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Luxury

Follow the Silk Road to Iconic China

Guangzhou to Shanghai
22 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHLS22
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

China's Westernmost Corner

Discover the ancient houses and twisting alleyways of Kashgar Old Town, once the central trade post along the Silk Road.

Tai Chi With a View

Head down to Shanghai's waterfront promenade, the Bund, for a Tai Chi lesson – what a way to start your day!

A Camel Ride in the Desert

In Dunhuang, take a camel ride across this section of the Gobi Desert, a truly unforgettable experience.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in nine destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 5 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 51 meals
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map CHLS22 2020
Guangzhou to Shanghai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Are you ready to embark on an authentic and exciting adventure across China’s Silk Road? Beginning in Guangzhou, we’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome reception.

Stay: Two Nights, Guangzhou, White Swan Hotel

Your day is off to an exciting start with a cruise along Pearl River. With a length of more than 2,000 kilometres, Pearl River is China’s third longest river. End your cruise at the Guangzhou TV Tower, where you are rewarded with sweeping panoramas of the city. Afterwards, enjoy a dim sum lunch before a stroll along the concession section of Shamian among the European and traditional Cantonese architecture. Dinner is at your hotel.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of panorama of the city from water, China

After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for your included flight onwards to Kashgar, China’s westernmost corner. Kashgar was once the centre of trade along the Silk Road for more than two millennia, and you have the opportunity to delve into the city’s history for two nights. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kashgar, Radisson Blu Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

For a dose of authentic Kashgar culture, visit the Livestock Market, which has been in operation every Sunday for the last two thousand years. Continue to the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, a lively marketplace where you can find goods such as vibrant handwoven rugs, silk, semi-precious stones and spices. After time for lunch, visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb, the holiest Muslim site in the region. Nestled among the poplar trees, this vibrant tomb has often been compared with India’s iconic Taj Mahal. Tonight, a folk dance and music show is the perfect end to an exciting day.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The day is spent navigating the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. After breakfast, head to the east city gate to witness the gate opening ceremony. After, wander the streets where the century-old houses of the Old Town stand. You will then visit Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China that can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. For lunch, feast on lamb kebabs, the regional dish. This afternoon, fly to Ürümqi.

Stay: Three Nights, Ürümqi, Grand Mecure Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

At your hotel, you might like to fill your plate up with international cuisine at a buffet. Or, sample some of China’s signature dishes.


Head to the city’s outskirts, to the alpine region of Tien Shan. Visit Heavenly Lake and take a small boat ride across, admiring the picture-perfect scenery. Get a taste for local life and visit a yurt, a traditional home for the Kazakh people.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of calm lake with mountains in background, China

The capital of the Xinjiang region in the far northwest of China is yours to discover today. Visit the Ürümqi Provincial Museum and see the famous relics. Feast tonight on a lamb hotpot buffet with local entertainment.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Dunhuang’s best-known landmark, the Mogao Buddhist Caves. Over 500 caves have been carved into the eastern slopes of Echoing Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan). Discover Buddhist murals, statues and hidden manuscripts.


Hop on a train this morning for the journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Kunlun Mountains to Liuyuan. Disembark your train and climb into a coach for the drive to Dunhuang, once a flourishing trade centre along the Silk Road. It is here that you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Dunhuang, Silk Road Hotel

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Spend today on an exciting Signature Experience. Gather tonight for a special dinner as you farewell the silk road.

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Say goodbye to the Silk Road and board your flight to China’s cosmopolitan capital. How you spend the afternoon is up to you.

Stay: Four Nights, Regent Hotel Beijing

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  • Dinner
Aerial view of Beijing city

The silver metropolis of Beijing could not be further from the desert city we have just come from. You have the day to explore the city at your own pace.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy VIP access to a private section of the Forbidden City, once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong during the Qing Dynasty. This section is exclusively open just for us.


Your first full day in Beijing begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Then, you’ll head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City for a Signature Experience. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, before an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, indulge in an authentic Peking duck banquet for dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Wander along the Badaling section where you’ll savour a private lunch with free-flowing drinks, prepared especially for you.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may like to attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre. Or, you can opt to watch a Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. The choice is yours.


Today, set out for the Great Wall of China. Tonight, explore the city at your own pace.

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  • Lunch
The Great Wall of China surrounded by Autumn trees.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Stroll through the market stalls of the Muslim Quarter, sampling authentic street food. Or, watch a Tang Dynasty show with dinner.


Today you’ll fly to Xi’an. Join a city tour which includes a buggy ride within the ancient city walls. Tonight, choose your sightseeing.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Feast on an international buffet at Yi Cafe, or for traditional Chinese cuisine, sit down for a set menu at Tian Xiang Ge.


This morning, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an’s most iconic landmark. Afterwards, head to a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and discover the history of the warriors. Tonight, it’s up to you where to dine.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

You might like to sample a range of different dishes with a buffet at the Grand Café, or feast on a Sichuan hotpot at #8 restaurant.


Today, fly to Chengdu. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel before you have the chance to set out to explore at your own pace. After lunch, visit Jinli Old Street, one of China’s oldest commercial streets. Choose where in your hotel you’d like to dine tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Relish a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Get up close to these cuddly creatures and learn about their breeding program.


If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love the Signature Experience that’s in store. This afternoon you’re left to your own devices with free time to relax or explore.

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After breakfast head to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, where a coach awaits to take you to the ancient water town of Wuzhen.

Stay: Two Nights, Wuzhen, Waterside Resort Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Spend the day exploring the wonders of Wuzhen. Climb into a small boat for a ride along the famous canals. Cross the ancient stone bridges that arch over the canals. See old wooden houses, intricately carved sculptures, and workshops selling silk and pottery. You’ll also visit a courtyard and witness traditional cloth dying and soy bean paste making.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Witness a thrilling acrobatic show this evening.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city and explore Yu Garden. Or take part in a French Concession walking tour.


After breakfast it’s time to head back to Shanghai. Tonight, enjoy the final Signature Experience of your trip.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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  • Lunch
View across Shanghai city with tall buildings and water, China

Head down early to Shanghai’s waterfront for a Tai Chi lesson. Take an open-top Jeep ride through the city. Later, stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the 88th floor viewing deck. End your day with a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

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Your trip ends with a transfer to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

The White Swan Hotel

Base your time in Guangzhou at the White Swan Hotel, situated in the heart of the historic city.

The Grand Hyatt Chengdu

Located along the historic Chunxi Road, a stay at the Grand Hyatt Chengdu guarantees luxury and superb location.

Stay at the Regent Beijing

Luxury accommodation with a second to none location, the Regent Beijing is the perfect base for your China adventure.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family