From the legendary monuments of the Forbidden City and Great Wall to the awe-inspiring Terra Cotta Warriors and natural wonders of Guilin and the Yangtze River to the thriving artistic culture of Shanghai whose skyline is dotted with China’s modern monuments. Immerse yourself in the juxtapositions of China’s timeless traditions and its modern evolution on this truly transformative, once-in-a-lifetime journey!

Destination Overview

Few places can rival the depth of China’s rich cultural heritage or storied history. The Evolved Traveler invites you to explore some of China’s great treasures on our 15-night, luxury journey, “Classic China: The Heritage & History.” Begin in Beijing, China’s political hub, for a glimpse into China’s imperial past. Highlights of Beijing include Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Olympic Stadium. Of course, it is also the gateway for the opportunity to climb the legendary Great Wall of China.

Next is Xian, known as the undisputed root of Chinese civilization. The city offers a wealth of “must-see“ attractions, including the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, the immaculately restored and mighty city wall, and of course, the Terra Cotta Warriors, an astonishing display of approximately 2,000 life-like battle-ready soldiers, horses, and chariots. A unique, authentic, and fascinating cultural experience, Xian never fails to impress.

The journey continues to Guilin, renowned for its magnificent natural landscape of dramatic limestone karst hills and its colorful minority culture. While the city boasts hundreds of wonderful attractions, the most famous are the Li River, the nearby resort town of Yangshuo, and the picturesque Longji Terraced Fields.

Now, it is time to set sail down the legendary Yangtze River aboard the Century Legend, one of the most luxurious ships on the Yangtze. And enjoy the same comfort and amenities found in international five-star hotels. With its grand, 7-story atrium lobby, well-appointed river-view staterooms and suites with balconies, attentive staff, exceptional shore excursions, and traditional entertainment, the elegant Century Legend offers guests an unsurpassed experience.

Finally, enjoy ample time in China‘s renowned international metropolis, Shanghai, a bold and brash mix of East and West. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers alongside historical shikumen houses blending Chinese style with a European flair. It also has one of the richest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. With such a wide range of attractions, the city is almost impossible to exhaust, and it will have you certainly looking to return.

Trip Highlights

Visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Walk along the Great Wall of China

Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an

Take in the stunning, natural beauty of Guilin

Relax on a 3-night Yangtze River cruise aboard the Century Legend

Explore the unique cultural and architectural fusion of Shanghai

Dates & Rates

Price from

$12,995 USD per person based on double occupancy
(Intra-tour air travel included)

Departure time

Any day – this tour is fully customizable


16 days

Group size

Private groups of 2 to 12 people

Your Contribution to Sustainable Tourism

Carbon Offset

The Evolved Traveler is allocating $95 per person* in conjunction with our partners, Offset Alliance,  to help offset this journey through verified carbon removal and reversals projects.

The amount is determined by calculating the carbon footprint for this journey considering flights to the destination, intra-tour flights if applicable, hotel stays, and ground transportation. An additional 25% is added to the static factors to offset components we cannot immediately account for, such as food.

The carbon emissions accounted for are calculated by using measurement benchmarks determined by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The projects our carbon-offset donations are distributed to can be seen at

*The amount shown is an estimation for this journey. The exact will be calculated at the time of booking based on the city of origin for flights to the destination, and the specifications of the itinerary.

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