China highlights small group holiday
Description of China highlights small group holiday
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThis tour includes many classic highlights such as the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall at Mutianyu, and the tranquil rural backwater of Yangshuo. In Beijing you can visit the old Hutongs (residential quarters) to see traditional houses and gain an insight into Chinese lifestyles. We travel on the new electric high speed rail network where we can - one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of transport. We use locally owned hotels throughout the trip, ensuring benefit to the communities we are visiting.
This is a fast paced trip that encompasses many of the highlights of China. We use a variety of transportation but spend a good deal of time aboard boats that allow us to explore in a more sustainable manner. We cruise along the Yangtse and Li Rivers and also spend some time on overnight trains which afford a great opportunity to mingle with locals and learn about life and customs.
In Yangshuo we encourage customers to take a bike road around the country lanes as well as exploring the town on foot.
Our choice of accommodation is as far as possible to use smaller locally owned establishments. We also stay aboard boats and trains where possible. Our Tour Leaders will also assist and direct customers to eat as much as possible at local restaurants and to visit the local markets.
PeopleWe use local tour leaders and guides which means that we get in-depth information on the country we are visiting and generate wealth for the local people. China has wealth of history and culture to explore as well as how life is in modern day China; from learning about the education system, to making sure we don’t fall foul of any taboos!
Meeting the people is often a great highlight of a tour and our leaders are real facilitators; enabling us to meet and mix with local people wherever possible – all the more fun when we are travelling off the beaten track.
Our local leaders take us to small, locally owned and run restaurants wherever possible throughout the trip, ensuring that small businesses benefit from our visit, and that we enjoy a very authentic experience.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests