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There is so much to discover and explore in the vast & fascinating land of China. From the phenomenal karst rock formations and mountains of the south, to the vast deserts of the west, and the high Tibet plateau, China contains some of the most stunning scenery to be found in all of Asia. The entire country is teeming with beautifully-chaotic modern cities juxtaposed with thousands of years of fascinating history and heritage.

Endless highlights await including the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, Beijing's Forbidden Palace, the incredible Tian Shan mountains, the Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, Dazu and Datong, the stunning traditional towns of Pingyao, Lijiang and Dali, and of course the phenomenal Great Wall of China!

 

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TRIP CODE
ICBFA

GROUP TOUR from £2042 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Though not quite visible from space, the Great Wall of China is still massive! Climb up this iconic sight and learn about its history
- Travel back in time to the era of China’s powerful Emperors in Beijing. Explore the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, see history, and people-watch modern China
- Get the unique experience of whizzing through the Chinese landscape on an overnight train. Meet the locals, understand the culture, and have a fun sleepover too!

TRIP CODE
ICBKS

GROUP TOUR from £1810 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- The Longmen Grottoes are the most stunning remnants of Northern Wei and Tang-era Buddhist art in existence, and you'll have plenty of time to explore them with your local guide
- By taking three sleeper trains, you'll maximise your time in your destinations, get a chance to interact with locals and see some beautiful countryside
- This trip is a fascinating story book of ancient and 20th-century history. The tale behind the discovery of Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors is almost as amazing as the statues themselves

TRIP CODE
ICBSAC

GROUP TOUR from £3957 for 32 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders
- Explore the incredible World Heritage site of Maijishan, and try to work out how statues, reliefs, and 194 caves were carved into the side of this mountain 1,500 years ago
- Discover the unreal, ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!

TRIP CODE
ICBSE

GROUP TOUR from £2530 for 19 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors and when walking on top of the Great Wall
- Find peace in one of the holiest places in China as you trek around Emei Shan and stay in a monastery, waking to the sound of drums and morning prayers
- Learn about the endangered (and adorable) giant pandas’ struggle for survival, and get up close to these unique creatures in Chengdu

TRIP CODE
ICBSU

GROUP TOUR from £2070 for 16 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience this incredible bucket-list rail adventure through China, Mongolia, and Russia – one of the world’s greatest and most epic journeys
- Encounter the Mongolian wilderness in local-style with an overnight in a traditional ger camp
- Discover a way of life that has changed very little since the 18th century with a visit to the Orthodox Christian’s ‘Old Believers Village’ in Ulan Ude

TRIP CODE
ICBZF

GROUP TOUR from £1740 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Embrace the tastes of four of China's most important food regions – from the imperial cuisine of Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'An, the spicy Sichuan flavours of Chengdu (a UNESCO City of Gastronomy) and the international melting pot of Shanghai
- The Sichuan province is the literal birthplace of tea – get a truly local and authentic crop-to-cup experience here with a tea grower
- Savour the spicy flavours of Sichuan, like the fiery, tingling, tongue-numbing sensation of the famous Sichuan Pepper at Chengu’s spice market

TRIP CODE
ICBRKC

GROUP TOUR from £1685 for 20 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- See the amazing contrasts between North & South China
- Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
- Stay overnight in a unique Hakka village roundhouse

TRIP CODE
ICBSQC

GROUP TOUR from £3615 for 23 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience this incredible bucketlist rail adventure through 3 countries.
- Overnight in a Mongolian Ger Camp.
- Visit 'Old Believers Village' in Ulan Ude, (Orthodox Christians who's way of life has changed very little since the 18th century).

TRIP CODE
EACH

GROUP TOUR from £1659 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Enjoy 3 full days sightseeing in Beijing
- See the Great Wall at the less visited and scenic Mutianyu section
- Visit rural Yangshuo amidst stunning karst scenery
- Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors standing shoulder to shoulder

TRIP CODE
ETCW

GROUP TOUR from £979 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Walk one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
- Spend two days exploring Beijing, visiting the Forbidden City and perhaps seeing an opera or a kung fu show
- See the Niangniang Daoist temple which remains unspoiled
- Enjoy the hospitality of local guesthouses
- Walk the length of the Jinshanling section, renowned for being the best-preserved part of the Great Wall

TRIP CODE
ICBSG

GROUP TOUR from £1140 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Spend a night in a family-run guesthouse in the countryside near the Great Wall
- Participate in a marathon run along the greatest wall in the world. (Full/Half or 10km)
- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)

TRIP CODE
ICBSN

GROUP TOUR from £2550 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Flanked by the majestic Himalayan Mountains, Kathmandu is nothing short of a legendary destination. Its bustling alleyways are filled with monks, incense, goats and sacred cows; its temples steeped in symbolism
- In Lhasa, discover the dazzling former home of the Dalai Lama and the enchanting atmosphere of the pilgrim-filled Jokhang Temple, the holiest in the Tibetan Buddhist world
- Each leg of a Tibetan road trip seems more incredible than the last. Climb stunning passes, drive along the sides of misty mountains, and take in jaw-dropping views of skies and lakes of perfect blue

TRIP CODE
ICBSV

GROUP TOUR from £985 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway and visit the one of the oldest train stations on this line at Bisezhai village for a fascinating glimpse into history
- Explore idyllic Yuangyang on a guided half-day walk, snapping photos of the spectacular rice terrace landscapes and learning a thing or two about their makers, the Hani people
- Discover the Ming and Qing marvels of Jianshui Ancient Town on a guided walk. Visit Zhu's Family Garden, the Confucius temple and the amazingly preserved Tuanshan village

TRIP CODE
ICBSO

GROUP TOUR from £2351 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys – the railway to the roof of the world, crossing incredibly mountainous and remote terrain
- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it first-hand with hours to explore the Great Wall
- Get to know Lhasa, from the architectural wonder of the former home of the Dalai Lama to the incredible atmosphere of the pilgrim-filled Jokhang Temple, the holiest in the Tibetan Buddhist world

TRIP CODE
ICBSIC

GROUP TOUR from £1965 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
- Exploring the narrow alleyways of Shanghai's nearby water town of Xitang, you can imagine a life long lost to modernity
- Escape to the countryside, overnight near the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the masses

TRIP CODE
ICBXA

GROUP TOUR from £1360 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Start off with scenic bike ride through Kaiping, revealing the hidden history and clan culture of its many abandoned diaolou (fortified tower houses).
- Spend time hiking the rice terrace-carved landscape of Longji and visiting communities that call this pocket of China home.
- Cycle amongst the dramatic karst-dotted countryside of Yangshuo that has been immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings.

TRIP CODE
ICBSZ

GROUP TOUR from £1828 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders
- Discover the unreal, ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!
- Learn about the rapid development happening in western China as you travel between ancient regional centres and modern cities.
 
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