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China Tours

An exciting 23-day tour of China visiting many of China’s most iconic wonders

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding when China will open their borders, we have taken the decision to pause our tours of China until we have a clearer indication of when border openings will allow tourism to resume.

With thousands of years of history and a fascinating, vibrant culture, it’s easy to see why China remains one of the world’s favourite travel destinations, with something to offer everyone. Alongside the intriguing history seen in the many ancient cities and archaeological discoveries, there is so much more to fall in love with in China, from the delicious cuisine to the diverse landscapes, friendly locals, peaceful gardens, cultural customs and cuddly giant pandas.

Our 23-day Very Best of China tour gives you the chance to see some of this amazing country’s top highlights at a leisurely pace, with a mix of unforgettable journeys, sightseeing tours and Freedom Days, where you can enjoy your time in your current destination as you wish. During the tour, you’ll visit some of the country’s best-known attractions and cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China. We will also show you some of China’s lesser-known spots and hidden gems, such as Pingyao, the country’s best-preserved walled city. The tour also offers some of the world’s most incredible journeys in the form of a three-night cruise along the Yangtze River and a cross-country bullet train ride from Pingyao to Xi’an.

Quality accommodation, breakfast, transport and several meals are all taken care of for you, with  a dedicated Tour Manager also on hand to help you get the very best out of your, whether you’re looking to book an optional excursion or are simply after tips on where to eat or visit. With so much included with the tour, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a homebound stopover in Dubai or Hong Kong, the Very Best of China tour offers exceptional value for money as well as an Asian adventure that you will never forget.

The tour also offers some of the world’s most incredible journeys in the form of a three-night cruise along the Yangtze River and a cross-country bullet train ride from Pingyao to Xi’an. Discover the full itinerary here.

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Due to tourism not being possible and it being unclear when borders will open to allow tours to operate, we have temporarily paused offering our China tour. For any further information please call our travel experts.

China experience

Our China tours are of the highest standard. Our Directors have a combined experience of over 75 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re genuine escorted touring experts who love China and know everything there is to know about creating the best China tour packages.

They are ten-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.

All our escorted tours to China are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), and should Covid-19 mean Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, we will give you the option to change to another tour, defer your holiday to a later departure date or cancel your holiday with a full refund, so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

Award-winning expertise

Distant Journeys puts a great deal of effort and expertise into creating the perfect escorted tour, and we are always delighted when our customer feedback reflects this. The annual British Travel Awards offer an opportunity for our tours to be rated by the general public, and receiving one of these prestigious awards is testament to the quality we strive to offer. Since 2016, Distant Journeys has won multiple British Travel Awards for our tours to Australia and New Zealand, and in 2019 and 2020 for our tours to South Africa as well.

In both 2019 and 2020, Distant Journeys has been awarded silver in the ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Company’ category at the British Travel Awards. As a relatively new company, we were particularly delighted to receive this award and we hope that it may encourage you to book our Very Best of China tour and find out just what it is that makes our escorted tours award-winning.

China holiday highlights

Our escorted tours to China have many and varied highlights. Below are just some you will experience on the Distant Journeys Very Best of China tour:

  • Beijing – a leisurely four night stay in this fascinating city, with sightseeing in the Forbidden City and Summer Palace included
  • The Great Wall – China’s most iconic sight and ample time to stroll along this engineering triumph
  • Pingyao – stay in the ancient walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Pingyao
  • The Terracotta Warriors – experience a bullet train ride to Xi’an and home of the Terracotta Army
  • Li River & Yangshuo – cruise down the Li River and enjoy two nights in the idyllic resort of Yangshuo
  • Giant Pandas – the national symbol of China, this Research Institute has played an important role in the preservation of pandas for nearly 30 years
  • Yangtze River Cruise – spend three nights on the Yangtze, including the spectacular The Three Gorges
  • Shanghai – we end our tour with four nights in China’s most cosmopolitan city


Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Excellent Hotels

Distant Journeys appreciate the hotels in which you stay are an integral part of your holiday enjoyment, which is why we take great care in hand-picking all the accommodation features in our tours to China. Location and quality are always paramount considerations, and we strive to provide the best of both.

So many experiences included

Visit China with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences, at no extra cost. From strolling along the Great Wall and visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing, to a cruise along the Yangtze River, they’re all included in the price of your China tour.

Our China tours include

  • Return scheduled economy class flights
  • A choice of UK departure airports at no additional cost
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £357 per person
  • Many lunches and dinners sampling regional specialities
  • Experienced tour managers and local guides
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of China needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

It’s up to you! On our 23 day Very Best of China tour, our flights with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester. Or for a wider choice of UK regional airports choose to fly with KLM via Amsterdam. And if you prefer to fly direct you can fly from London Heathrow with British Airways. All at no extra cost. Alternatively, travel with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow for a supplement from £150 per person.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Very Best of China tour has several Freedom Days to allow you to decide how you wish to spend your time.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? If you would like to extend your stay in China after your tour, you can! Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service. Or why not choose to make the most of your homebound journey and extend your holiday in Hong Kong?

While China’s borders remain closed, we have temporarily paused offering our tours of China. For further information please call our Travel experts


Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 10 awards in the last five years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

Guaranteed Price Promise

Know you are paying the best price for your holiday with our Price Promise. We never offer last minute discounts and we guarantee the earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.

100% Financial Protection

Book in the confidence your money is 100% safe. All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 10913) or ABTOT (number 5427).

Our Covid Guarantee

For your peace of mind, if Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, you will be given the choice of changing your tour or you may choose to receive a full refund.


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