India To China 7 India To China 2 India To China 16 India To China 6 NORTH INDIA - Ganges, VaranasiIndia To China 14 India To China 1 India To China 11 NORTH INDIA - The Imperial Delhi North India The Swimming PoolIndia To China 10 NORTH INDIA - Old DelhiIndia To China 12 CHINA - Aman Summer Palace, Beijing 2CHINA - Aman Summer Palace, BeijingCHINA - Aman Summer Palace, Beijing 2 (1)Beijing 19CHINA - Aman at Summer Palace - Cultural RoomCHINA - Tiananmen square, BeijingIndia To China 8 India To China 17 CHINA - The Forbidden City, Beijing 2India To China 3 CHINA - The Great Wall, warriorsChina Case Study The Great Wall Of China 2 India To China 13 India To China 18 CHINA - Xian, terracotta armyCHINA Small Recontructions Of The Teracotta Army In Xian ChinaCHINA Terracotta Warriors Xian Clay Statue Of Chinese Qin Dynasty SoldierIndia To China 4 CHINA - Hangzhou, monksCHINA Shanghai SkylineCHINA Peninsula Shanghai Sir Elly TerraceCHINA - Park Hyatt, ShanghaiIndia To China 15
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  • India To China 7
  • India To China 2
  • India To China 16
  • India To China 6
  • NORTH INDIA - Ganges, Varanasi
  • India To China 14
  • India To China 1
  • India To China 11
  • NORTH INDIA - The Imperial Delhi North India The Swimming Pool
  • India To China 10
  • NORTH INDIA - Old Delhi
  • India To China 12
  • CHINA - Aman Summer Palace, Beijing 2
  • CHINA - Aman Summer Palace, Beijing
  • CHINA - Aman Summer Palace, Beijing 2 (1)
  • Beijing 19
  • CHINA - Aman at Summer Palace - Cultural Room
  • CHINA - Tiananmen square, Beijing
  • India To China 8
  • India To China 17
  • CHINA - The Forbidden City, Beijing 2
  • India To China 3
  • CHINA - The Great Wall, warriors
  • China Case Study The Great Wall Of China 2
  • India To China 13
  • India To China 18
  • CHINA - Xian, terracotta army
  • CHINA Small Recontructions Of The Teracotta Army In Xian China
  • CHINA Terracotta Warriors Xian Clay Statue Of Chinese Qin Dynasty Soldier
  • India To China 4
  • CHINA - Hangzhou, monks
  • CHINA Shanghai Skyline
  • CHINA Peninsula Shanghai Sir Elly Terrace
  • CHINA - Park Hyatt, Shanghai
  • India To China 15
CHINA - Tiananmen square, Beijing

India & China; Past, Present & Future

21 days from £9,800 per person

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing. Prices include any specified domestic flights / trains / private car transfers, accommodation on board basis as shown, sightseeing excursions with a private guide and park entrance fees. International flights are not included but can be booked separately if required. All prices are based on low season rates and will increase in High and Peak season.

India and China; two of earth’s largest countries and home to the oldest living civilisations. Often seen as polar opposites, we believe that there are a surprising number of similarities between these great nations; both home to examples of the world’s finest temples, largest historical empires, exciting cuisines, greatest cities, spectacular landscapes, oldest religions, diversity of experience and from the Western perspective, the personification of the exotic, the unfamiliar, the enchanting and the beguiling. Combined, they immerse travellers with an unparalleled richness of experience.

This itinerary traces both countries’ histories; their ancient capitals, holiest sites and modern metropolises. Although just scratching the surface, this epic journey will give an insight into the past, present and future of these two important nations. Shanghai and Mumbai possess rich heritages, including British and Jewish, but are also pioneers in global finance, international art markets and Michelin-starred restaurants. Delhi and Beijing both combine the ancient and the contemporary; home to multiple bygone empires and a collection of simply incredible historic sites. In China visit the former capitals of Hangzhou and Xi’an; Xi’an renowned for the world-famous Terracotta Army, and the beautiful lake city of Hangzhou celebrated in Marco Polo’s travelogues. India and China are also home to the birthplaces of major religions. This itinerary will take you to a range of sacred centres and to where the countries’ most beautiful religious art is preserved. Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River is considered the holiest place on earth by Hindus, and nearby Sarnath is a major art centre where Buddha preached his first sermon. In Mumbai the exquisite Elephanta Caves, and the spectacular Ellora and Ajanta Caves near Aurangabad, are known for their Buddhist murals and Hindu carvings. China’s Dunhuang Caves display their own examples of ancient Buddhist murals, and provide a fascinating glimpse into archaic Chinese art and history.

As with all our itineraries, this is purely a suggestion and can be amended in any way.

The hotels we have suggested provide a culturally relevant and luxurious base to this incredible tour. All are either the most charming, or the best in their location; and often both. Your first stop will give you the opportunity to stay at Mumbai’s ‘Grand Dame’, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, built in 1911 to welcome King George and Queen Mary. Part of the family-run Tata brand, the Palace was supposedly built after Jamsetji Tata was refused entry to Watson’s Hotel in 1903. Delhi’s first luxury hotel The Imperial, built in 1931 by an associate of Edward Lutyens, provides the perfect setting for a taste of Raj-era opulence. Patiala Peg, the hotel’s bar, was also the location of the historical meeting between Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten to discuss partition. The Aman Summer Palace in Beijing is the only hotel in China built within a historical palace complex, making any stay here a memorable experience. Atmospheric rooms are located within traditional Ming Dynasty inspired courtyards and a secret passage way leads directly into the Summer Palace complex.  The Sofitel Legend in Xi’an opened as a state-run guesthouse in 1953, but now is the city’s best luxury hotel. Located within Xi’an’s historical walls, both the modern city and historic sites, such as the Bell and Drum Towers and the Muslim Street, are within walking distance. The world-famous Peninsula Hotels Group presents the Peninsula Shanghai, located on the historic ‘Bund’ with jaw-dropping views over Shanghai’s iconic Pudong financial district.

Itinerary Details

21 days from £9,800 per person

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing. Prices include any specified domestic flights / trains / private car transfers, accommodation on board basis as shown, sightseeing excursions with a private guide and park entrance fees. International flights are not included but can be booked separately if required. All prices are based on low season rates and will increase in High and Peak season.