China - Itinerary

Day 1-Arrive Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital city and cultural center; personal meeting at the VIP passageway. Then, transfer by Private Luxury Car to the deluxe Hotel Peninsula in the heart of Beijing. Remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings.

Day 2-Beijing
Today, your Private Car, Driver and Guide will be at your disposal to tour Beijing. We recommend a visit to the vast Tiananmen Square in the center of the city; it can accommodate over one million people. Stroll around the square, and view the surrounding buildings including the Great Hall of the People and the Mao Mausoleum. Then, see the 250-acre Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex, built in the 15th century when the Ming Emperor Yong Le re-established the capital in Beijing. New palaces have been built in the Forbidden City over the centuries, and Emperors ruled here amidst much opulence, until the last dynasty fell in 1911. Exclusive Royal Private Cuisine lunch at “Cheng Mansion Feast” created by Master Cheng. Master Cheng Ruming is the former Executive Chef of Chairman Mao. (This venue is not open to the general public and it is available only through special arrangement) After lunch, visit the 700-acre complex of temples, gardens and pavilions of the beautiful Summer Palace, where the Emperor’s court once came to escape the heat of Beijing, and take a cruise on Lake Kunming (cruise does not operate in winter).

Day 3-Beijing
Travel today northeast of Beijing to discover the 2000-year old Great Wall. At the Mutianyu section, ascend by cable car. This part of the approximately 4,000 mile long wall is noted for its numerous guard towers and striking views. Later, visit the Ming Tombs, traveling via the “Sacred Way” and famed “Avenue of the Animals.” Lunch at The Schoolhouse, run by people committed to sustainable tourism and country cooking.

Day 4-Beijing / Xian
Travel by First Class air to Xian, the starting point of the Silk Road. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, and take a specially arranged “White Glove” tour, not available to the general public. You’ll actually put on white gloves and have the opportunity to hold original priceless artifacts in your hands; an expert will describes the history and significance of each piece. Later, visit the small Wild Goose Pagoda, built in the 8th century to store Buddhist sutras. Then on to your hotel, the Sofitel on Renmin Square, located in the center of the city in a complex of historic buildings.

Day 5-Xian
An extraordinary day! Visit one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds – the excavations of the underground vault of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first Emperor of unified China, buried in 209 B.C. See the life-size Terra Cotta warriors, step down to have a picture taken by the Museum Photographer, meanwhile to get a closer view of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Pit #1. Later, another unique visit! On to the Forest of Stone Tablets, once the Temple of Confucius; this exhibit is the heaviest collection of books in the world. The first of these 2,300 large engraved stone tablets dates back to the Han dynasty. You’ll have the rare experience of rubbing the calligraphy from one of the ancient stone tablet onto rice paper.

Day 6-Xian / Guilin
Depart Xian by First Class air to Guilin, known worldwide for its magnificent scenic wonders. Here, see the beautiful karst landscape made famous through centuries of Chinese art. Upon arrival, transfer by Private Luxury Car to the Yuzi Paradise, an art park set against the exquisitely beautiful mountains of Guilin, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art and culture in China. Overnight at the elegant, unique and contemporary Hotel of Modern Art (HOMA) inside the park.

Day 7-Guilin
Embark this morning on a leisurely cruise on the placid waters of the Li River. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from your Private Upper Deck open balcony compartment. A special catered Western Lunch will be served onboard. After afternoon disembarkation in Yangshuo, walk around the bustling bazaars before returning to your hotel. In the evening, you will be transferred to Yangshuo to enjoy a special Show – “Impression of Sister Liu” by the famous multiple Oscar nominee, Mr. Zhang Yimou, Director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening/Closing Ceremony. The show, set on an open stage takes place along the Li River, with the usage of lights and water to emphasize the landscape’s natural beauty.

Day 8-Guilin
This morning, participate in a unique Cooking Class in a farmer’s house in the beautiful countryside of Yangshuo. Before the class starts, visit the local market with the chef to shop for the ingredients that you’ll use to prepare your lunch. Have fun learning the art of Chinese cooking! Afterwards, time to relax and stroll at the Yuzi Paradise Park.

Day 9-Guilin / Shanghai
Depart Guilin by First Class air to dynamic and cosmopolitan Shanghai. Arrive at your deluxe hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this trendy and bustling metropolis. Your car and guide will be at your disposal.

Day 10-Shanghai
Drive to the Shanghai Museum; view one of China’s most outstanding collections of artwork and relics. Walk along the elegant waterfront Bund Promenade; see the extraordinary skyline of this ever-growing city. Visit the contrasting Yu Yuan Gardens for a view of Shanghai’s past and a tea-drinking traditional ceremony at the 150-year-old Tea House. See the charming former French Concession district before returning to the hotel.

Day 11-Shanghai
Morning visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1918, known for its huge white Jade Buddha; this temple is built in the Song Dynasty style. Then, on to Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s busy main thoroughfare, with high-end shops, boutiques, cafes and throngs of shoppers. Your car, driver and guide will be at your disposal all day.

Day 12-Depart Shanghai
Day at leisure until your Private Car departure to the airport where you will be assisted in checking in via the VIP passageway for your flight back home.