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China cultural tours

China cultural tours

There is something for everyone on our China cultural tours. If crumbling dynasties are your thing, start with the historic buildings of Beijing. More landscape less history? Why not take a cruise, head out to China’s ancient villages where picture-perfect pastoral scenes, feng shui, and tradition abound, or wander the Great Wall, an astonishing physical expression of our sense of China as separate from the rest of the world

Exciting family holiday in China
An exciting family holiday taking in the highlights of China, from £1320 - £1380 (12 days) ex flights
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from £2999 - £3249 (18 days) ex flights
Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound
Russia to China on the Trans-Siberian Railway, from £2595 - £2935 (20 days) ex flights
Small group tours to China
A popular small group journey through the best of China, from £2760 - £3445 (15 days) ex flights

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South East China holiday, culture & nature
Discover ethnic minorities and natural wonders of China, from €1950 (10 days) ex flights
Tailor made holiday in China
China's iconic historical sights, from £2800 - £3500 (14 days) inc UK flights
Silk Road holidays, Central Asia
Journey along the Old Silk Road, from £3295 (23 days) ex flights
Silk Road adventure holiday
Follow in the footsteps of the Silk Road, from £2399 (14 days) ex flights
China holiday, Beijing to Hong Kong
China will astonish you with its diversity and uniqueness, from £1855 - £2020 (23 days) ex flights
The Essence of China vacation
Explore cultural & religious heritage, from £1692 - £2555 (21 days) ex flights
China tailor made tour
A combination of metropolis and ancient gardens, from US $1099 - US $3349 (8 days) ex flights
China highlights tour, tailor made
Walk along the Great Wall and relax in the stunning LiRiver, from US $2202 - US $2294 (11 days) ex flights
Essential China holiday
Encounter the essence of China, from £1999 - £2399 (21 days) ex flights
Yunnan tailor made holiday, China
Distinctive ethnic culture and magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge, from US $1199 - US $1499 (7 days) ex flights
Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours
Hong Kong Yangtze River Boat trip Shanghai & Beijing, from £960 - £1249 (18 days) ex flights
China tailor made holiday, from Beijing to Shanghai
Highlights of China private tour from Beijing, from US $1132 - US $2019 (8 days) ex flights
China holiday and Yangtze river cruise
A comprehensive China itinerary covering its length and breadth, from £2599 - £2929 (20 days) inc UK flights
China Express adventure holiday
A fast-paced tour of China’s highlights, from £899 - £1099 (8 days) ex flights
China holiday, discover imperial China
Exploring Eastern China, from £2159 - £2549 (14 days) inc UK flights
Tibet holiday by train from China
Experience the world’s highest scenic train to Tibet, from US $1350 (10 days) ex flights
China to Tibet by train, Chengdu to Lhasa
Take photos with cute Giant Pandas and highest Mount Everest, from US $1270 (12 days) ex flights
Highlights of China tours
China's highlights on this incredible small group journey, from £1670 - £2365 (10 days) ex flights
Beijing to Kathmandu tours, Mountains & Monasteries
A true overland journey, from £2795 - £3170 (18 days) ex flights
China 9 day tour
Discover the Great Wall, Terracotta Army and Shanghai, from £925 (9 days) ex flights
Bejing to Lhasa tour, by train
Bejing to Lhasa train tour (shell), from US $1660 (13 days) ex flights
Family holiday to China
A grand journey through China, from £2279 - £2449 (14 days ) inc UK flights
Small group holiday to China
See iconic China on this succinct small group tour, from £1590 - £2325 (9 days) ex flights
China tailor made holiday
Explore the Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City and the Great Wall, from £3019 (16 days) inc UK flights
China small group holiday, a food adventure
Search out some of the city’s best street food & more, from £1810 - £1955 (12 days) ex flights

44 reviews for Cultural holidays in China3.5 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Cultural holidays in China reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Silk Road holidays, Central Asia
Most memorable? It has to be Kyrgyzstan. The landscape, the people, sleeping in yurts - even the food. All fantastic. (more)Sue Noble
Seeing the breathtaking mountain views in Kyrgyzstan was the most memorable part of this holiday. (more)Jayne Hanlin
The most memroabel part of the holiday was the yurt stay in Son Kul and Tash Rabat and Samarkand. (more)Karen O'Driscoll
From £3295 including domestic flights only
China highlights tour, tailor made
Memorable parts? Sanxingdui museum with 3-4000 year old bronze masks and the pandas Tips? Wear flat shoes there was a lot of walking 3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental Impacts or supported conservation? local restaurants used but little else. Overall rating? It was great, I loved China and would go again to see more of the countryside and more museums. (more)Janet Chambers
From US $2202 - US $2294 including domestic flights only
Exciting family holiday in China
Memorable parts? The itinerary planned by our operator worked out beautifully for my family of 8. A couple of the guides, especially Johnnie in Beijing and Susan in chengdu engaged with the children and helped make our time in those cities very enjoyable. we loved that logistics were taken care of by our guides n drivers. The children loved the ice skating, the time at the Great Wall, learning to cook their own dishes, spending Christmas day at the panda research center, biking in town... (more)Kristin Baker
From £1320 - £1380 excluding flights
South East China holiday, culture & nature
Memorable parts? The minority villages as not many westerners get to see this part of China. They welcome you into their houses and although they have very little they gave us some oranges. We also visited a primary school which was great fun as we taught the children hopscotch and a few words of English. Tips? You will have a wonderful time. You have to be prepared to rough it a bit but its well worth it. A fascinating journey. Local benefits? Absolutely Overall... (more)Phil Linley
From €1950 excluding flights
The Silk Route, Beijing to Tashkent
Memorable parts? The sights and experience was truly magnificient, hard to pinpoint as there were so many. Had the most wonderful travelling companions, and though we got stuck in no man's land between China and Kyrghistan, nobody complained. Tips? To travel as light as possible, to keep an open mind in case something unforeseen happens and to enjoy all the wonderful people you come across everywhere. A smile goes such a long way and gives so much in return ! Local benefits? We... (more)Gunilla Westerlund
From £3690 excluding flights
Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound
The Lake Baikal Homestay and the Mongolian Ger Camp... both have incredible memories for me that will stay with me for life! (more)Heidi Hosgood
I loved the train journey, chatting to the locals, making food, using the hot water urns at the end of the carriage and having the wheels changed on the Mongolia/China border was a fantastic experience. (more)Sally Foote
The most memorable was staying in a ger at Terelj National Park [Mongolia] and walking in the park... The most exciting was seeing the cosmonaut memorial in Moscow and balancing a Kazakh hunting eagle on my arm outside Terelj. (more)Christine Johnstone
From £2595 - £2935 excluding flights
China tailor made holiday, from Beijing to Shanghai
The parks were my favourite part of the trip, I also really enjoyed walking on the Great Wall and the live show in Xian. (more)Leigh McGlone
Overall this was a fantastic trip and we feel very honoured to have been able to see all that we did, especially the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. (more)Ewen Macnair
From US $1132 - US $2019 including domestic flights only
Budget holiday to China
The Great Wall was the most memorable part. None of the pictures really do it justice, the views are amazing. We went about 60KM away from Beijing and set off early. It was really worth it as it was not crowded at all and we almost had the Wall to ourselves. (more)Darren Grubb
It was great! The tour was well organized and the guide was awesome. China is a huge country, but you get to see a nice bit of it in this tour. (more)Candy Owens
From £1499 - £1599 excluding flights
China holiday, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? The terracotta warriors at Xi'an and the Great Wall. Cherry, our guide although very young, was dedicated and gave us great tips and help when choosing restaurants and outings. Our group integrated very well and everyone was on time for going places. Tips? Travel light, but do take toilet paper!! Local benefits? We certainly used local transport (busses, trains and only once taxis). Overall rating? Most enjoyable. The only thing that didn't work out... (more)Sheila Taylor
From £1855 - £2020 excluding flights
Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours
The Great Wall and toboganning were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Lourdes Macias
The "Guilin/Yangshuo" segment was the most enjoyable, the place was scenic and relaxing, and we had lots of options for activities from kung fu to cooking class. (more)Christine Frank
From £960 - £1249 excluding flights
Yunnan tailor made holiday, China
Memorable parts? The museums in Chengdu, Kunming and Shanghai (all outstanding), and the monasteries and temples particularly Ganden Sumtseling Monastery near Shangri La. Tips? Book your own accommodation ( in hostels or inns) and arrange all your own meals; this saved us a lot of money and enabled us to escape from the international tourist bubble. Regard your itinerary with the holiday provider as a legal document, and make sure it specifies EVERYTHING you wish to see as there... (more)Gillian Gillanders
From US $1199 - US $1499 excluding flights
Beijing to Kathmandu tours, Mountains & Monasteries
All of the holiday was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the train journey from Beijing to Lhasa. The visit to the nunnery was fun. There was nothing on my trip that I didn't enjoy so it's hard to choose 1 thing I enjoyed most. (more)Jules Palmer
Excellent....Go with an open mind, an attitude of adventure. It is a different country. You will not find the same facilities as at home. The food is different. But it's all part of the adventure. (more)Yoginee Patel
It was very memorable and exciting, and a good idea to go on a tour through a country that would be difficult to navigate alone. (more)Laura Tomlinson
From £2795 - £3170 excluding flights
Shanghai to Beijing tour in China
The best part of my holiday came unexpectedly on the last day, when I found myself gazing at the roofs of the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Temple. (more)Jennifer Jenkins
I feel that every part of the journey is memorable - I enjoyed it throughout. It is very difficult to pick a few highlights, as I feel this trip includes most of China's highlights....It was a great holiday - a lot of interesting sights, fascinating history and great people (more)Pamela Krueger
I have been on quite a few trips around the world but this has certainly been the best, largely due to the unrelenting quality of the tour leader. (more)Thomas Webb
From £930 - £1055 excluding flights
The Essence of China vacation
The Great Wall walk was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Colin Nelson
The overall holiday was excellent, and the group we travelled with were very nice. We thought that the trip itinerary was well designed and we thank the operator management and staff for the opportunity to have this wonderful experience. (more)Michael Barnes
I had a brilliant time, the tour was amazing, I got to see some really different parts of China and loved every day of it. (more)Lisa Calmiano
From £1692 - £2555 excluding flights
China holiday and Yangtze river cruise
Memorable parts? The walk along part of the Great Wall of China Tips? Make sure you are fit enough to carry your own bags as some railways don't have lifts or escalator . Wheels on your luggage is a must! Local benefits? Yes we helped and bought from local traders Overall rating? 9 out of ten (more)gillian black
From £2599 - £2929 including UK flights
Small group tour of Yunnan, China
Memorable parts? Almost too many to recount! The rice terraces at sunset and dawn, the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Stone Forest, the lake and mountains and pagodas at Dali, the Jade Dragon Mountain at Lijiang, Shangri-La, the markets and ethnic minorities.... Tips? Take some dollars, go (unlike locals) between Nov and April - we had superb weather; take some warm clothing for the Tibetan plateau; take plenty of film/memory cards! Local benefits? Very much so. We... (more)John deason
From £2450 including UK flights
Silk Road in China holiday
Memorable parts? Finding a replica of a Tang Dynasty sancai glazed, funerary sculpture of a camel and rider, which I had first experienced as part of an exhibition of artefacts from the ancient Silk Route mounted by the British Library in 2004 in a shop in Jiayuguan at a price that I could afford. Even though the Mogao Grottos are becoming commercialised, being able to see the frescos that are available in the caves that are open to the public was a wonderful experience. Tips? Be... (more)Genie Gabel-Dunk
From £3250 excluding flights
The Silk Road small group tour
Memorable parts? The livestock market at Kashgar. Tips? It was very hot throughout, so take loose, cool clothing. Local benefits? Supported local people by eating in some homes. Overall rating? It was very interesting, with an insight into post Russian life. The scenery in Kyrgyzstan was spectacular. The only downside was the guide in China was poor and we didn't spend enough time in the market. (more)Gillian Urro
From £2299 - £9129 including UK flights
China holiday, discover imperial China
Memorable parts? Visiting the Panda Breading centre and watching a panda mum and baby 'playing' together. Then watching the baby slipping off the platform and mum rolling over to join her baby on the ground. So special. Tips? Be prepared to carry your luggage, particularly at the train stations. The coach is often not able to park close to the station, so you have to carry your luggage across busy streets and negotiate steps and escalators that aren't working!!! Be prepared for... (more)Penelope Parker
From £2159 - £2549 including UK flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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