best destinations and bring back a wealth of wonderful memories on this incredible holiday of a lifetime.

2019 - Sep
Included with this holiday
From £13499pp
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Highlights of China

  • Beijing

    Beijing is the political and cultural hub of China with a compelling history which is showcased in the array of monumental sites. The city has 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the magnificent Forbidden City; an incredible royal palace. There are also many beautiful temples and enchanting, ancient alleyways which wind their way through the city centre. To top it off, the famous Great Wall is located along the hills north of the city.

  • Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is recognised as one of the most contemporary and dynamic cities in the world; its skyline of gleaming skyscrapers is somewhat iconic and its modern transport system is one of the very best. Beneath this modern persona, Hong Kong is deeply connected to Chinese traditions and has a number of geological and historical gems. Immersing yourself in this cities culture could mean anything from joining a morning Tai Chi session to being inspired by the Chinese opera in a bamboo theatre.

  • Shanghai

    As well as being home to the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, the glamorous city of Shanghai also boasts some of China’s most spectacular architectural styles. The architectural heritage of this fascinating city includes stunning examples of art deco buildings from the 1920’s and 1930s, remarkable Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and vibrant Buddhist temples. Shanghai is also a shopping haven with everything from antiques and art to Tibetan jewellery and this seasons must-have shoes! The shopping malls are endless and the streets are lined with luxury designer stores, pop-up boutiques, bustling markets and vintage shops.

  • Chengdu

    Chengdu’s laidback teahouse culture is admirable and the rich cuisine is deliciously spicy. Despite being a rapidly developing destination, it is still possible to get a glimpse of traditional Chengdu, for example, there are an abundance of traditional wooden houses and the bustling backstreets are bursting with locals’ artisans and street-food stalls. The real highlight when visiting Chengdu is without a doubt the incredibly cute Panda’s, these animals are native to Sichuan and can be seen at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

  • Xi'an

    Located in the Shaanxi province, the city of Xi'an is one of China’s most famous cities because of the mysterious Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty. In 1974, local farmers came across the remnants of the Terracotta Warriors; there are thought to be over 8,000 of the life-sized warriors and horses in battle formation, each with varied facial features and expressions. In the past 2000 years, Xi’an has seen the rise and fall of many Chinese dynasties, leaving behind a wealth of sites and treasures including the Neolithic archaeological site of Banpo and imperial tombs.

China Tour Offers

  • Classic China

    9 days Beijing to Shanghai
    From £2813pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • China with Yangtze Cruise

    14 days Beijing to Shanghai
    From £4206pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • China and the Yangtze River

    15 days Beijing, China to Hong Kong, China
    From £6282pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

  • Odyssey in China

    15 days Beijing, China to Hong Kong, China
    From £6208pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

  • The Wonders of China

    11 days Beijing to Shanghai
    From £4395pp

    No single supplements for the first four solo places per departure date