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.
Beijing, Xian, Yangshuo, Longsheng & Shanghai
Best for: Luxury, Culture History, Highlights
Re-tracing the steps of the emperors of old, this spectacular voyage through China’s ancient past takes in its rich culture, historic landmarks and vibrant cities, combined with luxury celebrated 5-star accommodation.
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Re-tracing the steps of the emperors of old, this journey through China’s ancient past takes in its rich and fascinating culture and vibrant cities. From China’s Great Wall to the vibrant city of Shanghai, combined with luxury celebrated 5-star accommodation, this is a spectacular voyage of unparalleled proportions. With award-winning style and superb attention to detail, the exceptional hotels used on this itinerary incorporate the finest legendary service. Occupying prime locations in some of China’s vibrant cities, the hotels reflect the superior quality of contemporary and traditional design, 5-star comfort and a matchless array of facilities. They are the perfect places in which to unwind following a day exploring the city sights.
Days 1 - 4 : Beijing
Stay at The Opposite House for 3 nights
Begin your adventure around China with a 3 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. The next stop is 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.
A stop will be made at the Imperial Summer Palace on the way back to your hotel.
Days 4 - 6 : Xian
Stay at Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Xian for 2 nights
Bid Beijing farewell today as you take a short flight to Xian.
The afternoon will be spent in the city where you will be taken to see the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.
The following morning you will be taken to visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, where you will get to see the statues in the 3 pits currently accessible.
In the afternoon you will head back into Xian to enjoy a cycling tour around the ancient city wall.
Days 6 - 8 : Yangshuo
Stay at Banyan Tree Yangshuo for 2 nights
A short flight from Xian will bring you to Guilin, the gateway to some of southern China's most spectacular rural areas.
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.
Day 8 - 9 : Longsheng
Stay at Li An Lodge for 1 night
Today you will make your way to Longsheng. A stop will be made at the Huangluo Yao Village that is inhabited by the people of the Red Yao minority.
Upon reaching your hotel you will be taken for a walk along the Dragon's Backbone, one of the most beautiful stretches of rice terraces in the whole of China.
Days 9 - 12 : Shanghai
Stay at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund for 3 nights
After transferring back to Guilin Airport you will catch a flight to Shanghai, where your time in China draws to a close.
Set out early the next day as you enjoy a cycling tour around parts of Old Shanghai, all on the comfort of a lovingly restored 1940s China Pigeon Bike. Time will be spent exploring the Former French Concession, Fuxing Park and Penglai Road to really immerse yourself in local life.
Your guide will then accompany you on a walk around the Old Town in the afternoon where you will visit the famous Yu Garden.
Your last day takes you on a full day trip to Suzhou water town; known as one of the "Venice's of China". You will enjoy a rickshaw ride before exploring the impressive Humble Administrator's Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden.
Want a bit more luxury?
Or perhaps you prefer smaller hotels? We design holidays around your budget, timings, dreams, ideas. It’s your holiday. Tell us what you want to do. We will use your ideas and our expertise to design the perfect holiday. All of our holidays are unique to each client – contact us now on 020 3141 2850 to start designing your holiday.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $5696 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private car and guide
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.