Asia is a stunning continent with huge areas of coastline, so there is no better way to explore Asia than by boat! Here are our top six cruises, personally selected by Asia specialist Nathan, to inspire your very own boat trip around some of Asia’s most iconic and beautiful sites.
Step away from the typical tourist trail to discover the hidden gems of Asia and India. Explore an enchanting world of stunning temples, remote villages and untouched paradises on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Asia.
Few places can compete with China when it comes to its wealth of history and culture. Spend your China honeymoon walking along the impressive Great Wall, marvelling at the 8,000 strong Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an, or admiring the harmonious juxtaposition of old and new in Shanghai. Pairing China's incredible scenery and diverse culture with its most luxurious hotels and lodges will ensure you have a honeymoon to remember.
Steeped in history, and breathtaking scenery, China is certainly one of the world’s most interesting family holiday destinations. Aside from its fascinating culture, the history of this ancient country is represented in the architecture of its cities and villages, as well as in the country’s most famed attraction: the Great Wall of China. Children can enjoy seeing pandas up close in Chengdu, whilst parents can soak up the impressive cosmopolitanism of Beijing or Shanghai.
The perfect balance between the buzzing cities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the idyllic, rural regions of traditional China. Enjoy visiting some of China’s most famous sights, staying at carefully chosen hotels to make your journey that extra bit special.
A once in a lifetime journey involving pandas, ancient monasteries, towering mountains and some of China’s most breath-taking scenery, sandwiched between the two vibrant cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
From the Great Wall of China to the spectacular landscapes of the Li River and the impressive Terracotta Army, enjoy the finest elements of China, both past and present, on this classic journey through this wonderful country.
China Family Adventure
Beijing, Luoyang, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo & Shanghai
Best for: Family, Culture History, Imagine Favourites
An incredible adventure for all the family, experiencing China’s many delights. Visit the Great Wall of China, try your hand at Kung Fu, and pay a visit to a Panda Research Base where you can witness these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
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This itinerary is the perfect all round adventure for all the family. Starting off in the bustling city of Beijing you will experience all the delights China’s lively capital has to offer. The Great Wall of China will definitely be an unforgettable part of your experience, awe-inspiring and stunning to all ages. Also Binfenxia Panda Base Research Centre is the perfect opportunity to add the beauty that is a giant panda to your itinerary – a must for all families!
Days 1 - 3 : Beijing, China
Stay at Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel for 2 nights
Begin your adventure around China with a 2 night stay in the fascinating capital city Beijing.
You will spend the time with your own driver and guide exploring all parts of the city and beyond.
You will head to visit the Temple of Heaven first thing in the morning where you will witness local people engaging in activities ranging from Tai Chi to tango. From here you will journey to Beijing's famous hutongs where you will take part in a dumpling making class. The day finishes with a visit to the Forbidden City which includes a walk through the famous Tiananmen Square.
The next day you will travel north out of Beijing to enjoy a hike along the Great Wall of China. You will be taken to the Mutianyu section to avoid the crowds.
Seing the pandas and taking part of a martial arts lesson in China adds a great feel to this family holiday. Click here or call us on 020 3141 2850. We can tweak and refine this itinerary to suit you.
Day 3 - 4 : Luoyang
After your visit to the Great Wall you will take the high speed train to Luoyang.
The following morning you will visit the Shaolin Temple which is located between Luoyang & Zhengzhou, a true home of martial arts.
Finish the day with a trip to see the UNESCO listed Longmen Grottoes that spread over a one kilometre stretch of the Yi River.
Days 4 - 6 : Xian, China
Stay at Golden Flower Hotel Xian for 2 nights
Take a tour of the old part of Xian, the capital of 11 imperial dynasties. Take in the impressive Bell Tower and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Cycle along the 14km long city wall, for views across the city, and visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi – considered to be the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World. Your three nights in Xian will be spent at the Golden Flower Hotel.
Days 6 - 8 : Chengdu, China
Stay at Buddha Zen Hotel for 2 nights
A short flight from Xian will bring you to Chengdu in the heart of the Sichuan Province.
To avoid the crowds you will depart Chengdu early the following morning to visit the Bifenxgia Panda Breeding Centre. Here you will get to see first hand the fantastic work that is being done to increase the population of pandas.
Day 8 - 9 : Guilin, China
Stay at Guilin Bravo Hotel for 1 night
A short flight from Chengdu will bring you to Guilin, the gateway to some of southern China's most spectacular rural areas.
Days 9 - 11 : Yangshuo, China
Stay at Tea Cozy Hotel for 2 nights
This morning you will enjoy a picturesque cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo.
Yangshuo is a small market town that has sprung up in the last 15 years as travellers’ head to see the picturesque hills that provide the most stunning of backdrops.
Your time in Yangshuo is free to make your own arrangements. You may wish to enjoy a local cooking class or for something more active you can set out on a long cycling trip around the local area.
Days 11 - 13 : Shanghai, China
Stay at Sunrise on the Bund for 2 nights
Spend the next day with a guide exploring both modern and old Shanghai. Your morning starts with a visit to the Pudong district, home to so many of the city's skycrapers. You will be taken to the top of the Shanghai Tower to get a bird's eye view of the city before travelling over to the Bund, the city's famous walkway alongside the river.
Your guide will then accompany you on a walk around the Old Town in the afternoon where you will visit the famous Yu Garden.
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From $3144 per person
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Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.