Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai
- Experience the highlights of China on this incredible guided holiday to Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai.
- Stay 5 nights in Beijing with day trips to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China & more.
- Discover Xi’an with 3 nights in the city including a full-day excursion to see the Terracotta Warriors.
- Enjoy 2 nights in Shanghai with excursions to Yu Garden, the old town of Shanghai & Xintiandi Street.
- Enjoy peace of mind with a fully planned itinerary & an expert guide to give tips or answer any questions.
- Includes 10 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, plus dinner each night; six at our hotel, and four at local restaurants.
Book Your Trip From €3158pp
Book Your Trip From €2399pp
Your Guided Group Holiday To Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai
Travel with us on the trip of a lifetime to China. Combining ancient traditions, fascinating culture and centuries of history, this guided holiday will show you the best of what this incredible country has to offer. On our travels we’ll discover the architecture of imperial dynasties, visit Buddhist temples and experience the cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. In Beijing, we’ll explore a 14th-century ancient city, stand where General Mao rallied his troops and stroll along the impressive Sacred Way, the burial place of Ming Dynasty emperors. We’ll visit the Great Wall of China and have an opportunity to walk along a section of this incredible Wonder of the World. In Xi'an, marvel at the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors and the Wild Goose Pagoda, before we round off our adventure with a visit to Shanghai, where East meets West in spectacular style.
Please Note: Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to China
Depart for your holiday to China
Let’s begin our adventure as we depart for Beijing.
Arrive in Beijing
Transfer to our hotel in Beijing
Following our arrival in Beijing, we will be transferred with guide assistance to our hotel.
Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City & Qianmen St.
Experience Tiananmen Square & The Temple of Heaven
Join us on a full day's exploration as we uncover some of Beijing's most famous landmarks, including the Palace Museum (also known as the Forbidden City), Tiananmen Square, and The Temple of Heaven.
We’ll discover Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world, famous for its rallies and home to many important buildings and monuments. Let's see more as we step through the gates into the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty and served as the home of emperors for almost 500 years. It is now under the charge of the Palace Museum and houses a huge collection of porcelain, paintings, jewels and sculptures. Impressive imperial gardens and several shrines surround the site.
Later, we enjoy more of Beijing's beauty during a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings symbolising the relationship between Earth and Heaven. Originally, it functioned as a vast stage for solemn rites and rituals. All of the buildings in the park, including the Round Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, represent conversations between the gods and mortals.
Explore Qianmen Street
After, we explore historic Qianmen Street. This ornate pedestrian avenue has a mix of Chinese and Western shops and eateries, the most famous of which is Quanjude Chinese Restaurant which sells over 2 million of its trademark Peking Roast Duck every year.
Join us for dinner!
Dinner is included every night of your stay in China; six at our hotel, and four at local restaurants.
The Great Wall, Jade Factory & Sacred Way
Guided Walking Tour of The Great Wall
This morning we discover The Great Wall, a Wonder of the World and a highlight for many on this tour. It dates back to the 7th century BC in certain sections and was built to protect the first unified Kingdom of China. The wall stretches for over 20,000 miles and we can enjoy a walk along part of it with our guide.
Visit the Jade Factory & Sacred Way
After lunch, we visit a Jade Factory, with precious jade jewellery and sculptures being carved. Next, we discover the Sacred Way. This walkway is part of the Ming Tombs complex, which contains the tombs of thirteen emperors. The road is lined with eighteen pairs of stone statues and an impressive gateway. After the tour, we return to our hotel.
Summer Palace walking tour and cruise on Kunming Lake
Let's uncover more on our full-day excursion to see more of Beijing's treasures, including the Summer Palace, a cruise on Kunming Lake and the Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium. Step back in time as we enter the Summer Palace, overlooking a lake and surrounded by extensive gardens and once the destination of choice for vacationing emperors and empresses.
Next, we arrive at the Long Corridor located between the lake and hill and take a slow walk down to the lake, stopping to take photos along the way and enjoy the scenic surroundings. There will be free time to stop for lunch (not included) before we arrive at the pier. We board our boat and cruise across Kunming Lake, enjoying the views of Longevity Hill and the Summer Palace.
After, we transfer by coach to Olympic Park and see (from outside) the unique Bird's Nest Stadium that hosted the 2008 Olympics.
This evening, we can indulge in shopping or sightseeing at our leisure. Our expert guide will be happy to offer advice and recommendations.
Lama Temple & Shopping
Discover Beijing's Lama Temple & Hutong Tour
Join us as we discover more of Beijing's temples, with a trip to the Lama or Yonghe Temple, a Tibetan Buddist monastery. Lama Temple contains a 26 metre tall wooden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and unique bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages.
Later, we enjoy a walking tour around a traditional Hutong, an area of residential laneways and courtyards with ornate houses and gardens.
Discover Sanlitun Village
After lunch, we’ll have free time at the Sanlitun Village, a large complex of shops and restaurants. Time to shop till you drop, and maybe savour some tasty local dishes!
Transfer to Xi'an by High-Speed Train
This morning we say farewell to Beijing and depart for Beijing Train Station. All aboard! We experience the high-speed train from Beijing to Xi'an on a journey taking approximately five hours. Let’s enjoy the downtime, to read, relax and enjoy the scenery as we embark on our new adventure.
On arrival at our destination we transfer towards our hotel and along the way we will visit the Old City Wall of the Ming Dynasty, standing strong with its towers and defensive fortifications which protected Xi'an.
Arrive in Xi'an
After checking in at our new hotel, we are free to discover more of this ancient city. Our expert guide will be happy to tell us of places of interest to see and visit.
Witness the Terracotta Army
Uncover more ancient history with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terracotta Army. This remarkable collection of life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses, arranged in battle formations, is a must-see for any trip to China! These figures were buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210-209 BC, to protect him in his afterlife. They were hidden until 1974, when they were discovered by local farmers.
Next, we visit another World Heritage site and Xi’an’s most famous landmark, the Wild Goose Pagoda. Built during the Tang dynasty it is one of China’s best examples of a Tang-style pagoda and has been renovated many times over the centuries.
After the excursion, let’s enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore Xi’an in our own time.
Free Time in Xi'an
Today is free for some independent sightseeing in Xi’an. Explore the Muslim Quarter, where the great Mosque sits with its elaborate wooden arch, nine metres high and covered with glazed tiles dating back to the seventeenth century. Browse the shops for souvenirs and try some local specialities at one of the city’s many restaurants.
Also recommended is the Han Yang Lin Mausoleum, about 20km north of the city, which showcases exhibits from the Han Dynasty. From its unique glass floor, you can view the underground exhibition hall below
Fly to Shanghai
We say goodbye to Xi’an and transfer to the airport for our flight to Shanghai, where we will spend the next two nights.
On arrival at Shanghai airport, we board the world's fastest train (Maglev) to the city centre, where our coach awaits us. We’ll see more, on a visit to the Jinmao Tower or the Oriental Pearl Tower, offering unbeatable panoramic views of the bustling city.
At Leisure in Shanghai
The rest of the afternoon is free to relax, soak up the atmosphere and discover more of this electrifying destination. Our guide will be happy to tell us about the best places and attractions to see and experience.
Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai City
We uncover more of this fascinating city with a visit to the beautiful Yu Garden, followed by a visit to the old town of Shanghai, the bustling Xintiandi Street and the Shikumen Open House Museum.
The afternoon is at leisure to explore Shanghai at our own pace. We can take in last-minute shopping for souvenirs in one of the huge shopping malls, photograph some of the remarkable architecture in this modern metropolis or perhaps make a visit to the Shanghai Museum, often regarded as one of the best museums in China.
Depart China for your flight home
Today we say farewell to our guide and the unforgettable city of Shanghai as we set off on our homeward journey.
We arrive home after our once in a lifetime China experience.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
India - Splendours of Delhi, The Taj Mahal & Rajasthan
- 01 Apr
- 01 Apr
- 01 Apr
- 06 May
Moscow & St Petersburg
- 31 Mar
- 31 Mar
- 03 Apr
- 03 Apr
Stories you might like
From rickshaw tours around the streets of Beijing to cycling on the Old City Wall of Xi’an, there is never a dull moment in China. Travel Department’s Senior Product Executive Lucy Maher, has lots of experience sending holidaymakers to Asia and lists her top 5 attractions in China.