Historic China By Rail

Yungang-Grottoes-in-DatongShanxi-Province13 Days

from £3,198

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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Day 1  UK to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

Day 2  Arrive Beijing (D)
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.

Day 3  Beijing City Tour (BLD)
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.

Day 4 Great Wall  (BLD)
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.

Day 5 Bullet train to Xian (BL) 
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).

Day 6  Terracotta Warriors (BLD)
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.

Day 7   Bullet train to Luoyang (BL)
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).

Day 8  Shaolin Temple  (B)
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.

Day 9  Train to Taiyuan (B)
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.

Day 10  Explore Pingyao (B)
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.

Day 11  Train to Datong (B)
Transfer to the train station for the train to Datong. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 12  Yungang Caves and Hanging Monastery, fly back to Beijing (B)
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.

Day 13  Fly to UK (B)
Take the hotel shuttle bus to the airport for your flight to the UK.

This group tour will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 4★ Hotels

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Luoyang: Dongshan Hotel 4★

Located a short drive from the Longmen Grottoes, the hotel has comfortable guestrooms, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.

Dengfeng: Cheered Hotel, Xinmi 4★

The hotel offers a fitness centre, sauna room, hot tub and restaurant. Comfortable guestrooms offer modern amenities.

Pingyao: Yide Guesthouse

Housed in a traditional courtyard property with 300-year history, offers Chinese-style rooms with hand-made fine wood fittings and artwork. It is located in Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It provides free WiFi. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage or explore the neighbourhood on a bike. For guests’ convenience, the hotel provides tour, car hire, ticketing services and laundry services.

Datong: Garden Hotel 4★

Located in the centre of Datong, with comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities, a restaurant and a spa and wellness centre.

Beijing Airport: CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport 4★

Decorated in European style, the 4-star CITIC Hotel is located within a 10-minute drive from China International Exhibition Centre and Beijing Capital International Airport. Featuring an outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens as well as the connected indoor pool, it offers a grand banquet hall, gourmet cuisine across several stylish restaurants and a recreational club.

Tour Name: Historic China 

Tour Code: HC13
 13 Days

Depart Return Price from
18/10/18 30/10/18 £3,398
25/10/18 06/11/18 £3,398
21/03/19 02/04/19 £3,198
04/04/19 16/04/19 £3,298
11/04/19 23/04/19 £3,298
09/05/19 21/05/19 £3,198
16/05/19 28/05/19 £3,198
06/06/19 18/06/19 £3,198
2019 / 2020 Tailor-Made £3,355
Manchester Flights Available

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.


  • 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 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees to the sites listed
  • Airport Taxes
  • 2 year multiple entry visa for 90 days each stay


  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance