Destination Overview

China

China is a land of beauty, ancient history, diverse culture, and boundless energy. With its buzzing modern cities, rural villages, breath-taking mountains and river scenery, China has something for everyone. Stay in a lodge overlooking the rice terraces of Longsheng, admire the skills of the peasant painters in Fengjing and wander through the stalls of Panjiayuan Antique Market in Beijing. Uncover its sheer size and enormous diversity on an unforgettable journey through this captivating country.

Capital

Bejing

Language

Mandarin Chinese

Currency

Yuan

Time

GMT +5:30 - +8:30

Population

1.4 Billion

Religion

Confucianism, Buddhism

International Airports

Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou

Weather

Due to its sheer size, China’s climate varies greatly throughout the year. Overall, May and October generally have warm days and cool nights making it a pleasant time to travel. The warmest time of the year is from June through to August in central and northern China with increased temperatures and humidity. From December to March, winter brings fewer travellers and possible snowfall in the north. In the south, hot days, cold nights and increased rain occur from April to September while spring and autumn are warm and pleasant yet can be wet.

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Top Highlights

Diversity of Food

China’s incredible cuisine is as diverse as the country itself. Enjoy the crispy skin of Peking duck, sample a traditional noodle dish, zha jiang mian and taste a spicy Sichuan hotpot.

Unique Experiences

Stay in a lodge overlooking the rice terraces of Longsheng, admire the skills of the peasant painters in Fengjing and wander through the stalls of Panjiayuan Antique Market in Beijing.

Local Encounters

Peek into China’s ancient history as you wander through hidden backstreets, visit traditional ‘hutongs’ far from the tourist trail and venture to a mountain village to meet the local tea pickers.

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Three Gorges Discovery

Wander through the narrow laneways of Beijing’s ancient ‘hutongs’ where its people have lived and traditions have evolved for centuries. Visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to learn about these endangered animals, and the conservation and breeding initiatives…

$ 4,365
China Panorama

Known as the Dragon’s Backbone, spend time taking in the spectacular rice terrace scenery of Longsheng during an overnight stay at a beautiful lodge. Visit a village in the southern countryside for an interactive experience to learn about rural life…

$ 4,465
Classic China

Visit one of the wonders of the world and walk along the magnificent Great Wall of China. See the Army of Terracotta Warriors up close. Thousands of ancient, life-sized warriors are today one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the…

$ 3,789

Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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