China holiday, ancient capitals tour

“This tailor made tour includes domestic flights, transfers and private guides to bring you the historical highlights of Beijing and Xi’an in just five days.”


Beijing | Tian’anmen Square | Forbidden City | rickshaw ride into the Hutongs | Great Wall | cable car ride on the Mutianyu Section | Xi’an | terracotta warriors and horses | Big Wild Goose Pagoda | Ancient City Wall | Shaanxi History Museum

Description of China holiday, ancient capitals tour

Take a five day tour around two of China’s great ancient capitals, Beijing and Xi’an. While Beijing is the political and cultural centre of China today, Xi’an has more than 3,100 years of history. Combining both great cities, this tour is an exciting introduction to China. In Beijing, the unmissable attractions include the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square, and the opportunity to take a rickshaw ride into the narrow hutongs. Visit the spectacular Great Wall, too, enjoying a cable car ride on the Mutianyu Section. After flying to Xi’an, visit the terracotta warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and spend time exploring the ancient city walls and the Shaanxi History Museum, to deepen your understanding of this fascinating city.

You can completely tailor make this trip to suit your interests. Included in the price are centrally located hotels, authentic Chinese food, private cars and drivers and private guides. Spending three nights in Beijing and one night in Xi’an, this is the perfect way to see two of China’s four ancient capitals in a short space of time.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Our Vision is to offer warm, caring, and thoughtful service to ensure our customers have an enjoyable trip to China. And two of our values are to “protect the environment and promote eco-tourism”, and to “respect the local people, cultures and customs of tourist destinations”.
We encourage our staff to reduce the use of the fax machine, for example by using our email fax viewer, and to reuse printout paper. As we know, reducing use of paper reduces the felling of trees.
The environment is important to us, and we believe we can influence others as long as we insist on our values when working with suppliers. We only choose suppliers who meet our environmental standards. After we have chosen restaurants, attractions, hotels etc, we put them to the test by carefully monitoring our customer’s evaluations. This continual review process ensures that we act quickly if our high standards are not maintained by our suppliers.
If a tour’s duration is short, and it doesn’t need the use of a car, we encourage our customers use a bicycle or walk to appreciate the landscape. This way not only allows customers to enjoy the scenery better, but also reduces carbon dioxide emissions. As global warming is getting worse, we recognize we must do everything reasonably possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We advertise and facilitate train transport in China, a lower carbon footprint option than flying.
We specialize in tailor-made and customized tours, most of which are arranged in small private groups. Keeping tour groups small reduces the impact of tourism on the environment, e.g. no noise pollution from loud hailers, and smaller vehicles mean less damage to roads.

The Impacts of this Trip

Volunteering & Charity
We are proud and happy to have formed a partnership with a local NGO — Helping Hands Volunteer Association, which operates a residential care facility to assist orphans in our community. We have sponsored Helping Hands for many years. We have been giving 10 yuan to Helping Hands for every person who travels with us this year. When you travel with us you already have made a donation to the disadvantaged children in our local community.
A Fair Deal
We employ more local people and use more local products and services than foreign tour operators, and we pay better salaries (including to tour guides and supplier agencies in other cities) than other Chinese operators. This benefits local Chinese economies and contributes to a better social environment in the areas our customers visit.
Traveling with Respect
Before arrival at your tourist destination, our travel advisor will inform you about the local wildlife, environment and culture, which, along with following the local guide’s advice, will help you keep in harmony with the local environment.


1 Reviews of China holiday, ancient capitals tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an and seeing the amazing jade carvings and Buddha statue.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Beijing airport is full of fairly elaborate scams - call your guide if you can't immediately see them. It's worth getting a SIM that works in China, too, for this

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt like this benefited the local people, though I don't think it specifically reduced environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Amazing experience, one of the best travel experiences I've had, would highly recommend the tour operator - the guides were all knowledgeable and extremely helpful and friendly.

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