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Historic China by Rail

Tailor-made journey

Historic China by Rail

Ancient history combines with modern transport

Journey through China by train and discover its ancient and remarkable history. Magnificent locations including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient towns and cities, the incredible 1,500 year old Hanging Monastery and the fascinating ancient streets of Pingyao. A tour highlight is an impressive Kung Fu performance at the Shaolin Temple at Songshan Mountain. You will experience travelling on China’s extensive rail network and enjoy fascinating train journeys through the country’s incredible historic heartlands.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Xian, the eastern starting point of the Silk Road, capital of Shaanxi province and one of China’s ...

    2 Days

  • longmen grotto datong china

    Luoyang, China

    Luoyang is a great base for exploring the Longmen Grottoes and the Shaolin Temple

    2 Days

  • pingyao shanxi china

    Pingyao, China

    Pingyao is filled with ancient towers, historic temples and imposing city walls

    2 Day

  • Yungang Grottoes Datong Shanxi Province china

    Datong, China

    One of China's '24 Historic Cities' and home to a plethora of Buddhist temples and pagodas

    2 Days

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Beijing is the capital city of China and is the nation’s political and cultural centre.

    3 Days


Historic China by Rail

13 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Beijing

You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. You will have a chance to relax before your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet and greet your fellow group members.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, where you can observe the tradition of practicing Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followedby a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. Continue to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Great Wall

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Bullet train to Xian

In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. You will then catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes).

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors

Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life size statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian in the afternoon, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, and one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Bullet train to Luoyang

Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi Museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history.  The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, will explore China’s unique architecture style, with the day ending on a visit to the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the train station for the bullet train to Luoyang (travel time approximately 2 hours).

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Shaolin Temple

Today will start with a short drive to visit the UNESCO protected Longmen Grottoes, one of the three finest existing examples of Chinese Buddhist art. You will also visit the Shaolin Temple located in the Songshan Mountain where you can enjoy an impressive Kung Fu Performance. There will be an overnight stay in Dengfeng.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 Train to Taiyuan

This morning you will take a three hour bullet train from Zhengzhou to Taiyuan. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Pingyao. Remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 10 Explore Pingyao

Pingyao is a listed World Heritage Site, offering great insight into the architectural styles of Imperial China. Highlights include the Ancient City Wall and Ancient Ming and Qing Street. Further examples include the Rishengchang Financial House Museum, Zhengguo Temple and Shuang Lin Temple.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11 Train to Datong

Transfer to the train station for the train to Datong. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 12 Yungang Caves and Hanging Monastery, fly back to Beijing

Morning visit to the UNESCO Listed Yungang Caves, ancient Buddhist temple grottoes, an excellent example of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. Following this, there will be a visit to the 1,500 year old Hanging Monastery, notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it is the only existing temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Afterwards, you will board a flight to Beijing. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel close to Beijing international airport.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 13 Fly to UK

Take the hotel shuttle bus to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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Sample Accommodation

Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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Dongshan Hotel, Luoyang

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Cheered Hotel, Xinmi, Dengfeng

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Yide Guesthouse, Pingyao

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Datong Garden Hotel, Shanxi

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CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2019/20
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart21/03/2019 Return02/04/2019 Day13 Depart£3,047 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart04/04/2019 Return16/04/2019 Day13 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart11/04/2019 Return23/04/2019 Day13 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/05/2019 Return21/05/2019 Day13 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart16/05/2019 Return28/05/2019 Day13 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/06/2019 Return18/06/2018 Day13 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Tailor-made journey price from £3,204
Single supplement from £495

Land only from £2,499

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

China: Historic China by Rail
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What's included:
  • International Flights in economy class with British Airways
  • Transfers and transport in China
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • China visa

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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