Tailor made holiday in China

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This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
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. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tailor made holiday in China

Environment

In a country where environmental problems are well documented, the purpose of this itinerary is to provide a glimpse of China’s countryside and rural way of life, as well as taking in its unmissable cultural and historical highlights. The visit to the Great Wall at Jinshanling aims to avoid the large crowds at other sections closer to Beijing. Jinshanling is far more peaceful and less developed for tourists, which makes for a more rewarding experience. The views from here as well are outstanding.

You can carbon off-set this trip upon booking.

Community

In Beijing, the Hutongs tour is a chance to put money back into the local community by visiting local families for lunch. They are paid to receive visitors in this way and genuinely enjoy the experience. You’ll also try cookery in a local home.

Taking the overnight train to Xian also is an excellent way to involve yourself with ordinary local Chinese, who you would otherwise miss by flying as air travel is too expensive for most people. In Yangshuo, the local economy is heavily dependent on tourism these days and visits into the countryside do support the local people who provide the produce for restaurants, and operate bamboo rafts and other tourism-related ventures. You can also try your hand at a local cookery course, which will include buying the ingredients from a local market.

Also in Yangshuo, you’ll be staying in a locally-run hotels which will provide a different experience to the larger ones you will have stayed at in the cities.

1 Reviews of Tailor made holiday in China

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


Loads of highlights in our 6 week holiday: seeing pandas & the Terracotta Warriors, walking the Great Wall, sound and light show in Yangshuo, the Potala Palace in Tibet. We also found the building work around us fascinating- such a massive scale, 20 skyscrapers at a time going up plus huge road and rail building programmes. The sheer scale of everything was astounding.

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


Research where you want to go.

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


Certainly supported the local population.

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


Excellent, our tour operator and their local partner did a first class job.

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