Private China Tours 13 Days to Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Xian, Guilin

Historical & Scenic China

115: 13 Days Private Beijing - Zhangjiajie - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • See the Avatar floating mountains in Zhangjiajie & experience the No.1 glass bridge
  • Enjoy the breathtaking landscape along Li River & escape from the bustling city life
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
This 2-week China private tour will start the moment you land at Beijing Capital International Airport. Meet our guide outside the customs and then you will be transferred to the hotel by a comfortable drive. After check-in, you may either rest to recover from the jet lag or take a walk around to get familiar with the city.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Forbidden City
Your guided Beijing tour will start with the Tiananmen Square. It is the largest urban square in the world that can contain 1,000,000 people. Then go through the Tiananmen Tower to visit the Forbidden City, a grand royal palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911) with over 9,000 rooms. Our guide will tell you historical events and legendary stories happened there to help you gain a deeper impression of this palace.

Around noon, we will serve you an a la carte lunch at a renowned restaurant. After taking a break, you will be accompanied to the Temple of Heaven. You will have a rough idea of how the sacrificial ritual went in the old times with our guide's explanation.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Speaking of China, images of Great Wall winding on mountain ranges would spring to most people's mind. This 13-day China private tour includes a famous Great Wall section, Mutianyu. After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the Mutianyu Great Wall. The round-trip cable car ride is included. Lunch is not arranged by us. You may find a restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall to have a simple meal. Our guide is willing to give you some recommendation.

Our next destination is the Sacred Way leading to the Ming Tombs with 24 ancient vivid stone beasts and 12 figures along the two sides. On the way back to the hotel, we will stop by the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, to take pictures of this Olympic venue.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Zhangjiajie
Beijing Zoo, Summer Palace, Hutong visit. Fly to Zhangjiajie. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Beijing Zoo. You will go around to the Panda House inside seeing these lovely animals closely. Then, we will head for the next destination, Summer Palace, to experience the leisure activities of the royal family during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).

This Beijing tour package will round off with a relaxing tour around the hutong alleys. After that, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Zhangjiajie. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Zhangjiajie
Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream (Jinbian Stream) and the Ten-mile gallery. (B+L)
Today you will spend a whole day in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Our guide will escort you to take the Bailong Elevator to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. It is worth mentioning that the Hallelujah Mountain in the movie Avatar was shot at the Southern Sky Column there.

Then, we will take a battery car to the Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. It is definitely a paradise for shutterbugs as peaks there look unique like several swords and halberds pointing to the sky. After taking good pictures there, our guide will accompany you to take a leisure walk along the Golden Whip Stream. The stream runs through verdant valley and we may encounter some lovely monkeys on the way. The next activity is taking a sightseeing train along the Tem-Mile Gallery to admire hills in various shapes such as men, fairies, peacocks, and tigers.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with glass bridge, Baofeng Lake. ( B+L)
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. You will walk on the Glass Bridge, which is the longest glass bridge in the world stretching over a valley of 430 meters (470 yards) wide. We believe that it will make your Zhangjiajie tour unforgettable. 

Later, we will continue to Baofeng Lake. You will take a boat ride on the clean and clear alpine lake. And during the cruise, local girls will sing the folk songs for travelers. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Zhangjiajie - Xian
Xibu Street, Tian Men Mountain. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Your Zhangjiajie tour will conclude with the Tianmen Mountain which is famous for a giant hole on the rocky cliff. Before that, our guide will accompany you to visit the Xibu Street. It is a pedestrian street with water bars, local folk shops, eateries selling local snacks, restuarants, leisure inns etc. Or you could enjoy a leisure morning at your hotel and have a late start of the tour. 

After that, you will be escorted to the airport to catch a late evening flight to Xian. Upon arrival, our Xian guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Cycling on the Xian City Wall
Terracotta Army Museum is the first destination of your Xian guided tour and you will be escorted there with a comfortable drive. It is praised as the largest underground military museum in the world with over 8,000 pottery soldiers and 130 chariots back in the Qin Dynasty (221 - 207 BC). When getting out, you are advised to have some fast food at the nearby McDonald's or Subway.

A visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum is arranged in the afternoon. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda served as the depositary of Buddhist scriptures during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). Shaanxi History Museum is a grand palace of ancient handiworks of China. Here collects over 370,000 precious relics mainly unearthed within the province, including bronze wares, pottery figures, porcelains, bronze mirrors, constructional materials, gold and silver objects, as well as ancient coins.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Xian - Guilin
City Wall, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our clients learning to make dumplings in Xian family visit
Today, you will have a whole morning walking along the Xian City Wall with the company of our guide. Riding a bicycle is also a popular way to tour this attraction. You can rent one on the wall at your own expense if interested.

Lunch will be arranged at a local family for you to taste the authentic home-made dishes. After that, you will be transferred to the Great Mosque, which follows the traditional Chinese architectural style with exquisite pavilions, screen wall, as well as wood and brick carvings. You will then be left with some free time to stroll around the nearby Muslim Quarter, where you can feast your stomach with delicious snacks and buy souvenirs.

Your Xian tour will come to an end at this point. The guide and driver will pick you up at the appointed meeting place and transfer you to the airport to catch a flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, you will meet our guide at the exit and then be escorted to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 10 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip in Yangshuo. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. (B+L)
Li River cruise
Today, we will take a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Our guide and driver will come and get you at the appointed time. Before setting out, it is suggested you pack some food for lunch as meals served onboard might be not to your taste.

Upon arrival in Yangshuo, you will be guided to the countryside to enjoy the idyllic scenery with clear river flowing through wide fields and several green hillocks dotted among the land. We will also arrange a visit to a villager's home to let you experience the local lifestyle. When today's Yangshuo tour is over, you will be transferred back to Guilin to have some rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Guilin - Shanghai
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
This morning, you will be led to admire dazzling stalactites at Reed Flute Cave and Seven Stars Park. Then the sightseeing of Elephant Trunk Hill will be arranged.

After having lunch at a nearby restaurant by yourself, you will be escorted to the airport to take a flight to Shanghai. Our Shanghai guide will be waiting for you at the airport. After a greeting, you will be transferred to the hotel to have some rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund, Tianzifang. (B+L)
Huangpu River cruise
The whole day Shanghai tour will start with Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 historical items and the most prominent exhibits are bronze wares, calligraphy, and paintings. After that, the guide will take you to the Yuyuan Garden the former residence of an official in the Ming Dynasty.

At noon, an a la carte lunch will be arranged at a fancy restaurant. After a short rest, you will take a Huangpu River cruise with the company of our guide. Towering skyscrapers on the eastern bank and exotic buildings of the Bund on the other side can all be in sight. After that, you will have some free time wandering around the Bund Area. Then, you will be led to a cultural block - Tianzifang to conclude today's Shanghai tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 13 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
This 2-week private China tour will draw to an end today. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the appointed time and transfer you to the airport for your leaving flight. We wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
ZhangjiajiePullman Zhangjiajie Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Wyndham Xian
GuilinShangri-La Hotel Grand Link Hotel
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3309 $2978$3029 $2726$2619 $2357
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$3089 $2780$2799 $2519$2409 $2168
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
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Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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