View over Beijing's fabulous Forbidden City
Ever dreamed of standing on the Great Wall of China? Seeing the wondrous Terracotta Warriors with your own eyes? Gazing up at the brilliant neon skyline of Shanghai? At least once a year Imperial Tours runs The Majestic Tour, a luxury small group tour – maximum of 14 people – which intimately allows you to experience all the things you dreamed of and more. This is the highest-end group tour of China available and will take you on an unforgettable ten day journey around China…..in style. You will be amazed by at least one "wow" experience on each day of the trip!
This luxury tour starts in China’s fascinating capital, Beijing. Here you will visit the best of the imperial sites such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. You will also visit the ancient alleyways, known as hutongs, still teeming with life today but where you will also catch a glimpse of the older, more traditional way of life. At bustling Panjiayuan antiques market you will join the locals as they buy and sell a huge range of Chinese cultural artifacts from all over China and Tibet. A two-hour drive out of Beijing and we will take you to a wonderful section of the Great Wall that will take your breath away!
The dreamy Li river scenery near Guilin
The next stop on your luxury tour will be Xi’an – ancient capital of China and home to the Terracotta Warriors. The life-size Terracotta Army and Terracotta Horses are believed to have been buried around 210BC and their sight is truly marvelous to behold. Xi’an is also famed for its noodles so you will enjoy a private dumpling-making and noodle-throwing lesson by expert chefs – trust us, cooking has never been so much fun!
From Xi’an you will fly south to Guilin. This area of China is simply stunning. Layers of karst peaks dot the horizon and the Li and Yulong rivers wind their way through landscapes straight from a Chinese painting. Here you can experience rural China, where water buffalos plow the rice paddies and you can join villagers to learn how to make traditional soy milk and tofu. The luxury Banyan Tree hotel enjoys a tranquil riverside setting so you will have a morning to yourself for a swim in the pool or a stroll along the river. Just as relaxing will be your ride down the river on a bamboo raft – the scenery from this vantage point may well be a highlight of your China trip!
The 'wow' view of the Bund and Pudong in Shanghai
Final stop: Shanghai. This city is simply buzzing and nowhere more so than on the riverside Bund, overlooking the bright lights and mega skyscrapers of Pudong. To really understand this city, you’ll be given a guided walking tour of this area’s colonial architecture, followed by a trip into the elegant tree-lined streets of the French Concession. You will also have the chance to do what Shanghai does best – dining and shopping! For a classic evening of entertainment you will be taken to an acrobatics show – prepare to be wowed as these acrobats make the impossible possible! On the final day of your luxury China tour we will visit the Shanghai Museum and take a stroll around the classical Chinese Yu Gardens, a beautiful haven right in the center of bustling downtown Shanghai. In the evening you will be treated to a fabulous farewell meal at one of our favorite restaurants – a fitting end to your unforgettable trip around China…..in style!
Lingyin Temple (Temple of the Soul's Retreat), Hangzhou
However, if ten days of luxury touring in China is not enough then you can add our two-day tour extension to Hangzhou. Hangzhou’s enchanting lake-side setting will certainly delight. Here you will take a ride on a gondola across West Lake, visit nearby tea plantations and temples, learn about traditional Chinese medicine and take a Taichi class with an expert. This tour extension will give you a deeper insight into traditional Chinese culture and will be a truly relaxing way to end your China holiday…..in style. See the Hangzhou itinerary here.
To read the full Majestic Tour luxury travel itinerary, including details of the 5* luxury hotels included, click here. Book before October 31, 2015 to receive this special rate!
Offers: We are offering a Friends and Family booking special whereby if 4 or more guests book together, each will receive:
$150pp credit towards a tour enhancement (this can be used towards flight or suite upgrades or Diplomatic Channel access); or dinner at a restaurant of your choice (value of up to $125 per person) on one of the evenings at leisure in Beijing or Shanghai.
For more details or for booking enquiries please email us.