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Lines of terracotta warriors stood in tomb trenches.

Luxury Hosted Holiday to China



12 Days

Prices Start from

£15,750pp (ex. flights)

Explore the classic sites of China plus the oasis Silk Road city of Dunhuang, accompanied throughout by a private host who will bridge the gap between cultures.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Craftsmanship, Amanyangyun, Shanghai, China 1

Private Travel Concierge

Travel with a China Host, your own private travel concierge.

X'ian City Wall, X'ian, China 2

Xian by Bike

Cycle along the city walls of Xian for a unique perspective of the city.

Dunhuang Crescent Moon Spring, Gansu, China 3


Explore the Buddhist artwork of the Mogao Caves and the silence of the Taklamakan Desert.

Ancient Pavillion, West Lake, Hangzhou, China 4


Glide across Hangzhou’s picturesque West Lake in a private gondola.

Why we like it

What makes this holiday to China different is the inclusion of a China Host. A connoisseur of all things Chinese who will accompany you throughout, bridging the cultural gap and helping you to truly understand the country. Add to this some fabulous accommodation occupying historical buildings and superb locations for a unique and unforgettable holiday to China.

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Internal Flight
Train Journey
  • Day 1
  • Day 2 - 4
  • Day 5
    Beijing - Dunhuang
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
    Dunhuang - Xian
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
    Xian - Hangzhou
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
    Hangzhou - Shanghai
  • Day 12

Now for the details

Great Wall of China, China
Great Wall of China

Lunch on the Great Wall Of China

Leave Beijing for the day to explore a beautiful section of the Great Wall of China and take lunch on the wall itself. Located around two and a half hours from the city is Jinshanling, generally considered one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. Built to protect China from the incursions of predatory nomads, the utility and meaning of this fortification has been contested for centuries. Take a private banquet on the Wall itself before a stroll along this magnificent site.

Stone Lion Sculptures, Beijing, China
Stone lion sculptures, Beijing

Travelling With A Private China Host

Travelling in China can be a daunting experience with culture, politics, cuisine and language so far removed from our own. During this holiday you will be accompanied by a China Host throughout. A fluent Chinese speaking westerner who knows and loves China, they know the nuances of Chinese culture and will be on hand to unravel the mysteries, contradictions and sometimes odd beliefs of the Chinese traditions and ways.

Able to assist with anything from simple everyday queries such as where to buy the best silk to coordinating a spur of the moment interaction with locals or arranging a special evening in a little known restaurant one would never normally dare to enter. They will also ensure the best restaurants, rooms, views and seats possible are secured for you. With the everyday logistics of the trip covered and any language barriers removed you will be left free to focus on enjoying the holiday to the maximum.

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Corner of a traditional Chinese rooftop against blue sky.
Mogao grottoes, Dunhuang

Mogao Caves

The oasis town of Dunhuang, located on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert was once a major stopping point for caravan traders on the Silk Road and a centre of both commercial and cultural exchange. The history of these times is clear to see in the temples, watchtowers and cave art that now dot the area. The Mogao Caves are the site of one of the most important Buddhist art collections in the world. Spend time exploring some of the 492 caves and their Buddhist statues, carvings and wall paintings.

One of the caves known as the ‘library cave’ contains rare scrolls and manuscripts dating as far back as 405 AD. The nearby sand dunes of Singing Sands Mountain offer wonderful views across the undulating desert and Crescent Moon Lake below.

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Chinese Tea Ceremony, China
Chinese tea ceremony

Tea, Trains and Acrobats

Hangzhou is probably best known for the large man-made lake at the centre of the city – West Lake. During your stay here visit a classical Chinese garden to learn the Five Chinese Disciplines of calligraphy, music, incense, flower arranging and tea. Try your hand at some of these ancient crafts. After a private tai chi lesson, take to the lake for a private gondola tour before boarding a high speed train for the short journey to Shanghai.

Join the locals for an evening stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade or maybe take in a world class acrobatic show.

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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Peninsula Hotel Shanghai £££££

  • China
  • City

The Peninsula Shanghai occupies a splendid location, with direct frontage on the historic Bund. The interior design combines contemporary and Art Deco styles and some of the 235 rooms offer wonderful city views. Faultless service is combined with fine dining, an indoor swimming pool and spa for an extremely comfortable stay.

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Sofitel Legend Hotel £££££

  • China

Once a government guesthouse, Sofitel Legend Hotel has 71 stylish and elegant guestrooms. The decor blends local styles with French and Art Deco features and most of the rooms overlook the hotels landscaped gardens and fountains. After a day spent exploring the ancient silk road city of Xian return to the hotel for a dip in the pool or a relaxing spa treatment.

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Waldorf Astoria Hotel £££££

  • China
  • City

The striking, contemporary exterior of The Waldorf Astoria stands in contrast to the soft and elegant interior where sleek modern art combines with oriental charm. The 176 rooms are spacious and stylish with most located in the main, modern building and a few in a separate wing, in the style of a hutong courtyard. Butler service and access to a private terrace or courtyard garden are all an option. With a wonderfully central location, guests at the Waldorf can easily explore the highlights of the city or relax in the spa or by the heated pool.

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The design and operation of this holiday was excellent and took us to places that we had hardly heard of. A great experience and opportunity to sample " Old China" before it becomes overcrowded. We were very happy with the whole procedure.


A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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